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Conejo Valley Fly Fishers newsletter | DECEMBER 2020

"Sneaking up on the fish"

Pat Jaegar & Matt Rubin on the Upper Owens 2017

NO meeting for december

The Conejo Valley Fly Fishers wish you and your family "Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year or more like . . . HOPING for a BETTER New Year in 2021!

What do to with your old spinning rods.

PRESIDENT'S FLY BOX / CHARLEY BEALS

To say this has been a weird year is an understatement.

The year stared with a hint of Trout opener being postponed and we mourned that delay, then reports came in that Crowley had the best opener in memory and was hot all summer long.

The Madison was fishing better than it had been in several seasons. Opening day at the Beaverhead was exceptional with many personal best catches reported. Another report came in from Gary Scott about the Bonita bite off King Harbor and how it was a day to remember, and on it goes.

For two consecutive weekends I fished for Carp at a local spot and had the time of my life hunting 6 pounders on grass flats.

In early spring I started down the Corbina path and ended short of my goal but still very good for my sophomore year.

Those who ventured into new territory were rewarded. Make some plans – get out there – adventure is waiting.

2021 is shaping up to be another great unknown.

If you didn’t get after the Corbina in our back yard and you are wanting some time with the Plovers and Curlews pick up a copy of Al Q’s new book “The Corbina Diaries” – it is quite literally a recipe for how to effectively pursue that elusive Corbina.

Get started now with gear and casting practice because spring will be here in 120 days and you need to be on your game to get one to your feet.

  • HERE IS MY CORBINA SETUP:
  • Rod: Echo ION XL 6 wt
  • Reel: Hatch Finatic 5+
  • Line: Airflo WF6 Sink 5
  • Tippet: Cut down furled fluoro leader with ring (5 ft) then Seaguar Red 8# fluoro (4-6 ft)
  • Flys: I use Casey Cloud’s patterns almost exclusively
"TRIPLE THREAT" - Al Q

If you have any questions let me know, I am around.

Take care and get out there!
Charley Beals, Conejo Valley Fly Fishers President
MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL

membership renewal is now open for 2021!

Despite the lack of meetings and events, we hope our members will renew once again looking at the long term value of the club while waiting for social distancing to be discontinued.

  • Annual dues are $50 per family living at the same address.
  • Membership is per calendar year.
  • New members joining in the last quarter have their membership extended through the following year.
  • There is a one-time additional $10 fee for each name badge.
  • Please indicate if you would like additional name badges for family members and include $10 for each.
  • Student (under 18) dues are $10.
  • Please mail your check to: Conejo Valley Fly Fishers, 2970 Diana Court, Newbury Park, CA, 91320-3115
  • LINKS for Paypal & Venmo below.

NEW MEMBERS / please fill out both forms & send check.

  1. Membership Form, CVFF
  2. New Members, Waiver Form

scott olson article

The quiet time of year

For many of us this is the time for hunkering down with thoughts of fishing being far back in the rear view mirror.

As the days get shorter and our body rhythms start transitioning to slow down mode it's easy to rest on our laurels and focus on other things, like still digesting Thanksgiving dinner.

But for some of us the season never ends. Since fisheries like Hot Creek, the East Walker, the Owens Gorge etc. have been open to year round fishing for a few years now there is no excuse for sitting on our duffs and packing on extra holiday pounds (even though my son-in-law's mothers fudge beacons to me).

Some of the best fishing of the season can be in the late Fall and Winter when there is usually much less pressure on the fish and flows are generally more friendly to us older waders.

Watching the weather report is a must, but some of my most pleasant days on the water have been during the winter, especially on the Lower Owens or in the Gorge.

So grab your long johns and an extra jacket and get out there. You just might find that a little tussle with frostbite is just what the fishing doctor ordered.

Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season!
Scott Olson | former president, member at large
FLY TYING | 3rd Tuesdays of the Month

THE CONEJO VALLEY FLY FISHERS ARE NOW IN THE PROCESS OF ASSESSING BUDGET AND MEMBER PARTICIPATION IN PAST ONLINE MEETINGS.

THE BOD WILL DISCUSS AND DETERMINE CONTINUATION OF ONLINE MEETINGS OR PUT "MEETINGS" ON ICE UNTIL WE CAN ALL BE TOGETHER AGAIN.

