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  • Watching the Truckee River's Flows

    California Fly Fishing Apr 15, 2019 | 14:09 pm

    Watching the Truckee River's Flows Ideally, a smooth melt; as opposed to an erratic melt...is preferred during this early-spring on Truckee area waters.Pre-melt angling HAD been picking-up...until the rising waters that have occurred starting the 1st week of April...It has been changing day to day. With the receding snow; access is readily available.There are two phenomena I observe this time of year; water flow and water  temperature. Right now, of the two, water temps are of lesser concern. Tactically, with high-volume, early-melt flows...simply, look for the proverbial "soft-water". Something to think about...the "precise holding water changes with the tempo of the snow-melt and rise and fall of the flows" (quote...Dean da Raven).Along the Glenshire sector at 1800cfs..                                         Lots of water to share...right now

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  • Skwalas

    California Fly Fishing Apr 5, 2019 | 14:15 pm

    Skwalas Recently Jon Baiocchi wrote an extensive article in California Fly Fisher magazine about Skwala stoneflies.I saw the below, succinct fishing report about Skawala angling on Montana's Bitterroot river from an old acquaintance from my Hat Creek days in the '70's, Chuck Stranahan . Chuck owned Hat Creek Anglers and moved to Hamilton Montana in the early 80's (?).I though I'd re-post here because it is very timely advice right now...in the Truckee area."Dry fly skwala action continues on the Bitterroot - in spurts, but it's great if you catch it right. You have to be out there casting. Early afternoon, when water and air temps are best, produce the best dry fly fishing. Nymphs, from #8 skwalas to small food-form nymphs, soft hackles, and (ugh!) pink San Juan Worms work best when fish are not on top.Sunny days are slow on top, overcast days are best. Fish are robust and in great shape."5

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  • Sage Words from the Icons #15

    California Fly Fishing Mar 23, 2019 | 15:56 pm

    Sage Words from the Icons #15 "I fish because I love to fish. Because I love the environs where trout are found, which are invariably beautiful, and hate the environs where crowds of people are found, which are  invariably ugly.Because…my fishing is at once and endless source of delight and an act of rebellion…because trout do not lie or cheat and cannot be bought or bribed, or impressed by power, but respond only to quietude and humility, and endless patience…Because mercifully there are no telephones on trout waters…in the woods I can find solitude without loneliness…finally, not because I regard fishing as being so terribly important, but because I suspect that so many of the other concerns of men are equally unimportant …and merely not so much fun"ROBERT TRAVERNOTE: All images of southern Chilean Patagonia...There's absolutely no  need to travel to the distant southern hemisphere...beauty and great trout fly fishing is in your backyard...seek it!

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  • FRANKISM #3

    California Fly Fishing Mar 12, 2019 | 12:12 pm

    FRANKISM #3 Let'em Breathe!This Frankism  seems to work considerably more than the  majority of the time... Use of Weight:"When in Doubt...Add"

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  • FRANKISMS #2

    California Fly Fishing Mar 11, 2019 | 20:34 pm

    FRANKISMS #2 a Cast Laid…is a Cast MadeThis Frankism is more appropriate when dryfly/emerger fishing to a steadily, surface/in-the-film, feeding trout. So please quit slapping the water or immediately pick-up an errant cast.Before making your presentation, when casting upstream, calibrate the correct distance…AWAY from the targeted fish. Then, make the cast. Your first, good cast affords you the highest percentage of a take. AVOID "lining" the trout with the fly line; leader only, ideally off to one-side of the trout's window (aka cone of vision)*...Unless you are a proficient curve or hook caster.Measuring the cast also applies while casting downstream. When making a "fly-first" presentation REMEMBER to strip enough line off the reel and lay at your feet so the you can effectively present the fly via "bump-feeding"...past the targeted feeder if there is no take on the first drift.When casting from the side, do a reach cast, it will extend your drift and minimize your mending.*The window's circumference is relative to the depth of the water; the shallower the water the smaller the window...the deeper the water the larger the window.Let'em Breath!

