Sunday, April 29, 2018

Fly Tying: S&M Nymph

The S&M nymph is a pattern designed by local celebrity guide Hogan Brown. This is a superb blue-winged olive nymph that Hogan created specifically for the Lower Yuba River. Not only does this pattern work well on its home river it also works on any river or stream with a significant BWO population.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

First Trip To Baum Lake

Nestled just a few minutes outside beautiful Burney, California lies Baum Lake a spring-fed lake that is interconnected with the Hat Creek watershed as well as the Crystal Lake hatchery. The lake hosts both wild rainbows, hatchery rainbows, and brown trout that are all known to get hefty due to the abundance of aquatic life. Baum Lake has been on my radar for quite some time and I was finally able to make my way up there to check it out.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Orvis Battenkill Fly Reel II & IV Review

The Battenkill is a solid click-and-pawl designed by Orvis. It is one of their entry-level models coming in at about $100 - $150 but don't let the price tag fool you, Orvis is known for their quality. I currently own a Battenkill II (WT 3-5) and Battenkill IV (WT 7-9). Both are great reels and get the job done.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Fly Tying: Dancing Damsel

Damselflies will often make their first appearance when the water temperatures rise in the late spring and early summer. Although they can be found in virtually every body of water they are particularly abundant in weedy shallow lakes. The great damsel migration begins when large numbers of damsel nymphs begin to wiggle away from their underwater homes to try and reach the shore where they will molt into adults. Aquatic predators will key in on the migration and gorge themselves until the migration is over.

The Dancing Damsel is a pattern that I came up with to try and match the naturals that I observed. During the migration the fish aren't too particular about what patterns you use however they soon wise up as the fishing pressure increases and they are continuously fooled.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Get Ready For A Blowout

An atmospheric river is suppose to roll in within the next couple of hours and increase local river flows by a significant amount tomorrow. Not only will we see high amounts of rain but also lots extra run-off as it melts the snow up in the Sierras. This means that all the rivers will be blown out for at least a few weeks. And things were just about to get good...

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Good Morning Stinson Beach

Stinson Beach is an easy day trip from the Sacramento area that we've made several times within the last few years. Although the drive is always worth it we wanted to try something different and stay the night at one the local hotels, the Sandpiper Hotel. With spring in the air and no pressure to get home before midnight, I was going to fish the hell out of the Stinson Beach.