Ring of the Rise Southern Sierra Fly Fishers Newsletter: May 2019

President's Message

April has just rolled on by and the Club had two fun events: 2019 Rendezvous and Kelsey Bass Ranch. I’d like to thank the Wilderness Fly Fishers for inviting us to fish Kelsey Bass Ranch with them. Lots of big bass were caught on top water flies, with poppers being the hot ticket. I fished a Buhler Bros frog pattern and caught some nice ones. Weather was perfect and sunsets amazing. We had a pot luck Saturday and the food everyone brought was delicious.

Our Carpfest is just around the corner on May 18th. For those of you who haven’t fished for carp, you’re missing out on some fun and exciting fishing. Carp are a challenging fish to catch on the fly and for those of you into sight fishing, this is right up your alley. Carp are big, strong and will get you into your backing in two seconds. Lake Isabella has become a premier carp lake and they are on the chew. Sign up on our website and be prepared for some fun times.

If you are interested in fishing Montana, the Club has a trip to fish Rock Creek, which is located just outside of Missoula. This is a walk and wade trip, so the costs are relatively low. The deadline to sign up is May 31st.

Summer is right around the corner and July – August means Corbina time at the beach. It’s similar to carp fishing, but add the complexities of the surf and the unpredictability of corbina gets you to a real challenge. I’ve been blanked in the previous 2 years but you’ll find me on patrol this summer.

I wish all the mothers a great Mother’s Day and I’ll be with mine having lunch in Las Vegas. Tight lines to everyone.


August 2012 on the Rio Licura in Chile, near Pucon.

Teresa O'Malley

Member Spotlight

1. Retired or working? If working, what do you do?

Happily, I am retired! Worked 38 years as a Physical Therapist in San Diego.

2. How did you get started in fly fishing?

Our family took summer camping vacations to the Sierras. My father fly fished and he set my sister and I up with spinning rods and reels. I would watch him fly fish sometimes but he mostly spent his time untangling our fishing line. Unfortunately my father passed at a young age and I never had the chance to learn to fly fish with him. My first opportunity to learn to fly fish was around age 23 when I began hiking and backpacking with friends from work. On one of my trips my friend’s husband Forrest brought his fly rod to fish the backcountry lakes and streams. That is when I tried fly fishing for the first time and it was so much fun!

3. Did you have a mentor?

I would have to say that Forrest was my “earthly” mentor and we continued to fish for many years. But my father who always accompanies me “in spirit” on all my fishing adventures is my true mentor.

4. Describe your favorite style of fly fishing.

Absolutely love dry fly fishing for trout with ants, grasshoppers and big bushy stimulators.

5. Why do you fly fish?

I fly fish to honor my father who is with me in spirit each time I fish

6. What was your most memorable fly-fishing experience?

Spending 8 days rafting the Middle Fork of the Salmon in Idaho. Fishing everyday either from shore or while drifting in the calm stretches of water.

7. If you could fly fish anywhere in the world, where and why?

In the Patagonia region of Southern Chile on the Rio Nireguao fishing for large brown trout with grasshoppers. How about a club outing to Chile ?

8. Music you've been listening to lately?

Wildly varied. Around St. Patrick’s Day it was all Celtic music. Lately I’ve been in a Spring cleaning mode so it’s classic hits from the 60’s and 70’s . Anything to keep me moving!



Date: May 18, 2019

Tournament Check-In: 7:00 AM at Kern River Fly Shop

Start: 8:00 AM

Score Card Return: 4:00 PM at Kern River Fly Shop

Tournament Festivities: 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM at Kern River Fly Shop


On Saturday, May 18, 2019, SSFFC will be hosting the second annual Carpfest, a fly fishing tournament specifically for carp. The tournament will be held on Lake Isabella, CA and will be a catch and release only event with trophies for 1st in each of wade, float and a new youth division. Proceeds benefiting our close Friends both Keepers of the Kern and Kern River Conservancy who help protect the waters that make this area so wild and scenic. Check in 7am, at Kern River Fly Shop in beautiful Kernville, CA. Tournament starts at 8am and ends at 4pm. Awards, BBQ, music and good times, 5pm-10pm.

Carp are some of the best fish to pursue on the fly -- they are intelligent, prolific and and very strong fighters, outclassing most of the freshwater species in the US in several regards. The Lake Isabella fishery is an ideal location with nearly 36 miles of epic carp water. Last years event event was an amazing success and we encourage all interested to visit Carpfest for registration. We are also looking for additional vendors or supporters, with your continued support we can host our benefit raffle at this event, the competition for which at last year's event rivaled the fishing. Please see Carpfest Vendors for more information.


Grouse Valley TBD

Date: June 1, 2019*

Contact: haramic@aol.com for more updates.

Kids academy

Date: Saturday, June 22, 2019

Location: TBD

Details: The future of our sport lies with the children of the world. We must teach our children the ways of our sport and lifestyle. Our Kids Academy will be held on June 22, location TBD. The kids will learn entomology, knots, etiquette, conservation and casting. Lunch will be provided, along with a complete fly fishing rod at the end of class. Parents please save this date and reserve your kid’s spot in our Kids Fly Fishing Academy by emailing haramic@aol.com. The Kids Academy is provided at no cost. SSFFC membership is required.

OUTING: Rock Creek, Montana

Date: July 11-16, 2019

Location: Sky Ranch, Clinton, Montana

Cost: $360

Deposit: $180

Details: The Club has an outing to Rock Creek Montana on July 11th to 16th. We will be staying at Sky Ranch Resort, which accommodates 20 people. Along with normal inside sleeping arrangements, they have “glamping” accommodations, including a fully furnished tee-pee. Rock Creek is one of Montana’s Blue Ribbon streams. It is a medium sized stream with 2,000 trout per mile. This will be a walk and wade trip as fishing from boats is not allowed after June. Visit Rock Creek Fly Fishing for more details.

The 20 spots are filling fast with only a few spots open. The cost is $360 per person for lodging with $180 securing your spot and the balance due by May 31st. Food and transportation is not included in the cost. We will have group meals with everyone helping with cooking and cleanup. Please email haramic@aol.com if you’re interested.

The Tying Bench


by Ryan Buhler

The brown magic midge is a copper tiger variation that has out produced the original tiger over the last four or five years for Rob, Adam and myself at Lake Crowley. It has a brownish copper tungsten bead and amber utc ultra wire in place of a copper bead and wire. Variations are key for us when fishing Crowley or anywhere else. The fish see a standard store bought copper tiger over and over all season long. Try a slight variation like the brown magic to increase the number of take you get when your fishing partners are using the standard copper tiger. You can use a scud hook or a curved nymph hook to tie this fly. We fish size 14 long shank nymph hooks the most on Crowley with this fly but small sizes work also. Ultra thread 70 black, brownish copper bead, small amber wire are all you need to tie this fly. Don't forget to coat the fly in zap a gap or Sally Hansen Hard as Nails for durability.

Visit the club calendar for more upcoming events.

*Events may be cancelled or postponed due to weather, road and river conditions

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