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January 2023 Table of Contents

General Meeting……………………
  Member stories from 2022
  January Raffle
President’s Line…………………….
Fly Tying……………………
  Goddard Caddis
  Thank you helpers
  Fly Tying Hang Out in March
  Pyramid Beetle
Conservation Concerns……………
  Chinook Salmon in the McCloud River
Membership Notes…………………
  Club Activities – January
  Annual Fundraising Event is back!
  Update of 2023 Dues Renewal and Annual Dinner
Fishout Schedule…………………
Cartoon…………………………..…
Stepping Down as Newsletter Editor

Date:  January 4, 2023

Time:  6:30 pm

Place:  Aptos Grange

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Member stories from 2022

Traditionally, the January meeting has been a slideshow that allows us to see where members have been fishing. Nowadays, we can see pictures of our friends posted while they are still in the water! So this year we are going to have 5 of our club members, Skip Montello, Jeff Slaboden, Kathy Power, Bill Seaman and Dar Naghshineh tell us about a special fishing moment from 2022. If this is popular, maybe we can have a member talk at our monthly meetings in 2023.

For those of you who miss the slideshow and want to see where people fished in 2022, please spend time looking at the pictures and captions on the club’s website: www.santacruzflyfishing.org . Viewing is best done on a full screen computer and when you click on the picture, you get a larger image and the full description. Images are sorted chronologically and hitting the ‘Load More’ button at the bottom of the page will show pictures from earlier in the year. Also, please share your pictures with others by sending them to Jerry at metropolitantrout@gmail.com.

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January Raffle

It’s January! Two important things: the “Holidays” are over (yay!) And it is time win some great fly fishing raffle prizes.

 First we will do a winner’s pick for a 5WT or a 6WT Echo Carbon XL 9 Ft 4 section Fly rod along with a matching ION large arbor disc drag reel. One rod prize awarded, winner’s pick. 

Float tubers should take a look at this great landing net up for grabs. It features a long handle for an over length of 35 inches with an oval basket size of 20 inches. Perfect for the Almanor hex hatch,  Forebay Stripers, and Eagle Lake Rainbows.

It is probably time to organize and freshen up  your stash of tippets. How about winning 5 spools of Rio Powerflex tippets, 30 yards each testing from 2X to 6X? These spools are held in a trick Fishpond Headgate tippett holder.

The ticket sales are open and close at noon the day of the meeting (1/4/2023). 

Click on this link to purchase tickets: https://www.santacruzflyfishing.org/product-category/raffle-prizes/

Tickets are a dollar each, $20 bucks get you 25. The drawing of tickets will take place at the monthly meeting. Club membership is not required to participate, need not be present to win.

Support your club, buy a raffle ticket!

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Don’t Miss Out – It’s Been a Treat!

by Thomas Hogye

Happy New Year!   I hope all of you had a beautiful Christmas with family and friends, AND there was something “fly-fishing” under the tree.   I love this time of year as some of my most favorite gear came either on my birthday or Christmas.   It’s also when I have a little extra time to get up in the morning, grab my coffee and binge watch Steelhead videos, swingin flies with a two-handed rod these days.

January Meeting

I’m looking forward to seeing all of you at the January meeting at the Grange.   You can arrive as early as 6:ish – if you want to hang out, help set up or get some last minute raffle tickets.

 

We have something new we’re going to be doing.   Instead of one speaker, we are going to have five club members who will be telling us their story of their favorite fly-fishing experience; sharing with us how you can do the same.    And plenty of time for questions, bring your notebooks for new places to go.

 

Annual Fun-draiser/Dinner/Raffle

For many of you, the Annual Dinner has been one of the most fun experiences we’ve had together these last 45 years.   This will be a lot of fun.  If you haven’t ever been to one, don’t miss it.   In fact, do what most of us will be doing, sign up to help, show up at 9 ish to have coffee and pastries with us, help set up, and then either stay, or come back for the fun and festivities.

Please make sure to buy your tickets On-Line, or at the January and February meetings.   It will be an early event – 1:00 to 5:30 with food being available between 1-3.    Installation of Board members, the John Steele Award, a few more “awards”, followed by the raffle.

