Leland Sonoma Fly Fishing Ranch

I’d been curious about a fly fishing ranch run by Leland Fly Fishing Outfitters for a while, and today I finally made my way up Highway 121 near Sonoma to check it out. Pulling off the busy highway, you hit the gravel parking lot and are automatically transported to a slower, more relaxed time and…

Xtra Special Xtratufs

After two summers of leaking water, I replaced my Xtratuf boots, but I didn’t throw the old ones away. They were with me through all those hours pressure-washing net pens at the fish hatchery growing up, and were of course flooded nearly every time I fished for salmon. I felt like I’d be throwing away…

Peace on earth

Oh the sweet majesty of Black Friday morn. Ladies making left hand turns to go against traffic at circle intersections; people dropping their items and running out of Bass Pro Shops when it is announced the police are en route to tow vehicles parked in the dirt near a fence. As much as I love…

The Fly Shop – Redding, California

I ordered half a dozen prince nymphs and while false casting on the Stanislaus River the hook broke leaving me with just the eye. It was just one hook, but I emailed Tim Fox at The Fly Shop and he not only apologized and said he would do the necessary research, he gave me a…

Sierra Anglers – Modesto, California

Bob Nakagawa won’t tell you where good fishing spots are. He Google Earth’s them, and shows you with the little yellow dude drag feature. He put me on to the East Walker River and though I got shut out during a ridiculous day trip, he was right about where to fish. The problem was the…

The Rivers Edge Fly Shop – Bozeman, Montana

Somehow I stumbled upon the website for The Rivers Edge and ordered some prince nymphs with little tweaks and rubber legs unique to the store. I added a dozen to my cart. I got them with a personally signed thank you note. After buddies of mine watched me pull twice as many trout from the Stanislaus River…

The Hook Up Fly Shop – Ketchikan, Alaska

If you find yourself in Ketchikan, Alaska, good job. Even if it’s just for 8 hours during an Alaskan cruise, if you consider yourself a fisherman, you need to stop by The Hook Up. Though the building might be a little sterile-looking (a cruise ship came in a little rowdy so the buildings had to…