Thursday, November 23, 2017

Fort Bragg Crabbing & Surf Fishing Mini-Moon

The ocean dwelling Dungeness crab is one of my most favorite things to eat. My family traditionally cooks it as a Thai soup dish with lemongrass, garlic, thai peppers, and a spicy paste called tom yum; both the spiciness and warmth are perfect for a cold winters day dinner.

As far as I can remember we've always bought Dungeness crab at the market but have caught them using pots off a pier in Crescent City a long time ago. All I remember during the trip was that it was cold, dark, and miserable. It's been over twenty years since I've caught a fresh Dungeness crab and with so many visits to the beach this year I've final caught the itch to try and learn how to catch a few keeper crabs for myself.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Lower Yuba Fall Check Up

Mid-fall to winter is usually when the Lower Yuba will fish at its best. The river is still rebuilding itself from last year's calamity flows so the fishing could either be a hit or a miss. Curious about what's out there I took some time in the morning before work to see what I could find.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Redington Crosswater Wader Review

A good pair of waders is a fly fishing essential. Whether it's to keep out of the cold water or to protect yourself when bushwhacking through a stream, a reliable pair of waders goes a long way. There is no real difference between a cheap pair versus an expensive pair because the end result will always the same; it will eventually leak. The real question worth your money is when?

Through countless trial-and-errors I've found that brand name products such as Simms, Redington, Orvis, and Patagonia are the most reliable when it comes to waders. I've tried them all and have come to the conclusion that the Redington Crosswater waders are the best price-to-performance waders currently out on the market.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Pyramid Lake Fall Overnighter

Pyramid Lake is a known as one of the best winter still-water fisheries on the west coast. Each year thousands of anglers from all over the country flock to it's ancient waters to fish for the largest cutthroat trout in the world, the Lahontan Cutthroat Trout.

After my first taste of success earlier this spring it was time to give the lake another try to find myself a double-digit beast. The cutthroat opener for Pyramid Lake is on the 1st of October and each opener has the potential of bringing in crowds of anglers that have been waiting for months to fish it again. It's not a bad idea to wait until the hype dies down before attempting to fish it.