Monday, May 30, 2011


Shad season is in full swing right now. It hasn't peaked yet, but it's close. I really look forward to it every year on my home water for lots of reasons. Mostly becouse,  it's a situatuion where I can sight fish them. Being able to sight fish American Shad in gin clear water, on the fly, is unique.  They are fast, have excellent vision and fight like hell on light tackle. The clear water provides a window to see this unfold and it's a ton of fun.  Years past I've always picked the days wind wasn't too bad, and I would boat fish them. Last year, I started targeting them on foot and find it much more enjoyable and a lot cheaper.

  Despite the 20+ kt wind, today was one of those days that started out good with a couple of fish right off the bat, then a really nice 19-20in fish grabed and went to battle. Then, Just like that I coudn't buy a bite. Lots of fish around, some follows and half hearted eats but nothing would stick. A little stealthier, lighter leader, color changes, this and that, ect ect ect..nada. This went on for about 3 frustrating hours until I made a move. Bingo, location is everything when shad fishing and I just wasn't around the right fish.. The last third of the day was awesome.

Bull Gills

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Afternoon Shad..

Longhorn crossing

Poor man's Tarpon..morning session

American Shad

Nasty wind all morning. Hope it lays down a bit for the afternoon

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

carpe diem



Sunday, May 15, 2011

Carp on the fly today..

Ventana Wilderness

Ventana Wilderness Back Country

Late season gobbler.

baby Steel

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Local pond Gills

Afternoon thunderstorm

San Juan worms kill em

Cool green beetle..first one Ive ever seen

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Sunday drive

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Random Pyramid photos..

Yuba River

Suprise Valley

White Pelicans at the mouth of the Truckee R

24" cutt

Small streams

Spent a couple of hours this afternoon looking for a way into this section. Poison Oak was ridiculous but worth it

 Lots of small Native Bows in the 8-10" range sipping tiny caddis.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Pyramid Lake, Nevada