Local Angler Stories … are the best. Even better when they are generational. St. Helena angler Don Green took his grandson, Spencer Green of Redwood City, fishing for a week in Alaska to celebrate Spencer’s 16th birthday. Fishing out of Jake’s Nushagak Salmon Camp, they pounded both kings and sockeyes for seven straight days. Don praised every feature of their accommodations – the fishing, the guides, lodging (in tents), food and equipment. Check out the team at Nushagak at jakesnushagaksalmoncamp.com. Tell ’em Don Green sent you.
Morning Report … on fly fishing Putah Creek for Friday, Aug. 4 from Richard Loft, fly fishing instructor and guide. He stresses “quiet,” telling us that he wanted to wade in quietly – not bumping any rocks with his boots and just quietly making a few short, lightweight drifts. Richard went on to say “I have begun to notice that my balance while wading is really vital – letting me wade in quietly as I lift my foot, I am able to keep my balance and step forward without kicking rocks.” He reminded us that it is slippery out there.
It seemed to work; he hooked and released a dandy 17-inch rainbow. Contact him at 294-4738 and check him out at napavalleyflyguides.com. Look at the neat email-address fish Richard created – <@)()()>
Berryessa TNT Bass Tournaments … have been cancelled for the rest of the season. Stay tuned; I’ll try to get more information for you.
The Ocean Is On Fire … was the lead sentence in Dave Hurley’s preview of his Aug. 7 Hot Sheet. Just listen: “The ocean is on fire – what else can you say – salmon, rockfish, ling cod, halibut, albacore, bluefin tuna, and even thresher sharks – What can you say but we haven’t seen fishing like this for some time.”
The Bodega Bay King Salmon Bite … tells part of the story. Not only are the kings hitting the decks, but also ling cod, rockfish, thresher sharks and big halibut. On Sunday, the Sea Angler (875-3344) put a 10-man combo charter onto seven salmon, 12 ling cod and 100 rockfish.
Don Muelrath Runs … Fly Fishing Adventures right here in Napa. The scope and variety of fly fishing options fill book after book. The very first thing we need to do is find someone who can and will help us hit the right fishing spots. Always start local.
I was drawn to the opening paragraph of its website: “Fly fishing adventures come in many different forms to meet varying objectives. There are far different needs being met catching 100 native rainbow trout on dry flies in a day on a remote British Columbia stream versus pursuing permit in Belize where success can be attained in releasing one fish during a trip. It’s all fly fishing, but so different in environment, challenge, and skills required.”
Sounds like the only place to start when you plan your next exotic fly fishing adventure. When I win the lottery, Don will be my main man to get me to the Amazon to fish for big, ferocious peacock bass.
Check him out at flyfishingadventures.org and read their April 2015 newsletter for the essential peacock bass story, “A ‘Dirty Dozen’ on the Agua Boa, Amazon.” Or, even better, Call don at 888-347-4896 to start planning your trip face to face.
Albacore, Long Fins, White Tuna … whatever you call them, they are in close enough to go get a sack full. I’m told that warm water brought them in as close as 35 miles out of Shelter Cove. Usually, it’s a long hard slog beyond the 40-mile marker to find them. Call Captain Jake Mitchell on the Sea Hawk at 223-1600 to get the details (by the way, his grandmother, Jo Ann Adams, lives right close by in St. Helena).
Look at his recent three days targeting albies off of the Vizcaino Knoll: total catch 140 albacore to 32 pounds. Jake said the fish were a mixed grade with some peanuts at 5 pounds and some as large as 30. His local clients were planning to can them at any rate.