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  • Spring FlyAngling Report & a RetroSpection

    California Fly Fishing May 18, 2018 | 11:04 am

    Spring FlyAngling Report & a RetroSpection  Let'em Breath!I've got to admit; I'm loving this unpredictable, wet, early-spring. This wet weather is really refreshing the entire region.The BT is getting into nice fishing shape. Still a bit high for my liking at 543cfs along the Glenshire stretch and 902 cfs below the LT inflow at Boca. It is remains a sub-surface game. There are few adult bugs in flight, sparse BWO's and March Browns...along with a rare, yellow, leggy CraneFly. Consistent or predictable surface-activity; still remains a minimum of 3-4 weeks away. A good sign from a recent seining reveals a dense population of both Western Green Drake and PMD nymphs. The former being one of the three Big Bugs of June; along with the Winged, Black Carpenter Ant and Golden Stonefly. Before the angling hordes arrive (pre-4th of July), explore the upper river along state-route 89;  Tahoe City-Trout Creek; flows out of Lake Tahoe currently at 195cfs. There will be wild, stream-bred trout available ...before they get harvested for the table since there are no gear or size restrictions and five (5) trout take....in the "canyon"So, currently, fish the river going down; deep along the bottom substrate... where the fish hold & rest. With the water[…]

  • Pro-Tips Revisted...Early Spring

    California Fly Fishing Apr 14, 2018 | 12:51 pm

    Pro-Tips Revisted...Early Spring Bright sun and trout A beautiful spring snowfall in Truckee! We received 4" last night at my  6500' home. Sun is out now. Thankfully, because of 2018's MIRACLE MARCH; there will be sufficient water flowing during spring. Below is a "Pro-Tip" excerpt I authored that appeared in the Spring 2012 Sierra Fisherman magazine. The advise provided are point-on suggestions and concepts we fly anglers consider during spring's snow-melt/run-off during high flows/pool on running and stillwaters; respectively.High Water of Spring in the "Fornicating Rock" area of the Big TruckeeEarly SpringMost freshwater fly anglers anticipate springtime.  Unfortunately, every year’s conditions are unpredictable; dependent on the amount of rain or snowthat has fallen during the winter. Eventually both will run-off immediately or melt into the waterways and lakes; respectively.  It is important to remember that the snow-pack’s melt in the higher-elevation mountains is weather related; it can be steady and gradual or unpredictable and erratic. One general assumption is that the waters in early spring will be high and cold; eventually subsiding and warming by early summer. So how do we strategize our fly angling? For a start, this issue's pro contributors provide you with their astute advice. (will send upon request...Frank)Water volume and[…]

  • Yeah... a MIRACLE MARCH!

    California Fly Fishing Mar 26, 2018 | 11:37 am

    Yeah... a MIRACLE MARCH! Put'em Back Alive!We'll take it...The water forecast for this coming trout season has improved substantially since March 7. Then we figured the melt into our trout-sustaining waters to be 43.7% of historical average. Now 20 days late,r we're at a projected 75.4% of normal snow-melt/runoff. Mother Nature has made a nice recovery in the Truckee area from an initial sub-par precipitation year. da Captain and da Entertainer discussing tactics for the high flows of springtime

  • After Blizzard Briefing

    California Fly Fishing Mar 7, 2018 | 11:28 am

    After Blizzard Briefing ...guess I'm due for a post...been awhile.  I became focused on my re-hab on my new bionic hip and the Fly Fishing Show last week in Pleasanton CA. Now, "doing taxes", later in the month going to Virginia seeing close friends then looking forward to a mid-April trip to th BigHorn River in Montana....praying for decent weather, lots of BWO's and rising trout.Yeah, we still need snow and hope for a Miracle March. ...front door during our recent 3-day snow-event...actually a color imageTo date, via the nine (9) measurement sites in the Truckee area at elevations of 6436' to 8801'... we're at 59% of the historical, median snow-water-equivalent and 72% of total precipitation.  Personally my focus is: How much water for the melt and run-off?...for the fish. Here's how I look at it; .59 x 76= 43.5% of projected water...Geez, we're hoping a  MINIMAL 50%!Always some nice scenery in the mountains during and after the storms...from within a warm home and outside......back deck looking into the forest and  & "Donner Trail" to the Alder Creek camp-sightOne of our "north windows" during the stormAgain; there is a need for a Miracle March...NOT March Miracle!