Fly-Tying / Casting / Instagram and Fishouts

Keep a watchful eye on the Newsletter, website and the club email for all of the resources your membership comes with.   The fly-tying classes are growing and you can watch for additional fly-tying opportunities as we organize some more or less informal fly-tying get togethers.

 

Weather permitting we’ll be having a casting class on the 28th – and maybe we can actually do that casting down by the boardwalk on the San Lorenzo.  Stay tuned.

 

Jerry and company have been doing a great job growing SCFF coolness with the Instagram page that also publishes to the Newsletter.   If you have any photos you’d like to share, get them to Jerry and you’ll soon see them on Instagram and our Website.

 

Super grateful for all the new help we have but we still need more – Facilities, Vice President, and more.   If you’re interested in playing a greater role within the club, do seek out your committee chairs, me or anyone else – we’d love to have you.   Thank you, Justin Ice, for recently jumping on board for Fish-Outs.   There are going to be some fun new places to go together in 2023.

 

It’s Been a Treat

At this writing, we’re waiting or another portion of rain to fill the San Lorenzo and all her sister rivers in Central California so we can do a little steelhead fishing afterward.  It is also my last President’s Message.   I’m not the only one who has been leading the club for the last 5 years.  So, while being President for five years was unprecedented, I was not alone in that work.  I am beyond grateful for the rest of the Board and Committee chairs who also did not abandon the club when Covid forced us to do things considerably different.    While we’re still working out a few bugs in some of the changes we made to keep our combined efforts going, these changes were really fantastic.  Other clubs suffered, so we put together a President’s meeting every month to share ideas with the other NCFFI clubs so we could all survive and thrive.    I could not have done this without the sincere and committed efforts of the Board.  I would be writing a twenty-five-page book here, simply to cover my gratitude to everyone who helped SCFF over these last five years.    I could also not have done this without the kind support of you, our member ship.

 

I will continue to teach the casting class and stay on the board, because I just love seeing where this club is growing and what a terrific resource it is for you, our members – our family.    Today, thirty five dollars a year ($60 for a family – of which I’ve paid all these years), isn’t much considering the value of the friendships, family, fun, laughter, and more that comes with this club.   You can’t get that with a magazine subscription, or a membership at any other organization you might belong to.

 

When I first joined the club in 1992, I was a 30-year-old kid.   Elaine still calls me kid.   Back then, I jumped in and served as Conservation Chair, President, and Program Chair.   It was the most fun I’ve had doing anything.  We made a difference.    I left for a few years to raise my children, build a home, and do a little bike racing.    But you know nearly every month, Mona would always ask me who I heard from at the club, was there a meeting, …   When 2017 came around and the kids were now doing a lot on their own, the house was done and things were in a rhythm, I jumped right back and have enjoyed every bit of it.

 

Thank you all for being so kind to me, encouraging and downright uplifting.    I dare say any President of any country couldn’t wish for a better approval rating.

 

I’m excited about the next generation that is coming to the club.  That was the goal from the beginning – to take Santa Cruz Fly Fishing into the 21st Century and build it for the next forty years.     Your board is going to continue improving.   I am very excited at what Scott Kitayama has in store and I’ll be there to help or stay out of the way.   I plan to fish a bit more, too.

 

Thank you.  Thank you.    I would never have done this without your encouragement, your love for fly-fishing, the environment and all that lives and breaths in the outdoors we want to be so great again.

 

Happy New Year!    Tom

Date:  Jan. 11

Time:  Doors open at 6:15, class begins at 6:30

Place:  Aptos Grange Hall 2555 Mar Vista Dr., Aptos, CA

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Goddard Caddis

by Elaine Cook – fly tying chairman

This fly features spinning deer hair. It’s not a difficult fly to tie but the technique is unusual and needed for a variety of flies. Sign up at the club meeting or call Elaine at (831)688-1561. Allow at least 24 hours before the class. As usual all the materials will be provided and the class is free. If you have mono cord or similar in any color, but preferably a light color, bring that. Some will be available. For beginners, who are always welcome, vices and tools will be available. Masks will be required due to Covid, flu, and colds that are currently looking for a host.

