"In the Midst of Chaos, there is Opportunity"
- SUN TZU -
Maybe I should rephrase that to "In the midst of boredom there is opportunity" .
I was recently invited to go Carp fishing - something I would have never accepted if Trout season was open but always have wanted to do.
Off I went with my sack lunch and a thermos full of coffee. All day long we chased the Carp and I watched Trevor Tanner and Al Q hook and land fish.
I was frustrated with the catching but happy to be outside. Although I hadn't hooked a Carp yet, as the day progressed, I did not want to leave.
Al and Trevor kept a watchful eye on me, giving me tips along the way and I was thankful to receive that information as CARP on the fly are NOT trout and I was struggling, but determined.
That afternoon, in a low flat the puzzle finally came together - after three log runs I landed my first Carp! That day I landed four fish and had so much fun I went back the next weekend and landed eight. That was a good days' work. I felt like I'd reached a milestone with my angling.
HERE'S WHAT I KNOW . . .
Had I not taken the Speaker Chair position this opportunity would have never been presented. As a Board Member I am always being invited to go fishing with guide level anglers.
I also learned that . . .
"Carp are fun! Carp are different, and Carp are tricky."
I will be going back soon.
I am challenging you to expand your angling universe - we have available a wide range of species to target.
Take Care - now get out there!
President Conejo Valley Fly Fishers
Scott Olson, June 2020
"Interpreting the Interpretive Site"
I’ve had a love/hate relationship with the Hot Creek Interpretive Site for the bulk of my fly fishing life. It can have some of the most exasperating, unmatchable hatches on the planet where fish rise to everything except what you are presenting or on the flip side it can mimic fishing Nirvana with every cast enticing a slap and slurp.
Meandering through a sometimes muck dotted, tussock strewn meadow of wild iris, bunch grasses and horse tails the Interpretive Site is the ultimate thrawn of spring creeks with it gin clear aqua pura, clogging aquatic plant life and impossibly tiny hatches.
Throw in some capricious winds (sometimes at gale force) and fish who have seen every fly you are likely to have in your box thousands of times and you have the perfect set up for fishing frustration.
However, when the planets line up and you hit that magic combination of choosing the right fly, tippet and presentation there can be no more rewarding place to wet a line and enjoy what fly fishing is all about.
I think the lessons I’ve learned there have made me not only a better fisherman, but have taught me the intrinsic value of overcoming hardship in the quest for the reward hidden within.
Tight lines and fighting fish to all!
- Scott Olson
Photos: Mike Bereny
SCOTT OLSON | FISHING REPORT | MAY 2020
MAMMOTH / HOT CREEK / UPPER OWENS
Just thought I'd let you know how Mike and I did over four days in Mammoth in May.
First of all the place is a ghost town with almost zero commercial activity outside of the grocery store, gas station and Starbucks. The town is as dead as I've ever seen it. Eerie really.
As the far as the fishing was concerned we did quite well. Tried the upper Owens above Benton Crossing first thing on Friday and we caught a half a dozen nymphing, but nothing of any size and we didn't see any spawners (I think the spawn is long over), so we headed down to Pleasant Valley and fished there for the rest of the day. The fishing there was quite good on green rock worms and Prince nymphs. Somewhere around 25 fish to the net for me and about the same for Mike.
On Saturday we tried Pleasant Valley again, but oh what a difference a day makes. The fishing was much slower with only about 14 fish between the two of us to the net in four hours. We decided to leave and fish the Hot Creek Interpretive Site the rest of the day. We had a nice hatch and caught a goodly amount of fish there. So all in all a good day on the water.
We fished Hot Creek again yesterday morning before heading home, but the wind was horrendous and it was near impossible to keep a dry fly on the water which was a shame because we had a really nice hatch going with lots of rises. I picked up a 19 incher on a size 16 Pheasant Tail and there were other large fish looking like they were staging to spawn. No spawning activity yet, but it certainly looked like they were carving out their territories.
T H O S E * W E R E * T H E * D A Y S
Photo book memories. Blast from the past!
JAMES GARRETTSON / YouTube
Favorite Dirty Water Fly: The Milk Man
The milk man has become my go to fly for run off and any time I encounter water thats the opposite of clear . I know it will work for you.
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