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October 2015 - Volume 24 Number 1
Two confidence-inducing fly patterns for steelhead.
By Andy Guibord
Fly Fishing the Mono Basin
Angling opportunities in the watershed of Mono Lake.
By Peter Pumphrey
Fishing Valley Tailwaters During This Autumn of Drought
Modify your angling strategy as steelhead respond to drought conditions.
By Captain Hogan Brown
Pontoon Boats for Rivers
A tool for improving your access to fishable water. Fun, too.
By Jon Baiocchi
Tips for Carp
Suggestions for achieving success with "golden bonefish."
By Dan Blanton
The Dropper Popper
How to craft an easy-to-cast and highly effective popper.
By Robert Ketley
My "Secret" Gold Mines
Your own treasure troves are out there, waiting for discovery.
By Jim Matthews
Snapshot: The Lower McCloud at Ash Camp
An overview of fishing this section of a storied river.
By Michael Malekos
How to Catch at Least a Thousand Steelhead on a Fly in One Season in California
Bet you're curious....
By Russell Chatham

Click here for Doug Lovell's
February 2010 Good Fight article

Click here for Drew Braugh's
March 2011 Good Fight article about the Fall River - page 1 / page 2

The Coming Toss of the Coin

By the end of August this summer, mornings greeted us here in Truckee with a distinct chill, a sure harbinger that autumn would soon be arriving, with aspens aflame with color and mists snaking along the river bottoms. It’s the time of year when I particularly enjoy being out with a fly rod. Of course, this year’s trout season has been, well, interesting. Although fishing never ceased, low water caused at least one guide to decamp for the Rockies, another focused on carp in the Nevada section of the Truckee, and a third had his clients hitting local lakes (and doing well). Everyone associated with angling was in a make-do mode. And the question on everyone’s mind was and is: Will this drought continue into a fifth year?

The forecasts are calling for a huge El Niño effect on weather this winter, perhaps the largest in recent history. The common belief among townsfolk, echoing chirpily optimistic television news reporters, is that we’re going to get hammered with storms and experience “big snow.” Some even worry we’ll receive too much precipitation, leading to damaging floods, as occurred in 1997.

The people who study weather and climate, however, are nowhere near as certain as to what this coming winter might bring both to Truckee and to the state as a whole. El Niño refers to a band of warm water that develops on an irregular basis in the central Pacific Ocean and that is associated with higher than average winter precipitation in Central and Southern California. Although the expectation is that the upcoming El Niño will be among the strongest ever recorded, an anomalous “blob” of unusually warm water has developed off the coast of the Pacific Northwest, and how this warm water might interact with El Niño is still unclear. Conceivably, it could create a ridge of high pressure that forces storms away from us.

The bottom line, in essence, is that we just won’t know how winter will turn out until we’re well into it. The advice for anglers: remain ready to adapt to whatever conditions develop.

Richard Anderson

Publisher and Editor

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