AFF Fish Out: Mammoth Lakes Area
August 27 – 30, 2015
Sign Ups: Contact Gary Swager Directly.
Rendezvous Point Fri, Sat, Sun Morning 9 am
Leslie and I will be traveling to Mammoth the 26th, ready to fish the next morning. We will be staying at Mammoth Mountain Campground. We will be leaving early Sunday afternoon.
Some may not be able to attend the whole time. Although it is over a 3 hour drive from Jackson, a day trip is not out of the question. Please feel free to join us on the days you can make it.
Blue Creek Outing! I want to thank those who showed up. Gary and Lynn Slade, John Rogers and me (Jimmy). It was a good day to be on the water. The low water flow made the Brook Trout behave more skiddish than normal. But we were still able to catch them. Some of the flies used were the EC Caddis, Elk hair Caddis, Theo's Danger Baby, and the Super Pupa.
All AFF Members:
Reminder - THE AUGUST AFF MEETING IS AN EVENING POTLUCK AT LAKE TABEAUD!
We will NOT be meeting in the Amador County Administration Building. Instead, our Tuesday August 18th meeting will be held at Lake Tabeaud! (Lake Tabeaud is located roughly 8-10 miles east of Jackson, off of Highway 88/Clinton Road.)
If you'd like, bring your rod and fish the lake a bit in the early evening. Social hour will officially begin at 6:00pm, followed by a random potluck dinner at 7:00pm! By random potluck, we mean there are no assigned dishes, so bring what you'd like: main dish, side dish, salad, dessert, what have you. Likewise, it's Bring Your Own Beverages. There are a few picnic tables around, but folding camp chairs are helpful if you've got 'em. No RSVP's are needed - just show up!
See you on the 18th at Lake Tabeaud!
Our AFF Picnic was held at Rancho Seco Recreational Area on Saturday July 26th. In attendance were Jimmy & Sue Dixon, Tillman Sherman, Dustin & Cindy Rocksvold, Gary and Lynn Slade and John Rogers. We all chose not to fish this year. The weather cooperated, as in it wasn't too hot, and there was a nice breeze. The food was good, the company better. Thanks to Jimmy and Sue for putting together a nice spread.
Our 2015 Introduction to Fly Fishing Outing took place on Saturday, June 27th along the beautiful Mokelumne River. We had a smaller turnout than was expected, but we made teh most of it. We ended up with a one-on-one coaching for those who attended, which is always a nice way to learn.
Fishing was good, catching was slow. The highlight of the trip was that one of the new members, Mike, was able to catch his first fish on a fly. The fish was a monster. It was so big that it did not fit in the net Mike had borrowed from Tillman. In actuality, the fish decided to leave the hook stuck to the webbing of the net and make his way out through one of the holes in the webbing, leaving Mike to wonder where he went.
Thanks to all of those who participated, and especially to those who gave up a day of fishing to help with the outing: Tillman Sherman, Dennis Larson, Gary Swager and Charlie Moore.
Maybe you’ve heard that the damsel hatch is on in full force at Lake Davis. Maybe you’ve already packed up your car, daydreaming of catching dozens of monster rainbows who feed with reckless abandon – trout that slash at the water’s surface with the rolled-back eyes like great white sharks.
If so, consider this assessment: right now Lake Davis is a technical fishery. For a decent chance at a fish, you’ll need to have the right size, color, depth, and retrieve, and your imitation damsel fly will have to look better than the 5,000 other actual damsels that are swimming for their lives right now.
Nearly everything about the Amador Flyfishers’ Lake Davis Fishout and Stillwater Symposium was fantastic – everything that is, except the fishing. The outing was scheduled from Saturday June 6th through Monday June 8th, with some folks adding an extra day before or afterwards. We had a great turnout of people, expert instruction, good accommodations at the Lake Davis Resort (530-832-1060), and good eats. Attendees were: Gary Swager, David Swager, Gary Slade, Tillman Sherman, John Rogers, Dennis Larson, Jordan Murphy, Dave Ochs, Ann Hood, Ken Brown, and Ron Calvert.
First off, I would like to thank those who came out for the outing: Barbara Price, John Rogers, Tillman Sherman, Charlie Moore, Ron Calvert and Dennis Larson.
It was a good day to be on the water. The sun was up and there was a slight breeze blowing. The weeds were thick on the west side of the lake as I was warned of by Gary Slade in an email the week prior to our outing. I believe they blue rock the lake in between the time Gary fished the lake and my outing (poisoned the weeds).
Over all it was still a productive day, with alot of fish being caught. Most of us catching 5 or more bass and blue gill. Ron took top honors with catching the most fish at (20?) that was the last count I heard before I left for the day. A few fish were caught on grasshoppers, but for the most part they were caught on sub surface flies. Olive and white were the colors of the flies that were used, with white catching most of the fish.
If I can give one piece of advice, don't be afraid to change the color of fly you are using. I got locked into using an olive woolly bugger and it was hard for me to use any other fly. So don't get into the rut of using only one fly... experiment! Hope to see you on the water! Tight Lines!
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.
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.