Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Exploring Somewhere New and Somewhere Old

Chips Creek

It's finally happened... The first heat wave of the year and right on time. This weekend Manda and I set out to explore Chips Creek, a tributary of the NFFR, and visit the MFFR. The water is running a bit high throughout Plumas County but more is better than less.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Local Fun-filled Fishing

Yuba Quality

Another week of high Yuba flows means tough fishing and no pressure. I found the fish though, I always find them. Three hook-ups, three in the net.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Fly Fishing Presentations For Shad

Technique! Technique!

I'd be an idiot not to take advantage of Feather River's shad run. Living five minutes away from the Feather is quite the pleasure, especially when the fish are present throughout the system. Although it's still early in the run, there are plenty of shad around to provide enough opportunities to catch a few. Plan on bringing you're A-game if you want to find and hook one.

"You tie you're own flies?" asked the boat angler in the middle of the river,  "Yeah!" I replied loudly. "Seems to be workin' pretty good!" He yelled back. I gave him a thumbs up. Little did he know that I must have changed flies about a dozen times only to find that what was actually working was the presentation I was using.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

May Flows Are Beginning To Go

Beautiful Yuba Bruiser

Rejoice! The Yuba is at 2,500 CFS. Not the best flows but it's the lowest it's been since the big storms in March. The river is coming into shape revealing new contours and structure. As of right now I'm not sure if I like the new areas that I'm seeing. From what I've observed, the good is that there will be more safe areas to cross the river but the bad is that there aren't as many holding spots for fish.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Fly Tying - Ryan's Shad Dart

In Assorted Colors

Grub style fly patterns are the usual go-to for American shad for whatever reason they just work. Shad can be quite particular about the color/size/pattern you present them, therefore having several patterns in different colors and sizes is necessary in finding what's working.

Here are tying instructions for a simple grub pattern that works really well for American shad in the California valley.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

American Shad are Overrated

Fishing the American shad run when they are "in" can be like trying to complete a long grocery list at Costco during the first weekend of the month. Occasional crowds, shoulder-to-shoulder contact, anger, frustration, and sometimes even fights reign in popular areas where these fish are present. Don't expect to find yourself on the bank by yourself; shad season tends to be a combat fishing season.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Redington CT Trout Rod 3WT 7'6'' Review

Classic Trout

For over two years now I've been throwing dries, nymphs, and streamers on my Redington Classic Trout Rod with great success. The CT 3WT was my second fly rod purchase and has held it's spot as a great rod in my arsenal. If you're planning on getting into fly fishing and you want a rod that does a bit of everything then the Redington CT Rod was made for you.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Shad Colors Starting To Show

Poorman's Tarpon

Summer is around the corner. How do I know? Well, the American Shad are in town. Unlike the coming of the salmon run in the fall, the coming of the American shad run is shrouded in mysticism.

Once every year when the cottonwood trees bloom...

Sunday, May 1, 2016

The Deer Creek Tradition

Fish On Deer Creek

Every year during the trout opener I visit where it all began. Years ago when I first picked up a fly rod, there was a time when I went troutless for four months. Despite catching a lot of warm-water species, I struggled to hook the species that created the outdoor sport of fly fishing. I'll never forget the first time I hooked my first trout, a beautiful four inch dink on a 6WT rod.