Sunday, May 31, 2015

It's Almost Time To Come Home

Pond Bass

Its funny how we never truly appreciate the area where we grew up until we leave. I was raised in Marysville, California a small town full of history. From the historical brick buildings downtown to the bridge that divides the county, Marysville was the one of the few areas in the valley where travelers congregated and stayed during the days of the Gold Rush. One of the reasons why people settled here was due to its proximity to two of the most important rivers in California, the Yuba and Feather River.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Memorial Day Get-A-Way

Lower Yellow Creek

After a long week, this Memorial Day weekend was a perfect time to get away from the world and fly fish. Manda's parents were out of town so we planned a house-sitting, fly-fishing, and get-away weekend. The weather on this particular weekend was overcast but warming. We were told that Quincy had been getting rain for the past few days which was good news. My target this weekend were trophy trout on the Middle Fork of the Feather River fly fishing with streamers.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Paradise Lake & Horseshoe Lake, The Hate and Love

Lil Paradise Gill
One of the great aspects of fly fishing is the concept of learning how to be successful. To me, taking the time to learn a body of water and figuring out the puzzle of what works and what doesn't is far more rewarding than catching a few here and there. There is one lake I tell people I "hate" because it is by far one of the most difficult still-waters I've fished so far.I hate Paradise Lake. 
When I use to fish with a spinning rod it was pretty easy and on most days I ended up catching more than a few bass, but once I picked up my fly rod the entire game changed. This Sunday I fished Paradise Lake to see if I could finally figure it all out.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Exploring The Big Chico Creek Upper Watershed

Upper Big Chico Creek

Finding new waters to adventure, explore, and fish are some of my favorite aspects about fly fishing. I find myself spending hours on Google maps looking at a body of water I haven't fished yet to strategize access points, gear needed, walking distance, etc. Once I figure out the logistics, I look online for clues on what flies work, what kind of water I'm fishing, and what species I may find there. After doing my homework I set out to explore more of Big Chico Creek.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Chico Shad Slows Down For Now

Chico Shad

Last week the shad fishing was really good but has since started to slow down. Perhaps the cooling front that is currently in the valley has slowed down the bite. The fish are there but it seems like they aren't as aggressive. Hopefully there will be a nice push of shad coming through Chico soon.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Shad Three Nights In A Row

Poor Man's Tarpon

The shad fishing has been good all three evenings. I've figured out what works early before the sunsets and after. The best thing right now is that I can avoid the combat fishing as the anglers are concentrated on the bank further upstream from the Washout. It was pretty windy on Thursday and it was funny to see all the people upstream gone before it got dark. The previous night the cars where piling up to the side of the road, this night I saw only one truck.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Shad Are In Town

Thumbs Up For a Bend Rod

Monday evening on the Sac marked the first day I finally found some shad this year. Although I missed more than I caught, I managed to land 3 nice lookin shad on my switch rod before calling it a night.

Monday, May 4, 2015

It's Beginning To Feel A Lot Like Summer

Now that the streams are open I'm planning to hit a few places that I've never had the pleasure of fishing. Hopefully I can get to Hat Creek, Mill Creek, McCloud, and the Upper Sac before the summer is over. It's going to be an interesting summer with the water levels this year.

Horseshoe Bobber Cat