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Now that we're just waiting for the weather to clear and Summer to begin, take a look at the hints below to help make your season successful.

In this Issue:

Things Change                    Gearing Up
Wine Walk                            Navigable or Not?
A New Saltwater Line         The BSB
Kids Fishing Derby
         

THINGS CHANGE

"damn it all"
 

If there is one thing constant about the human experience it’s that our lives and our surroundings are in a constant state of change. Mother Nature changes on a daily and Woodford's Station April 30th 2011seasonal basis whether its wind, rain snow or shine, summer, winter, spring or fall, things change. Roads turn to highways, highways turn to byways, stock markets go up and stock markets go down, the price of gold goes up and then the price of gold goes “upper”… oil is high and then it’s higher, things change. Our lakes, rivers and streams were once stocked with viable trout capable of reproducing naturally if they managed to survive. Now they are to be stocked with genetically altered “Frankenfish” to serve special interest groups, things change. My home was once a “sprawling ranch style home with spectacular mountain vistas” and now it’s just another humble hovel in the Raunchos, things change...

Things change so much in our daily, weekly, monthly and yearly lives that one would think that human beings are well suited to accept and adapt to change quite easily. Oh yeah? Try being a computer network administrator sometime and introduce a new program across the network! I guarantee your phone won’t stop ringing with complaints.

But the changes that really stick in my craw are when they affect friends and family in a negative way.

Ironically enough on Saturday, April 30th, 2011, California’s opening day for the 2011 fishing season, Dave and Lynda Kirby of Woodfords Station closed their doors for the last time.

I say “Ironically” because after 28 years of continuous operation Woodfords Station has become amongst other things, a prime contact for all things fishing in Alpine County. To have to close the doors on the opening day of trout season had to be painful for Dave.

Unfortunately this change was not by choice on Dave’s part. A new landlord had purchased the building and notified the Station that their lease would increase by 220% and if they did not agree to it, they were to vacate the building by May 15, 2011. Over the years I’ve teased Dave about what a “shrewd businessman” he was, but if anything Dave has been a practical man all the time that I’ve known him and there just isn’t anything practical about a 220% increase in a business expense without any means of recouping that cost. So, as such, Dave announced that he would be closing the store on April 30th  

Dave & Lynda Kirby - Proprietors of Woodford's Station28 years is a long time to be an active participating, contributing member of a small community and Dave Kirby has certainly been that! As an active member of the Alpine Chamber of Commerce, Dave has seen “The Death Ride”, a 129 mile, 15,000’ of climbing, 5 mountain pass bicycle race, grow from 35 riders to 3,500 riders. He’s watched local kids go from car seats and fishing in the Alpine County Kids Fishing Derby to having to purchase their adult fishing license in his store. He’s seen community members on deaths door step and actually organized donations and commissioned that a coffin be made for a less fortunate citizen of the county to insure that the person at least left this world in dignity, only to have the individual make a miraculous recovery and he apparently thrives to this day. The custom commissioned, and now unneeded coffin of course was stored at Woodfords Station on top of one of the upright coolers for years, oddly enough without anyone ever noticing. Obviously, all stories that no doubt only Dave Kirby can tell with all due justice.

The Angler’s Edge & Woodfords Station has worked well together over the years. We would actively try to promote each other’s business, and every February would find Liz, Dave & me piled into the van and off to a distributors show in Fallon. We would provide the ride and Dave would always spring for breakfast! Any full day guide trips in Alpine County that required us to provide a lunch were always ordered the day before and Dave always made sure that the sandwiches were made fresh and ready to go the next morning. If the truth were to be told about it, I’ve probably received as much if not more in tips based on Dave’s lunches as I have for my guiding prowess…

Winter Sunday afternoons would often find Liz & me bellied up to the deli counter ordering a #6, smoked ham and cheese sandwich Terri Hannifen at her Deli Counterwith no onions and a cup of the “soup of the day” for Liz and a cup of Lynda’s chili for me, from Terri Hannifan, the deli queen. We would go not only for a great lunch and to sit and visit, but primarily we would go to “Dave Listen”. The way I look at it is that God gave Yogi Berra to the Yankees but he saved Dave Kirby for Alpine County. Dave-isms may not be as well known as Yogi’s, but when their in context you can’t help but laugh.  

Example:
A woman walks into the store at 8:00 in the morning and wanders aimlessly about,
Dave: Can I help you find anything ma’am?
Woman: No thank you I’m just browsing.
Dave: No problem ma’am I’m here till Six.

