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Saturday, November 7, 2015

Patagonia Nostalgia

...missing southern, Chilean Patagonia. This is the time of year I'd plan my annual trips there; having fly fished there 7 of 8 years during 2004-2011. Loved it, but the travel time was too long. Now I fish closer to Truckee. Although I'm seriously considering another far-away place, New Zealand.

Being there was crowds, friendly people, "old world" culture and sublime scenery...
Lagos & Lagunas Full of Willing Trout

Valley of the Moon
accessing another one of the myriad streams 

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Throw-Back Thursday... a land far, far away...
...circa 1968

Saturday, October 31, 2015

CyberFly is Alive! #5...After a Five Month Hiatius

Well it has been a awhile since my last post...five (5) months to be exact! I'm alive, in good health and anticipating a big winter here in Truckee with plenty of snow...the forest and trout need it. Enumerable events and experiences have occurred since my last post on May 29th. My intention is to follow-up soon with numerous posts in quick succession (maybe).

Some catch-up:

#1---I'm no longer president of the Tahoe-Truckee FlyFishers (; having served in that capacity for two years, 2014-15. Personally, and by consensus of TTFF's Board of Directors/members ( they say), I've done a fabulous job after being drafted the second time in my life (see image below for the first time). I (we) continued and expanded upon what John Marcacci instilled in his previous presidential stint during 2012-13. I'm proud of my tenure leading the only...very active...exclusive fly fishing group in the Tahoe area; this side of the California border. The future bodes well because the new president, Dick Gander and the new Board of Directors, will continue and refine what has been established.

If one is serious about fly fishing  the Truckee area, join the group, because there is a lot of talent and loooong, local fly angling experience amongst members; of which they are willing to share.

#2---As of the Summer 2015 issue of Sierra Fisherman, I'm no longer an active author and Editor-at-Large. I've enjoyed my six years involvement since the magazine's inception with the Spring 2009 issue. I'd like to thank SFM's publisher, Bob Leonard for the opportunity to work with him and share thoughts and my has been fun!

Both have kept me very busy writing and energy-wise; leaving just enough time to accommodate long-time clients only. The existing drought provided limited fly angling options; most especially for those new to fly fishing or anglers unfamiliar with the area. Additionally, I concentrated on scheduled Native Sons Tours and the Reel School of Fly Fishing's skills clinics ( web-site should be operable by the February 26-28, 2016 Pleasanton Fly Fishing Show). There, I'll be presenting in the Destination Theater and will be in the Truckee Guide NetWork booth (...the original "guide network")

Stay tuned...for timely, honest and reliable musings about fly fishing in general and more specifically as it pertains to the Tahoe-Truckee fly angling scene.

Tight Lines--- 

Friday, May 29, 2015

The Ants...the Ants!

The ants are in Truckee area...numerous. Don't leave home without one! Warm weather is to continue for a few days. If fishing lakes do not fret if there is wind and waves, trout are aware one of the "Big Bugs of June" is present.

Monday, May 11, 2015

TRUCKEE TRIVIA #25...answer...and More!


The "hatch of '96" was a six-week long PMD hatch on the Little Truckee trophy water from late-June to early August of 1996. During the entire period there were predictable and consistently, surface-feeding trout. It was dry fly fun. excerpt from my essay in Sierra Fisherman, summer 2009:

"Looking down from the high bluff saw I saw the bright, white mouth of an 18”-plus rainbow inhale a bug at the surface.  I then observed several mayflies flying above the stream. I thought, “Right on time!” I hastened my pace down the trail, crossed the stream and got into position for my first cast to one of the rising trout. This occurred during what is now known as the “hatch of ’96”; six weeks of a prolonged and consistent 11AM- 4PM, Pale Morning Dun hatch…and rising trout.

 This event occurred on the Little Truckee River, below Stampede dam. The “hatch of 1996” is considered the one important event that propelled the Little Truckee River to its status as one of California’s premiere fly fishing venues. At that time, it was still a “secret”; and the locals wanted to keep that way.  But, the word spread out of the area and a lobbying campaign started for “catch & release” regulations."

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

I'm Alive #4 & Angling Report

Yes, been awhile. Getting busy now with clinics, guiding, responsibilities as president of Tahoe-Truckee Fly Fishers and a 1 week "busman's holiday" trip to the Green River in Utah (eventually I'll do a report on the Green).


Fly angling in the Truckee area has been decent for several weeks. Better fish NOW and during the next 6-8 weeks. True, it is only May, but we're currently experiencing summer conditions with low, clear waters and progressively higher water temps. Last week I got a 60 degree flow temp at 6 PM on the main Truckee....not good!

Thus far there hasn't been any intense bug emergences. If looking for heads, the best times have been 11AM-2PM. The rise can last for 45 minutes to 1-1/2 hours. BWO's, a smattering of micro-caddis and late-blooming March Browns are on the surface menu. But the reality remain, usual...if you consistently want to be in the game, go down.
Producing surface patterns for the surface have been #16-#18 BWO Pull-Overs or Quigley Cripples and a traditional up-wing Adams, sized 14. For tandem-rig sub-surface rigs, trail #16-20 a FBPT or Disco Midge in red or black behind a larger Floss-
, Hare's Ear or
rubber-legged stonefly nymph.

Because of this prolonged drought there will be little water to fish come July; whether fishing moving or stillwaters...not to mention water temperatures. The trout will be very stressed and in a survival mode....Believe me, this is not a Chicken Little "da sky is falling" is real.

Here's my May TTFF president's message Intro:

"Well we experienced a nice “dump” the evening/morning of “Opening Day”; Friday/Saturday April 24/25. We also were in awe of the previous evening’s a fabulous thunder and lightning display; seemingly directly above my home for two hours.  Both weather events are what we anticipate during a “normal” year. For this year; better late than never. Right now the trout appreciate any water they can get.

Explore our local waters…now.  By July we have no idea what angling conditions we will experience.   Do consider voluntary Hoot-Howl Closures as we did last year. No need to wait for an official mandate; use common sense. People know my mantra: "Health of the fishery comes first, public angling second and commercial guiding a distant third and last" 
Carry a thermometer.  Leave the water and quit fishing when the temps get to 67-68. Such occurred last year on the big Truckee about 10:30-11:00 AM. Last year my voluntary HO closures occurred around mid-July. This year it should occur earlier; assuming there is water in the river".

Thursday, April 9, 2015

TRUCKEE TRIVIA # 25 ....hint

Answer to Question #25 c:    "six (6) weeks"