Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Fly Tying: EZ Alevin

Salmon alevins are a staple food for trout and many other species when they are available in the winter and early spring. These young fish are poor swimmers that become easy prey when swept out into the current. Alevin patterns are not only fun to tie but also fun to fish. It's a fish eat fish world out there and getting a grab from a voracious predator can be quite thrill.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Steelhead Streak

Nothing beats the feeling of having a hot hand swinging flies for steelies on the Feather River. My steelhead card is marked with at least one steelhead landed for each day I fished which is the best I've ever done. All of the fish I've caught are hatchery fish which means winter steelheading tactics; cover water and be prepared at all times.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Swinging Alevins On The Feather

As the main source of where the Oroville Dam diverts its water, the Lower Feather was pushed to it's limit at 100,000 CFS last year during the flood crisis. Trees were ripped from their roots, gravel was flushed downstream to the delta, and the town of Oroville was close to being underwater. The faucet was kept off and on for months after the flood crisis in efforts to control the devastation of mother nature's gift of rain.

Unlike the Yuba River much of the Lower Feather River surprisingly remains the same. Many of the same riffles, runs, and pools are still there and holding fish. We have the riparian habitat surrounding the river to thank for that. The Feather fished well last year during the fall salmon run and continues to fish well.

I've come to terms with just purely swinging flies on the Feather to challenge myself and give the fish a good fighting chance. February is alevin time and getting a grab from a baby eater was what I was looking for.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Stupid For Skwalas

It's been a little over a month since my last fly fishing outing. My fishing gear and fly tying table have been collecting dust due to my work and family schedule however I was fortunate enough to sneak out this week to check out the Yuba for the first time this year. The flows are in the 900 CFS range with makes for easy and comfortable wading. The big talk of the town right now is that the skwalas are out and are making for some good fishing. With the early spring-like weather we've been getting it was time to check it out.