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Conejo Valley Fly Fishers newsletter | march 2021

Pleasant Valley Campground | Cece Rubin

Convict Lake | February 2021

ONLINE MEETINGS CONTINUE:

CONEJO VALLEY FLY FISHER'S "TGIF" MEETINGS online every other friday.

This month: FRIDAYS, MARCH 12 & 26

  • VIEW SHORT FLY FISHING VIDEO
  • CHEW THE FAT AND BRING YOUR FAVORITE . . .
  • BREW * does not have to be an "adult" beverage
  • OPEN TO MEMBERS & THE PUBLIC
  • MEMBERS WILL RECEIVE THE ZOOM LINK ON FRIDAY MORNING VIA EMAIL
  • NON-CLUB MEMBERS CAN REQUEST TO ATTEND, EMAIL CECE AT: conejovalleyflyfishers@gmail.com

TGIF ONLINE MEETING: FRIDAY APRIL 9 Featuring this year's IF4 film festival. A montage of inspiring fly fishing films in beautiful LOCATIONS. Sponsored by Orvis.

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 | MARCH 2021

Dear club members, at this time Gary Scott will be taking a short break for personal reasons. In the meantime, former president Charley Beals will step up as president pro tempore.

while casting on the greens . . .

Last Sunday I decided that I would get out the 6 wt. and get some practice in. On my bike I found the closest patch of grass and started to strip off some line.

There was a steady wind from the west and I worked my casts in 360 degrees trying to find that feeling of pushing enough to throw a tight loop without creating knots.

I was in my head for about 15 minutes trying different speed / grip / stop combinations and then I felt that I was being watched.

Turning around I saw a young boy fixed on me. He was sitting on one of those starter bikes without pedals, his helmet was so big his face was lost, and his dutiful father stood far enough away to give him the space to think on his own. I would learn later that his name is Ashton.

Well, Ashton was about tall enough so the horizontal fence rail blocked his view of me. He had to reach his head over or crouch under that rail to get a clear view. When I stood up high and Ashton was low, he couldn’t see me through the rail – he had to match when I was standing high to see me, or crouch low when I was low to get a clear view.

We played a “hide and seek” game for about 5 minutes – Ashton matched my up then down then up again. It was really fun.

I rarely meet grumpy people when I have a flyrod in my hand.

Fishing season is about to start – get out there and make some friends.

Take Care

Charley Beals | Conejo Valley Fly Fishers President Pro-Tempore

VOLUNTARY MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL INFORMATION FOR 2021

MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL - is now open for 2021!

Despite the lack of meetings and events, we hope our members will renew their membership once again looking at the long term value of the club while waiting for social distancing to be discontinued.

  • Annual dues are $50 per family living at the same address.
  • Membership is per calendar year.
  • New members joining in the last quarter have their membership extended through the following year.
  • There is a one-time additional $10 fee for each name badge.
  • Please indicate if you would like additional name badges for family members and include $10 for each.
  • Student (under 18) dues are $10.
  • Please mail your check to:
  • Conejo Valley Fly Fishers, 2970 Diana Court, Newbury Park, CA, 91320-3115
  • LINKS for Paypal & Venmo below.

NEW MEMBERS / please fill out both forms & send check.

  1. Membership Form, CVFF
  2. New Members, Waiver Form

scott olson | MISSIVE

"The mellowing of a fisherman and the lessons learned"

What a difference a few decades make.

I've taken the time recently to reflect on the difference between how I fished back in the day to the way I approach fishing now. Back then (in the exuberance of youth) I would hit the water on the fly not paying much attention to how I might be negatively impacting my chances for angling success.

Charging up to the bank of a river is not a recipe for a triumphant outing as the first thing that you are going to achieve is to spook any fish on the near side of the bank. Yes, fish do hang out on both banks of the river, so stealth is the key. I find that a crafty approach to a stream with a long rod will allow you a few casts to the near bank without scaring the skittish residents. And if you have heavy footed angling buddies send them in the opposite direction.

