You need more than one

I set the hook on the heavy brick, but after a turn down river, the rod went limp. I stripped the line in and roll casted in the same area. I didn’t see the nymph make any sort of plop, so I reeled in to find that my black bird’s nest was gone. I recalled…

It will unfortunately slow

I am on pace to fish 206 days this year. Not going to happen, but what a thought…to fish two hundred and six days in a year. That’s more days on the water than school days behind a desk. If days fishing were miles, that’s almost from Manteca to Redding; Washington D.C., to just outside…

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…

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…

New water

So after a poor day fishing yesterday on the North Fork of the Stanislaus the winter storm came, which ended up being a good thing. Just past Arnold this morning, I was plowing the road for the snow plow. I decided new water was better than hypothermia, putting my truck in the ditch or whatever…