Saturday, February 19, 2011
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Well some times life just gets in the way, last week I spent two days guiding on the
On a side note we ran into a couple of locals that were floating the river and one of them landed a nice size brown that measured at 17”. This is now the 4th brown landed that I know of. Some people have reported that the browns are coming from
Awe crap, woke up at 5 am, checked the flows on the Yuba, they dropped again another 200 cfs. My first thought was that SUCKS. So now what? What is the new game plan, do I fish the same way I did yesterday? What runs do I fish differently? Man I need some coffee! Now that’s better. I tied up some more rubber legs and red copper johns, all though I only had enough brown chenille for three rubber legs, so I then tied up some rubber legs using variegated brown and green chenille. Good call the fish were all over them.
I met my clients Bruce and Jason for a half day trip at 10:30. Bruce has been a great client over the years, he all ways brings some one new. Jason is pretty green to fly fishing, so I spent a lot of time teaching Jason. Unfortunately Jason did not catch any fish but he learned a bunch. We fished nymphs all day. Bruce hooked up on nine fish, Jason had a couple of nice fish come up to some dries, but pulled the fly away both times. It was a great day the flows did not seem to affect the fishing to much. All though we caught smaller fish or just landed the smaller ones.
I went to the
Sunday, February 6, 2011
Saturday, February 5, 2011
The Yuba this week is in a flux. The flows dropped last Monday 1/31 by 400 CFS, and will drop again this Monday 2/7 by another 400 CFS, with the possibility of more flow drops later in the week. We've seen abundant hatches of PMDs, Skwalas, Grey Drakes, and Tricos.....with low flows and good hatches come the crowds as I counted over a dozen cars on the Park's Bar side of the river today. With pressure like that, a good fly and well executed presentation is the only way to fool these trout.
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
For my first post, I’ll tell you a little bit about myself (don’t worry, after this it’s all about the fish). I’m Dave Barbieri and I’ve been fly-fishing pretty much my whole life. Ever since the day 36 years ago when I lost that first big Feather River fish, I was hooked. Since then, I’ve had the pleasure of fishing some of the greatest trout rivers west of the Rockies, like the Madison in Montana, the Green in Utah, and the Henry’s Fork of the Snake in Idaho... Lucky for me, my favorite river - the Yuba - is only about a 10 minute drive!
I started guiding about 7 years ago. I’ve always loved fishing, but in the last few years, I’ve really enjoyed fly casting and teaching. So 2 years ago, I was certified as an FFF (Federation of Fly Fishers) Casting Instructor.
It’s very rewarding getting people into fish and even more so teaching them the skills to go out and catch more on their own. It’s a great day when someone who has never fished before lands their first hefty rainbow, but even greater when that person is casting and presenting “like a pro” by the end of the day.
Check back soon for updates on the how what when where and whys of fly fishing on the Dark Seam.