One-way ticket to Belize please

So my buddy Screamin' Scott went to Placencia, Belize last week for a little vacation with the wife. He fished one day with a guide, his first saltwater day ever.

He ended up with the grand slam photos below, in addition to one more permit and two more tarpon. I've never heard anything like this. Unreal... I told him to buy a lotto ticket.


Summer time!

There is nothing like summer in America. Warm weather, baseball, barbecues, ice cold lemon aid and top water Largemouth fishing!

There is something about chucking a popper tight against a gnarled snag, among lily pads or near a weed line. You remember it. The smell of summer grass and pond muck mingle in your nostrils. You cautiously approach a likely looking spot that should hold a worthy adversary.

You uncork your popper from the hook-keep and begin measuring your back cast options. A cast unfurls not with the grace and poetry of a trout cast, but more of a measured chuck followed by an abrupt stop and an audible plop. The rod tip drops to the water so as to have a straight line to your fur feather or cork water puppet. With a stecatto rhythm you impart life as it were to this hapless floating train wreck suspended before you. The blurp and slurp emitting from your seemingly wounded offering leaves a trail of bubbles over dark oily water. Suddenly from the murky caffeinated depths the predatory instinct awakens.

With ferocious malice the water surrounding the prey erupts in all directions seemingly at once. This startles you and contacts directly into your peripheral nervous system with the effectiveness of a cattle prod. In an instant your hapless fly disappears along with at least a gallon of water...give or take a little.

You react with a clutch of line and your own retaliatory strike. The rod bends a smile across the face but only after several tense aerial moments followed by valiant attempts to wreck havoc on monfilament.

With a lunge and a well aimed thumb on sandpaper lips you hoist the first one, the first of summer!


This video is from Catch Magazine. Brian O'Keefe and his crew put together one of our favorite fly fishing publications. Here is a link to it This video came out a while back, but we just cant get enough! Enjoy!

Lower Sac wine maker's weekend trip report

Recently we fished a great group of guys from VIP Wealth Management of Southern California. They enjoyed two days of fly fishing on Lower Sacramento up in Redding. Two day drifts were the bookends on a great wine maker’s dinner on Saturday night. Fun fishing was had along with Lots of good laughs and stories told over great food and superb wines. This was definitely a trip to remember.
The group at The Fly Shop in Redding: Group shot!The group at The Fly Shop in Redding: Group shot!
Most of the guys had never fly fished before, although as life-long conventional anglers they would pick fly fishing up very quickly.

New issue Florida Fly Fishing Magazine Online Vol 3 # 4

The new issue of Florida Fly Fishing Magazine is hot off the presses. If you are not familiar with this magazine and enjoy fly fishing especially in the South East then you don't want to miss this.


Total Eclipse of the Truckee

Fished the Truckee last Sunday & Monday. Sunday was the annular eclipse visible from that area. I guess it was an excuse for people to stand in the middle of the street and use three pairs of sunglasses to stare at the sun (because we all know that totally protects your eyes. Morons.) making me drive around them.

Anyway, the Truckee fished pretty well. All nymphs and streamers for me. Though I saw a few March Browns, BWO's and caddis around it wasn't enough to get excited about. I hooked a lot of fish on olive crawdads, brown rubberlegs stones, CDC soft hackle mayflies and caddis pupae. My landing success wasn't the best but I'll blame it on the high, swift flows and hard fighting fish. Because we all know I'm an expert fly angler, um, yeeeeaaaah, or total idiot...

Anyway, they started releasing water out of Boca so the lower river is a little colored and high but I still managed to hook some nice fish down there and the Glenshire stretch was great too with more manageable flows. I fished the Little Truckee for a few hours on Monday morning and got roughed up. Don't know what was up but I went back to the big river and started wailing again. All in all a great trip.

Evidence of a good time below. The fish in the third photo was so fat and soft it looks like I'm squeezing the life out of her but her fatness is just actually engulfing my hand.


