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Now if there is one thing true about Jason it’s that he has never and I mean NEVER backed down from a fight. But Jason is a big dude and this bear thought the same (or just laughed and decided that chasing squirrels and eating out of people garbage cans was a more fitting use of its time) and so the bear walked away about another 40 feet, turned and stood up to see Jason making his way down river, with just a little more pep in his step I’m sure.
With fall right here and the temps lowering we can only hope that we see some moisture soon. With the Truckee still being much lower than usual on the Nevada side, the crew’s fishing options have been some what limited.
Speaking for me personally, having a 1 year old at home, it was a nice option to just go hit the river for a few hours in the evening to get my mind right and get a little tight line therapy before heading back into reality. But I digress, Last week Kelly, Jason and Glenn were able to do some exploring in the hills near Bridgeport, California. There was a storm rolling in and the guys had to hit the trail earlier than they wanted to due to the potential for a flash flood and the already sketchy roads being completely washed away. This coming weekend should some fishing with a side of rock and roll mixed in for good measure. It’s been highly publicized over the last few weeks about how the water master lowered the flows and that there were several fish rescues on both the California and Nevada sides of the Truckee.
Whatever you plan is, if you are a catch and release angler, use your best judgement and please fish ethically and put the fishes well being in the fore front of your mind. Our buddy Jan Nemec of Mimic Fly Fishing did a recent post on his page about other species and places you can fish to help control that overwhelming urge we all have to get that line tight.
Another great blog you should all read is from our buddy Crazy Uncle Larry over at Red-Legged-Devils who’s latest post is an informative piece on the current state of the drought we are in and what we can do to help.
For our group of hooligans the fishing has spread out over several places, it seems we all haven’t been fishing the same place at the same time . Jason is still getting into the new daddy routine but I believe this weekend he’ll be out the high mountains of the sierras looking for gold! Glenn took his bride on a trip to bodega bay for their anniversary and she surprised his with a party boat charter for rock fish and salmon.
And last but not least, Matt as I type this is floating on Spooner Lake slaying countless numbers and rainbow and small chubs. When the Line Goes Tight is fully supporting the efforts of the Truckee River Keepers to lead by example and participate in a voluntary Hoot Owl Closure on the Truckee River.
For the months of July and August, get off the river before noon strikes, and avoid fishing in the afternoons and evenings. Sitting on my couch last Monday watching some mindless TV program I get a text from a buddy in Grass Valley telling me that a guide he was friends with just had a cancellation on his boat for the King Salmon opener on the Sacramento River for that Wednesday and wanted to see if me and a few of the WTLGT crew could make it.
Immediately the thoughts of landing a King on the river and having some fresh caught smoked salmon were racing through my head, forcing out any realizations that I have to work during the week and need to pick up my daughter from daycare…fishing can do that to you.
In a whirlwind of texts, emails and calls into work and friends, 12 hours later we were set.
Tuesday evening we got off work, packed the fishing wagon and headed off to Chico to crash for a few hours in our hotel before getting on the water Wednesday morning. After some people watching and my posh dinner of moons over my hammy we headed back to room, past the Tuesday night salsa dancing party going on in the lobby and laid our heads down for a few hours of shut eye before our 3:00 am wake up call rolled around. In the afternoon we were dragging some roe on a nice drift when we saw what at the time we could only tell was some type of cat walking down the river back. Kelly had taken a guide trip with our good friend Jan Nemec of Mimic Fly Fishing a week earlier and they had hit some (new to us) waters in the upper section of the Truckee on the Nevada side. I decided that I was going to hike into those same waters from my usual starting point on the Truckee. I crossed back over the river, walked up the cliff face, crossed over some railroad tracks and started back to the trusty fishing wagon. Once I reached the car I was about to start breaking down my rod when that little voice inside my head said “Hey! I tried telling that voice inside my head to mind it own business and that a cold drink and a burger seemed like a better idea than walking back down the hill to more than likely keep the  skunk stripe on my back. So with fly rod in hand I sent my first dead drift down through the large hole I’ve pulled some decent fish out of over this year. My tippet and flies were mangled into a birds nest of knots after I released the Brown, so I decided to retie my setup and sent a few texts to the WTLGT crew with photos on the brown. Once I was set back up and utilized some of my unlimited text messaging plan I was back in the river, happy to have the stripe off of my back and eager to see if there were anymore hungry trout wanting to eat.
