Friday, July 27, 2012

A Lot of Back Country - A Little Fly Fishing

Its been a while since I have posted, but rest assured that it is not a product of not fishing, but rather a different kind of fishing. My spring this year has been spent on the deck of a bass boat fishing tournaments against fellow BRFC contributor Bob. When the new site launches we will have a bass fishing section as well as other sections pertaining to our love of the outdoors so all of our adventures can be followed. In the meantime here is a quick story about a trip i recently took on a section of the Tahoe Rim / Pacific Crest Trail to search for some little rainbows... or something. The trip started off a month ago with a friend suggesting that we begin hiking the Tahoe Rim Trail in sections for some over night back country fun. I immediately decided this would be a great opportunity to see a few new places and drag the fly rod along as well to try and catch a few new fish. The research immediately took the path of finding a section of trail that would offer us at least some degree of fishing possibilities while also providing some great views and a moderately challenging ascent. We chose the section from Big Meadows to Echo Summit deciding on an over-night stop at Showers Lake. There are 3 lakes on (or slightly off) this trail which all hold fish. In hindsight it would have been alot of fun to make a 2 nighter out of this and had been able to fish them all. This wasnt that trip. We made our way to Showers Lake about 8 miles in from the trailhead, we got an early start as we heard this was a popular place to set up camp for the folks through hiking the section, and it lived up to its reputation. We were fortunate enough to score a nice lakeside camp which gave us quick access to the fishing and the mosquitos quick access to our skin. After multiple applications of 99.5% deet we were ready. P1020525 Fishing would have been much better if we had any foot protection for the very sharp DG in that lake. Alot of the fish were stacking just off the drop off about 60ft from shore. The lake's shore was full of brush preventing much of a back cast so we were targeting the random cruisers we could reach in about 5ft of water. As such the hookups were few and the landing less. We did manage 1 trout to hand with Dan and I each losing 1 or 2 fish. WP_000040 Had we been able to get out and nymph or cast beyond the shelf it would have been a good day. Showers lake itself is only maybe 2 or 3 acres MAX and can feel crowded, but if you can get your line wet they will surely eat most offerings. This is part of the Upper Truckee River watershed I believe and as such there are limits on bait, and you must use single barbless hooks. Check with DFG before heading out as we saw a number of people that appeared to be breaking these rules. P1020541

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Knott Creek Reservoir 6/21-24/2012

This past weekend a few of us took a long weekend up to Knott Creek Reservoir.  This is one of those trips that we don't get to do but maybe once a year due to the drive but it is always well worth the effort.  Kellen left before the rest of us on Thursday morning and had some rig problems, breaking down in the middle of the Black Rock Desert is always a good time.  He was able to figure out was was wrong, hiked to a mine and called the Ford dealership in Reno and bought the replacement part.  I was having breakfast with my wife that morning and got a call from him asking that we swing by Reno Ford and pick the part up at the parts dept.  The rest of us ended up meeting him on the planned road on the east side of the Black Rock Desert and put our six brains together to become a minor diesel mechanic. 
3 working Toyota's and a broke down Ford

Hearing a diesel engine fire up never sounded so good.  We got back on track and landed in camp at about 6pm.
BRFC Knott Creek 2

The following three days were days that you wish you could live over and over again.  The days were lazy and the fishing was good.  The afternoons topped out in the mid 70's with overnight lows in the low 40s to high 30s.  We had great relaxing / sleeping weather.  By about 10am each day the wind picked up so bad that it was difficult to stay on the water so we'd retire to camp for a couple hours of bullshittin.  Even in the wind the fish were surfacing all day and we'd drunk stagger down to the shore for some mid day nymph soaking.  Copper Johns and red, pink, or black midges did the trick under an indicator.  Stripping wooly buggers in just about any color worked well from the pontoon boats but the midnight cowboy was the MVP.  We didn't land any pigs on this trip but as with any Knott Creek outting, just about every fish was between 16in to 24in and they were many.

No post would be complete without a little fish porn.
BRFC Knott Creek BRFC Knott Creek 3
The bite was good at night too. BRFC Knott Creek 4
Steve's first fly rod fish BRFC Knott Creek 6
A standard Knott Creek Res Tiger Trout BRFC Knott Creek 8
Kellen with a last minute Tiger on our way out BRFC Knott Creek 9
King Lear Peak (Jackson Range) on the way home BRFC Knott Creek 11
Can't wait til next year.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Pyramid Lake 5/15

Talk about a busy May... I haven't had time to do much of anything besides get the lawn back in Spring/Summer condition and finish up my honey-do items. Work has kept me busy, which is a good thing I guess, but it definitely doesn't leave much time for fishin'. I finally caught a break today, and played hooky so I could give Pyramid another shot. With 76 degree weather and very light wind, how could you pass up the opportunity?

