Monthly Archives: October 2017

You Can Save A Stream

Guest Blogger: Jim Murphy, Neenah WI, long-time J Stockard customer and avid fly tyer

Some days it’s wet, some days rainy, some days hot, some days cold. But on the appointed day, usually a Saturday, on a small trout stream, or perhaps what was once a trout stream, they gather. If the willows have formed a canopy over the stream they brush it out, if the meander has become a bow that has spread to a point that the water is just too slow they narrow the flow with brush bundles. If the main channel has become too wide and shallow they install “lunker structures” or fortify the bank with rip-rap.

Some of these men and women belong to the local chapter of Trout Unlimited, some are members of nearby chapters, and some, like I was a while back, are simply concerned volunteers. On this year’s last Stream Workday, September 6th, over 30 of these dedicated individuals, under the direction of the local DNR “Fish Manager”, bundled and brushed a section of the nearby Pine River to convert a stretch of several hundred yards into the place I now want to fish. Although there are other portions of the stream that give up sizable Browns this particular section has been pretty much “barren” according to a few locals. more…

Wading Along The Halophytes

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, Montana

It was early October and I was lucky enough to steal five days of fishing in some of my favorite Tampa Bay haunts in advance of a few days business in Pittsburgh. The bay was cooling off, sea trout were abundant along eel grass flats and snook were moving inshore for the winter. Windy weather forced tough decisions about where to fish but there was enough sheltered water to make the trout fishing comfortable with the kayak. Although tides were favorable for good angling, timing wasn’t. Mornings, my normal time on the water, saw rapidly rising tides which limited my ability to do much wading around the most productive spots. On day three however, low tide occurred a bit later in the morning and the wind direction brought me to a shoreline that doesn’t get much pressure because it is isolated on two sides by a deep channel and on a third side by a dense Mangrove shoreline. As I paddled out into the flat opposite the Mangrove shoreline, I exited the tethered kayak and started targeting the edge of the flats and the deep channel. A large white gurgler stripped along the channel edge brought numerous trout exploding on the fly. For about three hours I was able to safely wade along a 1900-foot shoreline before the rising tide forced me back into the kayak. more…

Unique In All But Name

Guest Blogger: Michael Vorhis, author of ARCHANGEL suspense thriller, OPEN DISTANCE adventure thriller & more to come

“It can’t be the same,” I thought. I peered northward across 22 miles of open, third-of-a-mile-deep Lake Tahoe water, trying like an idiot to see past the earth’s curvature to the more famous section. “It’s not the same river…is it?”

I was standing in the water of what’s called the “Upper Truckee,” imagining the rambling, freestone, sho-nuff Truckee river a long ways north, which drains from the lake’s outlet. I was feeling the sandy bottom of this sleepy little serpentine rivulet in which my feet were soaked. How…and why…could anyone conclude that this small thing trickling into the lake’s south end, and the western-style river coming out the other end a long day’s horse ride away, was the same river?

As usual a history lesson was needed. In 1844, noted explorer John Charles Fremont, then camped near what Nevada would later call Pyramid Lake, heard of a river a few days west, rich in salmon and trout. He tried unsuccessfully to convince the indigenous people, who had traded him a large salmon, to guide him to this river. Later the same year a different group of explorers became disoriented near what’s now the Humboldt river, and met an old tribal man named “Truckee” who agreed to guide them, thereafter coming to the same freestone flow heard about earlier by Fremont. On arriving they elected to name that river after their guide, which is how the famous Truckee River got its name. more…