Pyramid Lake Fishout-Mar. 18th-24th 2018
Fishmaster: Mike White - (831) 706-5556
The Pyramid Lake fishout is one of the best-attended fishouts the club has, and for a good reason. Large fish cruise parallel to the shore in easy casting distance from shore. Cost for the week including meals and lodging and is around $300+ per person depending on the number in attendance. You need not fish all six days as there may be openings (usually later in the week.) Contact Mike for more details (831) 706-5556, to check on openings, or be put on a waiting list. First come first served.
You can also make your own arrangements either by bringing your own RV (Crosby's Lodge has hook-ups and sells permits to park on the any of the beaches along the lake) or staying in Reno. Reno is 45 minutes away. Call Crosby's lodge to inquire about last minute cancellations in their cabins as well (775) 476-0400 and check out their website to see what the cabins look like at www.crosbylodge.net. The General Store in Sutcliff offers meals on selected nights only to those who call in before 2:00 PM. Check at the General Store for details.
Equipment: 6-9 weight rods with hi-speed, hi-D shooting heads or fast sink integrated lines to fish the bottom in 6 to 9 feet of water, and a floating line for indicator fishing. You should bring a stripping basket and a ladder that will accommodate it. A ladder helps to get you up out of the cold water and enable you to cast out to where the fish are. You can still catch fish without one but not with near as much consistency.
Flies: Woolly buggers in black, white, purple, olive, midge, caddis and mayfly nymphs to name a few. If as in years past the Confab in February is offering the opportunity to see how some of the best Pyramid patterns are made plan to attend and bring a vise and tie some yourself. Flies may also available from club member Jim Hall who ties some very good flies specific to Pyramid cutthroat as well as other species at reasonable cost. His number is (831) 713-6835. There is a general store with provisions as well as tackle and an assortment of flies.
How to get there: Take US 80 to Reno-Sparks, take the Pyramid Blvd. off ramp and go north about 35 miles. Crosby Lodge is at Sutcliff, near the Ranger Station.
If you have any questions about equipment or how to get there, check the "Gearing up" columns in the March 2015-2016 archives here on our great club website, or call Mike White at (831) 706-5556.
If you are considering going to Pyramid again this year with the club and you have not already done so, please contact the person who is booking the trailer you stayed in last year. Trailer-masters, if your trailer has gaps or cancellations, you can call Mike so he can pass the names of members who don't have lodging to fill the empty spots.
Fishing, Camping, and New Ladder Regulation:
Fishing and camping permits can be purchased online prior to the fish-out. We would highly recommend doing this. Go to www.plpt.nsn.us to obtain your licenses. There is also an RV Park available at (775) 476-1155.
As with any great fishery there are always a long list of rules and regulations. We would recommend you review them on the website above. Suffice to say those of us who have been going to Pyramid Lake for many years are a good source of information as well. We will help inform and guide all newcomers.
15.6 USE OF LADDERS, ETC. Any ladders, milk crates, boxes or other objects used in the water as a fishing aid must be occupied or closely attended (i.e. remain in the area) by fishermen at all times.
Los Banos Creel Reservoir - March 27 - 29
Fishmaster - Dan Eaton (831)336-2933
Los Banos Creek Reservoir has Bass and Bluegill with the option of fishing the O'Neill Fore Bay for Stripers and Bass only 20 miles away. Los Banos campground has 14 campsites with shaded tables and shade trees, non-potable water and campfire rings. Cost is $20.00 per day per site. No reservations on campsites.
Food - Bring your own supplies for breakfast and lunch with plates, cups, bowls, and silverware. We will potluck for dinner. Bring your own meat. I will supply a BBQ, stove, and coffee pot plus washing up area for dishes.
Please bring some firewood and your own chair.
Gear - Float tube and fins, floating, intermediate, and fast sink lines. Call me regarding flies.
First 10 SCFF members only. Call any time. Dan Eaton, (831) 336-2933.
