Saturday, January 23, 2010


Wow!! it has been a hell of a week. Tons of rain this last week with every body of water blowing out and many reaching flood stage. The Lower Sac by chico hit about 2-3 feet from flood stage which is a few feet from the top of the levy. While it sucks that all the rivers are unfishable we really need the water as many of our reservoirs are really low. Personally I have spent the off weekends here working on my house - put in a new kitchen floor today with my father in law and tomorrow I am going to put up some bead board in the guest bathroom to cover up some horrible wall paper. Other than that not a whole lot on the books for the next few weeks. I have had to cancel and move around a bunch of stuff until the rivers drop.

With regards to the San Mateo show I really have to be honest - it was as poorly attended as I have ever seen. Friday was dead! while it was good to see all the industry people that I don't see as often as I would like the actual public atendance was lacking. To bad because there was a ton of great presentations, booths, and some serious deals from fly shops like the California Fly Shop, Fly Fishing Specialties, and lodges like Clear Water House. Not sure how the Sacramento show is going as I stayed home this weekend to work on my house. Usually attendance at the Sac show is really good so I am sure it is rocking this weekend.

Well other that that watch the fl0ws as the rivers drop. The Lower Yuba should fish really good once the flows clear up and drop a bit as it always does after big blows out like this. The unfortunate thing about the timing of the storm was that many of the skwalas were probably in the middle of migrating to the banks to hatch and got blown away. Any how who knows...we'll see what happens. Hope everyone weathered the storm(s) and got some duck hunting in at a minimum. Over and Out

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

ISE @ San Mateo and Glissade

Just letting everyone Know I will be at the San Mateo ISE show this Friday and Saturday (morning). I will be tying at 4:30pm Friday at the fly tying theater and then hanging out at the Scott Fly Rods Booth the rest of the time. Should be a good show and from what I hear the best of the local sportsman shows and expos.

Also if you have not tried the new Glissade Beer by Sierra Nevada GO get is amazingly good. I will most likely have a cooler full of it at ISE so maybe ask for one their and I'll hook you up. Over and Out

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Been Busy...

Lots going on here is a re cap -

Guided the L. Yuba a few days this last week and fishing was good to tough to very good. Mornings were pretty good. Fish were eating small mayfly nymphs (#16-20's), Micro spawn flies, Rubber leggs, and some general attractors. Starting around 11am there has been a good to really good Baetis hatch. Bugs are about a #16-18 depending on the day. These fish are selective but on most days they will eat a well presented Hackle Stacker, Film Critic, SIM Mayfly, or similar parachute pattern. I have found the best success fishing a 9-10' leader down to 6x tippet. Afternoons have been tough to fair. Most fish during the afternoon have been taken on midges and small mayfly nymphs. I think alot of the drop off during the afternoon has been the drop in air temps. The baetis hatch wraps up around 1-2pm and then the temps start to really drop.

Also guided a few small streams that enter the L. Sac here outside of chico for trout and steelhead and have scratched up a nice few adult steelhead. Nothing huge but solid fish. Spent a day doing some upland guiding at the pheasant club behind my pointers caddis and baetis that was a nice change of pace.

Next week I am back to school and will be at the San Mateo ISE Show Friday and Saturday. I will be tying at the fly tying theater on Friday at 4:30pm and then spending the rest of the time at the Scott Fly Rods Booth. If you are around come stop by and say "hi" and check out what is new from Scott.