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  • Springtime Trout Fishing...Timing, Venues & Strategies

    California Fly Fishing Mar 5, 2019 | 20:37 pm

    Springtime Trout Fishing...Timing, Venues & Strategies "Musing About Spring" was published in Sierra Fisherman's Spring 2014 issue. As mentioned in the first paragraph; we were in the midst of the 3rd year of the four year draught; broken by the heavy winter of 2016-17. If I'd  have to make a projection as of this date of our forthcoming angling conditions in the mountains; my collective conscious says the season will be a MINIMUM of four (4) weeks later than a "normal season and I'm thinking 6 weeks behind as more likely. So plan you angling venues...timewise... accordingly.   As mentioned in the last paragraph of the article; this is not intended to be  complete primer on projecting springtime angling strategies. The intent is to pique anglers' thinking, regardless of the previous winter's precipitation and snow.Musing About Spring    "With some initial reluctance, we were hesitant to write this article on spring-time fly fishing strategies on California’s moving waters. Then on second thought, considering the below precipitation and the dreaded D-word, fly anglers should envision thinking tactics 6-8 weeks earlier than a “normal” season; as in late-April and May, replicating June and early-July conditions.  Planning early season fly angling can be a conundrum. Some consider May and June as[…]

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  • ...And It Continues

    California Fly Fishing Feb 15, 2019 | 23:41 pm

    ...And It Continues This current weather event is the third 3'-6' snow-drop in 3-4 day storm cycles we've experienced in the Truckee-Tahoe during February. Currently, the snow-water equivalent is 161% of historical median and precipitation is 127% of average to date. According to my calculations, projected snow--melt/water run-off is 204% of normal (161 X 1.21= 204).It sure is "purdy" when there is a break in the weather...giving me an opportunity to do some snow-clearing on the back-deck via  pushing and shoveling.Then it gets dark again, wind commences with drifting snow and at times there are white-outs. In-between there is serenity and quiet. and then it dumps again!and we provide some fodder for the little, non-migrating, chicadees  

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  • Yikes!!!...Kidney Stones &Welcomed Snow

    California Fly Fishing Feb 5, 2019 | 22:13 pm

    Yikes!!!...Kidney Stones &Welcomed Snow Yesterday I had a kidney stone-event. To say the least such is very painful. Karen drove me to the  ER in Truckee. The staff eventually subsided the pain via a couple of doses of Morphine. A CAT-scan revealed the existence of a "small" kidney stone. Actually that was good news in lieu of more a severe abdominal crisis.The last time I had kidney stones and an ER visit was in the mid-80's. Then we actually lived in Kidney-Stone Valley; the area around Mt Diablo in the east-Bay Area. The region had a disproportionate incident of kidney stones...something to do about the water.I'm home today watching the snow fall. To date the Truckee region has 109% of snow-water content and  91% of total precipitation. After this current series of snow events ends this Tuesday I project both aforementioned percentiles will increase; really wet,  heavy snow now (getting colder for great powder skiing) and anticipating 3+- feet at the higher elevations.Good news for the trout and the forests. As for fly fishing; limited access (think snow shoes) on the BT and progressively more access as one drives east of town to the CA/NV state-line.Trophy LT water is currently unavailable.Close the LT to[…]

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  • Out with the Old...In with the New Year

    California Fly Fishing Dec 31, 2018 | 20:10 pm

    Out with the Old...In with the New Year Truckee area creekI'm wishing everyone a Happy 2019Another holiday season will soon be in the rear-view mirror. Time flies...seeming like the older one gets the quicker the time goes by. Karen and I have been fortunate having enjoyed another healthy and somewhat most of the time, a prosperous 2018...until we look at our current, updated retirement portfolios.This past year's furthest, non-angling travel has been to the east-coast, specifically to Virginia, for close friends' surprise wedding anniversary event. Personally, from a fly angling perspective, there has been two out-of-state adventures; famous tailwaters, drifting the Big Horn during late Spring and early Fall on the Big Mo. As for my own local angling, I've become a "fair-weather fly angler" (read, optimum conditions...ideally head-hunting only!). I'm progressively minimizing my guiding activities; seeing/catching-up long-time clients and very selectively meeting new ones. I'm working with a great group of competent guides and am confident when referring. My main focus is now conducting skills clinics and local "tours".CyberFly!!..one of my numerous monikers.For 2019, as always I'll make my appearance at the annual Pleasant Fly Fishing show. Currently, I musing over several out of state/country excursion options;  a couple of Montana trips, my first immersion into the[…]

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  • Winter Here & Summer There

    California Fly Fishing Dec 14, 2018 | 15:05 pm

    Winter Here & Summer There When we get that first blanket of snow in the Truckee area; we're elated, liking the seasonal changes, a bit relieved that the fire season has ended and looking forward  to Christmas time with some family and friends. It is also a time I personally get nostalgic about my early 2000's fly angling ventures to southern Chilean Patagonia....see bottom six images... Front door view, Dark sky in-between snowfall Back-yard  forest...pontoon-boat under deck  ...sun and blue skies...no wind...quietwest-slope Andes foothills, stream & vistaLago Polloxlots of multi-colored lupinetrekking to a spring creek and  its tiny "laguna"small creeks...up and overValley  of the Moon...to the Rio Nireahou

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