Monday, December 21, 2009

Breaking The Ice

Winter showed up a few weeks ago and put the river on ice. Although there were a few areas that were fishable and some people were catching fish I held off for a few days. I planned on waiting a few more days but heard rumor at a local bar that Doug had caught a 27" brown on the Truckee River. I hit the river yesterday and today and it was productive. After an entire week and a half without fishing I am now back at it and expect to be on the water as long as it does not get blown out.

Doug's Brown cropped to hide the location.

Colorful Rainbow

Oh yeah, I went to Pyramid but mostly to take photos. The North Nets were crowded and the fishing looked slow.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Introducing a Youngen' to the Sport

I was thrilled when my younger brother asked me to take him fishing. After losing the last several hundred rounds of pool, cribbage, ping pong, and all coordinated games this was my chance to show him up. I arrived at the river a half hour ahead of him and fished through the prime lie I planned to put him on. I caught two rainbows in the 18-20" class before my brother arrived for instruction. It didn't take long for him to learn the basics but he looked frustrated at the lack of strikes, especially with me in the background saying, "great drift", "can't believe you haven't had a strike yet". After my round of fun we wondered downstream to a short run where he caught a small whitefish. Having let the prime lie rest we made our way back upstream where we were met by Doug. Pete made a few nice drifts before hooking and landing a fat rainbow. I considered the day a success but he wanted to continue fishing so we stayed at it.

Nice rainbow on his first outing.

Being persistent Pete continued to work the run. He missed on big grab from a heavy fish and cast back out without hesitation. After several more drifts he hooked another heavy fish and this one was wasn't coming off. He followed our landing instructions and had a 25" in brown in the net in short time. The monster, post-spawn, hook-jawed brown was a beauty. Lucky bastard.

A little urban fishing.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Supersizing Pictures

You may have noticed the giant pictures in recent posts. Too much? Let me know what you think. There may be a new logo soon as well. All opinions are welcome.

Friday, November 6, 2009

East Walker River

The East Walker is a beautiful stream fed by Sierra snowmelt. The river begins in California below Bridgeport Reservoir before crossing the Nevada border and feeding the high desert ranches. The river has become popular due to recent magazine publicity but it is remote enough to prevent overcrowding and long enough to spread out the pressure.

I had not been to the East Walker for a few years so I was excited when Doug said he was going to help electroshock and be a part of the weekly video for the Nevada Division of Wildlife. After cordially inviting myself we jumped in the truck and went to meet the NDOW team. Doug and Chris Vasey were the stars of this episode so I stayed back and fished behind them, doing my best to avoid any contact with the camera. I even brought my own camera and spent some time working on my photography skills.

We all caught a fair number of browns and rainbows in the 10-15" range before Chris began working a nice stretch while Doug stood back and did some coaching. Chris hooked and landed several fish in the run, including a beautiful 21" brown. After the excitement of a big fish in small water we all walked downstream for the electroshocking.

I had never witnessed an electroshocking before and I was surprised at the results. When they began shocking, tons of small fish were raised from every bit of river. When they hit the deep tailout of a run, big fish came to the nets. Several browns over 20" with the biggest being 22.5" were measured and released. I had a great time and enjoyed having the opportunity to meet new people while doing some fishing and photographing.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Da' Browns

I returned to Reno a few weeks ago to visit family and prepare for my winter trip to New Zealand but every afternoon I find myself on the river, putting off a long list of small tasks that are snowballing into a hellacious amount of work that may never get done. As long as I get on the plane in a week and pass through customs everything else should work itself out, or not. The reason for my daily obsession with the river is the nature of its' elusive browns. We have been finding them in groups, pre and post spawn, and they are huge! One day we will catch several fish over 24", all in one hole and caught in succession. The next day they will be gone. To where I don't know. In between the browns there have been numerous whitefish, smaller wild trout, and an amazing number of line ripping rainbows in the 20" class. Check the pics.

Doug on a big day by himself using a tripod...

An hour of action after a week of searching...

Monday, October 19, 2009


The Reno area fishing is pretty good right now. This gal measured 24".

Friday, September 18, 2009

Trout Week

The last week has been filled with fishing adventures. Doug, my friend and flyfishing mentor drove out from Reno to explore the area and another friend Barry, from Silverthorne came down to do some fishing. The afternoon Doug arrived we hit the Lake Fork in time to stick a few fish before lightening forced us out.

The next day we went to Gunnison and did a short trip to the Taylor. It was crowded but we caught a few before fishing the Gunnison River. On the Gunnison Doug lost an airborn brown in the 5 lb range and we both picked up several browns and a few rainbows.

Typical Taylor Brown

After spending some time on the pressured waters I decided to take Doug and Barry to a secret stretch of small stream. We did some off road driving and a steep hike into the stream and spotted some very large browns holding in a deep run. The browns were from a lake and were staging to spawn. We threw everything we had at them but they had lockjaw and eventually we moved on to the resident trout. The fish were cooperative and would eat about anything we threw at them.

Doug spent another day catching trout on the Lake Fork while I was working. He had a 20 fish day including a nice 19" brown. The following day we all hit a small stream and caught several small rainbows and cutthroats. The scenery was great and the gloomy rain clouds never exploded on us.

From the small stream we drove to the East Portal for the evening. We all caught the standard 14" browns and enjoyed nymphing the big water. Just before we left I made a few casts with a streamer, dropping it deep along a rock wall. The result was a fat 19" brown that looked and felt bigger than he was.

We spent our final day exploring the Rio Grande drainage and spent the evening on the Lake Fork. We caught small browns all morning before the rain clouded the water. We drove back to the Lake Fork for a couple of hours and landed a few nice fish before calling it a night and heading home for beer and burgers.