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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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  • Learn to Tie Flies Episode 2: Best Budget Vise

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Dec 5, 2019 | 04:38 am

    Great Hook HoldersIn this episode we break down the age old question that we hear so many times...  What is the best budget vise?Renzetti Traveler: https://store.flyfishfood.com/searchr...Regal Travel Vise: https://store.flyfishfood.com/Regal-M...Peak Rotary Vise: https://store.flyfishfood.com/Peak-Ro...Griffin Montana Mongoose: https://store.flyfishfood.com/Griffin...Griffin Spider Vises: https://store.flyfishfood.com/searchr...Griffin Montana Pro: https://store.flyfishfood.com/Griffin...Griffin Superior 1A: https://store.flyfishfood.com/Griffin...Wolff Apex: https://store.flyfishfood.com/Apex-Vi...

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  • Zebra Bomb - Anchor Fly

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Dec 2, 2019 | 04:01 am

    Zebra Bomb - Anchor Fly Small Size Gets DownIf there is one thing that I've learned as I progress in my nymphing skills, it's that you don't always need a huge heavy fly to fish at depth.  In fact, there are many instances when a fly that has a lot of appendages will hang up in the water column even though it has a huge bead and a lot of lead wraps.  This fly is basically just thin profile nymph pattern that can be morphed into many different colors, and it can also be modified for weight just based on what size of a bead you put on it.  This video shows a size 16 fly with a 3.5mm bead on it, but you could tie the same size 16 with a lighter bead as well.  Tie bombs and GET DOWN!!~ Cheech Material List Add to Cart   View in store                                  Hook: Hanak H 400 BL Jig Hook - 16Bead: Hanak Round+ Slotted Tungsten Beads - Silver - 3.5mmTail: UV2 Coq de Leon Perdigon Fire Tail Feathers - Fl. NaturalBody: Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier - BlackRibbing: UTC Ultra Wire - Red - SmallFlash: Ice Blue[…]

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  • Espresso Midge

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Nov 26, 2019 | 22:38 pm

    Espresso Midge A Midge with a Jolt of EnergyThis little fly has been in our bins for a while, but it just dawned on me that we should actually take it out for a spin.  The results were as expected and we caught a pile of fish with it! Much like it's non jigged midge pupa brothers, this bug can put some serious fish in the net.  I know, I know...  It's just basically a zebra midge on a jig hook, so what's so special about it?  In my opinion, the ability to add different sizes of beads without compromising the hook gap is critical.  On a normal scud hook you have to be pretty careful with the size of your bead so you don't eat up the hook gap, but with a slotted bead on a jig hook, the bulk of the weight sits opposite the hook gap side.  Long story short?  Add weight, catch fish... The most common colors of this fly are black and claret, but there are no limits to the color combos you can create with it.  Happy fishing!~ Cheech Material List Add to Cart   View in store                                  Hook: Hanak[…]

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  • Jiggy Fat Minnow

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Nov 20, 2019 | 22:14 pm

    Jiggy Fat Minnow The Baby Fat Minnow Gains WeightIf you haven't see the Baby Fat Minnow or the Low Fat Minnow, you should check them out!  They have been absolute killers for us on lakes, and on rivers that require a lighter weight streamer pattern.  A few weeks back Lance suggested a baby fat minnow style fly on a jig hook, so I started tweaking it.  It's a really basic change to the fly, but there are some subtle techniques to get it to turn out correctly behind the bead.  Check out the video for a full tying lesson, and watch Lance and Curtis sneak one from my box while I was out of town to go give it a fish...~CheechMaterial List Add to Cart   View in store                                                                 Hook: Hanak H 480 BL Jig Hook - 6Thread: 6/0 UNI-Thread Waxed - WhiteBead: Hareline Slotted Tungsten Beads - Silver - 3/16" (4.6mm)Tail: Whiting Mini Bird Fur - WhiteBody: Ripple Ice Dub - Mother of PearlHead 1: Bruiser Blend Junior Dubbing - Gray HoloHead 2: Bruiser Blend Junior Dubbing - CreamEyes: 3D Holographic Eyes - Super Pearl - 1/8"Resin 1: Solarez UV[…]

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  • Hare Bomb - Hare's Ear Variation