A young boy walks to the register with a candy bar,
Dave from behind the deli counter: Son, son is that for you or is that for someone else?
Boy: Huh, uh it’s for me.
Dave: Do you have money?
Boy: uh, um, yeah.
Dave: It’s a deal! I’ll be right there.

Daily friends would come byA burly man ducks through the doorway,
Man: Do you sell cigarettes?
Dave, smiling: Oh no sir, I’m sorry no one in the county smokes.

A young couple sits at the counter after finishing lunch,
Dave, picking up dishes: Can I get you anything else?
Young man: Yes, I think we’d like a couple slices of the sour cream apple pie.
Dave: Oh no, no, no,… nope. One slice… two forks.
Young man: Why?
Dave: Trust me son.
Young man: Ok one slice of pie and two forks.
Dave: It’s a deal. Wise choice sir.
Young man, after finishing pie: Ok, you were right! That was plenty and it was great!The last man to have a Woodfords Grilled Cheese
Dave, head down & heavy hand on the counter: Saved ANOTHER life!  

If you hadn’t invested the time to get to know Dave, then you just didn’t get Dave. On his last day I told him “Dave, I don’t know if you realize it or not but some people think you’re grumpy.” Dave’s response with a smile… “Yea,… perfect.” On the other hand, if you know Dave you know he’d give ya the shirt off his back. And if you didn’t know Dave, or if Dave didn’t know you… he’d give ya the shirt off his back.

And what’s to become of Woodfords Station? Who knows? Rumors and hearsay abound, but frankly, right now… I could care less. All I know is that an icon and institution of Alpine County and good friend and business partner has been forced out and that things have changed!…. Damn It All!

Don Weirauch
The Angler’s Edge

 

CLEAN THAT GEAR !

 Everyone will say it; we've had a long, long Winter.

Actually we had Flinter, Winter & Sprinter.

Since there's a lot of people that hang the waders and their other gear in the garage in October there may be a few of those that put it away knowing "Come Spring, I'll give it some TLC."  Guess what, it's time.

We'll go through all the gear from Waders to Flies.

Waders:  If they're fairly new and not filthy, no need to wash them.  Though, if you put them away last Fall and they're about ready to walk by themselves due to the clinging organic material mind-melding with the fabric, a little washing will help.  You can put them in the washing machine, cold water, gentle cycle (for those that don't have knowledge of how a washing machine works, politely ask for help, don't attempt to do it by yourself, you could get stink eye).  About 1/4 of the amount of detergent is needed for these.  You can use wader conditioner, but it's not needed.  When the waders are done with the spin cycle, get a laundry basket, the outside will be moist, the inside is going to be filled with water.  Try and drain the water back into the tub of the washer, take them outside, hang to dry, after about 2 hours in the Nevada 'breeze', turn them inside out,  letting that side dry for another 2 hours or so. 
Checking for Leaks: If you put the waders away with no known leak, give your waders a heavy, heavy dose of 3M Scotch Guard spray on the outside.  We spray them until dripping and they will dry after about an hour.  Do this outside, the odor is pretty powerful.  This process seals up those micro holes.  If you put them away in the Fall and you thought you might have a leak, get yourself a clean spray bottle, fill it with denatured alcohol, turn the waders inside out, and soak one leg, turn it right side out and see if you get a moisture bleed-through showing on the fabric.  Pinch that area, go back into the inside of the wader and put a circle at least 1-1/2" around that leak.  Do the next leg and the seat and front the same way.  You now know where to apply either Aquel, UV Wader Repair or Softex.  The choice will be determined on how fast you want to be out on the water after the application.  If it's due to fabric layer separation, and you can see that normally, the fabric will be puckered, it's recommended that you use Softex, it will penetrate the layers better for a full seal (you can also use it on flies).

Boots: Check the felt on the bottom, repair loose felt with Shoe Goo or get a new set.  Check those laces, are they frayed and may break when you're a bit mad that someone just walked up to the hole you were going to be fishing and you were busy gearing up?

