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Dustin Rocksvold

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  • Big Pine

    Eastern Sierra Oct 10, 2013 | 17:59 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 | 07:48 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 | 07:17 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 | 19:20 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 | 19:19 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 | 19:18 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 | 18:13 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 | 18:08 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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  • Summer Fly Fishing, Northern California & Southern Oregon

    Shasta Trout Jun 14, 2019 | 21:09 pm

    Summer Fly Fishing, Northern California & Southern Oregon Warm days, Cool Rivers, Wild Trout.

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  • How to: Catch Southern Oregon Winter Steelhead

    Shasta Trout Mar 6, 2019 | 16:50 pm

    How to: Catch Southern Oregon Winter Steelhead   From December – April the rivers and streams of Southern Oregon see noteworthy runs of Winter Steelhead. The wide variety of river types across the region allow anglers the ability to stay in good fishing conditions in all but the worst winter storms. Most Southern Oregon Steelhead gradually make their way upstream over the […]

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  • Holiday Gift Guide for the Fly Fisher

    Shasta Trout Dec 3, 2018 | 23:31 pm

    Holiday Gift Guide for the Fly Fisher Are you looking for a gift for a fly fishing friend or loved one?  We’ve got you covered with this Holiday Gift Guide for the Fly Fisher! Abel Nippers and Lanyard; anytime Brandon is on the water, this combo is around his neck.  These nippers and lanyard have lasted many a season and have many […]

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  • River Update and Guides Report

    Shasta Trout Nov 14, 2018 | 16:29 pm

    River Update and Guides Report The pattern of high pressure and clear, sunny skies continues in the Shadow of Shasta and State of Jefferson. It’s making for beautiful days on the water and pleasant conditions with our area rivers including the Rogue, Klamath and Upper Sacramento offering fine fishing for our guests. The Klamath’s steelhead return is delighting fly fisherman […]

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  • Rogue and Klamath River Guides Report

    Shasta Trout Nov 9, 2018 | 15:46 pm

    Rogue and Klamath River Guides Report Rogue River Fly Fishing Report Early November fly fishing been a continuation of late October conditions with high pressure, perfect blue skies and low and clear water. Steelhead a spread out thru ought the upper and middle river with more trickling in. Most days we have seen several opportunities per person in our boats with […]

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  • Five Favorite Flies for Fall in Northern California

    Shasta Trout Oct 29, 2018 | 05:08 am

    Five Favorite Flies for Fall in Northern California First published in California Fly Fisher Magazine, October 2011 Choosing a fly in fall may be a more important factor than in any other season.  Gone is the greedy feast of spring and summer.  Gone is the high off colored water to help disguise your approach, sloppy cast and inaccurate patterns.  Hopefully we’ve enjoyed the […]

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  • Keep em’ Wild, Keep em’ Wet

    Shasta Trout Oct 8, 2018 | 19:26 pm

    Keep em’ Wild, Keep em’ Wet What an excellent season on the Rogue River so far. This beautiful wild hen with just a touch of blush on her cheeks stayed in the net and was quickly released after a spectacular flight.

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  • Hallelujah

    Shasta Trout Oct 4, 2018 | 17:39 pm

    Hallelujah It’s finally rained, after what has seemed like far to long for such a mundane fact of life like weather. The clouds reared up against the Klamath mountains and at long last, have quenched for a time the dust and ash, fire and smoke that’s plagued the State of Jefferson for months. The smell of […]

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  • Fly-Only Regulations begin on the Upper Rogue River: A few tips to ensure your fish swims away.

    Shasta Trout Sep 3, 2018 | 00:23 am

    Fly-Only Regulations begin on the Upper Rogue River: A few tips to ensure your fish swims away. Signaling one of fly anglers favorite times in Southern Oregon, September 1st brings Fly-Only regulations (pg. 36) to the Upper Rogue River, Oregon. During this time period Fall Chinook and Summer Steelhead surge into the upper river where water and weather conditions are perfect for fly anglers seeking a quality and fun angling experience. This year […]

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  • Rogue River Steelhead Report

