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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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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.

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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! […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • “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.

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  • Journey of the Silver King

    Featured Content Apr 14, 2019 | 22:17 pm

    Journey of the Silver King "Journey of the Silver King" follows Megalops Atlanticus on his poon-y quest for sex, grub and a seat at the throne. With the help of Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, his Keys Kingdom is looking prime for an on-time royal welcome. 

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  • 11th Annual Chica de Mayo

    Featured Content Apr 9, 2019 | 18:28 pm

    11th Annual Chica de Mayo Chica de Mayo has proven to be a massively successful women's flyfishing fiesta. And, if you're anywhere near Bozeman on Saturday, May 11, be sure to drop by The River's Edge West and SIMMS Fishing Products to see what's new. "This year, we're expanding our educational offerings and also hosting an event kick off social/trunk show Friday evening," says event coordinator, Sarah Clark.

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  • 2019 Traver Writing Award

    Featured Content Apr 7, 2019 | 13:41 pm

    2019 Traver Writing Award The John D. Voelker Foundation and the American Museum of Fly Fishing are now accepting submissions for the 2019 Robert Traver Flyfishing Writing Award. The author of the winning essay will pocket $2,500. (Enough beer money to see you through run off. Maybe.)

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  • Guide Beer

    Featured Content Apr 3, 2019 | 16:39 pm

    Guide Beer A lager for good times and good causesOn a recent redfishing trip to Louisiana, I was introduced to SweetWater Brewing Company's newest offering, Guide Beer, which officially launches to the public in May. On our way out of Atlanta, I'd managed to score a six-pack of a promotional run from my friend Andy Bowen, who runs Cohutta Fishing Company, with fly shops in Cartersville and Blue Ridge, Georgia. His Cartersville shop is also home to the Last Cast Bar, where he's been exclusively serving six varieties of SweetWater since October of 2017. In fact, Andy was among a select group that the Atlanta-based beer maker consulted when Guide Beer was in development, and he may deserve a little credit for coaxing the brewmasters toward a boat beer that "you could drink all day if you needed to." A lager with four percent alcohol, Guide Beer answers that call.

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  • Once Upon a Tide

    Featured Content Apr 3, 2019 | 16:39 pm

    Once Upon a Tide Mystique, mayhem, and the palolo worm hatch Late May, Florida Keys. Four in the afternoon. Skiffs buzz back to docks with tired guides and sun-drunk clients. Thoughts of missed shots and cold beer. A dying easterly rustles palm fronds; thunderheads lurk like massive silver anvils. Oceanside, brown bonefish flats sport crisscrossing prop scars. Between the flats flow deep, aquamarine channels.

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  • Red Neck Midge

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Jun 24, 2019 | 09:22 am

    Red Neck Midge Red Necks Catch More FishUnfortunately this isn't one of Uncle Ken's famous flybugs, but it's one that you should have in your box from size 20 for tailwater fish to 12 for lake chironomids.  This is a Fulling Mill Pattern that has been a top seller in our shop for the past few years.  The best part is that you can play with colors and tie several dozen in short order.See recipe below or buy the finished fly (HERE) Material List Add to Cart   View in store                                       Hook: Daiichi 1120 - Heavy Wire Scud Hook - 18Thread: Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier - BlackThread: Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier - TanBead: Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Black Nickel - 5/64" (2.0mm)Rib: Body & Rib Tubing - Brown - Micro (small)Flash: Veevus Holographic Tinsel - Red - SmallFlash: Mirage Tinsel - Opal - MediumResin: Loon UV Clear Fly Finish - Flow

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  • The Best Fly Tying Scissors?

