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Dustin Rocksvold

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  • Big Pine

    Eastern Sierra Oct 10, 2013 | 12:59 pm

    It’s the other side of California. Flanked between the Eastern Sierra Nevada and the White Mountains, Big Pine is the gateway to outdoor recreation in Inyo County. Here you can access the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, home to the planet’s oldest living trees; Palisade Glacier, the southernmost glacier in the western hemisphere; and miles of […]

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  • Alabama Hills

    Eastern Sierra Jan 25, 2013 | 01:48 am

    ALABAMA HILLS  –  MOVIE FLAT Bizarrely-shaped boulders and pinnacles of stone; behind them the snow-capped peaks of the High Sierra — no wonder the Alabama Hills have been the setting for hundreds of films — depicting deserts of the Old West, the Far East, and even distant galaxies! in the Alabama Hills, along with dozens […]

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  • Mary Austin

    Eastern Sierra Jan 25, 2013 | 01:17 am

    Mary Austin lived and wrote from her home in Independence, California. Her book, Land of Little Rain, has been hailed as the most magnificent description of California desert ever printed.

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  • Lone Pine

    Eastern Sierra Jan 4, 2013 | 13:20 pm

    It’s extremely different. The portal to both Death Valley and Mount Whitney. Upon approach to Lone Pine, named for a towering pine that stood over the town in the 1800s, views of Mt. Whitney’s 14,496-foot summit steal the show. Beyond Lone Pine’s city center is the Whitney Portal Trail that leads to the summit of […]

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  • Independence

    Eastern Sierra Jan 4, 2013 | 13:19 pm

    It’s how life should be. Much of Inyo County’s human history is linked to Independence, the county seat since 1866. Here you’ll find attractions that tell the stories of discovery, determination, spirit, and survival in Inyo County. Independence Chamber of Commerce PO Box 397 Independence, California 93526 (760) 878-0084 Inyo National Forest Get a Permit! […]

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  • Death Valley

    Eastern Sierra Jan 4, 2013 | 13:18 pm

    It’s the oldest and the driest. The highest and the lowest. Death Valley, the largest national park in the lower 48 states, is a fascinating study in topographic contrasts. Marvel at Telescope Peak towering 11,049 feet, while Badwater, North America’s lowest point, sits at 282 feet below sea level. Death Valley is a popular destination […]

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  • Big Pine

    Eastern Sierra Jan 4, 2013 | 12:13 pm

    It’s the other side of California. Access the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest. Flanked between the Eastern Sierra Nevada and the White Mountains, Big Pine is the gateway to outdoor recreation in Inyo County. Here you can access the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, home to the planet’s oldest living trees; Palisade Glacier, the southernmost glacier in […]

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  • Bishop

    Eastern Sierra Jan 4, 2013 | 12:08 pm

    Where stars shine not street lamps. Home to world-class fishing and bouldering. Bishop is the largest community in Inyo County offering hotel accommodations, restaurants, wilderness outfitters, shopping, casino gaming, and exciting annual events such as Bishop Mule Days and the Blake Jones Trout Derby. For more info, visit Bishop Chamber of Commerce. Bishop Area Chamber […]

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  • The Buffet Series – 10 Fly Fishing Adventure Films

    Fly Tying 123 – Fly Tying Instructions and Videos Mar 12, 2019 | 14:10 pm

    First off, sorry for the long delay in between posts! Wow, we’ve really dropped the ball on keeping the site updated! But on another note, all my time has been consumed by creating an awesome short film series with episodes from all over the place. Saltwater, freshwater, warm water, you name it! If you like […]The post The Buffet Series – 10 Fly Fishing Adventure Films appeared first on Fly Tying 123 - Fly Tying Instructions and Videos.

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  • Modern Nymphing Elevated – Beyond the Basics

    Fly Tying 123 – Fly Tying Instructions and Videos Apr 2, 2018 | 08:46 am

    Lance Egan, Devin Olsen, and myself have been working for months on a sequel to the popular instructional film Modern Nymphing. The creation of Modern Nymphing Elevated – Beyond the Basics has consumed my life for the past while, but we are finally excited to launch the trailer and offer pre-sale orders of the digital […]The post Modern Nymphing Elevated – Beyond the Basics appeared first on Fly Tying 123 - Fly Tying Instructions and Videos.

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  • Next Generation Brook Trout Angler

    Fly Tying 123 – Fly Tying Instructions and Videos Feb 13, 2017 | 11:49 am

    The first fish I remember catching was a brook trout. I grew up in a region that isn’t known for it’s fishing, but there is one special gem of a lake that holds some of the most beautiful brookies on the planet. Brook trout have always been my favorite Salmonid. With anticipation for Spring fly […]The post Next Generation Brook Trout Angler appeared first on Fly Tying 123 - Fly Tying Instructions and Videos.

