What to do while waiting it out
I choose to use a flyrod, not because it’s effective – although it can be. Rather because it’s therapeutic. The process, more fishing than catching helps me to sort out the daily and seemingly constant chatter erupting from my phone and computer. When I cannot be in the water I tinker in my gear.
We do have time these days, while the world is on pause to hone our angling.
Grab your rod, put on a tapered leader and tie on a small piece of yarn, tiny like a #12 Adams. Get down to the park and set out some rags at 20 and 30 feet. Stand back and cast to those targets.
The truth will be in your rear loop – are the legs parallel? That’s what you want. Is the tip of your rod sending a mini wave through your cast? Remember it’s an acceleration to a sudden stop. There are lots of videos on-line to help you – Orvis is a good start.
Experiment with leader length and see how that effects your casting stroke. You will find some answers there. Cast with the wind at different angles and adjust your plane to compensate – it’s an interesting exercise.
How about knots? I mostly use these three: 1. Non slip mono loop knot. 2. Improved Clinch knot. 3. Double surgeon. Get some old mono from your saltwater gear – 8 lb. test is about the easiest to work with.
Practice those knots because this stay at home will not last forever. Knots and tangles are the problems I am most often called on to sort out.
We will get through this – that’s what American do, we overcome obstacles.
Take care, my very best, Charley Beals
President Conejo Valley Fly Fishers
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DEALING WITH DISAPPOINTMENT
Although I do get to fish more than most people I know, and in fact probably more than the average fly fishermen, it doesn’t mean that I don’t look forward to the beginning of the season with any less relish.
Our trio of anglers meet early every January and schedule our “season”, having learned in the past that if you don’t schedule it then it likely won’t happen. We try to do nine four day trips per year with at least two of them being out of California.
This is not to say that changes don’t get made along the way. Life has a way of inserting itself in to any well-laid plan. Reminds one of the old saying, “man plans and God laughs”.
You just can’t anticipate everything, like your third cousin once removed who you haven’t talked to in years surprising you with an invite to their wedding. And of course there is always the sad eventualities of death and funerals to muddy up the water so to speak.
Already this year, due to the Wuhan coronavirus (is anyone as tired as I am of hearing about this?), we have had to cancel our yearly sojourn to Pyramid Lake in Nevada (no big cutties this year) and are probably looking down the barrel of a cancelled Opening Weekend in the Sierra. It’s not an auspicious start to the season.
So I’ll deal with my disappointment by tying way more flies than I’ll need and maybe finishing up building that second fly rod that I bought months ago. In a pinch there is always surf fishing, so if anyone spots any corbina……..well, you know how to contact me.
Tight lines and fighting fish to all!
- Scott Olson
SCOTT OLSON'S FISHING REPORT FOR THE LOWER OWENS | Late FEbruary 2020
Photos by Joe Callewaert
We had a blast on the lower “O” above the campground road bridge and the dam. I would suggest parking in the first camp area you come to (there is a sign marked “Long Walk Trail to Rest Room) and fish the river from there. The fish were hanging not only in the riffles, but in the slack water along the banks as well.
The productive flies were: green rock worms, hairs ears, pheasant tails and prince nymphs in sizes 16 & 18. Use 5x tippet and if the flows stay around 150 CFS you should be fine fishing around double the water depth under your indicator.
The fish are hanging on the bottom so make sure you use enough weight to get down to them. I like drop shotting those fast riffles. Also, there is a small BWO hatch around noon so be sure to have some small imitations (20 & 22’s) along with the emergers to use as trailers. We averaged 20+ each per day.
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WHAT DOES A FLY FISHERMAN DO WHEN HE'S ABIDING BY SOCIAL DISTANCING? TIE FLIES AND BUILD RODS!
Check out Chiaki's latest creations that he seems to just be cranking out one after another! Gorgeous custom rods with big name blanks to boot! Wonder if the guy ever sleeps? : D
Gotta love Kerry Murphree's sense of humor in the next few photos . . .
Euro Nymphing: Floating the Sighter
Video by: James Garrettson in Colorado on the Frying Pan
Floating the sighter is one of my favorite ways to present lightly weighted or unweighted nymphs and dries on a euro nymphing leader. It's a great technique to keep you bugs riding high column.
I love to use this when fishing shallower water fisheries or when the fish are suspended mid column. Its also a great way to fish slower moving water on rivers and creeks.
Created with images by Luca Bravo - "untitled image" • Atharva Dharmadhikari - "untitled image" • Taylor Grote - "Fly Fisherman" • Dan Roizer - "Virgin forests around a river" • kazuend - "Rushing Stream" • Jeremy Bishop - "untitled image"