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  • Montana's "Wide Missouri"...a 2020 option

    California Fly Fishing Jan 1, 2020 | 22:29 pm

    Montana's "Wide Missouri"...a 2020 option                    Big Sky MontanaI again returned the Missouri River in  Montana for a few days of drift-fishing during late-summer/early fall of 2019. The guiding and bedding was provided by Wolf Creek Anglers; 2-3 miles from Holter Dam. I'll return in 2020; August 29 to September 6. Below you'll find my journal entries...roughly UNEDITED. So please enjoy the gist of the fly angling we experienced and disregard the grammar, absence of sentence structure and my obsessive dots. Generally, I'm not a compulsive "fish-counter" but I include numbers in these entries to give a perspective of the tempo and "drift" of the fly angling.9/11---Our nation's "NEVER FORGET" dayHolter Dam to Craig: We indo-fished in the rain from 9AM-1PM; not really comfy, but we were prepared with the right clothing and stayed warm. It cleared to over-cast/drizzle in the afternoon. The productive fly pattern was a #18 or 20 Black Zebra Midge (silver bead), with a  6' drop to one BB shot. We netted good-sized RainBows in the 16"-18" range; strong, deep-bodied...some with 3-4 high aerials, others with long, first runs. There was one 12" Brown and a 15"-16" Whitey. No numbers  but enough to keep[…]

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  • A Truckee White Christmas

    California Fly Fishing Dec 27, 2019 | 02:43 am

    A Truckee White Christmas As the song says "I'm dreaming of a White Christmas...". Except, I don't dream it, I live it. Today the winter solstice is officially here. We wish everyone a pleasant Christmas and a happy, prosperous and healthy New Year.Thus far we've had a very busy,  social holiday season with a bit more until the arrival of  2020. From here on it is snow-shoveling, blowing and pushing snow...my major winter cardio/muscle-toning exercise.Generally, the snow accumulation is minimal and manageable...On right, our front- entry...before the heavy snowsback patio decks, upper cleared , lower not...before moving BBQ under the extended/sky-light eavesthen the snowfall and pack gets serious...Such is the time when I manually clear our back-patio decks in a TIMELY fashion; if not, ice forms making for difficult clearing. I do not do the lower deck, but make sure I clear the upper-deck section to assure our windows are clear and free of snow. If not, we'll live in snow-cave since all the other windows on our 1st floor,  we're we do 95% of our living, around our 6500' elevation home are covered in snow from the sloping roofs' constantly "unloading".After a "big dump"  After my shoveling/pushing...beautiful mountain snow & sunshine!In the front drive-way we[…]

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  • Tahoe-Truckee Region...Fall Journal 2019

    California Fly Fishing Nov 24, 2019 | 05:28 am

    Tahoe-Truckee Region...Fall Journal 2019 Let'em Breathe!9/29---SCOUTING:I was looking for signs of early, migrating Browns...too early.About 1330 I fished in intermittent sleet and snow....everything was damp. Regardless, for the next 1-1/2 hours I saw steadily rising, in-the-film or just below, slurping trout.I believe the heavy rain/sleet/snow prevented any emerging aquatic bug breaking through the meniscus with the heavy pelting of sleet and wet-snow....amazing that the trout could pick-out a food item.Worked a disperse pod at Papa's.. Unbeknownst to me, during about 15" of casting to the working feeders, I realized that I been fishing...fly-less!  a #18 BWO, foam-top-emerger fly I'd had attached to my 5X tippet must have popped-off on my back-cast because of my inattention to the high willows behind me....duh.It was getting nasty; so I decided to make a hasty retreat from the weather. On the way-out I observed a minimum of 1/2 dozen upper-water-column feeders at both the 610 and Richard's Pool.9/30---SCOUTING:Snowing again! Hope it melts soon and I'll have an opportunity to get my drift-boat "off the mountain"...Where? I haven't decided yet, favoring Greg's place in Auburn, so it will be in close proximity for drifting the Yuba.I'm guessing the Boca dam's re-enforcement work for the season is finished or on[…]

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  • Sage Words from the Icons #18

    California Fly Fishing Oct 15, 2019 | 16:50 pm

    Sage Words from the Icons #18 Fishing a side-channel...noticed this quote on FaceBook recently:"Fishing has a dignity, a simplicity, a ruggedness and honesty...little dreamed about in this materialistic world"ZANE GREYSolid hook-up...tiny fly...in the nib

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  • Truckee Angling, Last Century Throwback PART # 3

    California Fly Fishing Sep 20, 2019 | 00:56 am

    Truckee Angling, Last Century Throwback PART # 3 Let'em Breathe! Circa mid-80's Thy Rod & Staff's 8-panel brochure Inside Panel #3: LATE SEASON: LATE SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER & EARLY NOVEMBERIf fortunate, the autumn angler experiences a glorious Indian Summer with only an occasional, shot-lived thundershower. Crowds are gone, nights become brisk, and the aspens and alders turn golden. It is a special time of year. Stealth become a prime tactic.Fall...Crowds are goneSolitude is the rule at Milton. If action is slow. one  can vacate the belly-boat and start prospecting for fall spawners leaving the lake and ascending the short stretch of the Yuba River's Middle  Fork. The same regulations apply.In October, the Truckee basin lakes will produce the largest trout of the season. The migrating 6-10 pound Browns are encountered in Stampede, Boca, and Prosser impoundments. Fly-rodders are starting to get their share.JR with an inlet BrownEx-Truckeeite Stan McCleod with fall-time Truckee River RainBow 