Rod:  Start with a good cleaning with a soft cloth.  Clean the cork and the ferrules. Reapply a SMALL amount of ferrule wax or rub it along your nose.  As you're cleaning down the rod, check for stress breakage on the wraps and each guide to see if there's wear or cracking on them.  Check to see if the reel seat is tight on the rod and the take a good look a the tip section.  This is one of the places that has the first breakage, mostly due to bruising from big flies hitting the rod.  Check the tip guide for any cracking or wear.  If any of these items look suspicious and you have a lifetime warranty; pack it up and get it fixed, if no lifetime warranty, bring it to the shop for work.

Line: Go to the sink and make a warm lightly soaped batch of water and strip your line into it, let it soak for about 10 minutes.  Take a soft terry cloth and run that line back and forth to clean the line.  This is important; check your line for cracks, nicks or abrasions that weaken the line or allow water to penetrate, if you have these, replace the line.  If the line is smooth with no marring, and if you're not getting anymore dark streaks of dirt on the cloth, it's clean.  Now, rinse it well in clear water. spool it back onto the reel and take it outside.  Using a manufactured cleaning pad or another dry clean terry cloth, put a good squeeze of line conditioner onto the cloth.  About the size of a quarter will do it.  Starting at the front end of the line, rub this in while stretching the line at the same time.  (Speaking of stretching, stretch your line!  A lot of fly fishermen do not know that this will help alleviate the curls and make the line more supple and you'll be surprised that you'll get about 6' - 8'  of length.)  Back to conditioning; work this to the end of the line, back to the front and one more time back to the front.  Conditioning is done.  Now check your loop where you connect your leader.  If it was installed on the line from the factory, look closely for any cracks. If a looped butt section was put on, check also for cracks and check the butt itself for any nicks.  If you have a braided leader connection, check that for nicks, cracks and dirt.  If it's dirty, nicked or cracked, replace it.  If the loop needs to be replaced, come into the shop, we've always done this gratis.

Reel: Pull the spool off and give it a good cleaning with liquid air and then a paper towel or soft cloth.  Don't break into any of the drag system. You can add a little bit of grease if it's a click drag system and only if it's needed. Check to see if the screws are all tight.

Vest: Empty out those pockets, throw the trash and the empty leader packets away.  Make an inventory of your leaders that you have and which ones you need.  Check your tippet spools for how much is left of your favorite size.  Pull off about 2' of tippet and give it a fast yank, if it breaks and if it's 3X, 4X or 5X, it's probably old and needs to be replaced (6X & 7X will break).  Check your inventory of strike indicators.  Wash the vest, If the Dry Fly ointment has stained the material, put a bit of laundry soap directly on the spot to help lift it out (see directions above under Waders to avoid stink-eye).  Here's a few things we carry in our bag/vest that are small and handy: Bayer Crystal packs (2 or 3) good for an emergency.  A couple of band aids are a good thing too.  I also carry glucose tablets if I'm out on the water with anyone who is diabetic and may need them.  Check your hemostats, zingers and sharpen your nippers or replace them. Be sure you place your fishing licenses in a good-safe pocket that isn't normally used, this prevents them from falling out of a well used pocket when you pull that 2 week (2 month?) old granola bar out.  Put a lighter in your vest just in case you need to start a fire.

High Mountain BrookieFly Box: Take the flies out, inspect each for wear, rust or broken hooks.  Take an inventory of what is needed, write it down.  Clean out the box and if you're like me and collected a lot of flies throughout the year and just threw them in, think about if you'd want a stillwater box and a stream box.  Or, if you want separate boxes for nymphs, dries and streamers.  Myself, I have 2 nymph boxes, a streamer box, a big ugly streamer box and a dry box, I love flies.. I digress.  So, if you do more stillwater than river, you'll have a different set up.  After inspection and inventory, do yourself a favor and pinch down the barbs of the flies before you put them into the appropriate boxes, nothing is more frustrating than tying on a fly in a Catch & Release area, and making sure the barb is down, when the fish is RIGHT THERE!!!!  Another thing that will help with the life of your flies, those little desiccant packs that we get in our jerky packages? - throw one of those into each of the boxes, it soaks up some of the moisture that is retained on the flies after being in the water and helps prevent rust developing on the hook.

So now you're pretty set. Check your net to see if it needs repairing, a new coat of lacquer if it's a wood hoop or a new bag?  How's that hat and the polarized sunglasses looking?
 

 

Can I Fish Here? Navigable or Not?

With the bulk of Alpine & Mono Counties and the State of Nevada owned by the Federal Government there is a plethora of waters open to fishermen.  We thought that we'd give you a quick run down of the local rivers that are open to the public and those that aren't.  We're not going to be getting into the war of public access onto private property, it's frustrating for both sides: Water's for fighting over and whiskey's for drinkin.

