Monday, January 25, 2010

The Drake 2010 Fly Fishing Film Tour


Once again,it will be showing at Modesto's beautifully restored, art-deco State Theatre. It was originally built in 1930's and was the theater in my teens. It's really great to see historic Modesto buildings preserved.


Pictured from left to right, Rivers of Recovery founder and Executive Director Dan Cook, event coordinator Jim Mayol, and custom fly rod donator Buzz Natzke.

The Drake Fly Fishing Film Tour is making it's return to Modesto on Thursday, March 18, 2010. As in last years event, the local fly fishing club, the Stanislaus Fly Fishers, will be conducting the event. Proceeds will benefit local disabled veterans, mostly those suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome, though the non-profit organization " Rivers of Recovery ". Click here for pictures of last year's fishing trips that our local vets attended.

Details are somewhat sketchy at this time, but I will post them on my website and it will also be available on the Stanislaus Fly Fishers' website.

Please forward this blog entry to anyone you think
would like to support this worthy cause.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Fly Tying Night

As promised ( go to this blog entry ), we're starting out 2010 a little bit differently. We held a fly tying workshop, just a bunch of guys getting together to share some fly tying and fly fishing ideas ( can you say bull-session? ). It was fun!

Greg Nault was the lead person for the evening. Greg was the showing the interested group, how to tie a recently developed steelhead fly called the " Intruder ". Greg is the most accomplished fly tier that I know. His fly tying works have been published in many publications. He is also an expert Atlantic salmon fly tier which is probably the most difficult aspect of fly tying.

For more information about these events and more information about the shop, please visit our website:

Thursday, January 21, 2010

January 2010 Storm

The lower Sacramento River near Colusa went from 7,500 cfs to 40,000 cfs in 3 days!

Thankfully, we have received a decent amount of rain and especially snow with the latest storms. As my old friend, Mal Rose (RIP) always said " snow in the mountains is like money in the bank ". Mammoth Mountain has received over 63" of snow between 1/17 and 1/21 ( update: now it's 92" as of 1/22! ) in this last series of storms! Hopefully, we will continue to receive additional storms.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Bucket List....

Here's one on my bucket list; going to Manzanar, California to see the Japanese American Internment Camp. The Eastern Sierra is my favorite area to fish in California and occasionally I take side trips on my fishing trips. While my family was interned the Granada War Relocation Center (also known as Camp Amache) near Granada, Colorado, I will, on some trip to the Eastern Sierra Nevada, take some time to visit Manzanar. Manzanar is located about 50 miles south of Bishop.

Wiki link to Manzanar

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Saturday, January 9, 2010

Happy New Year!

I am looking forward to a great new year! But looking back, I have been blessed to have such loyal friends and customers! With so much doom and gloom out there, the sales here at the shop were only down 6% from the previous year. A really heartfelt thanks go out to my friends and customers that helped me make it through the most difficult economic times since I started the shop in 1987. I still love fly fishing as much as ever and I really enjoy being in the fly fishing business and interacting with it's participants.
I will be changing many things ( services, products, classes, blog, etc. ) here at the shop in the new year. Keep checking back here on the blog and my website.
Thanks for reading, and have a great new year,