It was a wet and snowy Tuesday as Team AFF set out April 7th for Reno and the 2015 Pyramid Lake outing. The smarter members of the team noticed that there were no chain controls on I80 and chose that route to bring them safely to Reno. Only our intrepid Fishmaster, Gary Slade, remained oblivious and braved the storm, crossing Carson Pass on Highway 88, blinded by iced-up windshield wipers, navigating by the black tops of the poles CalTrans plants to mark the boundary of the highway.
Wednesday the team assembled at Blockhouse Beach: Present were members Ron Calvert, Dennis Larson, Don Mittelstaedt, Charlie Moore, John Rogers, Gary Slade and Gary Swager, and guests Jim Andrews and Ted Morrison. Weather conditions were good for fishing at Pyramid: windy and cold, with some cloud cover. Nevertheless, by lunch none had gotten so much as a bump. Moving on, Jim and Ted headed to Sand Hole Beach, while the rest of the team made for the South Nets. We placed our ladders in the line of what seemed shoulder to shoulder fisherman. And while the weather continued to improve (not good conditions for Pyramid) so did our luck. Most of the team managed at least one fish during the early afternoon. However, by 3:30PM the bite had ended. Frustrated by the vision of scores of fish swimming by our ladders, Team AFF packed it in for the day. Meanwhile, back at Sand Hole, Ted tricked five fish into his net during the afternoon.
Thursday the team returned to the South Nets. Our luck remained much the same as the previous day: Little to no activity until after lunch; fish biting from 1:00PM to 3:30PM; and then scores swimming by ignoring our offerings.
On Saturday April 18th, Amador Flyfishers trekked to Cameron Park Lake for a bass outing. Attending members included Barbara Price, Jimmy Dixon, John Rogers, Dennis Larson, Don Mittelstaedt, Tom Giacomini, and Ron Calvert. Tillman Sherman also stopped by to check in, and provided some flies for field testing. We hit the water around 8:45am and fished until 4:45pm.
Conditions were good although slightly less productive (compared to 2014) in terms of size and number of fish. We had an amazing spring day - 83 degrees, not much cloud cover and a gentle breeze from time to time. Water conditions were decent: the water was stained with algae (and oak pollen?), like green tea. The water level was good, ~1-2 feet above the tops of the weed beds in most places. There seemed to be a few more weeds than last year, but fishing was still manageable. Multiple bass nests could be observed in the shallow water within 3-5 feet of shore, with both single and paired bass camped for spawning.
On Tuesday, April 21, 2015 the Amador Flyfishers' own Dustin Rocksvold will be presenting his program, "The Highway 88 Corridor." The meeting will be held at the Amador County Government Offices located at 810 Court Street, Jackson, CA at 7:00pm.
Dustin is a past-president and long time board member of the Amador Flyfishers who has called Amador County home since 2004. Working for PG&E out of Tiger Creek has allowed Dustin the opportunity to see the Mokelumne River watershed from top to bottom. Since moving here Dustin has spent time on a lot of the local waters. Come see the presentation and maybe you will come away with a new spot or two to fish!
Goodwin Lake is a wide place in the Stanislaus River defined up-lake by the Tulloch Dam to the northeast and Goodwin Dam to the southwest. The lake is long and narrow surrounded by private property with no public access points. Much of the edge of the lake is lined with Tule reeds broken up by flats, mostly choked with weeds growing up from the bottom. In most places the shore falls off rapidly to a depth of 15 to 30 feet.
It was a slow day on the Mokelumne River for Team AFF. Jimmy Dixon, Kevin French, Jim McCraw, Charlie and Catherine Moore, Barbara Price, John Rogers, Tillman Sherman, Gary and Lynn Slade and Gary Swager gathered at the EBMUD Public Access area to pursue the elusive Mokelumne River Steelhead. For most it was not to be.
The greatest success was had by Barbara, who managed to trick three fish, bringing one 19” wild steelhead to the net.
Jimmy Dixon managed one small, wild rainbow trout. John Rogers hooked into two good fish, but, alas, brought none to the net.
For the rest of us, the drive home was filled with the smell of skunk. Perhaps, if winter ever arrives, so will the steelhead.
On Tuesday, July 21, 2015 the Amador Flyfishers will be hosting Mike Wier presenting his program, "CalTrout Update." The meeting will be held at the Amador County Government Offices located at 810 Court Street, Jackson, CA at 7:00pm.
All are welcome.
About Mike E. Wier
(Mikey) was born on the South Island of New Zealand and moved to the foothills of the Sierra Nevada at age 2. By age 7, Mikey discovered his two favorite sports, skateboarding and fly fishing. When Mikey wasn't trying to jump off of something on a skateboard, he spent much of his childhood chasing around bass and trout in the Hwy 88 region of Amador County. Growing up in one of the most rural settings California had to offer led Mikey to a deeper appreciation for Nature and a life-long passion for the outdoors, wildlife and conservation of our last remaining wild places.
On Tuesday, June 16, 2015 the Amador Flyfishers will be hosting our very own Gary Slade and Don Mittelstaedt presenting their program, "Louisiana Redfish" The meeting will be held at the Amador County Government Offices located at 810 Court Street, Jackson, CA at 7:00pm.
All are welcome.
On Tuesday, May 19, 2015 the Amador Flyfishers will be hosting Jon Baiocchi presenting his program, "Lake Davis." The meeting will be held at the Amador County Government Offices located at 810 Court Street, Jackson, CA at 7:00pm. There will be a fly tying demonstration at 6:00pm, with the meeting to follow at 7:00.
All are welcome.
On Tuesday, March 17, 2015 the Amador Flyfishers will be hosting Mark Cottrell presenting his program, "Year-round Flyfishing." The meeting will be held at the Amador County Government Offices located at 810 Court Street, Jackson, CA at 7:00pm. There will be a fly tying demonstration at 6:00pm, with the meeting to follow at 7:00.
All are welcome.
On Tuesday, February 17, 2015 the Amador Flyfishers will be hosting Andrew Harris presenting his program, "Pit River." The meeting will be held at the Amador County Government Offices located at 810 Court Street, Jackson, CA at 7:00pm. There will be a fly tying demonstration at 6:00pm, with the meeting to follow at 7:00.
All are welcome.
Pit River: Andrew has hundreds of Pit River guide trips under his belt. This remote freestone river is one of the state's most productive trout fisheries. Andrew's presentation covers the river from its source to its confluence with Lake Shasta. Andrew also discusses how the river has changed as a result of the Federal Hydroelectric Relicensing Process.