There are two types of designations for the Rivers (not streams) for the States of CA and NV.  Navigable under the Commerce Act and Navigable under the Clean Water Act.  The Commerce Act is the oldest and as it mentions the word Commerce; it means the waterway had Commerce flowing down it for a number of years.  This doesn't count crossing the river, it had to have a majority of it's usage used for the act of business.  Navigable under the Clean Water Act is from the Federal Government EPA, this was put into place to help keep drinking water clean.  It does not rule on any land, river bed or river banks.

This is what makes the East Carson River a Navigable Water under the Commerce Act - accessible.  When the area was settled, the river was used as the causeway for all of the The East Carson - Under the Commerce Act lumber that was harvested in Alpine county that eventually ended up at the mills at Cradlebaugh and Dayton area, building mines and cities.   (Trivia Note: the Cradlebaugh bridge area on Hwy 395 was the location of a saw mill.  A gentleman by the name of Ferris, admired the water wheel at the mill and eventually traveled back East and later invented the Ferris Wheel.)  The logs were harvested throughout the late summer and fall and held at Alligator Bend (about a mile upstream from the old dam south of town) These logs were held there until run-off was in full swing and the chain was popped and the logs flowed running down through the valley.  The East Carson and then the Carson River after the confluence of the West Carson (just below Genoa) are available to the public if accessed through a public access point.  Public access points are typically at bridges that pass over the river from highways and the state roads. You must stay within 5' of the "Natural" high water mark.  You obviously may not cut fences or locks.

The West Carson, West Walker and the East Walker rivers are Navigable under the Clean Water Act -  can be closed to access.  Essentially what this means is that the property owners have the right to close off access to the river and river bed and water.  If the property owner owns both sides of the river he can close it off to any access, even floating through it in a kayak is considered trespassing.  A couple of examples: the Scierini Ranch on the East Walker and the Flying M Ranch on the East Walker, you cannot access these from the public accesses without the owners permission.  If there are two separate property owners, one for each side, they have the right to close off accessFishing the West Carson - on California State Land to the rivers from their side. Though if one side is State/Federal and the other side is private, the river is open.  Example: the East Carson below Hangman's bridge, the west side belongs to a private property owner and the East side to BLM.  Many times an agreement is reached between the two private landowners and the river is closed.

So what can we do to fish on rivers that are closed?  Well, you have a few choices.  You now know what the waters are that are not under the Commerce Act.  If you do not see No Trespassing signs on these river, but it is fenced OR you see that the fence was there and someone knocked it down, assume that it is private and closed.  Unless you know for sure that it's Forest Service or Bureau of Land Management (they love fences), check your maps.  If you see a structure on the property and it's fenced or unfenced, presume that it is private.  Look for corner posts to be marked orange or red or white, that's also a way to know it's marked as private.  If you do see No Trespass signs: it's closed, period.  Don't think because you did it 10 years ago, you get to go there again, just because...  no, It's closed.
 
Streams, channels and ranch irrigation canals are not navigable waters.  They are the property of the land owner or irrigation district.  Though NDOW, DFG and Alpine county stock some streams as an example: Markleeville, Silver Creeks the Topaz Canal, these are available to fishermen by the grace of the landowners and can be closed at anytime.  The same goes for the East Walker at the Elbow area and the canal out of Topaz Lake, this is private property and it is by an agreement with NDOW or Walker River Irrigation District that the public can fish there.   Landowners are seeing the encroachment of Federal lands, developments and those nasty people who like to sue because they walked on the property illegally years before.  If three years ago, you might of had access to the private water; does the person (landowner) that you had permission from, still own the property?  Possibly, things could of changed. The land owners are only trying to protect their property rights and their liabilities.  There is a lot of water available to the public, look at a map of Alpine county most of all the water you see is open for you to fish.  Respect the rights of the property owners, think of it this way: you wouldn't want someone walking onto your property and picking food from your apple tree, right?

For more information: 
For Nevada navigable waters deemed under Commerce act: http://www.lands.nv.gov/program/landoffice.htm
 

 

New Scientific Angler Saltwater Line

We just received news this week about a clear tip (sink) fly line that incorporates the hottest (and we agree) the best flylines from S/A; the Textured Series.  