    Shasta Trout Aug 23, 2018 | 20:19 pm

    Rogue River Steelhead Report Fishing is good to excellent on the Rogue River as flows have increased. The vanguard of the Fall Chinook Salmon have arrived and with the increase in water, fresh steelhead are arriving too. I expect excellent fishing for the next 3-4 months with Now thru – November 15 or so being the “peak” of the […]

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  • The Buffet Series – 10 Fly Fishing Adventure Films

    Fly Tying 123 – Fly Tying Instructions and Videos Mar 12, 2019 | 19:10 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 | 13:46 pm

    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 | 17:49 pm

    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 | 18:10 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 | 17:36 pm

    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 | 19:06 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 | 22:45 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 | 16:58 pm

    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 | 19:00 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 | 19:08 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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  • Rabbit Jig Streamer

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Jan 15, 2020 | 23:12 pm

    Rabbit Jig Streamer The Meatloaf of Jig FliesSometimes trout just need a little snack, and sometimes they want some meat!  This is a fly that is designed to be dead drifted due to its ability to stay horizontal in the water column.  This fly is a very simple way to get a small profile sculpin if you tie it in olive, but it can be tied in a variety of colors.  Spin some up and stick some fish! Material List Add to Cart   View in store                                   Hook: Hanak H 400 BL Jig Hook - 8Thread: Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 140 Denier - OliveBead: Hanak Round+ Slotted Tungsten Beads - Gold - 4.0mmTail/Collar: Rabbit Zonker Strips - Olive VariantBody: Hends Spectra Dubbing - Green DarkLegs: Grizzly Micro Legs - RootbeerHead: Hends Spectra Dubbing - Fl. Orange LightOther tools from the tutorial:          Swiss CDC MultiClampLoon Ergo Precision Tip ScissorsRenzetti Traveler Vise 2000 (Pedestal)Loon Ergo Quick Cut Whip FinisherStonfo U-Shaped Bodkin Fiber Puller

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  • Bead and Hook Organization Tips

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Jan 10, 2020 | 03:35 am

    Bead and Hook Organization Tips It's Really Pretty SimpleKeeping your hooks and beads organized can be a pretty big pain in the butt, but it doesn't have to be.  When I first started storing them in containers other than what they were sold in, I would have to have a container for every size and color of bead, which would make for a LOT of containers and a LOT of wasted space.  Check out this video for a very simple organization hack!NOTE: since the original filming of this video, the Hook/Bowl caddy from Hareline has been discontinued.  Any bowl shaped containers do the trick for this, so find something similar and organize away! Stash Pod Organizers:  CLICK HERELoon Vise Pawn:  CLICK HERE

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  • CDC Midge Pupa

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Jan 7, 2020 | 03:14 am

    CDC Midge Pupa A Simple Bug for All Water ColumnsThis is more of a style of fly than an exact pattern, so feel free to adjust and tweak this fly to your liking.  The first thing you will notice is that it has a CDC overwing, but that isn't necessarily to make it float (even though it could aid in fishing this fly in the surface film.)  CDC is a material that traps air bubbles and creates unique movement underwater, so I have incorporated it a lot to sub-surface patterns lately.  This bug can be fished deep on a nymph rig, mid column, or right near the surface on a greased leader rig.  The best part of this fly is that it's really simple to tie and only uses three materials including thread!  Material List Add to Cart   View in store                                       Hook: Daiichi 1120 - Heavy Wire Scud Hook - 18Thread: UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier - Blue DunHead: Super Fine Dry Fly Dubbing - Adam's GrayWing: Nature's Spirit CDC - Dark Gray DunWing Alternate: Nature's Spirit CDC - Light Slate DunWing Alternate: Nature's Spirit CDC - Dark Slate DunWing Alternate: Nature's Spirit CDC - Light Gray[…]

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  • Mini Perdigon

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Dec 25, 2019 | 03:19 am

    Mini Perdigon Same Story, Smaller SizeThis is just a perdigon...  boooooooring right?  Actually this little bug gets down really quick in the water column and is very simple to tie.  Sometimes it's hard to find jig hooks that are truly as small as their size says they are, so we tie small heavy nymphs on straight shank hooks lots of times.  The Dohiku 302 is an interesting hook because technically has a small bend near the eye, but it really ties almost like a straight shank hook. Mix up sizes and colors and catch fish!! Material List Add to Cart   View in store                                       Hook: Dohiku Hooks HDN 302 - 20Thread: UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier - BlackBead: Hanak Round+ Slotted Tungsten Beads - Silver - 2.5mmTail: Whiting Coq De Leon Tailing Packs - Dark PardoRib: Perdigones Pearl Body 30 - BlackResin: Solarez UV Cure Resin - Bone Dry .5 OzAlternate Hook: Dohiku Hooks HDN 302 - 18Alternate Hook: Fulling Mill 35105 Competition Heavyweight Hook Barbless - 16