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  • New Video: The Evolution of Nymphing

    Fly Tying 123 – Fly Tying Instructions and Videos Jan 2, 2017 | 12:10 pm

    We have all experienced advancements in our fly fishing game. For me the biggest eye opener was introduced to me nearly nine years ago by my good friend Devin Olsen. From the first time I watched him apply European techniques I knew I needed to get in on this action. Thus began my own personnel […]The post New Video: The Evolution of Nymphing appeared first on Fly Tying 123 - Fly Tying Instructions and Videos.

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  • Modern Nymphing – European Inspired Techniques – Instructional Video

    Fly Tying 123 – Fly Tying Instructions and Videos Dec 6, 2016 | 11:36 am

    Now Available for early bird presale orders. This will get you a 15% discount through Christmas! DVD Presale Here Ships the middle of January. Digital Download Presale Here Promo code: earlybird Available December 19th For the past eight months, Devin Olsen , Lance Egan, and I have been working together to create the most innovative […]The post Modern Nymphing – European Inspired Techniques – Instructional Video appeared first on Fly Tying 123 - Fly Tying Instructions and Videos.

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  • Salmonfly Time – Get Your Dries Here!

    Fly Tying 123 – Fly Tying Instructions and Videos May 19, 2016 | 14:06 pm

    Regarding dry fly fishing, is there anything better than watching fish rise to giant flies?!?! For the next short while on rivers across the west Pteronarcys (also know as the Salmonfly) will be abundant in numbers sufficient to attract most fish to rise. This can be some of the funnest fishing all year long. If […]The post Salmonfly Time – Get Your Dries Here! appeared first on Fly Tying 123 - Fly Tying Instructions and Videos.

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  • Predicting Spring – Bad Weather Fly Fishing Video

    Fly Tying 123 – Fly Tying Instructions and Videos Feb 23, 2016 | 16:45 pm

    Here is some footage from the past shot on a day that was so wet the GoPro was about the only camera safe to use. The wind and the rain were so bad that Kohler and I thought about calling it quits many times throughout the day. However, persistance paid off and we ended up […]The post Predicting Spring – Bad Weather Fly Fishing Video appeared first on Fly Tying 123 - Fly Tying Instructions and Videos.

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  • Pliva Perdigon Nymph – Guest Tyer Devin Olsen

    Fly Tying 123 – Fly Tying Instructions and Videos Feb 15, 2016 | 10:58 am

    Devin Olsen of Fly Fishing Team USA shares with us one of his most deadly flies, a perdigon nymph he discovered while competing in Europe. Recipe: Hook: Hanak 230 sizes 16-12 or other nymph hook Bead: Copper, silver, or gold slotted tungsten 2.3 to 3.3 mm Additional Weight: 0.015” lead wire Tail: Coq de leon […]The post Pliva Perdigon Nymph – Guest Tyer Devin Olsen appeared first on Fly Tying 123 - Fly Tying Instructions and Videos.

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  • Iron Lotus (PMD) – Fly Tying Video

    Fly Tying 123 – Fly Tying Instructions and Videos Jan 25, 2016 | 13:00 pm

    Another super effective Lance Egan fly pattern that catches fish like crazy! PMD nymphs become very active in rivers and streams during most of the summer and early fall. Trout fill themselves on these critters day after day which makes the PMD Iron Lotus nymph such a valuable nymph fly pattern. A few years back […]The post Iron Lotus (PMD) – Fly Tying Video appeared first on Fly Tying 123 - Fly Tying Instructions and Videos.

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  • “The AK Way” – Amazing Alaska Fly Fishing Video

    Fly Tying 123 – Fly Tying Instructions and Videos Jan 21, 2016 | 13:08 pm

    This is a fly fishing film that consists of the beauty of Alaska mixed with a lot of underwater footage of amazing salmon schools. Our flies pass by them, and often times they are seen peeling away to chase our presentations. It was fun to capture this on film! Alaska is a very special place […]The post “The AK Way” – Amazing Alaska Fly Fishing Video appeared first on Fly Tying 123 - Fly Tying Instructions and Videos.

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  • Video Dayz: The Mend

    Featured Content Jul 20, 2019 | 20:34 pm

    Video Dayz: The Mend "The Mend" is a heartfelt story about a promising high-school football coach, who's star player is also his son. After losing the championship game to crosstown rivals, a rift forms in the family dynamic. Years later the father-son duo, with the help of a river, find a way to reconnect. Directed by Broc J. Isabelle.

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  • Snook and Solitude

    Featured Content Jul 2, 2019 | 15:48 pm

    Snook and Solitude Just another walk on the beachMy primary tactic for snook in South Florida revolves around what my friend, Bear, calls "people avoidance." It's become a mantra that leads us toward, through, and past things—not only what river-section to float or campsite to choose, but when to pick up or set down certain hobbies, learn new ones, or abandon old ones entirely. It can sometimes be easy to forget about the people variable. But then you whip into a beach parking lot and find the lot full of minivans and the beach crawling with unrepentant shoobies.

