Thursday, February 28, 2013
With the increase of daylight nowadays, Chul and I want to take advantage of it and hit a local mountain after work. Loaded with our lightweight rods we fished a piece of water that last year produced some really nice fish. The plan was to fish a huge pool that we have yet to fish as this piece of water is dominated by swimmers and cliff divers during the hot months. It took us some time but we finally made it to our destination. The area looked like a shithole. Broken beer bottles and trash everywhere as well as new graffiti on the boulders. What a dump. Its a shame that SoCal is loaded with idiots that have no respect for our wild natural environment. The pool proved a bust. So we moved on. The fishing was poor and we only managed a handful of fish none of any really good size. What a disappointment. Afterwards, craving a burger we looked in vain for a decent burger joint other than In-N-Out. Although we found a burger stand it was not at all what I wanted. The patty was obviously a typical frozen Sysco patty and clearly not what I wanted. Disappointing all around. Should have stayed home tying flies for our upcoming trip.
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Tying small (size 18 and below) beadhead flies is a pain. Here is a tip to help you make the process a little easier and more efficient. Preload the beads on the hook prior to actually tying. Do all 25 (if you can) in one night. Store them in the TMC magnets that are provided when you buy your hooks and place them in a tackle box so that they don't rattle off.
In doing so when you are ready to start actually tying you can crank out a lot more flies and have a lot more fun in the process. Of course this requires one lousy night of prebeading your hooks.
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
New location: 912 W. 10th St., Azusa, CA, 91702
Monday, February 18, 2013
backcast to generate enough power to throw that line.
Friday, February 15, 2013
Thursday, February 14, 2013
|Four Tin Land Rover Series Signs|
|If Only They Still Held The Camel Trophy|
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
|Pale Mallard? I've never seen one before.|
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Waiting for the water to warm up, we decided rather than wait at our location we would drive upstream to see if there was any water that had more potential. After awhile we concluded our original spot was best and head back to it. By this time we figured the feeding would be more active. Instead of rock climbing down I would head off with Tuck and Joseph downstream and try different water.
We found a nice spot where we could see some rather large fish cruising along the sand bottom. Once we made it down to the river we saw more fish. We concluded that the ones we saw must have been suckers but there were a few trout feeding in the rocky portion. Tuck fished it and I headed above stream of him. After only ten minutes or so I looked back and Tuck and Joe had moved on so I took over that hole. After a few drifts above the rocky section I managed to hook up one a nice trout. It flashed me his vibrant red sides and then came loose after a nice few runs. The few fish that were cruising around were showing themselves and I tried to hook one up. Eventually my bobber dripped and I set the hook hard. Having lost now two good fish, this time I was not going to gently play this fish, I bullied him in after he continued to make a few runs. I was determined not going to lose another fish. The fish fought hard and I landed him just to realize it was a 16- 17 inch suckerfish. I moved upstream and fished for an hour or so until Tuck pulled up in his SUV on the road and called me back. I asked everyone how they did and no one managed so much as a bite.
Since Chul's hole was the best of the weekend we decided to head back there and try it again. Tuck and Joseph headed out first as the rest of us rerigged. I made it down just downstream of the hole and Tuck was rigging up a three fly set up so Chul took the first cast. Within a few minutes he hooked up. Joseph having fished just upstream where he caught a few the day before made his way downstream and then took the spot and after a few cast he hooked up. Then Tuck now rigged tried the hole and he then hooked up. I managed to make my way upstream to the hole and started to cast but after several minutes the hole shut down. I moved downstream with Joe and Tuck and fished the next few hour without any luck.
