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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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  • Goat Bugger

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Apr 16, 2019 | 19:46 pm

    Goat Bugger A New Twist on a Classic...Anyone who has spent significant time lake fishing, or "stillwater" fishing as we call it has gone on a wild chase for seal dubbing at some point.  While it's still available in some countries, it's not as easy to get in the United States due to some of the laws changing.  I have some that I had to twist an arm or two for, but I'm always second guessing myself when it comes time to tie up a batch of seal buggers with the secret stash.  There are lots of good substitutes out there, and yes, Arizona simi seal is one of the best, but in my opinion, it's kind of more a stand-alone product as opposed to a real substitute.  Luckily, Nature's Spirit has been putting out stellar dubbing that they call "African Goat Dubbing" and it's got a lot of the same characteristics that seal has.  It's somewhat short, coarse, and has pretty good translucency, so it makes a great bugger or leech pattern.  We have listed a few of our favorite combos for these buggers, so feel free to mix them up to fit your local fisheries.  These flies do the trick[…]

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  • The Blob

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Mar 24, 2019 | 22:06 pm

    The Blob Rainbow Trout KryptoniteI got my first taste of blob fishing about 15 years ago when Curtis and I were fishing a local stillwater out of our 13' tin can of a boat (that almost killed us that day), and we were fishing next to Ryan Barnes who had been pretty active in the competition angling scene.  He had been catching several fish that day, and after we rescued out tin can from a private shoreline, I found out that he had been fishing a fly that was apparently called a "blob."  It would be about 12 or 13 years until I'd really look further into that fly, and the techniques that were involved in fishing it, but it's become a staple in my stillwater boxes, especially for waters with stocked Rainbow Trout.  Now, I'm not necessarily talking about the 8" silver finless bullets that make their way into our waters, but there is something about blob flies that a Rainbow Trout can't handle, especially if they were born in a hatchery, regardless of how old or big they are.There really isn't much to the technique of tying this fly, but we still get lots of questions about how to tie[…]

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  • Big Unsinkabeetle

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Mar 18, 2019 | 15:38 pm

    Big Unsinkabeetle Attention Droppers...  Meet Your Match.It seems like forever ago, but 6 years ago the Unsinkabeetle was born in a bowl full of water at my mom's house (read about it HERE).  I have played with this fly in various sizes and configurations, and they have been everything from small pink ones, to all natural brown ones with no flash, but they all seem to do two things really well: 1- Float. 2- Catch fish.  This video is a color combo and size that seems to be popular in southern Patagonia Argentina, so naturally I had to tie some up!  Take note that right after we filmed this, Gamakatsu stopped making the S10 in the size we used, so we made some necessary adjustments in the recipe.Have fun tying these!!Material List Add to Cart   View in store                                             Hook: Daiichi 1710 - 2X Long Nymph Hook - 6Thread: 6/0 UNI-Thread Waxed - BlackBody: Fly Tying Foam - 2mm - BlackOver Body: Rainy's Evazote Foam - Black - 1/8"Dubbing: Ice Dub - UV BlackWing: EP Fibers - WhiteIndicator: Fly Tying Foam - 2mm - YellowLeg1: Speckled Centipede Legs - Speckled Red - MediumLeg2: Speckled[…]

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  • Build a Euro Leader

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Mar 10, 2019 | 16:16 pm

    Build a Euro Leader Lance's Euro Leader SetupSo here's the setup with one of the most commonly asked questions: How do I build Lance's Euro Leader.So here's a the leader recipe and some videos on how to put it together...Material ListAdd to Cart  View in store                                     Section #1: Maxima Chameleon Leader Material - 20 lbSection #2: Maxima Chameleon Leader Material - 15 lbSighter: Cortland Spooled Indicator Mono - Bi-Color Red/Yellow - .014" / .36mm Tippet Ring: Hanak Tippet Rings, 2mmTippet: Umpqua Superfluoro Tippet - 4XTippet 2: Umpqua Superfluoro Tippet - 5XSighter option 1: Sunset Amnesia Line - 12 lb - Fl. GreenSighter option 2: Sunset Amnesia Line - 12 lb - RedOther tools from the tutorial:And another couple of knots

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  • Jigged Streamer for a Euro Rig

