Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Tenkara Fly Fishing: Fad or Future?

I've been curious about tenkara fly fishing ever since it's first initial introduction to the US several years ago. It essentially takes a minimalist approach to the ever increasing complexity of western fly fishing by limiting an angler to rod, line, and fly. Tenkara's rise to popularity in the west has created controversy of whether or not is considered "real fly fishing" with western anglers seeing it as simply dabbing flies and tenkara anglers seeing it as a true fly fishing due to the lack of a reel therefore not focused on casting special lines.
Every angler will have their own opinion however the most important question to me is, "Is it fun?"

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Nice Snowy Truckee May Day

The last time I fished the Truckee River in April the banks were blanketed with 2-3ft of snow. Naturally as the warmer weather arrived the majority of the snow has melted leaving only the highest peaks with plenty of powder. Nevertheless California continues to get rain and even snow in May. The more the merrier.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

More Rain & Incoming Shad

It looks like California is going to be getting more rain this year with a series of three atmospheric storms. Snow is predicted at the higher elevations though I believe that it'll mostly be rain. Rivers and streams will continue to run high perhaps even higher with the predicted rain melting the snow. A quick look at the capacity percentages of reservoirs in California show that a majority of lakes are at or near capacity putting California's water supply in excellent shape for this year.

I've read a lot of fishing reports of the American Shad run being in town. I took the time to explore the Feather River one evening and was lucky enough to hook and land my first shad this year. The rain started soon after I released my catch and the bite turned off (not that it was on by any means). Cold fronts tend to put the shad down as flows fluctuate from rain or water release; these are migrating anadromous fish after all. During these difficult times try fishing the opposite of what you would on a hot summer shad filled day; fish during mid-day when temperatures are at their warmest and cover lots of water or get a boat.

It's going to be a tough season for wade-in anglers as the flows are going to be too high to safely position in the areas where the shad like to hold. I'm going to try and explore a few new places to fish for shad but will most likely be spending my time fishing elsewhere.