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Dustin Rocksvold

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  • Big Pine

    Eastern Sierra Oct 10, 2013 | 17:59 pm

    It’s the other side of California. Flanked between the Eastern Sierra Nevada and the White Mountains, Big Pine is the gateway to outdoor recreation in Inyo County. Here you can access the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, home to the planet’s oldest living trees; Palisade Glacier, the southernmost glacier in the western hemisphere; and miles of […]

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  • Alabama Hills

    Eastern Sierra Jan 25, 2013 | 07:48 am

    ALABAMA HILLS  –  MOVIE FLAT Bizarrely-shaped boulders and pinnacles of stone; behind them the snow-capped peaks of the High Sierra — no wonder the Alabama Hills have been the setting for hundreds of films — depicting deserts of the Old West, the Far East, and even distant galaxies! in the Alabama Hills, along with dozens […]

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  • Mary Austin

    Eastern Sierra Jan 25, 2013 | 07:17 am

    Mary Austin lived and wrote from her home in Independence, California. Her book, Land of Little Rain, has been hailed as the most magnificent description of California desert ever printed.

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  • Lone Pine

    Eastern Sierra Jan 4, 2013 | 19:20 pm

    It’s extremely different. The portal to both Death Valley and Mount Whitney. Upon approach to Lone Pine, named for a towering pine that stood over the town in the 1800s, views of Mt. Whitney’s 14,496-foot summit steal the show. Beyond Lone Pine’s city center is the Whitney Portal Trail that leads to the summit of […]

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  • Independence

    Eastern Sierra Jan 4, 2013 | 19:19 pm

    It’s how life should be. Much of Inyo County’s human history is linked to Independence, the county seat since 1866. Here you’ll find attractions that tell the stories of discovery, determination, spirit, and survival in Inyo County. Independence Chamber of Commerce PO Box 397 Independence, California 93526 (760) 878-0084 Inyo National Forest Get a Permit! […]

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  • Death Valley

    Eastern Sierra Jan 4, 2013 | 19:18 pm

    It’s the oldest and the driest. The highest and the lowest. Death Valley, the largest national park in the lower 48 states, is a fascinating study in topographic contrasts. Marvel at Telescope Peak towering 11,049 feet, while Badwater, North America’s lowest point, sits at 282 feet below sea level. Death Valley is a popular destination […]

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  • Big Pine

    Eastern Sierra Jan 4, 2013 | 18:13 pm

    It’s the other side of California. Access the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest. Flanked between the Eastern Sierra Nevada and the White Mountains, Big Pine is the gateway to outdoor recreation in Inyo County. Here you can access the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, home to the planet’s oldest living trees; Palisade Glacier, the southernmost glacier in […]

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  • Bishop

    Eastern Sierra Jan 4, 2013 | 18:08 pm

    Where stars shine not street lamps. Home to world-class fishing and bouldering. Bishop is the largest community in Inyo County offering hotel accommodations, restaurants, wilderness outfitters, shopping, casino gaming, and exciting annual events such as Bishop Mule Days and the Blake Jones Trout Derby. For more info, visit Bishop Chamber of Commerce. Bishop Area Chamber […]

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  • Summer Fly Fishing, Northern California & Southern Oregon

    Shasta Trout Jun 14, 2019 | 21:09 pm

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

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  • How to: Catch Southern Oregon Winter Steelhead

    Shasta Trout Mar 6, 2019 | 16:50 pm

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

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  • Holiday Gift Guide for the Fly Fisher

    Shasta Trout Dec 3, 2018 | 23:31 pm

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

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  • River Update and Guides Report

    Shasta Trout Nov 14, 2018 | 16:29 pm

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

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  • Rogue and Klamath River Guides Report

    Shasta Trout Nov 9, 2018 | 15:46 pm

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

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  • Five Favorite Flies for Fall in Northern California

    Shasta Trout Oct 29, 2018 | 05:08 am

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

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  • Keep em’ Wild, Keep em’ Wet

    Shasta Trout Oct 8, 2018 | 19:26 pm

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

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  • Hallelujah

    Shasta Trout Oct 4, 2018 | 17:39 pm

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

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

    Shasta Trout Sep 3, 2018 | 00:23 am

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

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  • Rogue River Steelhead Report

