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Conejo Valley Fly Fishers newsletter | APRIL 2021

Photo: Kearsarge Lake | Cece Rubin

meetings for april 2021

  • FRIDAY, APRIL 9 at 7:00pm - ONLINE | IF4 WATCH PARTY!
  • TUESDAY, APRIL 20 at 6:00pm - IN PERSON at Steve Anderson's
  • FRIDAY, APRIL 23 at 7:00pm - ONLINE | Casual Hang. Watch 4k fly fishing videos

FEATURING THIS YEAR'S IF4 FILM FESTIVAL. A MONTAGE OF INSPIRING FLY FISHING FILMS IN BEAUTIFUL LOCATIONS. SPONSORED BY ORVIS. IF4 BONUS SWAG & POSSIBLY ENTRY FOR GRAND PRIZE WINNING!

tuesday, april 20 | in person meeting at steve anderson's at 6:00pm

- check the website or the club roster for address -

FRIDAY, APRIL 23 - "SHOOTIN' THE BREEZE!"

  • VIEW a few short fly fishing videos.
  • CHEW the fat about ANYTHING fly fishing.
  • BREW * does not have to be an "adult" beverage
  • OPEN TO MEMBERS & THE PUBLIC
  • ZOOM LINK/CLICK HERE

COMING SOON: A TGIF ONLINE MEETING: "FLY FISHING ALASKA. A SEAPLANE ADVENTURE" BY CLUB MEMBER: BOB KIELING!

PRESIDENT'S FLY BOX

PRESIDENT'S FLY BOX | APRIL 2021

Dear club members, at this time club president Gary Scott has a very, very busy personal schedule. If he has time to write and submit an article, you'll find it here. In the meantime, we will have articles, messages and writings by the club's former presidents or anyone on the board of directors who might want to jump in and "be published" in our little newsletter.

IN PERSON MEETINGs

Yesterday a group of our club members got together for lunch at BJ's in Thousand Oaks.

Luncheon set-up by former longtime president, Scott Olson. Attendees were Bob Vorac, Dan Millis, Kit & Betty Korf, Chuck Hiatt, myself and hubby Matt Rubin.

As expected, conversations were about the vaccines, gatherings, state rules/restrictions with many points of views, but mostly agreeing on the usage of vaccines considering the age demographics of the group.

Scott announced the introduction of in person meetings will start with the Tuesday night fly-tying meetings, which have become less and less about fly tying, but more of a social gathering of our group, the Conejo Valley Fly Fishers.

The gatherings can be quite fun with snacking, adult beverages (or not) and banter about everything under the sun including fly fishing.

Right now, as the club meeting director, I have been exploring other places to meet in person, including a possible community gathering area, but the details of availability and pricing are still to be explored.

In the meantime, starting back up with in-person meetings will be handled thoughtfully and cautiously. All those attending still need to think about their health and if they are ready or feel comfortable to attend.

In the meantime, there will still be the continuation of ZOOM online meetings, pared down to one Friday a month starting in May, for those who are not ready for a live group setting -- or for those traveling and "on the road" who might want to hang out after a great day on the water to brag about their catch and release numbers.

That's all for now. Enjoy the newsletter and enjoy the great outdoors, for that is why we fly fish!

  • Cece Rubin
  • CVFF's meetings, newsletter, social media & website chair.
Online Zoom meeting!

Online zoom meeting: Secretary Bob Kieling, Member Kurt Leisure, President Gary Scott, Treasurer Kit Korf and myself (Cece Rubin)

VOLUNTARY MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL INFORMATION FOR 2021
Please mail your check to: Conejo Valley Fly Fishers, 2970 Diana Court, Newbury Park, CA, 91320-3115

If you would like to pay using Paypal or Venmo, please email Cece at: conejovalleyflyfishers@gmail.com

NEW MEMBERS / please fill out both forms (see links below) & send check.

  1. Membership Form, CVFF
  2. New Members, Waiver Form
IF4 VIDEO IMAGE

scott olson | MISSIVE

DUSTING OFF THE GEAR

If your fishing vest is anything like mine it becomes a repository over time of an amalgam of miscellaneous items that needs to be occasionally purged, or at least sorted and organized. I try to take everything out of my vest at least once a year to take stock of what I have and what needs attention.

Take fly boxes for instance. I have organized my fly boxes in to different categories……..mayfly nymphs, mayfly dries, caddis nymphs etc. (nine in all). You get the idea.