IN THE MEANTIME, FLY TYING AT STEVES ONCE A MONTH WILL BE OUR "GO TO" GATHER FOR SOCIAL GATHERING ABIDING BY RESTRICTION RULES.

FLY TYING & CASUAL HANGOUT WHILE SOCIAL DISTANCING | 3rd tuesday of the month

Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at Steve Anderson's Home | 6:00 PM

Following C19 guidelines: Attend only if you are well. Bring a mask and/or hand sanatizer. Bring a camping chair for social distancing and your own snacks & beverages. Bring your best BS fishing story and get ready to have a good time!! Oh yea -- and maybe tie a fly or two! MUST RSVP TO ATTEND: smasma@earthlink.net

To find out more, visit our fly tying meeting page on our website | LINK

OUTINGS . . . check the website for "pop-up" outings!

CONEJO VALLEY FLY FISHER'S | OUTINGS 2020

AT THIS TIME - All outings are "to be determined" or "on the fly" . . . literally!

We will send out emails for any last minute outings.

* If anyone wants to organize a last minute outing, please email Cece at: conejovalleyflyfishers@gmail.com

CONEJO VALLEY FLY FISHER'S FLY VEST - "CATCH ALL" NEWS and INFORMATION . . .

purple midge contest update

- SCOTT & MARILYN OLSON -

Little flies can lead to BIG FISH!

LAST CHANCE TO THROW YOUR HAT IN FOR THE BIG PRIZE!

CONTEST ENDS ON DECEMBER 31, 2020

NOV 2020: No new challengers. Charley Beals is still in 1st place with his 18" on the purple midge. STILL time to go for the gold or PURPLE!

OCT 2020: No new challengers. Charley Beals is still in 1st place with his 18" on the purple midge.

SEPT 2020: Charley Beals - 18" & Joe Callewaert - 17"

AUGUST 2020: No new challengers. Charley Beals is in the lead - 18"

JULY 2020: And the leader in the Clubhouse is Charley Beals with this 18” rainbow that he caught and released on the Lower Owens River below Pleasant Valley Dam. The bar has been set so let’s see if the rest of you anglers can best this catch. - Scott Olson

CLUB MEMBER PHOTOS | FISHING, SCENIC, ACTION, RELAXING

Mike Bereny & Joe Callewaert ready for some balmy fishing on Crowley

Photo: Scott Olson

20 degrees! Bring it!

Scott Olson and Joe Callewaert on Crowley lake last weekend of the season. The weather that day was cold . . . around 20!!

Not raindrops, but rising fish on Hot Creek Video by Scott Olson

BOB KIELING WITH his hands full in colorado!

ROK-a-bye Brownie, in the river! - Bob Kieling
Somewhere, over the rainbow! Bob Kieling, Colorado Trip
"On the fall trip to Colorado it was a nose to nose contest but I won" - Bob Kieling

GARY SCOTT

BRINGING IN THE BOUNTY!

Matt & cECE'S tHANKSGIVING IN lONE pINE

No fishing, but plenty of fresh air, adventures with friends, turkey with stuffing, cranberry, gravy & yams. Wine & brandy!

Oh... and some Roberto's in Mammoth of course!

Cece's Wally "Wonder Wing" Mayfly

Cece playing checkers with the Lee Baermann Checkerboard Surf Fly

Looks as cute a one of those cuddly toys you win at the carnival (minus the hook).

REPORTS / NEWS / ARTICLES OF INTEREST

TROUT RODEO | A CATCH AND RELEASE COMPETITION IN BISHOP, CALIFORNIA

bill o'kelly fundraiser ON EBAY

All net proceeds will be going to the O’Kelly family

  • Bill O’Kelly was an avid angler and like so many of us, he had planned on doing different types of fishing throughout his life. His equipment ranges from light fresh to salt, single handed to Spey and everything in between.
  • Ebay Auction Fundraser / Sunday, November 29, 2020 - Sunday, December 6, 2020
  • All net proceeds will be going to the O’Kelly family
CONSERVATION . . .

CREEK FIRE UPDATE | 95% CONTAINMENT

NOVEMBER 25, 2020 @6:43AM

The Sierra National Forest (SNF) Continues closures - With the Creek Fire now at 95% containment, it has low potential for growth given the current winter conditions. The fire activity on the Forest has significantly decreased and the Creek Fire management team has since transitioned to a Type 3 organization, local to the Sierra National Forest.