Date:  None

Time:  None

Place:  None

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Thank you helpers at the fly tying classes

by Elaine Cook — Fly tying chairman

A big thank you goes out to those who taught classes this year and to those who assisted new tiers at our in person fly tying classes. Covid has made it difficult to keep this club function going but thanks to zoom we managed to make it happen. If it’s been a while since you attended classes feel free to come back again and please wear a mask to protect yourself and others. Tight thread lines to all of you in 2023.

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Fly Tying Hang Out in March

by Jerry McKeon

Save the date:  March 8, 2023 6:30-8:3o PM 

Where : Aptos Grange

The club would like to try a fly tying hangout and since the Grange is available we landed on this date.  Bring your vise, tools, materials and fish stories.  Great excuse to get out of the house and do some tying with others.  Please note this is not an instructional class.  There is an instructional class in March and Elaine will provide information for that. This is just a casual get together for folks who want to fill their boxes and talk fishing.

Hope to see you there!  Jerry

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Pyramid beetle -White over chartreuse

by Elaine Cook – fly time chairman

Pyramid lake has a particular beetle with these colors that goes to the bottom of the lake then ascends to the surface to take a breath. Then repeat this process over and over. Because this fly is made of foam and is used on a sinking line, when you strip it descends and when you pause it starts to rise up, which imitates the actual beetle. This is a simple fly to tie and if you’re going to Pyramid you must have one in your box.  NOTE:  Photo colors are not true, use color descriptions in instructions.

Hook: TMC 2457 size 6.
Thread: white 3/0 monochord or equivalent.
Overbody: white close cell foam, 2 mm thick.
Underbody: cactus chartreuse chenille.

1. Crimp barb.
2. Attach thread behind eye, wrap to above barb with touching wraps.
3. Cut foam in shape shown in diagram.
4. Wrap thread forward and touching wraps to two eye lengths behind eye.
5. Place tapered end of foam on top of shank positioning point toward the front where the thread hangs.
6. Wrap foam snuggly to top of shank back to above barb, then thread wraps forward to two eye lengths behind eye.
7. Tie in chenille. Wrap backward, each wrap against the last until above barb. Then forward in same manner to hanging thread. Tie off, cut access.
8. Pull foam forward till snugly against top of chenille. Make several snug thread wraps.
9. Whip finish under foam and behind hook eye. Cut thread.
10. Cut off excess foam, leaving 1/4 inch in front of thread wraps.
11. Apply Zap-A-Gap or similar glue to thread wraps.

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Chinook Salmon in the McCloud River

by Bob Garbarino

Back in the 1940s, Shasta and Keswick Dams were constructed to achieve a number of objectives, including water storage and generating hydroelectric power.  However,  through an apparent lack of foresight, the welfare of wild fish spawning habitat wasn’t given priority.  Perhaps it was thought that the stretch of the Sacramento River below the Dams would provide sufficient spawning and rearing habitat for Chinook (King) salmon.  Prior to the construction of these dams, Chinook salmon had access to the McCloud river for spawning.  As a direct result of the dam construction, the Chinook runs have declined.  In 1994 these winter run salmon were federally listed as endangered.  In recent years, the fish counts have further diminished with severe drought and excessive warm water conditions.  Peter Moyle, a fish biologist at UC Davis who has studied Central Valley fish since the 1970s stated “The winter run is headed for extinction, no question, if we don’t develop an artificial system for keeping it going,”

In response, federal and state agencies embarked on an effort to transport adult chinook from the base of Keswick Dam to Battle Creek, about 50 miles southeast where the water is more consistently cool and clear and the fish can move upstream and back out to the ocean.  In addition, about 40,000 Chinook eggs were transported from a hatchery by truck and helicopter above Shasta Dam to the McCloud River.  As the McCloud river fish migrated back downstream,  the surviving smolt were captured and transported down below Keswick Dam to enable them to move down the Sacramento River.   For more information and insight on this interesting effort to prevent these amazing fish from disappearing from this watershed, go to:  https://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/news/saving-salmon-chinook-return-to-californias-far-north-with-a-lot-of-hum/

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Club Activities

Date Activity Link DescriptionLocation
Jan 28 Fly Casting Meetup

Bring your lawn chair, lunch, and fly rod to practice casting with other SCFF club members.

