Brett Wedeking

The Biggest Little Torta in the World

I ate one of these monstrous tortas last night (this is only half). It's not for the vegetarian or those with heart conditions. It has five kinds of meat on it (or at least that's how many I could identify), including a sliced up hotdog. I wouldn't recommend them on a regular basis, as that amounts to a slow form of suicide by clogged arteries, but every once in a while it'll put a smile on your face. I wouldn't recommend eating one while sporting facial hair either, it'll end up in it, a lot. Go to "That's It", the bodega on 23rd and Mission in SF for a taste.

On a fishing related note I'll be on Putah tomorrow so I'll post a report in the next couple days. They bumped the water up a touch too so GAME ON!

Much Love, Brett

At the Vise

A couple of flies I tied today while praying for rain so I can go fish the Russian and capture some chrome.

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Putah Report

Fished Putah yesterday with Mike. Though the fishing was sub par, it was a fun and pretty day. The Man cut the flows Tuesday night from 120-ish cfs to 67cfs. Not fun if you live in the water. So I think it kinda freaked out the fish a bit and maybe put them off. Or I can just fess up and admit I'm just a sissy and couldn't figure out what the fish really wanted yesterday.

Either way we did manage to hook a land a couple of pretty fish. And of course I didn't bring a camera, which usually means one of us would've roped a super tanker. But alas... We saw some jumbos for sure, like fish over 20", but they were either obviously post spawn or mega spooky.

Can't complain though, a pretty day in a pretty place with good friends. What more do you want? Oh, uh-huh, consistent water flow you say? Is that really too much to ask? No, but I'd like to own Hot Creek Ranch too. I mean, it could happen buuuut not too likely.

Stan the Man

I had the chance to fish the Lower Stanislaus a couple days ago and thought I'd file a report. The gauge it Ripon read about 550cfs, pretty typical for February I believe and I fished mostly up around the dam.

First of all, it was 70 degrees. It felt like summer, in a weird way like I've spent so many summer days fishing tailwaters or small mountain streams hiking and sweating, slathered in sunscreen. But it's not summer, it's freaking February! So yeah, it was kind of surreal for a Northwest kid. Anyway, I hooked a few fish in the am on top with #18-20 Parachute Adams and midge patterns. I found a big foam swirl with a pod of fish going off. Problem was it was across 500+ cfs of deep, fast water with little backcast room and little line control. So lengthy, wild casting ensued. But I managed to hook a few bows in the 12" range.

Later I lost a gagger after it ran me under a log and down a riffle, hooked on a tiny Zebra Midge on 5x. It was pretty awesome though, sight casting to a fish that big, watching him swim up and chomp down.

The rest of the fish I hooked were on small mayflies and midges. They didn't seem to want the worm at all but maybe it just wasn't a wormy day. I ran into a guy that asked me, "what size hooks" I was using. It was kind of comical but he was nice enough. Anyway, long story short, I hooked probably a dozen fish in t shirt weather in February on a pretty canyon stream. Does it get any better? I doubt it.

What's a Steelhead?

Wanna catch a 20lbs steelhead on a fly? Ok, let me clarify. Wanna get your best shot in the lower 48 of hooking a 20lbs steelhead on a fly?

Well, get thee to Forks, home of Twilight, spotted owls, grumpy loggers and jumbo steelhead. It's starting to go off people. I've heard a couple of good reports of early wild chrome up there. Of course, just like the CA North Coast, water conditions are always an issue but you just have to plan a trip and go, conditions be damned. Even if it's rough there's usually somewhere to fish.

My buddy Johhny Steelfish roped this piece of chrome, albeit hatchery, and a few other wild ones last week out there. Beanies and fleece, snow on the ground, everything is damp, you can't seem to ever actually get warm, wearing garlic to ward off vampires, just a typical day fishing in Forks. It sounds bizarre but I miss it.OP SteelOP Steel

If you want to plan a trip for your own piece or two of metal (or twelve, seriously, sometimes it's just silly up there) hit us up. We can put you in the boat with some of the fishiest and friendliest guides up there. Word!

Riprap Review

I've been searching for lightweight wet wading shoe for a while and Simms ponied up. I've rocked the Simms Riprap shoe all summer last year and I can't believe I fished so long without them.

The Riprap is a full shoe, as opposed to a sandal that allows your feet to get beat up by the river bottom all day, that provides full protection for your feet. I wear it with a sock usually as well. The uppers are synthetic leather and perforated nylon that allows for quick water drainage but keeps rocks and junk out. A TPU heel cup, like in Simms boots, joins the fun and the soles feature Vibram's Streamtread.

Now a lot of anglers whine about Streamtread but I love it, and I used them on some notoriously bad waters. To be fair, I put a lot of metal on the bottoms of my Simms boots and I think the Streamtread is only mediocre without studs. While the Ripraps will accept Simms studs and cleats I wouldn't recommend it. I studded mine up but I could feel the screws with every step and took them out about two days later. No sweat though, they still grip decent in the water and far better than felt on the trail anyway. So yeah, if you're a wet wading fan go support your local fly shop and buy a pair of Riprap shoes.

PS-Don't wait 'til July to do so, your local shop and most dealers everywhere will probably be low or out of stock. They move quickly and sometimes Simms gets backordered from the factory too.

PPS-I tried to attach a picture of these things but my computer is being obstinate so instead check them out here.

Ridin' Dirty

This has nothing to do with fly fishing, other than for some reason my cat loves to chew on my flies, but it's one of my new all time YouTube favorites.

Feliz año nuevo a mis amigos

Obviously it's now 2012 and everybody is excited for a new year to continue to not accomplish they set out to do the last three years. But, I tell you, it does not have to be that way. At least as far as your angling goes.

It's also winter, and even though my snowboard is sitting, lonely, in my hall closet that won't stop me from getting outside. I'd really rather have a rod in hand anyway so what follows is a list of the places you should consider testing your angling prowess this winter because we fish all year, every year.

Ironically enough, your local travel team at Off the Hook can set you up with any of these trips so if the itch needs scratching pick up the phone (use it to call us though, until they invent retractable claws and handle the cell phone will continue to be a poor backscratching tool).

South Is., New Zealand-Every fly angler owes themselves a trip to Middle Earth at least once. This could be your year.

Turneffe Island, Belize-Some of the highest quality fishing, guides and food you will see anywhere. And it's probably 80 and sunny to boot.

Putah Creek-Three reasons: 1-It's probably in your backyard 2-The water's low and the weather is plenty warm 3-20" rainbows

Andros Is., Bahamas-Because you can go trout fishing in the summer. In a survey March was voted most favorite month among bonefish across the Caribbean.

Lower Sac, Redding-Again, it's probably in your backyard, it fishes all year and it's teeming with fatties. Besides, who wants to fish in 110 degree heat in August anyway. Winter is where it's at.

No excuses, get some!

New Drake Magazine


Mosey on down to your local fly shop and check out the latest edition of the best fly fishing publication out there. Winter 2011-12 edition of The Drake. You will not be disappointed. And if your local shop doesn't carry it, order one from the website and demand they bring the next issue in.

Livingston Living

Since the Yellowstone is probably trapped in ice right now this is the best I can do, some photos from a Livingston area trip last August. Nothing better than capturing trout with good dudes. Can't wait to get back there next summer. An 8 pound brown is swimming around in search of my fly.
Yellowstone streamer brownYellowstone streamer brown
Johnny w/streamer caught brownJohnny w/streamer caught brown
Wolffy rainbowWolffy rainbow
Yellowstone brown releaseYellowstone brown release

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