Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Fly Tying: Putah Creek Riffle Special

The Putah Creek Riffle Special is one of the few patterns that I've come across named after the creek. It is a simple variation of the zebra midge that utilizes an emerger wing under a peacock collar. Although I am unsure about the origin of this pattern I've had a lot of luck with it on Putah Creek.

Friday, August 25, 2017

How Do I Fish This: Lower Feather River

The Lower Feather River flows below Lake Oroville and is famous for having one of the largest returns of both wild and hatchery chinook salmon and steelhead in California. This river is considered a tailwater fishery whereas it flows below the tallest dam in the United States, the Oroville Dam. The river is diverted into two parts from the Thermalito diversion pool below the dam: one path towards the Thermalito Afterbay and the other towards it's natural historical flow through the city of Oroville.

Although the best time of the year to fish the Lower Feather is during the spring and fall, steelhead can be found throughout the system all year round. This fishery is accessible to both new and experienced anglers and is one of the best rivers to learn how to fish for the fly angler's greatest target, the anadromous steelhead.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Trending Deeper Into Butt Creek

Butt Creek is a small stream located south of Lake Almanor that originates from Butt Mountain where it flows downstream to Butt Lake. I've visited this creek a few times before but never got the chance to truly explore it. The last time I visited the creek late last year I found some nice size brown trout that I was surprised to see in such a small stream. Excited about my discovery, I took the day to revisit and try to find these big brown beauties.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Fly Tying - Matt's Simple Shrimp

Surf perch flies come in a variety of shapes, colors, and sizes. Most patterns are tied to imitate sand crabs and shrimp which are the primary food for surf perch. If you've never caught a surf perch on a fly rod before think of them as ocean bluegill on steroids. Just like bluegill, surf perch aren't too picky about what they eat therefore simple easy-to-tie patterns are all you need.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Stinson Summer Surf Fishing

Every summer in California should include at least one day to the beach. Whether it's fly fishing the surf, laying out on the sand, or admiring the bikini babes stroll by, the summer coast is what the great state of California is all about.

Each visit to the beach puts me back into one of my favorite classrooms, Fly Fishing 105 - Surf Fishing. As always surf perch were my main target however I was keeping my fingers crossed for the opportunity to hook into the other numerous species that occupy the California surf. The California Halibut is the fish I want to catch the most but you never know what you're gonna catch out on the surf.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Whitewater Rafting The Middle Fork of The American River

Tunnel Chute Victory Screech!

Earlier this week I went on a whitewater rafting trip with a few coworkers on the Middle Fork of the American River. This was my first whitewater experience and it was fantastic. We were fortunate enough to successfully complete the trip without any involuntary dips into the river. I highly recommend booking a trip with American River Whitewater Expeditions if you're ever interested. They have a perfect five star review score online and their professionalism, rafting skills, and fun personalities truly show it.

One of the highlights of our trip was when our guide Rebecca saw one of her crewmate's raft starting to lose control in a rough eddy. Rebecca quickly parked our raft and leapt across several boulders to rescue her crewmate's boat. Unwinding the safety rope as fast as she could from it's bag, she tossed the weighted end with perfect precision towards her crewmate. With both ends connected we watched in awe as she positioned herself all the way down to the ground pulling with all her strength. Inch by inch the raft moved closer to calmer water and in less than a minute they were finally in control again. We cheered Rebecca as she returned to our raft. "Wonder Woman" is what we called her.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Giving The North Fork Yuba River A Second Try

The last time I fished the North Fork of the Yuba River was about two years ago during the drought. Low flows and warmer than usual water temperatures made the fishing tough and with no experience of where to go during such times I didn't have a great time on the water. With the excess of water this year I thought it would be a great idea to give the NFYR another try to see if the fishing would be any better. It's quite a long drive to the NFYR from the valley so I was planning for either a hit or a miss.