Where the pursuit takes you

By Jeff Lund | For the Capital City Weekly So I took a week off from salmon fishing, mountain climbing and deer scouting to go to… California? Yeah, seriously. A couple buddies of mine kept texting me pictures of beautiful mountain streams that meander back and forth through grassy meadows that smell like wild onion. They were catching beautiful…

Video: California flyfishing

I’ve posted this video before, and there is no doubt the fishing in Alaska is second to none, but this video reminds me of some great weekend trips in the Sierra Nevada. Nice work by the crew at Leland is one of my favorites.

Contextualizing expectations

Waking up for a fishing trip is no problem. Staying awake when you’re not driving is another story. Nate and I were in the back of JJ’s rig on our drive to Redding to float the Lower Sacramento River, and there should have been no expectation that we stay awake, but we tried anyway. Just…

Gearing down for mountain water

I approached from down river. Behind a mess of branches twisted next to a stump, a few trout were taking flies off the surface of the slow-moving Stanislaus River. It was an easy cast, but one that had to be precise. Sierra Nevada trout don’t like to see thick, green fly line three inches above…

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…

Opening Day, Eve

If I could have been anywhere today (other than any river on Prince of Wales Island in Alaska catching steelhead), I would have been in Redding eating burgers and chili at The Fly Shop’s opening weekend BBQ. I went last year before spending two nights at the Sims Flat campground. It was awesome, both 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…

Things aren’t bad at all

California has problems and when it comes to solving them, no one gets along. Fortunately the Golden State offers a reprieve for those who chose to pursue a slimy remedy – trout. I’ve spent a good deal of my time fishing the closest river available (Stanislaus around Knights Ferry) with occasional longer trips east into…