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…

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.

Camp 9 part II

So after bragging to my buddy Kurt how good the fishing was yesterday despite the crowds, I convinced him to come up for a return trip. We proceeded to lose nine fish between us, some big, some small in a whole bunch of interesting ways. Three times I hooked up long enough for the fish…

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…

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…

No need to get snappy

I was ready for the end of trout season in October. Well, I don’t think anyone is really ready, so maybe mentally prepared would be a better way to articulate the feeling. There are rivers open year-round, but the close easy trout water is shut down or snowed in. It is because of this that…

Worth the cost?

So with the rod in a tight arc, net ready to scoop, this thing charges right at me and my rod snaps. My fault for playing it into such a potentially hazardous curve, but it happens I guess. Nice Middle Fork brown though.

No need to get too creative

The prince is one of the most popular nymphs around, because it works. Patterns vary a bit from shop to shop, but I’ve found the tweaks to the pattern by The Rivers Edge in Montana (legs and a little flash) and durability of those from The Fly Shop in Redding are the ones most worth…

Making up for lost trout

I know you’re not supposed to get too personal when it comes to fishing, but there was something about that silver brick flashing right before it threw the hook that made me want to go back to that trout’s riffle the next morning regardless of the winter weather warning. I had established Angels Camp as…