Fish hunting

If fly fishing is the most poetic method for retrieving fish from water, snagging is its antithesis. It’s barbaric. It’s fish hunting. It’s a lot of fun. Below the mouth of the short river that drains Neck Lake near Whale Pass, Alaska, anglers my angle their hooks into any available flank or fin of cohos….

Water scout – Upper Middle Fork Stanislaus

Up 108 before Sonora Pass is one of my favorite late summer escapes from the central valley. Shortly after Donnell Lake, the highway provides great access to the river. As you get closer to Kennedy Meadows, campsites become common. The campsites can be packed, but not everyone that camps chooses to fish, so though it…

Water scout – Lower Stanislaus River

Lower Stanislaus River – Goodwin Dam to Oakdale. There are two distinct part to this section of the river. The first is in the canyon east of Knights Ferry. This gets much less traffic from families, rafters and other types of crowds, but is well-known by fly-fishermen. Some areas can be insanely productive, but the…

Water scout – Middle Fork Stanislaus – Camp 9

I got turned on to the Middle Fork where it meets New Melones last October. Kokanee leave the lake for the river to spawn making for a spot reminiscent of a miniature Alaskan river with spawning red salmon. The brown and rainbow trout that leave the lake as well are hefty. That said Camp 9…