Loading

Conejo Valley Fly Fishers newsletter | july 2020

july MEETING: Wed, July 15 @ 6:30PM

We have a gracious inviation from the Sespe Fly Fisher’s to join us for their Zoom meeting featuring Chris Leonard - “The Magnificent Eastern Sierra". For the "Zoom" link and password email Earl Arnold at: president@sespeflyfishers.org

Any questions? Email me, Cece Rubin at: conejovalleyflyfishers@gmail.com

PRESIDENT'S FLY BOX / CHARLEY BEALS

JULY ARTICLE

" I caught the telltale olive copper back slowly cruising in the flat"

When my line went from white to orange I had a brief moment of panic. Then I realized that was my backing. Then I got more excited. I could see the Corbina in the face of the waves - this was a good fish.

I bought a dedicated "Surf" line because that's what everyone told me to do. Loaded on my rod, it felt like I was throwing a Zara Spook, so much effort and so little accuracy.

I used scissors to cut 30 inches off the end of that $100 sink tip - it just felt wrong. After my "Adjustment" the line and rod handled like a dream.

The Corbina had been feeding in a slot and casting between the dogs, the people and the dogs (lots of dogs) all I was doing was producing refusals. On my left, away from my picky friends I caught the telltale olive copper back slowly cruising in the flat.

My first cast was too short so I waited until the brute swam past. Second cast was perfect and I got tight. Five minutes later my hands smelled like fish, so did my phone and my pants - I had to wipe them on something, right?

If you are having accuracy issues don't be shy about making some changes - this should be fun.

Try to shorten the leader first. The more accurate and stealthy you can become the more fish you will eventually land.

Dan Millis told me "presentation catches fish" and I believe him. If you are struggling with accuracy or distance then ask for help - the majority of our membership has over twenty years of experience.

The water is warming up and there's a whole ocean of fish waiting for you - make a plan to spend the day with a flyrod in your hand. It'll be time well spent.

Charley Beals

President Conejo Valley Fly Fishers

Fly fishing coach & photographer: Lino Jubliano. Surf fishing crew (L-R): Karen Hall, Analiza De Rosario, Cece Rubin, Nina Wincel. Center: Kristen Kile with "Leo". Standing/back: Christopher Williams & Robert.

story telling | kristen kile, arizona

"I was an angler, just like every other knuckle head with a fly rod on that beach."

I found something last week. No not that gorgeous leopard shark, I mean that too, but what I stumbled into was something far more valuable. If you care to use the buzzwords of the moment you might call it a tribe, a community, or family.

At the most basic level, all those terms simply mean understanding. The moment I set foot on the beach I wasn't just a tourist or passerby, I was an angler just like every other knuckle head with a fly rod on that beach.

It takes a village to raise a child and perhaps we all are just that on our fly fishing journeys. The village I walked into was the most amazing and supportive group of people I have had the chance to encounter in some time. I had only met one of them in person several years before but you would have never known that.

As I fought my catch of a lifetime everyone was so accommodating, moving when the fish made a run. Perhaps even more surprising was just how generally hyped they were for me and what I was experiencing.

The fish was hooked mouth adjacent but we did not know until it was finally landed, at which point it was revealed to be about 8" outside of the mouth. Many will say that is not a legit catch and I'm pretty close to that camp, but I know it was still an amazing experience.

Thank you to all that were there. You took something good and made it great, just by being yourselves.

STATS: 8wt rod, 10lb test, Crazy Charlie, 1.75 hour fight, Leopard Shark, Santa Monica Beach

YouTube Video | sAFE RELEASE

MORE PHOTOS OF THE FIGHT!

Proud to have a community of SoCal anglers willing to help each other out. - Kristen Kile, Arizona | https://www.instagram.com/finsomnia/

SHARE, LISTEN, LEARN . . .

SPEAKERS & PRESENTATION DATES FOR 2020

Check your emails for confirmation of meetings scheduled online or in person.
OUTINGS . . .Reds Meadows, Owyhee, Kern Flat Pack, San Joaquin, Lake Crowley . . .

REDS MEADOWS FLAT-PACK OUTING | July 16-20, 2020

RED MEADOWS OUTING | Location is 10 mile hike from Reds Meadow. It is strenuous hike, but we walk the trail and mules carry gear other than a light daypack we want to walk with (just need water, snacks, first aid, etc. not much). Lodging in Mammoth before and after if desired. Start on the 16th at 6:30am. $250 per person for bringing in and out our gear. Extra if someone wants a horse to ride

Contact Rick Ferrante: rick@sierracrestmarketing.com

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

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

WILL SEND OUT EMAILS FOR ANY "POP-UP", LAST MINUTE OUTINGS!

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

July 15-20: Reds Meadow Flat-pack/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

fishing reports, stories and articles . . .

