I just returned from a 3 day fishing trip to Northern California at Clear Water Lodge. I joined 16 other women anglers from the International Women Fly Fishers. Always a treat to hang out with women who have a passion for fly fishing. The service and accomodations at ClearWater were excellent. I recommend a visit if you’re looking to get off the beaten path and to be pampered.
It was a great get away for me. I caught up with old friends and met new friends. Lots of laughter I explored new waters for myself Hat Creek and the Fall River – very fun and challenging water – both are spring creeks – each with it’s own beauty and challenges.
On Wednesday it was float on the Fall River not much was happening on the surface so it was long long downstream drifts – up to 50 to 6o feet with stealth pheasants and two bit hookers. With that long lenght of line I missed my share of fish – but did hook up on a hand ful and able to bring a few to the net.
Nothing better than a nice sized rainbow on my 5 wt 8 foot Leonard taper bamboo.
First fish to the boat!
My second fish to the boat – moments after I lost a bigger one – famous last words!
On Thursday- it was a day of explored Hat Creek – with no success but a commitment to head back on Friday. Friday paid off – the morning was slow but in the afternoon I landed a good dozen fish and lost half as many – all with my Echo Czech Nymph set-up. All the fish were in the 6 to 12 inch range – but so fun to have a lot of action.
One of the many little guys
My trust little Purple Deschutes Fly – this fly has produced on every river I fish
First time I had success with the Stealth Pheasant Tail – sure to be part of my go to selection
As an avid flyfisher, I really have’t taken many opportunities to hardware fish and I have never done any deep sea fishing. Last week I was in Florida with my sisters for a few days of catching up, relaxation, fun and sun. It was great time. One of the days one of my sisters, Lucy, and her husband, Jerry, and I did a fishing charter with the Mystic Rose out of West Palm Beach.
Fishing with sardines is much different than fishing with flies. I was glad that our guides were putting on the sardines on the very big hooks, in same cases it was 3 hooks connected. Yes, from my perspective that was about a 4 inch hook. It took me a while to get the hang of letting line out and reeling it in. I never did really get the hang of casting the rigs. Nonetheless, I still landed a few fish and most importantly had a great time. Would I do it again? SURE! Just as long as someone else puts the sardines on the massive hook.