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….

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…

Gear Review – The Fly Shop L2A Fly Reel

I had no intention of buying a new reel, but when a buddy of mine kicked me a new 4-weight fly rod, I had the excuse to spend a bit of my saved up writing money on a new reel. I called The Fly Shop in Redding and they talked me into one of their…

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…

Just relax and fish

I was going through leader like a kid through candy corn. Drift. Drift. Drift. Drift. Tie. Drift. Drift. Drift. Drift. Tie. I wasn’t really only giving my flies four drifts then changing, but in the context of a day fishing, it was pretty close. I spent October 15 through 20 on the Upper Sacramento and…

Gear Review – The Fly Shop Landing Net

As kids growing up in Alaska, we didn’t use nets. We brought salmon in and clubbed them. There was no need for a net. As a catch and release fly-fisherman, it is more of a necessity but I didn’t want to spend a lot of money. I went with the Catch and Release model which…