After a while I decided I didn't want to fish the unproductive pocket water and headed back to the hole. I found Chul and Erika there after fishing upstream and catching a 7 incher. Erika had several strikes and kept popping off. Eventually she had a nice one and snapped the tippet at the wind knot. So I took the hole and after several casts with nothing to show I wanted to move to a nearby submerged boulder. I left me line in the water and as I moved off my submerged boulder, I slipped and fell into a waist deep water. As I climbed out of it to reach the other boulder I felt a huge strike on my rod. Having my back to the line I rotated my hips and stripped the line while setting the hook with my rod in a sidearm motion. Turning toward the fish now with my rod bent, Chul asked if I was caught up on a rock. I said no I'm on fish and then the rod began to dance. Chul jumped in the water readying himself to net it. The fish fought hard on my T&T Helix 5wt. I was determined not to lose another trout. I was going to land this fish no matter how ugly and unconventional the hook set was. The tippet was endangered of breaking as the fish weaved in and out of the submerged boulders. In time I managed to get the fish out of danger and Chul's first attempt to net it failed but got him on the second try. I tried to get a better picture of it other than a net shot but just when Chul was just about ready to take a pic I pulled a Tuck and the fish wiggled out of my hands. After a good laugh, Chul couldn't believe I caught that fish. I looked at him nonchalantly and said I meant to do that. What you've never seen the falling and catching technique? As the old adage goes you can't catch fish without the line in the water.
With Erika's rod out of commission I asked if she want to use my rig and see if she could get one as well. After a few cast she had a hard take and she pulled it out of its mouth. With the day ending we called it quits and headed to the trucks. We waited for the boys to make it back. They made it back and let me know they fished hard to get another fish a piece. We headed back in town for pizza before making our way home. All in all the trip wasn't a fantastic in a fishing point of view but these trips are just as much about camaraderie than it is about fishing. So its always fun hanging out with friends, ribbing each other and general bull shitting that comes with juvenile behavior.
Monday, February 11, 2013
Saturday morning I met up with Erica and Chul at his house at 6:30 and we managed to get out around 7am. Tuck had spend the night at Joseph's as he lived north of all of us, they would head out later and we would eventually met up on the road or in Kernville.
We caught up with the boys in the canyon and we headed to the fly shop as Tuck and Joseph wanted to pick up flies and since Erica forgot her wading boots so she needed to rent a pair. After getting the "inside scoop" we headed to an area suggested to us at the shop. After arriving we looked the water over and decided to pass on it as it was too windy and deep to get a good drift. We headed back into town to fish an area hoping to intercept large fish making their way out of the lake and into the river system. This proved a waste of time.
|First fish of 2013. A real wall hanger.|
|My second fish. Another trophy. Nothing like traveling several |
hours away only to catch dinks.
For the rest of the day we drove around looking for better water. The BWO hatch was coming off and although I wasn't seeing any fish coming up I regretted not carrying a second rod rigged with a dry fly. So on the next stop I rigged up my four weight with a Harrop's Hairwing. As it was getting late we found a nice stretch of water that Chul was getting hit on just about every cast. He pulled some serious fish and even managed one on a dry fly. As I approached him he told me to fish that section but the fish had already shut down. Up above him Tuck managed one and Joseph landed several. None of any significant size. Erica was skunked. Fishing was slow for whatever reason perhaps it was the recent rains, the cold nights, or just us fishing the wrong rigs.
We left the river and into town for a dinner. Everyone would have to pay for this meal. The original plan was to camp but since Chul brought Erica along, they had got a room in town. Tuck, Joseph and I planned on camping but during dinner we debated whether to get a room also. After having giving Chul grief earlier for not camping we decided to get a room ourselves. Lucky for us the motel had a place to play pool. We spent the night bull shitting, playing pool while drinking. As typical with trips like these, most of the memories are these parts as these times are spent laughing and ribbing each other. We eventually were kicked out during closing time, which was a good thing because we would have spent all night there if we could. Erica and Chul headed to bed as the rest of us headed to our room and before heading to bed debated which state was the best (of course California was not in the running). Day 2 to follow...
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Boots need to be cleaned as leather is just skin and needs to be cared for. The common enemies of leather are dirt, water and heat.