Now they say lightning doesn’t strike twice, but while standing in the same exact spot, throwing the same exact flies I started my drift with an upstream cast in the shallow fast water above the deep hole and almost immediately my indicator shot down but did a little wiggle. As I got the fish into the shallows it found a nice tree branch to wrap my leader and tippet around.
As with the Brown, I took a handful of shaky photos and gave this fish time to recover from our dance together. I took some time to just sit there on the river bank reflecting on the 2 most beautiful fish I’ve even caught, not to mention on back to back casts. At that moment I was truly happy, I had started out the day with a head clouded in worry, anxiety and grief.
The days proceeding that day were also very good not only for the fishing but for putting thing in prospective.
Two days after that day I got to fish the river with our good buddy Jan Nemec and I got to watch a master at work. So needless to say having a new born at home will leave even the strongest man feeling like a zombie and questioning his sanity, so it was time for Jason to get some river therapy as I did a few days earlier. The last two trips of the weekend I couldn’t make but Jason, Kelly Glenn and Matt all hit the Truckee.
The clinic started off with Matt and Doug getting us acquainted with the ins and outs of what a standard rod and reel setup would be for this style of nymphing.
Next came our leader construction and a brief history on where and how this style of nymphing started.
After our leaders were built, fly selection began and seriously, I’m not kissing ass here but not only are our two teachers of this clinic  guides on the Truckee River and beyond, they are both awesome fly tiers with multiple flies available commercially though Solitude Fly Company and Umpqua Feather Merchants. Once everyone was rigged up we took a quick walk over to the Truckee River to get some hands on experience.
You could have timed it with a stop watch, but no more than 3 minutes in the water Doug’s line went tight and he had a fish on.
As the clinic wrapped up the group hung around and chatted about the days adventures and what we all agreed was a very informative lesson on a new way to fish.
Here is a video of one of the clinics put on by Matt and Doug that was masterfully filmed and edited by our friend Donald Zimmerman who runs a great blog called Catch, Snap & Release that you should check out on a regular basis. The Truckee River a truly a world class trophy trout river, and it does not like to give up it’s bounty easily.
After our awesome trip to Hobart Reservoir, Glenn took his boat out to Pyramid Lake on that Sunday for some Cutthroat action.
Glenn was able to beat the crowds and get out to some unoccupied areas of the lake and for his efforts he was rewarded with landed roughly 40 Cutty’s for the afternoon. The season officially ends at the end of June, so if you feel like battling the shore crowds or own a boat, you only have a few weeks to get you LCT fix on, the season opens again on October 1st. The Monday after Matt and I had the day off that we were going to use for a guide trip Matt had won at this years F3T, but due to some unfortunate circumstances the trip had to be rescheduled for another time. Of course since the Patagonia outlet is right next to the Truckee River, myself, Jason from WTLGT and Jason from our local Trout Unlimited chapter got to hit the river for a bit prior to the screening.
On Saturday Glenn volunteered his time to help out with the NDOW (Nevada Department of Wildlife) annual Kid’s Carp Derby at the Lahontan Reservoir.
Unfortunately they both came back to Reno with a stripe on their back and carried with them the odor that can ward off even the biggest grizzly bear, or attract the cast of Half Baked…But as the saying goes, that’s why it’s called fishing, not catching!
There are 2 ways into Hobart Reservoir, one way is to start at Spooner Lake off of highway 50 and hike about 5 miles to the reservoir.

We departed Reno in two trucks at about 6am Saturday morning and by 6:30am we started making our way up the before mentioned gnarly dirt road. Looking down below us on the drive up the hill made you think about how sketchy this road could be if we actually had some snow this year.
After about 40 minutes we made it to the locked gate which was our cue to park and get ready to hit the trail. The reservoir is beautiful and the trek it takes to get there keeps a lot of people out for the most part. We called it a day a little after noon, the fish counts were for the most part in the teens but Jason came out with the most fish landed at 27. We got our float tubes and gear packed up and started the hike back up to the parking area, all of us in good spirits about the the great day we had on the water and discussing where our next outing should be. But at the end of the day we had a great time and we all felt grateful for having such a unique and beautiful fishery so close to home. On Friday afternoon I took a trip out to Pyramid Lake to see if I could get some fishing in before the shores were filled with RV’s, Campers and party animals that were no doubt already getting geared up.
