Tuesday, September 30, 2014

With Rain Come Chrome

Literally the 2nd cast

For some reason I decided it was a good idea to fish during the first rain of the fall. I didn't get anything but a pair wet waders and jacket. Lesson learned. The rain is like shuffling a deck of cards for steelhead. Rainy weather is like shuffling a deck of cards, the steelhead are moving around throughout the system and you'd be lucky if you found one. Once the rain has passed the shuffling is over. Game on.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Line Ripping Steelies

Fat Feather River Hen

My last outing before a small fishing break was hitting the Feather River this morning. Its getting pretty close to the egg bite and fishing pressure is going to surge up on the Feather soon. The more pressure, the more difficult it will be to hook into chrome.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

The Yuba River and its Goldfields

17" Largemouth power

The Yuba River is very unique in its geography. During the decades of mining after the discovery of gold, the river was turned into a chalky off color mess that was virtually uninhabitable. When gold became more difficult to find, mining dredgers were used to remove thousands of rocks from below the Earth's surface to find the precious metal. The famous ponds of the Yuba goldfields were the results of such practices. Much of the ecosystem was lost as man ripped apart the mountains to find the precious element. To this day the remaining remnants of the past can still be found throughout the river. Concrete pillars, pieces of bridges, mounds of rocks, and endless fields of stone are some of the objects you will find when exploring this river. The Yuba river has recovered quite well since the turn of the century with many native species returning to call the river their home.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Thoughts On Steelhead Fishing

I was out on the Feather today after checking the weather report on some clouds and possible rain. The weather was a lie. I was almost skunked for the day until I caught a small trout on some awesome technical midge dry fly fishing. No steelhead were caught today but the trip really got me thinking.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Solo Trout Bum On The Trinity

Trinity River Fishing Stop #1

The Trinity River boasts some of the biggest steelhead in California with 10+ pounders being caught occasionally during the season. I had some CSET testing to do in Redding and at the time, was thinking about doing a day trip fishing the Upper Sacramento River. After paying a visit to the local fly shop I decided to go big or go home. This would mark my first overnight solo yolo camping trip to an area that I've never been to. With my fly rod, fishing vest, camping supplies, and a pillow and blanket I was off.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

A Bit of The Feather River's Middle Fork

Middle Fork Carp

This weekend Amanda and I went home to check on her parent's place while they are vacationing across seas. I had planned out the weekend for the Middle Fork Feather River for Saturday evening and Lake Davis for Sunday morning. After reading some of the reports I opted out of Lake Davis for a different section of the Middle Fork near Portola where there were reports of good carp fishing. I figured I can fish and catch trout year around so lets try the warm-water fishing before its starts to slow down.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Exploiting the Drought at Hamilton Branch

The end is were the lake starts

California is without a doubt in a drought and the fish are really feeling it the most. Hamilton Branch at Lake Almanor is an outlet that releases cold water to the lake. In late summer to fall the fish are literally stacked at the mouth of Hamilton Branch. I was told by two people that the fishing was awesome and like anyone else I was excited to check it out and catch some big fish. This trip was not what I was expecting.