Although fire activity has significantly decreased, there is a continuous need for restoration. The Forest is currently occupied by emergency personnel and equipment actively engaged in rehabilitation efforts within the Forest closure. Forest personnel continue to engage in active restoration efforts, including the use of tree falling, construction, rehabilitation, and maintenance of fuel breaks. Soil erosion and rockslides are a cause for concern within burn areas.

Due to these conditions, the Sierra National Forest is announcing the extension of a temporary closure and offering a greater access to the public for recreation while continuing to provide for public safety.

  • To view the closure order Sierra-Creek Forest Order No. 05-15-00-20-20, please click here: https://go.usa.gov/x77aZ
  • To view the closure order SNF Developed Recreation and Trails Forest Order No. 05-15-00-20-21, please click here: https://go.usa.gov/x77aR
  • SNF offices remain physically closed during this time however, we do have staff working virtually to assist with your information needs.
  • High Sierra Ranger District: 559-855-5355 - ex.0, or 3300/3301
  • Bass Lake Ranger District: 559-877-2218 - ex.0
  • Forest Supervisors Office: 559-297-0706 More information can be found at www.fs.usda.gov/sierra

BEST MAP TO FOLLOW CREEK FIRE: https://www.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=6dc469279760492d802c7ba6db45ff0e&fbclid=IwAR1RIv1gpibLYkX6k3x0aocCSxVPB0xYU_TKxSfwtG72zf_4Qv_0ndVJmVs

INYO NATIONAL FOREST / FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/inyonf

INYO NATIONAL FOREST / WEBSITE: https://www.fs.usda.gov/inyo

enjoy the view, breath in the fresh air . . .

BLAST FROM THE PAST | photo album pick of the month!

The Three Muskateers: Don Honus, Gary Scott & Bob Kieling

FOR SALE BY CLUB MEMBERS

FOR SALE | REDINGTON CDL REEL 11/12

FOR SALE | REDINGTON CDL 9/10 REEL

FOR SALE | ABEL SUPER 8 REEL

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NETTING, NETWORKING! OTHER CLUB AND OPEN EVENTS!

NO CLUB MEETING FOR DECEMBER --- BUT CHECK OUT THESE FFI WEBCASTS:

FFI - Fly Fishers International

On Tuesday, December 8, 2020 AT 5:00 PM

JEFF CURRIER

"SLOVENIA – THE SEARCH FOR MARBLE TROUT"

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2020

8:00 pm EST | 7:00 CST | 6:00 MST | 5:00 PST

Usually, when Jeff sets off on a foreign journey it's for some crazy-looking saltwater fish species or toothy kind from a far-flung jungle. But the more Jeff learned about the rare and beautiful marble trout (Salmo marmoratus) the more he realized he needed to hold one. Soon enough Jeff and his longtime mentor, friend, and Polish nymph fishing legend Vladi Trzebunia, headed for Europe’s trout Mecca and former Yugoslavia region to fish the healthiest threshold of the marble trout. Join Jeff and Vladi as they fish some of Slovenia’s famous rivers including the Soča, Reka Baču, and the Idrijca. They also crossed over to the Kupa River in Croatia. During the adventure, they find big rainbow trout, stunning brown trout, European grayling, and of course, the marble trout.

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89623201588

Meeting ID: 896 2320 1588

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2020

ANOTHER WEBCAST BROUGHT YOU BY FFI

ON Wednesday, December 9, 2020 | 5:00PM

LEGENDS OF FLY TYING

"SPINNING AND STACKING DEER HAIR FOR POPPERS"

Deer hair is a popular material for tying bass flies. In this Legends of Fly Tying webinar FFI Buz Buszek Memorial Award recipient Mike George demonstrates his techniques for spinning and stacking deer hair. He will be tying one of his popular bass popper patterns. While deer hair is most popular for bass patterns, it can be used for many flies designed for trout, saltwater species, and anadromous fish. These techniques will help any tier working with deer hair improve their efficiency and enjoyment working with the material.

8:00 pm EST | 7:00 CST | 6:00 MST | 5:00 PST

COMING! DECEMBER 16 | LEGENDS OF FLY TYING | GARY BORGER @ 5:00 PST

FLY TYING WITH LIKE-MINDED CLUBS ONLINE

OPEN TO ALL PERSONS!

SIERRA PACIFIC FLY FISHERS > Every Wednesday at 7:00pm. Email Michael at: education2@spff.org

LONG BEACH CASTING CLUB > Every Tuesday at 7:00pm. Email Shirley at: sakagusc@gmail.com

Rod, reel, line & fly . . .
Gear up . . .

