Monday, July 16, 2012
Saturday, June 23, 2012
Floated the MFA with Doug and Sam Reese of Chicago IL.
Video Clip of Tunnel Chute.
Check out this nice fishing report from Sam Davis for his new summer job at the Chicago Fly Fishing Outfitters.
Friday, June 15, 2012
Hat Creek Restoration plan - CalTrout from California Trout on Vimeo.
Check out this video i put together for CalTrout about a proposed restoration project on Hat Creek. Also read this article by Tom Chandler to learn more.
Monday, May 28, 2012
Thursday, May 17, 2012
|1st day of work. Great seats at the Giants game!|
|CT crew, Gabi, Alan, Jacob, Darren, Jeff and Curtis|
|Second day was the Annual Cal Trout Gala fundraiser dinner and action.|
|Jeff Thompson speaking at the Gala. Bad angle on the shot, sorry.|
|Jeff Thompson, from swave at the Gala to smooth on the stream. Hooking up a nice rainbow on Hat Creek.|
|Roger Bloom commented that the fish are affected with a parasite that causes excess spotting.|
|Next day i got to fish the Pit River with Roger Bloom of the Heritage trout program at the Department of Fish and Game.|
|All the bows were fat and happy to grab a fly.|
|Jeff Thompson high stickin on the Pit.|
|Later that evening i attended a water talk in Fall River. Here's Meadow Bar from the Shasta office of Cal Trout hosting the talks. Meadow is great on the Mic. She really know how to pass it at the right times and also take it back at the right time.|
|Carson Jefferies of talking about flows and fish.|
|Tuesday we all gathered for a field trip to the Carbon Flats area of Hat Creek where a new Restoration project is being proposed.|
|Great group of folks including some of the founding members of Cal Trout, Richard May and Jim Adams.|
|After Hat Creek we all spent the afternoon checking out some stream restoration work on Rising River.|
|Big thanks to Paul for showing us around his beautiful property.|
|Richard May thought it such a special occasion that he opened this 1980 bottle of imported French Wine. Same type that was opened to celebrate the forming of Cal Trout and the first Wild Trout project on Hat Creek.|
|Wednesday eve found us doing a late evening float to capture some perfect light on the Upper Mc Cloud River. Thanks Curtis for rowing the gnarly stuff.|
|Keith Brauneis getting some shots for an upcoming Cal Trout production at Muir springs on the Upper McCloud.|
|Big Springs on the Upper Mc Cloud. One very magical place! What an amazing night.|
Friday, May 4, 2012
Sunday, April 1, 2012
Thursday, March 29, 2012
First here is a great article by Tom Chandler, a great writer and investigator of the truth!http://troutunderground.com/
There are always issues with water here in the Klamath Basin. The farmers are still operating with the beliefs that they can use as much water as they need to irrigate their alfalfa crops, which feed the cattle that graze the rich farmland laced by small streams and important spawning water for the once abundant salmon and steelhead that are native to these watersheds. De-watering though is only a small fragment of the issues. The majority of problems right now are dealing with Pacific Power and their 3 dams blocking the ancient spawning waters located above these barriers. We, unfortunately, have some people on our board of supervisors that seem to have more power than they really should, and no soul or common sense. Continually these folks fight to keep dams in place that are literally killing off native populations of fish and are not even preforming like they were originally designed. For instance the Iron Gate dam was built ultimately as a flood control dam, although the mighty Klamath has yet to breach it as originally created, due to the regulated flows above at the copco dams. Keeping these flows over regulated also keeps gravels from turning and nutrients, not fertilizers, from naturally being released.
More hogwash is the denial of multiple salmon species being found in the Klamath. Chinook, coho, pinks, and chums were all found in the river, prior to the damn projects being completed. There was also a cannery at the mouth of the river that stopped everything from coming up for years. A 5 yr study by the DFG completed in 1931 clearly shows that they understood the power of man and that the fishery would deplete very soon if something didnt change. Hatchery reared fish would only soften the blow.........
The water issue really started in 1902 with the Reclamation Fund ACT that allowed farmers to de-water streams and marshes for their grain. Although most of the waterfowl and predator birds continued to thrive, the upper reaches of spawning streams were sucked dry, beginning the decimation process. Re-alignment of the larger low gradient tribs like the Scott to follow farmers property lines also warmed the waters and shortened its overall length. Switch back like corners snaking through the valley like a spring creek with colder, deep channels were lost.
Now, back to the dams. Once the IronGateDam was completed, there was evidence of changes almost immediately with the stream-bed and the main stem spawning areas. As temps rose, aquatic vegetation flourished, choking out a lot of the good gravel. No spawning areas, no eggs deposited, and so on. Along with rising water temps due to the lakes created above the dams, fry released by the hatchery have little chance of survival, even when planted by the millions. Cold water releases are not feasible due to the shallow warm water held behind.
