Thursday, December 2, 2010
I'll still periodically post thoughts and nonsense about fishing here, so check by now and then. Here's a little fish porn to soften the blow.
32" Lake Trout from Boca Reservoir. I missed the hook-set and ended up snagging her in the side, so much like the rest of this post, it was a mixture of good a bad feelings. A bittersweet moment, especially considering that she wouldn't revive in the warm, early fall water. I guided her up to the cold inlet and tried to revive her for a half hour, but she kept listing to her side. This was the first fish I cropped in probably 10 years. It broke my heart.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Monday, November 8, 2010
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Monday, September 6, 2010
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Monday, August 30, 2010
Had a good day last week with a return client. Pete and his friends Adam and Larry. Adam had never really fished moving water with a fly rod. Living in Reno he had always focused on Pyramid Lake for the big Lahontan cutthroat . Nice way to start your river fishing experiences, I had a blast with you guys.
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
"the ones that were caught and the ones that got away"
Monday, August 2, 2010
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Saturday, July 3, 2010
well played gentleman, well played indeed.
Here's Mark with a beauty of a brown from the LT. Bear in mind hes 6'5" and 250 and Im just a little guy at a hair under 6'3". Awesome fish on 6x in about 8" of water.
And here's the young master Nick on the Truckee River with a gorgeous fish he caught high sticking in the fast water with a sculpin I had tied the night before.
PS On the flip side of the coin, on another day, one of my guys hooked 3 decent fish in a short period and they all shook loose, despite hooking quickly from a good angle and playing the fish properly. They just came unbuttoned. I wouldn't try to claim luck has no part in it, it always will, but making the best of every opportunity is something we should all strive for as anglers.
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
That spotty rainbow looks like something out of an advertisement for an Alaskan guide trip. Awesome.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
The annual carpenter ant flights are starting up now that we're getting some warmer weather. The river's high, but fishable, especially further up. Try some big ant dries on the banks, or fish a drowned one like a nymph. This hatch isn't long lasting, but can be epic for a few days.
Friday, May 14, 2010
CAST FOR A CURE
Catch and Release Fly Fishing Tournament
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Presented by Nevada Fishing Service, all tournament proceeds will benefit JDRF of Northern Nevada to fund research to find a cure for diabetes and its complications.
$250 fee per person—includes:
- Minimum of four (4) hours of fishing in private trophy lakes
- NY Steak sandwich lunch with keg beer (provided by Blue Ribbon Meat Co. of Sparks) and --Nevada Fishing Service (Shaun Gilbert)
- Great prizes (will be posted at www.nevadafishingservice.com)
- Amazing fly fishing — at last year’s tournament a contestant caught 65 fish in one round!
Cast for a Cure will be limited to 30 fly fisherman and will occur at Sand Hill Lakes , located approximately 30 minutes North of Reno. These are private trophy waters operated by Nevada Fishing Service that include Rainbow Trout hybrids up to 16 lbs., Brook Trout up to 3.5 lbs., Brown Trout up to 7 lbs. Largemouth Bass and other large species which will cause even the most experienced fisherman to be challenged!
Sand Hill Lakes at Ross Creek Ranch— 90 Saddle Lane , Reno , 89508
Located 17 miles East on Red Rock Road from 395 off the Red Rock Exit
The tournament includes at least four hours of fly-fishing time; the group will be split into two and will each fish one of two trophy ponds to see who can catch the most fish in two hours. Then, the groups will switch ponds for another two hours. At the end of the four hours, the eight fishermen that caught the most fish will advance to a third round for another two hours to again battle for quantity of fish caught. At this time, eliminated fisherman can buy in to keep fishing for $100. The final round will consist of the top four quantity winners, who will compete for the largest catch.Official tournament rules and information will be posted at www.nevadafishingservice.com
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
This is Mike who got into some fish this last weekend on the little truckee with Dan the man Lecount:
Thursday, May 6, 2010
(by Dan Lecount):
thread: yellow 3/0
hook: standard dry fly hook #6-10
Egg Sac: black 2mm foam
body dubbing: Olive & brown dubbing blend
body foam: 2mm brown foam
ribbing: yellow 3/0
Wing: web wing (or other wing material) +
natural grey deer or elk hair
Head: bullet style head with brown deer hair
coated with head cement at the end
Antennae: 2 deer hair fibers pulled out
Site Dot: Any brightly colored foam
--photos & post by Brian J.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Awesome fish Jim.
