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November 2022 Table of Contents

General Meeting……………………
  Capt. Maury Hatch – Fly Fishing Stripers in NorCal
  November Raffle
President’s Line…………………….
Fly Tying……………………
  Blow Torch – Fly Tying Class
  Chironomid in red or amber
Conservation Concerns……………
  Steelhead and Coho Found in Mill Creek
  Los Padres Dam Steelhead Migration Data Results
Membership Notes…………………
  2023 Dues Renewal reminder
  Sign up to share your fish story
  Oct and Nov Casting Classes
  Tech Tip: Managing Google Group emails
Reel News…………………
Gone Fishing…………………
Fishout Schedule…………………
Cartoon…………………………..…

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Sign up to share your fishing pictures and story in January.

We are looking for six people who want to share their 2022 fishing story with the club at the January 2023 meeting. Here are some details:

  • Story should be about six minutes long with pictures or video.
  • The story can be told live or can be pre-recorded .
  • The audience will be encouraged to ask questions.

With the success of the club’s Instagram account, we get a chance to see lots and lots of fish pictures during the year. So we are changing the traditional slideshow to a show-and-tell type format. This will be a fun way for us to get to hear some great stories and learn more about a place visited by a fellow member in ‘22. If you know of a member who has a great story, please encourage them to sign up and share it with the rest of the club.

To sign up, send an email to scottkitayama@gmail.com.

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Tech Tip: Managing Google Group emails

by Scott Kitayama

I have been enjoying the banter on Santa Cruz fly Fishing’s Google Groups especially when new members ask questions. So I was surprised when I heard a member say that there are too many Google Groups emails or the subject line doesn’t make sense. I’m guessing this person’s emails all go to a single inbox and is messy, so this is a tip to manage your inbox.

Think of your inbox like a fly box, if you only have a few flies, they can all go into one box. After a while, you have dry flies, wet flies, streamers, poppers and your one fly box turns into a big ol’ mess. Just like having separate boxes for different flies, you can have separate email folders for different subjects.

Gmail :

For me, Google Groups emails go into a separate tab called Forums so I don’t have to look at them until I am ready. Here is a link to a video on how to set up Forums: https://youtu.be/dRCOX-4nE7c

Other email viewers like Apple Mail, Yahoo, Outlook, AOL:

Since I haven’t used any other email reader in over a decade, I am not brave enough to provide instructions. I suggest you search google to find info on “moving new emails to folders using filters”.

Another solution:

Send an email to Bob Peterson robert6367@gmail.com or Scott Kitayama scottkitayama@gmail.com and request changing the way you are receiving the Google Groups emails:

  • Don’t send email updates: you won’t receive emails but you can still access the group messages, by
    double clicking on the group, then open and respond to any message within the list.
  • Send daily summaries: you will receive one daily message if any message(s) are posted.
  • Combined updates: One message with 25 responses in that message.
  • Every new message: (default) You will receive an email message for every new message or response is posted.

Hope this helps someone.

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O’Neill Fore bay Fishout Report or

What a difference a day makes!

Arrived with Brother Terry around noon on Thursday. Found that Elain and John had arrived the day before, and had selected a perfect waterfront campsite. That evening, they met up with Bill Seaman and had a fantastic evening on the water near the old boat launch. Lots of good sized fish.

Whilst Terry & I went about setting up camp, other members dribbled in off of the water with varying degrees of success. Scott Kitayama caught fish on both his first and last cast. He reported that Bob Garbarino had landed a very nice fish. Gil Santos showed up and quickly launched his pram. David Marks came into camp to visit & swap stories. Rumor had it that Yog was out on the water catching fish. Mike Diciano was camped nearby with his motorhome, and launched his inflatable shortly after we arrived. The weather was perfect, with gentle to no wind and comfortably warm temperatures. We watched as Mike rowed into the fray, and we wondered why the stern of his little floatie was under water. Turns out float tubes inflated in the heat of the day tend to loose air pressure when immersed in cold water…

I would point out that setting up camp to host a crowd is thirsty business, so Terry and I paused our efforts frequently to hydrate. During one of those pauses, I noted that my pop-up camper had been invaded by giant hornets. While they were not particularly aggressive, Terry is allergic to bee stings, so I spent the next hour chasing a couple dozen of the buggers out of the camper. Time to re-hydrate again.

With camp established (complete with full wind screen) we enjoyed a light meal. I intended to head out in my float tube afterwards. It was then that I discovered I didn’t have my license with me. I recalled it was on my entryway table, placed there so I wouldn’t forget it. Oh well, Los Banos was just a hop, skip, and jump away so I left for Walmart while Terry took his boat to be inspected.

