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June 2016 - Volume 24 Number 5
The Bloody Maria Shad Fly
It's now shad season, and this fly will help you hook up.
By Andy Guibord
Big Bertha: Targeting Trophy Calico Bass
This SoCal saltwater species will give you a Richter-scale fight.
By Al Quattrocchi
Lake Davis: A Sierra Classic
How best to fish this large Plumas County impoundment. And it provides an additional benefit: a Hex hatch!
By Jon Baiocchi
The Subtle Pleasures of Nymphing
Basic advice for getting down.
By Dick Galland
Fishing Boats for Fresh Water
Tips for choosing the perfect (or close to perfect) watercraft.
By Andrew Harris
The By-the-Wind Sailor Jellyfish Hatch
Who would have thought surfperch eat jellyfish? But they do, and we can imitate this at-times important source of food.
By Steven Bird
Snapshot: The Lower Sacramento River
A few sage words about a big river.
By Michael Malekos
Weighing In on Balance
Do reels throw a rod's balance off? Should we care?
By Edwin Feliu
A Pale Morning Dun Nymph/Emerger
An imitation for you to swing through the PMD hatch.
By Steven Bird
"Not the World's Smartest Surfer"
A humorous photograph.
By Robert Ketley

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

Turn, TurnÖ

In my early twenties, I went to school for a couple of years in the Boston area. It was for many reasons a wonderful and eye-opening experience for someone like me, a Californian born and bred. Now, though, four decades later, what remains most strongly in my mind from that time was the weather, and more particularly, the seasons.

In much of California, the seasons blend into one another without much differentiation. Winter is a little colder than autumn, and both are wetter than summer, but if you want to wear shorts throughout the year, you pretty much can. In Boston, wearing shorts during winter will get you jeers and pneumonia. And while snow falling over an old historical city, with its stolid brick buildings and towering, ancient trees, can be quite beautiful, when the storm ends, whatever was white turns quickly gray with mud and soot and exhaust fumes. The world becomes dirty, icy; sodden. Winter in Boston is something one bundles up for and endures.

But winterís miseries help accentuate the impact of spring when it comes. What I remember was its immediacy, as if someone had flicked a switch. Suddenly, seemingly overnight, the air turned warm, humid, and carried with it the scent of life. Trees seemed to strain with the urge to bud, green was everywhere, and one had the literally visceral feeling, a glorious feeling, that the world had fundamentally changed.

There are places in California where one can experience this feeling, albeit somewhat muted, such as in the Sierra and Cascades and other mountain ranges that collect snow. Although spring nights in high-elevation towns such as Truckee remain cold, their mornings are filled with the voices of birds establishing territories and mates, and new growth, while perhaps slower than in the Northeast, proceeds with similar vigor.

Although these changes are particularly noticeable when one lives among them, perceptive anglers are clued in, as well, because this is when our streams and lakes are warming and fish and insects become active, and maybe not coincidentally, the trout season opens. Thereís a meadow not far from my home that soon will be carpeted with many vivid hues of green. Willows there overhang a favorite trout pool, and if Iím cautious, I might see the rings of a rise or two as early season mayflies ride the current before taking flight.

If Iím skillful, I might even hook a fish, and winter will be over.

Richard Anderson

Publisher and Editor

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