    Shasta Trout Aug 23, 2018 | 20:19 pm

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

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  • The Buffet Series – 10 Fly Fishing Adventure Films

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

    First off, sorry for the long delay in between posts! Wow, we’ve really dropped the ball on keeping the site updated! But on another note, all my time has been consumed by creating an awesome short film series with episodes from all over the place. Saltwater, freshwater, warm water, you name it! If you like […]The post The Buffet Series – 10 Fly Fishing Adventure Films appeared first on Fly Tying 123 - Fly Tying Instructions and Videos.

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  • Modern Nymphing Elevated – Beyond the Basics

    Fly Tying 123 – Fly Tying Instructions and Videos Apr 2, 2018 | 13:46 pm

    Lance Egan, Devin Olsen, and myself have been working for months on a sequel to the popular instructional film Modern Nymphing. The creation of Modern Nymphing Elevated – Beyond the Basics has consumed my life for the past while, but we are finally excited to launch the trailer and offer pre-sale orders of the digital […]The post Modern Nymphing Elevated – Beyond the Basics appeared first on Fly Tying 123 - Fly Tying Instructions and Videos.

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  • Next Generation Brook Trout Angler

    Fly Tying 123 – Fly Tying Instructions and Videos Feb 13, 2017 | 17:49 pm

    The first fish I remember catching was a brook trout. I grew up in a region that isn’t known for it’s fishing, but there is one special gem of a lake that holds some of the most beautiful brookies on the planet. Brook trout have always been my favorite Salmonid. With anticipation for Spring fly […]The post Next Generation Brook Trout Angler appeared first on Fly Tying 123 - Fly Tying Instructions and Videos.

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  • New Video: The Evolution of Nymphing

    Fly Tying 123 – Fly Tying Instructions and Videos Jan 2, 2017 | 18:10 pm

    We have all experienced advancements in our fly fishing game. For me the biggest eye opener was introduced to me nearly nine years ago by my good friend Devin Olsen. From the first time I watched him apply European techniques I knew I needed to get in on this action. Thus began my own personnel […]The post New Video: The Evolution of Nymphing appeared first on Fly Tying 123 - Fly Tying Instructions and Videos.

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  • Modern Nymphing – European Inspired Techniques – Instructional Video

    Fly Tying 123 – Fly Tying Instructions and Videos Dec 6, 2016 | 17:36 pm

    Now Available for early bird presale orders. This will get you a 15% discount through Christmas! DVD Presale Here Ships the middle of January. Digital Download Presale Here Promo code: earlybird Available December 19th For the past eight months, Devin Olsen , Lance Egan, and I have been working together to create the most innovative […]The post Modern Nymphing – European Inspired Techniques – Instructional Video appeared first on Fly Tying 123 - Fly Tying Instructions and Videos.

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  • Salmonfly Time – Get Your Dries Here!

    Fly Tying 123 – Fly Tying Instructions and Videos May 19, 2016 | 19:06 pm

    Regarding dry fly fishing, is there anything better than watching fish rise to giant flies?!?! For the next short while on rivers across the west Pteronarcys (also know as the Salmonfly) will be abundant in numbers sufficient to attract most fish to rise. This can be some of the funnest fishing all year long. If […]The post Salmonfly Time – Get Your Dries Here! appeared first on Fly Tying 123 - Fly Tying Instructions and Videos.

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  • Predicting Spring – Bad Weather Fly Fishing Video

    Fly Tying 123 – Fly Tying Instructions and Videos Feb 23, 2016 | 22:45 pm

    Here is some footage from the past shot on a day that was so wet the GoPro was about the only camera safe to use. The wind and the rain were so bad that Kohler and I thought about calling it quits many times throughout the day. However, persistance paid off and we ended up […]The post Predicting Spring – Bad Weather Fly Fishing Video appeared first on Fly Tying 123 - Fly Tying Instructions and Videos.