We arrived back in camp just as everyone was coming off the water. It seemed that most everyone had caught fish, with the consensus being that this year’s graduating class of fish were considerably larger than the previous year’s. Armed with that knowledge, Terry & I weren’t too dismayed to not have fished that day; there is always tomorrow, and we had great expectations. Snacks, cocktails, a fire, and great conversations ensued.

The following morning dawned about ten degrees cooler than the previous day. Terry & I were on the water by 6:30. We fished the islands where Gil had measured some success the evening before. We marked a few sporadic fish on the finder in around 20 ft. of water, but they seemed to have developed lockjaw. We moved on to where the group was concentrated on the South west corner of the Fore bay. Slim pickens there too. Many had caught a fish or two, but certainly not at the rate of the previous two days.

Having been totally skunked, we decided to head to camp and enjoy a nice lunch. Which led to a Bloody Mary. Or two. Which led to a nap. I awoke greatly refreshed around 3:00. Time to head out for the afternoon bite, but we found that the mighty wind had risen and chased everyone off of the water. We thought it best to cut our losses and head on in. There were white caps and good swells so it took almost an hour to get to the dock area. We were thoroughly soaked, but the warm wind quickly dried us off. We noticed that there was about a 300 yard stretch of water out to 50 yards off shore that was in a ‘wind shadow’ from the hills behind the launch ramps. It was still breezy, so one of us had to helm the boat while the other fished. Terry piloted as I landed two schoolies of around18”. Terry’s turn. I handed him my rod and took over the helm. I like to believe it was my superior boat piloting that led to Terry landing a 25” chromer.

Getting the skunk off the boat took till the last 30 minutes of fishing time. Whew, that was close. Arrived back at camp to find JT and our newest member, Rich, had joined our group. Lance snuck in and set up his tent and joined in. Rich shared a fine bottle of Scotch with us, which instantly endeared him to the gang. We sat up till late sharing scotch and stories.

The wind grew in intensity.

Everyone slept fitfully Friday night, with the wind buffeting tents, campers, and trailers. Saturday morning found the red light blinking at the cottonwood creek entrance, meaning watercraft was forbidden from launching. I estimated a steady 30mph wind with occasional stronger gusts. Hoping against hope that the wind wouldn’t last, Terry & I hunkered down and made a nice breakfast. The sunrise was spectacular. The more experienced among us checked out the weather forecast to find that strong winds were expected through Sunday. Most folks began packing up to go. Around noon, we began to slowly break camp. The rest of the crew had left by one-o-clock. Around 3:00, I gave one last cruise by the North side of the Fore bay to see if the ‘wind shadow’ still held. There was still a small calm area, but I decided better than to launch my float tube when there wasn’t another vessel on the water anywhere.

Sadly, we had to cut the O’Neill Fore bay trip short. We missed out on several members who had planned on coming out on Sunday, but you just can’t ignore the weather. The moral of the story: The best time to fish is right now! (If you can).

Until next year,

Kevin

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October 2022 Table of Contents

October General Meeting……………………
  Claire Buchanan ~ Bay Area Senior Project Manager for California Trout
  October Raffle
President’s Line…………………….
Fly Tying……………………
  Cicada – Fly Tying Class
  Olive, gold and white clouser
Conservation Concerns……………
  Conservation Organizations Thank Santa Cruz Fly Fishing Club
Fishout Schedule…………………
Cartoon…………………………..…

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September 2022 Table of Contents

September General Meeting……………………
  Protecting and Enhancing Wild Steelhead Populations
  Meeting Raffle
President’s Line…………………….
Fly Tying……………………
  Foam Run Caddis
  Carey Special
Conservation Concerns……………
  The Drought—Lake Shasta and Downstream
Membership Notes…………………
  Roster update
  Palm Beach Fishout
  Casting Classes for Aug 27 and Sep 24
Gone Fishing…………………
  Manresa Fishout Results – August 6th
  Quick Montana Trip
Fishout Schedule…………………
Cartoon…………………………..…

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Manresa Fishout Results – August 6th

by Scott & Tommy fish masters

Attendees l-r: Bob Garbarino, Dennis Robbins, Tommy Polito, Lance Boling, Adam Althoff
Others not shown: Elaine Cook, Mike Lovejoy, Kreig Williams, John Ivancovich, Scott Kitayama, Robert Eberly

We had over 10 members show up early at Manresa beach for the August fishout. I believe four of them had not been out with us before and a couple had never surf fished. There wasn’t much structure on the beach, however most of the attendees were able to catch fish. According to Elaine, a new member, Mike Lovejoy, caught 10+ in a short amoutn of time down by the trestle and John Ivancovich caught his first surf perch on a fly!

