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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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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.

  • 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 […]

  • 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! […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • “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.


  • Hoping for a Net Loss

    Featured Content Oct 10, 2019 | 22:14 pm

    Hoping for a Net Loss The push to ban gillnets in BelizeAt a Guatemalan fish-processing plant in spring of 2019, a team of journalists saw something that would make any flats angler cringe: several 80-gallon drums filled with salted permit.The journalists, from the Belizean newspaper The Reporter, were there to examine Guatemala's shark-fishing trade, and the problems it might pose for tourism-dependent Belize, which sits just up the coast. The drums full of permit illustrated why netting is one of the biggest concerns facing the flyfishing industry in Belize: because gillnets don't discriminate between sharks and other species.

  • Back in the Saddle

    Featured Content Oct 10, 2019 | 22:13 pm

    Back in the Saddle Clyde gets his groove back, in ArkansasClyde is docked in the parking lot of Little Rock's Ozark Angler, his big ass hanging beyond the lined allotment and his bigger-still nose hanging yards past the curb. He's been baking in the 90-plus degrees for several hours.I yank once and then again on his heavy door. The smell of ancient, super-heated, musty Motown funk blasts me in the face as the door opens with an arthritic "pop." Ain't it funny how two of the most distinct scents in the universe are new car and decrepit car? Both are instantly recognizable. For what should be obvious reasons, I also expect Clyde to smell of fish, at least a little. But he does not.

  • Albies of Autumn

    Featured Content Oct 10, 2019 | 22:12 pm

    Albies of Autumn From North Carolina to the VineyardWhen the indulgences of summer have finally and fully come to an end, it's time to start thinking about albies.

  • Burnin' for You

    Featured Content Oct 10, 2019 | 22:11 pm

    Burnin' for You Thomas & Thomas finds a friend in the whiskey businessLike many Westerners, I grew up without ever giving much thought to bamboo fly rods or rye whiskey. These things were viewed—like icy ski slopes or Steelers fans—as products of the Northeast, and thus of little concern to us Left Coasters.

  • Undeleted

    Featured Content Oct 10, 2019 | 22:09 pm

    Undeleted The return of the Elwha's steelheadGive a rainbow trout a direct line to the ocean and you have a potential steelhead. Throw a dam in its path and watch anadromy hit a wall. Salmonids in Washington State's Elwha River, on the northeastern edge of the rain-soaked Olympic Peninsula, found their long-lost gateway to the sea reappear when the largest dam-removal in U.S. history commenced eight years ago. By 2015, both the lower Elwha and upper Glines Canyon dams were no more. But what of the fish that once were—the ghosts of hundred-pound chinook and double-digit steelhead that formerly laid claim to the river's glacial-green, boulder-studded waters?


  • 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 -[…]

  • Boyd's Special: Henry's Lake Renegade

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Oct 10, 2019 | 15:54 pm

    Boyd's Special: Henry's Lake Renegade STILLWATER CRUSHERBoyd's Henry's Lake Special RenegadeThis fly and tying tutorial is dedicated to our good buddy Boyd Guymon, who passed away a few months ago after a very long battle with cancer. Boyd was one of the most happy and helpful fly tyers and fisherman we've known. During his last few years as he battled the nasty cancer, he would always make the time to come visit us in the shop where he'd regale us with stories of his fishing exploits -- primarily up at Henry's Lake in Idaho where he spent a lot of time with his wife living out of their camper trailer.In particular, Boyd would get so excited to chat about the flies he'd be using up there. He would often tweak his own patterns or fine tune others' patterns as he searched for the magic bullet on a given lake. For this pattern, he took the standard double renegade, that is still very popular at Henry's lake and was a pattern I'd seen at FlyAnglersOnline a number of years ago and he added a bit of a hot spot with some red vinyl tubing along the butt. Every time he came in, he would buy more[…]

