Wicked Good Day on the Forebay

I was beginning to think I was jinkxed with the weather at O’neill Forebay.   For the last two weeks  I’ve been trying to get out every day  that I have been off work.    Unfortunately,  I’m about 50 percent  these last two weeks when it comes to actually making the ride due to inaccurate wind…

Flavor of the Month

July 25, 2021 – I receive many emails and texts asking what fly Im using in the Forebay and in the Lake.  The truth is that I dont really have more than 6 flies in any style that are identical.  One of the aspects of fishing the forebay and lake as my “home” waters is…

Double Trouble

Friday July 23, 2021 – Today I scouted the Main Lake and Forebay.   This year’s drought has already drawn the lake down to nearly 40 percent capacity.   I haven’t seen it this low since the great drought.  When the water gets low like this,  sometimes you can catch some really big fish off the shoreline. …

Topwater LMB on the Delta

Monday July 19, 2021 – Vaughn and I had the pleasure of being guided by Bryce Tedford on the Delta for some Topwater LMB Action.  In all the years that I’ve known Vaughn,  this is the first time we actually shared a boat.   Having been heavily outfished by Vaughn ,  it will probably be the…

Kimmie and I fish the Forebay

Sunday July 18, 2021 – There is nothing quite as satisfying as fishing with your dog or in this case fishing with your kids dog.   Kimmie and I spent a nice day on the forebay .   Some rare cloud cover and heat helped keep the winds down till 3:30.   We had a window of calm…

Short Window, Slow Day

Wednesday July 15 2012 -It wasn’t till 11:00 today when I decided to go and fish the forebay again.    The last two opportunities paid off big and the odds seemed in my favor today.   Last night I checked the wind to see if the pattern had changed and to my suprise,  the winds were…

All alone in the Forebay

MONDAY July 12, 2021 – I have the week off.  This week I was supposed to be in Cuba fly fishing the Jardines de la Reina but because of COVID, the airlines cancelled flights to Havana.   It looks like we dodged a bullet since today  (the day we were to land in Havana)   thousands of…

The Wall, The Heat, and Being the FLY

FRIDAY July 9, 2021 -The Wind basically wipe the month of June off my fishing diary with high winds and ambiguous wind predictions.   The best fishing of the month was when I challenged the wind predictions and won.   Today was one of those days.    The wind predictions have consistently predicted a small windows  of…

Low Water at the Lake

Sunday July 27 2021 – It was August 2013 when San Luis hit its lowest level in history.  Since then,  The DWR vowed never to let the lake drop that low ever again.   The algae blooms nearly ruined the lakes plumbing and the local reservoirs that depend on San Luis Reservoir dried up .   The…

Building a Pyramid Lake Ladder Chair

Behind most great Pyramid Lake fishermen is a custom made ladder. Pyramid lake is famous for fishing from ladders.  Over the last 40 years,  Ladder fishing has evolved from its beginnings when anglers would stand on milk crates in deeper water to allow them to  wade deeper and cast farther.  Pyramid lake is surrounded by…

Back to School at the Racks

It’s been months since I fished the Lake and I felt very rusty.   I had to unlearn some striper habits fishing for big cutthroat trout at Pyramid Lake.  Three weeks ago I fished the forebay and I can’t remember the last time I fished the lake.  While in Hawaii last week,   Brian was texting me…

Take me to the Pilots

“Pilots” – the largest growing trout native to North America also known as the Lahontan Cutthroat Trout once thought extinct but resurrected in the last decade. In 1995 a genetic reservoir of the Lahontan Cutthroat was discovered near Pilot Peak Utah. Known as “Pilots”, monster catches in the last couple years point to the unprecedented…

Hot Rod Float Tube – the Bixby Jet

 Two years ago at the Pleasanton Fly Fishing Show,   I decided to upgrade my float tube.   Convinced by Don Cheserek that the ultimate tube was a Dave Scaddon Zonker,    I bought one and mounted a Bixby Jet on it to fish Henderson Springs last year which got cancelled.   This year’s Henderson Springs trip…