Any more? send pics to email@example.com
--Posted by Brian J.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
The classic parachute adams in 10-14 doesn't seem like it should work in our technical watersheds, but it does. It's close enough to multiple hatches that trout usually seem to think its food of some sort. Most of the green drake imitations I see are waay too green or olive for our local variety. Especially when the insect has first emerged, a more drab, greyer imitation will often work better. I tie a dull, greyish/tan snowshoe cripple in size 8 down to size 20 and effectively fish that almost all season long if mays are hatching. The only time I swap it out as far as mayflies go is when the really light colored mays like the PMDs, PEDs or serratella (mr. pinky) hatch. Sometimes if the hatch is in its later phases I might throw a hackle stacker as a spinner imitation but that's usually not necessary.
The only drawback to these hatches is they usually occur near early season high water. Even then, with the size of the bug, that's often enough to pull the fish up in rough water. So unless the river is chocolate milk, you have a solid shot at trout on the surface once the big mayflies are hatching and for that I'm more than thankful. :)
thread: tan or grey 6/0 (or other)
hook: standard dry fly hook #8-20
tail: tan grizzly marabou
body: tan grizzly marabou
ribbing: small gold wire
thorax dubbing: Callibaetis antron dubbing
Wing: Dun snowshoe rabbit
hackle: grizzly or speckled dark dun
thread: olive 6/0 (or other)
hook: standard dry fly hook #8-16
tail: moose or coastal deer hair
wingcase: moose or deer pulled over with a
touch of head cement at the end
body: golden olive floss
Wing: Dun snowshoe rabbit
hackle: grizzly or grizzly + dark dun
--posted by Dan Lecount
(Photos by BJ)
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Pyramid Lake Woolly Bugger:
Pyramid Lake Tadpole:
Pyramid Lake Glitter Midge:
Monday, April 19, 2010
Pyramid Lake. The place has some sort of alien magic to it. Whenever I'm there and remember to take the time to breathe in deep and take a slow look around I get the feeling that being on the surface of a different planet wouldn't look a whole lot different. Except I bet they wouldn't have trophy cutthroats swimming in the water:
Most guys who have fished Pyramid a lot would look at Justin's fish above and say casually "yeah, that's a nice fish." I still hold it in high regard as I've never managed to hook a fatso of this caliber. It was caught on a sparkly green woolly bugger fished on a sink tip. For my part I've only managed a couple of small ones on some sparkly nymphs fished a lot higher in the water column.
Now I know there's a lot of you out there dedicated to the pursuit of these cutthroats-- let's hear from you! E-mail me your big fish stories with a hero shot picture... and while you're at it let's hear about that secret fly that "gits'em" everytime! (firstname.lastname@example.org)
-- posted by Brian J. who now thinks casting a 30ft shooting head in the wind is fun
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
I got the skunk but watching this fish lose it's mind and come flying out of the water multiple times made my day. I'd like to say we stayed cool and collected and got this guy netted and back in the water with a nod and a handshake but... instead I think I did that stupid high-pitched laugh that
In the end this one fish made it an awesome day on the water:
25" brown trout taken by a generic dark-colored #14 mayfly nymph trailed behind a stonefly nymph.
posted by Brian J. who thinks this is a considerably higher quality post than the last one.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Posted by Brian, who knows this is the dumbest shit you've seen all day.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
My two best (or perhaps just "favorite") fish of the day were two browns that weren't quite 20" long -- one of which was quite skinny-- but were feisty and, I think, quite healthy. In the end it was Justin who caught the fish of the day though-- he put away a large number of fish on small attractor dries including a beautiful 21" brown trout.
Truly a great day on the water! --BJ
Friday, March 12, 2010
thread: Danville black 6/0 (or other)
hook: #10 -14 tiemco 3769
beads: 1/8" black brass or tungsten
underbody: .015 in lead wire to center the bead
tail: golden colored goose biots
body: Arizona synthetic peacock (dark)
ribbing: Br or Sm gold ultrawire
Thorax: pearl tinsel with thin skin pulled
over the top and epoxied at the end
Legs: hen back fibers
I also tied up some a lot closer to the original tung teaser prescribed by John Barr and have actually caught a lot of fish recently in the truckee on small sizes (14-16) of the fly described above:
and lighter Arizona synthetic dubbing:
Lastly I've been tying some big heavy jumbo johns to use as lead flies this upcoming season. Last season when the caddis were coming off a Stonefly with a caddis dropper was fast-riffle dynamite: