Monday, July 30, 2018

How To Avoid "Stripper Finger"

Strip, strip, strip. That's what you've been doing for the past several hours just hoping to feel that line come tight. As the day goes by you soon begin to notice an uncomfortable pain in your line guiding finger. One look at your finger and you find that your fly line has burned itself right through your skin. These are all symptoms of what I like to call "Stripper Finger."

Monday, July 23, 2018

Hiking and Fishing Lake Marlette

Lake Marlette is a high elevation lake in Nevada within the Carson range. The lake sits at about 7,841ft and the only way to get to it is to either hike or bike. Lake Marlette is known for its brook trout, rainbow trout, and Lahontan cutthroat trout that are used as brooders for Nevada's fisheries. These fish can range from very small 6'' fish to large trophy size 20''+.

The hike up to Lake Marlette begins at Spooner Lake and is about a ten mile round-trip; five miles of steady uphill and five miles back downhill. The elevation gain is about 1,140ft. The hike up Lake Marlette is half the experience of fishing the lake and though it was pretty tough it was worth it.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Re-enter The Pit

The Pit River has some of the best nymphing fishing in California but it is by far the most physically demanding river I've ever fished. You can fish an entire section of water and feel like you've waded a mile only to find that you've moved a couple yards. Boulder hopping, blind wading, bushwhacking, and endless waves of trout define this river.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Yuba Hopper Bite

Grasshoppers are a prominent food source for the fish on Lower Yuba during the summer months starting in June. Although considered terrestrial insects that live mostly on land they will often accidentally find themselves in the water from time to time after a hop in the wrong direction. Hoppers are one of the few dries you can have some success with blind-casting on the Lower Yuba during the summer. Hoppers can be both productive and fun to fish when you get the timing just right.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Fly Fishing Oahu: Freshwater Exotics

The island of Oahu has very few freshwater streams however where there are streams there are exotic species of fish to catch. One of the most popular freshwater species that was introduced to Oahu is the peacock bass. There are currently only two places in the U.S. where you can catch a peacock bass, Lake Wilson in Oahu, Hawaii and various canals in southern Florida.

Fly Fishing Oahu: The Bonefish Blues

Bonefish are one of the most prized and sought after saltwater fish that fly angler's target. They are notorious for cruising shallow flats, rocketing off as soon as they are hooked, and only taking flies that are presented properly.
During my time in Oahu I was finally able to meet these fish in person and see what all the buzz was about.