Football Season

September 24, 2021 – Something is in the water in the Forebay.  I have never seen the fish from the forebay all consistently fat and healthy as they were today.  This unusual trend has to be from a change in the food chain in the forebay.   All the regular food sources are present. Delta Smelt,…

Covid’s Silver Lining

Sep 7 – 15 2021.  The Silver Lining to this whole crappy year was putting hundreds of Silver Salmon on the line this week.    It’s been a long two years that I have been longing to return to the Sapuck River in the Aleutian Islands for Coho Salmon.  The Sapsuck Camp is my favorite…

Forebay with Don

Friday Sept 4, 2021 – I needed one more day on the water to tune my spey rod for my Alaska trip next week t minus three days and counting.  Glen Chenn emailed us that there is a spike in Covid in Alaska and our entire group of Seniors is getting a bit nervous.  No…

Smoke and Heat

Saturday August 28, 2021  –  Mother Nature threw some hurdles at me today trying to get me to not fish ,   The temps were predicted to be 105 degrees from noon to 4:00 and I was a bit worried that the Smoke from the Northern California Fires might waft into the valley and close the…

Fishing the Yellow Light

Monday August 9, 2021 Today was suppose to be the calmest day of my four day weekend but it turned out to be the most windy.  The yellow light was on all day.   I was really looking forward to fishing some calm water with a shot at some topwater but as soon as I crested…

Vaughn and I on the Forebay

Friday Aug 6, 2021 Vaughn and I figure we’ve been fishing buddies for about ten years now. Yet today was the first time we fished in my boat together. A couple weeks ago we fished with Bryce Tedford together and it seemed like we had fished together for year him in the front and I…

Steve Pryor and I on the Forebay

After fishing the Forebay for many years,  I basically forgot how many skills you must master to catch a Striped Bass on a fly .  It starts with fly casting.  Len Bearden’s memorable quote was ” Meng. you are only as good a fisherman as you cast…”.  To Fly Fish for Stripers, you must learn…

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…