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Jun 17, 2019 | 17:40 pm

    The Best Fly Tying Scissors? Is there such a thing??Scissor ReviewsYou'll need to watch the video to get the answer but "no", the answer is "no". Either way, I review a number of our more popular scissor models and brands. Everyone has their favorites and I'll cover a few things you'll want to remember as you select your next pair of fancy cuttin' tools!Here's a few of the ones we featured:Loon Razor ScissorsDr. Slick Razor ScissorsRising Razor Scissors (Rattle Bass Fangs)Dr. Slick All Purpose ScissorsDr. Slick Micro-Tip ScissorsLoon All Purpose ScissorsTiemco Tungsten ScissorsRenzetti Short Blade ScissorsDr. Slick Tungsten ScissorsTiemco Deer Hair Fine ScissorsTiemco Razor Scissors

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  • Big Cutthroat on Streamers - Strawberry Reservoir Utah

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Jun 12, 2019 | 22:16 pm

    Big Cutthroat on Streamers - Strawberry Reservoir Utah Returning to the Scene of the CrimeWe have no shame about our love for throwing flies for aggressive cutts that aren't very intelligent.  Strawberry Reservoir is such a diverse fishery that you can use a variety of different techniques in different types of water.  Right now, we are getting more and more dialed in to fishing shorelines with baitfish patterns.  Even though it seems like a new puzzle every time out, at least we have a good foundation of techniques that have worked recently.  This video shows two trips combined into one: the first one is from Josh (AKA Kilo J) and I, and the other one is from Curtis and I...  Both great trips... Both ended in crazy hailstorms.Also, the main flies that worked for us in this video were the following:Baby Fat Minnow (Learn how to tie it)Articulated Trout Slider (Learn how to tie it)Rattle Chub (Coming soon)

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  • Black Mirage Zebra Midge

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Jun 9, 2019 | 23:00 pm

    Black Mirage Zebra Midge Add Some Spice to a Proven KillerThe Zebra Midge is a staple fly for pretty much any tailwater, and here in Utah you can catch fish on them any time of year.  This fly is one that we learned from the Fulling Mill catalog, and it seems like such a simple addition to a zebra midge, but I have to admit that I wouldn't have thought to tie in the flash how they did.  It's one of our top selling midges in the shop, so we decided to tie one up on video.  Mix up the colors, coat them with resin, add gills for a chironomid pattern, etc.  This one just plain works. Material List Add to Cart   View in store                            Hook: Daiichi 1120 - Heavy Wire Scud Hook - 18Thread: Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier - BlackBead: Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Black Nickel - 5/64" (2.0mm)Wire: UTC Ultra Wire - Red - SmallFlash: Mirage Tinsel - Opal - MediumResin: Loon UV Clear Fly Finish - FlowBuy Flies Instead:    Black Mirage Zebra Midge - 16Black Mirage Zebra Midge - 18Black Mirage Zebra Midge - 20

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  • Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail Nymph

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Jun 6, 2019 | 16:39 pm

    Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail Nymph It Catches Fish.  Period.This fly really doesn't need much explanation because anglers have been using it for a long long time.  There are many variations of a soft hackle pheasant tail, and pretty much all of them have been used to fool trout.  They can be fished on an indicator rig, euro rig, dry dropper, or on a lake.  We got some really cool soft hackle hen capes from whiting in a color called Dark Brown Dun, which is dark brown on one side, and a nice gray color on the other side.  You can ultimately use whatever soft hackle material you want on these, but this color really matches well with the pheasant tail fibers.In this video, you will watch Cheech break off materials enough to make Curtis warm up the bleep machine...  Word to the wise, get quality pheasant tail fibers so you don't have to swear like Cheech. Material List Add to Cart   View in store                                       Hook: Fulling Mill 35105 Competition Heavyweight Hook Barbless - 14Thread: UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier - Burnt OrangeBead: Firehole Stones Plated Tungsten Beads - Gold - 3.0mm (1/8")Tail: Nature's Spirit Ringneck Pheasant Center Tails[…]

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  • Fish Patagonia with Fly Fish Food