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Mar 5, 2019 | 21:15 pm

    Jigged Streamer for a Euro Rig A Simple but Killer TechniqueJigged Streamer for a Euro RigWe're kicking off another Lance Egan tutorial that was a culmination of hearing about trip after trip where this technique and pattern had been just destroying the fish. We finally headed out to try it out with Lance and he stopped to give some explanations. Then the tutorial shows the fly he's been using with this awesome technique.From Lance...The jigged streamer technique is one of those things that make me wonder why I didn't think about it sooner, but I didn't.  For me it took a few mentions by my Fly Fishing Team USA teammate, Pat Weiss, letting me know he caught some bonus fish on jigged streamers a few times in competitions before I started utilizing the technique.  Once I gave the technique a chance I quickly converted.  I started embracing the possibilities of a streamer on a Euro-nymphing rig a few years ago and I've been steadily building confidence with it.  I had a break through moment with the jigged streamer technique at last year's World Fly Fishing Championship in Trentino, Italy.  In the last of 5 sessions I drew beat 4 on the Sarca River near the town of[…]

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  • The Big Junk Streamer

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Mar 1, 2019 | 14:36 pm

    The Big Junk Streamer Featuring Lance's Big JunkThis is one of those patterns that, on several occasions, has turned a slow fishing day into a stellar fishing day but it took us a few times out before we realized just how good it was.If you check out one of the floats we did on the Green River last year, you'll see it in action.Anyway, see what Lance has to say about it below...Basic wooly bugger type streamers (see also, humongous) are my go-to streamer patterns. Sure, giant articulated streamers are cool and fun to tie, but when I want to entice many Trout to take, rather than just 1 or 2, I tend toward simple, easy to tie streamers with lots of motion. The Big Junk is exactly one of those.You are likely wondering how it got the name “Big Junk” when it’s more of a schmedium sized streamer?? Well, to be honest, I don’t remember exactly how it got it’s name, but it has been known as such for about 4-5 years now. I first used this color combo and style of fly on Utah’s Provo river. When fishing the Provo I often dislodge rocks and place my net immediately downstream to see[…]

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  • Secret Squirrel CDC Jig

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Feb 24, 2019 | 21:39 pm

    Secret Squirrel CDC Jig One of Our Buggiest Dubbing BlendsSo a Squirrel and a Duck walk into a bar...  Hit us in the comments if you have a good punchline for this joke, because I couldn't think of one.  As you know, we like to pull out the ol' coffee grinder and play with some cool dubbing mixes. We mess with lots of dubbing combinations, but when we got CDC dubbing, the light bulb turned on and I started mixing it with different stuff.  Of all the things I did, it worked best when I mixed it with squirrel (75% squirrel 25% CDC) and I played with lots of color combos that will have future applications.  The cool thing about this dubbing blend is that the squirrel and CDC will move differently in the water giving it a fairly unique motion.  On this fly, I matched it up with an awesome dark violet Hanak bead for the ultimate hot spot.  Mix up a bunch of different colors and try it out! Material List Add to Cart   View in store                                   Hook: Hanak H 400 BL Jig Hook - 14Thread: 8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge - PurpleBead: Hanak Metallic+ Slotted[…]

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  • FAB - Foam Arse Blob

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Feb 20, 2019 | 17:17 pm

    FAB - Foam Arse Blob So Easy a Caveman Can Tie ItAlright, I'll start off by claiming the obvious...  This fly is NOT a difficult fly to tie, but we thought it was worth showing due to the uniqueness of the "jelly fritz" that is used to tie it.  It's really no mystery in the UK, but here in the USA, it seems that we have grown content to kick and twitch an olive krystal bugger while passing directly over fish, and giving the occasional twitch.  This "Jolling" (trolling with slight jerks) is going to catch you some fish for sure, but if you really want to get technical about fishing stillwaters, it's highly recommended to research loch style fishing and some of the patterns and methods used in the UK and competitions worldwide.  This post really isn't to break down all of the different methods you can use to present a buoyant fly, but I'll share my favorite.  Type 5 full sink line -> 5 feet fo 3x to a weighted leech -> 5 feet of 3x to a smaller chironomid or nymph -> 5 feet of 3x to a FAB or a Booby.  This creates a leader setup that is deep and ascends[…]

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  • Euro Nymphing on the Provo River

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Feb 10, 2019 | 22:19 pm

    Euro Nymphing on the Provo River Winter Fly FishingBrown trout caught on a Perdigon fly patternWe headed up to the river and forged some snow to catch some fish. Despite some chilly weather and a strong midge hatch, the fish were happy to chow down on #16 and #14 Euro style jig nymphs.If you need to get started on Euro nymphing, look for these two killer Euro nymphing videos from Lance, Devin and Gilbert. They go through all you need to know.And the flies we used....Squirracell NymphThread FrenchieIdaho Stank PerdigonCatch the vlog we did below.

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  • The Fly Shop Move!

