My Fly Boxes: Box #2 – Soft Hackles & More Nymphs

Fly Box #2 – Soft Hackles and Micro Nymphs My fly box number 2 is another C&F box with the “flip leaf” in the middle. This is my other “go to” box. My box # 1 and #2 are always in reach, whether I’m in my boat or hiking and wading with my “Fish Pond Guide Pack” This box is …

The Fat Albert or the Chernobyl Juicy Bug

My fishing brain trust, me and my fishing buddies, have been playing around with some dry fly attractors on the Lower Yuba and have been enamored with a Fat Albert type fly. This pattern is also called a Chernobyl Juicy Bug by Umpqua. Many of the Fat Albert ties are wider and more robust looking. While the Juicy Bug tie …

Opening Day above the Bridge

The long awaited opening of the Lower Yuba finally arrived on December 1st. I was especially excited because of the amount of salmon that have been in the system this year. It’s been a banner year with more salmon in the lower river than we’ve seen in about 4 years. About 4 weeks ago the researchers that work for Fish …

Fishing The Yellowstone – Mayors Landing to Pig Pen

A trophy Yellowstone Brown taken on the Mayors Landing to Pig Pen Float The Waters Below Livingston When selecting a section of the Yellowstone river to fish, and if you’re thinking trophy trout heading to the river below Livingston is a good bet. The river below Livingston holds less trout per mile but makes it up in poundage. In early …

Luk Lake

I made it out with the Gold Country Fly Fishers to a club outing to Clear Creek Sports Club which is affiliated with the Rolling Hills Casino just outside of Corning. Luk Lake is a 65 acre +/- lake where in the spring you can catch bass, sunfish and rainbow trout. It is a pay for play lake that can …

Fishing The Yellowstone

Whenever we make it out to Bozeman, Montana, I make a point to call Nathan Gaffey, a guide who works for The Rivers Edge. Zack and Nathan hit it off really well and a good time is had by all. This will be the third year in a row we’ve made it out with him. The Yellowstone River is still …

The Kingfisher’s First Float

Well, after 7 months of dedicated work, countless hours of sanding and layers of epoxy and marine spar varnish, I was able to find out if my new handmade drift boat floats. It did, and it did so better than I had dreamed of. Let me explain. I had a few concerns prior to launching the “Barca de Trucha”, (Trout …

Kingfisher Drift Boat Build: I’m Done

I started the “Kingfisher” build in September of 2014. Today is April 20th, 2015. It’s been quite a journey. I purchased the plans from Jason Cajune and they were worth every cent! The varnish has been curing and hardening for about two weeks, The build has taken me about 7 1/2 months, not bad from what I’ve heard. This includes …

Kingfisher Drift Boat Build: The Evolution of the Idea

Two years ago I walked into Dan Bailey’s Fly Shop in Livingston, Montana and saw a two person driftboat built by Jason Cajune. It was both a work of art and a well thought out working boat. The exterior looked like a gel coat boat but the interior was detailed in mahogany. Wow,  is what I said to myself. How …

Kingfisher Drift Boat Build: Scarfing the Side Panels

The next step for the Kingfisher build is to make one 3/8″ x 4′ x 18′ long plywood panel out of 2 sheets of 3/8″ x 4′ x 8′ and one piece of 4′ wide x 2′ long. You do this by “Scarfing” the two panels together. It can be described simply as joining two pieces of plywood to make …