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  • Pliva Perdigon Nymph – Guest Tyer Devin Olsen

    Fly Tying 123 – Fly Tying Instructions and Videos Feb 15, 2016 | 16:58 pm

    Devin Olsen of Fly Fishing Team USA shares with us one of his most deadly flies, a perdigon nymph he discovered while competing in Europe. Recipe: Hook: Hanak 230 sizes 16-12 or other nymph hook Bead: Copper, silver, or gold slotted tungsten 2.3 to 3.3 mm Additional Weight: 0.015” lead wire Tail: Coq de leon […]The post Pliva Perdigon Nymph – Guest Tyer Devin Olsen appeared first on Fly Tying 123 - Fly Tying Instructions and Videos.

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  • Iron Lotus (PMD) – Fly Tying Video

    Fly Tying 123 – Fly Tying Instructions and Videos Jan 25, 2016 | 19:00 pm

    Another super effective Lance Egan fly pattern that catches fish like crazy! PMD nymphs become very active in rivers and streams during most of the summer and early fall. Trout fill themselves on these critters day after day which makes the PMD Iron Lotus nymph such a valuable nymph fly pattern. A few years back […]The post Iron Lotus (PMD) – Fly Tying Video appeared first on Fly Tying 123 - Fly Tying Instructions and Videos.

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  • “The AK Way” – Amazing Alaska Fly Fishing Video

    Fly Tying 123 – Fly Tying Instructions and Videos Jan 21, 2016 | 19:08 pm

    This is a fly fishing film that consists of the beauty of Alaska mixed with a lot of underwater footage of amazing salmon schools. Our flies pass by them, and often times they are seen peeling away to chase our presentations. It was fun to capture this on film! Alaska is a very special place […]The post “The AK Way” – Amazing Alaska Fly Fishing Video appeared first on Fly Tying 123 - Fly Tying Instructions and Videos.

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  • Ribby Pellet - Perdigon Fly

    Fly Fish Food Apr 3, 2020 | 03:34 am

    Ribby Pellet - Perdigon Fly Feed 'Em The PelletPerdigon = Pellet.  There is your Spanish lesson for the day.  Really though, this is just a ribbed version of a perdigon that uses only thread to achieve a super buggy look.  You all already know how effective the Perdigon is, so twist up a bunch of these in different colors and catch fish!!Material List Add to Cart   View in store                                           Hook: Hanak H 400 BL Jig Hook - 14Thread: UTC Ultrathread 140 Denier - OliveBead: Hanak Round+ Slotted Tungsten Beads - Gold - 3.5mmTail: Whiting Coq De Leon Tailing Packs - Dark PardoHot Spot: UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier - Fl. OrangeResin: Solarez UV Cure Resin - Bone Dry .5 OzAlternate Hook: Fulling Mill 35045 Jig Hook - 14Alternate Hook: Firehole Sticks 516 Jig Hook - 14Alternate Bead: Firehole Stones Plated Slotted Tungsten Beads - Gold - 3.5mm (9/64")Other tools from the tutorial:Loon UV Infiniti Light

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  • Killer Midge - Da Midge

    Fly Fish Food Apr 1, 2020 | 21:48 pm

    Killer Midge - Da Midge One of the flies that started the channelThrowing it back to 2010, this is one of the patterns that kind of helped kick off our youtube channel!  We thought we'd do it proper justice and add a recipe and a post for it.  Enjoy watching "young" Curtis crank this bug out. Material List Add to Cart   View in store                             Hook: TMC 2488 Nymph Hook - 18 - 25 PackThread: UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier - BlackBead: Firehole Stones Plated Slotted Tungsten Beads - Black Nickel - 2.0mm (5/64")Body: Nature's Spirit Turkey Biot Quills - Pale OliveFlash: Krystal Flash - Fl. OrangeThorax: Nature's Spirit X-Tremely Fine Natural Dubbing - Trico