  • Diamond Jig Leech

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Oct 2, 2019 | 21:37 pm

    Diamond Jig Leech Impress the Fish, Not Your FriendsSometimes you break in to Lance's TOYota and steal his fly ideas.  Other times he shares cool concepts with you.  In this case, he turned us on to this color dubbing and this style of fly. Solid wotk Lance...  In recent months we have fished several diverse trout fisheries with everything from brook trout, splake, rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, and tiger trout.  The thing they all have in common is that they can't get enough of this fly.  It's so simple that it's basically a crime not to have a few in your stillwater boxes.  We fish it mostly on a long leader and a midge tip setup, but why would you read a description about how well it fishes when you could just watch a video.  Check it out below. BONUS:  To see the updated recipe for the slider pattern in this video, click HEREDiamond Jig Leech Material List Add to Cart   View in store                        Hook: Hanak H 400 BL Jig Hook - 8Bead: Hanak Round+ Slotted Tungsten Beads - Black Matte - 4.0mmThread: Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 140 Denier - BlackTail: Nature's Spirit Premium Bugger Bou[…]

  • Garbage Scud

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Sep 28, 2019 | 04:23 am

    Garbage Scud You Need This for Stillwater!I'll fully admit that I didn't start tying this fly to start ridding the planet of plastic 1/2" at a time.  I was too lazy to dig out some proper scud back, but I had the good old ziploc bags sitting on my desk.  The only catch is that a good portion of my materials come in this new fangled stiff plastic that's not the best for scud backs.  About 3 or 4 flies in, I stretched some a little too hard over the back of my fly, and boom...  Magic happened.  In all seriousness though, this fly could be tied with a wide variety of scud back materials, but this stuff has proven to be very effective, easy to tie with, durable, and very very INEXPENSIVE!  Fast forward to fishing this fly, it was easily the most effective fly for me the first time I fished it, and cutts and rainbows really put the chow on it.  If you have scuds in your water, you need to try this bug! Material List Add to Cart   View in store                            Hook: Fulling Mill 35005 Heavyweight Champ, Barbless - 12Thread: 8/0 UNI-Thread[…]

  • Weinermobile Hopper

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Sep 20, 2019 | 02:47 am

    Weinermobile Hopper Hold the Ketchup PleaseIf you have followed this site for a while you will know that I'm always tinkering with things to either be creative, or to try to make something better, more durable, more buoyant, etc. etc.  I have been intrigued by cylindrical flies for a while since I started fishing the bionic ant a few years back.  Not only was I messing around with tubular bodies, I was also dead set on finding the best way to glue foam sheets together (specifically for bionic ant indicators.)  We have a bonus post this time to not only show you the very best way to glue foam sheets together, but we have created a very simple and cool pattern that caught many fish before it got a name.  It was tested on some very fussy fish that like their foam bugs completely free of drag, and floating high.  This fly not only was a very high floater, but it would skate when I mended it (instead of getting pulled under the surface).  I realized that the unique shape of the body and head (both slightly pointing upward) was the key to making it skate.  After an Instagram post of a[…]

  • Squatchy B Stonefly Nymph

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Sep 8, 2019 | 22:56 pm

    Squatchy B Stonefly Nymph Maximum Movement StoneflyThe effectiveness of the Pat's Rubber Legs is known industry wide, so as I do with lots of already popular patterns, I make subtle (or not so subtle) tweaks to them.  This one uses one of the best long shank jig hooks I've seen in a long long time, a very interesting hackling technique, and a small bit of flashy dubbing.  Mix up the colors and happy fishing!!P.S. The Squatchy Bas%$rd is a nickname for one of my current co-workers.  He's very very Squatchy. Material List Add to Cart   View in store                                       Hook: TMC 708 Keel Streamer Hook - 8Bead: Hanak Round+ Slotted Tungsten Beads - Black Matte - 4.0mmThread: 8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge - BlackLegs/Tail: Spanflex - Brown - MediumBody: Stonefly Chenille - Seal Brown/CoffeeThorax: Ice Dub - UV BrownHackle: Flash Sale Hackle 77 - Whiting 4B Hen Saddle - Variant (Speckled Brown)Lead: Lead Wire Spool - .020Other tools from the tutorial:     Renzetti Traveler Vise 2000 (Pedestal)Griffin Supreme Ceramic BobbinDr. Slick Tungsten Carbide All Purpose Scissors, 4"

