Tuesday, June 8, 2010

My First Bass on a Pole Dancer!

A bunch of members of the Stanislaus Fly Fishers and I went out to the Kistler Ranch this evening to fish for bass. I only had about two hours of fishing after leaving the store about 5:30 PM. It was beautiful evening. 

I landed a couple of small bass on my friend Ron Fisher's version of a KDM Rat ( check out this video I shot of a KDM Rat in action ). Kevin Doran of Delta Advenures Guide Service is the developer of this fly pattern. The bass did not seem to be in a particularly active mood this evening. As I moved down along the edge of the pond, I encountered more open water and decided to try the Pole Dancer ( see earlier blog entry ). After making several casts along the weedline, I pleasantly surprised by a splashy take by 13-14" bass. My first bass on the Pole Dancer! I landed another bass shortly afterward. This bass took the fly without even working it. I can't wait to fish this fly on the stripers this fall when they're chasing threadfin shad!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Snow Run-Off 2010

Well, we're finally getting the 2010 run-off underway. With snow falling in the Sierra as late as May 27, this year's run-off is off to a very late start. The falls in Yosemite will be spectacular! If you do try to fish some of these streams, be very careful. Unfortunately, it makes for very few stream fishing opportunities. The good news is that the water will last all summer long!

This video was shot by a friend of mine, yesterday June 4.