Fish Sniffer Digital Edition Issue 3618 August 18- September 4 2017 - Page 17

FRESHWATER VOL.36 • ISS. 18 WHAT’S HOT log. The dry fly, which looked like a little clump of hair, gently drifted with the current accompanied by some small spots of foam. From whereabouts unseen, a trout came for the fly so hard that it shot right out of the water. Uncle Bob set the hook, but he was too slow. The trout spit the hook and was gone…Strike one Uncle Bob! Bob’s trout got away, but I’d seen it and my brain kept reviewing the incident in slow motion. It was a brown trout about 11 inches long and it was beautiful. It’s back was covered with robust black spots. Its flanks were a rich shade of gold and I could even make out a couple of the brilliant red spots along the lateral line… That fish convinced me that one day I’d be a fly angler. By the time I reached college I already had 5 years of fly fishing experience under my belt and I was tying upwards of 10,000 trout flies per year. Most of those flies were sold through the old iconic Castro Valley Sportsman’s Center at the top of “the strip” in Castro Valley, Ca. It was during my late teens and early 20’s that I seriously fished eastern Tehama County with fly gear. I’ve fished most of the waters in that region that hold trout. I fished with my dad. I fished with my uncle and I fished alone. I fished waters cl 6RF"&G0BVBFVWFFR&VFW7B6VG'f&R&GFR7&VVBFW 7G&V2Bv27&VF&RFRאƖfRBBv2W&BvV&Vǒw&WpFR'&G&WBFB&BFR7G&V2bFR'FЦW&6W'&2B6WFW&666FW2&R6VF&vR'WBFWRWf"FV"6b6RvF7&VF&P&VWGF2Vw'FVW"7&VV'&G&WBv&&VBG'fǒvFwW7FF'4Ttrf66ffW"7Ffb2vW"f7Bf'v&BF&W6VBB( 7Ff6rb6W'6Rw&Frf"FR6ffW V2FB( fRvBF6fW"vFR7vFbFRvFV7FFRvƖr66VR7@bFRf6rFFW6RF2&WV&W06fVFF6R'WBWfW'7VW"RBBFVB&6WFFV6VGf"6RG'fǒf6rFRG&WBR6F6FR&Vv( 0g&VW7FR7G&V2&RWfW"VvR@FrvBFB2fW""6W2066FW&VB&vRvRfW'6RG&W@&V( BFRVR&&w2'&v2@'&G&WB&RVW&W2g&&V@VRRF&VvFR֖FFRb7F&W FR6&gVƗGFRG&WBvG6ǒ6PFFR7W&f6RB6G'fƖW2vFVFW66N( 2FvFW"7FBN( 0F&gV&6֖BԧVǒVFVBWFFVW 