Month: September 2020

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 β€˜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.Β 

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. πŸ™ŒπŸΌ
🐟 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.Β 

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)

Thank you, tireless firefighters

There are currently 45 fires buring in California, including the Bobcat Fire in the San Gabriel Mountains that has burned for five days and consumed more than 26,000 acres. (Courtesy National Forest.)

Firefighters remember the Sept. 11 anniversary to ‘Amazing Grace’ played on the bagpipes, the most famous song played at fire and police funerals. (Courtesy Angeles National Forest)