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Feb 4, 2019 | 20:44 pm

    We Finally Did It!It took a few months to complete all the details but we finally put the finishing touches on the big shop move. Here's a quick video to give you an idea of what we did.

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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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  • A Little Bit Of Humor

    Northern California Trout Jan 30, 2019 | 09:12 am

    I went fishing last week. Wasn't worth posting about.Humor, I saw a tweet on National News this morning I thought you might appreciate.Crime Cancelled For Cold.We simply can not have criminals putting themselves in harms way at those temperatures. If we didn't speak out against this, it is simply not fair to the criminals and I'm not willing to risk it. From the Green Bay, Wisconsin Police Chief.9:09 am Green Bay time. Temperature -18 degrees. I like this guy.Hope you got a laugh from this.Going to rain the rest of the week. Fishing next week.I got a new fish finder for the kayak. Once I figure out how it works, I'll show you. Stay tuned.

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  • Sneaking Out Between Storms

    Northern California Trout Jan 10, 2019 | 18:07 pm

    Sneaking Out Between Storms I mentioned, in the last post, that we were in for some rain. Actually I mentioned we were going to get "pounded". Well, we got "pounded". Last Sunday we had 25 to 35 mile per hour winds (with the rain) and gusts close to 50 mph. So bad, in fact that Yuki had the roof blown off one of his lean-to's.Since we're due to get more such weather starting tomorrow I thought it good to get out today. Probably my last chance for another week or so.Earlier this week, Yuki sent me a Facebook link about trout being caught at Lake Camanche on grubs. I took that to mean Meal Worms or Wax Worms. So when I left the house this morning, after a coffee stop at Java Drive I stopped by Walmart and picked up a container of both.Several years ago a guy at Bear River Reservoir introduced me to the "slip bobber" rig. It works well with Meal Worms and would seem to work well with Wax Worms too. The nice thing about the slip bobber rig is that you can adjust the depth of the worm by moving the green thread thing in the picture below up[…]

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  • First Of The Year, Last For A While

    Northern California Trout Jan 4, 2019 | 15:17 pm

    First Of The Year, Last For A While Not to worry, I'll still be fishing.This was the first trip for 2019 out to North Shore Lake Camanche. The place where I usually fish was a bit crowded.Can you say "Combat Fishing"?So I bypassed that spot for one a little farther out the North Shore peninsula.My spot for the dayI set up one rod with rainbow Power Bait, as if you didn't already know that. On the other rod I put 3 green/clear with speckles Power Eggs.I let that soak for an hour and then changed the green to white ones with the clear speckles. I put on fresh rainbow PB on the other one just in case.An hour later I reeled in the Power Eggs and started throwing Kastmasters. Silver, silver/green, pink, silver/blue, and then the green Magic Bullet. Nope, nothing.  Changed the white eggs to brown/clear with speckles and rainbow PB on the other.Took another picture to show how far out on the peninsula I was. That's the very end just beyond my truck. The whole peninsula is only about 100 yards.Well, it was a bust for the first day fishing in 2019. Actually, I didn't see anyone catch anything so I don't feel bad getting skunked.Now,[…]

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  • Happy New Year

    Northern California Trout Jan 1, 2019 | 12:15 pm

    Happy New Year Mike over at Troutrageous! mentioned we should do a recap of 2018.OK, here it is in a nutshell.Fishing wise, it pretty much sucked. I don't think (without going back and counting) that I caught 10 fish this year.Health wise, it pretty much sucked. Four doctors, Two X-Rays, one MRI and all they could tell me is that "until your hip tells you it's time for a replacement", you're going to hurt.I'm going to fish anyway whether I hurt or not. Actually I don't hurt when I'm fishing, it's the next day that I pay the price.Now the good part.......After a week at windy Upper Lake my wife was convinced that the Inflate-A-Yak just wouldn't cut it. We got His & Hers Kayaks. You saw the picture. We've only been out once since we got them, but can't wait for it to warm up to get back on a lake.The family welcomed my Great-Granddaughter Mavis Ranae Bonnie. We were over to my sons last Sunday and Mavis is just about as cute a baby as you can get.MavisLet see, what else?Oh yea. The genealogy thing. Found out my Great Grandmother's name. Apparently none of my Great Grandfather's children knew their mother's name except[…]

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  • Foothill Bass Fly Fishing Report

    Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop Apr 11, 2019 | 18:09 pm

    Foothill Bass Fly Fishing Report Capt. Chuck Ragan reports on 4.11.19The Foothill lakes continue to produce some awesome days for bass on the fly.  Temps have changed and some waters are warming and clearing and fish are beginning to show up on streamers and the strip.  Good to great numbers and every now and again a sizable fish as well as by-catches of rainbow trout.  If you haven’t experienced bass fishing in the foothills, check it out.  Low traffic, gorgeous settings and at times, action that’s hard to beat. Capt. Chuck Ragan- CR Fly Fishing and Cal Bass Union