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Jun 6, 2019 | 16:20 pm

    Fish Patagonia with Fly Fish Food February 22 - February 29, 2020As many of you know, we recently took a trip to the Northern Patagonia region of Argentina to fish for trout, eat lots and lots of food, and see some of the most unforgettable scenery in South America.  Curtis and I both had been to different parts of Argentina before, but never to the Patagonia, and never to fish!  Long story short, We'd love to give you the opportunity to come fish with us in the Spring Creek Lodge located right outside the city of Junin de los Andes.  Andes Drifters will be our hosts, and they know the area for miles around the base camp to ensure that we are always fishing the best possible locations for the time that we will be there.  Read the details below, but the dates will be February 22-29.  Email if you have questions etc.Curtis and I arrived at the airport in San Martin de los Andes and were met by the Head Guide Malleo RiverGustavo to be driven directly to the river to fish for a few hours before dinner (which is usually at 9:oo pm each day).  We were met with both eager fish, and[…]

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  • Fly Tying Desk Organization Tour - 2019

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Jun 4, 2019 | 19:20 pm

    Fly Tying Desk Organization Tour - 2019 Desk Clean-Up and TourEvery once in a while, I clean up my tying station and this ends up being a good time to do a quick video tour of the area and how I organize things.Check out the video below and also a list of some of the doodads from the video....Vise Tying StationHook & Bead Pad Bead Containers Tool CaddyBobbinsDubbing BoxTying KitSpool Organizer

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  • The PerdiWorm

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Jun 3, 2019 | 11:22 am

    The PerdiWorm Business up Front, Party in the BackPerdiWorm Euro NymphI'll be honest...  This was a figment of my imagination, and a product of having a messy desk.  Curtis, Lance and I were going to go fish the Lower Provo river in the high, off color flows to see if we could wrangle up any local browns that were braving the elements.  I hadn't tied any "new" flies for this trip, and the materials for this just so happened to be sitting on my desk junk pile.  I even had a sample of the new RaidZap sitting there getting ready to test.  We knew that they might be feeding on worms the next day, so I wanted to come up with something that had minimal bulk to cut through the fast running water.  Very shortly into the trip, this fly produced a few fish in water that I wouldn't have thought to fish , but it did it's job by cutting through the current right to where the fish were holding.  So yeah, what could go wrong by mixing two highly effective patterns like the Perdigon and a worm?  Nothing (except for maybe hurting a few feelings).  This is also a really[…]

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  • Bluegill Bonanza

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing May 28, 2019 | 23:28 pm

    Bluegill Bonanza Flies for "Bluegill Patrol"In an effort to always extend my creative juices I have created flies that just weren't "right."  they were either too radical, out of proportion, or just otherwise crappy...  Thankfully the good Lord has blessed us snooty trout anglers with the bluegill.  Well, that's what we call them here in Utah, but whether you call them bluegill, bream, brim, shellcrackers, sunfish, perch (yes, some people call bluegill perch... Like for reals), there will always be a special lineup of flies that we can wholeheartedly assign to the "bluegill patrol."  With a reputation for not being too fussy and eating flashy offerings, bluegill can be anything from a confidence building fish that will put some bendo in your rod with little effort, to a species that you will search out long into your adulthood.  We absolutely love to fish for bluegill, and instead of just throwing flies of the peasantry to them, we have spent time deliberately tying flies just for bluegill (even though Curtis likes to catch trout on them on accident...  Noob.)  Here are some fun offerings that you can tie in no time, and that will keep you entertained with the most forgiving fish on the planet.~[…]

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  • Go For Gold - Articulated Trout Slider