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  • Native Sons Tour of Truckee & Little Truckee

    California Fly Fishing Sep 4, 2019 | 19:22 pm

    Native Sons Tour of Truckee & Little Truckee Currently there is space available for the Native Sons Tour scheduled for September 20-21.  If you can't attend this tour get on the e-list and we'll send you future schedule tours. 2020 will be our 6th year conducting this unique angling event and the quality of the experience is spreading throughout the fly fishing community.Details: www.cyberfly.com/native-sons-tours/Friday night's "meet & greet" snacks prior to PowerPoint talk The Big Truckee's "Willow Run"JB Hooked-Up at the Little Truckee's  "Sweeper #1"2019 had Green Drakes present in Truckee area for 9 weeks! 

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  • E-Quicky #22...mid-July-late August

    California Fly Fishing Aug 30, 2019 | 02:22 am

    ...Or, a selective, 5-week peek into the e-life of CyberFly7/16---Inquiry on Angling Conditions:The BT in the Glenshire stretch has been fishing well via dry dropper rigs in the pocket water. Bring your thermometer because the water is warming...I leave the water at 67 degrees. The PMD hatch on the LT has been really good for surface feeding trout...progressively getting fickle because of the crowds; most especially the upper area. The flows are currently at 126 cfs; decent. 7/18---An e-note on the passing of a longtime local fly angler, John Lim:Thanks for the update on John...we'll all miss him. He was a fixture at the LT inlet at Boca. If you wanted to know what was happening there; he was the man. I'm planning on attending his "celebration" in Auburn.7/18---An inquiry about a recent blog post:…stillwaters other than Boca; too crowded now with the summer crowds. I’m talking Inlets into Prosser and Stampede; best accessibility is via boats.For sure, I can provide info as needed.7/20---A request for angling info:...didn't do the BT on Friday; doing an early start on the LT...recently bumped-up to a nice 140cfs. At 8 AM there were 10 vehicles in the upper parking area!...walking all the way down to[…]

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  • Sage Words from the Icons #17

    California Fly Fishing Aug 14, 2019 | 05:01 am

    Sage Words from the Icons #17 Let'em Breathe!"Most fishermen use the double-haul to throw their casting mistakes further"LEFTY KREH

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  • Massive ButterFly Hatch in Tahoe!

    California Fly Fishing Aug 9, 2019 | 18:14 pm

    Massive ButterFly Hatch in Tahoe! There has been thick flights of TortiseShell butterflies in the Truckee & Tahoe area....the most I've personally witnessed  since building my first home in Truckee in 1979. I'm not seeing them along the streams or lakes though...so not a fly angling pattern to imitate...thus far.California TortiseShell ButterflyNymphalis Californica Here is an article from the SF Gate:Massive butterfly swarms becoming the talk of TahoeThere aren't enough to block out the sun, but social media posts out of the Lake Tahoe area show enough swarming butterflies to get just about anyone who encounters them to pull over and start taking pictures.While some think the butterflies are migrating monarchs — which have been declining at an alarming rate in California — the Reno Gazette-Journal identifies them as California tortoiseshell butterflies that are visiting the Sierra in search of the remnant of our winter snow pack.The butterflies are known to frequent beaches and puddles in search of salt from the soil, according to the newspaper.The bugs can be identified by their orange and red wings, and social media posts show them swarming in a few locations around the region".https://www.sfgate.com/local/article/butterfly-swarms-Lake-Tahoe-monarch-tortoiseshell-14291637.php

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  • Truckee Angling...Last Century ThrowBack...PART #2

    California Fly Fishing Aug 2, 2019 | 01:50 am

    Truckee Angling...Last Century ThrowBack...PART #2 Let'em Breathe!Circa mid-80's Thy Rod & Staff  8-panel brochure, Panel 2, Inside:MID-SEASON: JULY, AUGUST & EARLY SEPTEMBER*notes present-day changes"The water warms and the runoff subsides. Up to the end of July, an angler can spend pleasant mornings at Martis Lake* casting to sighted "cruisers" along the wees edges. These "gulpers" leisurely inhale Callibaetis duns and spinners. Timing their rises and tracking their movement pattern is a challenging and contemplative game.Mid-day angling on the Truckee Rivers is relaxing. Access is easy and the wading is non-threatening on the upper "Wild Trout" section. About six miles** of it have special regulations of interest to the fly rodder: 2-limit,; single, barbless artificials only; minimum 15". A freestoner, the Truckee has a balanced mix of riffles, runs, pools and pocket-water. Large fish are in residence. Keeping things in perspective, the median trout size in the Truckee River is within the 10"-12" range. They are all well-finned and stream born.During the evening  sessions, entailing late-afternoon to dusk. the Truckee becomes intriguing. During the period, the river confirms its well earned reputation as a "night-stream". There are opportunities for double-digit hook-up during the even rise."* The lake's fishery and angling experience declined in the mid-90's. Nowadays[…]

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