Nice size fish willing to play today. He was swimming “upstream” with the northbound current. Glowing in the morning light, I swung the fly just off his patch and he slid over and ate no hesitation. BOOM! Seems like the season is wide open just this week. Time to get your feet in the sand.
Typical slider this time of year. Yesterday with my 30lb child on my back, I broke off two big fish. The first fish busted at the eye of the hook which made me think I tied a shit knot, but then the second fish busted at my bloodknot. The only thing I can think of is the flouro that’s been in my car all summer (and maybe longer) was compromised. Take care of your materials and don’t be like me!
What a difference some rain affects the beach structure...The top photo was shot in 2019 after a decent rainy season. The bottom picture was shot this morning. Tons and tons of sand blocking the flow and no structure to speak of. Lets hope for some rain next year.
First thug of the ‘21 season. Found great structure, just no players. This fish was the only one I saw consistently coming up onto the flat looking for food. Tracked him for 10 minutes then took my shot. It doesn’t always come this easy.
Road tripping with my two best friends, one human and one animal, to some amazing places in July. We will be heading from California to Utah to meet up with some High School friends. Then make our way north to Wyoming to hang out in Jackson Hole while we check out the Grand Tetons and do some Fly Fishing. Yellowstone after that and up to Montana. There are some blue ribbon trout fisheries, and I haven't trout fished in a hot minute. So I am pretty stoked to get on the road. All these photos are from my last trip to Wyroaming back in September 2013. It will be nice to have someone to share this experience with.
Life is too short to sit behind a desk. If you have the opportunity to get outside and explore, take advantage of it! I look forward to sharing my experiences with everyone on the digital realm.
These are photos from yesterday's outing to Lake Barrett in south east San Diego county. Bass were going ape shit trying to eat Shad. Some were even beaching themselves onto rocks out of the water in hopes of a tasty meal. The 3rd photo down is my friend John's streamer, with it's real life doppelgänger. We crushed Bass all morning on shad fly imitations. When the bass bite died we opted for catching bluegill that had some amazing colors.
The temperature had doubled by noon and staying in the boat seemed like hell. It was hovering somewhere between 99-103 I bet. We decided to pack up and leave. The second to last image is on the road out. 3 years of drought lead to an exceptionally low lake. Notice the toilet bowl ring around the reservoir. I can't help to wonder how much habitat the bass had lost due to low water. I think I will wait to fish here again until the reservoir rises at least 20 feet. Still it was a good experience fishing somewhere new, and seeing what San Diego has to offer during this drought.
A few photos from yesterday down in Baja. I have never seen the weather like this in almost May. It was 90 at the beach and the blowing wind was creating tee pees out at sea. I am completely fried and there is another day of the same tomorrow. Wish a ginger good luck.
Shooting some Tri-x in the dense coastal redwood forest of Praire Creek State Park in California. The forest floor gets minimal light, which allows ferns to grow abundantly, however offers poor lighting for photos. I found this patch of light through a gap in the old growth redwoods and took advantage of the fading daylight. My girlfriend was attempting to catch raindrops in her mouth but kept taking them to the face. This was shot on my Mamiya 7 II and pushed 2 stops. It was the only truly sharp portrait I got.
A few views along the Trinity River last week. It was my first time chasing steelhead in California. I managed to hook into one fish that immediately took me into my backing. I fought him for a few minutes and then my hook set came undone. I was devastated, but luckily I am heading back up there next weekend and with the rain hitting California, hopefully the fish will be moving around and on the bite. All photos shot on my Mamiya 7 with Kodak Portra film.
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Hugh can't decide if his leader is getting too short or if his fly is too big. Probably the latter. It is the "middle" of winter in the Eastern Sierras and fish tend to eat tiny midges. However this year winter decided to not show up (for the third year in a row). It is January, and there is barely any snow in the Sierras. Right now at my house in San Diego, at 10pm p.s.t., it feels like a summer evening outside. Day to day activities are very enjoyable with the year long summer, however the longterm effects are going to be pretty bad for thirsty Californians. We depend on the Sierra snowpack to fill our reservoirs, keep our rivers flowing, and ultimately fill our glasses at home. It will be interesting to see how this year pans out. My optimism has faded out.
3 is the magic number. Three different looks from over the weekend. My good friend Hugh McManus rode shotgun out to the Sierras to get in some summertime winter fishing. Notice the lack of snow in the background, and it's getting to the middle of January...Next up is a slow shutter shot while poking the fire while we were camping...and lastly some high pressure clouds making the backdrop for an interesting sunset, my accumulation of images continues to grow, still not sick of the Eastern Sierras....
All photos shot on my Mamiya 7 with Kodak Portra 160 and Kodak Tri-x 400. Experiment with overexposing Portra, it's pretty awesome how pretty that film looks.