Jade Street Park baseball field
Feb 18 2023 SCFF Annual Fundraiser, Awards, and Installation Day

After 3 long years, we are bringing back our annual fundraiser on February 18th from 12:30 pm to 6:00 pm at the Aptos Grange!   So many things have changed in the past three years and there was no way we could run the fundraiser “the way we used to”, so here we go.  New venue, new hours, new food, new ticket price, new faces and with your help, more comradery, laughter and fun.    We will be serving lunch, raffling wonderful prizes, spotlighting deserving members with annual awards, and introducing the 2023 Board of Directors.

Aptos Grange
Feb 24 Pleasanton Fly Fishing Show

There are lots of activities including casting demos/instruction, fly tying demos/instruction, seminars from well-know pros, vendors selling all-things fly fishy. It’s a great opportunity to learn and check out gear before you purchase. Many club members make it an annual event. If you are new to the sport, go and pick up a few tips. Visit the the website for details and how to get tickets. https://flyfishingshow.com/pleasanton-ca/

Feb 25 Cancelled - Fly Casting Meetup

Instead of a club casting meetup in Santa Cruz, check out the Pleasanton Fly Fishing Show.

Jade Street Park baseball field
Mar 08 Fly Tying Hang Out in March

Bring your vise, tools, materials and fish stories.  Great excuse to get out of the house and do some tying with others.

Aptos Grange
Mar 25 Fly Casting Meetup

Bring your lawn chair, lunch, and fly rod to practice casting with other SCFF club members.

Jade Street Park baseball field
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Annual Fundraising Event is back!


After 3 long years, we are bringing back our annual fundraiser on February 18th from 12:30 pm to 6:00 pm at the Aptos Grange!   So many things have changed in the past three years and there was no way we could run the fundraiser “the way we used to”, so here we go.  New venue, new hours, new food, new ticket price, new faces and with your help, more comradery, laughter and fun.    We will be serving lunch, raffling wonderful prizes, spotlighting deserving members with annual awards, and introducing the 2023 Board of Directors.

Buy your tickets now:    Its such a bummer to plan a party when no one tells you they are coming.  We know you are thinking about it, so just do it!  Tickets are  $25/person and we only can sell 150 entrance/meal tickets due to space limitations of the Grange.    Tickets are  available online  here:  https://www.santacruzflyfishing.org/product-category/annual-fundraiser/

Volunteer:    Many long term club members say the best part of our Annual Fundraiser is the time volunteering and working with others to put the whole event together.     We still need people to step-up and take an assignment whether it is before, during or after the event.    Contact Elaine Cook (coookin@gmail.com) to find out where you can best help.

Lunch:

Fresh, healthy, filling and fun.   What’s not to like about Mediterranean food?   We are bringing a winner from the Bay Area down to cater our lunch.   @Zagat dubbed SAJJ Mediterranean falafel as best in the Bay Area!   Guests will have the option to choose between the following three entrees.  (All entrees will be served with fries.)

SAJJ Bowl: Your choice of Chicken Shawarma, Steak shawarma or falafel; served over turmeric rice, wild arugula, tomato & cucumber mix, hummus, cabbage, diced pickles, and a drizzle of tahini sauce

SAJJ Wrap: Your choice of Chicken Shawarma, Steak shawarma or falafel; garlic spread, wild arugula, tomato & cucumber mix, sumac onions and diced pickles

SAJJ Pita: Your choice of Chicken Shawarma, Steak shawarma or falafel; with hummus, wild arugula, tomato & cucumber mix, diced pickles

Seating will be available indoor and outdoor all though inside will be cozy depending on the weather.     Lunch will be available between 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm.    Water, soda, and coffee will be available as well as a dessert table.   We will not be serving or selling alcohol so plan accordingly.

Parking:  Everyone needs to buddy-up and comes to the Fundraiser with a fellow member, so that we can fit everyone in the parking lot.  Otherwise, over flow will need to park on Mar Vista Drive.

Raffle Tickets:    Tickets can be purchased online and can also be purchased at the event.   If you purchased online, your tickets will be waiting for you along with your entrance/lunch receipt when you check-in.    Raffle boxes will be on the tables for you to decide what you want to win.   Keep a portion of your ticket so that you can claim your winnings.