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  • Madison Blues

    Featured Content Jul 2, 2019 | 15:47 pm

    Madison Blues A winter of discontent in EnnisIf your summer plans include a tailwater weekend along Montana's Madison River, you won't be alone. In early April 2018, after years of surveys, public meetings, and citizen advisory committees, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) released its draft Recreational Management Plan for the Madison, which included some alarming data. From 2013 to 2017, the number of angler days on the upper Madison doubled, from 88,000 to 179,000. Data also showed that commercial outfitter use had increased 72 percent from 2008 to 2017.

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  • Unemployed Fishing

    Featured Content Jul 2, 2019 | 15:46 pm

    Unemployed Fishing Coming to terms with a new realityThis past December, I received an unwelcome holiday surprise. Our corporate overlords rounded up the staff at the magazine where I've worked since its inception, twenty-three and a half years prior, to announce our new direction. The upshot: We could still pursue exciting careers in magazine journalism, a vocation now rivaling that of lamplighters or bowling-alley pinsetters for growth potential. Just not at our magazine. They were shutting it down. We were all sacked. As Christmas bonuses go, I'd have preferred a Cabela's gift card.

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  • Cue the Banjos

    Featured Content Jul 2, 2019 | 15:45 pm

    Cue the Banjos Horseshoes & Hand Grenades' Russell Pedersen releases fishy solo albumDeliverance references notwithstanding, a drive to the river is always made better with banjo music. Good banjo tunes, like good trout streams or musky rivers, find just the right pace, yet still flow and wind toward unexpected places. Few people understand that better than Russell Pedersen, part-time guide and full-time banjo player for the critically acclaimed, Midwest-based bluegrass band, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades. In February, Pedersen released a solo album titled, Steal from the Rushes, a record written specifically with anglers in mind. "It's a time capsule of things I've seen and felt on the water," Pedersen says. "A musical collection of fishing memories."

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  • A Surprising Line WRECKED the Brookies

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Jul 14, 2019 | 23:04 pm

    A Surprising Line WRECKED the Brookies Go Deep Like Jerry RiceYellow Starburst (AKA Ham and Eggs)If it's not broken don't fix it right?  We recently did a trip with a bunch of buddies to one of our normal stillwater spots, and the fish were in all the usual places and they were eating all the usual flies.  About mid day I had caught a lot of fish, but I wanted to mess around with some different lines and flies to see if I could get a different reaction from the fish.  I also wanted to practice some different techniques because I knew there were willing fish that would eat other things if all else failed.  There was a group of 4 of us who were fishing midge tip lines and chironomids and callibaetis, so I naturally tied on a parabolic line with a FAB (Foam Arse Blob).  The concept of that fly line is that its a type 3 sink on the tip, the belly is a type 5, and the running line is a type 3.  Essentially you are presenting your flies in a U-shape so you can cover several depths during your retrieve.  I opted to fish a three fly rig with each fly[…]

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  • Ginger Minner - Baitfish Pattern

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Jul 9, 2019 | 16:49 pm

    Ginger Minner - Baitfish Pattern My Favorite Color??  Light TanThis fly is basically just a larger version of the Baby Fat Minnow, but there are some challenges when you tie this fly larger.  I use more marabou, I dub the body differently, and the head is constructed a little bit differently as well.  This pattern was first tested in Argentina where the local Perca and Brown Trout ate it with wreckless abandon.Material List Add to Cart   View in store                                                                      Hook: Fulling Mill 36040 Streamer Stripper - 4Bead: Firehole Stones Plated Tungsten Beads - Gold - 4.0mm (5/32")Thread: 6/0 UNI-Thread Waxed - WhiteTail: Wapsi Strung Blood Quill Marabou - GingerBody: Ice Dub - UV TanHead 1: Bruiser Blend Junior Dubbing - Butter BellyHead 2: Bruiser Blend Junior Dubbing - Pale LemonEye: 3D Holographic Eyes - Super Pearl - 7/32"Resin 1: Gulff Ambulance Resin 15 ml - Fl. OrangeResin 2: Loon UV Clear Fly Finish - Thick (1/2 oz)Resin 3: Loon UV Clear Fly Finish - FlowMarker 1: Chartpak Fly Tying Markers - Sepia (Med. Brown)Marker 2: Chartpak Fly Tying Markers - Delta Brown (Dark Brown)Marker 3: Chartpak Fly Tying Markers - Goldenrod

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  • Streamer Fishing on the Provo River

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Jul 7, 2019 | 21:51 pm

    Streamer Fishing on the Provo River That's Lance Egan Right There, and He's Fishing StreamersYeah...  Water was up really high for the Provo (about 1,100 CFS) but we decided to float it anyway.  Tim Meikle and Travis Ruiz floated alongside Lance and Cheech on this rather quick float.  We found that the fish really were active on smaller patterns like the Big Junk, but there were some that were still dumb enough to eat the big ones.  Check out the tutorial for the Big Junk (HERE)

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  • Brook Trout on Chironomids

