Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Almanor Hexing With a Poorman's Sinktip

Next To Canyon Dam
Lake Almanor is home to one of the biggest hex hatches in California. The hatch revolves around the time of the summer solstice and usually starts to dwindle down by the second week of July. This summer has been a hot one with triple digit temperatures hitting in early June. The very warm temperatures and severe drought this year make fly fishing for trout, which are coldwater species, a dangerous C&R game due to their inability to recover after being landed. My trip to fish the Hex hatch at Lake Almanor this year was a bit of a bust for trout due to the temperature but it was good for bass.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Redington CPX Switch Rod 7wt 11'3'' Review

Redington CPX Switch Rod 7WT

It can be difficult to get into the double handed fly rod game on a budget. You need something that casts well and will be put to use for the trips to come. Switch rods average at about $300 and with a matching reel, line, and sink tips it can get expensive.

The Sierra Trading Post webstore is a fantastic place to look for anything outdoors. More often than not they will have 30-35% coupons for anything over $100. This is where I found my first affordable switch rod, the Redington CPX switch.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

First Time On DeSalba Reservoir

DeSalba Dam

DeSalba Reservoir is a small body of water located along the Skyway heading eastbound towards Magalia. Unlike Magalia Reservoir and Paradise Lake, DeSalba is PG&E owned and is used for power rather than city use. The reservoir is very accessible and is easy to tube or kayak.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The Unstoppable Invasion: American Bullfrogs

Hello My Baby! Hello My Honey!
The American bullfrog is the single most invasive amphibian in the world. Adaptable and voracious, the American Bullfrog can survive in nearly any type of climate and will eat anything it can get a hold of. The American bullfrog is native to the Eastern United States, however they have been introduced and invaded different parts of the entire world. In its native range the American bullfrog lives in an ecosystem where predators such as herons, turtles, fish, snakes, raccoons, and humans keep the population in check, however in areas where they have invaded, they become the top predators.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

The Most Famous Spring Creek In California

Hat Creek Spring Creek Section

Hat Creek is one of the most famous streams in California. This spring creek was once renown for it's world-class fly fishing due to the creek's abundant aquatic plant growth, witty fish, and beautiful scenery. Hat Creek was a frequent bucket-list destination for many fly anglers around the country. During its prime in the 70s and 80s, anglers would visit the spring creek to test their fly fishing skills. Since it's decline in the 90s due to sediment problems, erosion, lost of aquatic plants, invasive plants, and muskrats, Hat Creek has since lost its popularity.

The Most Notorious River In California

Can I Wade Here?

There is a river in Northern California that is considered to have one of the highest wild rainbow trout density in the state. This particular river is also notorious for being one of the toughest streams in California to wade. The bottom is said to be made completely of irregular shaped algae-covered boulders and the water is just murky enough to hide the bottom making every step deceiving.

This river has swallowed thousands of freshly tied flies, left battle scars on both flesh and gear, and broken countless rods and wading staffs. Anglers have called this river unfishable and too dangerous to venture since the flows went up. These ominous conditions keep the casual anglers away and hardcore anglers coming back. With a name that truly fits its characteristics, the notorious Pit River.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Tips On Overcoming the Expenses and Struggles of the Fly Fishing Newbie

Okay so you want start getting into fly fishing. You've seen the videos, read the articles, and you've even stumbled through the fly fishing section in a department store a few times. You want this, you need this. You find a local fly shop thinking it would be the best place to visit to get started. Wait I need to pay how much to be able to do this? Why is everything fly fishing so expensive?
I've heard supply and demand being the main reason but surely there should be some shortcuts to get me on the water faster right? Well that costs money too. Casting, tying lessons, and day trips on the water. I can feel my wallet getting thinner and thinner. But always remember that money doesn't catch fish, good anglers catch fish. 

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Big Chico Creek June Opener; Horseshoe Lake Fishkill

BCC Alligator Hole

I've explored and fished a bit of the upper, middle, and lower watershed of Big Chico Creek, but my favorite section to fish is the lower section. The lower watershed from the mouth to Bear Hole is unique in that it opens in the middle of June and closes the same day trout season ends in November. This section hosts mostly warm-water fish but salmonoids can be found in the deep holes in Bear Hole waiting to spawn in the fall. During the dog days of summer when I don't feel like driving all the way up to the Sierras to fish, I wet my line at Big Chico Creek.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Golden June Days On The Yuba

Golden Delicious

June is the month of the golden stonefly hatch throughout California. After rummaging and flipping a few rocks on the Yuba, I found that they were on the menu; both nymphs and adults. Although not as prolific and well-known as the salmon fly hatch or the local skwala hatch, active golden stones keep the fish looking for food throughout the day.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Afterbay Hexagenia Madness

Hexagenia Limbata

The Hex are the world's second largest mayfly and they have the reputation of bringing big fish from the bottom to feed on top. Hexagenia are native to North America but have established populations all over the world. These mayflies are burrowers that require a specific muddy substrate in order to thrive and reproduce. For this specific reason, the Hex are only found in abundance in certain bodies of water. In California, the most popular and famous Hex hatches happen on the Fall River, Lake Almanor, Butt Valley Reservoir, and the lesser known Thermalito Afterbay. Hex have also been recently sighted on Lake Davis.

Monday, June 8, 2015

You Should've Been There 45 Years Ago

Yellow Creek Meadows

With 95-100 degree temperatures in the first week of June, I'm going to say its unofficially summer. School is officially over which leaves me with more time to spend on the water. I have a feeling this summer is going to be a long hot one.
This week I spent some time on the Feather fishing for steelhead as a small warm up for Yellow Creek where Amanda and I fished and camped for the first time.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Chico's Tiechert Pond

Tiechert Ponds
One of my favorite characteristics of largemouth bass is their explosive topwater tenacity. Unlike salmonoids that quietly rise to eat whats on top, a bass eating off the top sounds like someone threw a stick of dynamite into the water. Convincing a nice size bass to eat off is off the top is one of my top favorite adrenaline rushing ways to fish.