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Nov 16, 2019 | 06:35 am

    Hare Bomb - Hare's Ear Variation Anchors Away!The Hare's Ear nymph is probably one of two flies that everybody has in their fly box at any time.  It can imitate a stonefly, cadddis, mayfly, etc. but most importantly, it looks like FOOD.  I'm convinced that there is some type of pre-determined DNA in trout that tells them to eat hare's ears.  We kind of simplified this one by taking off the wing case, and we added a huge bead to allow it to get down to where the fish live and eat.  Enough typing...  Check out the video and tie them in size 10-18. Material List Add to Cart   View in store                                  Hook: Hanak H 400 BL Jig Hook - 14Thread: UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier - Fl. OrangeBead: Hanak Round+ Slotted Tungsten Beads - Gold - 4.0mmTail: Spanish Coq De LeonBody: Nature's Spirit Snowshoe Rabbit Foot Dubbing - Hare's EarRib: Midge Sparkle Braid - RootbeerAlternate Hook: Fulling Mill 35045 Jig Hook - 14

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  • Epoxy Eyed Zonker

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Nov 13, 2019 | 04:35 am

    Epoxy Eyed Zonker Add Some Hot Sauce to Your Classic FlyThis is a pattern that I have been playing with off and on for several years.  Really it's not anything new, but it has some extra bells and whistles that make it stand out a little bit.  This has been a great pattern at our local reservoir that is full of minnow eating cutthroat trout, and you can adjust the weight to make it heavy enough to take a swim in moving water as well.  Enough reading!  Check out the video!Hook Alternates:  Daiichi 2461 or the MFC 7050Material List Add to Cart   View in store                                                      Hook: Hanak H 95 Streamer Maxx Predator Hook - 1Thread: Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 140 Denier - WhiteBead: Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Metallic Pink - 5/32" (3.8mm)Tail/Body: Rabbit Zonker Strips - WhiteBody Dub: SLF Prism Dubbing - Ice PearlCollar: Crosscut Rabbit Strips - WhiteLateral Line: Fluoro Fiber - Hot PinkEye: 3D Holographic Eyes - Super Pearl - 3/16"Resin: Loon UV Colored Fly Finish - Hot PinkResin: Loon UV Clear Fly Finish - Thick (1/2 oz)Resin: Solarez UV Cure Resin - Bone Dry .5 Oz

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  • The Grumpy Frumpy - OG Version

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Nov 7, 2019 | 15:24 pm

    The Grumpy Frumpy - OG Version Cheech's Favorite Dry Fly Before you get too far reading this, you HAVE to check out the way I tied in this hackle.  It's absolutely bulletproof.Now that we have that out of the way, the Grumpy Frumpy was one of my first commercially available fly patterns that has morphed over the years in size and color, but it seems that I always come back to the original colorway - yellow/tan.  Check out the story of how it was created HERE.  It seems that many of my most memorable fishing days are when the fish are aggressively and stupidly gorging on attractors like the Grumpy Frumpy!  ~ Cheech You will need hackle with this fly as well, and since we individually size them, here is a link to all of our available COACHMAN BROWN hackle.  You can use coachman brown or grizzly dyed coachman brown... The fish approve of both.Material List Add to Cart   View in store                                        Hook: TMC Tiemco 9300 Dry & Wet Hook - 10Thread: 6/0 UNI-Thread Waxed - CamelTail: Bett's Z-Lon - Standard - BrownBody: Danville's Rayon 4 Strand Floss - YellowOverbody: Fly Tying Foam - 2mm - TanWing: EP Trigger Point[…]

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  • Articulated Bruiser Bugger - Simple Articulated Streamer

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Oct 31, 2019 | 02:41 am

    Articulated Bruiser Bugger - Simple Articulated Streamer Simple, Fishy, GoodnessI think we all like the flash of a big trout after it engulfs a big articulated streamer, but we don't always love tying those big time hogging bugs.  This fly is designed to be a fly that is pretty simple to tie, and they can be tied in a wide range of colors and sizes.  Also, be sure to check out it's little brother, the Bruiser Bugger. Material List Add to Cart   View in store                                                      Hook: Fulling Mill 36040 Streamer Stripper - 2Hook: Daiichi 2461 - Long Shank Streamer Hook - 4Thread: Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 140 Denier - YellowBead: 3D Articulation Beads - GoldEyes: Double Pupil Lead Eyes - Large - Yellow w/ White & BlackConnection: Senyo Intruder Trailer Hook Wire - Black - RegularTail: Fish Hunter Premium Strung Marabou - Lemon YellowLegs: Grizzly Flutter Legs - Black Barred Hot YellowBody: Ice Dub - GoldHackle: Whiting American Rooster Saddle - Grizzly Dyed YellowHead: Bruiser Blend Dubbing - Canary

