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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

2013 Stillwater Clinics At Lake Davis

Lake Davis is well known for its prolific Damsel hatch. Anglers come from all over the West to fish Davis during the Damsel hatch each year. We will be spending two weekends sharing some of our secrets on how to fish Davis Lake and also teaching anglers techniques to use on stillwaters anywhere. We will cover everything from stalking trout and sight fishing the shoreline, to deep water nymphing in the middle of the day. Lake Davis is the perfect venue to sharpen your stillwater skills and practice some of our advanced techniques.
Rob Anderson and myself have been fishing and teaching anglers advanced stillwater techniques for over 15 years. I'm well known in the Sierras for my expertise on advanced stillwater techniques and love to share them. Both Rob and I do seminars at shows and fly club meetings and now offer these clinics that are on site, allowing particpants to use what they have learned. Rob is a commercial fly and product designer and has also managed the Reno Fly Shop for years. He specializes in hosting outings and teaching large groups, his gourmet backcountry cooking is the icing on the cake with these clinics.
The clinic will be a 2 day fishing event and will cover advanced Stillwater techniques, proper rigging, shore line wading as well as float tube, pontoon boat and small pram techniques. There will be lots and lots of free time to practice and catch some of those big beautiful Rainbows at Lake Davis. Space is limited to 10 anglers.
Dates: June 21-23: (Sold Out)
            June 28-30: (Sold Out)
Friday afternoon – check-in and set up, dinner at the camp and our detailed PowerPoint presentation and intro on the weekend’s events.
Saturday & Sunday – Two full days of fishing and learning new techniques on the lake with Rob and myself including lunch both days and dinner Saturday night.
We will be using one of the many campgrounds around Davis Lake. Anglers are encouraged to camp with us or to use one of the local motels in the area. Call or email us for more details.
Price: $295   Includes – two days guide fee, dinner Friday and Saturday night and lunch at the lake each day, free swag from our sponsors and use of demo equipment.
Rob Anderson      rob@bucketlistflyfishing.com            775.742.1754
                            Truckee River Outfitters
Jon Baiocchi        baiocchistroutfitters@yahoo.com      530.228.0487
                            Baiocchi's Troutfitters
These clinics are a real bargain, you get more bang for your buck and the knowledge learned will be with you forever! I Hope you can join Rob and myself for a great fun filled and informative weekend at Lake Davis!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

"Fly Fishing Eagle Lake" Presentation At Fly Fishers of Davis Meeting

I will be speaking at the Fly Fishers of Davis February meeting on the 26th. My power point presentation “Fly Fishing Eagle Lake” is a must see as I unlock many secrets to this vast stillwater that is so popular with fly anglers all over the west and beyond. I go in depth and cover access points, techniques, tactics, flies, entomology, the Eagle Lake rainbow, the seasons, and the history of the lake. There will be over a hundred slides of great information including maps and diagrams. I will also be donating a set of special Eagle Lake flies for that evening’s raffle in a stylish wooden box.

The meeting will be held at "Harper Junior High", 4000 East Covell Blvd. in east Davis and starts at 7:30 pm, the presentation will follow at 8pm. Guests are welcome and admission is free. I hope to see you there!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

iFish Belt Box Review

When I first got my hands on iFish’s Belt Box I thought to myself it’s just another gadget to put on my fly fishing vest and add clutter. But after field testing the Belt Box on the Lower Yuba River I came to the conclusion that his handy box to keep your flies in is much more. Like a gun slinger in the heat of battle this box allows an angler to have a “quick draw” when choosing their weapon of choice to tie on the end of their line. The box easily attaches to a belt or fishing vest and the groove at the bottom of the slide on tab is made for a placement of a rubber band or zip tie that you fasten over by pinching the tab shut to ensure your box will stay put. With a click of the top “open” tab the box folds away from you and displays two halves of compartments to hold big and small flies. Each compartment is very secure and will not open on its own ensuring you won’t see your prized patterns drift down the currents.

During my field test I put the box on the upper right side of my vest and filled it with my Skwala stone fly patterns for the day. While making presentations to a very selective trout that would not take my first choice of fly, I simply went to my iFish Belt Box and in seconds had another different fly on ready to give that fish another cast. There were no zippered pockets to battle or fumble through; all my flies were right where I needed them. Sometimes simpler is better, and when I fish small creeks and streams all I need in the way of tackle is some flies, nippers, tippet, some gel floatant, and my forceps. I can put all the tackle in a shirt pocket, while the Belt Box holds my flies in an easy to get to location.

Some drawbacks with boxes that have sealed compartments is that you never want to put back wet flies back in them as rust will form on your hooks. (Note: I did an experiment with water soaked flies left in the box in a cold environment for 2 days and much to my surprise there was no rust and my flies were dry!!!) This is where a good fly patch comes in handy to dry out them out before putting them back in the compartments for later use. The Belt Box is not bomb proof, but like any good piece of equipment if you ensure proper care it will last for years. Compartment boxes are not wind friendly, your dry flies are subject to being blown out while the compartment lid is open. The Belt Box does offer better wind protection than most compartment style boxes on the market though.

I can honestly say that this little innovative box will be a new companion with me when I venture out onto the water, especially those lush deep canyons in the Sierra where the tiniest of creeks hold some of the prettiest trout on the planet. For more information and to see the complete line of iFish products visit their website at http://www.ifish.com/

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