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  • Bead Head Barr Emerger

    Fly Fish Food Mar 30, 2020 | 02:19 am

    Bead Head Barr Emerger Baetis Box BonanzaBead Head Barr EmergersWhen I was in college doing a lot of fishing on the Green River in Utah, I was introduced to the Barr Emerger series of mayfly patterns. It became, and still is, one of my favorite Baetis and PMD emerger and nymph patterns. Between the Provo and Green rivers, this was easily one of the most effective patterns really year-round. And while I ended up going with a simplified "guide version" of the Barr Emerger, the OG version is still my favorite.You can use this as a dropper from a bigger mayfly pattern or just nymph it up on any sort of nymphing rig you prefer.Material List Add to Cart   View in store                                            Hook: TMC 2487 Emerger Hook - 16 - 25 PackThread: 8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge - Iron GrayBead (optional): Cyclops Brass Beads - Brass - 3/32" (2.3mm)Tail: Strung Chinese Saddle Hackle - Fiery BrownAbdomen Mix: Wapsi Super Fine Dry Fly Dubbing - Brown OliveWing Case/Legs: Strung Chinese Saddle Hackle - GrayThorax: Wapsi Super Fine Dry Fly Dubbing - Adam's GrayWing Case Coating: Loon Fluorescing UV Clear Fly FinishLight: Loon UV Bench LightOther tools from[…]

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  • Nano Puff Baetis

    Fly Fish Food Mar 19, 2020 | 23:10 pm

    Nano Puff Baetis No, This Fly Won't Keep You WarmThe coolest part of this fly is the technique used to get a really dense puff-looking wing out of a normal piece of CDC.  This is a great fly for that part of the hatch where the fish really haven't decided whether they want to eat on top, or just keep slurping from the surface film.  Enjoy!Material List Add to Cart   View in store                       Hook: TMC 2488 Nymph Hook - 18 - 25 PackThread: SemperFli Nano Silk Ultra Fine 30D 18/0 - OliveShuck: Antron Yarn - Light BrownThorax: SLF Prism Bug Dub - GrayWing: TroutHunter Premium CDC - Medium Dun

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  • Fancy Pants Streamer

    Fly Fish Food Mar 15, 2020 | 17:02 pm

    Fancy Pants Streamer The Coffee Fairy of FliesThe Drunk Drea has been absolutely solid in it's short existence on this earth, so it got a cousin that has a bit more unique movement in the tail.  This could be fished as a craw pattern, or just as a normal streamer that has different movement than just a marabou tail.  The compound loop has been a pretty fun technique to play with, so give it a shot and try throwing in a variety of materials into it to see how it fishes.  Material List Add to Cart   View in store                                                                         Hook: TMC 5263 Nymph & Streamer Hook - 4 - 25 PackThread: UTC Ultrathread 140 Denier - Hopper YellowCone: Brass Cone Heads - Gold - Large (1/4")Underbody Weight: Lead Wire Spool - .025Tail Dubbing Ball: Ice Dub - UV PinkTail: Rabbit Zonker Strips - Gold VariantTail (option): Bling Rabbit Strips - Gold Variant with Holo Gold AccentBody: Medium UV Polar Chenille - GoldCollar 1: Ripple Ice Fiber - Shrimp PinkCollar 2: Fish Hunter Premium Strung Marabou - Brown (UV)Collar 3: Senyo's Barred Predator Wrap - Barred UVCollar 4: Fox[…]

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  • Flexo Midge

    Fly Fish Food Mar 5, 2020 | 22:29 pm

    Flexo Midge Your Buddy's Secret MidgeI like simple and effective midge patterns, in fact, if a midge takes you more than 5 minutes to tie, you should maybe rethink the pattern to make it more simple.  Here is a super simple bug that can be tied in a wide variety of colors and sizes. To keep this post simple, I'm going to stop typing so you can watch the video. Material List Add to Cart   View in store                       Hook: TMC 200R Hook - 20 - 25 PackThread: SemperFli Nano Silk Ultra Fine 30D 18/0 - OliveBead: Killer Caddis Glass Beads - Midge - CC-Peacock EmergerBody: Life-Flex Spandex Material - OliveThorax: SLF Prism Bug Dub - Gray

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  • Drunk Drea - Streamer Pattern