Trout are also very sensitive to vibration and have lateral lines on their bodies that help them to sense movement that could be detrimental to their survival. Thus it is important to approach your quarry quietly and furtively. The key is to keep your clodhoppers under control and leave the forced marches to the army.

One of the trout's main predators are birds. We've all seen great blue herons, ospreys and pelicans (even eagles) feasting on what should have been visitors to our landing nets. Trout are very sensitive to changes in light and an ill-advised shadow suddenly cast over the water is an invitation to skedaddle. So always try to approach your fishing area so that the sun is not at your back as you will probably never see the fish that moved out of the way of what it perceived to be a predatory precursor.

These are just a handful of examples of the early mistakes I made when I first started angling……there are many more that I won't bore you with (or embarrass myself with). The salient point I hope you can take from this is that there is always something to learn when it comes to our sport and that being patient and having a game plan before you reach the water can, and most often will, end in success.

Tight lines and fighting fish to all!

Scott Olson | CVFF Former President

A BIG THANK YOU FROM CASTING FOR RECOVERY!

FLY TYING | 3rd Tuesdays of the Month

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 LIFING 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 SOCIAL GATHERING ABIDING BY RESTRICTION RULES.

STEVE ANDERSON'S DREAM TROUT

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

Tuesday, March 16, 2021 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

  • SOCIAL DISTANCING RULES IN EFFECT
  • Bring a snack & your beverage of choice.
  • Folding chair, camping chair.
  • Mask.
  • If you’re tying a fly, bring your stuff. Otherwise it’s a casual hang.
  • Only attend if you are feeling well.
  • Requesting those with underlying heath issues take a pass until we can be together in person again.
  • This meeting has always been in an open garage and has basically always been “outdoors” – so we’re good to go.
  • Bring a jacket incase during our colder autumn/winter evenings.
  • According to CA rules WE CAN have a small gathering and rules are “recommended” according to 1st amendment rights.
  • If you want to confirm fly tying for date indicated email: conejovalleyflyfishers@gmail.com

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

OUTINGS . . . check the website for "pop-up" outings!
OUTINGS DIRECTOR: RICK FERRANTE

CONEJO VALLEY FLY FISHER'S | OUTINGS 2021

PLEASANT VALLEY CAMPGROUND & FISHING

outing & BRAINSTORMING ideas:

TBD | repeat > CASUAL CAMPING & FLY FISHING AT PLEASANT VALLEY CAMPGROUND, BISHOP

TBD | KERN RIVER CAMPING/HOTEL & FLY FISHING

CONFIRMED: JUNE 24 TO JULY 1, 2021 - THE BOLLINGER’S MAMMOTH TRIP!

Peter Sumner, Judy & Rich Bollinger

CAMPING & FLY FISHING | JUNE 24 TO JULY 1, 2021

COME FOR A FEW DAYS, COME FOR THE WHOLE EVENT!

We will send out emails for any last minute outings.

FISH REPORTS | FEBRUARY 2021

FISH REPORT | SCOTT OLSON on the lower Owens | LAST LONG WEEKEND IN FEBRUARY

The wind was awful on Saturday and combined with the cold temps we had a wind chill around 10 degrees. Brutal conditions but we still fished and did well enough.

FISH COUNT: It was a good trip. 15 on Saturday and 11 yesterday.

PRODUCTIVE FLIES: Flies used and in order of their effectiveness were: green rock worm, pheasant tail and hare’s ear all in size 16 & 18. I even got one on a purple midge. The fish were mainly hanging out in the deeper slots and bends with almost no fish caught in the riffles. Absolutely no hatch, which was a disappointment.

