Sunday, March 28, 2010

Glens Finest Rainbow

Today was another nice day on the Truckee... Glen told me this was his prettiest Rainbow he has caught to date, and Glen fishes every year in Colorado. Even his daughter and son in law for there first time fly fishing hooked a fish on the Truckee. Thanks Glen, I hope I see you guys next year.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Some More Spring Fun

The fishing has been pretty good already this Spring. I took out David from Reno today and for his very first time nymphing he did really well. That's right, I took David to the dark side. It's great when you teach someone that picks up on it only after a few tries. Stack mending, high sticking, and dead drifting. David is a real natural. He had the raddest tackle box of his Dads full of pristine old school flies, one of the coolest collections I've seen. Daivd don't fish those flies and hang that old Hardy St. George on the wall.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Early Spring?

Looks like we are going to have an early Spring this year. Temps have been in the 50's this week and the water temp has got up into the low 40's. My buddy Gabe came up and fished yesterday sticking a few nice fish on some BWO Nymphs. Skwallas, BWOs, are on the menu, with March Browns around the corner. Good luck with the baby Gabe.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Day Four...

My birthday day started off with a bang. First hole....Chris and I had a double hookup. I landed a 18" Bow and Chris a 15". The next two runs I lost two big Browns in the +20" class. We then walked up to a spot that I had a feeling there would be a few lunkers in. Chris said, "I thought I saw a fish rise in that foam line on the other side." Well, Chris was right. For the next two hours I watched Chris try to catch this 24" Brown. It was in a very tough spot. He missed it twice...Oh, and by the way we have Skwallas, and BWOs coming off right now.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Meet My Neighbors

After a slow morning on the LT dealing with gapers, you know the ones who reel in and try to run down to the next hole and then stand right in the middle of it Chris and I ended up meeting some of my nice finned neighbors. Chris first walked down and stuck a huge Brown in the Koles Hole and after hearing that I grabbed my rod and went down and stuck my own trophy size Brown. Water temp is 45 and things are starting to rock.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Bozeman Chris

Stoked...My good friend Chris Scott from Bozeman is here for the annual Spring Break fishing week. I've known Chris since the 7th grade growing up in Roseville and we both started fly fishing at an early age together. Years have past and Chris has made his way to Montana making the Yellowstone and Madison Rivers his stomping grounds. This year Chris didn't forget the animal packs (Schmidts), and of course this made Larry very happy. Lot's of lips have been ripped the last couple days. BWO's, and Skwallas are the flies of choice. These photos are from the last two days in the Battle Born State. Tomorrow off to the L.T.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010


I can't emphasise the importance of fishing emergers. Today there were Baetis coming off everywhere, blanket hatch so to speak, but not a single head showing. Just because I didn't see fish rising doesn't mean fish weren't chowing on those tasty morsels. I began the day nymphing with a Skwalla Stone and Sz#18 Baetis Nymph. As the hatch began I switched out to a dry dropper rig, a Sz#16 Baetis Nymph with a Sz#16 Baetis Soft Hackle dropper. I always switch to a larger nymph and shallower rig during the hatch as fish move into the riffles to ambush their prey. That little soft hackle has taken more fish for me on the Truckee than any other fly in the last two years. Today it took five, and last year that fly took, a 25", and a 26" Brown.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Hell yeah!

Today I took out Vince from the D.C area for a guided Winter session on the Truckee. Vince could fish so I knew we would get a little action. Though the morning air temp was in the single digits down here in the Hirsch it warmed up and we lay'ed into them. We hooked a ton of fish, landed to many Whitefish to count, caught fish on dries, and landed the biggest Rainbow I've seen in a while. I won't tell you what this big male ate, but he was one of the prettiest Bows I've seen in a long time. A lot of people I meet and talk to think all the big fish are in Nevada, but since they put in the special regs a few years back these big boys are returning back on the Ca side.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Things are getting better...

Flows have come way up on the Truckee, days are warmer, and bugs are starting to come out. I guided one of the coolest dudes I've taken out in a while today, and though things started slow they ended with a bang. We started out along Glenshire looking for some risers. Their were some bugs out mostly Baetis, but no heads. We ended up grabbing a few beers and driving down to my house and fishing near there. After a few casts and a landed Whitey, bam!, Mr. Brown hit and exploded out of the water, two jumps later this guy was gone. This was the biggest Brown I've seen all Winter, maybe 25" +

Things are getting better....