    Fly Fish Food Mar 5, 2020 | 00:09 am

    Drunk Drea - Streamer Pattern Hold ON... Shhhhhhhh.  Lemme Tell You SomethingIf you haven't caught on yet, I have been naming flies after my coworkers that I used to work with in HR.  The Squatchy B, the Slick Willie, and now the Drunk Drea.  (Still one more to go.)  This fly was created because I wanted a slim single hooked fly that I could fish on a double streamer rig.  I had also been playing a lot with the Loon D-Loop Tweezers, so the creative juices were flowing at 5,000 CFS.  Before I get too far into this, I need to give the OPST guys a shout specifically Jerry French for posting great videos on how to build a composite loop!  Such a cool way to build flies.  This fly was just a freestyle with a bunch of colors of junk in a loop, but then I fished it (See fishing video below) and realized that it has special powers with the fish.  It goes really really slim when it's stripped, but it opens up on the pause, giving it a ton of movement that the fish can't handle.  It's tied in a ginger format in the video, but I have also messed with olive and[…]

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  • Pat Dorsey's Top Secret Midge

    Fly Fish Food Mar 4, 2020 | 04:02 am

    Pat Dorsey's Top Secret Midge SPOILER: It's not a secretSo if you're dialed into the world of fly fishing tailwaters and you like midge fishing, you've likely heard of our buddy Pat Dorsey. He's a guiding machine (200+ days a year on the water) and co-owns the Blue Quill Angler in Evergreen Colorado. He's also very well known for coming up with some very effective midge patterns, including the topic for today: The Top Secret Midge.A Pat Dorsey fly box selectionThe Top Secret midge, which partially owes its name to a relatively obscure wing material (listed below), is a killer midge pupa pattern for any river or stream with midges present. What that means is that you'll want this pattern in your box. It can be fished as a pupa closer to the surface or dead-drifted on a nymph rig.Material List Add to Cart   View in store                         Hook: TMC 2488 Nymph Hook - 22 - 25 PackThread: 8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge - Dark BrownThread Ribbing: 6/0 UNI-Thread Waxed - WhiteWing: Dorsey's Top Secret Midge Wing MaterialThorax: Wapsi Super Fine Dry Fly Dubbing - Rusty BrownOther tools from the tutorial:        C&F Design Hackle PliersTiemco Midge Whip FinisherLoon Gator Grip Dubbing SpinnerRaidzap G10 Bobbin

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  • Hare's Ear - The Classic Way

    Fly Fish Food Feb 22, 2020 | 01:51 am

    Hare's Ear - The Classic Way Well, Mostly ClassicIf you do a Google image search for "Hare's Ear" you will find about a thousand different variations that are all called the same thing.  As you have probably figured out by now, we don't ever preach that there are EXACT ways to tie any certain pattern, so we'll stick to that theme with this fly.  When I got my first fly tying kit there was a blurry black and white printout with several hand drawn instructions that included the Hare's Ear.  Over the years, I have tied them in many shapes and sizes, but the most classic way to tie them (in my opinion) is with a guard hair tail, hare's mask body and thorax, tinsel rib, turkey wingcase, and NO BEAD!  I will admit that if I were going to fish this style very much, I'd add something to the wingcase like UV resin, or Loon Soft Head so it doesn't blow up on the first fish.  Tie some up and have fun! Material List Add to Cart   View in store                                 Hook: Fulling Mill 35105 Competition Heavyweight Hook Barbless - 12Thread: UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier - Dark BrownTail/body/thorax: Hare's[…]

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  • Nano Rib Midge

    Fly Fish Food Feb 14, 2020 | 04:02 am

    Nano Rib Midge Keep it Thinner than KetoThis fly really doesn't need much of a write up...  If you fish tailwaters or other places that require a very thin profile on a small hook, this is a really cool technique that you can hack for many different flies.  If this looks like a basic fly, just watch the video to see the whip finish!   Material List Add to Cart   View in store                        Hook: TMC 2488 Nymph Hook - 18 - 25 PackThread: SemperFli Nano Silk Ultra Fine 30D 18/0 - BrownBead: Killer Caddis Glass Beads - Midge - CC-TanBody: Life-Flex Spandex Material - TanThorax: SLF Prism Bug Dub - Medium Brown