While stripping in my trusty popcorn beetle and wooly bugger combo I felt a bump…a bump! After a few more rounds of switching from stirpping bugs and hanging nymphs I called it a day. The rest of the fishing this weekend consisted of a few trips to the Truckee River which was high and a little off color down through Reno due to the recent rains we just had. Waterfront Condo-Rainbow River Area-on the Withlacoochee - Vacation Rentals by Owner Listing #45310 Waterfront Condo - Rainbow River Area - On the Withlacoochee Location: Rainbow River, Upper Gulf Coast, Florida, USA (10 miles from the Crystal River, Homasasa & Ocala) Accommodations: Condominium - 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s) - 2 Baths - (Sleeps 4-6) Photo 1 - Dunnellon, FL - Florida Vacation Rental Lodging- Rainbow River Area on the Withlacoochee River!
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We all text each other the night before on what time and where we should fish, which then turns into the following morning of texts asking where the hell everyone is at and which person is heading to the predetermined hole because they are sick of waiting for whoever is slacking this weekend. I had no excuses other than my bed was warmer than the river and those extra 30 mins of sleep seemed worth it at the time.
As Kelly walked to the river’s edge he heard something walking though the tree line, rustling leaves and whatnot.
As Jason passed the same tree line he met eyes with a foraging Black Bear looking for his morning breakfast. So in true Jason form he started yelling and hollering at the bear, now if this was me I’m man enough to say I probably would have more than likely crapped my pants and ran my ass back up to my car smelling like the changing room at your local day care center. Luckily I hear no rustling and see no bears as I approach the fishing hole where Kelly and Jason had already gotten into a few fish. There is no doubt that the river is really low and slow right now, which has the fish stacked into deep hole and seams throughout the river. So if you want to know what flies we are using 99% of the time it’s a fly tied by one of these 3 guys. Until the flows return to reasonable levels please respect the river and the fish we all love. Not limited by available fishing grounds really, but limited with the amount of time we have to go explore these places. But there was one species that the guys really want to get into, wanted it so bad that they pushed and scraped their truck up sketchy and washed out roads, loaded up their packs and hiked their way into a secluded small lake high in the mountains because of one thing and one thing only…Gold Fever! Not normally growing too large, they are a beautiful trout that aren’t the easiest to come by. But there is no doubt we’ll all be back out panning for gold again in the near future. We had a storm front come through and give us cloudy skies and a good amount of rain, making the greater Reno area look more like the Pacific Northwest then the high desert home we are used to.
This is a highly talked about issue and I think the answer has to come from the individual angler themselves. The salmon are starting to push into the rivers, but he got himself a limit of nice sized quality rock cod. Currently the flows on the Truckee are being restricted due to the low amount of snow pack and severe drought conditions our region is facing. Also while on the river keep a river thermometer handy, once the water temps get into the high 60’s, give the fish a break and enjoy one of the other many outdoor activities our great area has to offer. 3 of us were going to be able to make the trip down to Chico for a guide trip with Captain Scott Feist of Feisty Fish Guide Service. There are some beautiful spots between Reno and Chico and the conversation in the car was all about fishing as you can imagine. But while wiping the sleep from our eyes we piled into the car and set off the boat launch for our 4:00 am tight line appointment. Scott and Josh of the Feisty Fish we both super pumped up and they made the sleepiness fade very quick and got us all fired up for the day ahead. It was too far away to tell what kind of cat it was but it was leisurely walking in our direction.
We were surrounded with good friends, beautiful scenery, great conversations and most importantly we were all out doing something we love and not just sitting around talking about doing it.