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Jul 6, 2019 | 20:39 pm

    Brook Trout on Chironomids Midge Tip Line SetupWe've previously featured one of our favorite types of fly lines -- the midge tip (or emerger tip as Scientific Anglers formerly called it) -- and here's a video that dials in a bit on how to reach fish holding a bit deeper and focusing on chironomids closer to the bottom.The setup is pretty straightforward. We have a 6 wt 10' rod with a midge tip line. From there, you tie your own leader with this formula:Line: Scientific Anglers Midge Tip, 6wt.Nail Knot from fly line to 18" of 20lb Fluoro.Blood knot to 18" of 15lb FluoroTippet ring with clinch knots5' of 3x or 4x fluoro tippetTriple Surgeon's knot to 5' of 3x or 4x fluoro tippet (leaving dropper tag)If you get the hang of casting this rig with two flies, you can tie another 5' section and make it three flies. Takes some casting practice.Flies from this video:Pert Near Pupa (gold holographic). Gray Boy Buzzer (add a bead)Silver Lancer (aka Chironomid Frenchie)And here's the video:

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  • Lance's Sexy Walt's Worm Variation

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Jul 2, 2019 | 09:33 am

    Lance's Sexy Walt's Worm Variation A Killer Euro NymphWalt’s worms (not a worm pattern) have been staples in many competitive anglers boxes for years. For whatever reason (I believe it’s lack of confidence in the pattern), I haven’t been able to catch any fish on Walt’s worms. I’ve tried so many variations that it’s now a running joke between me and a few fishing friends. They catch on Walt’s, I don’t. And so it goes... until this variation.For reasons unknown, I have finally caught fish on a Walt’s worm variation. This particular mix of dubbing, thread, ribbing and bead has been very effective for me the last few months. I doubt other variations will suddenly start working for me but this version is solid. So, whether you’re like me and haven’t caught anything on Walt’s, or you’re a seasoned Walt’s worm veteran, give this mix a try. I think your fish will like it.You can see both the tying tutorial video and also how to fish the Sexy Walt's variation below. Make sure to watch them both!Material List Add to Cart   View in store                                      Hook: Hanak H 400 BL Jig Hook - 14Bead Option 1: Hanak Round+[…]

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  • Soft Hackle X Caddis

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Jun 26, 2019 | 19:38 pm

    Soft Hackle X Caddis Add Extra Bugginess to a KillerThe X Caddis is already a staple in most of our caddis boxes due to it's simple design and maximum effectiveness.  In my opinion, there is something to be said about appendages on a caddis pattern that really make them appealing to the trout, so I decided to add a little bit of bugginess to the X Caddis.  Adding a simple soft hackle under the wing is really simple and can be done with a variety of soft hackle materials, but the dark brown dun hen cape that I use is really hard to beat because it's brown on one side and gray on the other (kind of covering the caddis bases...)  Anyway, this fly it super simple to tie, and can add some leggy action to an already effective pattern! Material List Add to Cart   View in store                              Hook: TMC 100 Dry Fly Hook - 14 - 25 PackThread: UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier - TanBody: TroutHunter Dry Fly Dubbing - Dark HoneyTail: Bett's Z-Lon - Standard - GingerHackle: Whiting Hebert Miner Hen Cape - Dark Brown DunWing: Nature's Spirit Select Cow Elk - Natural

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  • Zebra Bomb - Jig

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Jun 25, 2019 | 15:44 pm

    Zebra Bomb - Jig You Need Deep?  We Have Deep.Depth is key in Euro nymphing...  Easy enough right?  Well, I know that I fall into this category at times, but how many of us kind of stop thinking about what our fly is doing once it breaks through the surface?  You know that your fly is sinking, but how fast? What is the overall depth of your rig?  How do you decide where to put your heaviest fly on your rig?  These are all questions that you should have in the back of your head to make sure you are at the correct depth for feeding fish to eat your fly.  One way to make sure you can vary the depth of your rig is to tie the same fly with various bead sizes.  This is a huge advantage that a fly tyer has over the angler who only buys flies because factory flies usually only come with one bead size, and chances are that it's way too small for swift western rivers.  I learned this from Lance Egan a while back, but it really came to light when he savagely tied on a size 16 Perdigon with a 4mm bead a few weeks[…]

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  • Red Neck Midge

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Jun 24, 2019 | 09:22 am

    Red Neck Midge Red Necks Catch More FishUnfortunately this isn't one of Uncle Ken's famous flybugs, but it's one that you should have in your box from size 20 for tailwater fish to 12 for lake chironomids.  This is a Fulling Mill Pattern that has been a top seller in our shop for the past few years.  The best part is that you can play with colors and tie several dozen in short order.See recipe below or buy the finished fly (HERE) Material List Add to Cart   View in store                                       Hook: Daiichi 1120 - Heavy Wire Scud Hook - 18Thread: Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier - BlackThread: Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier - TanBead: Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Black Nickel - 5/64" (2.0mm)Rib: Body & Rib Tubing - Brown - Micro (small)Flash: Veevus Holographic Tinsel - Red - SmallFlash: Mirage Tinsel - Opal - MediumResin: Loon UV Clear Fly Finish - Flow

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  • The Best Fly Tying Scissors?

