What will you remember about this summer?
"I have been . . . not wearing shoes most weekends and I'm really thinking there's something to that."
It helps, especially these days as I've been spending a lot of time chasing Corbina. Most weekend mornings you can find me with sandy feet, no phone and a fly rod - watching the water for swirls, tails or fins.
I have noticed that as people pass me on the sand there has emerged a few very distinct reactions.
There is the Spin guy with a big heart who just wants to know how it all works. There are the kids, mostly boys with big eyes who grow up to be the spin guy. There is the completely oblivious person talking on their phone while the Plovers pluck crabs from the surf line and the seals goof off.
Then there's the ladies, mostly older and out for a walk. They catch my eye and always tell me how their Dad used to take them fishing when they were little girls - they went to Cachuma or Big Bear, or Jalama or right here in Carpinteria.
Those are the ones I really like to talk to - by seeing me, with my fly rod a memory is triggered and they just need to tell me about the time that their Dad took them fishing, they smile and I can see the gears turning. I am always happy to listen and although their stories are unique they are all the same. Their Dad took them fishing.
- Angling is therapy and time well spent.
- It's a good month to get out there and make some memories.
- Angling is here right now, the rest of the BS can wait.
- Get out there!
Get out there! - Charley Beals, President CVFF
Y E s - y o u - c a n
". . .unless you like having a hook planted in your ear."
I’m sure all of us are figuratively (hopefully) not literally sick of the Wuhan virus and its effect on how, when and where we can recreate and relax.
However fishing does have its advantages when compared to other forms of leisure.
For example, fishing is mostly a solitary endeavor and even if you fish with other people, as most of us do, we rarely are standing on top of one another while pursuing our sport.
Social distancing is pretty much a given when fishing and something that is valued by most serious fishermen, that is unless you like having a hook planted in your ear.
So I say, unless you are seriously immunocompromised there is no reason not to indulge in a little creek or lake therapy.
To my mind there has to be some therapeutic value in treating oneself to the healing power of the outdoors and all of the wonderful things we have been blessed with.
It’s time to put on waders, tie on a fly and wet a line and not take things too seriously. Life is for living.
Tight lines and fighting fish to all! - Scott Olson
MY FRIEND LINO JUBLIANO ON THE WATER
- Cece Rubin, CVFF newsletter creator
I first saw and met Lino at the SWCFFI fly fisher's faire in Glendale. He gave an exciting presentation on fishing for Carp on the LA rivers. I've never seen a more caffeinated, super pumped person like him in the fly fishing world. Pretty infectious!
Earlier this year, I was invited by Analiza del Rosario to come fish with Lino on the Santa Monica beaches. There I met Lino in person as a "ready to learn something new" fly fisher, and he was the same guy. Excited, pumped but mostly ready to teach anyone about anything about fly fishing on the surf that day. Today our aim was for Corbina.
Even though I had a box of crabby patties (that Chiaki Hirami taught me to tie) he insisted on his own fly, which I'm always ready to take any fly anyone wants to give me for free! Just kidding! I like seeing and looking at other people's flies and willing to take them truly from a student's point of view.
Lino help me re-rig my line. Showed me a surgeon's loop, although it had been a long time since I've done one and now back to using it all the time to add tippet. Great little remedial lesson.
As a teacher, nothing below him and his willing to teach or remind anyone who wants to be his student, even the smallest and basic elements of fly fishing and gear set-up. Always patient!
Finally we're up to the surf and there's some nice structure presenting that day.
Excitedly he'd yell out - "There, there! -- There's one sliding back in". And I'd reply, "Where? where?". In pure NEWBIE fashion, but willing to learn. Either way, he had me up and running and from there it was nice to know he was about 10-25 yards away to help in case I got one on.
Catching a corbina has yet to happen as it was still early in the season then and even now in the midst of the season, but I loved being on the beach and learning any technique and info about how to catch these elusive fish. Since then, I went back twice and even got a parking ticket that didn't bankrupt me, but enough to piss me off. But it still didn't wear away the aura of the fun day we had in the early morning and with the beautiful PCH ride back home, that morning "did not suck".
Lino's a natural teacher and a highly charged speaker!
While fishing in Santa Monica, I asked Lino if he would do a presentation for the Conejo Valley Fly Fisher's club. He agreed.
I asked him "how much?" He said, "nothing" in true Lino fashion. I said, "C'mon, we should give you something". He repeated, "No. I love showing people how to fish for carp & corbina". Seeing him dig in his feet on this, I gave up and we got back to fishing.
I hope to have him at the club once we get back to "in-person" meetings. But in the meantime, I check in on his Instagram daily as if it was fly fishing news of the day, which it is.
Now dealing with a genetic foot problem that just started to show up, I took a break from surf fishing, but at least I can feel like I'm there on the beach by tracking posts on Lino's Instagram with a Corbina in his hand or in the hands of someone he's tutored about every other day.
Recently, Jimmy Kimmel reached out to Lino for help on Carp fishing in the LA rivers.
Here's Lino's Instagram posting and photos (below) on the meeting and fishing with Hollywood's own Jimmy Kimmel:
"Jimmy Kimmel @jimmykimmel reached out and asked if I could help his good buddy, chef Adam Perry Lang get a big carp for his birthday...mission accomplished! BIG TIME CONGRATS @adamperrylang on landing your first LA River Carp on the fly. Great day social distancing on the river with these two fishy dudes. We maintained proper distancing, wore masks all day, and only took them off to land the big ones. Jimmy also hooked up multiple times but unfortunately, the fish gave him the slip each time. Swipe and check out all the action. Stay tuned and check out my storyline for more footage."
Lino's truly becoming an "underground" fly fishing legend and he doesn't even know it.
Isn't that how all the great ones come about?
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