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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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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.

  • 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 […]

  • 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! […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • “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.


  • Returning From War

    Featured Content Aug 5, 2019 | 01:52 am

    Returning From War Why flyfishing works for traumatically wounded combat veteransThe two pairs of boots sit next to each other on my closet floor: old, waterproof, knee-high LaCrosse Alphas, and the tan combat boots that I wore as a paratrooper fighting in Afghanistan. I'm attached to them both, but for very different reasons. I enlisted in 2008, at 41 years of age, during "The Surge"—when the Army was sending an increasing number of warm bodies to our country's ongoing conflicts in the Middle East. Imagine a strong riptide pulling surfers out to sea, sucking in the occasional beachcomber. That was me—feet in the water, thinking that I might want to surf too. Four years and two combat tours later, on leave from the 82nd Airborne Division, I was standing in New York's Cohocton River in my rubber boots, thankful to still be alive.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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."


  • Streamer Float with Dr. Timothy

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Aug 18, 2019 | 22:12 pm

    Streamer Float with Dr. Timothy When the Fish Don't Eat Dries, Throw StreamersTim and I got out to float while Curtis and Lance explored some other small stream options.  It was as interesting night because we thought we would be fishing hoppers and caddis, but the most consistent fly was an olive streamer until it got dark.  Once it got darker the caddis really started to pop, and the corn fed caddis was the absolute ticket.  We probably caught more fish in the last 30 minutes of the trip than the rest of the trip combined!  Check out the Corn Fed Caddis, and Thread Frenchie!  They are must haves for summer fishing.

  • Mil Spec Perdigon

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Aug 14, 2019 | 10:38 am

    Mil Spec Perdigon Euro Nymph or Dry DropperOne late night as I was tying for our trip to Argentina I was trying to crank out as many flies as I could, so I turned to the good ol' mil spec technique to create some quill-looking perdigones.  The fly that you see pictured here was actually one of those late night accidents because I was tying them with a gold bead, but I grabbed a copper/brown bead and it ended up on one single fly in my box.  You know how that story goes right?  Yup...  It was the best dropper pattern of the whole trip.  I had several others tied with gold beads, but there was something about this color of bead that made the fish eat it without hesitation.  We were fishing a very productive run with this fly, and I was worried that I'd lose it so I tied on a gold bead to see if I could catch fish on it...  Usually the fish aren't that picky, but in this case, the bead made all the difference because I caught exactly zero fish on the gold bead.  Once the brown bead was on again, I started to catch fish.  Needless[…]

  • Project Hopper Version 2.0

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Aug 9, 2019 | 21:23 pm

    Project Hopper Version 2.0 Simple, Precise, Realistic.This one is pretty exciting to me because it's been a long time coming through tweaking and development.  I was talking about this the other day with my son, and he reminded me that he has the original Project Hopper version 1 with rubber back legs and everything.  He wouldn't give that back to me for $100 right now because he thinks he's pretty cool...  Anyway, I digress.  The Project Hopper has been tied in lots and lots of configurations over the past few years that I have been playing with it, and this version is perhaps the most time effective at the vise.  With the help of my good friend Clint Vought (who is basically a bearded mini squatch with insane drafting skills) I was able to direct the design of a perfectly scaled cutter set from River Road Creations for a size 6-10.  The cutters make this pattern quite a bit easier to tie, and you can even use these cutters for more than just this fly.  I also started using it for the Slum Hopper with great success.  Anyway, watch the video to see how to start with a block of foam, and end up[…]

  • Tiger Trout TOADS!

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Aug 8, 2019 | 11:53 am

    Tiger Trout TOADS! We Caught some PigsBig B with the Big TOur latest adventure takes us up into the high country on a hike searching for some Tiger Trout. We ended up with some decently sized fish. The fish liked the Balanced Damsel and we also caught some on the Frenchie Chironomid and some callibaetis to boot. The links are below:Balanced Damsel TutorialPurchase the Balanced Damsel FlyFrenchie Chironomid TutorialCallidrangus Callibaetis patternand the video...