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  • Truckee River Fly Fishing

    Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop Apr 11, 2019 | 18:02 pm

    Truckee River Fly Fishing Matt Koles reports on 4.11.19Had a great clinic this weekend on the Truckee River.Other than that, not too much difference since a week ago.Flows have gone up to almost 3000k here in Hirschdale with more releases from Boca. We really aren’t getting the big runoff yet, but a slow good melt. We’ll get that soon enough. For now enjoy these flows while they last. Clarity ain’t bad either.So good solid fishing is you’re finding that soft water and fishing it correctly. Trouts can’t fight that current, if you can find that soft shit, you’ll find fish. Get schooled up if you need too and take a clinic. Though all we really do anymore is bbq and drink beer since I have a pit master on payroll now, but you’ll learn a ton, I promise.Hit up those slow inside edges. Eggs, worms, stones. Give ‘em a good ole cheap buffet with flies they can see and pick up easy. No need for fancy french food. Size up on you’re tippet. I’m using 10-15 pound flouro, whatever X that is. You should have some streamers and fish them hard. That’s all I will say.It’s actually a really fun time to be fishing[…]

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  • Owyhee Fy Fishing Report

    Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop Apr 11, 2019 | 17:50 pm

    Owyhee Fy Fishing Report Cory Godell reports on 4.11.19OwyheeThe Skwalas are starting to wind down on the Owyhee. There are still some bugs around, but every day there seems to be fewer and fewer. The BWO’s are still coming off in force especially on the overcast day. They usually show up around 1:30 and stick around for an hour or two. Usually, around the 15th of April, each year is when they bump up the river a couple hundred CFS to provide more water for the farmers. When this happens it tends to knock the fish loopy for a few days until they find their new homes. So you will want to check the water level each day before you head that direction. Tight Lines

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  • California Delta Fly Fishing Report

    Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop Apr 11, 2019 | 17:39 pm

    California Delta Fly Fishing Report Captain Bryce Tedford reports on 4.11.19Delta Fishing Report:Striper fishing on the Delta has been going strong! That said, we have had a windy week which has made it challenging to target the fish. Wind casting skills are currently at a premium on the Delta. Water temperatures are 55-60 degrees in various parts of the Delta & Stripers will likely spawn in the next few weeks. Last few times out I have I been averaging 10-20 fish, most fish we have been finding are smaller “schoolies” but 3-5lb fish are mixed in & the occasional larger fish can be found as well! For sub-surface Stripers I am using 1/0-3/0 “Steve Adachi” style rattle Clouser flies in various color combinations. The master Striper fly tier & fisher Steve Adachi came on the boat this week, following is a solid pic of fish he caught & some pics of his cherished flies you can get at Lost Coast Outfitters. Get out fishing or book your Spring Delta adventure soon before it’s all over!

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  • Lower Sacramento Fly Fishing Report

    Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop Apr 11, 2019 | 17:36 pm

    Lower Sacramento Fly Fishing Report Wildwaters reports on 4.11.19Needless to say all rivers here in the north state lately have been running big but we have been able to pull off trips. The happy meter has been spiking for our clients as our guides have been going to Plan A, B and Z to find fish.  The rain has finally stopped, the days are getting warmer and Spring is HERE!We are so looking forward to getting back on the Lower and Upper Sacramento Rivers soon, the fishing on these two rivers should be crazy good after their recent long break due to storms (hopefully flows begin to drop soon). We are also getting very excited about our upcoming McCloud River season (opening April 27) which is right around the corner. A recent recon to Ah Di Na has shown the road to be open to the campground but beware of logging trucks in some areas. Give us a shout if you have that Spring fever itch, our guides are ready!Wild Waters Fly Fishing

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  • Eastern Sierra Fly Fishing Report

    Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop Apr 11, 2019 | 17:19 pm

    Eastern Sierra Fly Fishing Report Jim Stimson reports on 4.11.19Eastern Sierra Fly Fishing ReportAlthough the snow is melting quickly, it is still very winter-like with chilly morning temperatures, frost, and occasional snow showers. Crowley Lake is still frozen but there is open water along the margins and some pressure ridges running through the lake. With a big wind storm, I am sure the lake will be ice free for the general trout opener in a couple of weeks. You can always count on midges and BWO’s to hatch no matter what, with an occasional caddis and skwala cruising through. Once the weather turns warm, the trout will be gorging themselves on a long overdue bounty of bugs. The Sierra in general is running about 160% of normal for the season. I look forward to summer and a plethora of water and healthy fisheries.If you are intent on fishing the Upper Owens, just be careful where you drive and park. Don’t get too frisky driving around especially if you do not own a high clearance vehicle, The main north-south road is fine although there are a couple of intimidating looking puddles (lagoons?) that you cannot avoid. It is when you leave the main road that the[…]