SCOTT'S MONTHLY MISSIVE | JULY 2020

ESCAPING THE DOLDRUMS

". . . how many re-runs of I Love Lucy can you binge watch . . .? "

Our national pre-occupation with the Wuhan virus and our government mandated home confinement has just about driven some of us around the bend.

Humans are predisposed to freedom of movement and being ordered to essentially lock oneself up in a box (no matter how big your house and TV sets are) is tantamount to a prison sentence for many. Really, how many re-runs of I Love Lucy can you binge watch without wanting to do yourself harm?

Thus it didn't surprise me when on my Father's Day Weekend trip to Mammoth that there was so much activity.

Usually Father's Day Weekend in the eastern Sierra is a quiet time, but not this year. I've attended many an Opening Weekend, however I've rarely seen Mammoth, Crowley and its environs as busy as it was. It seems the cure for cabin fever this year was a trip to the mountains.

Wanted to rent a boat to fish Crowley?Fuggadaboutit.

Wanted to fish Little Lakes Valley but didn't get to Mosquito Flats until 8:30, sorry but no parking spots left.

It was just a mass of people everywhere exercising their God given right to fresh air, sunshine and the freedom of just enjoying the great outdoors in all its glory.

The weather was phenomenal, the fishing was great and the company was enjoyable. Americans are resilient and we won't let anything keep us down and out for long.

Tight lines and fighting fish to all!

- Scott Olson

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

purple midge contest update

- SCOTT & MARILYN OLSON -

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

CHARLEY'S 18" ON A PURPLE MIDGE
CLUB MEMBER PHOTOS | FISHING, SCENIC, ACTION, RELAXING
Chiaki's bountiful takes in Craig, Montana -- Yeeee-ha!
Another tie creation: "Chernobyl flying ant for those finicky takes." - Gary Scott
Pictured: Larry Martin, fly fishing Colorado with Bob Kieling
LIKE THE POSTMAN -- RAIN OR SHINE! Chiaki's truly keeping 'em WET!! Craig, Montana
Matt & Cece Rubin fly fishing "Little Lakes Valley, Mosquito Flats above Rock Creek" with Scott Olson
Crowley Store Menu / "Love to see them swim away" / Cradling the Carp - Charley Beals photos
Bob Kieling & Tom Greenup getting ready to grill the tri-tip & bacon! Don't burn it!
Get 'em on a dry! I'll take 'em all day long! - Chiaki's gorgeous catch. Keepin' them WET and WILD!
Got me a sweet little babe on a tiny, tiny dry fly Hot Creek Father's Day morning! #mayflyhatch! - Cece Rubin
Taking a second look at Charley's first Corbina!
A proud papa!! Bob Kieling's got one on the fly!
Bob's photo journal of the "Roaring Forks" in Colorado.
Bob Kieling's guide? On the Roaring Fork
Unusual "bird watching" by Mike & Patti Weigand in their Idaho homestead backyard.
The Purple Midge in the dry, crusted, hook nicked hands of a true fly fisher.
SHOW US YOUR BASKETS! Left: Pres, Charley Beals >> on the right: Cece Rubin & Lino Jubliano
Gary Scott's bean on a pink merkin that's workin'!
Being coached by Santa Barbara Fly Fisher's member Joseph Narkevitz, Matt & Cece are honing their surf fishing skills! Rincon Beach, looking for an early morning, low tide BITE!
Chiaki let the Buhler Brothers know I was going on the hunt for carp, so a surprise gift came in the mail!! Whoaaaa! Thank you guys! - Cece Rubin
Gary Scott's "Royal Coachman-Trude"
Matt & Cece's excellent 4th of July outing! Bob Marriotts & Bass Pro Shops. Found some "coveted" PINK EP fibers to create the pink "surfin' merkin" fly for the corbina hunts!
REPORTS / NEWS / ACTION

REPORT: Bacterial Outbreak at CDFW Hatcheries Temporarily Halts Fish Stocking in Southern California | June 30, 2020

FAQ for Lactococcus garvieae outbreak in Southern California fish hatcheries / READ MORE

MORE INFORMATION / READ ON

Stop wishing. Get out, get fishing!
PETER & RICH on the San Joaquin | 2018
Rod, reel, line & fly . . .
MORE - CLUB MEMBER PHOTOS . . .

MORE CLUB MEMBER PHOTOS | fly fishing, Fly patterns, travel & scenic photos

LITTLE LAKES VALLEY
Montage of photos from June 20191
Pano of Rincon Beach in the morning. Great weather, structure and social distancing at it's best!

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 / YouTube

J A M E S G A R R E T T S O N | Guide Flies: The Milk Man

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 " . . .

CLUB FLY TYING & Social Hang @ Steve Anderson's Man Cave

Email or call to confirm > 3rd Tuesday of the month - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

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
  • 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: "Surf fishing California beaches" - Matt Rubin

Credits:

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"