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  • Bong....Bong....Bong

    Northern California Trout Apr 3, 2020 | 17:10 pm

    Have you ever noticed that when you put labels on a post, Blogger automatically puts them in alphabetical order. Only took me 10 years to notice.That is the sound of me bouncing off the walls. We've been cooped up for 16 days (with the exception of going to the grocery store) and we have at least 27 more to go according to our Governor.But, so far only 2 cases in Amador County and one took off as soon as he or she found out they were positive. Way to go moron. Let's spread it around some more. We have approximately 5000 people in our county, but are spread out all over the place. Hopefully that will help contain it.Other than the complaint above, I have two more. You all know about the hip problem and it's a strain to just to put on socks. Ergo (I love that word. For those who don't know it, it is Latin for therefore) I have someone that trims my toenails. No not my wife. Unfortunately that shop is considered "non-essential" and has been shut down. Yesterday I had to trim my own toenails. Probably not something you'd care to hear about, but a[…]

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  • Well, That Sucks

    Northern California Trout Mar 21, 2020 | 16:44 pm

    Well, That Sucks First let me say that all is well out here in Northern California, at least with our families.Second, Governor Gavin Newsome has put a "shelter in place" order for the entire state. The order lasts (for now) for a "couple weeks".So, with reservations on Friday and Saturday, we packed up the unused, new, Lance trailer for the maiden voyage. I had made reservations two months ago to do a "check it out" trip, close to home to find out what, if anything, isn't working in the trailer. Place needed full hookups per the recommendation of Trailer Life magazine.  The new trailerWith a prior trip check on Wednesday to make sure they were open, we headed out to the Lake Camanche to the Trout Pond camping area. Trout PondOh, before I go any further, the "shelter in place" order, what's the difference if you shelter at home or shelter in your home with wheels? I don't see any difference.OK, a 45 minute drive and we pulled up to the check in at the South Shore (where the Trout Pond is) and as we drove up I noticed the red light/green light on the building was RED. I know enough about Camanche that[…]

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  • A little Genealogy Update Part 2

    Northern California Trout Feb 29, 2020 | 17:40 pm

    Let me start with the Quackenburg Church Register.Back in the old days when a person is born, married, or dies a record is kept by the town mayor or some official in that town. Once a year or so the traveling church representative would come by and record all the information in the church register being it Lutheran, Baptist, or Catholic etc.When my relatives moved from where ever they lived (haven't found that place yet, but I'm thinking Poland based on Great Uncle Herman speaking High German [a refined type of German] and Yiddish) to what is now Ukraine, the births of the 9 children of my Great Grandfather and Great Grandmother were recorded in the Lutheran Church Book in Volhynia. Had this not been done, we (my cousin Dan and I) would still be looking for the original 5 children mentioned in Great Aunt Adina's letter from 1990.In looking at the GEDBAS database it also seems that Quackenburg was the Las Vegas of Poland. Seems most marriages took place there OR were just recorded there. At this point I don't even know if there was a ceremony or maybe they just jumped over a broom or something and were[…]

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  • A little Genealogy Update Part 1

    Northern California Trout Feb 28, 2020 | 16:12 pm

    I don't know if you're interested in my past family, but I thought I'd throw this our here anyway.If I've mentioned this before, just keep reading. It'll get better.When I do a search for one specific relative, I check all the normal websites. Ancestry, MyHeritage, Family Search, etc. Back in mid-January I was looking for that specific person and couldn't find anything more than a date of birth. I have something like 25 different sites I can look at, but again when you find a person is from a particular country, that narrows down the places you can look.So, on January 15th I was looking and decided to just do a Google search. One can not expect results from a search that returns a million and a half hits. I gave it my best shot and started through the first couple pages. As usual, nothing. Then I came across an actual hit. It was on a website called GEDBAS. Turned out it was a genealogy website that was translating the Quackenburg Church Register. OK, doesn't mean anything to you, right? More on that tomorrow.Quackenburg is in Poland. Most of the Polish documentation was destroyed during WWI and WWII as well[…]