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing May 27, 2019 | 21:43 pm

    Go For Gold - Articulated Trout Slider Original, Just SmallerOne day in the fly shop I was playing show and tell with a customer, and I was showing him a box of sliders that I was going to take to Argentina.  His comment was "Where are all the Cheech Leeches.."  I really didn't have a good answer for him, because it's an awesome fly to fish, but I had to let him in on my secret that the gold Articulated Trout Slider is, and has been my best streamer since it came off my vise.  Another reason I had chosen to go slider heavy is because I can tie them about twice as quickly as I can tie a Cheech Leech. Yes, with the deer hair head and everything.  Even though I typically don't fish articulated flies much in lakes, the gold slider has found its way Kilo and a HOGonto my line quite a bit when fishing lakes.  It's violent side to side action and undulating body make it impossible for a predator to resist.  Josh (Kilo J) and I were on the lake today and he absolutely put on a clinic on how to fish a slider in a lake by implementing a jerk-strip presentation followed[…]

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  • 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[…]

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  • 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.

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  • 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. 

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  • 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[…]

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  • All Right, I Know It's Been More Than A Month

    Northern California Trout Apr 6, 2019 | 11:05 am

    It's been more than a month since I posted, but I'm still here. Yes, I've been fishing a couple times during that month, but when NO ONE catches anything, I tend to not waste your time reading about:Both timesOn the other hand, every day that I've not had something to do, it's been raining. It's going to rain today. It's going to rain on Tuesday. It's going to rain on Thursday. OK, I'll quit whining.It's a good thing my wife thought I needed another hobby (genealogy). Gives me something to do when it's RAINING. Oops, sorry, more whining. One of these days very soon Yuki and I are going out to Lake Amador and fly fish the spillway and where ever else I can access the lake. So the only thing I can say for now is, stay tuned.

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  • I Made It

    Northern California Trout Mar 4, 2019 | 15:29 pm

    I Made It OK, so I said I was going to go fishing on Friday. I lied. Actually I wasn't able to go because of something stupid I did on Thursday.I'm not going to explain stupid, but what I will say is that when I do stupid, the next day I have a lot of trouble walking. You know, the hip and back arthritis thing. Friday was one of those days. So I rested over the weekend and went this morning. My first thought was to go out to Lake Amador and see if I could negotiate the side of the lake. It's fairly steep and mostly slippery shale.When I got out there, wouldn't matter if I could negotiate it or not. The lake (due to the recent rains) was full of debris and the water was so dirty that if a fish would wander by your bait, it would probably miss it anyway. Besides, nobody seemed to be catching anything.I took the picture below of the spillway. It had more water going over it than I think I've ever seen. Down stream the road to the dam runs right next to the drainage creek which was so high it was right next to[…]

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  • El Niño

    Northern California Trout Feb 28, 2019 | 09:53 am

    El Niño If you've been watching the news, then you know Northern California has been getting hammered with rain and snow since, seems like forever.We are in the grips of another El Niño. Lots of rain, lots of snow, and lots of flooding. The interesting part is that although Sacramento and points North are pounded, we (in beautiful downtown Jackson, about an hour South of Sacramento), have gotten very little rain.Our Chief Weather Guesser drew a picture on a map about a week ago and put two lines on it. One just below Sacramento and the other about 50 miles North. That was where the rain was supposed to hit and hit it did.As of yesterday the Russian River up in Sonoma County is over it's banks. Guerneville has been evacuated. Cache Creek is over it's banks. Closer to Sacramento, Dry Creek (North of town), Acrade Creek (in town), and that ever present flooding of Deer Creek when ever we get a little rain is happening.GuernevilleFear not, La Casa Kautz is high and dry.The mountains, that's another story.South Lake TahoeHere's the story behind this picture:This Feb. 17, 2019 photo provided by City of South Lake Tahoe shows a car buried in snow in[…]

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  • That darn fish finder doesn't work.