Health Protocol:   We hope to have a lot of people attend this event and the Grange is not that big of a building.  Masking is encouraged as we want everyone healthy for the upcoming fishing season.

 



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Update of 2023 Dues Renewal and Annual Dinner

by Bob

We have had a successful 2023 membership renewal with over 150 members renewed as of the end of December and anticipating more renewals after sending out a friendly email reminder so that members can be included in the 2023 Roster, which includes 25 new members.   Membership renewal

Also, we have 30 members that have signed up for the annual dinner and raffle and have also sold over $400 Raffle tickets which can be bought online under the menu listed as 2023 Annual Fundraiser and will be available at the dinner @ the Aptos Grange, Sat Feb 18th.    Fundraising Tickets Here!

Thank you for all for the renewals, donations, and Annual dinner and raffle sales, and have a Happy New 2023

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Fishout Schedule – Jan 2023

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EVENT NAME EVENT DATE SPECIES FISH MASTER
Pyramid Lake Fish-out March 26th – April 1st 2023 – New InfoMar 26 - Apr 01Lahontan Cutthroat Trout Mike White - (831) 706-5556
Del Valle FishoutApr 15Stripers, bass, trout Joshua Wilkens
Los Padres Dam / Reservoir FishoutApr 29
Santa Cruz County Surf FishoutMay 06
Santa Cruz County Surf FishoutJun 03
Lake Almanor/Hex Hatch – Jun 25 – Jul 1 2023 – New InfoJun 24 - Jul 01Trout, Bass Jeff (Yog) Goyert - Fishmaster (831)234-0033
Santa Cruz County Surf FishoutJul 01
Kennedy Meadows / Sonora Pass – Fish-Out 2023Jul 23 - Jul 27Trout Tom Hogye - Fishmaster (831) 214 7578

Mar 26 : Pyramid Lake Fish-out March 26th – April 1st 2023 – New Info



Pyramid Lake (Click for address and map)
Fishmaster: Mike White - (831) 706-5556

NEEDS TO BE UPDATED WITH 2023 INFO.

The Pyramid Lake trip is one of the best-attended fishouts the club has, and for a good reason. Lahontan Cutthroat Trout cruise parallel to the shore in easy casting distance from shore. Cost for the week including meals and lodging and is around $300+ per person depending on the number in attendance. You need not fish all six days as there may be openings (usually later in the week.) Contact Mike for more details (831) 706-5556, to check on openings, or be put on a waiting list. First come first served.

You can also make your own arrangements either by bringing your own RV (Pyramid Lake Lodge has hook-ups and sells permits to park on the any of the beaches along the lake) or staying in Reno. Reno is 45 minutes away. Call Pyramid Lake Lodge to inquire about last minute cancellations in their cabins as well (775) 476-0400 and check out their website to see what the cabins look like at www.pyramidlakelodge.com. The General Store in Sutcliff offers meals on selected nights only to those who call in before 2:00 PM. Check at the General Store for details.

Equipment: 6-9 weight rods with hi-speed, hi-D shooting heads or fast sink integrated lines to fish the bottom in 6 to 9 feet of water, and a floating line for indicator fishing. You should bring a stripping basket and a ladder that will accommodate it. A ladder helps to get you up out of the cold water and enable you to cast out to where the fish are. You can still catch fish without one but not with near as much consistency.

Flies: Woolly buggers in black, white, purple, olive, midge, caddis and mayfly nymphs to name a few. If as in years past the Confab in February is offering the opportunity to see how some of the best Pyramid patterns are made plan to attend and bring a vise and tie some yourself. Flies may also available from club member Jim Hall who ties some very good flies specific to Pyramid cutthroat as well as other species at reasonable cost. His number is (831) 713-6835. There is a general store with provisions as well as tackle and an assortment of flies.

How to get there: Take US 80 to Reno-Sparks, take the Pyramid Blvd. off ramp and go north about 35 miles. Crosby Lodge is at Sutcliff, near the Ranger Station.

 If you have any questions about equipment or how to get there, check the “Gearing up” columns in the March 2007-2009 archives on our great club website, or call Mike White at (831) 706-5556. 