  • Soft Hackle Jig John

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Aug 24, 2019 | 06:26 am

    Soft Hackle Jig John Another simple fly for your boxThis fly really needs no introduction because it is just a soft hackled copper john tied on a jig hook.  The body is super easy, and the soft "hackle" is actually just sparse squirrel.  Give them a tie and add them to your fish catchers! Material List Add to Cart   View in store                                       Hook: Hanak H 400 BL Jig Hook - 12Bead: Hanak Round+ Slotted Tungsten Beads - Bronze - 4.0mmThread: UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier - OliveTail: UV2 Coq de Leon Perdigon Fire Tail Feathers - Fl. ChartreuseBody: UTC Ultra Wire - Sculpin Olive - MediumSoft Hackle: Hare's Mask - Grade #1 - NaturalHot Spot: Hends Spectra Dubbing - Fl. OrangeAdhesive: Fly Tyer's Z-Ment:

  • Streamer Float with Dr. Timothy

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Aug 19, 2019 | 03:12 am

    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 | 15:38 pm

    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 10, 2019 | 02:23 am

    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[…]


  • 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[…]

  • 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[…]

  • A Genealogy Post

    Northern California Trout Sep 26, 2019 | 15:03 pm

    A Genealogy Post A while back I had an epiphany. My genealogy partner and cousin Dan back in Wisconsin and I have been racking our brains (small as they are) trying to find a connection between our family (He's descended from my Great-Uncle Christoph) and the family I created from several DNA matches on Ancestry.com.When we backtrack our family it comes to a screeching halt at Great-Grandfather Gottlieb and Great-Grandmother Auguste Louise Albrecht.  The old guy in the front row on the left is Great-Grandfather Gottlieb.So here's what the epiphany was. If we can't make a connection by going backwards from our family, maybe I can make a connection coming forward from the DNA family and maybe stumble across our great-Grandfather that way.Now, you have to remember these old German families, for the most part, had 12 kids in the family and their families had 12 kids and their family had 12 kids etc.So I've come to the conclusion that we're related to every Kautz/Kaus/Couts (that's a whole nuther story) ever born with the exception of the Kautzes at Ironstone Winery in Murphys. Either that or I just haven't connected them yet.I'm still researching all the families and have a current Excel Spreadsheet and[…]

  • Let Me Try This Again

    Northern California Trout Sep 25, 2019 | 19:04 pm

    For those of you that have read the last two posts that I deleted, I apologize. I attempted to make those a story, if you will, but in my opinion failed miserably.Here's the facts:We have a leader in the White House that's a racist, misogynist, a bigot, a liar, a prefabricator, and so many other things.We have a congress that has been sitting on their asses and doing nothing about the person in the White House until yesterday. Unfortunately too little, to late.I just hope that when our "leader" is done playing Kissyface with Kim Jong Un who is never going to give up his weapons, that Kim doesn't start lobbing them into California. That would definitely ruin my day. And I hope that when he's done playing Kissyface with Vladmit Putin so he can put one of his "Towers" in Moscow, that we still have an ally or two left in the world because as of now, we don't have any.My last hope is that in January 21, 2021 that there is someone else being sworn in. That is if I'm still alive then.That said, this is the end of politics on NCT.Stay tuned. 

  • The Future Of Northern California Trout

    Northern California Trout Sep 22, 2019 | 17:05 pm

    The Future Of Northern California Trout You will all be pleased that Northern California Trout will be around for at least another two years.BUT, there's always a but, some of the format is going to change. It will still be about fishing for the most part, but I'm adding a few different items to talk about.In the next week I'll be changing my description. I'll be adding what the focus of the blog will be and what I'll be writing about.In deciding whether or not to keep NCT, one of the thoughts I had was to start a political blog over on Blogspot. Naw, there are hundreds of them out there, BUT (there it is again) I have an opinion that I've been keeping to myself and the more and more I see what is going on in this country, the more and more I get agitated.I'm going to say some things that some of you might not like. I'm not doing it to start a pissing contest because according to the First Amendment of the Constitution,Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of[…]