    Northern California Trout Feb 16, 2019 | 11:01 am

    I mentioned last post that I got a Garmin Striker 4, 3.5" screen  fish finder.Fish finderWell, I got it put together. I contemplated mounting it on the side of my kayak, but you still need space for the battery. So I did it the portable way. You have a little tray about 10 inches in diameter that the fish finder attaches to, a little slot for the 12v battery, and a place to wind up the cord that goes to the transducer. So I put the fish finder in the kayak, opened the access hole in front of the seat, and suction cupped the transducer to the bottom of the kayak. I turned it on and nothing. Oh, it came on all right, but didn't show any depth or fish that I could see. So I called Garmin and told them the problem. Ran through all that I had done and what was showing on the screen. The Customer Service Rep that I was talking to then asked the definitive question. "Was the kayak in the water?"Thought you might need a little chuckle this morning.   

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  • I May Never Be Warm Again

    Northern California Trout Feb 8, 2019 | 10:31 am

    I May Never Be Warm Again A week in a nutshell.Monday morning we had snow.Monday MorningTuesday and Wednesday morning we had frost.Tuesday & WednesdayThursday (Yesterday) I decided to take a chance and run out to Lake Camanche and soak some Power bait.Thursday MorningAfter I got my wife off to work, I headed out. Did I mention it was 25 degrees? Got to the lake about 9:00 and was set up with one rod and rainbow Power Bait, the other with white Power Eggs. When I got to the lake it was 39 degrees. Now I know y'all back in the mid-West think 39 degrees is almost Summer, but out here, it's cold. Just as I parked, there were a couple guys getting ready to launch their kayaks. I heard one guy yelling as he sat in his yak. "Little nippy?" I asked. He had stepped into the 50 degree water getting into his yak. I told him that's why I'm fishing on shore and not in my kayak. About 10:00 the guys at the end of the peninsula left fishless. About the same time one guy way out toward the island left fishless. That left me and a new friend named Peter from Sacramento. We chatted and I discovered[…]

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  • The Irony Of Genealogy

    Northern California Trout Feb 4, 2019 | 10:00 am

    When I started this journey into my past, they (I don't know who "they" are) said that if you don't want to know the answer, don't do a DNA test.You know, because you follow this blog, that I write about fish, in this blog I wrote about fish for the local paper, I wrote stories for Sport Fishing Weekly. I recently did an article for Fishing.com, and I chase fish,I mentioned, back on November 1, 2017 the name of my paternal Grand-father. After 72 years, thinking this guy named Joseph Dory was my Grand-father, I find out my "real" Grand-father is Henry Joseph Fish. Yup, I'm a Fish . Yup, that;s meI also know this to be true because I have several cousins that I'm DNA linked to that have him for a Grand-father. Ironic huh.OK, mentioned my fish finder for my kayak. I got a Garmin Striker 4, 3.5" screen with all kinds of good stuff (I guess) like GPS, Chirp, and ipx7 what ever that is. I've put it together as a portable unit (I could have mounted it to the kayak, but you still need  place for the 12v battery) so I thought portable was the way to[…]

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  • San Francisco Bay Fly Fishing Report

    Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop May 14, 2019 | 18:30 pm

    San Francisco Bay Fly Fishing Report Captain Greg Holland reports on 5.14.19The Bay is fishing well right now with gentle tides and fin bait moving in. Clarity has been great with no wind most mornings making conditions perfect for chasing bass on the fly. Please join us for one of the most beautiful places on earth to fly fish for Stripers. We have all gear necessary for your day.  Call the boys @ LCO to set up your trip.  Capt. Gregg C 707-567-1509 www.featherdogoutfitters.com   Instagram @ featherdogoutfitters

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  • Truckee River Fly Fishing Report

    Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop May 13, 2019 | 12:45 pm

    Truckee River Fly Fishing Report Matt Koles reports on 5.13.19Great last week on the Truckee River.We had a great clinic this weekend. Look for some more in the future. Nice big spring flows. Flows have dropped just a bit the last few days. Mainly it’s just what they’re doing with the reservoirs, not so much the run off that’s making the flows. If you noticed Boca is low as they are working on the dam.Yeah, good spring fishing, prefect weather, just not a better time to be up here with all the green and not too many people around. The birds are chirping, and the deer are prancing. I’ve been all over on the river and catching fish all over the river. Big and small. Got a few pushing 28″ last week. No joke, the Truckee River is legit.So nymph up and streamer up. Waters gonna be big right into summer. Get used to it. Go explore the river a bit. These fish are shell shocked here in the Hirsch. Running your squirmy wormie where 10 dudes before you have is not gonna get you a fish. Remember, there’s a 106 miles of river.