My 81 year old grandmother had lost her battle with cancer and my job graciously gave me some time off of work for bereavement. It is a way to collect your thoughts and work through problems while at the same time not thinking about anything at all. They had done really well in this stretch with Kelly landing several nice rainbows, a brown and a mountain white fish. After about 3 or 4 drifts my indicator shot down and I set the hook, immediately I knew it was a decent fish, it had some weight to it and started heading down stream with authority. In that split second when you try to decipher if you have a fish or a shallow rock attached to your fly and whether or not to set the hook or just give it enough force to hopefully get unsnagged from the bottom, that little wiggle of the indicator was at the forefront of my decision. As soon as I got a slight edge on the fish and getting it closer to the shallows it would take right back off into the fast water. I knew that I had to land this fish to give any credibility to my story because as we all know you need to have a photo or it didn’t happen. I had to make a mad dash with my net to land this fish before it broke me off and after a brief moment of panic the fish was in the net. Knowing that I could have gotten into a handful more fish I thanked the river gods for the awesome experience and headed back to the car. I ended that afternoon with a plan to focus on what’s truly meaningful in this world and mentally accepting the loss on my wonderful, hilarious grandmother. In the short time we fished I learned several new tips from just watching Jan fish and he got into a good number of fish, one being a beautiful healthy rainbow that just missed getting into the net by a matter of centimeters. There were fish landed and lost, one being a rather large Brown that straightened out a hook on Jason. The Truckee is fishing great but with the warm summer days hit the river early and give the trout a break come lunch time and when they do hit the net give them a little extra time to recover.
Matt, Glenn and our friend Neil recently took a trip to the Pine Forest Mountains and fished Knott Creek and Blue Lakes, so we’ll report on that trip shortly.
But as we were taught in our class, this style of fly fishing was happening in Northern California way before it was happening it Europe.
As they explained any 9ft 5wt rod will do the trick, but a 10 to 10.5ft, 4-5wt rod is preferred.
These two flies gave us a well rounded meal option for what would hopefully be some hungry trout once we got on the water.
It was a nice wild Truckee River rainbow trout and as Doug released the fish back into the water the group was eager to get on the water to hone our newly learned nymphing skills. Doug and Matt both spent time with each angler individually helping us sight the water, perfect our drifts and really learn the use your sense of touch while fly fishing rather than how we usually wait for our indicator to sink before reacting to a grab. It’s getting pretty late in the season and with the water temps rising the fish are starting to move into deeper water making it tough on the shore anglers to get a bite. So Matt and I took the opportunity to fish some new (to us) waters across the state line into California. Our local Patagonia outlet here in Reno hosted the screening and provided drinks and snacks as well as showing the film free of charge. The flows have come back down on the T and we were able to get into some mountain white fish before the movie started and the thunder showers showed up.

This annual derby is a good time and helps get the next generation of anglers into this sport we all know and love. Jason and Kelly set off on a road trip to Indian Creek Reservoir which is located near Markleeville, south of Lake Tahoe.
If it works out Glenn will be heading up to Knott Creek for the opener and a few of us are staying closer to home to learn some tight line nymphing from the dynamic duo of Matt “Gilligan” Koles and Doug Ouellette. The group had been talking about heading up to Hobart Reservoir for a few weeks now and we had heard some great reports of 20-30 fish days being common. Hobart Reservoir is located at an elevation of 7,650 feet in the Carson Range of the Toiyabe National Forest and getting there can be a little tricky depending on weather and road conditions. At the bottom of the canyon you could  see the mangled remains of a few vehicles that weren’t so fortunate on their way to this high mountain fishery. We all inflated our float tubes, got our gear securely strapped down and started making our way down the hill in front of us. We had our group of 5 anglers all on float tubes, there was only one other guy on his float tube and I think I counted maybe 4 other people fishing from shore. There is no doubt a healthy population of Tiger and Brook Trout in the the reservoir and though there weren’t many Rainbows caught they undoubtedly put up the biggest fight with the handful we caught going vertical right after being hooked.
We still have boat fishing at Pyramid and crossing the boarder into California for some river action to report. The usual suspects were completely filled, bumper to bumper with Caravan’s (spoken in my head sounding like Brad Pitt in the movie Snatch). The kind that makes your adrenaline start pumping and focuses all your attention on the connection between your hand, fly line and rod tip. Partly because I was hoping to get dinner with the wife and kiddo and partly because the Caravan parade suddenly realized the beach I was fishing was probably the only one on the lake that hasn’t been invaded yet and they started shuffling in. At least in a boat if the weather is cooperating you can get across to the backside where normally the only other people you’ll see are fellow anglers and no jet skis or wake boarders.
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But we tip our hats to NDOW, CDOW, the local guides, anglers and volunteers that put in many hours into helping these fish we all love. Some have chosen to keep off of the Truckee entirely until the flows return and get their fishing fix elsewhere. After we loaded onto the boat and got settled we took off into the darkness of the Sacramento River to post up on one of Scott’s favorite holes before anyone else could stake their claim on it.
