Friday, September 20, 2013

Truckee River - Mastering the Long Line Release

There is a good caddis and a mayfly hatch in the evening right now, things are changing as fall is fast approaching and the fish are onto it.  I've been out of caddis pupa for over a week now so I've been forced to try other flies.  Low and behold pheasant tails are stealing the show. This guys was redemption from loosing a real toad only minutes earlier.
The most amazing part of the day was I actually managed to get some fishing in with 3 boys in tow.
The fish today weren't kid sized so they were bummed when I didn't exactly hand them the rod.
Well, with all the fly fishing clinics being offered by folks, I thought I'd start my own, its will cover topics such as not changing your leader from the prior day and releasing of nice fish from a very safe distance so as to not risk getting you or your net wet. 
 Its for novices and experts alike, please be sure to tell your friends.  Pardon my expletive in the vid, losing the fish was total operator error and I kick myself for this one.  I fished a day earlier in heavy pocket water dragging my leader/tippet across every abrasive rock in the river, then today I tell myself I'll change up once we get on the water....forgot and on my second cast...Murphy's Law strikes!  Oh well, I had the opportunity to play him out and actually got to see him so I'm at peace.

We had a 3-snake record today, these garter snakes hatched earlier this year and were everywhere

The crays have recently molted, this is an example of a bit-sized specimen, tons of protein in this compact package.  Super soft shells this time of year makes them difficult to handle but to a  trout its like eating a tender filet mignon vs. a tough flank steak....they prefer the filet.


6 comments:

Casey said...

Floating Mayberry to Cottonwood on Saturday 9/21. Any shuttle suggestions as we only have one vehicle?

Ryan said...

I don't, sorry about that.

John Roberts said...

Despite the pressure that place keeps kickin em out. Nice fish!

Joseph said...

hey Ryan, really dig the blog, been following about a year, since you put me on the streamer tip last fall...would love to sign up for the clinic, but i got to be honest, this summer I've mastered the long line release without much external instruction/advice. No wet nets!
Thanks for the great videos, hope to see more.

g_rob said...

I feel like I've been to that clinic many, many times...

g_rob said...

I feel like I've been to that clinic many, many times...

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