Episode 98 – Favorite Flies and Legendary Rivers

In the last three weeks I’ve been able to camp on the banks of some excellent rivers in Wyoming and Colorado. I talk about my favorite trout flies, why catching “the fish” each river isn’t always a good thing and why meeting locals makes the experience better.

Ready for seconds of the Truckee

I have a terrible time resisting fish. Sure, I don’t try very hard, but even if I did, I don’t think I’d be successful. For the past few years the Truckee river intrigued me, and it was silly for me to believe that after visiting it once I would have the restraint to leave it…

East on Highway 4

The goal for today was a fishing trip on the Middle Fork of the Stanislaus for rainbow and brown trout. It morphed into something even better (if that’s possible). I hiked down to a spot where a big brown broke me off last month and drifted a black birds nest maybe five times before I…

Pit River weekend at the Clearwater Lodge

I’ve hung around the Fireweed Lodge in Klawock, Alaska, since middle school, but never in my life have I done the lodge-thing as a guest. Friday night my buddy Nate and I arrived at the Clearwater Lodge along the Pit River for a weekend of trout fishing. It was past dinner and sunset, but keys…

The previously unknown option C

The Upper Sacramento River turns back and forth in riffle, run, pool sequences for thirty-some miles providing a buffet of great fishing opportunities. I’ve caught big brown trout, and big rainbows. Nothing of epic, wall-mount size, but a few of each that are a season or two from 20-inches. I love rainbow trout, but because…

Upper Sac and McCloud River recap

There is no better way to start summer than hot dogs cooked on a campfire after a day of fishing. Tuesday my buddy Kurt and I drove to the Upper Sacramento River for a three day, two night trip. It took all of five minutes to net the first fish just up from Lake Shasta….

Middle Fork Stanislaus trip

Finally got the footage put together from the trip down Camp 9 Road to the Middle Fork of the Stanislaus. Great spot with plenty of room to hike. Usually a bunch of people right where the Stanislaus meets New Melones, but there are plenty of nice runs with browns and rainbows near 20 inches.

I’ll take it

Half an hour into the morning on the newly opened Middle Fork of the Stanislaus River, I had lost three fish and six flies. I had passed 11 trucks that peppered the area to get to the island that had produced last fall. It wasn’t disappointing, but I had nothing to show for it. Right…

How to lose a fish in 10 ways

I’m an expert at losing fish. I’ve lost trout on sticks, twigs, rocks and roots. I’ve lost salmon to sea weed, stumps, trees, broken rods, broken hooks, broken reels and hungry sea lions. I should have considered that nauseating “What just happened?” feeling when I saw a knot in my leader an inch above my…

Same fish, new rivers this new year

Well, are we all ready? Are we standing on top of a grassy hill, fishing rods, hunting rifles, mountain bikes, ab-rollers, recycling bins and piggy banks raised above our collective heads, calling out “Freedom” like William Wallace, ready to attack the new year like “warrior poets”? Hope so. By this time next year we will…