Bibliophiles take note: Volumes from Bill O’Kelly’s incredible book collection for sale

Reading about fly fishing is almost as much fun as a line on the water. (Jim Burns)

From the Southwest Council:

As most of you know by now, Bill O’Kelly, past president of the Southwest Council and of Sierra Pacific Fly Fishers, passed Aug. 12. If you never had the opportunity to attend a fly fishing show with Bill, you missed an experience. He loved to cart around boxes of books to procure signatures from noted show attendees and authors. He was forever crunching his spreadsheet to see who else was available to sign his books. It was such a delight to witness his excitement when he would preview a show program and realize how many signatures would be his. Needless to say, his UPS bills were extraordinary.

His family has asked for our assistance to sell this vast collection and this is the first step. If you click here, you will get a Word document listing almost 1,200 titles. Many are first editions. If you are interested, please reply to this email (specialprojects@swcffi.org) with the title AND item number (first number on the line). We will find the book to ascertain its condition and quality and get back to you with a price.

If you know you would prefer a signed copy or a first edition, please note this, or on the other hand, if you just want a reading copy, please indicate that as well.

Other than whether something is hardcover, paperback, signed or personalized to Bill, we do not know what some of Bill’s other notes on the spreadsheet may mean.  We will let you know if we figure it out as we proceed.

Nothing about this process will be fast so we ask for your patience as this moves forward. Once we know which book(s) you hope to purchase (since there may be multiple offers), we can discuss delivery options. With over 20 clubs in SoCal and Nevada, we should be able to get books from place to place and maybe avoid some shipping costs.

All net proceeds will be going directly to the family.

Michael Schweit, Special Projects Director SWCFFI

Fishing paradise Mammoth inundated with Creek Fire smoke

BEFORE AND HEARTBREAKING AFTER pictures of Twin Lakes, above Mammoth Lakes, Calif., from July 21 and today. The Creek Fire, which is not in Mammoth, has burned more than 338,000 acres with full containment expected by Halloween. (Courtesy BiBi Photography)

‘We’re going to turn this place into a trout stream again’

Twenty-five-inch steelhead trout caught in the Los Angeles River near Glendale, in January, 1940. (Courtesy family of Dr. Charles L. Hogue)

From Los Angeles Times environment writer Louis Sahagun:

Biologists and engineers are setting the stage for an environmental recovery effort in downtown Los Angeles that could rival the return of the gray wolf, bald eagle and California condor.

This time, the species teetering on the edge of extinction is the Southern California steelhead trout and the abused habitat is a 4.8-mile-long stretch of the L.A. River flood-control channel that most people only glimpse from a freeway.

The brutal vista of concrete and treated urban runoff exists as an impenetrable barrier to ancestral spawning grounds in the San Gabriel Mountains for the estimated 400 federally endangered Southern California steelhead left on Earth.

The Los Angeles River Fish Passage and Habitat Structures Design Plan, which is being championed by Mayor Eric Garcetti, aims to change all that with a carefully calibrated retrofit.

Read the whole story here. The Council for Watershed Health has launched a webpage allowing people to keep up with the progress of the fish passage project. Read my 2012 thoughts about the possible return of steelhead here.

See you on the river, Jim Burns

Angeles National Forest remains closed through Oct. 8

Due to extreme fire conditions, the Angeles National Forest, along with six other forests in California, will remain closed through Thursday, Oct. 8. This is because of a combination of extreme heat, dry conditions, significant wind events and firefighting resources that are stretched to the limit, the U.S. Forest Service said. The Bobcat Fire has burned for 26 days and is about 63 percent contained after tearing through almost 155,000 acres. Nine hundred ninety two personnel continue to fight the conflagration. (Courtesy @mrcalparks)

Mop fly for the win

Hey, muddy buddy! (Courtesy Karen Barnett)

By Bob Blankenship

It seems like this time of year the big fish move into the shallows and work the holes and slots around the rocks. I made several casts to this guy and nothing, until he moved out into a gentle current and I was able to place my mop fly just above him and twitch it right in front of him. One of those rare casts that went right where I wanted it.

Low light is best, morning or evening. Fish like the fishing birds. Move little, cast less. Spot your fish and watch their behavior, then place your fly a bit beyond them and tease ‘em with it.

Beat the apocalypse: Register for the virtual California Fly Fishing Open


From the Southern Sierra Fly Fishers:

One of our many goals as a fly fishing club is to give back to the community. We created the California Fly Fishing Open with the hope of building stronger ties with fly fishing folks while also giving back to such an amazing community. 

This year, we donated a set amount to @kernriverconservancy and Kern Valley Search and Rescue. Not even the fires and the pandemic can prevent us from having one of our biggest event of the year, the 2020 Virtual California Fly Fishing Open. Although, we have slightly changed a few things, we are excited to have it for many reasons:

🐟 Fish on any public waters in California
🐟 Chose either Saltwater or Freshwater
🐟 Partner team and you can fish separate waters or fish together. 🙌🏼
🐟 It’s free but we only ask each participant to be a member of our club

Tournament Details:

Date: Saturday, Sept. 26

Tournament Times: Fish anytime between 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

Score Card via Fish Donkey App: All fish caught must be logged on the Fish Donkey App

Tournament Festivities: Will be held via Zoom, on Sunday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m.

Winners will be determined by the top positions of each leaderboard category (Freshwater Category and Saltwater Category).

First-, second- and third-place medals for each category (Freshwater and Saltwater):

Stringer measured by the total length of 25 Fish (Top 25 Fish)

Special trophy will also be presented to:

Largest Freshwater Fish (1)
Largest Saltwater Fish (1)

Awards are presented on the basis of length as determined through the mobile app and verified by tournament judges. The categories, species and official rules can be found in the FishDonkey app prior to the start of the tournament.

Not a club member? It’s $25 per person or $35 for family membership.

Register here.

The message in the image

Y-Que in Los Feliz offers this mask, which reminds me a bit of the famed “A Sewer Runs Through It” ball cap from Fishermen’s Spot with its skeleton fishy. All in good fun, but I think we can do better for our local river. (Courtesy Pamela Chelin.)
The classic (and I mean classic) from Fishermen’s Spot. (Jim Burns)

My T-shirt, no longer available, was an attempt at both humor and some dignity for our local water. (Jim Burns)