Monday, September 6, 2021

                                                                Napa valley Fly Guides

Hey Everyone I just wanted to pass along a nice little joke from Geoff Fernald just before his passing in June of  2015

A man get stopped by a game warden with his basket full of fish. 

Warden: do you have a permit for all these fish? 
Man: no sir. These are all my pet fish. 
Warden: your pet fish? How's that? 
Man: well, every night I take all my pet fish for a walk to the lake, I let them swim for about half hour and then I whistle and they all come back and jump in my basket and we go home. We do this every night. 
Warden: Well that's just a crock of lies!! 
Man: here I'll show you... (Releases the fish in the lake) 
Warden: well this I got to see!! 
5 minutes later... 
Warden: well?? 
Man: what? 
Warden: the fish!! Where's your pet fish?? 
Man: what fish??

Geoff was more than a Father figure his support and advice helped me build my confidence and where invaluable, He also made it possible to start Napa valley Fly Guides by building my website if HTML code not commonly used but it is still preforming well. 

Thank you Geoff
Richard and Rusty
and of course Tia too

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

PreFall Report for Putah Creek

        8/31/21                                          Napa valley Fly Guides report.                                     

                                                                  August/September 2021

Hey everyone 

Here's what I see happening as of the last thirty days

Summer is starting to wind down and we are entering one of the more productive times of year so I am keeping a close eye on flows and keep my gear packed and have fishing the creek more this last 30 days

Fishing has been good on days when flows are below 500cfs and are still holding between 526, and 450 cfs so its a wait and watch game for now, but it will blow up soon, The fishing and the crowds. 

Fly Selection: 

Fly selection seems less imporntant as I have gotten better at my presentation and just being slow and carful not to kick submerged rocks or carelessly tapping my wading staff on rocks as I approach a area I am about to fish Remember trout have a lateral line that can pick up even small vibrations you might think are not picked up by fish, They are so Slow and Subtle is the key to sneaking up on any run. 

 So keep me in mind if you looking to get on Putah Creek to hunt for some Bows on Putah Creek

Thanks for reading

Richard Loft

(707) 294-4738

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