Dirt on the surface causes one of the most common problems such as cracking the leather. Dirt is hydrophilic, meaning it attracts water. Once it attracts water, it expands and deteriorates from the inside. If you improperly treat your boots, that is applying wax to dirty boots, you actually seal in the contaminants within. Excess heat can cause separation of the sole/rand. Trying to speed up the drying process causes the leather to be stiff and brittle. This can result in deteriorating the bond between the sole/rand and the leather upper, which will eventually cause a separation.
Dirty boots need to be washed off. Do not dry wet boots to any heat source (campfire, furnace, fireplace, sunlight, etc.) Wet leather burns easily and will be come hard and brittle. When drying boots, remove the footbed. Boots can be stuffed with newspaper to speed up the process. Leave it to dry at room temperature in a well ventilated room.
Use some sort of wax or oil after heavy use. These products feed the leather as well as reconditioning scratched and stiff leather. I use Meindl Sportwax but it is hard to find Stateside. When I run out and no longer acquire it I will start using Ballistol.
How to use Sportwax:
Using your fingers, apply a thin coat of wax to the entire leather boot (apply numerous thin coats opposed to one heavy coat). Do not forget to get the seams, the fold of the tongue, behind the grommets and as close as possible the rand and sole.
Between each coat, gently heat the leather after the wax is applied with a hair dryer under low heat. You should be able to see the leather absorb the wax. Four or five coats are necessary for new or neglected boots. For well maintained boots two to three coats are all that are necessary. Do not overheat your leather.
When cleaning boots with wax, after applying wax then heat, wipe the leather with a paper towel to remove any grit or dirt. The goal is to displace dirt and grit that are embedded in the leather with the wax. if you do not remove the dirt at this stage, the dirt left in the leather will accelerate the drying process and you will have to re-wax much more often. Repeat the wax-heat-wipe steps until no dirt remains.
Apply a thin coat of wax to rubber rand periodically (do not apply heat) as the rubber may dry and crack without moisture.
Let boot sit for couple hours. If after this period the boot has a glossy feel to it, then it is ready for the trails. If feels overly sticky or there is still visible wax on the surface of the leather, reheat and wipe off the excess, as too much wax will actually draw moisture and dirt into the leather.
When not in use, store your boots in a cool dry place. Avoid storing boots in rooms/closets where a furnace, hot water heater or air vent is present as continuous exposure to heat and high air ventilation will accelerate evaporation of moisture from the leather and may lead to shrinking of the leather if not treated. Leather boots left dormant (especially dirty boots) for prolonged periods of time (more than a couple months) can still dry out and shrink if not treated with Sportwax periodically. Remember leather is just skin, and skin without moisture will inevitably dry out, shrink and crack.
Don't neglect your boots as they are your most important piece of gear in the field. Yes even more important than your gun. Unless you have feet like Cody Lundin, you better kept those tender feet safe, you do not want to have your boots falling apart in the wild (I have seen it happen and its not fun).
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
The Queen cruising around in her 110 and a brief encounter with a pair of rabbit hunters, I wonder if that would ever happen here, a pair of armed men so close to a Head of State. (Not a chance).
Looks like they have a rambunctious black lab.
Monday, February 4, 2013
The big money spent on high end optics is for low light clarity. Any binocular will look fine on a bright day but in dim light that's when big money optic earns it's keep. While the Minox is no Leica, and I wouldn't classify it as high end, it still is a fine optic for it's price range particularly for what I paid for it. I'm comparing the Minox with the Leica at sunset and while there is no contest, the Minox is not half bad. It is clearly less bright and definition is not as good but it is acceptable for what I plan on using it for. Remember I won't be using it for counting points on a big buck with it so it is a fine enough for my waterfowling needs where I drive near a pond or river and glass it looking for quality ducks before making a stalk. As long as I can tell if a duck is a quality bird is all I need from these glasses.