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
If you have any questions let me know, I am around.
Take care and get out there!
Charley Beals, Conejo Valley Fly Fishers President
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
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!
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!
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).
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"