  • 2017-18 Snow Fall

    California Fly Fishing Dec 1, 2017 | 11:59 am

    2017-18 Snow Fall Last year's snow-fall was record-setting and unbelievable...Curious what the 2017-18 will bring. Personally, I'd prefer an "above normal" year of precipitation/snowfall; for my sanity, in the hope of avoiding a severe case of "shack-nasties" (coined by da Yoda of the Yuba; Ralph Wood)...we mountain-folk are susceptible to such afflictions.2016-17 snow-pack on north-side of my home at 6500'...early spring

  • Yikes!!...X-Rated

    California Fly Fishing Nov 17, 2017 | 17:43 pm

    Yikes!!...X-Rated Received a new, bionic hip last Tuesday; November 9th.Today is my 7th day of in-house re-hab. I get the staples taken-out this Thursday. I have six (6) specific, physical therapy exercises; three times 3 per day/15 repetitions. I, slowly, walk... sometimes zip around at warp-speed.. around the house in a walker or cane.I over-did it yesterday; remaining on my feet for extensive amounts of time. STAY OFF YOUR FEET!! Thus far no serious pain, hence no narcotics. Everyone seems pleased with my progress...especially my personal Florence Nightengale...Karen...can't get it any better! Thus far I'm very pleased with my progress.

  • Sage Words from the Icons #12

    California Fly Fishing Oct 29, 2017 | 21:33 pm

    Sage Words from the Icons #12 "Never display knowledge...share it"LEFTY KREHDoc Robie and son....The "shareable world"...especially with the next generation

  • Prepping for Winter

    California Fly Fishing Oct 23, 2017 | 10:04 am

    Prepping for Winter Don't want to think about it...but we have to prepare for winter. I'm almost finished hand-splitting the tree we felled this spring. Then I'll put the tarp over it.Friday, October 20's snowfallI also have to put "outdoor stuff" under cover. Looking forward to a few days of sunshine.   OR over-cast skies, ideal for targeting surface-feeders eating the numerous emerging bugs.Not a bad "either or"...eh? "HawkEye" hooked-up

  • Tell Me It Ain't So...

    California Fly Fishing Sep 22, 2017 | 18:41 pm

    Tell Me It Ain't So... ...Snow in Truckee! The reality is I've been snowed-on in Truckee as late as June 8 and early as September 12. 9 AM...Our Deck at 6500' elevation*It is only, officially, the first day of Fall. We locals want a sun-drenched, High Sierra, Indian Summer. We'll take an average or above snowfall this Fall/Winter of  '17-'18...not the locally-named Snowamegdon we experienced last winter of '16-'17. Last winter was a godsend for the flora and fauna; especially our beloved wild trout.*In the interests of TruthFull Blogging (non FakeNews); the image was taken by my wife Karen...I'm currently in Wolf Creek Montana fishing the Missouri River...and coincidentally,WE GOT SNOWED ON! while on the river today.


    California Fly Fishing Aug 27, 2017 | 16:06 pm

    E-QUICKY FISHING REPORT #21 Let'em Breathe!"...I do not venture near the water during the Labor Day weekend; simply too crowded, most especially the LT. On BT we've been using 'hopper/dropper" rigs in the pocket-water using short casts. We're fishing  early in the day because water temperatures are an issue, then leaving for the LT.  There a lots of hoppers; hope for a "hopper-wind" for them to haphazardly land in the water. Splat them down along the banks and give a couple of twitchesFlows on the LT were recently ramped-up to 179 cfs; a nice flow IMO. The six-week PMD hatch has faded; although there are still a few emerging along with other  mayflies and a few caddis (...to size 10!). If you see  a consistent riser, target it, but they are really selective. Alternately, use a dry dropper rig in the riffles and deeper slots. Use an indo-rig in the deeper pools. No numbers but really healthy trout netted. Best fish during the PMD hatch was a taped 21" Brown that ate a #16 PMD emerger and two Rainbows taped at 20"; one ate a dryfly #12 "Flav"  (Little Western Green Drake) and the other a # 14 Zub-Bug on a dry/dropper set-up."