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Conejo Valley Fly Fishers newsletter | MARCH 2020

MARCH 10, 2020 meeting

PRESENTATION: "OWYHEE FLY FISHING"

SCOTT OLSON & CHARLEY BEALS

CHARLEY BEALS & Scott olson

OWYHEE FLY FISHING PRESENTATION OVERVIEW:

The Owyhee river in Eastern Oregon is a managed Trophy Brown Trout river.

Being a tail water, the constant flow and temperature create a prime feeding habitat for growing BIG trout.

They are not leader shy as the water is usually a stained green but the trick is the hooking and landing a 24” Trout on a #20 midge.

MEETING & PRESENTATION | 6:30-8:30pm

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PRESIDENT'S FLY BOX / CHARLEY BEALS

EMBRACE CHANGE

While all good things must come to an end, new opportunities must be recognized and acted on.

I am sorry to see an end to Scott Olson’s time as President of our club. He’s a good leader, good friend and the kind of angler you don’t want to fish behind. I want to thank him for his effort and passion is guiding us through the last 8 years.

I am excited to be taking over as your new President and want to extend an opportunity to anyone who’d like to voice an opinion on where they’d like to see the club going, and better yet, an opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors – track me down and we can discuss. I value your input.

Sincerely, Charley Beals

President Conejo Valley Fly Fishers

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speakers & presentations DATES

Tuesday, April 7 - Buhler Brothers - "Streamer Fishing for Big Fish in So Cal"

Tuesday, May 12 - Jimmy Carruesco - "Fishing the Pit, McCloud, and Lower Sacramento"

Tuesday, June 9 - Jimmy Cheers - "Big Browns on the South Holston"

Tuesday, July 7 - Annual Picnic, BBQ & Fly Fishing - Location TBA

August 2020 – No meeting - “Go Fish!”

Tuesday, Sept 8 - Casey Cloud Corbina on the Fly

Tuesday, November 10 – Eric Kramer “Jurassic Lake”

December – Annual All Member Holiday Party - TBA

OUTINGS 2020: Lower Owens | Kern River Pack Station | Crowley Lake | Yosemite | Kings River | Mammoth Area | San Joaquin | Reds Meadows Pack Station | Owyhee, Oregon . . . "COME TIE ON ON!"

- o u t i n g s * 2 0 2 0 -

March 27-29: Lower Owens River | more info | Must confirm by Monday, March 9

April 17-20: Kings River Tailwater | more info

May 15-18: Mammoth Lakes Area | more info

June 18-21: Yosemite High Country | more info

July 9-13: Reds Meadow Backpack/Tent Camping | more info

August 14-18: Kern Flat Pack | more info

September 3-8: Owyhee River | more info

September 11-13: San Joaquin River | more info

October 2-4: Lake Crowley | more info

MEMBER FISHING REPORTS . . .

Fishing Report | Scott Olson

Lower Owens Winter Fishing

A couple of weekends ago my crew (Joe Callewaert & Mike Bereny) and I headed up to the eastern Sierra to try our luck at a little winter trout angling. It turned out to be a good decision.

Winter angling can be tough due to the potential for harsh weather conditions and the fact that trout are usually less active when water temps drop, however that did not turn out to be the case on this trip, even with a full day of rain on Saturday.

We fished the Lower Owens River (at 147 CFS) between the dam and the road bridge just north of the Pleasant Valley Campground.

Sticking mostly to the riffles and softer edges along the banks lined with leafless willows we presented a variety of nymph rigs to the resident browns and rainbows.

Our most successful offerings were the Green Rock Worm (Rhyocphelia), Hare’s Ear, Flash Back Pheasant Tail and Prince Nymph in sizes 16 & 18.

We generally fished 3 wt., 4 wt. and 5 wt. rods using indicators (with some tight line Euro nymphing tossed in) at twice the depth of the water column using 5x & 6x tippet and with enough weight to get down to the bottom as that is where the fish were holding.

Weight placement was generally between the flies on a two fly rig, however I used a three fly rig with a drop shot with success as well. The fish we caught were anywhere from 4” to 18” and gave a spirited battle in the strong riffles.

On a side note we fished the Interpretive Section of Hot Creek on Sunday morning and experienced a great PMD hatch that lasted a good three hours.

The flies were small and most of the fish were hooked on size #18 through #22 emergers trailing a dry fly “indicator” on 6x & 7x tippet. These planted fish are now getting quite “smart” and careful, drag free drifts and matching the hatch are a must if you want to fish here with any success.

So the take away from this trip is don’t be afraid to test your skills in the winter time angling for trout in the Sierra as the rewards can be ample.

Tight lines and fighting fish to all!

- Scott Olson

CONEJO VALLEY FLY FISHER'S - fly fishing, travel & scenic photos . . .

CLUB MEMBERS PHOTO

A young & spry Bob Kieling - 1985 Christmas Island, 1st bonefish.

Chiaki Hirami in Bishop | Nick Nikchevich at Lake Pyramid
Charley's "sparkle midge" | February guest speaker James Garrettson in the Eastern Sierra
Grandpa Gary Scott and Granddaughter enjoying a fishing outing!
KERRY & LEESA'S MONTANA OUTING LAST SUMMER: Kerry and Leesa about to hit the North Fork of the Flathead River with Glacier River Rafters | Leesa fishing the North Fork, Flathead River, MT | Leesa Tenkara fishing the North Fork, Flathead River, MT | Mountain goats above Logan’s Pass, Glacier National Park, MT (feature photo for this issue!)
Scott Olson, Joe Callewaert & Michael Bereny roughing 18 degree mornings on the Owens & Hot Creek hunting for beautiful, healthy trout | Lower Owens rainbow | Great Blue Heron sharing the river with the crew | Hot Creek Interpretive Section with the White Mountains in the background | READ Scott's fishing report about the Owens & Hot Creek in this issue!
President, Charley Beals' weekend at the Owens! Super Productive!
More treasures from the Owens. Beaver house (top-left), Wet & wild rainbow (bottom left). Sign of the times or the moment. "Carpe diem" - Seize the day, grab the rod, find a beautiful spot and enjoy the hunt!
HOT CREEK | photo Charley Beals

Please submit photos to: media@conejovalleyflyfishers.com

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

Euro & Suspension Nymphing on Tailwaters

Written by: James Garrettson

https://blog.fullingmill.com/euro-suspension-nymphing-on-tailwaters/

EASTERN SIERRA FISHING ALL YEAR LONG | PDF DOWNLOAD | CLICK HERE

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Opening newsletter photo by Leesa McBurnie. "Mountain goats above Logan’s Pass, Glacier National Park, Montana"

Credits:

Created with images by Luca Bravo - "untitled image" • Taylor Grote - "Fly Fisherman" • Dan Roizer - "Virgin forests around a river" • Gláuber Sampaio - "untitled image" • kazuend - "Rushing Stream" • Jeremy Bishop - "untitled image"