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Northern California Fly Fishing Report December 2011

Feather River
Current Fishing – Fair to good
Flows - Low clear (<600 cfs)
Prognosis - Good

The Feather is wrapping up the best year of Steelhead fishing in recent memory, but as recently as two weeks ago it has been on fire. Our guides have had multiple Steelhead days of 5 to 7 fish going as big as 10 lbs!

Translation: Catch and release only

How to properly net and photograph a fish.

Saw a guy drag a 16" fish on to the shore on the Yuba River a couple months ago. I watched it flop around and then he decided to take a picture of(and drop)the fish. It made me cringe! Fortunately he did release it and hopefully it survived. I didn't say anything to him thought I probably should have. When I saw this video it reminded me of this poor guy. I hope he sees this vid or learns better techniques.

Huge Peacock on a fly "it would appear that the strain was more than he could bear"

Curtis Fleming of Fly Rod Chronicles and John Flanagan fight an amazing 18 lb Peacock Bass. Watch what happens next as apparently as Doc Holiday once said "it would appear that the strain was more than he could bear".

Enjoy!

Dirtbag fly fishing at its best - Tarpon from a float tube?

When someone mentions the words "dirt bag" or "dirt bagging it" in regards to fly fishing they are generally talking about a low cost or budget fishing trip that usually involves camping(sometimes in the dirt)usually in a sleeping bag on the ground or even the back of a car or pickup truck.

New Fly Fish Journal Vol 3 Issue 2


The new Fly Fishing Journal is hot of the proverbial presses. Check it out. Another great issue of TFFJ

Blasted wind! What to do when mother nature blows?

It would be an obvious understatement to say that fly casting is an essential component of fly fishing. As we all know there are many ways for a fly cast to go wrong. Often wind is one of the most frequent culprits. From fresh to salt waters fly anglers who have the right tools will be more successful and have a more enjoyable experience. Having a few tricks up your sleeve can mean the difference between success and literally getting blow off the water. This video has some very useful suggestions for counteracting when mother nature blows. I hope you will find the tips and techniques helpful.

Putah Creek video by Jordan Romney

Here is a compilation of video from fly fishing Putah Creek that a friend of mine Jordan Romney put together with a GoPro camera.

Matt Heron's Brown - Fish of a lifetime video (Hilarious)

Matt Heron, a California guide caught the fish of a lifetime recently up in Tahoe. Apparently he was waiting for just the right moment to hook this fish, because he did so with a camera crew in tow. He definitely has a bit of a flair for the dramatic! Check out Matt's technique for landing the fish in the video below! Congrats Matt!

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