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  • Size 24 Soft Hackle

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Dec 24, 2019 | 01:59 am

    Size 24 Soft Hackle Small and SimpleI really hadn't tied a soft hackle with this style of hackle in a size 24 before I tried this one, so why not film it...  Anyway, small soft hackles should be in any winter angler's box, and they can illicit aggressive strikes if you swing them through a pod of fish rising to midges on the surface.  No need explaining more about this pattern.  Tie them up, swing them, and hold on!Material List Add to Cart   View in store                                  Hook: TMC 101 Dry Fly Hook - 24 - 25 PackThread: UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier - Blue DunHackle: Whiting 4B Hen Cape - GrizzlyHackle Alternate: Spey Chickabou Pelt - WhiteHackle Alternate: Whiting 4B Hen Cape - Natural Dark DunHackle Alternate: Whiting 4B Hen Cape - Natural Medium DunHackle Alternate: Whiting 4B Hen Cape - White Dyed Dark DunOther tools from the tutorial:   C&F Design Midge Hackle PliersC&F Design Hackle Pliers

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  • Latex Beadhead Stonefly Nymph

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Dec 23, 2019 | 01:10 am

    Latex Beadhead Stonefly Nymph Looks hard, but it Ain'tStoneflies, or nymphs with pronounced appendages, should definitely be a staple in your fly box.  We fish a lot in the tailwaters of Utah where the fish are very selective, and they really prefer to feed on small nymphs.  Well...  That's what I thought for many years.  I really got into using a seine in the river to get a better look of the food options in my favorite sections, and I was really surprised at the results of the samples.  I found that there was an abundance of stoneflies and larger caddis flies, so I made some changes to my fly selection and started picking up more and more fish.  This stonefly is on the smaller side of the spectrum, but this same style can be tied much larger.  Give a bigger bug a throw, you might be pleasantly surprised! Material List Add to Cart   View in store                             Hook: Fulling Mill 35105 Competition Heavyweight Hook Barbless - 12Thread: UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier - Dark BrownBead: Hanak Round+ Slotted Tungsten Beads - Gold - 4.0mmTail/Legs: Daddy Long Legs - TanBody/Wing Case: Kiley's Exo Skin - BrownThorax: Life Cycle Dubbing -[…]

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  • Halloween Jig Bugger

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Dec 21, 2019 | 22:18 pm

    Halloween Jig Bugger Black + Orange = TroutYes...  Another wooly bugger, kind of anyway.  We have been tying flies on jig hooks for both lakes and rivers, and this style of fly is one that should definitely make it to your small streamer selection.  You can mix up the colors to match all kinds of things, but there is something about a black and orange combo that really seems work well.  The body of this fly is built out of simi seal so it picks out really well and complements the hackle really well.  It's also a really cool halloween color that pairs up well with multiple shades of orange and black. Because we have a variety of hackles that will work with this fly, we opted not to list them in the recipe.  Check HERE to see our selection of Burnt Orange hackle.Material List Add to Cart   View in store                                  Hook: Hanak H 400 BL Jig Hook - 8Thread: UTC Ultrathread 140 Denier - Fl. OrangeBead: Hanak Metallic+ Slotted Tungsten Beads - Orange - 4.0mmTail: Fish Hunter Premium Strung Marabou - Black (UV)Tail: Wapsi Strung Blood Quill Marabou - Burnt OrangeRib: UTC Ultra Wire -[…]

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  • Parachute Adams - Clean and Easy