Along with the fishing, we were treated to sightings of pelicans, seals, and dolphins in the bay.

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August 2022 Table of Contents

August BBQ……………………
President’s Line…………………….
Fly Tying……………………
  Fluke Fly
  Parachute Ant
Conservation Concerns……………
  Paiute Tribe receives grant
Membership Notes…………………
  Roster update
Reel News…………………
  YubaFest 2022
Gone Fishing…………………
  Wyoming
  Rio Del Mar fishout
Fishout Schedule…………………
Cartoon…………………………..…

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OK FLY TYERS/THIS RAFFLE IS ALL ABOUT YOU!!!

by Jeff Goyert - Raffle Chairman

No rods, no reels, no bottles of questionable booze; this month’s raffle is all fly tying materials. Our queen of fly tying, Elaine Cook, waded through thousands of dollars worth of new donated materials to come up with eight different treasure bags stuffed with hundreds of dollars worth of quality tying materials as follows:

Bag 1 Nymphs
Bag 2 Drys
Bag 3 Terrestrials
Bag 4 Buggers/Streamers
Bag 5 Small flies
Bag 6 Ocean/Surf
Bag 7 Stripers
Bag 8 Beginners

Ticket purchasers should designate which Bag they wish to have their tickets applied toward. The more tickets purchased, the better your chances are to win. I really gotta’ say, this is some nice stuff!

To purchase tickets, click on this link:    https://santacruzflyfishing.org/raffle

Raffle tickets go for a dollar each, $20 bucks gets you 25. Ticket office is open  and closes at noon on the day of the meeting
(Wednesday 8/3). Tickets will also be available at the door the night of the meeting/BBQ/swap meet. Need not be a member to participate or be present to win.
Questions? Call or text Jeff at  831-234-0033

BTW!
Great door prize/everybody attending gets a free ticket:    $50 gift card from the The Fly Shop in Redding.

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YubaFest 2022 is coming October 15 and 16

by Mark Rockwell - President NCFFI

Do you want to spend a day celebrating fly fishing, our great California rivers, and spend time with friends and fellow advocates for our fisheries?  This will be what YubaFest is all about.  The Northern California Council, Fly Fishers International and our partners are organizing fun days of family focused education, learning, good food and music, and bringing our fishing community together to enjoy this wonderful River.

The event is Dedicated to the late Jon Baiocchi, our friend, fishing guide, and Yuba River advocate.  Please come to celebrate Jon’s life and what he stood for.  It will be a day of joy, music and fun.

The event will include:

Partner booths – NCCFFI, Cal Trout, TU, Gold Country Fly Fishers, and many other partners who advocate for fisheries & watersheds and enjoy fishing.

Learning opportunities – 

  • Fly Fishing 101 – how to fly fish
  • How to fly cast – presenting the fly to fish
  • Participate in the FFI fly casting challenge – a skills test – bronze, silver levels
  • Entomology – what fish eat 
  • How to create flies that catch fish – fly tying starter 
  • Women in fly fishing (Women Connect) 
  • Fishing the Yuba – how to catch the wild rainbows of the Yuba 
  • Restoration work on the Yuba – SYRCL program to restore this great river
  • Water safety – rivers are dangerous – how to stay safe

Food & drinks available throughout the day, including a BBQ dinner on Saturday

Music – Afternoon fun music,  and Karrie O’Neill, singer/song writer for the evening

Story teller to bring the history & glory of the region to a personal level

Special women’s programs for learning and taking fishing trips together

Sunday special on-the-water teaching and fishing opportunities with possible casting classes too

Raffle & auction of fly fishing “stuff” as well as other non-fishing items.  

Times for the event are:  Saturday 10 – 5:30 for learning and river activities, 6 – 9 for dinner, story telling, and music around the camp fire (if we can have it).

Location:  Sycamore Ranch Park, 5390 State Hwy. 20, Browns Valley, CA. 95918, 

(530) 749-5435.    Website: https://www.yuba.org/departments/community_development/  parks_&_campground.php

Reservations for camping: https://secure.itinio.com/yuba/

Please join us to celebrate the Yuba, Fly Fishing & Jon Baiocchi!

