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…

Can you really get bored with fishing?

Once you’ve caught a huge rainbow trout, you’ve caught a huge rainbow trout. Same goes for steelhead, brown trout, halibut, king salmon, yellow eye, etc. So how could it possibly stay fresh, especially if you did it for a living? Chris Parsons is a guide for The Fly Shop in Redding. We answered this question…

Lower Sac Day 2

I’m sitting, sunburned, at the desk in the La Quinta hotel room, waiting for my turn to shower off the sweat and slime from the day. What a day it was. I’ve never been out with a guide before, so the half-day trip we booked through The Fly Shop was three years in the making….

Saturday morning…

I used to take my light blue blanket into the living room for Voltron and The Smurfs when I was a kid. I liked cartoons, but I don’t remember longing for Saturday’s animated pictures on a Wednesday, or Thursday. Granted I was only six, or seven so who really knows if I sat in Mrs….

Trusting water

Russell Chatham wrote, “Fishing at its most rudimentary level is essentially solitary. Not only that, but its components, outside the particular baggage one brings to it, are entirely trustworthy. I mean, what creek ever teased you about your pimples; what breeze ever ridiculed you in front of your friends?” Some would argue that a river…

Nothing small about the micros

Redding – Another great day on the Lower Sac. Calm and cloudy has made conditions perfect. Micro May flies have been the go-to pattern once again with either a prince or pheasant tail above them.

The sweet smell of success

Before I could even sit in the driver’s seat Sunday morning, I was astounded at the smell permeating from my truck. It didn’t reek, but the unique odors mixed with such harmony, I couldn’t help admire it. It was microwaved gym towel and concession stand complete with sour cream and union potato chip zest, only…

Lower Sac Madness

The Lower Sacramento River can look overwhelming, but it is a great fishery supporting trout built like linebackers that are accessible from shore. The one below went 18.5 inches on a Micro May fly. We caught four over 17, one a season from topping 20 inches, all wading just a little past our knees. The water…

Deadline Trout

It’s tough to know where to chuck a fly on big rivers that are impossible to cover. I stood knee deep in the Lower Sacramento River where it slices through the town of Redding and drifted a tandem of nymphs. There were a couple of drift boats around, and one had beached on the opposite…