Lessons learned

By Jeff Lund | For the Capital City Weekly Some of the most valuable Alaska steelhead lessons I learned while flyfishing for rainbow trout in California. They weren’t some magical insight or secret from a guide but observations I made while fishing the same water over and over. My buddy Kurt and I were fishing a…

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…

Slower Lower

Guides will tell you two fish from shore on the Lower Sac in good conditions isn’t anything to be ashamed of. With the water off color I was OK with the two I landed but of course I felt that I was owed at least one more. After all, I did wake up at 4:30…

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…

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…

The Fly Shop – Redding, California

I ordered half a dozen prince nymphs and while false casting on the Stanislaus River the hook broke leaving me with just the eye. It was just one hook, but I emailed Tim Fox at The Fly Shop and he not only apologized and said he would do the necessary research, he gave me a…