Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Fishing my brains out...

It has been a while since my last post.I have been very busy with life,guiding and fishing.Now for the good ,the bad and the ugly!

Lake Davis has finally started to fish well,although the damsel hatch has been pretty slow to get going at this point.We have been having good success fishing Sano's Rootbeer midges and blood midges under a bobber in about 10' of water.Fish have also been caught on Rickard's stillwater nymphs,sheeps creek specials and wiggle tails fished on an intermediate line.

Client Doug Haut caught this monster on a blood midge yesterday! Guideline rep Tim Loomis also caught a nice fish but for the most part the fish were cookie cutter 14" specimens.

Water temps are hovering in the low 70's and I will be guiding the river and the Lakes Basin until the water temps come back down in the fall.

Last week I had the pleasure of guiding Al Delco and Charlie S from the Merced Fly Fishers. After picking up a fish here and there we finally got into fish around 5:30 pm and for the next hour we just hammered them.Rootbeer midges were the hot ticket.

The Middle Fork Feather River has dropped into shape around the Graeagle area.I had the pleasure of guiding the Reber's from the Bay area last week.We had plenty of opportunities throughout the day both nymphing and with dries.There was a nice Little Yellow Sallie hatch in the early afternoon that had fish looking up and chowing on small elk hair stonefly patterns.

The Reber's were a great,fun family to fish with and I look forward to future trips with them.

With the wet cool spring we experienced the river should fish well this July for small wild trout.The Lakes Basin lakes will be fishing nicely as well.I will fish Lake Davis for another week or so until temps get into the mid 70's then I will not be back until the fall.

Come on up the fishing is FINE!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Lake Davis and other waters June report

With the weather finally turning into summer the season is starting to heat up.I have been busy fishing and guiding on various waters lately.On Saturday I donated a half day trip on Lake Davis for the Sierra Nevada Partnership ( and Trout Unlimited.After a bit of planning shenanigans I met up with my clients,John and Shanna from Albany, at the Honker Cove Boat ramp and we were off.While the fishing was slow the company was fantastic and I was able to learn a great deal about the NSP and what they are trying to accomplish.Please visit their website to learn more.It was a fun day on the water and John and Shanna were wonderful clients!

I got back out on Davis for a bit of personal fishing yesterday with the awesome women from the Sierra Nevada Women Fly Fishers from Reno.These girls are super fun to fish with and are all very talented fly fishers.I had my best day on Davis this season going 6 for 8 hooked.The fish came on Sheep Creek Specials and cinnamon wiggle tails stripped on an intermediate sinking line.Not only was the company great the lunch provided by the girls was unbelievable!!I truly enjoy fishing with this group of fishers!

Last week I had a chance to fish Prosser Creek near Truckee.I was swinging seal buggers and had two solid takes connecting with one of them.The fish was well over 20" but came unbuttoned after a brief battle.The flows were a bit high but fishable.That has all changed due to the runoff finally taking place.As of this writing most rivers in the area are blown out with the exception of the upper Middle Fork Feather and the Lower Little Truckee which was low and clear and CROWDED.Pyramid was still fishing well as of last week but my attentions are elsewhere at this point.

The damsel migration at Davis is slow starting this year,but should pick up with the nicer weather. The rivers will take a while to drop back to fishable levels but all the water this spring was badly needed.

Time to fish!!