I got out to the lake around 7 am. I rigged up my rods for dragging and nymphing, although I only threw the buggers 4 or 5 times all day. The wind was a pain in butt early, blowing in my face at a steady click. Since Indian Head isn't sheltered at all, it took a little maneuvering to get into an optimal spot to fish the ledge. Luckily for me, the wind and current were moving in the same direction, so I could let my flies drift the ledge for 40 - 50 yards without too much mending.

Within 45 minutes I had my first fish:

My next cast landed this female:

I managed to land 7 fish today... the first three came within minutes of each other, and the other 4 were a little more sporadic. I also lost an absolute beast, but I have no idea how large it was. Within 30 seconds of hooking up, my indicator came flying out of the water and my stack was gone... It din't look like knot failure either. I'm pretty sure it was the 6 lb test I had on, which I later changed to a 10 lb test to insure I wouldn't lose another one.

The fish are putting up a fight, and they're in close to shore now. I saw multiple fish trolling the shallows looking for tasty morsels. All of my fish were caught on my nymph rig, which is probably why the fight seemed much better. All I can say is get out there before it gets too hot. Now is the time to catch some fish.

Pyramid Lake 4/21

Pyramid Lake has been rough this year. Every person I have talked to has mentioned that the fishing has been slow at best, and I would have to agree... The season started well, but with the mild weather and abnormally high water this year, the Cutt's have been cruising the deep water filling up on chubs while we sit on the shore throwing flies at nothing.

As soon as the weather began to warm though, I knew that things would have to turn around. With a 70+ degree day, I tossed my gear in the rig and decided to head out. I got out to Indian head around 6:30 am, and there was only 1 other couple fly fishing. I chatted them up for a minute and noticed they were rigging up nymphing rigs for the day. I had my 4 weight (disclaimer: if you tell somebody you're fishing for cutt's on a 4 weight, their eyes will widen) so I through a nymph rig on it, and rigged up my 6 weight for the standard bottom dragging rig of a bugger with a white beetle trailer.

After stripping streamers for a bit, I realized I wasn't attracting anything but weeds. I looked to my right and sure enough one of the other 2 folks had a decent cut on a nymph. I watched him pull in 2 more in short order and decided it was time to throw caution to the window and break out the 4 weight. My stack consisted of a #8 Prince Nymph, #8 Red Chironomid, and #8 Green Chironomid.

It took me about 30 minutes to finally hook into my first cutt in quite a while... this decent 18 incher here:

I tried my luck for another 45 minutes or so, but gave up and headed to another beach.

Shot Dog was my next stop, and let me tell you that the Shot Dog has been terrible. The underwater plant life loves to cocoon your flies with a nice sticky film, and really pisses you off more than anything. I gave up after 15 minutes and moved down to Wino, which I hadn't visited in a couple of years.

Wino was hip hop as usual. Between the 10 - 12 fly fisherman and the kids playing beach volleyball, I didn't expect much success. Especially when said kids were bumping teeny bopper crap like Justin Beeber and Flo Rida. I posted up right in the middle of the bay, and managed to land this smaller cut on the same nymph stack:

Not much of a hog, and he really didn't put up much of a fight either. I thought I had a stick on at first...

Needless to say, a 2 fish day is better than a no fish day. I chalked it up to a success; especially after the countless days of getting skunked this Winter. It looks like the fishing is finally starting to pick up out there, finally.

May 10, 2012 - Lunch Time Delight

Here it is. The first fish I've caught since last October and the first post I've made in probably a year or so... I think I've only fished 4 times since January of 2011.

This is your small Steamboat Ditch carp. The picture really doesn't do it any justice but I figured it around 25" - 27", just eye balling. Carp are some of the finest fighting fish out there and this one was no exception. The carp are feeding off of and around the grasses right now. I found that in large groups they aren't very scary so you can get pretty close to them. This one hit a #10 olive streamer Bob tied for me that I was bouncing off the bottom along the edge of a grass patch. He hit probably on the 30th cast and I think it was more annoyed than it was hungry... bout 11:30 in the morning yesterday.

So things are slowing down a little bit for some of us and in addition to taking up new hobbies we're going to be on the river a lot more. I personally intend to target the Nevada part of the Truckee particularly hard this year and may post some on these hobbies too.

Remember to check out the updated flows on the site before you head out to the river. They are always up to date and accurate.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Still Alive

We're still alive but havn't been very active on the fly.  Brandon and I have been fishing in a local bass club that we've been a part of for a few years.  Check em out.  We'll be back on the rivers in no time. - Great Basin Bassers