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.

Read more: Goodwin Lake Outing Report

Cameron Park lake Largemouth Bass

Jimmy Dixon, Gary Slade and Ron Calvert attended the Amador Flyfishers' outing at Cameron Park Lake on Saturday April 19, 2014. The weather was fantastic - 76 degrees and light winds from the south at 5-8mph. We convened in the parking lot around 8:30am, and were on the water and fishing around 9am. Water conditions had improved from recent weeks: the algae bloom was mostly cleared out, and the water level seemed to be ~2 feet above the tops of the weed beds. Popper action was limited. Most fish were taken subsurface with olive or other light-colored wooly buggers. The best bite was from around 10am-1pm, with the lake shutting off for most of the rest of the day (2:00-4:30pm).

Read more: AFF Fishout - Cameron Park Lake 4-19-2014

On Nov. 16 Gary Slade and I left SFO for New Orleans and what was supposed to be 3 days of fishing for redfish about 90 miles SSW of New Orleans, However, because of wind, rain and lightning our fishing was limited to two days.

We fished from a flats boat that was poled by our guide. All fishing was sight fishing in shallow water with 8wt rods and floating line. The guide was much better at spotting the fish than we were so we mainly just tried to cast where he directed us.

Although the second day of fishing was quite windy. fortunately most of the casts were to fish close to the boat.

We caught fish both days we fished, but not the larger ones (30# =/-) that we had hoped for. Our largest fish was 14#. We had a great time and agreed that we want to do it again with the same outfitter, although next time we will probably opt to try to fish for five days.

Elko, Nevada 
October 17 – October 21, 2013

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"Fishing at South Fork Reservoir gets really good come October." – that was what Joe Gates had told us back in July. Charlie Moore, Ron Calvert and I had fished SFR during the second week of July, and had caught oodles of large and small mouth bass. At the same time, trout fishing had been fair with a number of rainbows up to 19 inches; the numbers weren't fantastic, but the size and the quality of the trout had been intriguing. With the promise of better fishing in the Fall, Ron and I took off for a return visit to Elko and South Fork Reservoir on Thursday, October 17.

This trip started at a reasonable hour and leisurely first day dedicated to travel: no zero-dark-thirty starting time. It's been many a year that I haven't fished the same day that I left home. We left after sun up, stopped in Reno at Cabela's and bought our license and a couple of packets of leaders and some tippet material. Gas and lunch at McDonald's in Lovelock, then onward to Elko to check into our motel. We phoned Joe Gates and arranged to meet on the lake. In true welcome-wagon form, Joe also said he had flies for us if we needed any. He told us that Friday was going to be a "good" day with the bite around 10:30 am and that Saturday was to be "excellent" with a 12:30 pm bite. We ended our first day with a good dinner at JR's Restaurant and a good night sleep, dreaming of 30-fish days...

Read more: South Fork Reservoir Fly Fishing Trip

Recently rode into the Hoover Wilderness Area via Leavitt Meadows Pack Station. This was my fourth trip into the area spanning over 20 years and my tenth trip overall. I had once said that the Sierras were so beautiful that I wanted to see as much of them as I could. I had once decided to not pack into the same area in order to see as much of the Sierras as possible. But once discovering the Sister Lakes area on the backside of Yosemite National Park, I ended up going back an additional nine times over some 35 years.

What drew me back to the Sister Lake area of the Hoover Wilderness was the incredible fishing at Harried, Cora, Helen, Ruth, Stella, Bonnie, and Yosemite's Dorothy Lake. Once filled with 12" to 18" inch Rainbow trout and some smaller Brookies, one could hike a circle and fish most of the lakes in one day. Dorothy Lake and Bonnie Lake were a day all by themselves. And, one could get back on the Pacific Crest Trail and be to Cinko Lake in about a hour and a half and fish for hybrid Golden Trout.

Read more: Hoover Wilderness Fishing Trip Report

During the week of June 24, 2013 a couple of Amador Flyfishers (Tom Giacomini and Ray Mutter) took to the land of Lewis and Clark in Big Sky Montana. We pitched our camp at Big Sky Lake Condominiums just an hour or so out of the west entrance to Yellowstone National Park. On Monday evening we gathered with local natives at the 320 Ranch just off of Highway 191, for an all you can eat pulled pork Bar B Que (not bad for $10.00 a head). After the evening festivities, the next day we headed over to the lower Madison River for a little fishing. We hooked up with Guide Nick Lawton of Wild Trout Fishing Outfitters. Nick guided us to perfection on the river, we hooked up with over fifty fish landing thirty five plus in the boat. In the morning we were landing mostly Montana White Fish and some Rainbows by afternoon it was strickly Rainbows and Browns, many in the 18" range.

Tom with a nice Madison Brown


Read more: Big Sky Montana Trip Report

Glacier Bear Lodge Yakutat

On September 17 Ron Calvert and I flew via Seattle to Yakutat seeking halibut and Silver Salmon.  Remembering our trip's success last year, we spoke of great expectations for this trip also.  Following the local Situk Fly Shop website, we read of daily rain for a week and a half prior to our departure and that the salmon fishing was "spotty."  Consensus was that the run was late!

We arrived in Yakutat on Tuesday, checked in and headed for the Tahweh Creek.  Last year Ron, his dad, and I had great success without the use of a guide.  Nothing for the afternoon on an outgoing tide.  Doubt began to set in as to "were the silvers late or was their going to be a poor run?"

On Wednesday, we teamed up with 2 others and went out in Yakutat Bay with Captain Dan in search of halibut.  Halibut fishing was slow in the beginning but we did manage to pick up some sea bass, a couple of ling cod and other rock fish.  The other side of the boat from Ron and I later picked up 3 halibut.  Two were small but the third was a 120-pounder picked up by Tally of Seattle.  Due to rough seas Captain Dan said we were going to have to head back shortly.  About that time Tally, already with a limit of halibut, asks me to take his pole and land the halibut he had on the end of the line.  Agreeing I took the pole and proceeded to fight a 135 pound halibut for the next 15 or so minutes. Last year my biggest halibut was a mere 35 pounds! On our way back to the dock Captain Dan put out 4 poles and we tried trolling for silvers.  We landed a couple of what we call "half pounders" but no silvers to the boat.  But, with well over 250 pounds of halibut in the boat, it was a very satisfying day of fishing. 

Read more: North to Alaska-Yakutat

The Knott Creek Reservoir trip of July 7 through 11 was made up of Amador Fly Fisher members Ron Calvert, Charles Moore and Dennis Larson and recent AFF quest speaker Dave Millhollin.  Ron and Dennis rode with Dave and we met Charles in Winnecucca to continue our journey to Knott Creek Reservoir. Lunch was had at Denio Junction consisting of Cheeseburgers and Fries, cokes and/or chocolate milk shakes.  The last commercial meal for the next 5 days.
After the nearly 2 hour ride into Knott Creek reservoir, 4 wheel drive a necessity, we set up camp before setting out to start the first of 5 days of fishing.  The reservoir, unlike last year had receeded to the previous years.  In fact, it looked as if they had had a mild winter as the incoming stream at the south end of the lake was a mere trickle of previous years.
The first evening, 3 full days and last morning consisted of sight fishing for the most part.  We spent the morning starting out sight fishing on the lake in front of our camp.  As morning progressed each of us fanned out and started up or down the lake from there.  Midday was pretty slow as it was either blind casting or stripping from a float tube.  
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Read more: Knott Creek Reservoir Trip Report 2012


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