7&VVf"gFW&BWfVrbfǐf6rv2&VGVFr'FFf6FR67&VF&fW"FBFvF&FVvWBwVFP&&W'BvVW6R6fwW&VBvB@FVW"7&VVFRF&Vf&SvVVgBגW6RFR7VF&rBv2&VGFVw&VW2BFP"6FFW"v2WBb6֗76גG'V6FRFw2v'6R( B&VV&WGG66vF6Bf"V&ǒvVV'FRFRB66FRFW&WFW v2&VG&Vv7FW&rBB( @FWfVVB7GfV7FגVgBWRFV'B6FRVffV7BbFR6B7vVFrB6FVFrrv2vrFf6vFǒRvBWPG&fRWBb66vv3"@VFVBFFR2'FRFRBFPF&W"Fw27F'FVBF6fbB'FRFR&V6VBFVW"7&VVFw2vW&PfVVƖrB&WGFW"ऒVVBfbFR&BFvFPVWB&fRFR7&VVBv2ƖVǐr&Vb6WG2B6'B&ffW0V7GVFVB'FwVW2bvFRvFW"FPVFvW2bFR7&VVvW&R&VvB&6BFR&rfG2F2vFW"B7G&WvFR&62vFVvRfVRbFvV@F&W"BvBऒf6VB&WBV'FW"֖R7G&WF6Fv7G&Vg&vW&R&VBB6VvB&RFFVVvW"&&w0B'&v2"VƲ"6FF2vFFRvB7G&Wv&WBvƶpFR7&VVv2FVvfWfW&6BvFG&WRFV6FVBBFrF&fR6VB&6FFRG'V6vFFRFVFbG&frW66W"FFPVGvFW'2bFR7&VVvW&RFRvƶpFW"'FrfbW'2w&VB6VV7Fb6@7FVVƆVBW&W26'26W2BFW6v27WW"6'6vRBG&V&P2VG&fWBf'&B6'2F2bF2G'VRFƖfP6Vvr&VG2PЦФV@R rFW$'F6ЦЦФV@R Фr0vRvBR6fW&V@PƗ@ЦpRp00ࣃS#BCsC"FW$'F6R`P2Pf0FW$'FP6FVVBg&r6F6&Vǐ$r60Vr6WB#pФV@R ФFWBc#tFW$'Ff6pvVB&RV6W"gFW"6B6F@6'BG&fR&V@גG'V6VW@B66VB6V7F`vVFǒ6r7G&VF@VBW&fV7Bw&&&pגvV"FRFR6'@vƲFvFFR7G&VЦB7FWVBFFRVPFVWvFW"'FRFP( f6rG'fƖW2&W&W6VG2FRVFFRFvFW"7FG&WBƗfrञ( B6fW&VB#&G2g&VW7FR7G&V2&RG6ǒVFW67F2fVVFW'2'WB^( fR7FvBF6VvBf6B֗76VB6WfRG&rg&VRG&gBBFVƗfW"7&76WBFG&r7G&W2BBV7BFW"f6( 626VvrFW&2b7V6W2VV@F'4Ttrf66ffW"7Ffbfb( ƆBG&6( Fp( BVBFW"7V6f6vV'&v2&&w2B"b'&vfW&VB77VRFW"&&r&V@G&WBFFR7W&f6RFR7W'&6RbFRWfVr6P6V&ǒFRG&WBB&VVFR7G&VЧvRf6rv77'VWBFf"vRBBfFVBFW&7F0VFW&7WB&'F2FR( BF6V@6RF6rfƖW26B6R"vF&VBVvw2BFW"'F7W'0Bv2rVFr( GW&&v0VFRVBbגVFW"FWN( ऒBW7BFVBB&VV6VBb66&VgVǒ&VV6VBFRWFW"@'&vBWV7FVBFFW"vVv6VBBvVBגfǒW&fV7FǒWBFFRw&706VBv'WBv( BFRFfW&vrFR&ऒ'&VvB&RF3G&WBFB@7W&RVVvG&WB6RW@bFV'WBRvW&RvBBW&fV7B6W'VBFRfǒWvVBFR&BF'W@vN( eF2f6B6RvVvBFBFRFR7F&FW'&B&VWFgVG&W@bV7FW&FV6VG7&RR&B7W&VBFvv&BFv&BFRV6VVआVgVǒ( &R&RF7VVWRPG&WB2B'W6VBFv7G&VFRG&WBWBWVFRfvBBv2&Rf6rG&FFR&V&WGvVVFP6GvFW"GfVGW&W2( fRvB6FV@fW'7W&W2&WBvBBv2#RV'0&Vf&R6ƗFגVg&F27FFR`v( B6VvB76fR#"6'&vখFR7G&VBv2&VvrFF( FVW"VFr( 7F&W"6֖rV'#6F6FP6Ɩf&&FW"6&@b^( fRWfW"f6VB6W'&Pg&6VVƖVB&72&BVVB&fW"&&B6P&BvFVWBG&ƖrF" vW&VB76W266F&VvFR6f27W&bR&&&ǒvBFFBv&VvrV'#6RvW'2vVVB6Ɩf&&FW"6&BbFW( vW.( vg&F6'&WV&r&bb&62&Fp6fWGVGV6Ff"vW"&BЦW&F'26Ɩf&2BǒvWGFp&&BvFFRFW"7FFW0FB&VGfRFF'&FW VGV6Fw2'WB26pvFW'v26fW"