Sierra Backpack Fishout
Fishmater: Dennis Davie
The 2015 Sierra Nevada Backpack Fishout will be heading up the Clark Fork of the Stanislaus River on 21 June to 28 June. The hike up the Clark Fork is mild to moderate with a good trail climbing 2,000 feet in 8 miles. We will initially be hiking in a few miles and fishing up and down the creek, then moving up into higher areas after a few days, if conditions indicate. The Clark Fork contains Brook trout in a classic Sierra stream. While reports indicate good sized fish have been found in the lower pools, smaller fish may be available all the way to Clark Fork Meadows at 8,800 feet. Steep slopes, bushwacking and rock-hopping will be required to get to the stream and find the fish. The high water run-off period should be over, so wet wading with quick-dry long pants, neoprene socks and cleated wading boots are the best way to get around in the stream.
Prepare for the usual Sierra early summer conditions with cool nights, warm days with thunderstorms/rain/snow possible. Mosquitos may be less this year due to the drought, but plan to ward them off. Bears and other camp bandits are in the habitat, so bear canisters for food and bear repellant for discouraging unwanted encounters are advised.
Carry a short to medium length, 2 to 5 wt fly rod with floating or short sink tip line and carry an assortment of Sierra stream dry and nymph flies. The fish should be hungry and active!!!
There are currently 4 people on the trip, but we have room for 1 or 2 more folks. If you want to join us, call Dennis Davie at 831-566-7447 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more details and to reserve a spot.
June Surf Fishout
June 6, Manresa Beach 0545 am
Fishmaster: Sam Bishop
Come one, come all to the June 6 surf fishout at Manresa State Beach. We have to start EARLY, so be there not later than 0545 am (better yet, earlier due to parking). Stripers are biting (not on my hooks yet though). But the bite is primarily very early in the morning. (Sunrise is at 0550, so it will be not be dark.) We have a minus .8 tide at 0815, so we have a couple hours of an ebb tide and an opportunity to clearly see the rip tides.
There is very limited parking outside the locked gate at the state park, so if you cannot find a place you have two options, (1) continue past the park entrance and turn right on Oceanview and park in there. This area is used a lot by surfers to park and there are steps leading to the beach. Alternatively, (2) coming down San Andreas Road before the park, turn right on Estrella, then left on Vista and park in the neighborhood. Walk down Vista Lane towards the beach This trail crosses the railroad tracks and leads right into the State Beach parking lot. Once the parking area fills, I will leave there and meet later arrivals on the beach.
As always, stripping baskets and spare flies will be available. If I am not there and you need a basket, simply open the back of my truck and take one. Bring your own wading belt, or buy one for ten bucks, also in the back of the truck. License plate TOTLCOM with an SCFF decal on the bumper. Questions? See the Surf info, left tab on the SCFF website and/or contact me email@example.com; 831-274-4024, 476-6451.
Green River Fishout - July 12-18
Fishmaster: John Steele - (831) 476-0648
The Green River Fishout is scheduled for mid July this year. Due to changes in river flow and weather over the past years, the blue wing olive hatch in the spring hasn't been great, so we're changing things up to take advantage of terrestrials.
This river is a tailwater of the Flaming Gorge Reservoir Dam, situated in the northeast corner of Utah. It carves its way through a spectacular red rock canyon, and is the home of a healthy number of large brown and rainbow trout. It is rare to catch one under 16 inches, and not uncommon to catch several over 20 inches. You can walk a well-maintained trail along the river and bank fish, and/or book a guide to drift the river. The Trout Creek Flies guides are all very competent, excellent teachers, and provide all your terminal tackle, plus a delicious riverside lunch.
The Santa Cruz Fly Fishermen group will be staying at Flaming Gorge Lodge. The fishmaster has reserved five double rooms, so if you want to stay with the group, make sure to sign up early. If you can't commit early, you could also try Red Canyon Lodge, (435) 889-3759. There are also several campgrounds in the area, if you are driving an RV and wish to camp.
If you plan to drive, (it's a day and a half's drive) call John Steele, at 476-0648. If you are going to fly from San Jose to Salt Lake City, then rent a vehicle, you should shop online for the best deal, as soon as possible, or consult your travel agent. Likewise, if you need more details, or want to sign up for this fishout, call John. A sign up sheet will be available at the club meeting.
NOTE: The state of Utah is taking over the issuance of licenses. They have their own computer for you to use at Trout Creek Flies fly shop to get them. There's also a phone number you can call, but the cost is an extra $2 since it requires a person to enter your data. The easiest way is to do it before you come on your own computer. The website is: www.wildlife.utah.gov. It is suggested that you print two copies and then you have one filed somewhere in case you lose one. If you have your license from a previous year, there is a customer number on it, which makes it simple to renew because all your info is already in the system and you don't have to give your SSN.
2015 Loreto Trip - July 17th through 21st
Fishmaster: Rich Hughett
Experience a new HIGH! Catch Dorado and many other saltwater fish (Roosters, Sails, Yellowtail) on a fly! Join the group of Santa Cruz Fly Fishermen going to Loreto in Baja and fishing from Friday, July 17 through Tuesday, June 29, 2014. The cost is $690.00 per person (double occupancy) and includes: *Four nights at the beautiful Hotel La Mision, on the waterfront next to Loreto Harbor. *Three days of fishing on 22 foot Super Pangas. *Ground transfers. It does not include airfare*, fishing license and meals, because there are some nice restaurants (A lot of fresh seafood!) in town or if you prefer, eat at the hotel, where they will also cook your catch! The fishing day starts around 6:00 a.m. and we usually get back to the harbor between 1:00 and 2:00 p.m. Spend the rest of the afternoon fishing from the beach, having a cool drink in the pool, exploring Loreto and the area, or just sitting around telling some tall fish stories. And, you will have many exciting moments on the Sea of Cortez to talk about. Rich Hughett will meet with those going prior to the trip to discuss which rods, reels and flies to bring, the various types of fish in the Loreto area and to answer questions. Interested? Please contact Rich at 831-757-5709, now for all the details. We need to book airline flights, hotel rooms and pangas as soon as possible. *For the best deal, check Southwest Airlines out of San Jose and Alaska Airlines from Los Angeles to Loreto.
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