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Humbled by the West Carson

Filed under: General Topics — Corey at 1:57 pm on Saturday, July 18, 2009

I had a ten year old and his dad yesterday and anytime you have kids on the river, you want to get them into fish. Not only do you want to increase their desire to fly fish, you want to hold their attention for 4 hours without handing them an iPod or Gameboy. The fishing was more brutal than any time I’ve been on that river in 17 years. I couldn’t even get stockers to eat! They would swim to the flies, look at them, and swim away. They were all money patterns and we threw the best at them. The water temp, flows, etc. were perfect and I don’t think anyone had trampled in front of us.
I was baffled, moved around, it didn’t matter. I have yet to figure out what the problem was. I finally gave up and went to a different river and the son landed 15 fish and the dad 8 so the trip was saved. It is never about how many or how big, but tell a 10 year old that! It just goes to show that the river changes everyday and even after 17 years can be unpredictable. Have fun on the water and stick with it. One thing, I believe there are more people on the water this summer than I’ve ever seen. It is more important during these summer months to be mindful of river etiquette. it is different on every river, but a good rule is to give others as much room as you can. If it’s really bad, stop, swim, eat, let the section rest and then fish. It is an awesome time of year to throw some swim goggles or a mask into your pack and do some diving in holes you aren’t overly familiar with. You will be amazed at what you see or don’t see!

Catching is only a part of it.

Filed under: General Comments,General Topics — victor at 10:25 am on Monday, July 13, 2009

Most of the time when we go fly fishing it becomes only about the catching. The reality is that this is not going to be the case every time. To better take advantage of our time on the water, the following list of related activities should be helpful in making your experience as meaningful and fun as possible.

1. Do a stream seine and turn over rocks to find out more about the aquatic insect life in the water. Get some type of aquatic insect book and learn more about trout food sources.
2. Practice new casts and presentations so that when you need them, you have them in you arsenal. For you golfers, this is just like going to the practice range.
3. Learn to read the water better and find those in between areas where there are fish and most fisherman ignore.
4. Clean up all trash as you do your streamside walks so that we leave it better than we found it.
5. If you see fish, watch them intently and learn more about their behaviors.
6. Take a nap!
7. Practice new knots.
8. Just look and listen.   This sport rarely takes us to ugly places. (The Truckee in Reno the one exception.  Sorry Mike)

This list could on and on but I think it gives you an idea about using your time wisely and the water and enjoying your time out there. No doubt catching fish is fun and exciting but when things slow down on us we definitely can take advantage of that time.

Rick McGuire guide/instructor TFFO