Lots of anglers there on Saturday, but Sunday and Monday were almost dead. A DFG warden tried to sneak up on me (I guess looking for barbed hooks) but I beat the rap by being in compliance. - Cheers! Scott Olson

A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO KIT KORF, CHARLEY BEALS AND OTHER EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS FOR HANDLING THE CLUB INSURANCE CHANGE OVER. 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!
COURTESY ONLINE EVENTS

ANOTHER FISH REPORT | LOWER O & HOT CREEK

LOWER OWENS & HOT CREEK INTERPRET CENTER RV CAMPING & FISHING

ARTICLE WRITTEN BY: CECE RUBIN

Rich and Judy Bollinger - and - Matt & Cece Rubin RV camped and fished on the lower Owens at Pleasant Valley campground from Thursday to Monday on Feb 19-22nd.

Temps were down in the 30’s overnight, but during the day, in the sun it was a pleasant 70 degrees. "I guess that’s why they call it Pleasant Valley" (Scott Olson quote).

Our small but mighty group slept in on Friday, and why not. It was still freezing in the morning. By 11am-noon – things warmed up and we donned our waders and gear. We drove down Chalk Bluff road and parked by the “big rock” and headed in. A few hardcore guys were coming out. According to their report, they did well – but then again they were Euro-nyphing.

The group fished it all. Dries, nymphs, dry-droppers. Rich caught a brown and a nice rainbow. Judy had one but got off the hook.

Matt and I did not see any trout life and there were no fish seen to be rising or slurping the surface. They changed their flies constantly looking for perfect take – but no takers. I finally stopped and did what guides always tell you to do when there is no action. That is to"stop, look at the water action, start turning over rocks and adjust your set-up for what you find".

CHECKING OUT THE "BUG LIFE"

BUG LIFE | It was easy to see that the underwater bug life was under every rock I turned over. Not a time for dry flies. They tried the nymphs and emergers in their boxes but they were not quite the match. Time to go back to the entomology fly books and see what flies were needed and set up a box for the lower Owens. After a few hours, we all packed it in for a little happy hour tailgate party before heading back to the campground.

POST FISHING TAILGATE HAPPY HOUR (L-R): Judy & Rich Bollinger. Matt & Cece Rubin

WIND & WEATHER = ROAD TRIP & EXPLORING | Saturday the winds were gusting to 40, so the group decided to just do a group driving tour, get some great Mexican food & Margarita’s at Robertos, where take away was the only choice, but lucky for us, we did not unpack a table and chairs, so we dined al fresco in the parking lot where there was plenty of room. We boxed in the truck as a windbreak. It was a cold and yet refreshing meal! Afterward the group drove to the ski area, which was crazy busy and Convict Lake for photo ops.

GUIDING THE WAY | Sunday Rich and Judy hired guide and new owner of the Sierra Drifters, Doug Rodricks. Doug had some great flies for the area helping Rich to catch more browns and rainbows. Judy appreciated the casting “tune-up” and tip. Especially when to mend upstream, downstream, etc. He took them near the culvert of the reservoir and to the lower part of the Lower Owens. Doug knew the spot to get some action. He was the perfect guide for the day and provided the perfect flies to catch fish on a slow day. (See photos below).

Photos courtesy of Rich Bollinger

HOT CREEK, NO PRESSURE | While Rich and Judy were being guided, Matt and I headed over to the Hot Creek Interpretive center and were smart to not attempt to drive down the snowy, unplowed road and hoof it in from there. (Next time micro-spikes would help). On the water by noonish, not a soul in site. Lots of fish seen rising, slurping, some even slapping the water. That gets the fly fisherman’s heart racing! Little BLO hatch.

What IS great about the snow covered area leading up to the bank is that you can start casting to the shore closest to you with no worries about snagging bushes, wild sierra grass and foliage and truly sneak up on the fish. It was a windless & weed-less day, so happy fishermen were we. I slowing worked down the bank, while Matt bee-lined to his favorite area.

