Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Dry Fly Madness

Hi folks,

It's been a busy few weeks here at the shop getting our orders in and ready for the fall season, but we have some great shop news to share with you this week.

First up, 'The Spot' is hosting Dry Fly Presentations By Master Casting Instructor Joe Libeu on Saturday, September 29th. Joe Libeu is the owner of Sierra Pacific Fishing Adventures.

This casting class will start at 9 am and run until 12 noon.  The 3-hour class is limited to 6 students to insure individual instructions and the cost is $75.00.  We only have  a few slots left, so call the shop ASAP (818) 785-785-7306 to reserve your spot. This class will take you beyond the basics and make you a better angler, and you will be able to apply your skills the next time you are on the water. We will meet at the Fishermen’s Spot at 8:30am and carpool to the casting location. 

Following the casting class, we will also have a presentation, "Fishing the Dark Side of the Lower Owens," presented by Joe Libeu starting at 1pm sharp.  
There is no charge for this presentation, but because of limited space, reservations are suggested. Please contact Fishermen’s Spot at (818) 785-7306 for reservations. 

This presentation will cover the basics of nymphing the Lower Owens. He will cover planning, observations, entomology, reading the water, nymph rigs and presentations. Joe considers the Lower Owens his home water and Joe is considered one of the most knowledgeable individuals on fishing this area.  We all know the Lower Owens can be fickle, but with the skills taught in the presentation, you will be well armed with right info to have a productive day. 

Now, let's get to the local fishing conditions. The general area has been fishing really well recently and we've gotten some great intel from our condition providers.

Vaughmn Podmore sent this over to us regarding the local salt:

Beaches: The beaches are still fishing well for Yellowfin croaker and we are definitely seeing better tides now that things are cooling down a bit. Suggested fly patterns are clousers Brown/Orange, Blue/White and crabby patterns for corbina. See Ken at the shop for my fly patterns and recommendations.

Inshore: The Longbeach break wall is still fishing really well and we are seeing good Calico bass early morning or late afternoon. 

Offshore: The bite around Catalina is great. We have found several yellowtail and bonito. The bonito are averaging 8lbs and we have broken off some big yellowtail. Dorado have been hit or miss but if you find the right structure you can find some nice fish. Suggested fly patterns are sardina patterns. See Ken at the shop for my fly patterns.

Vaughn Podmore
SaltyFly Guide Service

Next, Bernard Yin took a trip to the Sierras recently and focused on the western slope in the Sierra's. 

On my latest exploration, the signs were good. Clear skies and warm weather with fish still starting to show. Given that browns prefer some clouds, gloom or rain I am excited. It's been a rough year for the fish and the cooling of fall as well as possibly some weather should make up for the tough summer. 

After walking some of these beats for years as part of the SFF team, I feel that I have gotten a reasonable read on these fish. The big challenge is reading what happens one day and determining what that means for the next.

For more details on guided days for west slope browns, contact Sierra Fly Fisher at 559-683-7664 / http://sierraflyfisher.com/

This next section is from Joe Contaldi owner of Performance Anglers.

Lower Owens: Shaping up nicely for drifting, and things are definately starting to change around here. The trees are turning,  and we are seeing some early fall hatches of midges, mayflies and caddis early morning before it gets warm.

Upper Owens: As temperatures cool down we are seeing fish moving up into the river from Crowley for spawning. The Trico hatches are great right now and if you have some time I would head on up and get in on the action.

Tight lines,


To book your fall trip contact us at:
(818) 288-0583 

Thanks again to all our local contributors for all the great info they've been providing us week after week.

We hope to see some of you at our two great events this Saturday, September 29th. If you have any questions regarding tackle or upcoming trips or events, please don't hesitate to contact the shop.

Tight lines,

(818) 785-785-7306

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