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  • Truckee River Fly Fishing Report

    Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop Apr 4, 2019 | 17:45 pm

    Truckee River Fly Fishing Report Matt Koles reports on 4.4.19Another week of rain and snow on the way.Nice weekend though, after yet another week of rain and snow.Flows have actually dropped a bit and clarity is really good on the Truckee River. Saw lots of folks out this weekend here in Hirschdale and from what it sounds like, most folks were catching a few fish. Access is pretty good now, most of the low lying snow has melted, but man, we are going to have a ton melting soon. When, hard to say. It’s a slow melt right now.About 2,000 k, here, a bit higher down in the battle born state. Fishing is pretty good just about everywhere if you find some soft water. This is when you get them big boys. It will be interesting to see what kind of poundage we put in the net this spring. We have some big trouts in this river. It’s already starting off pretty good this spring, poundage wise. The river will get much higher and this fish will probably just get bigger. We crushed them in ’17, and it looks to be a lot the same here in ’19.So get after ‘em, be safe and have[…]

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  • Lower Yuba River Fly Fishing Report

    Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop Apr 4, 2019 | 17:30 pm

    Lower Yuba River Fly Fishing Report Jon Baiocchi reports on 4.4.19What a pleasure to back on the Lower Yuba River doing my thing, guiding, teaching, and fishing. After doing a few trips and a photo shoot with GuideBox the last few days, I’m surprised how good the river is fishing. Currently, the flows are at 4090 cubes, and Englebright dam bounces back and forth from spilling at 99% to 103% of capacity. The color of the river is a beautiful steelhead green with about 3 feet of visibility. As you may guess, fishing pressure is on the light side but I think more fly anglers will be out and about in the future. Finding the right type water is the key to success, undesirable runs are straight fast chutes while the better runs offer some slower side water with moderate depth, and a current at a perfect walking speed. Nymphing is the way to go whether you’re indicator fishing or tight line nymphing. Swinging streamers is also picking up a number of fish with a fast sinking tip of 5 IPS in these higher flows. There is a cornucopia of bugs out with minimal hatches of Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies, Caddis, BWOs, and still some Skwalas are out[…]

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  • Eastern Sierra Fly Fishing Report

    Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop Apr 4, 2019 | 16:38 pm

    Eastern Sierra Fly Fishing Report Jim Stimson reports on 4.4.19Eastern Sierra Fly Fishing ReportAlthough the snow is melting quickly, it is still very winter-like with chilly morning temperatures, frost, and occasional snow showers. You can always count on midges and BWO’s to hatch no matter what, with an occasional caddis and skwala cruising through. Once the weather turns warm, the trout will be gorging themselves on a long overdue bounty of bugs. The Sierra, in general, is running about 160% of normal for the season. I look forward to summer and a plethora of water and healthy fisheries.If you are intent on fishing the Upper Owens, just be careful where you drive and park. Don’t get too frisky driving around especially if you do not own a high clearance vehicle, The main north-south road is fine although there are a couple of intimidating looking puddles (lagoons?) that you cannot avoid. It is when you leave the main road that the fun begins. I’ve been parking out near the main road and walking in…. it only adds a few minutes onto the commute.East WalkerThe Reservoir is brimming with water and the irrigation district is starting to bleed off the surplus into the river system. The flows[…]

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  • California Delta Fly Fishing Report

    Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop Apr 4, 2019 | 16:34 pm

    California Delta Fly Fishing Report Captain. Bryce Tedford reports on 4.4.19Delta Fishing Report:Striper fishing on the Delta is going strong! The waters gave warmer & cleared throughout the Delta, water temperatures are 55-60 degrees in various parts of the Delta. Stripers will likely spawn in next few weeks so fishing should be great. The last few times out I have I been averaging 10-20fish. Most fish we have been finding are smaller “schoolies” but 3-5lb fish are mixed in & the occasional larger fish can be found as well! Spring season is just getting rolling & prime fishing is just around the corner. For sub-surface Stripers I am using 1/0-3/0 “Steve Adachi” style rattle Clouser flies in various color combinations. Get out fishing or book your Spring Delta adventure soon before it’s all over!

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