Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Visit To The Lower Kings River

Lower Kings River Riffle

The Lower Kings River is a tailwater that flows below Pine Flat Reservoir. The river is divided into two sections, a put-and-take fishery that is open during trout season (Last Saturday in April to November 15th) from the Pine Flat Dam to Pine Flat Road Bridge and a catch-and-release fishery from Alta Weir to HWY 180 that is open all year.

Water is an important resource in the Central Valley that is primarily managed for agricultural purposes. In the winter the Lower Kings is lowered to a minimal 100 CFS in efforts to save water. The flows are gradually raised during the spring and summer and can reach over 5,000+ CFS. 

The trout that occupy the catch-and-release section are hatchery "brooders" that are planted by the CDFW. With the help of the Lower Kings Fisheries Management Program this planting program continues to provide an opportunity for anglers to catch and release trophy size trout. These fish are hefty Kamloops that often exceed 18''. During my visit with relatives in Fresno, I managed to sneak out and explore the Lower Kings.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Fly Tying: Unreal Egg

The Unreal Egg is a fly pattern that is a popular go-to when salmonoids are spawning. This egg pattern does an excellent job at imitating the eggs of different species of salmon and trout. Although the use of egg yarn to hide a bead on a hook is nothing new, this egg pattern simplifies the illusion with very few materials.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

How Do I Fish This: Deer Creek

Deer Creek is a tributary of the Sacramento River that begins its headwaters on Butt Mountain traveling downstream through the Ishi Wilderness Area to it's mouth near Vina. This stream is one of the few undammed tributaries of the Sacramento River that continues to support wild runs of chinook salmon and steelhead.

Deer Creek is split into two sections by the natural barrier of Upper Deer Creek Falls. The stream that flows below the Upper Falls is anadromous water that is catch-and-release with artificial barbless hooks. The water above the Upper Falls is stocked by DFG and is mostly a put-and-take fishery with no restrictions on gear.

This creek is where I learned the intricacies of fly fishing. The rich diverse insect life, beautiful scenery, and countless numbers of small wild trout make this stream one of the gems of the Tehama County.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

TFO Finesse Rod 5wt 8'9'' Review

TFO Finesse 5WT

Long leaders, accurate casting, and delicate presentations. These are the some of the most important elements of technical dry fly fishing. Fish that scrutinize every aspect of your presentation are fish that are worth spending hours trying to catch.
The TFO Finesse rod was made for this type of fly fishing.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Yuba Rainbow Rising

Foam Is Home

"Picky bastards aren't they?" yelled the angler across from me. We were both standing in a cold winter flat casting dry flies to rising fish. The sky was overcast and fish were in a frenzy slashing, sipping, and splashing the PMDs that were sailing down the river. The only PMD dry that I had in my box was one that I had taken off a trout's back earlier in the day. Needless to say I was totally unprepared.