Gettin' the Boot

So I caught a boot on Thursday. Seriously, a boot. A giant hip boot. It felt like I was in a Loony Toons cartoon. I drug it out of Putah Creek on 5x with a #20 Zebra Midge. It had obviously been there a while judging from the cased caddis that had made their homes on it. It tricked me for a second too. When I set the hook it moved just a bit, like a super jumbo trout that didn't really know it was hooked. Yeah. But I quickly realized it was a poor fighter. Here's my catch.

Anyway, I did actually hook a few trout. Nothing terribly large today, from what I could tell but a couple encounters were very brief. The water was up and a really kind of clearish-green that made me wish steelhead still ran up there. The graph said it was running about 175cfs but I'd guess more like 250-ish? Still wadable but pushy. So yeah, go capture your own. Maybe we'll host a boot catching contest soon. Like send in your best boot (or rock) photos and we'll pick a winner. Yeah, so...


Got blown off the Yuba yesterday!!!

I met my two clients yesterday to fish the Yuba and what a soggy rainy morning it was. The site said flows were 720cfs for Yuba at Smartsville and Deer Creek was flowing at 17cfs. Got there and it had to be flowing at at least 2000cfs and chocolate! We wouldn't have hooked a single Trout were we to have fished. (Update: they fixed their meters and it turns out Deer Creek was up to 3470cfs at 3pm!) So we loaded up the rig and headed to Oroville. The low flow of the Feather looked great. We hooked some decent fish, including this Steelhead. Thanks, Brian and Chris for being so flexible!

This rain may have things blown out for a while. There looks to be some decent rain in the forecast for the next few days. Stay tuned for updates.



The Steelhead season is winding down...just not quite over yet.

The last storm got the coastal rivers back up. They started to drop into shape by early Monday of last week. Fishing started off pretty slow. We went two days and got two hook- ups. I think it was a combination of heavy pressure and basically there were just not a lot of fish around.. By mid week the options for good looking water increased. The fishing improved.. My last day we hooked 9. Mainly Kelts but we managed to find some Chrome......

God Bless America(n)

You know, when I moved down to the Bay Area from Seattle people told me there wasn't much fishing around here, especially steelheading.

Now, being from Seattle, I have steelheading flowing through my veins. The history, the fish, the rivers and uh,well, see, umm... The reality is, I grew up fishing steelhead but most of the rivers within a day's striking distance from Seattle are bogus. Yeah, there's certainly some good fishing to be had but over all, due to human influences, the Puget Sound fisheries are mere shadows of their former romantic histories. Not to mention the fact all Puget Sound streams are closed during the best part of the season. The Olympic Peninsula and Columbia/Snake tribs. in Eastern WA have some stellar fishing but (unless you enjoy falling asleep at the wheel) require all overnight trips.

This all brings me to today, the 7th of March, when I drove and hour and fifteen minutes from my front door to feet in the American River, swinging a two-handed rod for steelhead. And, I landed my first California steelhead. It wasn't huge, it didn't make a bunch of blistering runs but it was wild and it was steelhead. That's something you cannot do this time of year while living in Seattle. The point of all this is, YES, there's plenty of fishing near The Bay. Anybody who believes otherwise hasn't done their homework, the plethora of fishing available is astounding. And YES, there are legitimate steelhead opportunities close to The Bay Area too. Get some!

As for a report, the American is LOW, running at 1100cfs, very clear and low fifties water temps. A few people around but not crowded and yes, a few steelhead around too.

The following photos are for all the haters. I love fishing in California!


Excellent fly fishing for Steelhead continues on California's North Coast

The past week on California's north coast was another good one for Steelhead. The water was lower and clearer than I would have liked it. Just like any steelhead river.. The lower it gets the more difficult the fishing tends to be. Word must have been out because there were lots of boats as well. Despite the traffic we were averaging 8 hook-ups a day.

There was an even mix of fresh fish and kelts. The fish were a little smaller than last week .. Good thing is that meant more in the net :) Rain showed up on Tuesday and continued through Thursday afternoon. Most rivers blew out and are already dropping back in.

Wild Steel!!!Wild Steel!!!

This could be the last hurrah ....!!!!!

Let's fish,


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New Flymage E-magazine

Here is a cool E-magazine which covers fly fishing and fly fishing photography. All of us like catching fish and there is nothing like having proof of the fish we catch. Wouldn't you like info from fly fishing photographers on how to take them better so once that fish of a lifetime comes along you will be ready? Take a look!

Stay tuned for a coastal Steelhead report shortly!!! It has been on fire!!!

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

Turning Tail trailer

This is a thought provoking trailer about the Atlantic Salmon fishery.

Greetings from the land of Twlight vampires and big steelhead.

It is 7 am and everyone is finally out the door, into the trucks and off to the rivers. The local Elk herd has moved into the field behind the house. It is quiet and the dust is settling, so I am having my 3 cup of coffee and catching up on some email action.