If you are considering going to Pyramid again this year with the club and you have not already done so, please contact the person who is booking the trailer you stayed in last year. Trailer-masters, if your trailer has gaps or cancellations, you can call Mike so he can pass the names of members who don’t have lodging to fill the empty spots. 

Fishing, Camping, and New Ladder Regulation:

Fishing and camping permits can be purchased online prior to the fish-out. We would highly recommend doing this. Go to www.plpt.nsn.us to obtain your licenses. There is also an RV Park available at (775) 476-1155.

As with any great fishery there are always a long list of rules and regulations. We would recommend you review them on the website above. Suffice to say those of us who have been going to Pyramid Lake for many years are a good source of information as well. We will help inform and guide all newcomers.  15.6 USE OF LADDERS, ETC. Any ladders, milk crates, boxes or other objects used in the water as a fishing aid must be occupied or closely attended (i.e. remain in the area) by fishermen at all times. Any person who leaves such objects unoccupied in the water for more than one hour will be deemed guilty of littering. 15.6.1 Fishing aids described above must have a permanent tag affixed that has the name, address, and phone number of the owner of the fishing aid. If the permitted angler using the fishing aid is not the owner, the owner will be the responsible party for any infractions by the permitted angler. 

This year we have five trailers reserved. (6,7,8,9, and 10) As of September 1st 2021 we have 5 openings available. These openings will fill up quickly, so contact Mike immediately at (831) 706-5556. Last year was an incredible experience with many fish over 15 lbs brought to the net. If you cannot commit early and make it into one of our reserved trailers you can always make your own arrangements by contacting the Pyramid Lake Lodge at (775) 476-0400.

Mike White (831) 706-5556, lumberguy73@hotmail.com

NOTE: Due to insurance regulations, all attendees must be paid up members of Santa Cruz Fly fishermen, so get your membership paid up if you haven’t done so yet.

 



Apr 15 : Del Valle Fishout


Del Valle Fishout
(Click for address and map)
Fishmaster: Joshua Wilkens

Fish Species:  Going for striper, largemouth, small mouth, bluegill, white crappie, rainbow trout, and striper.

Equipment:  I’m bringing a 6 wt floating line for everything but stripers and 8 wt full sink for stripers down as far as 25 feet.  Fishing out of float tube.

Flies:   Clousers and buggers (smelt patterns) should be able to find one if not all species maybe.

 Day Fishing Fees:  Parking $6.

Watercraft launch fee: $5 for trailered boats; $3 for car-top, inflatable boats and float tubes. $2 for windsurf boards. Boat inspection: $4/cartop; $7/trailered.

Float tube Inspection:  Don’t bring kayak if you do make sure super dry and bring float tube just in case, they fail kayaks like 95% of time for me.    I learned to just float tube there.

Camping Fees:  $43 for tent campsite with reservation fees included, then $8 for additional vehicle, $5 fishing day pass, and #3 inspection. 2 vehicles and 8 people max per site.    There is tap water and toilets.  There is the potential of a group camp out, keep an eye on Google Groups.

Site Link:  https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=537, https://www.ebparks.org/parks/del-valle

 



Apr 29 : Los Padres Dam / Reservoir Fishout



(Click for address and map)
Fishmaster:

Description: Los Padres Reservoir is located East of Carmel Valley Village. The best route is Carmel Valley Road East about 8 miles to a right turn on Cachagua Road to a right turn into and
through Princess Camp then about .5 miles to the Reservoir parking lot. You have to carry your float tube about .5 miles into the reservoir
and launch from the dam. Lake is about a mile long. Best to arrive before daybreak. Parking lot usually fills up opening day.

DO NOT LEAVE ITEMS VISIBLE WITHIN YOUR VEHICLE OR ON THE SHORE

No signups necessary, anyone wishing to fish should just show up and if you can find  me on the reservoir say “Hi” and ask where tofish. In general, fish in 10 to 20-foot depths. There are stories of huge brown trout, rainbows up to 24” and a chance to catch
steel-head much bigger.

Fishmaster:  Justin Ice

Fish Species:  Steel Head Trout, Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout

Equipment:  I’m bringing two rods 5 wt with floating line and 6 wt with full sink or shooting heads.  Fishing out of float tube.