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  • Complex Twist Sow Bug

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Oct 27, 2019 | 05:47 am

    Complex Twist Sow Bug All Protein, All SeasonsThe Guide for New Fly Shop Employees (1995) has a very in depth chapter about fly recommendations in Utah.  To sum it up, if you aren't quite sure what to prescribe an angler who is headed out, recommend a sow bug regardless of the season.  Sow bugs are a plentiful food source in a lot of Utah rivers, and the fish love to eat them.  Rainbow sows, Ray Charles, Gut Sacks, Local Magic Mojo, etc...  Just make sure that they have a sow bug, and they will likely catch fish.  It was this logic that made me want to kind of mess with some patterns on jig hooks that would be durable, easy, and quick to tie.  See, with sow bugs, you are going to fish them pretty close to the bottom to match where they are in the river, so it's important that they can be a pretty quick tie because you will break some off.  This pattern really isn't anything super original.  It's basically a variation of the Ray Charles that doesn't have any flashback, and has wire twisted up with the herls to make it more durable.  Cheech Material List Add to Cart   View in[…]

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  • THE Curtis Fry - Baitfish Pattern

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Oct 14, 2019 | 03:39 am

    THE Curtis Fry - Baitfish Pattern This Fly Should Have Happened a LONG Time AgoBefore we get too far into this thing...  Yes, this is basically a variation of a Surf Candy fly modified for trout, and it's not really anything new...  That being said, colored resins open up a lot of doors for flies in this style.  It's a great technique to tie flies that are pretty simple, durable, and catch fish - so there really is no excuse not to try a few of them.  The beauty of having so many colored resin options is that you can tie them to match almost ANY baitfish.Also, It took Curtis long enough to use this name that I had to do the right thing and step in and steal it.  Not apologizing.  At. All.~ CheechNOTE!!  The Chickabou pelts can come and go in regards to availability.  Any chickabou product will work for this fly.  Check out our chickabou inventory: HEREMaterial List Add to Cart   View in store                                            Hook: Ahrex 610 Trout Predator Streamer Hook - 4Thread: Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 140 Denier - WhiteBody: Polar Flash - 2033 - Mirage OpalEyes: 3D Holographic Eyes -[…]

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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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  • Happy Thanksgiving Everyone

    Northern California Trout Nov 28, 2019 | 17:59 pm

    Gobble.....Gobble....

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  • I Never Thought I'd Say This

    Northern California Trout Nov 26, 2019 | 20:46 pm

    I Never Thought I'd Say This If you haven't seen the news, we have a huge storm coming in this afternoon here in California.The reports coming out of Lake Camanche have been "They're stocking, but no one is catching".Since my yearly pass expired at the end of September, I thought I'd get out of the house before the storm got here and drive out to Camanche and renew it. Just in case the fish might be biting, I also took my gear. One has to be prepared.When I got to check-in and re-upped my pass (at a slightly higher price), the girl said catching was being done. OK, paid for the fishing tag and was on my way to the North Shore Day Use Area.Across the lakeA little to the leftMy spot for the dayNice Truck, Huh.I came prepared for cold. What I didn't come prepared for was this cold. Like the title, I thought I'd never say this, but it was too cold for fishing. Every year it seems harder for me to handle the cold during the Winter. This morning it was 42 degrees with a wind blowing at maybe 15 from the SW. Wind chill was probably high 30's.I had a long sleeve[…]

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  • Oh Look !

    Northern California Trout Nov 9, 2019 | 16:38 pm

    Oh Look ! Lance: A steel-tipped spear carried by mounted knights or light cavalryLance Travel Trailer Model 229511-8-2019If you want to see all the goodies inside, go here:https://www.lancecamper.com/travel-trailers/2295/gallery/No, we didn't get as decadent as adding the fireplace. Besides it's only electric.When you get to the site, be sure to click on the 360 button and let it show you around.Fishing next Thursday. They've started planting Lake Camanche, but don't expect much.Stay tuned.