So like the title of this post says, Sometimes fishing isn’t the about the fish at all. So there was no better way for me to spend some hours inside my own head than taking a solo mission with the fly rod down to the Truckee River for some tight line therapy.
So after a few more casts and narrowly avoiding taking a nap on the river bank after slipping off a boulder I was climbing over almost knocking myself out I figured it was time to go find some lunch. I did my best to follow my fish down stream with what is known as the Truckee River Shuffle while keep constant pressure on the fish. So I set the hook and felt what I was sure was another nice Brown taking me for my second Truckee River Shuffle in as many casts. The whole time your mind is racing wondering if your knots are strong, if you should have beefed up your tippet selection or if that size 16 hook is going to straighten out on you or not.
I was shaking again from even more adrenaline than before and was staring at the biggest Rainbow of my I’ve landed out of the river I call my home waters.
In fact, the Europeans learned how to fish this style by reading old fly fishing booked written by authors here in the U.S. Matt and Doug also explain how to read the water and where trout would normally be found in these summer time conditions. The 160 acre lake holds some good size rainbows, browns and cutthroats but you couldn’t convince Kelly and Jason of that.
Matt is in good shape and managed his way up the hill without too much fan fair and Quinten who I now believe is part billy goat charged that mountain like a champ, while eating gummy bears…no joke.
Pelican, North and South Nets and Blockhouse were all packed and with almost not a single angler on the water. Cruising the shallows were 100’s of Cui-ui ( a large sucker fish endemic to Pyramid Lake) and one gigantic carp.
So I got setup to throw some bugs and beetles and enjoyed the solitude I had, even knowing it would only be for a short amount of time. Tucked away in a natural setting of rivers, and Cypress trees.You will feel like Mother Nature is your host. These tours allow everyone to relax and take in the sights under the warmth of the Ft Lauderdale sun.
And if you take a jet ski tour you’ll be able to snap a few awesome photos while you’re at it. This morning was the opposite, they had a very specific fly they would only eat, but once all 3 of us had the same fly tied on it was lights out! There was no question that these fish would have suffered and died if it wasn’t for the efforts of the above mentioned groups. Others have stuck with the Hoot Owl plan and fish only the mornings and carry a thermometer and get off the water when the river reaches into the higher 60’s.
Although they sighted a good amount of fish, the ones that came close enough to his fly must have just eaten because they swam off without even a nibble.
Our new friend Bob didn’t seem to care much about us as he walked over and found a nice shady spot to take a load off, I was able to get a couple nice shots of him. But the fish was camera shy and jumped ship before we were able to get a good picture of him. My hands were shaking with adrenaline and being by myself I only got a handful of decent photos of my prize. This clinic made me look at fishing the river in a whole new light and if you get a chance you should look into signing up for one of their future clinics. After hours of trying they packed up their gear and headed to a local stream and also to another still water lake to try and get that line tight. This fishery boasts having Brook, Rainbow, Tiger and Cuttbow trout, but only the Brookies are self sustaining. I set the hook and it felt like a had a real nice fish on the other end, but as quickly as that adrenaline rush kicked in,  that stomach sinking feeling of when your line goes slack hit. Getting Glenn to use a camera to document these outings while he’s on his boat is about as likely as getting my 10 month old daughter to change her own diaper. Yet, you're still in walking distance to Dunnellon's Historical district, dining, and shopping. By the time we started to pack out we had landed 5-7 fish each and many more than that lost. Ladies and Gentlemen, when fishing the Truckee please always be bear aware…but also always keep an eye out for the elusive Calvada Squatch that roams the river banks as well. Between the nail knots, surgeons knots, clinch knots, mono, flouro, swivels and tippet rings we were all having a great time building our leaders and learning something new. There’s nothing wrong with teaching kids how to fish while hooking into a poor man’s bonefish on the fly rod!
Figuring the fish just spit the hook I checked the bugs to see if it took the beetle or the bugger. It was a cool opportunity to get to see a Bobcat in the wild like that and a rare one as well. Directly down the river which leads you to either the Rainbow River for some of the clearest water you have ever seen, known for its Tubing or the Withlacoochee River for the world's best Bass fishing.
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