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The MARCH issue of Rx Fly Fishing! is on the newsstands

Winter 2015 Events

March 7--Bob McMillan Trout Bout

March 11--General Meeting

March 18--BOD

March 17-22??--Pyramid Lake (Jerry N and Larry Mettler)

March 25, Fly of the Month Fly Tying Session

The March Outing: Pyramid Lake, Nevada, where the really, really, really big trout live!

By Jerry Neuburger
Look at these photos. These fish were caught by two friends on the same outing within the last week at Pyramid Lake, Nevada. Our club will have an outing starting Tuesday, March 17th, ending Sunday, March 22nd.

You have your choice of camping at the lake or staying at the Nugget with discount rooms arranged through Larry Mettler. It is a come and go affair with club members arriving and leaving on different days. If you’d like to arrange a room through Larry, call him on his cell, 209-481-6478. If you want info on camping, speak to Jerry Neuburger at the club meeting on the 11th.

Jerry will give a little description of the fishing methods at the meeting as well. Basically, it’s fishing either by stripping in woolly worms and beetle flies on a sinking line using an eight weight, or fishing midges under an indicator. Most people fish off a ladder since standing in one place in a pair of waders in the cold water can be quite chilling.

To fish and camp at the lake, both a Pyramid Lake fishing license  and a camping permit is required. Both can be secured on line at
http://www.pyramidlake.us/pyramid-lake-permits.html. A single day fishing license is $9. A three day license, $24. A single day camping permit is $9, a three day permit, $24. You will be fishing and camping on the Paiute Indian Reservation. You are required to follow the rules and laws of the reservation. A State of Nevada fishing license is NOT required.

Most campers just dry camp at the lake’s edge but lodging and food is available at Crosby’s Lodge, Sutcliffe 775-476-0400, on the lake shore. An improved RV park with electricity and water ($35) is also available if you don’t want to rough it.

This is NOT an all weather event. If the forecast is for a winter storm during the outing period, the whole trip called off. If it looks iffy, give Jerry 209-369-5752 or Larry, 209-481-6478, a call.


The Fly of the Month is back. The March fly, just in time for Kelsey, the foam popper

After a year’s absence, the Fly of the Month is back as part of the club’s programs. The time, place and cost will be the same, fourth Wednesday of the Month,, 6:30pm, Oak Grove Nature Center, cost, $3.00.

The three flies to be tied this month are foam poppers made from rubber flip flops, just in time for the Kelsey outing. Kits for 12 tiers will be available on a first come, first served basis. Those participating will get enough materials to tie three flies. The club has fly tying equipment for those people who don’t have their own.

Jerry Neuburger will demonstrate how the popper heads are made at the beginning of the class. You can see a series of photos on the construction of the fly at http://www.deltastripers.com/poppersframe1.htm

In The News

Do you have Montana on your mind?

Our March speaker, Ed Lawrence’s take on fishing Montana:

“Imagine this: it’s the middle of July.  The sun is shining. Birds are chirping. Fish are jumpin’. And you’re mowing the lawn. Or washing windows.

Sad to say, some of your pals are casting flies into  the Yellowstone, or Madison, or Missouri Rivers in Montana. They are in pursuit of herds of Rainbow, or Brown, or Cutthroat trout. You could be there, too.

After all, it doesn’t take an intergalactic flight to get to Bozeman. Airlines daily deposit anglers from all points of the compass to this fishing mecca, this breadbasket of blue ribbon water.

In July you’ll probably be tossing dry flies. Or nymphs. Or streamers. Take your pick: on many days you’ll fish ‘em all between sunrise and sunset. So pre-trip prep is easy: just bring your boxes, then check with us to find out if there’s something special the fish are keying on. Don’t be surprised that a Sculpin works in the morning in July, and a Chernobyl Ant or Yellow Sally in the p.m.

The Good News is that you’ll be casting to wild trout, vigorous little nippers that grew up in the rivers, not a hatchery.

Actually, they’re not so little. On the Missouri River in the 34-miles long stretch between Wolf Creek and Cascade, the count ranges between 5,000-6,000 fish per mile. In 2013, fish in the 18-inch length represented about 24 percent of the total population.

They’re pretty chubby too, since they live in a tailwater with predictable flows and food sources.

The same holds true for the Madison, which exits Yellowstone National Park (‘the park’)and flows for 30-some ripply miles to Ennis. Most recently, the fish count ranged between 2,500-3,500 fish per mile, and the Rainbow population is on the rise.

 Mike Vaughn, the Madison river biologist, recently said in an email “By the way, my lead man on our shocking crew this past September says he has never seen more big rainbows in the Pine Butte section. He has been on every crew out there since 1992.”

Not to be outdone, the Yellowstone is only a 25-mile jaunt east from Bozeman. She offers 90 miles of free flowing water between ‘the park’ and Big Timber. While the Missouri’s character is that of a large spring creek, and the Madison is one riffle after another, the ‘Stone has a different personality. After descending through Yankee Jim Canyon, she meanders through miles of ranch land populated by grasshoppers.

Montana’s indigenous Cutthroat population is greater in the upper reaches above Livingston than in the valley.

River access is a piece of cake: if you can put your booties in a stream from a public place, you can fish anywhere on the stream as long as you stay below the high water mark. Odds are you’ll run out of energy before you run out of river.

In addition to your flies, a rod will come in handy. Our go-to rods are 5 – 7 weight, 9-footers. Floating lines work just fine; bring some split shot for fishing nymphs. Fill your vest with 9-foot, 3X – 5X leaders and tippet, and Thingamabobbers.

Summertime temps are in the 70’s-80’s with an occasional foray into the 90’s, so don’t bother packing the waders. Include a windbreaker for the occasional thunder shower, and recently purchased sunscreen, not the tube that’s been in your vest since two summers ago. A sense of humor’s always a welcome addition to the mix (after all, it’s only fishing).

In the meantime, don’t worry about the lawn.  Or windows. They’ll be there when you return home, and you’ll have great memories to keep you company while you’re doing the chores.”

Ed has been guiding for 15 years , primarily on the Yellowstone, Madison, Gallatin and Missouri rivers. Prior to becoming a professional guide, Ed was a professional writer with credits in all of the major fly fishing magazines. He also authored three books. Ed is a graduate of the University of Oregon, grew up in the Bay Area and is still an avid San Francisco Giants fan.

It’s bring a friend night this month. With three great outings lined up, the coming series of Fly of the Month, casting lessons starting in April and the opening of trout season, can you think of a better time to introduce someone to the Delta Fly Fishers. Bring a friend. If he or she joins, you even get a discount on your next year’s dues.

This month’s meeting will meet at the John R. Williams School, Stockton. The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 11th at 7:30. Guests and the general public are welcome.




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