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Take a Chance

During the winter I was given a lead on a small creek here in the valley that was loaded with wild fish. I had almost forgotten about iI until my buddy phoned me and said he wanted to fish but fish somewhere new.

I told him about the lead I had on this place but did not really know what to expect. There is a great feeling of joy heading out to a place that you have never fished. You run the chance of the day being a total bust but we were prepared for that if it were the case.

A day to remember...two old fishing pals...two flies and 232 Bass in one day!

This past Saturday a friend and I had a fly fishing day for the ages. Dr Eric Herve has been fishing pal of mine for a number of years now. We have had countless adventures together. From attempting to turn my Chevy Silverado into a drift boat on the Yuba, to random incidents and great fishing memories.

yuba river

Yuba report

Fly fishing legend Billy Pate passes away.

Billy Pate a legendary tarpon fisherman passed away April 18 at the age of 81. He was a remarkable angler and someone that inspired me to first want to fish for Tarpon. My first recollection of him was in a video clip from a Scientific Anglers 3M video that I saw at Kiene's about 15 years ago. His manic pursuit of "larrge Tarrrpon" as he used to say in a southern drawl led him to become an expert's expert. He frequented the Florida Keys and everglades and his boat with large custom casting platform with foam covered pipes bouncing down the road also became legendary.

Soul Fish II

Mikey Wier's new movie Soul Fish II has been released!

http://www.burlproductions.com/index.htm - His movies are a blast, plus there's April Vokey...need I say more! Check out the trailer below.

Summer on Putah

Warm weather, high water, and lots of day traffic as of recent on the creek. Just a taste of whats to come. Last I checked the flows were at 450 and they will only be rising. Not to say there aren't ways to get in and catch fish but your really need to know the spots, how to access them, and how to get creative with your casts to get your fly to the strike zone. Needless to say that fighting fish at these flows can be as tough as hooking them.

Introduction

Thanks to Off the Hook for offering me the opportunity to post some reports, Updates, and ramblings here. I spend most of time guiding on the Lower Yuba, Lower Sac for trout, stripers, shad, carp, and small/large mouth bass, Lower Feather for spring/fall steelhead, NF Feather, NF Yuba, and many of the waters around Clear Water Lodge in Fall River Mills. I will try to get updates, photos, and reports up as often as possible. Here is a quick one to keep everyone in the loop for now...

Feather River

Fished the Feather River @ Oroville today. 13 steelhead to 9 pounds to the net with one client in the boat. Sucker spawn in yellow and sz 14 PT's were the flies of choice. Good bite all day, most grabs were on the rise at the end of the drift.

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