However, many times when I’m actually out in the field fishing it can get rather frenetic trying to match the hatch, so flies sometimes go on and come off at a feverish pace leaving a muddled mess of flies in my boxes and on my drying patch.

I tell myself after each trip that I will “clean up” that patch, but mostly it only happens once a year (usually during a rainy winter day) which takes it from being a five minute job to something more like an hour. It’s amazing to me how many flies can accumulate on that little 2” x 2” patch of fleece.

Other vest housekeeping duties include refilling weight boxes cleaning and sorting indicators, checking tippet spools for quantity and quality and checking leader inventory.

I also carry things like a flashlight, several pairs of gloves, stomach pump and other miscellany. All of which I make sure to clean, install new batteries in or just check to make sure they are in satisfactory working order.

It’s nice to start out the season with a well-organized and clean vest (it goes in the washing machine one a year) with all of the necessary accoutrements of our sport ready for action.

I wonder if a three year old granola bar is still edible?

Tight lines and fighting fish to all!

Scott Olson | CVFF Former President

APRIL 3RD - MICHELLE BOWMAN | PADDLE BOARD TECHNIQUES FOR INSHORE FLY FISHING

MAY 1 - OWENS RIVER ANNUAL CLEAN UP | RAFFLE & lunch FOR PARTICIPANTS | TENKARA CLINIC!

  • This is our chance to annually clean up Bishop’s blue-ribbon moving water fishery.
  • For information call Chris Leonard. 818.288.3271 > PDF INFO
  • Luong Tam, Chris Leonard, and Jarett Coons will have a free clinic on fishing Tenkara rods after lunch. Please join Luong, Chris, and Jarett. Rods provided.

A BIG THANK YOU FROM CASTING FOR RECOVERY!

FLY TYING | 3rd Tuesdays of the Month

ANNOUNCEMENT | IN-PERSON MEETINGS

THE CONEJO VALLEY FLY FISHER'S BOARD OF DIRECTORS ARE NOW IN THE PROCESS OF ORGANIZING OUTINGS FOR THE SUMMER, EXPECTING POSITIVE CHANGES AND THE RELAXING OF SOCIAL GATHERING RESTRICTIONS.

IN THE MEANTIME, FLY TYING AT STEVE ANDERSON'S HOME (OUTDOORS) ONCE A MONTH WILL BE OUR "GO TO" GATHER FOR IN-PERSON SOCIAL GATHERINGS.

STEVE ANDERSON'S DREAM TROUT

MORE INFO ON OUR WEBSITE | LINK

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

NEW MONO COUNTY FISHING REGS | MARCH 2021

CONEJO VALLEY FLY FISHER'S | OUTINGS 2021

OUTINGS DIRECTOR: RICK FERRANTE

THE BOLLINGER’S MAMMOTH TRIP!

NEW SHADY REST CAMPGROUND IN MAMMOTH LAKES, CA

CONFIRMED: JUNE 24 TO JULY 1, 2021

COME FOR A FEW DAYS, COME FOR THE WHOLE EVENT!
Peter Sumner, Judy & Rich Bollinger

We will send out emails for any last minute outings.

FISH REPORT | ON THE SAN JUAN WITH CHARLEY BEALS | LATE MARCH 2021

CHARLEY BEAL'S 50 SHADES OF PINK & LIGHT GREEN - NEW MEXICO CATCH

NEW MEXICO FISH REPORT | CHARLEY BEALS, MARCH 2021

San Juan River Trip

A short flight for Santa Barbara to Phoenix, then connection had us with a beer and a burger for lunch in Durango by 1230 local time.

The best option would have been guided on The San Juan or “Juan” as they all termed in on Sunday . . .

. . . but our guide held Sundays for family – I am really good with that.

The water was moving at about 400 cfs and the area just below the dam was our initial focus. I threw everything at them and only netted one Brown trout, about 18 inches on an egg pattern. By the end of the trip, I had realized I had been getting takes all day on Sunday – my indicator was too large to pick up the takes.

Just about 75 minutes from Durango, Monday Morning was overcast and chilly – we bundled up and slid into line at the Texas Hole.

Take after take after take I missed – eternally frustrated, I just did not have that “Feel”.

In my defense I was fishing a double rig with a 26 and 24 – and that is a whole different game when it comes to hook setting. I finally got better and netted several fish to 20 inches with most being in the 16–18-inch range. They were bright and lively and EVERYWHERE.

I was warned that “boats would run right over your spot but it’s all good, just wait a few minutes” and that was true. We would fish a slot, row up and hit it again until we stopped getting takes then we would move on down the river, and that is the way it went. All day – only 3 1/2miles from Texas Hole to Crusher Hole.