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  • Not Much

    Northern California Trout Feb 24, 2020 | 16:55 pm

    Not Much Met Yuki out at Camanche North Shore last Friday the 21st.Didn't have any expectations and it's a good thing because we got SKUNKED. It wasn't just us, it was everybody out there.I would suspect they planted sometime around the 13th or 14th (Presidents Holiday weekend) and the fish had a full week to disperse into the lake.  That's OK though. Gave Yuki and I a chance to catch up since we hadn't fished together since OCTOBER. Holy Cat Chow Batman. Well, we're caught up now.In some of the previous posts I've mentioned the old arthritis problem. Having visited the Orthopedic Surgeon in December, he wants to replace the hip this year. Going to have to wait until at least September after camping season. Reservations are already made for next month at Camanche South Shore at the Trout Pond (full hookups) to do a trial run in the new trailer. Make sure everything works and we have everything we need before heading out.June will find us at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.July will find us at Hope Valley (as usual) fishing, camping, and kayaking.The end of August is our yearly trip to Upper Lake for four nights with the kids[…]

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  • The Middle Isn't Always The Best Place

    Northern California Trout Feb 12, 2020 | 16:05 pm

    The Middle Isn't Always The Best Place Tuesday morning (that would be yesterday) found me at Lake Camanche North Shore at about 0900.There were already guys fishing out on the peninsula so I just pushed my way in. Does that sound like me? Not really, there was plenty of space.Set out two rods with rainbow Power Bait, one close in, the other out as far as I could cast.Was a beautiful, sunny, and eventually warm day. Hit almost 70. Nice and warm. Nice for fishing, bad for February. We're getting to a place where we really need rain. We're maybe 2/3 of average for the year.On my right was my good friend Rueben. He had one in the bag (he doesn't use a stringer) and in the picture below his second for the day.Here fishy, fishyGot himBy the way, here fishy fishy doesn't work except when it's hooked and right at the net. Then again I've lost a few "right at the net".To my left was this gentleman whom I don't know. When I got there, there were a couple other guys beyond him, but they had left by the time he hooked this one. It was about 3 pounds. I would have gotten pictures, but as[…]

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  • The Night Chicago Died

    Northern California Trout Feb 2, 2020 | 18:29 pm

    The Night Chicago Died Ever have one of those songs that keep bouncing around in your head? It's called an ear worm.There is a song by a group called Paper Lace called "The Night Chicago Died". Been bouncing around in my head for about 6 days now.A lot of interesting information in this song. Let me take you through some of the lyrics and explain who and what.First two sentences. "Daddy was a cop on the East Side of Chicago". I didn't know Lake Michigan had cops. Actually there is no "East Side" of Chicago. North, South, and West yes, East Side nope."When the Town of Chicago Died, they talk about it still". More on this later."When a man named Al Capone tried to make that town his own". Yup he sure did."He called his gang to war with the forces of the law". He was always at odds with the forces of the law."And the sound of the battle rang through the streets of the old East Side". Nope, no streets in Lake Michigan.When confronted, Paper Lace just said, doesn't every city have an East Side? They had never been to Chicago. They were a band from England.So what was "The Night Chicago[…]

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  • A Day Of Dead Batteries

    Northern California Trout Jan 24, 2020 | 23:03 pm

    A Day Of Dead Batteries It's Friday so I decided to head out to Lake Camanche and soak some Power Bait. What Friday has to do with it opposed to any other day, I have no idea. Just threw that in there.Got to the lake about 9:00 after stopping for coffee at Java Drive. Set up at the same spot I've been in for the last three trips out there and put out one rod with rainbow Power Bait and the other with Hatchery Pellet Power Bait.Then the waiting began.Took a few shots with my camera just to show I wasn't alone.To the pointReuben in the green jacketFar off fisherpeopleWith the way the last two trips went, I waited until 10:00 for the first bite. If you remember, the last two times I was out there the first bite came at exactly 10:00.When I left home my camera had 2/3 power. Figured that would be enough for the day. When I got the first bite, which was NOT exactly 10:00 (more like 9:45) it was a biggie. Was on the rainbow Power Bait.About 5 poundsGot the camera out for the "proof of catch" picture and the battery showed DEAD. Took the picture anyway and luckily[…]

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  • Hello, Anybody There?

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

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

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

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

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

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