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Conejo Valley Fly Fishers newsletter | OCTOBER 2020

"A Boise River Rainbow" | Newsletter opening photo: Scott Olson

MEETING for OCTOBER 14, 2020

This month the Sespe Fly Fishers are hosting a Zoom meeting on Wednesday, October 14 at 7:00 with an open invitation to our club members!

The presentation will feature Maury Hatch "Fly Fishing on the California Delta"

While many of us are still nervous about airline travel, what better time to consider a drive to our neighbors in the North. Fall season caters to all tastes from saltwater to fresh, and few people know the area better than our October presenter, Maury Hatch.

Maury has been fly fishing the western United States and Mexico for 35+ years. After honing his skills with trout, he hooked his first Striped Bass in 1995, and has been chasing, catching, and releasing stripers ever since.

As a Captain, he guides both out of the San Joaquin Delta in a center console bay boat in the fall and spring, and then on a jet sled on the Feather and the American Rivers in the summer for stripers, Small Mouth Bass and shad. All trips include top-of-the-line equipment as well as custom-tied flies.

  • THE ZOOM LINK WILL BE EMAILED OUT TO CLUB MEMBERS:
  • The Monday before.
  • The morning of the meeting
  • Then just one hour before!
  • If you would like a reminder text an hour before the meeting, email Cece Rubin at: conejovalleyflyfishers@gmail.com

Non-club members can RSVP at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/maury-hatch-fishing-the-california-delta-tickets-121600830357

You can follow Maury on Instagram at: https://www.instagram.com/firsthatch/

PRESIDENT'S FLY BOX / CHARLEY BEALS

Held to a higher standard

I have found that being waist deep in flowing water with a fly rod in one hand and a staff in the other demands a certain amount of attention. This is even more delicate if the run being traversed has any kind of gradient to it and the ice chest size boulders are even slightly covered in moss.

This is where I found myself last week, delicately feeling my way through the gaps between the boulders - that's where I saw what was a magnificent Brown trout, I am sure it was 28 inches but it'd lost it's color and was covered with a grey slime. Perhaps it'd come naturally to the end of it's life?

Let's talk about fish handling.

As Anglers, specifically Fly Fishing Anglers, I believe we are held to a higher standard than all others as our craft, is more art and science than baiting a hook or casting a flashing spinner.

Trout are delicate and beautiful animals and need care.
  • Always wet your hands before you touch the fish - this helps preserve the defensive slime they rely on.
  • Do not play the fish to exhaustion - play the fish to the net, especially if the water is on the warmer side.
  • Trout will rarely squirm if turned upside down - use this technique if possible, then slide, don't drop the fish back into the water.
  • Use a net that's big enough and floats so you can work to unhook the fish while it's underwater.
  • If you are taking the fish out of the water to remove the hook then do not squeeze as that can damage internal organs.
  • Consider spending some time letting that fish rest in the net or releasing it in slower water so it can revive.
  • Certainly use barbless hooks.

PHOTO OPPS ON THE FLY

  • If a picture is wanted then do your best to get it all set up and leave that fish in the water until just before the picture is taken.
  • If you fish alone then consider pictures that leave the fish in the water with just a tail sticking out or maybe just it's back showing - these can be a lot of fun and a creative way to remember that magnificent creature you just landed.
Get out there and have some fun. You deserve it!
Charley Beals, Conejo Valley Fly Fishers President
SHARE, LISTEN, LEARN . . .

SPEAKERS & PRESENTATION DATES FOR 2020

Check your emails for confirmation of meetings scheduled online or in person.

SCOTT OLSON | october 2020 MISSIVE

Fishing the Owyhee River

" . . . fish in the 22" to 24" range not being uncommon."

Mike Bereny, Charley Beals and I recently threw caution (good sense?) to the wind and decided to damn the risk and make our annual trip to Oregon to stalk the big browns in the Owyhee River. This was the 10th year in a row for a couple of us and it did not disappoint.

At the time of its dedication in 1932 the Owyhee Dam was the tallest concrete arch dam in the world and was the prototype for the Hoover Dam. The dam was built in four years which is unheard of today and in the 1700's & 1800's the Owyhee River had a large beaver population which was exploited by the Hudson Bay Company and America Fur Company which was owned by John Jacob Astor (of Astoria Hotel fame).

--- end of history lesson ---

The real appeal of the Owyhee is the very healthy brown trout fishery below the dam. You hear stories of browns up to 36 inches being hooked, however about the largest brown I've seen is probably closer to 28 inches with fish in the 22" to 24" range not being uncommon.