Now, we all know water is important, so is powering our homes, but shouldn't we have some balance here. Money can definitely bring out the bad in a lot of people. Yet it feels good to do whats is right, RIGHT? So with all 3 dams that are going to be written off as a $20 million a year loss, why would you really want them in. Sure as locals we are already seeing giant increases in our power bills for the damn removal process(whether thy come down or not, no refunds!), cant our politicians, dfg, department of the interior, bureau of reclamation, and pac power do whats good for the environment and the people. Its not just about fish, its about the health of an ecosystem that WAS the 3rd richest in fish behind the Columbia and Sacramento. Enough of the lies and twisted biologist reports, we need people who CARE about where they live and not how much money they can make today. Get real and grow a heart.
siskiyou county local, guide, father, and a guy who is just sick of the bull*&^%
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Day one started out with me on the River. In the AM i got to fish the same water i had fished two years ago in the Cutthroat Classic. We started at 9am and It took an hour or so for the river to turn on. By 10ish the fish started biting. I went two fish landed out of 7 hooked. Had trouble keeping fish on using small flies. The biggest fish of the morning bent my hook. This beautiful rainbow didn't count for me because by the time i got it in, it had spit my primary fly and snagged on the dropper. At the end of Beat 1 all i had on the board was a 12 inch white fish.
A cool little Mink came trotting along my beat on the side of the river.
John Stanley was my controller for the morning session.
In the afternoon i was further up on the river in Beat 1. I was one of the only competitors who fished a streamer in the comp. This beautiful rainbow grabbed a sculpin pattern within the first 15 minutes.
After covering the water with a streamer i went back to nymphing and managed to pull out this bright buck. Great take and long hard fight.
My controller Dan and i had to jump through some hoops to get to the good water at the other side of the river.
My last fish landed was this nice 22 inch rainbow. Went 3 for 3 on the second heat.
Day 2 put me at Pyramid Lake. It was cold windy and overcast in the a.m. I fished hard in the first heat but got blanked at Separator Beach. There were only two fish caught in our entire group that session.
The afternoon session was at Indian Head. I managed to pull in this fat 2 foot LCT within the first ten minutes. Got him on a good old black wolly bugger. Just grinding it out with cast and strip cast and strip. A few other fish were caught this session but i think this guy was the biggest. It was good enough to put me in number one for that heat.
Over all it was a great weekend. Lots of nice fish were caught and it was great to see some old friends and make some new ones too. I ended up placing 5th overall and qualified for the National Championships in Bend later this summer. Big thanks to Doug Ouelette and Mike Sexton for helping so much in putting this event on, The Truckee River Fly Fishers club and also to all the other folks who volunteered and donated their time to making this event a great success.
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Monday, March 5, 2012
Dappled light filters in through the branches of an over hanging tree and reflects in golden stars on the rivers water. It takes a second for me to pick out my small fly made of feathers and deer hair on the waters surface. It’s late evening on a mid summers night and the fish are rising aggressively to a hatch of caddis flies. In fly-fishing this is what we refer to as the magic hour or happy hour for the fish. Trout are opportunistic feeders and can be fooled and caught with a good offering at any time of the day, but in many places the last hour of light can be the best time to fish with dry flies. Once the light gets low and the shadows cast on the water, the trout, who spend their life hiding from over head predators like osprey and eagles, loose their inhibitions and began to venture closer to the surface of the water looking for an easy meal. Many of the insects trout feed on are sensitive to the harsh UV of direct sunlight and also become more active at this time. Dancing in perfect unison over the surface of the water in a mesmerizing display of natural harmony and synchronicity.
Rhythm and motion combine as the line from a 5 wt. fly rod unfolds back and forth into the warm air. Little droplets of water aerialize off the line and illuminate in the patches of sunlight. A good timed cast and accurate loop land my small deer hair caddis fly imitation in the perfect spot on a seem of current near the far bank of the river. I mend the fly line upstream to alleviate any drag from the swift current on my leader and fly. Intensity and anticipation as the fly drifts perfectly down with the current like a dying caddis in his last dramatic encore, offering himself to the fish. I may repeat this scenario dozens or even hundreds of times in a good evening of fishing. Interrupted only by the indescribable thrill of having a fish engulf the fly with a splashy rise. It’s a great way to tune into and interact with the natural world and underwater ecosystem.
In today’s world it’s hard to keep my mind in the present. I find myself always thinking forward into the future or brooding over events from the past. Things I need to do or the things I should have done. Fly-Fishing is one of the sports that have an uncanny way of stealing thoughts and returning them to the moment. It’s a present moment meditation as I like to call it. Once I’m out on the water everything else falls away for a while and my mind zeros into fish mode. Every cast, every drift holds my attention until finally I realize it’s dark and I need to try and find my way back to my car or campsite.
This an essay that i wrote for the 2012 O.A.R.S. Adventures Magazine. Check it out at www.oars.com
Thursday, February 2, 2012
I love fishin small rivers for steelhead.
Double Hook up.
Chad and i with a double.
They look so cute in there together. The net is a lot less lonely place when you have a buddy.
Got some nice little guys too which shows the runs are healthy still. Missed some bigger ones too.
High stickin a nice looking rock hole.
Saw a fish roll and got it indicator less nymphing. Was about to leave when another one rolled. I managed to get it too. Definitely a high light of the trip. The second was a way more chuncky fish. Lost it just at the net after a long hard battle on a five wt. So no photo there.
Floated some great swing water too.
Jason's fish of the day.
Huge thanks to Isaac Roman for the photos and showing me around. Isaac guides for Jack Trout international guide service and specializes on the Lowwer Sac, Upper Sac, McCloud and Klamath rivers as well as some other small streams and lakes around Northern California. If your in the area and looking for a fun guide drop him a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.