Going Commando

No, I’m not fishing without underwear. Im talking about a new type of Skagit Fly line by OPST called the Commando Head.  Casting the commando head has radically changed my fly line preferences forever. They have especially changed the way I cast large flies, indicators,  swinging patterns, and large floating poppers and flies .  The…

Drop the Mic – Nutritionbymia

July 4, 2019 :Quite the accomplishment on July 4th 2019, when Mia’s nutrition charts made the top spot on BuzzFeed for a couple hours.  Mia was “trending” on the 4th of July.   God Bless capitalism, and God Bless America.

San Luis Reservoir Striper Ceviche

It is easy as a flyfisherman to forget that most of the Stripers caught in San Luis reservoir are caught by Baitfishermen, and gear guys. Many of the gear guys are experts and catch way more fish than I do. There is whole new generation of San Luis Striper fishermen that troll umbrella rigs, cast…

Clear Skies, Pumps On, Can’t Lose

Sunday June 26, 2019 – The wind has been very fluky as of late at the San Luis Reservoir. When the highway signs warn of “Gusty Winds” over Pacheco Pass even when its calm, you can bet that the wind predictions may not be accurate. Yesterday (Saturday) I got excited when the wind predictions was…

A River Runs through it…

Sunday March 9, 2019  – Sunday was my idea of a perfect opportunity at San Luis, hot weather, no wind and the pumps pushing water into the lake. With the warm weather melting the snow in the sierras and the late rains of a couple weeks ago, for the first time in many years, the…

Three Generations finish Chicago

Chicago has always been my sentimental favorite city. I spent 5 of the best years of my life there going to school at Northwestern Dental School and it is the city where I met my wife. When Mark decided to go there for his Physician Assistant Masters Degree, Gina and I were thrilled that we…

Friday at the Lake – another big fishless day (Resuscitator is still virgin)

Friday April 26, 2019 Steve Van Den Brand Horninge and I have been fishing Oneill Forebay and  San Luis Reservoir together for years,  just not in the same boat till today.   Steve’s boat is in the shop,  and he mentioned  that he had a new rod that needed christening.  Our mutual friend,  Vaughn,   has been…

Rest in peace my friend….

Each one of us here today will at one time in our lives look upon a loved one who is in need and ask the same question: We are willing to help, Lord, but what, if anything, is needed? For it is true we can seldom help those closest to us. Either we don’t know…

47 Hours

I just got back from the funeral of our accountant and friend Bob Lawrence. Last week we received a thin letter with the sad news and Gina and I took his passing very hard. Bob was our accountant from the very start of my career 36 years ago. His memorial today was attended by nearly…

Mark And Phoebe are Engaged….

This weekend, My son proposed to his girlfriend of nearly 8 years. We couldn’t be happier. Six months in the planning, he popped the question on a local beach they love. A hour before they arrived at the beach, family members from both sides set the stage that mark had requested pitching a tent on…

The James Baroud Space roof tent.

Next year or maybe this year Im going to start my new years resolution to fish more local water next year. After this years road trip to Montana. I think I want to get back to basics and camp fish Northern Cali, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. I have a Motorhome, but for…

Adventures in Landscaping 2018

You know how those little home projects turn into monsters? Here is yet another story of how a small project turned into a major one. After the California Drought of 2012 through 2017, I decided to let my crappy lawn go brown which it has remained till this year. Even though our grapes were thriving…