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Conejo Valley Fly Fishers newsletter | june 2020

H A P P Y - F I S H M A S !

Enjoy the great outdoors. See you on the streams!

UPCOMING ZOOM MEETING | JIMMY CHEERS

We will again share the "Zoom" meeting with our neighboring fly fishing club, The Sespe Fly Fishers on WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17, 2020.

The Sespes will host and lead the zoom meeting. RSVP via email Sespe club president, Earl Arnold at: president@sespeflyfishers.org. He will then email back to you the meeting URL, password and meeting number. Make sure you've updated your Zoom account before attending the meeting. Update your zoom at: https://zoom.us/

Any questions? Email me, Cece Rubin at: conejovalleyflyfishers@gmail.com

Hope to see you online on the 17th!

PRESIDENT'S FLY BOX / CHARLEY BEALS

Shake, Rattle and Roll! Solid fish in tight places. Charley on the hunt!

"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!

Charley Beals

President Conejo Valley Fly Fishers

SHARE, LISTEN, LEARN . . .

SPEAKERS & PRESENTATION DATES FOR 2020

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

OUTINGS 2020 are tentative due to C19. Check our website for updates as they come in. Thank you!

Reds Meadow Backpack/Tent Camping | Crowley Lake | Kings River | San Joaquin Kern River Pack Station | Owyhee, Oregon . . . "COME TIE ON ON!"

- o u t i n g s * 2 0 2 0 -

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

WILL SEND OUT EMAILS FOR ANY "POP-UP", LAST MINUTE OUTINGS!

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

July 9-13: Reds Meadow Backpack/Tent Camping | more info

August 14-18: Kern Flat Pack | more info

September 3-8: Owyhee River | more info

September 11-13: San Joaquin River | more info

October 2-4: Lake Crowley | more info

fishing reports, stories and articles . . .

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

An elusive Hot Creek beauty in hand & wind swept hair makes for a great day on the Interpretive site!

Photos: Mike Bereny

CONEJO VALLEY FLY FISHER'S | fishing reports . . .

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.

1. Lenticular clouds over Hot Creek. 2. Mike Bereny, fisherman and security guard! 3. Beautiful, healthy "bow"

MIKE WEIGAND FISHING REPORT | may 2020

Sorry, nothing to report, except bad news ! ! !

I left (Thousand Oaks), Sunday, May 17, for Henry's Lake and arrived at the house just after noon on Monday . . .

Got the house opened, after it being closed for 7 months, and found the propane tank down to 5%, meaning the basement heater was on a lot through the winter. And, the kitchen faucet was leaking under the sink and needed to be replaced. Oh the joy of crawling into the cabinet and trying to get around all the drain pipes to get the faucet off and a new one on. Then the weather went for mid-60's to cold, rainy, and snowy.

To discourage visitors to the area amid the covid-19 pandemic, Idaho had suspended the sale of non-resident fishing licenses. They began selling them again on May 18. Lots of money flows into the economy from fishermen visiting the area. But, as I said above, Mother Nature decided to keep people away with the snow and cold.

On Saturday, opening day on Henry's Lake, I could see one boat on the lake, bouncing in the white caps. Sunday was a little better, but not good. I talked with my neighbor, Al Merrick, and he said he tried twice to launch his boat on Sunday, but both times the wind came up. So, his friend, Alan, and he fished from shore for a while. Another neighbor caught two Sunday morning, fishing with bait from shore. (photo below)

Then there was a change of plans in Thousand Oaks, and Patti was pleased that I said I would come back, leaving on Monday morning.

I did fish for about 20 minutes at the Log Jam on Sunday and caught a small Rainbow on a nymph, but the blowing sleet was too much. (photo below)

Patti and I plan to go back up mid-June and stay through July. The first week of August may bring needed knee replacement surgery, which was put off from mid-April.

Everyone Stay Healthy,

Mike Weigand

Below: Saturday, May 23 - "Lots of snow on Opening Day on Henry's Lake"

Below: Sunday, May 24 - "Gorgeous view of the mountains and the Log Jam"

SHARING THE LOVE BETWEEN CLUBS!

Networking: the action or process of interacting with others to exchange information and develop professional or social contacts.

PETER & RICH on the San Joaquin | 2018
ALMOST VINTAGE NEWSLETTERS!

CLUB MEMBER, Kerry Murphree stumbled upon these early issues of the Conejo Valley Fly Fisher's Newsletters and Club Message from Bob Kieling! CLICK ON THE BOXES BELOW TO READ IN PDF FORMAT.

CLUB MEMBER PHOTOS . . .