Not only are these fish very large and strong, but they are very adept at using the rivers current and structure (rocks & boulders) to prevent you from landing them. I'm on my third net as I never seem to take one that is large enough. Even in a large net these fish can flop out causing you to miss that trophy photo so care is advised. Getting the fish to the net is also complicated by the fact that the fish tend to key in on very small flies. Size 20's to 24's sometimes on 6x tippet. A challenge indeed!

On our most recent trip the first fish caught (by Mike) was 20+ inches and in the 4 to 5 lb. range. Not a bad way to start three days on the river. On subsequent days we all hooked and landed large fish mostly on size 18 to 22 Split Case Baetis, Black Beauty and Green Rock Worm nymphs. Most of the fish were caught on the Split Case Baetis.

It was a strange year as the usual "go to" places on the river did not fish well at all which forced us to search out new runs that we hadn't either fished before or had not fished in several years. Charley has a great eye for spying out "fishy" water and so we didn't have too many dry stretches during the trip although the usual BWO hatch in the afternoon never really materialized.

One of the great things about the Owyhee is that once you find the fish they are usually fairly abundant so you can park yourself for a while and just fish. According to our local source the river had been fished very hard this year (looks like the secret is out) and that the fishing had been spotty to tough on occasion. This didn't much matter to us as changing our plans was not an option, especially since airfare and accommodations are made at least six months in advance.

There were challenges due to the Wuhan virus, like our airline changing our flight time five times in the intervening months and the fact that our usual AirBNB wasn't available, so we had to settle for a small farm house which we actually enjoyed much more.

I guess the one advantage, if you can call it that, is because of the low passenger traffic on the airline we were able to fly first class for about the same fare as our normal coach ticket (I refuse to call it "Main Cabin").

Restaurants, bars etc. were basically under the same restrictions as here, but people seemed much more relaxed about it. At least they still had prime rib night at the Mirage Café in Adrian (winning). That would have been a real bummer if that had been cancelled.

On our last day we slummed it and fished on the South Fork of the Boise River below the Anderson Ranch Dam which is about 1 hour and 15 minutes east of downtown Boise. This is a great place to fish for mountain white fish, rainbows and bull trout, although for the most part the white fish seem to dominate. Out of the 75 or so fish caught that day only two were trout (both rainbows and one about 20 inches). White fish are great fun to catch and fight like the dickens. They had our 10 ft. / 5 wt. rods bent like candy canes most of the time.

All in all a great trip and if you haven't yet fished the Owyhee you are missing out on a real treat. This is one of the few rivers I can think of where your chances of hooking and landing a very large brown trout is not only a possibility, but almost a certainty, if you spend enough time on the water. If you haven't been I hope your fishing angels get you there one day.

Tight lines and fighting fish to all!
Scott Olson | former president, member at large
FLY TYING | 3rd Tuesdays of the Month

FLY TYING & CASUAL HANGOUT WHILE SOCIAL DISTANCING | 3rd tuesday of the month

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at Steve Anderson's Home | 6:00 PM

Following C19 guidelines: Attend only if you are well. Bring a mask and/or hand sanatizer. Bring a camping chair for social distancing and your own snacks & beverages. Bring your best BS fishing story and get ready to have a good time!! Oh yea -- and maybe tie a fly or two! MUST RSVP TO ATTEND: smasma@earthlink.net

To find out more, visit our fly tying meeting page on our website | LINK

OUTINGS . . . check the website for "pop-up" outings!

CONEJO VALLEY FLY FISHER'S | OUTINGS 2020

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

We will send out emails for any last minute outings.

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

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

purple midge contest update

- SCOTT & MARILYN OLSON -

Little flies can lead to BIG FISH!

OCT 2020: No new challengers. Charley Beals is still in 1st place with his 18" on the purple midge.

SEPT 2020: Charley Beals - 18" & Joe Callewaert - 17"

AUGUST 2020: No new challengers. Charley Beals is in the lead - 18"

JULY 2020: 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

CLUB MEMBER PHOTOS | FISHING, SCENIC, ACTION, RELAXING
Fishing on the middle Fork of the Provo River in/near Park city Utah. Wonderful day of fishing!
SEEING DOUBLE? Does Eric Miner have a twin? What things are the same and/or different about each photo? ERIC will be posting an outing report in the club's November issue. Stay tuned!
Pagosa Springs out of Durango high mountains. Many big bows. - Bob Kieling
Bob Kieling all smiles! And look at the scenery! Wow for both!
Cabin for Colorado fly
AN OUTING LIKE NO OTHER | Oregon fishing with Scott, Mike & Charley

Read Charley & Scott's article about their fly fishing trip to the Oregon Rivers.