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Jun 17, 2019 | 17:40 pm

    The Best Fly Tying Scissors? Is there such a thing??Scissor ReviewsYou'll need to watch the video to get the answer but "no", the answer is "no". Either way, I review a number of our more popular scissor models and brands. Everyone has their favorites and I'll cover a few things you'll want to remember as you select your next pair of fancy cuttin' tools!Here's a few of the ones we featured:Loon Razor ScissorsDr. Slick Razor ScissorsRising Razor Scissors (Rattle Bass Fangs)Dr. Slick All Purpose ScissorsDr. Slick Micro-Tip ScissorsLoon All Purpose ScissorsTiemco Tungsten ScissorsRenzetti Short Blade ScissorsDr. Slick Tungsten ScissorsTiemco Deer Hair Fine ScissorsTiemco Razor Scissors

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  • Big Cutthroat on Streamers - Strawberry Reservoir Utah

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Jun 12, 2019 | 22:16 pm

    Big Cutthroat on Streamers - Strawberry Reservoir Utah Returning to the Scene of the CrimeWe have no shame about our love for throwing flies for aggressive cutts that aren't very intelligent.  Strawberry Reservoir is such a diverse fishery that you can use a variety of different techniques in different types of water.  Right now, we are getting more and more dialed in to fishing shorelines with baitfish patterns.  Even though it seems like a new puzzle every time out, at least we have a good foundation of techniques that have worked recently.  This video shows two trips combined into one: the first one is from Josh (AKA Kilo J) and I, and the other one is from Curtis and I...  Both great trips... Both ended in crazy hailstorms.Also, the main flies that worked for us in this video were the following:Baby Fat Minnow (Learn how to tie it)Articulated Trout Slider (Learn how to tie it)Rattle Chub (Coming soon)

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  • Hope Valley Camping

    Northern California Trout Jul 22, 2019 | 10:10 am

    Hope Valley Camping We left the house on Thursday in the late afternoon (like 7:00 or so). Got to the campground just as it turned dark. First time setting up the trailer with a flashlight in my mouth. Oh, I have a light that fits on my ball cap, but it's been so long since I used it, the battery was dead thus the old "flashlight in the mouth trick".We were expecting Katherine's daughter and her boyfriend on Friday night so we headed up to Lower Blue Lake (Upper Blue and all access is closed for the year due to dam repair) for the day to do a little yakking.Being a novice with a hard kayak, I was a little concerned about the wind blowing as it tends to whip across the lake in the afternoon, BUT not to worry.We launched about Noon and were able to paddle around the lake with no problems.   As I usually do, I sat in the middle of the lake and did a 360 taking pictures as I turned.Still a little snow left If you double click on the picture above, the pile of snow on the left looks like a seal.That's the dam So we called it a[…]

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  • I Need Some Input

    Northern California Trout Jul 12, 2019 | 09:53 am

    I started Northern California Trout on January 7, 2009. The original intent was to tell local fishermen what I was catching, where I was catching it, and what I was using for bait.Northern California Trout has since morphed into a Global blog. I've posted about fishing, my ancestry, and some other stuff through the years.Now it seems that Social Media is where everybody is establishing their "adventures". Don't get me wrong, there are still some who blog on a consistent basis, but it seems that blogging has taken a back seat to Social Media. I've mentioned many times in posts and comments that I don't Facebook, Twitter, or Insta-something mainly because I just don't want to. I have a Facebook account, but I only use it for finding relatives like my cousins in Florida.It's not that I don't have an audience. OK, I have 99 followers listed. I'm not sure how many of those still "follow". I've posted 1140 times and have had more than 700,000 hits from all over the world. Most from the US and most recently the Netherlands and Germany. And believe me I appreciate each and every one of those who stop by to read what[…]

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  • It Started Out As A Recon Mission

    Northern California Trout Jul 9, 2019 | 09:45 am

    It Started Out As A Recon Mission Katherine and I are heading up to Hope Valley the weekend of the 18th thru the 21st. Since we've had so much snow this past Winter, I wanted to do a recon mission to see if 1, we can get up to Lower Blue Lake (Upper is closed for the year) and find the launch ramp.Mission accomplished.2, find out if fires are still allowed in the campground fire pits. Campground host said fires OK.Mission accomplished.So on the way back from Lower Blue we stopped at the West Fork of the Carson up the road aways from the campground and floated a few flies. Unfortunately too much terrain for me to negotiate so we went to a spot across from the campground. Met a gentleman from Gardenerville (that's in Nevada) who said the creek was planted the previous week and kids were catching and releasing "tons" of Rainbows using a green Powerworm and a jig head. We couldn't find a single fish.Plan B - We headed back toward town and made a quick stop just to look at Red Lake. It was closed last Summer because of Toxic Algae Bloom, but open now. Might have to bring up the kayak and[…]

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  • Happy 4th Everybody

    Northern California Trout Jul 4, 2019 | 10:05 am

    No Confucius jokes this year. Just a picture of the old guy.No watching fireworks for me this year. Last night we listened to the local fireworks while laying in bed reading a book. Damn, I must be getting old. Crowds annoy me anyway.In case you don't get to see any, here...........Monday, Yuki and I are taking a little drive up to Lower Blue Lake to see if enough snow has melted and we can actually get there. Upper Blue Lake is closed all year for Dam repairs. That's a bummer. I'm sure Yuki will want to stop at Woods lake and fish the creek, so fly rods are in order. Our next camping trip is Hope Valley the weekend of the 18th so there should be some fishing then. Stay tuned for more exciting adventures. Boy was that corny. 