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Dec 21, 2019 | 01:26 am

    Parachute Adams - Clean and Easy Simplify a GREAT PatternKind of like when you are watching Monday Night Football and the left guard is from Ohio State and he says "THE Ohio State University..."  Yeah, who cares.  BUT, when you are talking about parachute flies, you should always say "THE Parachute Adams."  Morphed from one of the most popular patterns in fly fishing history - the Adams, the Parachute Adams is kind of a more modern approach to fishing a dry fly because it gets rid of the hackle tipped wings that are somewhat unruly and harder and harder to find.  The white post (or any color that you can see well) also boosts the angler's confidence in being able to see the fly while fishing.  As you will see in the video, we swapped out the traditional tail for Coq de Leon fibers, and we show you how to achieve both brown and grizzly hackle out of one single hackle feather.  Check out the video to see how it all comes together! Before you look at the material list for this fly, make sure to get some good grizzly hackle.  We have plenty of it HERE.Material List Add to Cart   View in store           […]

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  • Adams Cripple

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Dec 21, 2019 | 01:25 am

    Adams Cripple A Slightly Buggier AdamsIt seems far fetched, but there are times that a normal Adams or Parachute Adams just isn't buggy enough for the fish.  This is a pattern from Blue Ribbon Flies that will keep the same colors of the Adams, but it sits lower in the water and has a buggier tail.  Fish it either with a full hackle (as pictured) or trim the hackle flush on the bottom side! Before you look at the material list for this fly, make sure to get some good grizzly hackle.  We have plenty of it HERE.Material List Add to Cart   View in store                                  Hook: TMC Tiemco 102Y Dry Hook - 13Thread: UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier - Blue DunTail: Bett's Z-Lon - Standard - BrownBody: Super Fine Dry Fly Dubbing - Adam's GrayWing: EP Trigger Point Int'l Fibers - WhiteBody Alternate: TroutHunter Dry Fly Dubbing - Adam's GrayBody Alternate: Nature's Spirit Beaver Dubbing - Muskrat GrayOther tools from the tutorial: Fiskars 5" Micro-Tip Scissors

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  • CDC Midge Emerger

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Dec 19, 2019 | 22:08 pm

    CDC Midge Emerger No-See-Um PatrolThe midge hatch has always been one of my favorite hatches for reasons I still can't quite figure out.  It always cold and the bugs are super tiny, but maybe that's why I like it so much.  Those two factors keep a lot of people off the water and on the couch, so there is more river to enjoy.  I first started fishing the midge hatch pretty heavily about 17 years ago, and It's kind of been hit and miss for me based on how much motivation I have to go stand in the cold (read: Angler who sits on the couch as noted above).  In order to catch midge eaters, its important to have a few different styles of flies, and the emerger is one that should be at the top of your list.  Keep them sparse and simple, fish them with a good presentation, and you will be landing fish in no time. The beauty of this fly is that you can switch it up to a wide range of colors to match the flies in your area.  Pop some tylenol, grab the size 24s and off you go. Material List Add to Cart   View in[…]

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  • Hello, Anybody There?

    Northern California Trout Jan 19, 2020 | 04:01 am

    Hello, Anybody There? Saturday morning at La Casa Kautz and I decided to give my wife a morning without me under foot.Got up early, loaded the truck with the necessary fishing accouterments and with the temperature at a nice freezing 32 degrees, headed for Lake Camanche.When I got to the lake it was a balmy 42 degrees, but temperature wasn't the problem. If I hadn't been familiar with the lake, would have completely missed it in the fog.Can you find the lake?Set up two rods with rainbow Power Bait and threw them out somewhere. Barely could see your hand in front of you face. OK, wasn't quite that bad at lake side or I probably would have parked my truck in the lake. Did I mention my wife calls me Mr. Exaggeration?In 42 degrees, I had my parka on, gloves, ball cap, ear muffs, yes ear muffs, and in my gloves, chemical had warmers and I still froze. To bolster my frozen body I also had a cup of coffee from Java Drive and a couple glazed donuts. And there I sat. I think there were other people out there, but I couldn't see them. Like fishing blind. Alright, I'll stop with the super fog stuff.[…]

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  • If You're Going To Start Fishing 2020 This Is The Way To Do It

