A Good Week On The Water

Last week I was able to take some time off of work and focus on getting ready for X-mas, clearing my head and getting out on the water for a few days for some much needed tight line therapy.

The middle of last week warmed up just above the freezing mark and there was decent cloud cover so I took off towards the big alkaline lake.

The wind was blowing just slightly in my face and the rollers were pretty decent. It certainly felt fishy out there.

But once I was on the water the wind shut down and the bite wasn’t really there. I decided to wait it out awhile until the sun came off the water.

You always hear people say “Once the sun hits the mountain tops, they’ll push in”. And there is honestly a lot of truth to that this time of year.

So as the sun started its slow move towards the mountain tops and the winds picked up a bit I completely missed a hook set when the balanced leech I was floating below a bobber when down….


Pissed at myself for missing what could have been my only opportunity of the afternoon to land a fish I stayed focused on that bobber for about another hour with not more than a twitch.

So I switched rigs and started throwing the old trusty beetle/bugger combo and it wasn’t long before they got some interest.

I ended up landed a few fishing in that last hour of light, all came on the OG popcorn beetle from Doug O.

Man once that sun goes down it get cold quick! So I packed up the ladder chair and headed home for some family time and a warm bowl of soup.

The next morning I woke up early and met my buddy Bailie at Mountain Hardware in Truckee to pick up a few last minute essentials before we hit the river for a day of trout chasing.

Bailie has been awesome about showing me new tricks and techniques while fishing “his side” of the Big T and this trip was no exception.

Over the next few hours we hit a few different spots and each one held fish. Not all made it to the net but two stand outs did.

These 2 were beautiful wild trout, healthy and full of fight.




It was exactly the time I needed on the water to clear made head and get back into the swing of things. Big thanks to Bailie for taking me out and showing me some good winter Big T fishing! Check out Bailie’s photography page, amazing stuff!

I hope you all had a good holiday, let’s see what adventures 2017 brings! Until next time, tight lines and strong knots!



Cast Hope

So a few weeks back I got a text from our buddy Chuck asking if I could make a last minute trip over the hill to fish for some stripers off of his boat the Ragin’ Cajun. He just recently added a jet to it and wanted a few guinea pigs to go out with him on it’s maiden voyage.

Luckily I had taken the whole week off from work to fish and get my mind right. My buddy Jordan from Basin Fly Company was also going to be able to make the trip. So we got all set to carpool down to Gold Country to meet up with Chuck and head out to the river the next morning.

The next morning I picked up Jordan and we were on the road by 9am or so and made it to Chuck’s house at 11am. We said hi to the pups and family, loaded our gear and hit the highway on our way to the river.

On the way Chuck took a call and the eavesdropping on my end made it sound like a pretty good concert was in the works…more to come on that one.

So once we hit the river we launched and were fishing within a few minutes.

This was mine and Jordan’s first time fishing for stripers on the fly and we weren’t expecting to really land anything. But man were we wrong.


Throughout the rest of the afternoon Chuck put Jordan and I on fish after fish until the sun set and we had to call it an evening.


Photo by Jordan Wilcher

I can’t tell you how addicting this trip was, ever since it’s all I’ve been thinking about and can’t wait until the next one.

But back to that concert conversation Chuck was having.

On December 10th 2016 there is a benefit concert for Cast Hope at Slims in San Francisco featuring The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band and Chuck Ragan with Rocky Votolato, Travis Hayes and the Royal Oaks.


This is a concert not to be missed and here’s a little more information about the amazing the amazing non-profit Cast Hope.

“Cast Hope is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization looking to provide kids with the gift of the outdoors. As an organization it is our desire to bring kids and mentors together outside through the sport of fly fishing. In this day and era it seems that our lives are constantly bombarded with screens, whether tvs, computers, ipads, ipods, and gaming systems. Here at Cast Hope we want to break that pattern by immersing people into the environment. Through guided fly fishing trips, fishing clinics, fly tying events, camp outs, road trips, and conservation outings we are trying to create a healthy hobby that kids and mentors can do together. We believe if you provide a positive experience for kids where they grow deeper in their relationship with the mentor, learn how to effecitvely fly fish, receive free necessary equipment, find out that the outdoors has much more to offer than their latest gadget, and learn about how to conserve and sustain our natural resources, then they will naturally want to become outdoor enthusiasts. As an organization it is important for us to provide an environment where kids can become stewards of the outdoors and fly fishing.”

– Dave Duffy