I did not take a lot of pictures or look at a lot of scenery as I was so focused on my indicator for two days.

Tuesday had us in Texas hole again but this time three times the number of boats – somehow it all worked out as the guides have this rhythm – they call it the Indy 500 – one big oval, they slide in and out, most everyone was respectful, and the waders seemed to take it all in stride.

TUESDAY WAS MY DAY

I traded the guide rod for my Scott Radian – it has got a softer tip and I broke off far fewer fish as we offered up the 6x. Still with the 22’s to 26’s. Craig and I had a full day of Trout with fish in every slot we stopped, lots of doubles and too many fish for me to count.

We used mostly a double nymph rig with unweighted emerger patterns on 6x.

I did learn a new tool – two indicators one standard and another Palsa type, this was a game changer for me as the Palsa indicator was instrumental in helping me see the takes, it also slowed down my set – that was helpful.

Overall, it was a great trip.

Our Guide James Garretson was A++ (575-779-0465)

He is far and above the Best Trout Guide I have every used. He was patient, knowledgeable hard working and effective. I cannot recommend him enough.

Now get out there!

Charley Beals | former CVFF president

A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO KIT KORF, CHARLEY BEALS AND OTHER EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS FOR HANDLING THE CLUB INSURANCE CHANGE OVER -- STILL IN PROGRESS! NOT AN EASY TRANSITION!

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

purple midge contest

IS NOW OPEN FOR 2021!

- SCOTT & MARILYN OLSON -

Little flies can lead to BIG FISH!

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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

CLUB MEMBER PHOTOS | FISHING, SCENIC, ACTION, RELAXING

for those who don't know . . .

WE NOW HAVE A FACEBOOK "GROUP" WITH THE ADDED "SO-CAL".

FLY TYING WITH LIKE-MINDED CLUBS ONLINE

OPEN TO ALL PERSONS!

SIERRA PACIFIC FLY FISHERS > Every Wednesday at 7:00pm. Email Michael at: education2@spff.org

LONG BEACH CASTING CLUB > Every Tuesday at 7:00pm. Email Shirley at: sakagusc@gmail.com

Rod, reel, line & fly . . .

G O T - P H O T O S ?

Please submit photos to: conejovalleyflyfishers@gmail.com

CONEJO VALLEY FLY FISHER'S | club announcements & news . . .

TROUTFITTER'S FISHING REPORT

SOUTHWEST COUNCIL OF FLY FISHERS INTERNATIONAL | APRIL 2021 NEWSLETTER

VIDEOS BY JAMES GARRETTSON

JAMES GARRETTSON'S VIDEOS AND/OR ARTICLES

TWO MIDDLE AGED MEN, CATCH FISH ON FEATHERS OUT OF WATER ON THE SAN JUAN FT NORM MAKTIMA

Welcome to About Trout. I'm James Garrettson, a full time fly fishing guide, competitive ribbon dancer, and astrophysicist based in Northern New Mexico, Planet Earth. I appreciate you stopping by and checking out the channel. I hope you submit some questions for next weeks Q&A.

Guide Flies: The French Jig

The French Jig is a fly from the Fullingmill catalogue (probably also France) that has become a guide box staple over the past few seasons. It has a classic black and red color scheme and is great in waters that have both midges and baetis, so basically everywhere. I was shown this pattern by my friend Anthony. I rarely fish it bigger than an 18 and have found 18s and 20s to be the sweet spot for this bug per Anthony's suggestion. Hope it serves you well.

Guide Flies: Thread Frenchie Variant

  • If you're in Northern New Mexico and looking for a guide check out www.abouttrout.com
  • Los Pinos Fly Shop (505) 884-7501

HUGE FLY FISHERMAN | SPRING FLOAT

MARCH 28, 2021

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 . . .
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • President: Gary Scott
  • President Pro Tem: Charley Beals
  • Vice President: OPEN
  • Secretary: Bob Kieling
  • Treasurer / Membership: Kit Korf
  • Trout in the Classroom: Rich & Judy Bollinger
  • Member at Large: Scott Olson & Charley Beals
  • Club Outings, Facebook, 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 / Program Coordinator: Cece Rubin
  • info@conejovalleyflyfishers.com
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Created with images by Taylor Grote - "Fly Fisherman" • Kalen Emsley - "Wet mountain valley" • kazuend - "Rushing Stream" • Jeremy Bishop - "untitled image"