Mike Bereney & Charley Beals fishing the Boise River | Photo: Scott Olson
Charley Beals getting tight! | Photo: Scott Olson
South Fork of the Boise River / Photo: Scott Olson
Mike Bereney with a net full of brown trout / Photo: Scott Olson
AirBNB in Nyssa, Oregon
Prime Rib at the Mirage in Adrian, Oregon. Drool! | Photo: Scott Olson
Charley planning his fishing strategy. | Photo: Scott Olson
No caption needed!
They have a sense of humor in Oregon farm country. | Photo: Scott Olson
Mike Bereney's BIG BROWN! | Photo: Scott Olson
Scott's got his hands full!
Typical mountain white fish. Nice photo opp for Charley Beals | Photo: Scott Olson
Anderson Ranch Dam on the south fork of the Boise River.
Nice 'bow! Scott Olson
WHERE IN THE WORLD IS BOB KIELING FISHING?
El Rancho Pinoso ranch fishing on the blanco river out of Pagosa Springs CO
Successful Fly | Bob Kieing
Fishing on the Blanco river out of Pagosa Springs CO.... this water runs into the San Juan river.....great success with #14 mahogany dun dry. | Bob Kieling
CHARLEY' BEALS' GOT GAME. BEAN COUNTER ON THE FLY!
They're still out there like Casey said! Charley's sweet Corbina on the fly!
Mulit-colored merkin. One of the 'bean's favorites to BITE!
REPORTS / NEWS / ARTICLES OF INTEREST

CASTING CALL - INTERVIEW OF A CASTING INSTRUCTOR | featuring Dok Arvanites

Written by Leigh Ann Swanson, SWCFFI Vice President

* Leigh Ann is also a certified casting instructor.

Leigh Ann Swason's fourth article in a series of interviews of casting instructors. In this interview, Leigh Ann (VP-SWCFFI) interviews Dok Arvanites, a Certified Casting Instructor (CI), Master Certified Casting Instructor (MCI), and L-2 Examiner. L-2 examiners are validated to administer CI and MCI exams.

Dok teaching casting to a group of students. Pre-covid - of course!
Want to become a casting instructor?

CASTING INSTRUCTOR PROGRAM ON ZOOM

Jody Martin (SPFF), will be hosting an introduction to the Casting Instructor program via zoom on Oct 8th. This is a program that has been active within FFI for decades and we are fortunate to have two world class casting ponds at Long Beach and Pasadena. [ Zoom Link ]

CONSERVATION . . .

CREEK FIRE BRIEFING / OCTOBER 2, 2020

Creek Fire updates: Almost 4-week-old wildfire nears 310,000 acres; structure crews in north. (Fresno Bee).

BEST MAP TO FOLLOW CREEK FIRE: https://www.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=6dc469279760492d802c7ba6db45ff0e&fbclid=IwAR1RIv1gpibLYkX6k3x0aocCSxVPB0xYU_TKxSfwtG72zf_4Qv_0ndVJmVs

INYO NATIONAL FOREST / FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/inyonf

INYO NATIONAL FOREST / WEBSITE: https://www.fs.usda.gov/inyo

POSITIVES IN THE NEGATIVES

BEAUTY FROM ASHES

FISHING: Ernie Gulley @Crowley Lake is open this weekend."This bite at Crowley Lake is phenomenal right now and this could be you! I am open if you want to experience a phenomenal guided trip! 909-953-1770. Check out his video on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ernie.gulley/videos/1290235021010244/

CONVICT LAKE RESORT  is open and the FALL colors are showing up! Call ahead to see if the marina and access on & around the lake is open. Creek Fire might still have impact on that.

Convict Lake in the fall 2011

MESSAGE FROM The Sierra Drifters newsletter, "It’s been nothing short of a crazy year with a lot of ups and downs. From pandemics to wildfires, resulting in closures to a lot of areas designated for recreation, it seems like everyday something new may come about. The Forest Service has closed their land to commercial and recreational use, and as of now, they will reassess and decide whether or not to extend the closure past 9/24/20. You can view more information here. Crowley Lake, the Upper Owens River, and the Lower Owens River remain open and the LADWP has no future plans for closing these areas to recreational activity."