    Northern California Trout Jan 10, 2020 | 22:40 pm

    If You're Going To Start Fishing 2020 This Is The Way To Do It My wife had the day off work and was off to Folsom to a quilting class present she got for her birthday last month.I had the option of staying at the house and being a Haus Frau (that's German for house wife) or doing something else. What would you have done?I went fishing of course.You all know I have this arthritis problem in my back and hips, but I also have something called peripheral neuropathy. About 20 years ago my toes started to get numb. Doctor said I should wear more comfortable shoes. As time went on, the numbness spread through my feet and up my legs. Next doctor sent me to a Neurologist and he diagnosed it as peripheral neuropathy. He said about 40% of people that have it, don't know why.  It has currently stopped just below my knees. Some years later, in the hospital recovering from a heart attack I mentioned to a nurse about it and she asked questions.Back in the 80's I worked for an oil company.When I worked for that company, one of the processes we had was to remove writing on the drums with Acetone and re-stencil with what ever information needed to be[…]

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  • 2019 .................................gone

    Northern California Trout Dec 30, 2019 | 17:23 pm

    2019 .................................gone In 2018 our family welcomed Mavis Ranae Bonnie my Great-Granddaughter. Christmas 2019 found her so mobile that she's being fenced in. OK, fence around the wood stove. Fence around the TV. Fence blocking the doorways. Mavis containment at it's best.MavisIn February I announced that I'm really a Fish. You know my Grandfather Henry Joseph Fish. I also mentioned that I got a fish finder (I was easy to find) for my kayak. Still got it, haven't used it but once or twice. Still don't know how the darn thing works.May found me at Pardee Reservoir. I rarely fish Pardee, but a 4 lb 5 oz Rainbow will probably change that in 2020. Pardee doesn't open again until February.  Somewhere in the thousands of pictures I have is the shot of the Rainbow. If you really want to see it, go Here.June found us camping at the worst campground we've ever been in. Barrett Cove at Lake McClure. A wild fire waiting to happen. The 29th of June got my wife in her kayak out on White Pines Lake in beautiful downtown Arnold, California. Don't have a really good picture of her in the kayak so I'll pass on posting a shot. At the beginning[…]

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  • Only The Lonely

    Northern California Trout Dec 27, 2019 | 18:44 pm

    Only The Lonely Christmas Eve 2019.My wife was working so as I usually do at times like these, I went fishing.Hey, got to do something to ward off the shack nasties.Wasn't too cold that morning. Maybe 42 when I left home. At the lake is was about the same, but no wind blowing so the chill factor wasn't bad.Got set up right at 0900 and put out two rods with rainbow Power Bait. What else!Then I started to look around to see if anyone was catching anything. Sounds like I was in a fog, but was just concentrating on getting set up. There was NOBODY out there. I had the whole of North Shore to myself. I decided to fish in the cove where I usually do.NobodyThat way eitherI had a cup of coffee from the little coffee shop on the way. For future reference it's called Java Drive. So I just got into a Zen state and sipped my coffee. Thought I got a bite on the left rod, but didn't feel any tug when I picked it up, so I just left it.About 0930 I did get a bite on my little Okuma rod that was on the right and brought[…]

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  • Happy Holidays

    Northern California Trout Dec 23, 2019 | 15:53 pm

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.3 shots of  Goldschläger will make your eyeballs do that. I know this from experience. See Y'all next year.

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  • Small Town America, Amador City, California

    Northern California Trout Dec 19, 2019 | 19:14 pm

    Small Town America, Amador City, California Amador City is another of those little towns in the Motherlode. It was originally discovered in 1849 by a group of gold miners, one of whom was Jose Maria Amador. Like Volcano in the last episode, Amador City is a one "main" street town and has a pivot point where you can look one way in the direction of Sutter Creek (that's for another day) and the other direction Westerly. West from Amador City, there isn't much except farms, highways, open country and eventually Sacramento.Population of Amador City (as of 2017) 190.Facing WestFacing toward Sutter CreekWhen you come into town, THE PLACE to stop is Andrae's Bakery. That's it below. They have the BEST pastries, I think the phrase is "to die for". Yes, I stopped in when I was there this morning and got a couple cinnamon rolls, a couple cinnamon pull-aparts for the wife, and being the nice guy I am, got a dozen Nibby Cookies (kind of chocolate chip with nuts and other stuff) for the Yahoo's Katherine works with.Andrae's BakeryFor a long time I thought the building below was the Amador Hotel. Might have been in the past, but it's now a business complex.As you walk in[…]

