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Bailey Creek Lodge

Memorial Day this year was indeed memorable with some of the best May trout fishing I’ve ever had.   Large  20-25 inch trout selectively feeding on damsels and calibaetis made it challenging and fun.  This years annual Memorial Day Syn Family Fishout got redirected from Antelope Creek Lodge to Baily Springs Lodge.    Our hosts – Peter and…

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Light Weight Switch Rods

Switch rods are a great way to cast further with less effort and stress on the elbow and shoulder.  I love my big rods for steelhead.  I use a Sage TCX 7wgt Deathstar and a Scott 6 wgt  12 footer to cast pole dancers at stripers.  A  couple months ago I fished for trout in ponds…

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Mothers Day on the Forebay

It was a wise decision to take the moms out for dinner the Saturday night before Mothers Day.  We had a nice dinner with the whole family at Kyoto Palace–the local “Benihana ” style restaurant where the chefs cook at the table and show off there knife and skillet skills.  My mom loves that place…

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Unboxing the Phantom 3

I am still on the honeymoon phase with the Inspire 1 quad copter which is an engineering marvel.   The Klingon Bird of Prey Drone has the best camera and operating system of any drone to date.  Its a truly professional camera and it has been wonderful to shoot.  Just when you thought it couldn’t get…

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If Medicine doesnt work out, Songwriting?

Mark recently shot me a song he wrote for a music composition elective he took this semester. Garage Band and Mixcraft. All instruments and backgrounds, lyrics and melodies composed by Mark Syn and sung by his girlfriend, Phoebe. LYRICS   Verse 1 (0:17-0:34) Heading back from work I couldn’t understand Things weren’t the best at…

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Fishing RX for Tennis Elbow and Rotator Cuff wounds

Fishing must be good this year if by May,  I can hardly cast and set on a trout or striper without pain. The winds been blowing hard at San Luis the last few weeks and I haven’t been able to get out on the weekends.  Last weekend,  I recall 39mph winds at 7:00 in the morning…

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Here comes the Windy Season

Weather patterns are changing and the windy season is back.  The lake is now in the emptying cycle. feeding  Southern California’s thirst for Northern California water.   The currents in the lake and the forebay are now going out.  Should be interesting how this season plays out with the severe drought. Despite my elbow working…

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A Macro lens for the Micro 4/3’d

Maco lenses come in handy in the micro world of fly fishing.  Mayflies are small;  Fly-tying materials  are small.  I recently acquired a newly released lens that is fun to shoot.  This new Olympus lens is their first MFT macro lens.  At 60mm, it has a maximum aperture of f/2.8 with a 20 percent angle…

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Henderson Springs Lodge

The first time I ever heard of Henderson Springs Lodge was from my old friend Dr. Ben Kliger RIP over 25 years ago.   He spoke about a great place to visit that had a bunch of different fly fishing opportunities–a combination of lakes, ponds and streams with a great comfortable lodge.  Recently, Jim Cramer…

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The Last Weekend

The end of March ended like February started,  tough fishing.  I wouldn’t call it bad but today we had to work for the fish we caught.  We landed a total of 5 fish from 4-8 lbs.  After a two week vacation in Maui, casting and setting was still a bit painful.  I think the golf…

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Maui 2015

I miss family vacations. It has been a long time since our family has had a chance to take a vacations together.  We spent a week in Mauii like we use to in the old days this month.  Both Mark and Mia’s spring breaks came on the same week despite the fact that one is…

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Perfect Day

It had the potential to be as good as it was last week.   The weather reports were suggesting a near 90 degree high and there  were high clouds and light to no wind.   You couldn’t ask for more except a whole bunch of fish.   I was debating on fishing the lake,  and…

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Fifty Shades of Linesides

Sunday at Oneill Forebay was incredible.   Jim Cramer  came along for the action and Vaughn Willet was out on the lake also enjoying the perfect weather–light breeze all day,  sun and 63 degree water plus 4 stars on the Solonar table with peaks at 9 am and 3 pm.   With the first day…

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March Madness

It’s been almost over a year since I took Richard fly fishing.   The last time I took him out,  he had just learned to cast a shooting head and caught his first stripers on a cast fly.   He’s been practicing his casting for a year and yesterday I felt that maybe the forebay…

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The One

I just picked up the Orvis One Piece Helios 2 8’11” 8wgt from the San Jose Orvis shop. It’s been a long time since I used one piece rods and the last time I remember using one was when I was building rods back in the 70’s. When I finally had a chance to try…