Steve Martin of Rohnert Park caught this 22# salmon trolling just north of Elephant Rock.
Sunday, July 31, 2011
I've had my waders for just over one season and when the neoprene socks starting leaking I set about trying to repair them but as you can see I never really sorted it out. The thing is the rest of the waders are great so after reading about the services of 'Diver Dave' on various forums I decided to give him a call and see if it was possible to replace both socks with new ones.
|Before the repair job by Diver Dave|
As it turned out the only problem for Dave was sourcing a matching pair of neoprene socks that would match up with the ones he had removed, a couple of weeks later and I had a call to say that the repair had been completed and the waders were soon to be returned...couldn't wait to check 'em out.
|New (leak free) neoprene socks|
Prices and further info available from his website: http://sites.google.com/site/wadersrepairs/
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Friday, July 29, 2011
Today's best: 6 halibut to 17 pounds, 6 salmon to 24 pounds. This was submitted by email without a note on where he was fishing. The fleet was working over Elephant Rock pretty heavy and there were fish being caught there but you'll have to earn them. The guys I spoke with described trolling the fleet as "brutal ". The fish are scattered all over, so it may be more fun to fish elsewhere, like McClure's, Tomales Point, Ten Mile, or even the Esteros. Halibut and salmon were caught on the bar and off of Dillon Beach today, so that is also a good option.
J D Davis and Al Roman caught these 21 and 20 pound salmon in an afternoon bite off of Bird Rock yesterday. The bite died before I could get there after work, but not before quite a few people caught fish. There were a few halibut landed yesterday but nothing like last weeks numbers. The water is warming again, though, so this weekend could be a repeat of last weekend. There were a few more "spoolers" the last couple of days so don't bring undersized gear. If anyone catches a big fish with 150 yards of red PowerPro attached to it, Steve Towne would like at least the gear back.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Monday, July 25, 2011
|My best ever? A stunning Grayling for a small river.|
Where do you head for to capture that special fish? Well the answer is not always where you'd expect!.
There is no doubt that some of the bigger rivers around us are good places to capture a specimen (in Wales the Wye, Usk and Dee spring to mind) but quite often it is the smaller rivers and streams that shock us and certainly in my experience this has been the case with both Trout and Grayling.
As long as the river has a steady flow of water and more importantly a rich source of invertebrate life then the potential for these smaller rivers to yield something out of the ordinary is more likely than you may think.
All the following caught on the same day from a stretch of river that you could almost jump across in parts:
Many of my largest captured Brown Trout and Grayling have come from such small waters so my advice is if you're in search of 'the fish of a lifetime' then you would do well not to dismiss some of the smaller tributaries.
This weekend also gave me the opportunity to try out my recently repaired waders courtesy of 'Diver Dave', report to follow shortly.
The new fish to beat this year is John Kuhlman's 40 pound beauty. He almost didn't go fishing as things didn't seem to be going his way in the morning. Apparently things turned around.
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Friday, July 22, 2011
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Monday, July 18, 2011
The previous day I had fished the same bit of water using conventional methods - namely single dry fly and duo and although connecting with a few fish I knew that there were many fish (mainly Grayling) that were in the area that I couldn't tempt.
Now the theory was to return armed with my 10' #3 streamflex and using the so called 'French Nymphing' technique fish through the same water to compare results.
|Large Grayling being played (just sub-surface) after taking the point fly|
After just a few hours fishing I had managed to net some quite impressive Grayling along with some smaller trout, I had certainly topped my previous days tally by some margin and although this in itself isn't concrete proof that this method will always out perform other types of fly fishing it is a technique that under certain conditions has the ability to present flies more delicately and with less surface disturbance.
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Friday, July 15, 2011
Thursday, July 14, 2011
As you may expect the fish were in the well oxygenated deeper runs and fortunately quite a few were still happy to have a go at both the nymph and dry.
|Note how white the leading edge is on the anal fin.|
An enjoyable afternoons fishing but I do wonder what affect prolonged low levels will have on a river and its inhabitants. Hopefully they will cope with the extremes which seem to becoming all too frequent.
Monday, July 11, 2011
The upper reaches of the River Irfon had took the bulk of the downfall and although flood water on this river generally runs off quickly it was apparent that this may take a while to get back to anywhere near fishing level.
I would need to set my sights on the smaller streams so I headed south to the River Edw of which the Wye And Usk Foundation have four beats on their roving voucher scheme, peering over the bridge at Aberedw I could tell that my quest was not yet over as this stream was also carrying too much water.
I now pinned all my hopes on a small stream I had fished a couple of times before...the Clettwr that runs into the Wyw at Erwood, it's a stream that tumbles fast down a steep sided gorge creating some of the most dramatic fishing you could wish to experience.
Again, this is a W&UF beat (R15 in the voucher booklet) and I guessed that due to the nature of this stream most of the rain would have travelled through in to the River Wye so I geared up and set off down the steep gorge to find it running relatively clear and a perfect level.
|Marker posts guiding the way down the gorge to the beat start.|
Described by the Foundation as "real mountain stream fishing and a challenge to the most hardy...pure escapism!" which I think pretty much sums it up.
Stuffed full of small trout (which fight like hell) of which a 10" fish would be deemed a bonus...give it a try if you dare, but give yourself a full day!
River levels on the Irfon had dropped back on Sunday allowing me to target some Grayling using the French Nymphing method which rounded off the weekend nicely.