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July 2022 Table of Contents

No July Meeting – August BBQ……………………
President’s Line…………………….
Fly Tying……………………
  Pat’s Tungston Bead Head Rubber Legs
  Hantavirus Mouse
Conservation Concerns……………
  Stephen “Stosh” Rudzinski Remembered
Membership Notes…………………
  SCFF Scholarship Program
  New Member Spotlight – Emily Marriott
Gone Fishing…………………
Fishout Schedule…………………
Cartoon…………………………..…

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June 2022 Table of Contents

General Meeting……………………
  Striper Fishing on the Lower Sac with Hogan Brown
  June Raffle Prizes
President’s Line…………………….
Fly Tying……………………
  Dali Lama
  CDC One Feather Fly Cripple
Conservation Concerns……………
  Endangered California Salmon Returned To Safer Waters After More Than A Century 
Membership Notes…………………
  UFO Meetup – Jade Park
Fishout Schedule…………………
Cartoon…………………………..…

Date:  June 25, 2022

Time:  1:30 PM

Place:  Jade Park, Capitola

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United Fly-Casting Outdoors (UFO) Meetup – Jade Park

by Tom Hogye -

Where: Jade Park, Capitola

When: June 25th,  1:30 – 3:00 pm  (beer thirty afterward?)

Bring your lawn chair, and fly rod to practice casting with other SCFF club members.  Casual atmosphere with plenty of room for social distancing!

If you have any questions, please contact Tom Hogye.  thomashogye@yahoo.com

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May 2022 Table of Contents

General Meeting……………………
  Fly fishing for Corbina with Al Quadrattro
  May Raffle Prizes
President’s Line…………………….
Fly Tying……………………
  Cricket
  BWO Quigley Cripple
Conservation Concerns……………
  Klamath Tribes and Klamath Water Users Respond to BOR Water Allocations
Membership Notes…………………
  UFO Meetup – Jade Park
  Volunteer needed for Newsletter Editor
  Notes from Pyramid
Reel News …………………………
  NCFFI Newsletter – May 2022
Fishout Schedule…………………
Marketplace…………………
Cartoon…………………………..…

Date:  May 28, 2022

Time:  1:30 PM

Place:  Jade Park, Capitola

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United Fly-Casting Outdoors (UFO) Meetup – Jade Park (new time date)

by Steve Rudzinski - Casting Chairman

Where: Jade Park, Capitola

When: May 29th by,  2:00 – 3:30 pm  (beer thirty afterward?)

Bring your lawn chair, and fly rod to practice casting with other SCFF club members.  Casual atmosphere with plenty of room for social distancing!

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Notes from Pyramid

Note from Stosh:
The lake was stingy with rewarding us after many hours on a ladder or chair or other this last week. Diligence and more time with the fly in the water always pays off with at least one fish a day instead of ‘skunkdom’. The fish you could see follow the fly and turn away, maybe flipping its tail at it or the fly hooking a side fin happened a lot (and counted as a fish landed) ?

A guide told me that they did not stock the lake the 2 years of C-19 and next year should be a lot better so there is always hope for the future fishing there. I caught all but one fish on a black midge with a white bead which was partially worn away and brassy and still catching fish, they only took the balanced leech on the lower hook one time. (more than fifteen).

Thanks to all who attended and let’s make it happen again next year.   I only landed one fish stripping beetles and leeches. They call it ‘midging’ now.


Note from Scott:
This was my first time on the Pyramid trip and have a few thoughts to share for those who haven’t gone:

  • If you have ever dreamed of big trout in New Zealand or Argentina, stop dreaming and do this trip. The fish are getting bigger each year and there are lots of people who can show you where and how to fish. And the cost? Ha, I was gone for eight days and it cost about $500 for everything.
  • The Pyramid fishout is really “a loose confederation of trailers” all with different personalities banning together under Santa Cruz Fly Fishing.  Mike White and Jim Hall put on a club-wide dinner commemorating long-time club member, Gary Hazelton,  which provides a great way for everyone to bond. Otherwise the members mainly sleep, fish, and eat with others in their trailer.
  • I met a club member, Patrick, who is busy at work, was recently married, and has a new child.  Right now a full week fishing is impossible, but Patrick has figured how to miss a few days of work, appease his family and squeeze it into his life. I think he has made a wise life choice.
  • And the Pyramid trip is not just for guys. Elaine was there from our club, Elizabeth from the Salinas club and this group of women who annoyingly caught all the fish at Windless one day.

My suggestion is to get out of your comfort zone and throw yourself into the experience:  Get up at 4:00 am and fish until 6:30 pm,  Get on that ladder and howl back at the wind,   Have a drink or five with your fellow club members.    I think it is a wise life choice.


Pyramid 2023:  March 26th – April 1st, 2023.