Monday, April 22, 2019
Stone Lagoon & Mad River Beach
My wife and I made a two day camping visit to Patrick's Point last weekend to enjoy the beautiful north coast. We were unfortunate to be there the only day of the month were it was going to rain. Due to the heavy downpour the fishing conditions were poor however I gave both Stone Lagoon and the surf a try regardless.
My efforts were fruitless and I didn't end up catching any fish during this trip. Fishing on the north coast tends to be a hit or miss due to the wet weather however it is always nice to be surrounded by giant redwoods, wild elk, and ocean.
The flows are at 6k right now making it nearly impossible to fish. It's a bit of a disappointment because the water looks amazing and the goldfield wild flowers are in full bloom. I found a few productive spots at these current flows but they were few and far between. I managed to hook and land one nice Yuba rainbow during my short outing.
At this rate it looks like it'll be high flows until fall.
Thursday, April 18, 2019
Stripping baskets are an essential piece of gear for fly fishing the surf. When you're fighting wave after wave trying to get your flies into the strike zone line control is everything. It's fine to start off with a makeshift plastic tub but eventually you'll want to upgrade to something more substantial. The TFO Linekurv Stripping Basket was my first real stripping basket and has served me well during my time out on the California surf.
Friday, April 12, 2019
The Hackle Stacker is one of my favorite mayfly emerger patterns as it is one of the more unique ties that I find very innovative. I love how the material pops out of the wingcase and how the hackle, which is spun around the wingcase material, helps the fly float right below the surface. The Hackle Stacker is a proven pattern for picky trout that like to rise for those emergers that you most likely won't be seeing on top of the water.
Monday, April 8, 2019
Lake Englebright is a relatively large lake that can be found near the Nevada and Yuba County border. It is the last reservoir in the Yuba River system and empties both under and at times over the top of the Englebright dam. This lake is better known as a trolling lake and is home to rainbow trout, brown trout, kokanee, and several different bass species. It also has boat in only campgrounds which I found very fascinating and cool.
With new Intex Challenger K1 inflatable kayaks, the missus and I decided to take the day and test our new yaks to see if we bought kids toys or something worth keeping around and of course I brought along a fly rod to compare the difference between fly fishing from a kayak versus a float tube.
Friday, April 5, 2019
California is home to some of the nation's best trout waters. Not only do we have natural runs of anadromous fish such as steelhead and king salmon, we also have several of subspecies of rainbow trout and two species of cutthroat trout. All of these trout and salmon species are in decline and special regulations have been put in place so that anglers of all ages can continue to enjoy catching and keeping their fair limit of fish.
The proposed changes to California's inland trout regulations are meant to simplify some of the confusing regulations that are currently in place in regards to open season, take, and method of take while protecting anadromous and heritage fish.
The census to the proposed changes is to transform many current regulated trout waters that aren't anadromous or heritage trout waters into a general five limit no gear restriction waters.
Monday, April 1, 2019
The Truckee River is currently in it's run-off stage with high flows near 1,300CFS. Despite raging waters and limited access the Truckee is known to produce big fish in times of big flows. With an upcoming storm front and no viable fishing options in the valley I decided to test my luck and discover the truth about the Big Truckee during high flows.