The New Ulterra with Ipilot Link 2017

I know that a trolling motor should last more than three years but the fact that you cant upgrade the Ipilot features on the anything older than a 2016 pushed me over the edge with the idea of upgrading the Ulterra instead of fixing it. Instead of fishing today, I ran over to the local…

In Memory of Jim Cramer

“You fish — then you die — or you don’t fish and die anyway — your choice” Unknown     “To him, all good things – trout as well as eternal salvation – came by grace; and grace comes by art; and art does not come easy”  -Norman Maclean I met Jim 14 years ago…

Flashtail Clouser with Rattles

The Fly of Choice in the Delta last week was a Chartreuse 5 1/2 in Clouser. Steve likes them, and I like what he likes. I thought I would take this weekend to replenish my flies. I also like this fly in San Luis, and caught some personal best stripers on it. The recipe is…

The Pole Dancer Cannon…

For years I thought that I could improve my golf score by buying expensive drivers  I felt that feeling of anticipation as I unboxed my newest Fly Rod acquisition – The Echo Boost Beach 8wgt.    The Boost Beach is a 12ft 2inch overhead casting two handed rod developed by Tim Rajeff for overhead casting…

Small Rattled Yellow and White Craft Fur Clousers

These last couple weeks at Oneill Forebay have me exploring size 1 and 2 Craft Fur Clousers that have proven to be exceptionally effective this season.   I have had past success with bucktail closers in the same size and color, but I am beginning to believe that the Craft Fur actually has a better…

Flies that Dart on the Pause

  Last weeks session with Dan Blanton on Oneill Forebay left me experimenting with flies that have action on the pause. He used a fly that featured a brass rattle tied to 80 lb mono that rear weighted a three inch flashtail clouser.   The end of the mono had a burnt knob on the…

Tying the Ardino Deciever

It’s never too early to prepare flies for a big trip especially when the trip calls for ten dozen flies minimum. My trip to Bolivia for Golden Dorado is not till next fall but I may be tying flies for three people. Hopefully I will get some help from my friends in Africa and can…

Bass Pro Almaden is almost done!

The grand opening of Bass Pro Shops in San jose is scheduled for sometime in October.  There will be job openings for Tracker Marine Boat Center, and Uncle Bucks Fishbowl Restaurant.  Here is the Job fair notice.   Its almost done! By Christmas, We can all hang out at the New BASS PRO SHOP not…

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…

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…

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…