Flies:  Flies sizes 8 and 10 hooks, types black and brown woolly buggers, Denny Rikards seal buggers (orange, olive and black) and leeches (brown and black), Hale Bopp leeches (black,
brown and wine) and Hornburgs. Balanced flies under an indicator could be a good bet as well. Fishing is very similar to Goodwin Lake: very few hits on the surface.

 Day Fishing Fees:  No Fees

Fog burning off in the early morning

Carmel Creek with fish ladder to the left center. There is a couple of big fish in there…



May 06 : Santa Cruz County Surf Fishout



Manresa State Beach (Click for address and map)
Fishmaster:

Fishmaster: Sam Bishop sambishop@totlcom.com

Target Species: Surf Perch and Stripers

First of Surf Fishout of 2023! Stay tuned, this will be a series every first Saturday Fishouts from May until October

Location and time to be determained as we get closer to the first Saturday of the Month(s) as swell and tide will be factors in where and when.

6-8wt. rods full sinking lines 12-20 lb test leaders

Single, double & triple fly rigs

Stripping basket an essential (loaners available please request ahead of time)

clousers to sand crabs

Tides

Zen

 



Jun 03 : Santa Cruz County Surf Fishout



(Click for address and map)
Fishmaster:

Fishmaster: Sam Bishop

Location: To be determined

 Species: Surf Perch, Striped Bass

 Min./Max Participants: NO Limit Cali Surf Style

Gear: 6-8wt. Rods with full sinking lines or shooting heads to match the rod. Stripping basket, Polarized glasses (safety),

Flies: Clousers, wooly buggers, sand crabs, etc.

Surf Flies

What to Expect: Tide and weather dependent, but expect good times.

You may want to use a two fly rig, one smaller for perch and a larger one
for Stripers. When I add flies I often need to use lighter weight
ones than I might with one fly. For example, dumbbell eyes are
heavy, so I tie most Clousers and jig flies using bead-chain or even plastic eyes, knowing I will very likely be
using 2 or 3, so need them to be light enough to cast.
A reminder that the surf is not a place to learn to cast, but it will force you to improve your line control!

Belts are not mandatory but a good idea if you get swept off your feet. Baskets are also not mandatory but darn near.

Cost: Parking? & maybe some lost flies…and the fish of a life time

Meeting Location: Details to be updated pending Fishout location

Special Considerations / Links: Tides, Wind, Swell, tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/

 Lodging / Food: Coffee and donuts at the local hang out



Jun 24 : Lake Almanor/Hex Hatch – Jun 25 – Jul 1 2023 – New Info


Lake Almanor/Hex Hatch - Jun 25 - Jul 1 2023 - New Info
(Click for address and map)
Fishmaster: Jeff (Yog) Goyert - Fishmaster (831)234-0033

The Lake Almanor fishout is scheduled for the last week of June, 6/24 thru 7/1, 2023. This time period is, hopefully, the peak of the annual Hexagenia hatch that begins generally mid-June and runs through mid-July. The most productive fishing takes place early evenings on into past dark between Lake Almanor West to Canyon Dam on the SouthWest side of the lake. Most of the fishing is done from float tubes as well as small boats or even from shore.

In addition to the evening “Hex” hatch, a multitude of opportunities exist for fishing throughout the day to include Little Crater Lake, Manzanita Lake, Baum Lake, Eagle Lake, Butt Valley Reservoir, Deer Creek, Clear Creek, Feather River, Yellow Creek, plus many more.

Lodging will be the responsibility of individual attendees. A popular campground operated by PG&E is the Rocky Point Campground, for reservation information call 916-386-5164. Many USFS campgrounds are in the area. Reservations are available through www.recreation.gov or by calling 877-444-6777. Make use of internet resources to acquire the actual campground names. There are also many resorts and rental cabins available in the area. A few examples are Wilson’s Camp/530-259-2267 and Plumas Pines Resort/530-259-4343. Other options are available via online research. Be advised that due to the popularity of fishing at this time of year reservations fill up early.