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  • Yakking on White Pines Lake

    Northern California Trout Jun 29, 2019 | 19:09 pm

    Yakking on White Pines Lake Since Lake McClure was such a disaster, we decided to take the kayaks up to White Pines Lake. If you've followed this blog for any length of time you know I've been up there before.Last time Yuki and I were up there it was a 25 to 30 fish (little Bluegills) day. I was anticipating such a day again.Katherine and I took our time getting up there since it was Saturday. We left home about 10:10 and were at the lake about 11:15. It's really isn't very far from the house. We were on the water in the "his and hers" kayaks and I had a line in the water as soon as I cleared the launch.It was just that, a line in the water. I fished near the reeds, out in the middle, at the far end, and just about everywhere else. NOTHING. Not one little Gill to be found.I would suspect that because of all the people out there and there were a BUNCH, every fish in the lake was probably hiding as best as they can.Double click to make the pictures larger so you can see the crowd.The picnic areaBy the damMore picnic areaThe one on the[…]

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  • Camping At Barrett Cove Recreation Area Lake McClure

    Northern California Trout Jun 17, 2019 | 11:06 am

    Camping At Barrett Cove Recreation Area Lake McClure We had originally made reservations to camp here on May 16th thru May 19th. Two weeks prior to going, the weather guessers said sunshine and blue skies. The Saturday before the 15th, they changed to rain Thursday thru Sunday the exact same 4 days we planned on spending there. So we rescheduled for this past weekend. As it turned out, it started raining on Wednesday and rained everyday through the following week. A weather report is only as good as their guess, weather guessers.  We got to Barrett Cove about 2:00 pm on Friday. We were scheduled to stay at spot C-15. We drove around for about a half an hour and couldn't find C-Loop. 15 minutes or so of that half hour was spent just trying to find a place just to turn a truck and trailer around.Finally we went back to the beginning and when we found B-Loop I turned and low and behold a block or so up the road was C-Loop. AND we had a map of the place and still had trouble finding it. Wandered up the road until we found 15 and this is what it looked like.   Space C-15From the other sideYou all[…]

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  • OK, Everybody Sit Down

    Northern California Trout May 31, 2019 | 16:58 pm

    OK, Everybody Sit Down Ready?I went fishing this morning. Please no applause.I met Yuki at Lake Pardee at 9:00. I had reservations about fishing Lake Pardee. It's been hot and cold over the years, but mostly cold.Three things happened.One, I missed the first bite. Probably didn't wait long enough for it to get a good hold on the bait which was 3 green Power Eggs.Second, got a bite on rainbow Power Bait and set the hook. The line broke at the top eye. After a few selective 4 letter words, I discovered that there is a fray/snag/rough spot on that eye so that even if you just tug the line, it breaks. That rod is on hiatus.Three, I hooked up on my little Okuma rod to the trout in the picture below. It was with 3 green Power Eggs.Only fish of the dayIt was the only fish of the day, but when the only fish is 4 pounds 5 ounces, who cares that it's the only one.Now you can cheer. Yuki got skunked.Trying a new spot the weekend of the 14th & 15th. I'll let you know.Stay tuned.

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  • Rescheduled

    Northern California Trout May 16, 2019 | 10:45 am

    Well, it didn't start raining today. It started YESTERDAY. Yeh, it's raining now and going to rain the rest of this week and most of next week.WILL IT EVER END???????Yeh, probably after all the song says it never rains in California. A lot they know.Weekend of June 14th & 15th we're going to try Lake McClure again. Different space this time so I'll take photo's.In the mean time I'm going to try to get out and see if I still know how to fish. Can't go upcountry yet. It's raining and that means SNOW above 5000 ft. Most everything is above 5000 ft. Most everything is buried in snow.I'll do some research and see what I come up with.Stay tuned. 

