Thursday, May 21, 2020

Yarn Dying Adventure


I've been on a bit of a bass fishing fix and have been working on tying different bass patterns. One of the patterns that I've been wanting to tie and use for the longest time is Rich's Ultimate Worm. This worm pattern greatly resembles the Yamamoto Senko worm that many gear anglers successfully use for bucketmouth bass. The yarn used for this pattern, Patons Bohemian Yarn, is extremely difficult to find due to being discontinued several years ago however I managed to get my hands on three different colors wandering wines (purple), coral sunrise (pink), and artistic taupe (brown). Although I was confident that these colors would work I wanted to tie a green pattern because the green senko is the most popular color and the color I used the most when I fished with gear. With no green bohemian yarn for sale or in my collection my grand idea was to try and dye the colors I already had, except one thing.
I had never dyed yarn before.


Friday, May 8, 2020

My Last Outing Before Becoming Essential


I've been on paternity leave for almost 8 weeks now and next week my work life resumes. It's been great being able to take care of baby and things around the house without worrying about going to work. All good things must come to and end but before it ends I needed one last fishing outing that would satisfy my thirst for adventure. Somewhere new that had fish...


Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Shad Experimentation


For the last couple of days I've have been spending a few hours on the Feather River fishing for American shad. The fishing has been pretty good and despite the hoards of folks out due to COVID19 there appears to be plenty of fish for everyone to catch. So far I've been pretty successful and even had my first double digit shad day. Hooking and fighting an American shad is always fun but for me every shad I catch wears off a bit of the novelty. To keep myself from getting too bored of the shad run I've been experimenting with different patterns and trying to come up with my own "hot" shad patterns.


Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Snuck Out Of Quarantine


Adjusting to dad life has been quite the adventure. Both baby boy and wife are healthy and happy and things have finally calm down enough to allow me to sneak out of the house once a week to wet my line.

I've been spending most of my time on the Yuba River since it's the closest place to home and luckily it's been one of the best places to fish in California this year. The spring flows on the Yuba for the past three years have been high in the +2000 CFS range however this year's flows have been in the perfect ~1000 CFS range. With optimal flows the dry fly fishing on the Yuba has been phenomenal. A plethora of skwalas, march browns, PMDs, pinkies, and caddis have kept fish looking up since January making it one of the best spring dry fly fishing years in a long time.

Fly fishing to me is all about adventure and experiencing new places while tricking fish with feathers that I've tied onto hooks. Fishing the same place again and again can be fun but it can get a bit boring after awhile. Finding time for adventuring nowadays can be tough due to having a needy baby boy but if I get the chance to pawn off the little stinker and his mom with my in-laws in Quincy and fish the Middle Fork of the Feather River I'm all for it.


Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Thank You Readers


I apologize for being unable to update this blog. My wife and I are currently expecting our first born to arrive at any moment now therefore my fishing adventures and further posts have been put on hold. Although I will be unable to post as often as before I am more than happy to continue to share what I know and answer any questions.

Please feel free to send me an email at keepcalmandflyfish@gmail.com. I can’t promise a timely response but I will get back to you as soon as I can. 

Thank you for supporting this blog and tight lines!

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Here's To New Beginnings


It’s been awhile since I’ve been able to get out but now that the holidays are over I can finally get back on the water. Winter can be a bit of a limiting time of year for anglers due to the closed season but the options that remain open are some of the best. Although there are still a few places that I have left to make my rounds to this winter I’ve been able to find some time and fish the Yuba River.