Sierra Fly and Tackle, stores in Chester and Hamilton Branch, is a great resource for current conditions and reports along with a large invantory flies and equipment. A must stop for all visiting fly fishers if only to get one of their cool tee-shirts. Both first time and veteran “Hex” Anglers could well benefit from the expertise provided by a knowledgeable and experienced guide. Lance Gray (530-517-2204) or Tim Loomis (831-345-8411) both offer instructional packages to help achieve success during the “Hex”.



Jul 01 : Santa Cruz County Surf Fishout



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Fishmaster:

Fishmaster: Sam Bishop

Location: To be determined

 Species: Surf Perch, Striped Bass

 Min./Max Participants: NO Limit Cali Surf Style

Gear: 6-8wt. Rods with full sinking lines or shooting heads to match the rod. Stripping basket, Polarized glasses (safety),

Flies: Clousers, wooly buggers, sand crabs, etc.

Steve Adachi Clouser

What to Expect: Tide and weather dependent, but expect good times.

You may want to use a two fly rig, one smaller for perch and a larger one
for Stripers. When I add flies I often need to use lighter weight
ones than I might with one fly. For example, dumbbell eyes are
heavy, so I tie most Clousers and jig flies using bead-chain or even plastic eyes, knowing I will very likely be
using 2 or 3, so need them to be light enough to cast.
A reminder that the surf is not a place to learn to cast, but it will force you to improve your line control!

Belts are not mandatory but a good idea if you get swept off your feet. Baskets are also not mandatory but darn near.

Cost: Parking? & maybe some lost flies…and the fish of a life time

Meeting Location: Details to be updated pending Fishout location

Special Considerations / Links: Tides, Wind, Swell, tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/

 Lodging / Food: Coffee and donuts at the local hang out



Jul 23 : Kennedy Meadows / Sonora Pass – Fish-Out 2023


Kennedy Meadows / Sonora Pass - Fish-Out 2023
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Fishmaster: Tom Hogye - Fishmaster (831) 214 7578
Kennedy Meadows Resort & Pack Station / Baker & Deadman campground.
http://www.kennedymeadows.com.   If you want to stay in a cabin, you should try to get a reservation now.
The cabins generally roll over annually with returning guests from the previous year.   The Hogye’s will be in Cabin 11.   Rates range from $115 – 260 per night depending upon the size and number of rooms/beds.   These are rustic cabins.  Team up!
Campgrounds immediately south of KM (1/2 a mile and 1 mile) are Deadman and Baker.   They are recommended for anyone wanting to join us.   Usually about $30.00 per site/per night.  Some have a “golden pass” which is a sizable discount if you have that.     With the fish-out Sunday -Thursday, campsites are usually plenty by Sunday after noon.
Besides fishing, the hiking and horse pack trips are available up to the reservoir which is a couple miles and 2,500 feet of elevation gain.  KM sits at 6,300 feet in elevation.  No internet, no cell signal.   Be prepared to “disconnect” and reconnect with nature and peace of mind, completely.
The Middle-Fork of the Stanislaus River flows along highway 108   It is primarily a planted fishery with some “wild” fish.   Excellent dry fly and wet fly fishing.  Planted fish average10-12 inches, wild fish generally smaller, but pretty.
We will have meals together, fish together or alone, hang out by the campfire.
Reach Tom Hogye for any questions.   Been doin this one for a long time.


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Stepping down as SCFF Newsletter Editor

by Scott Kitayama

Just spent a few minutes looking at old emails when I became the SCFF Newsletter editor back in April 2020. Covid19 was closing the world down and the SCFF board was trying to figure out if we would have an April meeting. The club had recently started working with a tech consultant, Vicki Winters, who was creating a new website for SCFF and we were wondering if our club members would be able to read the newsletter online and use something new called Google Groups.

It is amazing where we have all come in less than three years. Our newsletter is only available online, Google Groups lets us share information with each other all year, and the website has beautiful pictures due to your submissions to Jerry McKeon for our Instagram account.

As of now, the Newsletter Editor position is unfilled and Vicki Winters is stepping in as a consultant to make sure that we do not miss a month. In February, I will become the new President for SCFF and am excited to see how we can work together to improve our fishing club no matter what the future brings.

Happy New Year to us all! – Scott Kitayama