  • The Out Of Control Garden

    Northern California Trout Sep 18, 2019 | 17:32 pm

    Bill Trussell asked if I could share some pictures of tomatoes in the cage.Last year we planted 11 tomato plants. We supplied the whole neighborhood with tomatoes and froze a bunch. From those frozen ones, my wife made Tomato Jam this year.This will give you some idea of what it looks like:Tomato JamIt's not jam you would put on toast for breakfast, but on a hamburger or scrambled eggs. WOW. Nothing can top it.I made 4 boxes out of 2x12 Redwood boards and some wire cages to hold the plants up. Those wire things you get at Lowe's don't even come close to hold up these plants. In the back left box, on the left is Cupcake Squash. Next to it is Poblano peppers and on the right is Jalapeno peppers. Left in the front is Winter Squash. Right side back (that you can't see) is Roma tomatoes and Japanese Eggplant. Front right has 3 tomato plants (you keeping track? that's 4 tomato plants). Yellow, Beefsteak, and Chocolate Sprinkles (a cherry tomato).The beginning June 19thThen we'll move along to July 10th.July 10th. By then we were into squash, tomatoes, and peppers.Cupcake Squash same day 7/10Interesting squash. Cut it in half, dig out[…]

  • This Post Isn't About Fishing

    Northern California Trout Sep 16, 2019 | 15:03 pm

    This Post Isn't About Fishing In years past, I've talked about our trips to Hendy Woods State Park in the beautiful little town of Philo, California. OK, maybe not so beautiful, but it is little.This trip isn't about fishing, it's about wine tasting. The Anderson Valley is one of the premier wine producing areas of California. They tend to lean more toward red's than whites. I, myself, don't drink wine so I'm the DD.Here's a little story about the DD:Cop comes up to a bar and says "I'm going to nail one of those drunks when they go home for the night." Out the door comes one guy, staggering, falling down, and can barely make it to his truck. Cop thinks, got him. I'll nail him when he leaves. Over a period of time, person after person leaves the bar until the only vehicle left in the lot was the first guy. Finally he sits up, starts his truck and drives out of the lot.Cop pulls him over and gives him a sobriety test. Stone cold sober. "But I watched you stumble out of the bar drunk as a skunk. What's the deal?" "I'm the DD, the guy says. Designated Decoy."In my case DD is designated[…]

  • Upper Lake Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

    Northern California Trout Aug 31, 2019 | 16:47 pm

    Upper Lake Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday Tuesday turned out to be a wine tasting day. After getting up late and having a late breakfast, we (Katherine, Me, Ken, & Ranae) piled into the truck and headed toward the few wineries in the area. Lake County has many, but they are scattered all over the county.First stop was a wine and olive olive oil tasting place. Couple of bottles of wine and a couple bottles of olive oil and we were off to the next place.Second stop was not so good. Wine wasn't to our liking and the prices were steep.Back on the road, the option was lunch and another winery (somewhere in the county) or lunch back at the park. We chose the park. It's a democratic society, camping is.Hills are recovering after the fires last yearYou can see the same section from another angleThe other side of the lakeWhile everybody sat around, I went down to the dock and soaked some more PB. Add one more trout to the list (now 3). Another sunset and the day was done.Wednesday morning found me out in the kayak attempting to get a Thin Mint down far enough to entice a fish. I guess it just wasn't anything[…]

  • Upper Lake Sunday and Monday

    Northern California Trout Aug 30, 2019 | 17:34 pm

    Upper Lake Sunday and Monday We got to Upper Lake about 2:00 pm on Sunday. It's about a 4 hour drive from home. It took another hour or so to set up the trailer. Wasn't as bad as Redding last year (111 degrees), but still hovering just above 100.We sat outside until the kids arrived about 4:00 pm. They got caught in a bad traffic accident by the airport on Interstate 5. Must have happened right after we went through there because we didn't have any problems.Once they got set up and we had the required beer (805) at the beginning of every camping trip, I wandered down to the dock to see what was shaking.  Usual Camping SpotThere were a couple guys fishing and they had caught a couple trout. TROUT !! Surface temperature of the lake was 76 degrees. TROUT ? Yup, Rainbows about 10 or 11 inches. Well I came to find out that out from the dock about 25 feet the water was so deep that it was probably 60 degrees down at the bottom. So I put out one rod with the usual rainbow Power Bait on a slip sinker rig and low and behold, 5 minutes later I had my[…]

  • Upper Lake

    Northern California Trout Aug 30, 2019 | 03:01 am

    Upper Lake Just a taste. Come back tomorrow.