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  • Soon A Replacement

    Northern California Trout Nov 6, 2019 | 15:43 pm

    This is a hint: A steel-tipped spear carried by mounted knights or light cavalryCome back Friday afternoon for pictures and an explanation. Stay tuned. 

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  • The Garden Is Toast

    Northern California Trout Oct 30, 2019 | 15:03 pm

    The Garden Is Toast We've come to the end of the growing season. Three mornings of frost and the "Out of control" garden is gone.JulyQuite a difference between July and yesterday morning. 10/29/2019What's left went into the green recycle bin and the 6 or so Winter Squash are finishing their ripening cycle on the counter in the kitchen. The Freedom Express is officially gone and insurance payment has been made. Now all we have to do is find one we like as well as we did the Freedom Express since they don't make that model any more and buying a used one is out of the question. Won't camp in someone else's dirt. Downcountry lakes should be cold enough to plant soon, so maybe fishing shortly. As I get older, I have less desire to fish in the freezing cold than I used to, which explains why I've not be fishing upcountry. Lake Tahoe, which is lower than most of the upcountry lakes, was 12 degrees this morning. So stay tuned. Won't e long before I have a "real" fishing post.  Happy Halloween everyone. 

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  • The End Of An Era

    Northern California Trout Oct 24, 2019 | 14:47 pm

    The End Of An Era Well, it's been two weeks since the Freedom Express was stolen. The insurance company has now considered it gone and has started the settlement process.GoneIn talking to the claims processor, apparently a stolen travel trailer is not an unusual thing. When they comment that they are "extremely familiar with the settlement process", it pretty much says it all.I had one occurrence last Thursday that kind of settled this whole stolen thing in my mind. I was coming home from a birthday breakfast with my son (it was the big 50) and I noticed a trailer sitting on a piece of ground, right next to the highway that looked to be still attached to the truck in front of it. The trailer was completely covered (to the ground) with a gray tarp. You could not see any part of the trailer. I immediately went around the corner from my house to the Highway Patrol office and asked them to investigate since they were the ones to write the stolen report. The first question asked: Was it on private property. I assumed it was. They couldn't do anything because they can't just access private property without at least something telling them it was my,[…]

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  • And Then it Was Gone

    Northern California Trout Oct 10, 2019 | 15:05 pm

    And Then it Was Gone Tuesday Night, Midnight and Pacific Gas & Electric with a "Weather Event (their phrase for high winds)" coming, they shut off the electricity to 800,000 people in Northern California.Wednesday morning was a bit of a challenge. No electricity, no electric coffee pot. So there I am pouring hot water (we have a gas stove that works without electric. You know the old match to the burner trick) over the coffee grounds to get some ersatz coffee.Then I had an epiphany (seems I get these quite often). Why not get the camping coffee pot out of the trailer. It works on the stove top just like an electric one and makes good coffee.Around 9ish I drove over the RV lot where I store the trailer, when not in use, and for some reason my space was empty. Then I noticed (I am very observant) that the Winter tire covers, blocks that the leveling jacks go on, and the wheel chocks were strewn for about 50 feet up the aisle in front of where the trailer is usually parked.Between myself and the gentleman who is in charge of the RV lot we estimated that sometime after midnight (when PG&E shut off the[…]

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  • Aaaah, the Secret Lake

    Northern California Trout Oct 8, 2019 | 16:53 pm

    Aaaah, the Secret Lake You know the Secret Lake (the one that everybody knows about). Yuki and I had visions of Brown Trout, cool mountain air, and floating crickets at the inlet.We were set. Purchased 30 large. Sounds kind of gangsterist, 30 Large.We left La Casa Kautz at a little after 0900. Stopped for donuts and coffee in Pine Grove and we were on our way up Highway 88.The Secret Lake, Fall, Spawning Browns. I was giddy with anticipation.Turned right on Tiger Creek Road, got in about 2 miles and THE ROAD WAS CLOSED. WHAT???Who would do such a thing to two fishermen with great expectations?The local energy company (Pacific Gas & Electric) has been on a campaign to (finally) remove dead trees and anything that could cause a power line failure, which in turn could cause a catastrophic fire like the one last year that erased the town of Paradise, California or any of the many others that burned hundreds of thousands of acres.So, when will the road be open? The gentleman we talked to said not until the end of the year. By then it'll be butt deep in snow at the Secret Lake. He suggested we could fish Lake Tahoe (funny[…]

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