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August 2015 - Volume 23 Number 6
27
In the Heat of the Rise
Two imitations for the summertime caddis hatch.
By Andy Guibord
28
The Other Lower Sacramento: Striper Fishing from Red Bluff to Butte City
The Sacramento River is about more than trout.
By Captain Hogan Brown
30
L.A.'s Big Striper River
It's the East Branch of the California Aqueduct.
By Jerome Buckmelter
34
What's Up with Hat Creek?
Fishing tips, and an update on restoration of this storied stream.
By Chip O'Brien
37
Drop-Shot Nymphing
A better way to place weight.
By Walt Cole
38
Fishing Bishop
An overview of fishing opportunities near this east-Sierra town.
By Peter Pumphrey
40
The Frantic Flea
A saltwater fly that gives you another reason for drinking beer.
By Robert Ketley
42
Snapshot: Baum Lake
How to fish this lake, which has a current.
By Michael Malekos
43
I Love (It When) My Wife (Lets Me Go Fishing)
Ideas for getting your significant other into fly fishing.
By Michael Malekos
44
Water Music
So, what is the soundtrack to rippin' lips?
By Michael Checchio
45
Owens River Metamorphosis
Picking nature's lock.
By Dan Lazar
46
Hydrotherapy: A Generous Palliative
Learning from the water we fish.
By Aimee Chudy

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

Floating Through Summer

I had forgotten just how enjoyable it is to fish a lake from a float tube. I’ve had mine for thirty years, but a decade or so ago, I switched to a pram, mostly for the convenience of staying dry and also being able to stand and thus see and cast a longer distance. A recent invitation from a group of friends to fish a tiny impoundment, however, gave me the impetus to dig my float tube out of storage.

At the lake’s edge, I wadered up, slipped on swim fins, then hoisted the tube around me and carefully entered the water. Quickly, I was deep enough to begin finning, and quickly, too, I rediscovered what I had been missing. A float tube gives the angler an intimacy, equaled only by wading, with the place being fished. You’re submerged belly-deep, suspended from a seat that allows an easy casting stroke, with insects and rise forms extraordinarily visible on the water’s surface. And on a hot summer day, there’s no better way for a fly fisher to beat the heat than by getting into water.

This season of drought, I’ll be spending much of my time on lakes. Depending upon the character of the water and who I’m with, I’m angling from a pram, a canoe, and yes, a float tube. All of these watercraft have their particular benefits (and flaws), but it’s my humble, sun-bleached-from-many-seasons float tube that I’m particularly looking forward to using.

Emergency Closures Possible This Summer

In late June, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife was given authority to temporarily close fisheries experiencing degraded environmental conditions that may affect fish populations. According to the CDFW, decisions to close specific fisheries will be based upon criteria that include “water temperature, dissolved oxygen levels, fish passage, water levels, and fish population size.” The CDFW warns that “afternoon and evening water temperatures may be too warm to ensure fish being released will survive the stress cause by warmer water” (for trout, water temperatures above 70 degrees). The department will update its list of closed waters by 1 P.M. each Wednesday. Visit https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Regulations for closures or phone (916) 445-7600.

Richard Anderson

Publisher and Editor


 
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