Directions - Once you get to San Louis Reservoir, continue on HY-152 past I-5. Take a right on Volta then left on Pioneer Rd. then right on Canyon Rd to Los Banos Creek Reservoir Park to the campground.
Los Padres April 28th Fishout
Fishmaster: Roy Gunter
Los Padres Reservoir is located East of Carmel Valley Village. The best route is Carmel Valley Road East about 8 miles to a right turn on Cachagua Road to a right turn into and through Princess Camp then about .5 miles to the Reservoir parking lot. You have to carry your float tube about .5 miles into the reservoir and launch from the dam. Lake is about a mile long. Best to arrive before day break. Parking lot usually fills up opening day. DO NOT LEAVE ITEMS VISIBLE WITHIN YOUR VEHICLE OR ON THE SHORE. Fishing is very similar to Goodwin Lake: very few hits on the surface; use long sinking lines (I like Rio T-11 or Type 7); must pinch barbs (Fish and Game enforcement very active at reservoir); flies sizes 8 and 10 hooks, types black and brown wholly buggers, Denny Rikards seal buggers (orange, olive and black) and leeches (brown and black), hale bopp leeches (black, brown and wine) and hornburgs. No signups necessary, anyone wishing to fish should just show up and if you can find me on the reservoir say "Hi" and ask where to fish. In general fish in 10 to 20 foot dephs. There are huge brown trout, rainbows up to 24" and a chance to catch steelhead much bigger.
Roostercomb Ranch Fishout - April 20-22 and May 4-6, 2018
Fishmaster: Cecilia Stipes - (831) 335-5727
There are two bass fishouts scheduled again this year with promise of more rain ahead to maintain quality water levels in the ponds on the ranch. These popular 3-day, 2-night trips on the private Roostercomb Ranch in the Henry Coe State Park area, approx. 22 miles from Casa de Fruta Restaurant on Hwy 152, offer some of the most enjoyable and rewarding bass fishing experiences for our club members. Available to us on the 5,800-acres are 9 bass ponds for float tubing and fishing from shore, birding, hiking, mountain biking and photography. Housing is available in the bunk house and ranch house. Meals will be organized in groups for breakfast and dinner meals only. Lunches, snacks and beverages are individuals' responsibilities. Roads in and around the ranch are dirt and somewhat rugged therefore transportation via 4-WD vehicles is required. Arrangements can be made for those without 4-WD to ride with someone who has. Each fishout is limited to 16 fishers with a minimum of 10 persons, fishing or not. The cost is $250 per person over the age of 12.
Call in date and time (and not before) to reserve your spot for either or both fishout is Thursday March 8 at 7:00 P.M. Your confirmation is not complete until I receive your check. Checks payable to: Cecilia Stipes.
Please call or email me with any questions. email@example.com, (831) 335-5727 Mail to: 328 Capelli Drive, Felton, CA 95018.
Los Padres Fishout - April 28th
Fishmaster: Roy Gunter
Los Padres Reservoir is located East of Carmel Valley Village. The best route is Carmel Valley Road East about 8 miles to a right turn on Cachagua Road to a right turn into and through Princess Camp then about .5 miles to the Reservoir parking lot. You have to carry your float tube about .5 miles into the reservoir and launch from the dam. Lake is about a mile long. Best to arrive before daybreak. Parking lot usually fills up opening day. DO NOT LEAVE ITEMS VISIBLE WITHIN YOUR VEHICLE OR ON THE SHORE. Fishing is very similar to Goodwin Lake: very few hits on the surface; use long sinking lines ( I like Rio T-11 or Type 7); must pinch barbs (Fish and Game enforcement very active at reservoir); flies sizes 8 and 10 hooks, types black and brown woolly buggers, Denny Rikards seal buggers (orange, olive and black) and leeches (brown and black), Hale Bopp leeches (black, brown and wine) and Hornburgs. No signups necessary, anyone wishing to fish should just show up and if you can find me on the reservoir say "Hi" and ask where to fish. In general, fish in 10 to 20-foot depths. There are huge brown trout, rainbows up to 24" and a chance to catch steelhead much bigger.
