Saturday, May 26, 2012

Rain, Snow, Oil Change, Truckee, Radiator, Big Fish


  • Oil Change 
  • "you have a small leak in your radiator, we fixed it"
  • Pick up Sebastian, drive to Truckee
  • Arrive at 1130pm. 
  • Watch "Superbad"
  • 6am - Wake up
  • Sunny but cold
  • Bacon, Eggs, Coffee...more coffee
  • poo
  • Nymph with new two handed 10 foot rod
  • Fish, fish, fish....
  • Swing big fish
  • Drive to Little Truckee
  • lots of snow
  • Drive back to Truckee
  • Big fish
  • Safeway
  • Huge Hamburgers
  • More Coffee
  • Snow. Lots of snow
  • Drive three hours 
  • Blow up radiator
  • Push car to side of street
  • Drive Sebastian's truck home
  • Sleep

Monday, May 21, 2012

John Rickard - The McCloud River

I was fortunate to be able to fish with John for a couple of days this past January. It was two of the best days of fishing I ever had and it wasn't just because we caught a lot of big fish. John is a true ambassador for the art of fly fishing and has blended his passion with an amazing photography project.
Please support his effort to get this book published.

Sunday, May 20, 2012


Finally made it back to my favorite river after a couple month hiatus. Started fishing around 10am and walked up river from Parks Bar Bridge. There were a couple guys fishing in some of my favorite spots but I picked up fish at every hole. Size 18 red headed stepchild was the most productive fly for the morning.  

Weather was perfect. 85 degrees and sunny.

Took a break at about 1pm and then fished again from 230 - 5. This time I walked down river.
Swung a #16 Birds Nest for 3 nice fish. Lost one of them after a good hard fight.
Hooked up a couple more with a #16 FKA Prince high sticking seams.

Fish ranged from tiny dinks to the biggest that I farmed at probably around 18 inches.

It never fails to surprise me how strong these fish are. The 16 inch fish in the pic below felt like a 20 inch fish in any other river.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

New Old Bamboo

I just bought this rod last year and it is a great peace of work. I don't really want to sell it but I have my eyes on something else already and money is tight. I'll be sad to see it go but hopefully it will find the hands of someone who is appreciative of its history. This rod was made in the 1940's in Michigan.