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

Rich Bollinger testing out his new boat. Hmmmm......?
Bob Kieling -- on fire at the Ranch 2019. Bob's heading out for his 2020 visit to the Ranch next week!
Yea baby! You're mine! - Bob Kieing.
LA River Carp "under glass" . . . fiberglass, that is! - Chiaki Harami
Chiaki Harami, "Possibly the 1st carp caught on Tenkara at LA River. 😂. 28” carp."
Lahontan Cutthrout Trout, Omak Lake, WA caught by Jim Kottra in 2004
Early morning surf fishing on Rincon Beach with members Chiaki Harami & Matt Rubin
Photographer getting the evil eye from Chiaki! LOL!
Charley's carp. Great fishing day with Al Q.
The Bollinger getting in some pre-evening fishing.
Charley's simple fly. Mucho productive!
Bob Kieling's in da house! "Roaring fork river rainbow on the San Juan ....winner winner chicken dinner!!!!"

MORE MEMBER PHOTOS . . .Keep scrolling!

Charley's Bad-Ass BASS!
ZOOM MEETING with Anthony Carruesco
We have a "graduate" in the club! Nick Nikchevich graduates from USC dental school!
nicknikchevich INSTAGRAM: Pteronarcys Californica AKA Salmonflies. The salmonfly hatch means one thing. Giant fish on giant dry flies. GETTING BIT IN IDAHO!
Here are a few cool pics.. not exactly of me fly fishing... but Lonny picked the Anglers room for me at the Outside Inn in Nevada City while taking the long way home (hwy 49 gold mining towns) from seeing my daughter on the coast in Arcata. She’s leaving for CT soon - Officer Candidate’s School with the USCG. I didn’t bring my rod..but I know there’s a lot of good flyfishing up here in No Cal ! - Donna Phillips
Donna Phillips resting in her "Angler's" theme room at the "Outside Inn" in Nevada City
Pano of Rincon Beach in the morning. Great weather, structure and social distancing at it's best!

T H O S E * W E R E * T H E * D A Y S

Photo book memories. Blast from the past!

LEFT: Old fishing buddies Bob Kieling Larry Martin Don Honus James Myers | RIGHT: San Juan worm never fails!! (Photos submitted by Bob Kieling).

This week I ordered from Redington two (his and hers) - 7wt, 9ft rods for surf & carp fishing. If you use the "chat" feature online, you can work a deal. I got free shipping via Fed-Ex and no tax! Redington now makes a Euro Nymph Rod. With a lifetime warranty, it might be fun to give it a try -- https://www.redington.com/strike-euro-nymph-fly-rod

Cece Rubin / conejo valley fly fisher's newsletter editor

MOMENTS OF CHILL - Flats Fantasy | ORVIS

G O T - P H O T O S ?

Please submit photos to: conejovalleyflyfishers@gmail.com

CONEJO VALLEY FLY FISHER'S | club announcements & news . . .
CROWLEY LAKE FISH CAMP NEWS . . .

CROWLEY LAKE NEWS

Crowley Lake will open for Private Boats on Saturday, May 30th.

We will open for Camping on Sunday, May 31st.

We will open for Boat Rentals on Monday, June 1st.

Please visit our forms page for complete details and more COVID updates.

Crowley Lake is known throughout the Western United States as being an incredible fishery. It produces large, beautiful trout that will give you the fight of your life! Crowley Lake Fish Camp, the only concession on the lake, offers a full service marina with 200-plus private slips, a fleet of 90 rental boats, rental cabins, full hook-up RV Sites, dry camping sites, a tackle shop, and Pelican Point Grill.

Crowley Lake is 12 miles long and 5 miles wide at its widest point. The lake is a reservoir for storing the Eastern High Sierra snow and rain water. Although most famous for trout fishing, in recent years, Crowley Lake has seen growth in various other water sports, such as kayaking, water skiing, wake boarding, wake surfing, jet skiing, and stand up paddle boarding.

Abbie Thomason, Crowley Lake Fish Camp

VIDEOS BY JAMES GARRETTSON

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.

J A M E S G A R R E T T S O N | ORGANIZING MY FLY TYING DESK

CONEJO VALLEY FLY FISHERS MEMBERSHIP - "Come fly with me!"
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • President: Charley Beals
  • Vice President: Gary Scott
  • Secretary: Bob Kieling
  • Treasurer / Membership: Kit Korf
  • Trout in the Classroom: Rich & Judy Bollinger
  • Club Outings: Videographer & Marketing: Rick Ferrante
  • Fly Tying Leaders: Steve Anderson, Scott Olson, Gary Scott, Charley Beals
  • 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: "The fly and the bug"

Created By
Cece Rubin
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Credits:

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