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  • The Great Cormorant Mystery

    Northern California Trout Dec 17, 2019 | 22:35 pm

    The Great Cormorant Mystery Got up this morning to 29 degrees here in beautiful downtown Jackson. I really wanted to go fishing, but if you'll remember the last time I froze my butt off.So I steeled myself to staying home even though I completed today's Haus Frau chores yesterday. I hemed and hawed back and forth and finally decided to see what the temperature was at the lake. It was a blazing 45 according to a Google search.That was it, I'm going.I got to the lake at 9:00 and parked out on the point where I usually fish.The usual point.Set a couple rods out with rainbow Power Bait and took a couple photo's around to show, at least I wasn't alone.The far pointClose byNotice it's a bit cloudy yet? Actually it was very cloudy, but not rain clouds. Just ones from the incoming storm system due tomorrow.CloudyIt was rather nice until the wind picked up. I was prepared though. I had my parka, gloves, and hand warmers. No frozen butt today. No I didn't put the hand warmers on my butt. Thought I'd head that one off at the pass.I spent my time sipping a nice cup of coffee from the little coffee shop[…]

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  • A Geography Lesson

    Northern California Trout Dec 7, 2019 | 19:03 pm

    A Geography Lesson 1. If you missed the beginning of the "Small Town America" series, just scroll down.2. Just to let you know they found our stolen trailer in Sacramento. People were living in it and it was in pretty good shape, but that was all the Sacramento County Sheriff would tell me.3. Every day or so I get a new picture on my computer when I open it. The pictures are usually some awesome place I'll never visit so it's nice to see the rest of the world like we do via other's blogs. The reason I started the "Small Town America" series. This morning the one below was the new one.Now starts the Geography lesson..............This lovely Winter scene is of Baden-Württemberg, Germany. If you've followed this blog for any length of time you know I've been researching my ancestors (actually for about 29 years).Baden-Württemberg, GermanyPretty Christmas scene huh.When I saw the name on this photo, my eyes lit up. I have MANY relatives from this place. Since I only knew it by name, my first reaction was to go to Google Maps and find it.Turns out that Baden-Württemberg is a state like California. Then I started to see the towns on a lot[…]

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  • Small Town America, Volcano, California

    Northern California Trout Dec 7, 2019 | 02:38 am

    Small Town America, Volcano, California Like I said in my last post, I thought I'd start a series of posts about all the small towns around where I live.Our first stop is Volcano, California. It's a cool little town population 103. I know that seems like a small place, but the 103 are just those who live in the town limits, if you will. There are a lot more residents and Volcano covers a pretty vast area.To start off, I took a couple of pictures of what I consider the pivot point of the town. The town is basically a one street town with a 90 degree turn in the middle. From this corner you can look East and you will see the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Actually, you are in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Volcano sits at an elevation of 2070 feet.Looking EastThen as you span to the right you are now looking in a Southerly direction. Again you are looking at the mountains. Looking SouthDown this part of the street is the St. George Hotel. It's been here for ages. Each room is named for some part of the gold country. Here is a couple examples: Hells Delight, Poker Flat, and You[…]

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  • I Have A Thought

    Northern California Trout Dec 1, 2019 | 14:29 pm

    It's just past 6:00 am here in Northern California. I don't know what I'm doing posting at this God forsaken hour on a Sunday morning when I should be sleeping, but yet here I am.A lot of my fellow bloggers talk about the places they go to fish. I've done the same, but feel it's getting redundant. You've all seen Hope Valley, Upper Lake, the local lakes (Bear River, Silver Lake, Caples Lake and the downcountry lakes, Amador, Camanche, and Pardee.)Now with the back and leg problems (Osteoarthritis) I'm even more limited in where  can go to fish. Besides that this old body doesn't do cold very well any more so I have to wait for it to warm up some before I can fish. Folks, it's hell getting old.With the advent of rain 13 of the next 15 days I wanted to see if I could do something to keep your interest in coming back to NCT.At first I tried the political bash. Just didn't have it in me to keep reporting what a moron Donald Trump is. Unless you live in a cave (with that Geico caveman) you see the news and can make your own decisions.In thinking[…]

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