G O T - P H O T O S ?

Please submit photos to: conejovalleyflyfishers@gmail.com

CONEJO VALLEY FLY FISHER'S | club announcements & news . . .
VIDEOS BY JAMES GARRETTSON

JAMES GARRETTSON / Article

DECEMBER 4, 2020

Technical Tail Waters: A Play Book

Before the San Juan River was closed due to “the Rona”, I managed to get out on the water for a day of fun fishing with my friend and fellow San Juan River guide, Doug Walker. We had a great day fishing, making fun of each other for missing hooksets, and talking technical trout fishing. With winter at our doorstep and tail waters providing year round fishing opportunities for most trout anglers in the country, I hope these tips will put a few extra fish in your net this coming winter. | READ MORE

JAMES GARRETTSON'S YOUTUBE CHANNEL

"Panning For Gold: Targeting Wild Brown Trout in a Heavily Stocked Fishery" + "HOW TO ADD A DROPPER TAG".

HUGE FLY FISHERMAN

THE NEXT GEN ON YOUTUBE

LATE FALL NYMPHING (fly fishing)

DON'T FISH THE SPAWNERS | DON'T FISH THE REDS . . .

CONEJO VALLEY FLY FISHERS MEMBERSHIP - "Come fly with me!"
  • MAIL CHECKS TO:
  • Conejo Valley Fly Fishers, 2970 Diana Court, Newbury Park, CA 91320-3115
" F L Y T Y I N G | Group Social & Hang " . . .

PHASES OF THE MOON | tidal charts

Can Moon Phase Affect Your Fly Fishing Success? Repost.

Many factors influence your fly fishing success, from water temperatures to tides. Even the position of the sun and moon can play a big role in your catch rate. While some consider moon phase fishing to be an old wives tale, others have noticed a difference in their success rates when fishing by the phases of the moon.

This controversial concept is known as the solunar theory. It was developed in America by John Alden Knight in 1926. Since then, the theory has gained considerable support from scientists and biologists. The name stems from Sol (sun) and Lunar (moon). It is based on the sun and moon’s ability to influence nature and has two periods – major and minor. These periods take place four times a day.

Please remember that using the moon phases to predict a fishing trip is not an exact science and is only one factor in planning a fishing strategy.

  • Tip 1: "Trout and albacore fishing is usually slower around the full moon because the fish feed at night."
  • Tip 2: "Migratory fish often come into a river system in greater than average numbers on a higher tide, when weather conditions are favorable."
  • Tip 3: "Tides are strongest on the full moon which usually makes for the best sturgeon and striper fishing."
  • Tip 4: "Estuary fish will often feed strongest around a full moon as the increased tidal flow brings greater movement of the bait."
  • Tip 5: "Saltwater flats will be deeper or shallower during Full Moons and New Moons respectively."
CONEJO VALLEY FLY FISHER'S CALENDAR | Cast, strike, set . . .
COURTESY LISTINGS | in the riffle . . .

COURTESY LISTINGS worth the mention

CONEJO VALLEY FLY FISHER'S | social media . . .
BEAUTY IN WATER . . .

CONTINUE THE ADVENTURE . . .

Fish more, everything less . . .

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • President: Charley Beals
  • Vice President: Gary Scott
  • Secretary: Bob Kieling
  • Treasurer / Membership: Kit Korf
  • Trout in the Classroom: Rich & Judy Bollinger
  • Member at Large: Scott Olson
  • Club Outings: Videographer & Marketing: Rick Ferrante
  • Fly Tying Director: Gary Scott
  • Fundraising Chairman: Peter Sumner & Scott Olson
  • Contributing writers: Scott Olson, Mike Weigand, Charley Beals
  • Newsletter/ Website / Facebook / Program Coordinator: Cece Rubin
  • info@conejovalleyflyfishers.com

Opening newsletter photo: "Ride to Low Tide, Huntin' for Corbina" - Charley Beals

Created By
Cece Rubin
Appreciate

Credits:

Created with images by Luca Bravo - "untitled image" • Taylor Grote - "Fly Fisherman" • Kalen Emsley - "Wet mountain valley" • Dan Roizer - "Virgin forests around a river" • kazuend - "Rushing Stream" • Jeremy Bishop - "untitled image"