  • Terrestrials in the Rain?Provo River Float

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Aug 5, 2019 | 12:45 pm

    Terrestrials in the Rain?Provo River Float The Fish are Already Wet...We had been playing the weather by ear since the day before, but when you are presented with an opportunity to float in the rain, the answer is always yes - you just rely on good rain gear.  We were kind of hell bent on fishing Bionic Ants even through the rain, and we are glad we did!!!  I actually started the day off with a new color combo of Grumpy Frumpy that worked pretty well, but the Bionic seemed to get the fish really moving aggressively.  Here is basically how the trip went: Cheech breaks H3 rod in short order (after catching a couple fish on it.) Lance shows off accuracy with his fancy G Loomis Asquith (which I then fished for the rest of the trip.)  Asquith is a CRAZY nice rod... Rain is somewhat drizzly and relentless, which made for perfect conditions for the fish to be aggressive.  Fish go nuts on the Bionic Ant for the rest of the trip...  As you will see at the end of the video, the ant that I was fishing had a few modifications.  I tied it with the Wapsi XL ant body on a TMC 9300[…]

  • Stoneflopper - Foto Foam Version

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Aug 3, 2019 | 11:15 am

    Stoneflopper - Foto Foam Version Killer Gets an UpgradeIf you fish hoppers or stoneflies you NEED this in your box.  I have been fishing this pattern for a number of years, and I immediately knew how I'd incorporate the new Foto Foam from Montana Fly as soon as we got it in the shop.  At first I was concerned about the durability of the printed pattern on the foam, but after fishing several patterns that use it, I have been very impressed with both how well the pattern stays on the foam, but how long the foam lasts.  I also made a few simple adjustments to make this fly a little bit simpler, like changing the wing from elk hair to EP Trigger Point Fibers.  Also, as a general note, I use both 3XL hooks (like the TMC 5263) and 2XL hooks (like the TMC 5262 and the Daiichi 1710) on this fly with great success.  Because those models are all pretty fast moving models, if one of them is out of stock, you can easily sub for one of the other models - or just buy the 5263 in a 100 pack. Material List Add to Cart   View in store                     […]

  • Tubular Hopper

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Jul 24, 2019 | 16:06 pm

    Tubular Hopper A Very Simple But Effective HopperSeveral years ago while preparing to participate in a Green River single fly event I was introduced to a popular Rio Verde guide pattern called a Tootsie Roll.  My friends at Spinner Fall Guide Service, Scott Barrus, and Charlie Card, convinced me that the way to do well in that event was to fish a dry fly, particularly the Tootsie Roll.  The Tubular Hopper is a variation of the Tootsie Roll and has been producing well for me whenever fish are on smallish hoppers. Like most flies I fish, this is a fairly simple pattern, and for a hopper, is a relatively fast tie.  With it’s Tubular foam body and trigger point wing it is a buoyant pattern that fishes well on its own or with a dropper. Add the magic of coachman brown hackle and some legs and you can’t miss (though I hope you get many opportunities to miss fish) with this little hopper pattern. ~ LanceAlso, if you are interested in floating the Green River with some really fishy guys, check out the Spinner Fall guys at www.flyfishgreenriver.com.Material List Add to Cart   View in store                        Hook: Gamakatsu R18-B Multi-Purpose[…]

  • 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[…]

  • 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

  • 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)


  • Yakking On Woods Lake

    Northern California Trout Aug 6, 2019 | 10:29 am

    Yakking On Woods Lake You remember the post about a month ago when Yuki and I fished Woods Creek at the outlet of Woods Lake. Here is a reminder.July 8, 2019Note the snowYuki 7/8/2019Well, yesterday we put our kayaks in and I had a couple things I needed to do at the lake. First I wanted to try out the (now not so new) fish finder. I still don't have a handle how that thing works. I'll only say that it kept flashing 19 ft even when I was sitting on the shore. More research needed.So after getting my Lifetime Kayak (total weight 50 pounds) in the water, we put Yuki's new (he didn't tell me he bought a new kayak), in. I don't have the information on his kayak except it is a fishing kayak and the thing weighs about 300 pounds. I lost all though of information just struggling to get that sucker in the lake. OK, so maybe is only weighs about 90 pounds. Either way that kayak is HEAVY.Good, now we're on the water paddling to the other side which he says is where the fish are. He's already been yakking in the lake before with his daughter the Biologist[…]

  • 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[…]

  • 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[…]

  • 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[…]

  • 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. 

  • 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[…]

  • 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[…]

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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[…]