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Florida Trip

Filed under: Worldwide Travel Reports — admin at 11:33 am on Monday, May 10, 2010

Left two weeks ago with two inches of fresh snow on the ground to meet up with my east coast fishing buddy for a couple of weeks in Florida.  Primary goal was to complete my punch card with a Silver King…Tarpon.  Found the severely cold winter took its toll on the Florida fish population.  Tarpon were far and few, but did manage to land this 80 pound beauty…

Did not see a single Bone or Permit on the entire trip.  Heavy winds and stormy seas made fly fishing a real challenge.  Had one beautiful afternoon on the flats where I was able to put my buddy in front of 15 Tarpon only to have them show absolutely no interest in the fly…not even a blink!

Left the Keys, stowed the fly rod, and spent a few days on Lake Okeechobee with Bassmaster Elite Series Pro Steve Daniel.  We caught bass till our arms fell off and Steve let go with a few of his trade secrets.  Even had one early morning challenge with an alligator as to who would get the next fish first.

Back to reality and ready for a great season of guiding on our home waters.

Dan Cockrum


Fly Fishing with Victor Babbitt as seen in the Entertainer!

Filed under: General Topics — victor at 6:12 pm on Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Fly Fishing with Victor Babbitt May 2010

April was a cold and wet month and hopefully May will be a bit more like Summer! We are all used to these drought years when the weather goes from Winter directly into Summer and Spring is quickly left behind. Actually low water years are better for fishing in our area but tend to make it a little tougher in the Fall. Now we have, what seems to be, plenty of water or snow pack created by a longer than usual Spring which will create a much better than normal Fall of fishing! You get it one way or another, this year we have to wait to take advantage of the windfall that the extra water will create late in the year. In other words, fishing is still good now and it will be good all Summer and into the Fall!

During this runoff time of year the Tailwater fisheries are where the game is played and the Baetis is the ball! The Little Truckee river is tops in the month of May with The East Walker Coming in at a close second. There are other hatches going on but the Baetis is prominent with the occasional Midge, Stone or March Brown filling in. The exception on the Walker River is the Caddis which starts moving this time of the season as well. If the flows come up the thing to do is pull out the Streamer box and have some fun with big flies and my favorite color is white on the Walker and Olive on the Little Truckee. Stick your rod tip on the bottom and pull your streamers up current with an erratic strip and hang on for the big fish! This is not a bad time of year to hook into that fish of a lifetime on either of these rivers and more than likely you will be able to do that with a streamer if hunting the big fish is what you like to do.

Another great spot to get a big fish is Indian Creek reservoir, Indian Creek has some Huge Fish in it and on occasion they will eat a small fly presented with just the right presentation. Blood Midges are my favorite in the month of May but don’t discount the Damsel Nymph or the Calibaetis as well. Look for fish rising in the evenings or on calm days eating the Blood Midge on the surface. A Damsel Nymph with a Blood Midge Dropper will work just under the surface with an intermediate sinking fly line as well!

If you have kids and would like to teach them how to fish, try fishing at Sawmill Pond here in the South Shore of Lake Tahoe. Sawmill Pond is a kids only fishery that is stocked with some pretty good sized trout and is for kids 14 years and younger. Adults can help their children but can not fish themselves. An example of an adult fishing is when the adult casts the line three times or more or when the kids are off catching pollywogs and the adult continues to fish! The kids fishing experience is meant to teach the kids to fish not to fish for the kids. The pond is great for teaching a youngster to fly fish as well. Try putting a Pheasant Tail Nymph or a Lightning Bug under an indicator and have the kids roll cast off of the West end of the pond. A slow strip will help keep the line taught and will make it a lot easier for the kids to hook the fish! Keep the rod tip down!

These truly are just a few of the fisheries that are available this time of year and for further information on these fisheries or any others in our area, stop by the shop or give us a call and we will make sure you get the information you need for a great day on the water as well as the equipment you need for success! Our guides are available 7 days a week and can teach you all of their techniques or just get you into fish. 530-541-8208 and we are located at 2705 Lake Tahoe Blvd next to Midas Mufflers mid-town South Lake Tahoe.


Clearwater Lodge Guide School 2010

Filed under: General Comments,General Topics,Regional Travel Reports — admin at 12:55 pm on Tuesday, May 4, 2010

I recently returned to Tahoe after a fantastic week of learning and fishing at the Clearwater Lodge’s 2010 Guide School. The week was great and everybody learned a ton. It was an awesome experience and I would highly recommend anyone interested in guiding to take their course. We all got to spend time on Hat Creek, the Pit River, Burney Creek and even got to row drift boats on the Lower Sac. The entire staff is great and the accommodations were top notch. Every day started with a great breakfast then off to the river to learn and teach with some of the best guides in California. Then everyday at 6pm you get to sit down with everyone to an amazing dinner and tell stories about the day. All the other students were great and I met a lot of new friends to fish with. I would like to thank the instructors Andrew Harris, Tom April, Frank Pisciotta and Brad Mcfall again for teaching us all the important aspects of guiding.

Mike O’Dell Guide, Instructor at TFFO

Beutiful Burney Falls. Ryan and Cog are fishing in there somewhere.

I almost made this drift before Andrew stepped in and stuck this fat Brown in about 2 tries. What an awesome fish!

Brad Mcfall teaching us some cool techniques on Hat Creek.

The whole 2010 Guide School Crew

A close up of Andrew's fat Pit River Brown