I arrived here Feb. 1, my car packed so tight that opening a car door meant major spillage. Having been here before I knew what kitchen items weren't here, so I brought at least half my kitchen with me....and I'm glad I did. It took me a good week to re-organize this kitchen to my comfort zone. The cook top sucks...electric...but there are two ovens, which I consider a bonus. The house itself is pretty cool. Big 6 bedroom place just off the Bogesheil river, about 10, minutes outside of Forks. You can see better pictures than I can send if you go to
and click on the Bogey House link.

Jeff and Aaron had already put up the fish pictures from past seasons and I was honored that my picture from last year was hanging in a place of honor over the bar.

I stayed in the house the first couple of weeks since we weren't full. I have since moved to a fifth wheel trailer about a 1/4 mile up the road, parked at Three Rivers...convenience store, gas station, cafe, campground, small cabin rental and RV hook-ups. There is a large sign at the turn-in stating it is the Treaty Line...No Vampires Allowed Past This Point, so I feel perfectly safe from any vampire/werewolf crossfire. The trailer is comfy. I am only there at night, the rest of the day I am at the house.

Since I'm at the local grocery store, Thriftway, almost every day I've become pretty good friends with everyone in the meat department, the produce manager and most of the cashiers. The town of Forks is very small. A logging town still trying to ride the coat tails of the Twilight books and movies, but that is fading fast. The economy has taken it's toll on many of the businesses along the two blocks of downtown. Although the Dazzled By Twilight store, and it's rival, Native By Twilight across the street, are still open. The Twilight tour bus is still in business and you still see Twilighters, girls between the ages of 12 and 18 with their mothers, wandering down the street now and then. The people here are tough and very friendly. It's interesting to read some of the faces I see....past drug use, current drug use, hardship, man problems, drinking problems, poverty, kindness, wisdom, survival and friendliness. To live here you have to be tough, and and it shows.

A couple of weeks ago I went into the little local sporting goods store to check it out, introduce myself and buy a few flies. I met Gordie, who used to be one of the local guides, and his wife. About three years ago Gordie took a fall and landed on a pile of boulders. He lost the use of one side of his body, the sight out of one eye and has some difficulty talking. I asked him what flies were the hot ones to swing here and he pointed out three, one of which he ties. I bought all three and then Gordie and his wife told me that they live along the Calawah river in town and that I was welcome to fish one of the good holes behind their house anytime. Good people, and I will take them up on their offer with a bag of cookies in hand. I walked out of that little, cluttered place and reminded myself that I am blessed in so many ways and that meeting someone like Gordie is another blessing to be thankful for.

I was able to fish the second week since we had a couple of cancellations. I fished with Aaron two of the days on the Sol Duc and Calawah. Caught awesome fish both days. One of the fish on the Calawah was a 38.5 inch buck. Freakin huge! I couldn't get my hand around the tail to hang on to it. Really liked the Calawah. Smaller river and rather technical. Incredibly beautiful. We have been pretty full since so I haven't been able to fish, but it's fun to listen to the stories of the day as everyone sits around the dinner table. One of the guides said he would take me on a little tour of walk-in places close by so during the day I can go swing for an hour on my down time.

Still working on that down time thing. My days are long. Up at 4:30 to have breakfast on the table by 6, hence the three cups of coffee by 7 am. After everyone leaves for the day I clean up the kitchen, catch up on some stuff, do some grocery shopping, baking, etc. I usually start dinner prep around 3 pm, serve appetizers around 6, dinner around 7, dessert around 8 or 8:30. By the time I have cleaned up and prepped the coffee for the next morning it is often close to 10. Now and then I'll get a day off and Jeff will cook, but dealing with the aftermath of him in the kitchen is almost worth volunteering to just do it myself. The guys have all been pretty good about helping out, but this is like taking care of a group of 12 year old boys. Sometimes it is just easier to do it myself. I suppose I should be napping, but I am not a napper, so I did the next best thing and joined the local gym in town for $40 a month. Yes, that's right, $40. It's Forks, what can I say. I find that working out is better than napping and the gym is really nice. Great equipment, never crowded and I can pay for just the months I am here. Awesome.

The weather has been typical OP. Cold, raining like hell, then windy as hell, and a little of everything else in-between. There is snow in the forecast tonight, but if it does it won't be much.

As I said before the guys here have been great. Of course being around guides and fisherman all the time has enlightened my vocabulary immensely as far as swear words are concerned. I probably hear the F word used in every other sentence and have learned new and amazing ways the word c....sucker can be incorporated into a conversation. I'm sure sooner or later I'll be in the produce section at Thriftway, pull an orange from the geometric pile, and as the oranges then start to tumble and fall around my feet utter the words, "Who the hell stacked these f....ers anyway?" It's then that I'll realize, my picture over the bar and I'm sleeping in a trailer. Wooo Hooo!

More later. Just started to rain and I have breakfast dishes to do.

Miss and love you all!

Big Fish Annie

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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