BROWNS OWENS RIVER CAMPGROUND just closed for the season, but are taking reservations for 2021. But the Owens River is open for fishing!

enjoy the view, breath in the fresh air . . .

BLAST FROM THE PAST | photo album pick of the month!

Long time member Chuck Hiatt's got a beaut in hand!

FOR SALE BY CLUB MEMBERS

FOR SALE | REDINGTON CDL REEL 11/12

FOR SALE | REDINGTON CDL 9/10 REEL

FOR SALE | ABEL SUPER 8 REEL

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NETTING, NETWORKING! OTHER CLUB AND OPEN EVENTS!

COMING IN FEBRUARY 2021

the trout rodeo | bishop, california

FALL COLORS, FALL BEAUTY

ZOOM PRESENTATION: Fishing: The Next Generation

Featuring: Deighan Cherry, Fanny Krieger and Leigh Ann Swanson

HOSTED BY THE SIERRA PACIFIC FLY FISHERS

OPEN to the public and all other clubs members!

ZOOM PRESENTATION: SOMETHING’S FISHY!

OCTOBER 30, 2020 | 7:00 PM PDT (8:00 Mountain, 9:00 Central, 10:00 Eastern)

HOSTED BY THE SIERRA PACIFIC FLY FISHERS | OPEN to the public and all other clubs members!

Please join us for an evening of fun and laughs with the husband and wife duo as they dis-cuss fish identification and the proper care and handling of your fish. We also will be blessed with Skip’s wit as he ties a fly or two with us. A fly tying list of materials will be sent before the event.

Rod, reel, line & fly . . .
MORE - CLUB MEMBER PHOTOS . . .

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

Working with Earl Arnold, Sespe Fly Fishers President, Cece Rubin completes two sets of flies in the "Seven Deadly Spins" series. "Wooly Buggers" & the "Starling Hen & Herl".
Gear up . . .

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

Easy and Effective Euro/Dropper Fly. The Mid Tag

  • Materials List:
  • Hook: Fulling Mill Jig Short #16
  • Bead: 2.8mm Tungsten Slotted Copper
  • Thread: 18/0 Semper Fli Nano Silk Black
  • Tail: Coq de Leon
  • Rib: Sculpin Olive Ultra Wire, Size Brassie
  • Body: 4 Pheasant Tail fibers (I used muskrat grey in this video)
  • Mid Tag: 4 Strands of Globrite Floss Shade #5
  • Collar: Peacock Ice Dub

This mid tag has become a staple in personal/guide box. It's quick to tie and catches fish like crazy. I also tie it in black and a thread version. The fly has some pop but not super loud like a lot of popular tag patterns. Hope you catch a bunch of fish on it.

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 " . . .

PHASES OF THE MOON | tidal charts

Can Moon Phase Affect Your Fly Fishing Success? Repost.

Many factors influence your fly fishing success, from water temperatures to tides. Even the position of the sun and moon can play a big role in your catch rate. While some consider moon phase fishing to be an old wives tale, others have noticed a difference in their success rates when fishing by the phases of the moon.

This controversial concept is known as the solunar theory. It was developed in America by John Alden Knight in 1926. Since then, the theory has gained considerable support from scientists and biologists. The name stems from Sol (sun) and Lunar (moon). It is based on the sun and moon’s ability to influence nature and has two periods – major and minor. These periods take place four times a day.

Please remember that using the moon phases to predict a fishing trip is not an exact science and is only one factor in planning a fishing strategy.

  • Tip 1: "Trout and albacore fishing is usually slower around the full moon because the fish feed at night."
  • Tip 2: "Migratory fish often come into a river system in greater than average numbers on a higher tide, when weather conditions are favorable."
  • Tip 3: "Tides are strongest on the full moon which usually makes for the best sturgeon and striper fishing."
  • Tip 4: "Estuary fish will often feed strongest around a full moon as the increased tidal flow brings greater movement of the bait."
  • Tip 5: "Saltwater flats will be deeper or shallower during Full Moons and New Moons respectively."
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
  • Member at Large: Scott Olson
  • 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: "Ride to Low Tide, Huntin' for Corbina" - Charley Beals

Created By
Cece Rubin
Appreciate

Credits:

Created with images by Luca Bravo - "untitled image" • Atharva Dharmadhikari - "untitled image" • Taylor Grote - "Fly Fisherman" • Kalen Emsley - "Wet mountain valley" • Dan Roizer - "Virgin forests around a river" • kazuend - "Rushing Stream" • Jeremy Bishop - "untitled image"