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  • Rebecca and I headed up to Clearwater Lodge to fish Fall River...

    Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop May 10, 2019 | 13:43 pm

    Rebecca and I headed up to Clearwater Lodge to fish Fall River & Hat Creek. We fished late on Sunday evening on the powerhouse 2 riffle. A storm was blowing through leaving sporadic raindrops and cracks of thunder. The 1 billion mosquitoes out were a sign of a good hatch to come. I was thankful for the Simms Bugstopper Shirt and Ben’s 100that I had brought in anticipation of this particular problem. As most hatches go, it didn’t happen until there was just barely any light to see. You pray you don’t lose your fly because tying on a second one at this stage in the game is most likely futile. Yellow Sally’s came off in full force first night. Around every bend, we found fantastic fishing, beautiful views, and excellent weather. The next day Val Atkinson and I found one particular pod of fish that was chowing spinners. After a dozen or more fish we decided to move on to our other favorite hobby of walking around talking about what the land might have looked like back when the Native Americans occupied the river banks. That night we headed back to the powerhouse 2 riffle only to find the[…]

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  • Eastern Sierra Fly Fishing Report

    Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop May 9, 2019 | 16:38 pm

    Eastern Sierra Fly Fishing Report Jim Stimson reports on 5.9.19Eastern Sierra Fly Fishing ReportThe weather is still on the cool side with morning temps often in the low 30’s. Once the sun climbs higher in the sky, things start happening. On just about any stream on the east side, look for a nice BWO hatch around lunch time. Wildflowers are starting to pop up everywhere. Look for showy displays of desert peach and balsam root on the moraines. It is probably not a bad idea to start packing some insect repellent as things are very moist and the biting bugs are getting ready to wreak havoc on tender flesh. The high country is still choked with snow from the winter. We received anywhere between 150-180% of normal snowfall. High water from the spring runoff will become an issue on the spring creeks once the temperatures heat up.The Reservoir is brimming with water and poised for spring runoff. The flows have been hanging steady at 310 and the water temps are coming up stimulating some nice insect hatches, in particular BWO’s. The trout are moving around and settling into their new habitats. Fishing is good now. There are a lot of hogs in all the good[…]

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  • McCloud River Fly Fishing Report

    Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop May 9, 2019 | 15:02 pm

    McCloud River Fly Fishing Report John Richard reports on 5.9.19McCloud River Fishing ReportThe McCloud River is still experiencing high flows (532 CFS at Ah Di Na), but the fishing is quite good. The higher flows may limit some access and adjust the way you approach your favorite spot but it is likely that you’ll thoroughly enjoy your day. Last week our guides caught fish in a variety of ways. We were thrilled to throw the dry fly and on some days it would account for half the fish landed. The bobber went down plenty when we used the appropriate amount of weight and chose the proper fly. Most importantly the scenery is absolutely stunning, spring flowers, redbud, dogwood all backed by that new growth green of leafed out maples, alders, and willows. The conifers too are showing their new green tips. Along the banks our fly lines tangled around the pink clustered flowers of the elephant ear, beautifully ruining perfect cast or mends. The days have been warm and the mosquitos are vicious in camp and parking spots. The trail and the river are void of the mosquitos but they patiently await your return to the truck or campsite. Be aware that Ash Camp won’t have road access[…]

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  • San Francisco Surf Fly Fishing Report

    Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop May 9, 2019 | 14:56 pm

    San Francisco Surf Fly Fishing Report Captain Kevin DeGulis reports on 5.9.19Open Ocean TimeWell, it’s starting to be that time! Fish have finally made it to San Francisco’s famous Ocean Beach. In the past, three or four days the swell has become much more manageable to giving fly anglers a chance to hook into some nice healthy fish. The LCO team is hugely excited for the opportunity to get into a toad; many believe you can only get a behemoth of a fish on the east coast. That is not the case you have plenty of opportunities to catch a hog within easy driving distance for the city, gotta be willing to battle the Pacific swell. Two-Handed rods certainly has made it much easier to cast in a headwind, and we love Beulah’s new 7/8 Opal Switch Rod the perfect tool for the job. We have been matching the rod with a Sage Spectrum LT 9/10 or Sage Spectrum Max 9/10. Lines - 10wt shooting heads from Rio or 30ft of T-14 for the open ocean and you can even go heavier.  If you have any questions, come into the shop, and we would love to help you get ready for beach season. Fish /Photo: Steve[…]

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  • California Delta Fly Fishing Report

    Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop May 9, 2019 | 13:45 pm

    Capt. Steve Santucci reports on 5.9.17Fishing has been challenging mainly because of the windy conditions that we have experienced this week.  Also, the Delta is in a state of flux as we still have fish traveling north and some groups are passing thru on there way to the Bay coupled with resident Stripers.  We are experiencing clearer water and decent water temperatures in the mid-60-degree range.  It might be time to add in some topwater Bass fishing to your day to round out your fishing experience.

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  • Valley Striper Fly Fishing Report

    Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop May 9, 2019 | 13:42 pm

    Capt. Hogan Brown reports on 5.9.19Lower Sacramento Fly FishingStriper fishing on the valley rivers continues to be fair to good. The rivers are in great shape and there are good numbers of migratory fish throughout the rivers as well as resident fish getting on the feed. Shad are also showing up in good numbers and this can really get the resident fish going. May-October is prime time for river stripers and with all the water this year fishing is going to be very good. Lower Yuba River is still HIGH…bouncing around 7500cfs and 9000cfs. I would imagine the river will start to come down by the end of May but it could be more like the end of June depending on snowmelt. That said when it does come down the fishing is going to be very good. This is going to be a great summer and fall on the Lower Yuba as this is a river that really does better with more water…hoppers come into play, more salmon move upriver, more space for fish to move around and feel safe…just better overall. Hwy 32 creeks like Deer Creek, Big Chico Creek, and Butte Creek are all still pretty high. I talked[…]

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  • Lower Sacramento River Fly Fishing Report

    Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop May 8, 2019 | 17:49 pm

    Lower Sacramento River Fly Fishing Report Anthony Carruesco reports on 5.8.19

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  • Truckee River Fly Fishing Report

    Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop May 8, 2019 | 17:45 pm

    Truckee River Fly Fishing Report Matt Koles reports on 5.8.19Good times on the Truckee River.Flows have come down a bit since last week. 3,300 k here in the Hirsch. 3,800 last week.Don’t hold your breath. I’m betting flows should come back up if we get some hot weather. Whatever it is, it’s high. Fishing is good though, and really not much has changed fishing wise since last week.Fish the edges, look for some soft bank water. You can find it all up and down the river if you look. You don’t just need to go to Glenshire bridge, or here in Hirschdale to find it. It’s all over dudes, California and in Nevada. There are 106 miles of the Truckee River, but everyone wants to pile into the same run and expect to catch fish.Gonna be a fun week with guide trips and the last High Water Clinic of the year. I’ll try to do a few, Tight Line Nymph classes and maybe a few Advanced Fly Fish clinics throughout summer into fall.A question I get asked a lot is: Will fishing still be good in June? Folks it ain’t gonna get really good until July this year. Meaning, you will be able to go[…]

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