Green River Fishout - July 7-14, 2018
Fishmaster: John Steele - 476-0648
The Green River Fishout is scheduled for July 7th through July 14th, 2018 (Saturday through the following Friday). 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 and On The Fly guides are all very competent, excellent teachers, and provide all your terminal tackle, plus a delicious riverside lunch.
Lodging for the Santa Cruz Fly Fishermen group will be at Trout Creek Flies Lodge, which has cabins that can accommodate up to four fishers each, and have mini-fridges and microwaves, and there is an on-site restaurant. There are other lodging options in the area, namely, Flaming Gorge, (435) 889-3773, and Red Canyon Lodge, (435) 889-3759, and other dining opportunities as well.
If you intend to go on this fishout, it would be a good idea to let John know, so he can determine how many rooms we will need, and also to schedule guides. At this time of year, both accommodations and guide books fill up, so if your summertime plans include the Green River, call John ASAP.
Loreto Fly Fishing Trip-July 29-August 2
Fishmaster: Rich Hughett
Experience a new HIGH! Fish for Dorado, and many other saltwater fish, including Bonito, Roosters, Yellowtail and Sailfish on a fly! Join the group going to Loreto in Baja from Sunday, July 29th through Thursday, August 2nd. This trip includes:
*Four nights at the new Hotel La Mision, on the waterfront, next to the Loreto Harbor.
*Three days of fishing on 22-foot Super Pangas.
*Ground transfers and fishing licenses.
It does not include 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 1:30 and 2:00 p.m. Spend the rest of the afternoon fishing from the beach, having a cool drink in the pool, exploring Loreto, or just sitting around telling some tall fish stories. And, you will have many exciting moments on the Sea of Cortez to talk about.
The approximate cost for everything but meals and airfare is: $750.00 per person (double occupancy)
Interested? Please contact Rich Hughett, 831-757-5709, for all the details. We will need to book airline flights*, rooms and pangas as soon as possible.
*Southwest Airlines from San Jose and Alaska Airlines from Los Angeles to Loreto. Rich will help with your airline reservations.
Mammoth Lakes Fishout - Sept. 22nd-29th and Sept. 29th-Oct. 6th
Fishmaster: John Cook - 688-1561
This fishout will take place over two consecutive one-week periods, Sept. 22nd through Sept 29th, and Sept. 29th-Oct. 6th. You may sign up for one of these two periods, or both.
Location: Mammoth Lakes is on the eastern side of the Sierras, six to seven hours' drive from Santa Cruz. There are many lakes and streams in the area for us to fish. We will be staying in condominiums in the town of Mammoth Lakes. There will be two people per bedroom. If you would like to have your own bedroom, it will be $540 per week.
Cost: $310 per person per week. This covers seven nights' lodging with three meals per day. Sign up for either week, for $310, or both weeks for $620.
Meal Preparation: Each person will be assigned to a group for a Kitchen Day. The group will set out breakfast and lunch foods, store unused food, prepare the evening meal, and clean up on the day designated.
Sign Up: Starting February 1st through April 22nd the first people who send me their money will get first shot at a spot. When you send me the money state which week you want. You can send money for as many people as you want. Money is not refundable unless I can't get enough sign ups to financially make it work. I will let everybody know after April 30th. Make plans with friends to secure a spot for each of you. I must receive your money before April 22nd. Mail your check, made out to John Cook, to P.O. Box 2822, Aptos, CA 95001-2822.
The fishmaster will maintain a waiting list for each week. If space for you becomes available by May 1st, you will be notified by telephone.
Unused Funds: Any funds received but not spent on the fishout will be used for prizes for our annual fund raiser.
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