In sickness and in health

If you’re like me, a cold messes with your head before it infects it. You can feel it coming on. All of a sudden there’s a streak of discomfort with every other swallow. There’s pressure on the lungs and behind the eyes. So you ask yourself, “Is this day one?” Or did you miss symptoms and…

No need to waste time

By this time last year I had fished exactly one time and caught no fish. Thankfully I’ve had the week off from teaching so I’ve been able to spend five days on the water. Today on the Stanislaus between two-mile bar and Knights Ferry was anything but easy. I had been lulled into thinking the…

A new story for the same feeling

The rainbow trout in the Stanislaus Rivers had no idea that Sunday was the first of a new year. A couple of them knew something was up, because they wanted breakfast and got a prince nymph. A few more were looking for lunch and got a black bird’s nest. Writing it like this almost makes me…

Day 1

It felt more like spring than January 1st today on the Stanislaus. There were tons of people hiking, but no one fishing except me. After catching fish on prince nymphs and black birds nests most of the afternoon I had salmon for dinner at a friend’s house. Not sure how the day could have been…

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…

Spawn here!!! Just kidding

I like to fish the Stanislaus River around Knights Ferry. I complained about being unable to fish it due to the amount of water being released from Goodwin Dam numerous times but there are bigger things at work than my fishing preferences. When the season ended, it ended to provide salmon a peaceful place to…

Ending with a whimper

Trout Tuesday had no fall season. In previous years there were at least a few times in the spring and fall we’d head out for an hour or two on the lower Stanislaus River around Knights Ferry for some afternoon fly fishing to unwind. While tomorrow marks the official end of the fishing season on…

Last day at Knights Ferry?

Spent 11 hours at Knights Ferry today. I caught some fish, lost some fish, got squirted by rafters with water cannons; read my new Gierach book on the shore, fell asleep on the shore then woke up to ants sleeping in my leg hair. Pretty good day. Had success with the usual hare’s ear and…