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  • Camping 2019

    Northern California Trout May 13, 2019 | 10:06 am

    Camping 2019 We have a plan. April we were going to the Santa Cruz Redwoods. May - Lake McClure, June - Rollins Lake, July - Hope Valley, and August our usual trip to Upper Lake, but this year my son and his family are joining us. September is Hendy Woods State Park in the Redwoods.All of a sudden my wife's boss decided she couldn't take off 2 days every month from work, but if she wanted to take a week or two at a time, that was OK. Do you understand this? I sure don't.So, April got cancelled. June got cancelled. By the way, we had already paid for these spaces. Cancellation cost us $40.Now we come to May. the Freedom Express is ready. The His & Her's kayaks are ready.I've checked out Lake McClure. It;s only an hour and a half from home.Drive down to the launch rampFrom the launch ramp parking lot. The launch ramp at Barrett CoveLast week the Weather Guessers said sunshine, blue skies, and low to mid 70's. Perfect weather. New lake to fish, new fish finder to try out, 2nd trip out in the kayaks. Remember it rained all Winter out here so we haven't had a chance[…]

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  • All Right, I Know It's Been More Than A Month

    Northern California Trout Apr 6, 2019 | 11:05 am

    It's been more than a month since I posted, but I'm still here. Yes, I've been fishing a couple times during that month, but when NO ONE catches anything, I tend to not waste your time reading about:Both timesOn the other hand, every day that I've not had something to do, it's been raining. It's going to rain today. It's going to rain on Tuesday. It's going to rain on Thursday. OK, I'll quit whining.It's a good thing my wife thought I needed another hobby (genealogy). Gives me something to do when it's RAINING. Oops, sorry, more whining. One of these days very soon Yuki and I are going out to Lake Amador and fly fish the spillway and where ever else I can access the lake. So the only thing I can say for now is, stay tuned.

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  • San Francisco Bay Fly Fishing Report

    Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop May 14, 2019 | 18:30 pm

    San Francisco Bay Fly Fishing Report Captain Greg Holland reports on 5.14.19The Bay is fishing well right now with gentle tides and fin bait moving in. Clarity has been great with no wind most mornings making conditions perfect for chasing bass on the fly. Please join us for one of the most beautiful places on earth to fly fish for Stripers. We have all gear necessary for your day.  Call the boys @ LCO to set up your trip.  Capt. Gregg C 707-567-1509 www.featherdogoutfitters.com   Instagram @ featherdogoutfitters

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  • Truckee River Fly Fishing Report

    Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop May 13, 2019 | 12:45 pm

    Truckee River Fly Fishing Report Matt Koles reports on 5.13.19Great last week on the Truckee River.We had a great clinic this weekend. Look for some more in the future. Nice big spring flows. Flows have dropped just a bit the last few days. Mainly it’s just what they’re doing with the reservoirs, not so much the run off that’s making the flows. If you noticed Boca is low as they are working on the dam.Yeah, good spring fishing, prefect weather, just not a better time to be up here with all the green and not too many people around. The birds are chirping, and the deer are prancing. I’ve been all over on the river and catching fish all over the river. Big and small. Got a few pushing 28″ last week. No joke, the Truckee River is legit.So nymph up and streamer up. Waters gonna be big right into summer. Get used to it. Go explore the river a bit. These fish are shell shocked here in the Hirsch. Running your squirmy wormie where 10 dudes before you have is not gonna get you a fish. Remember, there’s a 106 miles of river.

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  • Rebecca and I headed up to Clearwater Lodge to fish Fall River...

    Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop May 10, 2019 | 13:43 pm

    Rebecca and I headed up to Clearwater Lodge to fish Fall River & Hat Creek. We fished late on Sunday evening on the powerhouse 2 riffle. A storm was blowing through leaving sporadic raindrops and cracks of thunder. The 1 billion mosquitoes out were a sign of a good hatch to come. I was thankful for the Simms Bugstopper Shirt and Ben’s 100that I had brought in anticipation of this particular problem. As most hatches go, it didn’t happen until there was just barely any light to see. You pray you don’t lose your fly because tying on a second one at this stage in the game is most likely futile. Yellow Sally’s came off in full force first night. Around every bend, we found fantastic fishing, beautiful views, and excellent weather. The next day Val Atkinson and I found one particular pod of fish that was chowing spinners. After a dozen or more fish we decided to move on to our other favorite hobby of walking around talking about what the land might have looked like back when the Native Americans occupied the river banks. That night we headed back to the powerhouse 2 riffle only to find the[…]

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  • Eastern Sierra Fly Fishing Report

    Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop May 9, 2019 | 16:38 pm

    Eastern Sierra Fly Fishing Report Jim Stimson reports on 5.9.19Eastern Sierra Fly Fishing ReportThe weather is still on the cool side with morning temps often in the low 30’s. Once the sun climbs higher in the sky, things start happening. On just about any stream on the east side, look for a nice BWO hatch around lunch time. Wildflowers are starting to pop up everywhere. Look for showy displays of desert peach and balsam root on the moraines. It is probably not a bad idea to start packing some insect repellent as things are very moist and the biting bugs are getting ready to wreak havoc on tender flesh. The high country is still choked with snow from the winter. We received anywhere between 150-180% of normal snowfall. High water from the spring runoff will become an issue on the spring creeks once the temperatures heat up.The Reservoir is brimming with water and poised for spring runoff. The flows have been hanging steady at 310 and the water temps are coming up stimulating some nice insect hatches, in particular BWO’s. The trout are moving around and settling into their new habitats. Fishing is good now. There are a lot of hogs in all the good[…]

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  • McCloud River Fly Fishing Report

    Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop May 9, 2019 | 15:02 pm

    McCloud River Fly Fishing Report John Richard reports on 5.9.19McCloud River Fishing ReportThe McCloud River is still experiencing high flows (532 CFS at Ah Di Na), but the fishing is quite good. The higher flows may limit some access and adjust the way you approach your favorite spot but it is likely that you’ll thoroughly enjoy your day. Last week our guides caught fish in a variety of ways. We were thrilled to throw the dry fly and on some days it would account for half the fish landed. The bobber went down plenty when we used the appropriate amount of weight and chose the proper fly. Most importantly the scenery is absolutely stunning, spring flowers, redbud, dogwood all backed by that new growth green of leafed out maples, alders, and willows. The conifers too are showing their new green tips. Along the banks our fly lines tangled around the pink clustered flowers of the elephant ear, beautifully ruining perfect cast or mends. The days have been warm and the mosquitos are vicious in camp and parking spots. The trail and the river are void of the mosquitos but they patiently await your return to the truck or campsite. Be aware that Ash Camp won’t have road access[…]

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  • San Francisco Surf Fly Fishing Report

    Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop May 9, 2019 | 14:56 pm

    San Francisco Surf Fly Fishing Report Captain Kevin DeGulis reports on 5.9.19Open Ocean TimeWell, it’s starting to be that time! Fish have finally made it to San Francisco’s famous Ocean Beach. In the past, three or four days the swell has become much more manageable to giving fly anglers a chance to hook into some nice healthy fish. The LCO team is hugely excited for the opportunity to get into a toad; many believe you can only get a behemoth of a fish on the east coast. That is not the case you have plenty of opportunities to catch a hog within easy driving distance for the city, gotta be willing to battle the Pacific swell. Two-Handed rods certainly has made it much easier to cast in a headwind, and we love Beulah’s new 7/8 Opal Switch Rod the perfect tool for the job. We have been matching the rod with a Sage Spectrum LT 9/10 or Sage Spectrum Max 9/10. Lines - 10wt shooting heads from Rio or 30ft of T-14 for the open ocean and you can even go heavier.  If you have any questions, come into the shop, and we would love to help you get ready for beach season. Fish /Photo: Steve[…]

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  • California Delta Fly Fishing Report

    Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop May 9, 2019 | 13:45 pm

    Capt. Steve Santucci reports on 5.9.17Fishing has been challenging mainly because of the windy conditions that we have experienced this week.  Also, the Delta is in a state of flux as we still have fish traveling north and some groups are passing thru on there way to the Bay coupled with resident Stripers.  We are experiencing clearer water and decent water temperatures in the mid-60-degree range.  It might be time to add in some topwater Bass fishing to your day to round out your fishing experience.

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  • Valley Striper Fly Fishing Report

    Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop May 9, 2019 | 13:42 pm

    Capt. Hogan Brown reports on 5.9.19Lower Sacramento Fly FishingStriper fishing on the valley rivers continues to be fair to good. The rivers are in great shape and there are good numbers of migratory fish throughout the rivers as well as resident fish getting on the feed. Shad are also showing up in good numbers and this can really get the resident fish going. May-October is prime time for river stripers and with all the water this year fishing is going to be very good. Lower Yuba River is still HIGH…bouncing around 7500cfs and 9000cfs. I would imagine the river will start to come down by the end of May but it could be more like the end of June depending on snowmelt. That said when it does come down the fishing is going to be very good. This is going to be a great summer and fall on the Lower Yuba as this is a river that really does better with more water…hoppers come into play, more salmon move upriver, more space for fish to move around and feel safe…just better overall. Hwy 32 creeks like Deer Creek, Big Chico Creek, and Butte Creek are all still pretty high. I talked[…]

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  • Lower Sacramento River Fly Fishing Report

    Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop May 8, 2019 | 17:49 pm

    Lower Sacramento River Fly Fishing Report Anthony Carruesco reports on 5.8.19

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  • Truckee River Fly Fishing Report

    Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop May 8, 2019 | 17:45 pm

    Truckee River Fly Fishing Report Matt Koles reports on 5.8.19Good times on the Truckee River.Flows have come down a bit since last week. 3,300 k here in the Hirsch. 3,800 last week.Don’t hold your breath. I’m betting flows should come back up if we get some hot weather. Whatever it is, it’s high. Fishing is good though, and really not much has changed fishing wise since last week.Fish the edges, look for some soft bank water. You can find it all up and down the river if you look. You don’t just need to go to Glenshire bridge, or here in Hirschdale to find it. It’s all over dudes, California and in Nevada. There are 106 miles of the Truckee River, but everyone wants to pile into the same run and expect to catch fish.Gonna be a fun week with guide trips and the last High Water Clinic of the year. I’ll try to do a few, Tight Line Nymph classes and maybe a few Advanced Fly Fish clinics throughout summer into fall.A question I get asked a lot is: Will fishing still be good in June? Folks it ain’t gonna get really good until July this year. Meaning, you will be able to go[…]

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