Jeff Putnam fly fishing school has one spot open!

Spey casting class with the incomparable Jeff PuthamSpey casting class with the incomparable Jeff Putham
Casters, I have one space left for this weekends Spey Casting Camp. Its a 2-Day, spey filled school taught on the American River that will allow you to immerse yourself in "everything spey", both double handed and single handed rods. We'll even cover fishing and maybe even catch a shad or two. Cost is only $350 for both days including lunch and gear if needed. Check the following link for more info (or call me at 916-366-7554 for the last reservation):

Thank you, Jeff Putnam

Brownlining - Fly fishing in Urban Napa for Striper

Monday marked my first California brownlining experience. I fished the Napa River with Mike and his boy Joshua, who kept us entertained the whole time.

For those unfamiliar with brownlining let me explain. Normally when you're pouring over maps trying to figure out how to access a stream you're following the little blue lines on said map. And likely that river is fairly blue. Brownlining however is just what is says. Rivers whose lines run brown instead of blue. Usually running through an urban area visibility is limited to a foot or two. Mud, industrial pollutants, lawn chemicals, golf course runoff are all responsible for this. Tires, empty Thunderbird bottles, hazardous waste containers, broken washing machines, the ubiquitous plastic bag and crazy hobos yelling about their favorite Harry Potter character are standard sights. Many fly anglers look at brownlining with the utmost contempt since Carp are often the target in such fisheries since trout are a little too fragile. And the resilient striper in the Napa. That's good for them. Let them battle each other for a 50' stretch of water on Hat Creek. Carp and stripers are just like dragging in a boot after they're hooked anyway. Oh, wait...

Anyway, on this trip we rowed our pontoons around downtown Napa trolling and casting and stripping in the holes. We hooked a few small fish on the rising tides but later as we began to cruise back down river with the outgoing we started whackin' 'em pretty good on chartreuse/white and olive/white clousers. Nothing too big but we definitely hooked some fish that corked an 8-weight pretty good. All in all a great day brownlining as evidenced by the photos below.

Hogan says it is time to wet a line...and we agree!

Fly fishing with Off the Hook and guide Hogan Brown: fly fishing photo from the Lower Sacramento RiverFly fishing with Off the Hook and guide Hogan Brown: fly fishing photo from the Lower Sacramento River
With June 3 weeks away summer is nearly officially and un-officially here. Many rivers are coming into shape as run off subsides but with reservoirs feet from being filled I imagine there maybe a second wave of run off when we get some consistent HOT weather and the night time temps stay hot as well. Here is what is happening and what is coming up.

Lower Yuba has dropped into shape and is stable at 2337 cfs with good clarity. Fishing has been good. Hatches should pick up over the next few weeks as the river settles into the new flow. We are entering prime time on the Lower Yuba for spring/early summer hatches. The weeks following run off see PMD, caddis, stoneflies, and all sorts of mixed hatches kicking into gear. Fish will be on the grab coming off high and off color flows and fishing will only get better as we move through June and July.

Nice Lower Sac BowNice Lower Sac Bow

Lower Sacramento River is still fishing consistent for trout up through redding but I have began to turn my attention to the lower river looking for shad, stripers, bass, and carp. Shad fishing is picking up as people are starting to catch a few here and a few there down around Princeton up through chico. Flows have been hovering around 10,000cfs coming out of Keswick but drop down to around 7000cfs around Ord Bend as we are in the middle of Rice Irrigation season. Once that is over here shortly the river down by Chico/Ord Bend should jump up moving fish up the river. This will also help move the migratory stripers up river and give the resident fish a bit more water making them a bit more comfortable. Smallies and Big mouth bass are waking up in the sloughs and I have seen a few fish up on beds and cruising the shallows. It is going to be getting really good really soon out there.

Yosemite Range of Light

Take a couple minutes from your day to watch this outstanding piece (do it in full screen). Any stress you are dealing with in your will be knocked down a notch or two after this.

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