I caught a few mid-sized rainbows, no handling, but a quick photo in the net. Matt likes the area near the border to HC Ranch and caught a brown & rainbow (no photos). Fish were swimming en masse, yet those were the PHD types that you present a fly and nada. But that’s okay, they looked beautiful and healthy. Tiny, tiny flies were the call for day on Hot Creek – caddis, BWO, PMD and of course nymphing and emergers. The key is to change the flies and not get lazy about it. You’ll catch a professor now and then!

By the time 2:00-2:30 pm rolled around others started showing up so we headed out. 2-2.5 hours of fishing is enough and lunchtime had come and gone, so stomachs were growling. When we got to the end of the "trailhead" (not really a road due to the snow). There were a bunch of vehicles parked there. We got in and out in time and truly had Hot Creek to ourselves.

Probably the best part of each day was the campfire at the Bollinger's site with wine, B&B and maybe a shot of craft bourbon and the dark clear skies for stargazing.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

CLUB MEMBER PHOTOS | FISHING, SCENIC, ACTION, RELAXING

SEND IN YOUR PHOTOS OF FLY FISHING OR ANYTHING EASTERN SIERRAS! WHEN WEATHER IS BAD AND WE CANNOT FISH, THERE ARE SO MANY PLACES TO EXPLORE!

YOUNG KIT KORF AND HIS SON BRETT SUMMITING MT. WHITNEY IN 1995!

ROOM WITH A VIEW!

ON THE RIVER@PLEASANT VALLEY CAMPGROUND

RICH & JUDY BOLLINGER'S POST FISHING "HAPPY HOUR".

TYING UP A STORM IN THE OLD RV!

Cece Rubin

SITE #31 AT PLEASANT VALLEY WAS PLEASANT!

Matt & Cece Rubin's RV on the water.

TEAM BOLLINGER'S RIG. PARTY CENTRAL!

Rich and Judy's RV ready to rock n roll!

KILLAH TACOS FROM LOS PLEBES TACO TRUCK IN LONE PINE

NOT FEELIN' THE COLD. LET'S FISH!

Matt Rubin on the way to Hot Creek

A HUNTIN' WE WILL GO, A HUNTIN' WE WILL GO.

NO PRESSURE FISHING ON HOT CREEK FOR FISHER & FISH.

Photo: Cece Rubin

NO ONE ON HOT CREEK! YES - NO PRESSURE!

WHAT DA WHAT?

CABIN IN MAMMOTH WITH SNOW CURLY-Q

SCOTT'S BEAUTIFUL BROWN

ON the LOWER owens

14” brown caught on the Lower O on a size 16 rock worm.

WHO'S CRAZY ENOUGH TO TIE #28 MIDGES?

ANSWER: SCOTT OLSON

KILLER MIDGES BY SCOTT OLSON

BLAST FROM THE PAST

RICH, JIM, STEVE, CHARLEY, BOB & PETER
PRESIDENT: GARY SCOTT
LEESA MCBURNIE
PETER ON HOT CREEK
GENTLY HANDLING THIS GIANT - JOE CALLEWART
STEVE ANDERSON & KEITH MATTHEWS
HONORING KIT KORF
KIT KORF & MATT RUBIN
THOSE WERE THE DAYS. LOOKING FORWARD TO IN PERSON MEETINGS AGAIN!

ARE WE MISSING A PHOTO OF YOU? IF SO, PLEASE SEND ONE IN! WE'D LOVE TO ADD YOUR PHOTO TO OUR NEWSLETTER AND ARCHIVES!

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 . . .
VIDEOS BY JAMES GARRETTSON

JAMES GARRETTSON / Article / MARCH 2021

Euro Nymphing: Floating the Sighter

Floating the sighter is one of my favorite ways to present lightly weighted or unweighted nymphs and dries on a euro nymphing leader. Its a great technique to keep you bugs riding high column. I love to use this when fishing shallower water fisheries or when the fish are suspended mid column. Its also a great way to fish slower moving water on rivers and creeks.

ONE YEAR AGO - READING THE SIGHTER | MARCH 2020

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  • Los Pinos Fly Shop (505) 884-7501
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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"