Monday, February 29, 2016

Aquatic Insect Aquarium Update & Filling Up My Fly Box

PMDs Are Hatching
My tank has been running well despite the temperatures fluctuating a bit. A few bugs caddis, mayflies, and midges have hatched in addition to a growing population of snails and worms. A rare sighting that I observed the other day was a sowbug crawling around in the tank. Every time I take a look at the tank I learn something new.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Tough Luck On The Yuba

Singular Sunset

After spending a few days on the Yuba this week it's official, the river is fishing tough. Crowds continue to flock the river despite the poor fishing conditions. Every angler I came across shared the same results; skunked.

Why is the fishing so difficult? The river was fishing great when there was a murky tint to it but now that it's cleared up a bit the fishing has been very tough.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Testing Bucketmouth Patterns On Local Bass

One For The Day
The Yuba is just about clear now and the fishing is beginning to get more technical. I was ready to combat the crowds and drift boats but I wasn't prepared to fight so many. My plan was to fish the Yuba in the morning and hit the ponds in the afternoon. Luckily I was able to hook two trout and land one before setting off to the ponds.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Dinsmores Split Shot Review

One Little Split Shot Makes All The Difference

Getting your flies to the bottom is absolutely essential when fishing subsurface and anglers need to always carry a couple of split shots to get the job done. There are a lot of split shot products out there but most are cheap, not reusable, and slide down the leader.

After going through a few brands I finally found Dinsmore split shots that are the greatest things in fly fishing since marabou feathers.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Gonna Catch All The Fish

Murky Yuba Day

The Yuba is still murky but continues to teach and reward those who learn. The flows are somewhat stable at around 1,000 CFS and the clarity is about 2ft - 3ft with clearer conditions in the shallower water. The skwalas are out but the tinted conditions are making it tough for the fish to see them. Nymphing is the name of the game.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Attempting To Track The Ellis Lake Prespawn

Almost Ready To Fish
Ellis lake is a tricky lake to pattern. The lake sees a lot of pressure during the warm months in the spring, summer, and fall and depending on the timing of the year, certain species will either turn on or off. With a week of warm 70 degree weather, the largemouth should have turned on but I haven't found them yet.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Mama Said Mama Said There'd Be Days Like This

Epic Yuba Blowout
The biggest Yuba blowout within the last three years finally happened with the river reaching over 15,000 CFS within a 24-hours. Although the previous 10,000 CFS blowout was decent, this one was able to create a few new contours that will be interesting to fish.

Warning Labels On Fishing Products

Warning Labels
Tapered leaders made by brand-named companies are expensive. $4 for a single leader is more than I intent to pay for a fly leader and after looking around for a bit I finally found a cheap and effective tapered leader made by Cortland for $2.50 at the local WallyMart.

Since then I've purchased a lot of Cortland tapered leaders and was surprised when I recently turned over a Cortland tapered leader package to find a sticker that read:

WARNING: This product contains a chemical known to the state of California to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.