Mastery Textured Saltwater lines have a new, very smooth and powerful taper for throwing saltwater flies with quickness and ease.  Additionally, these lines have a textured finish that has a dimple pattern similar to a golf ball that has a smoother feel while enhancing casting, floatation, and accuracy. The lines are weighted a half size heavy to give you better rod loading

New smooth and powerful front taper designed for throwing saltwater flies quickly and accurately
S/A Textured Saltwater cear tip

Weighted heavy to load fast action rods

Longer front taper for smooth and accurate casts

Light blue color for stealth

Stiff Braided Monofilament core for warm to tropical conditions

Rear Loop Only

Mastery Textured Saltwater lines have a longer front taper for a smoother more accurate cast than the regular Mastery Series Saltwater lines.  Stiffer core for warm conditions. Great to cast from the boat.  When wading, the Mastery Saltwater will float better because of the softer core with a hollow center that reduces density.  

Kids Fishing Derby June 4 & 5

Fishing at the DerbyLast month the Kids Fishing Derby Board of Directors asked if the Shop would take over from the County Park & Recreation Department and be the disseminator of the registration and tickets for the Derby.  We gladly said, yes!  We're getting the word out to all, if you have children or grandchildren, nieces or nephews that you think might enjoy a day of fishing, get them registered!  Ages 3 though 5 are in the Preschool area and get to take an adult in with them.  Ages 6 - 12 fish by themselves.  This is the largest free derby west of the Mississippi.  There are 6 sessions and one Special Needs session.  Preschool tickets are going fast and are not available for sessions 1 & 2, there are tickets available for all the 'big kid' sessions, Except the 2nd session, on Saturday as I write this.  If your little fisherman doesn't have a pole, there are poles available for loan. 
If you'd like to volunteer, you need to pre-register and attend one meeting.  Come by the shop to pick up your form.
It's a hoot to see this derby and will bring a smile to your face.


Thirsty Third Thursday


The last 2 years with the advent of Main Street Gardnerville organization, we've participated in the Wine Walk, held on the 3rd Thursday of the months May - September.  Well, it's coming up again on May 19th.  We invite you to come down to stroll the participating Main Street businesses, drink wine (2 ounces per business x 36 businesses.. OMG!) We'll be playing with rods out front and serving wine or our traditional tropical Sangria.  Register and purchase your wine glass ($10) at the Museum or at the Stratton center, it all starts at 4:30 p.m.  We hope to see you here!

The BSB



We developed this little treasure about 4 years ago and I have found that it works quite well down on the East Walker and really, any moving water.  The story behind it is; that one particular Spring we found a pearl disco midge was working quite well on the East Walker River and had recommended it to a customer.  Well, this customer said "There is no way I am ever going to fish with a fly that's called anything Disco! (his mother probably never got him a powder blue polyester tux for prom and he's still mad).  Well, it just so happens that we wanted to experiment with the Disco midge a bit more and I tied this version on a size 10 scud hook.  The following week, I was out with a client (it was the wife of the poor fellow who had to wear plain-old-cotton to the prom) and we promptly picked up 40 fish a piece dead drifting these.  We named it Boot-Scootin-Boogie and I tie up and sell about 25 dozen of these a season.   In addition, via the video, you'll learn a technique to make your midges as thin as possible for a more true profile.  Here's the link to the YouTube video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hC6jpi_Ydf0  and the recipe below:

BSB Recipe:
BSB Almost finishedYouTube video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hC6jpi_Ydf0
 
HOOK: Size 10 TMC or Targus 2487 or Diiachi 1120
THREAD: Black 3/0
HEAD: Black Bead, size 5/32"
WIRE: Green, size: midge
BODY: 1 piece pearl flashabou
THORAX: 2 pieces Peacock herl
UV Knot Sense or Softex to coat body


Hints: use only one piece of flash, if you stretch the Flashabou or use more than one piece of Flashabou, your fly will have a blue hue.  The coating of the body actually helps the fly look better as it's been hooked on fish, the outer coating will start to slough off and it looks like the exoskeleton being loosened (if you use newer UV knot sense).


At the Cattle Guard on willaschiThe East Walker - Rosaschi

This month we wil be giving a presentation on dead drift fishing the East Walker - Rosaschi at the High Sierra Fly Casters General meeting on Wednesday, May 18th at 7 pm.  The meeting is held at the Methodist Church on Centerville (or also called: hwy 756 or techniquesnbsp; You are more than welcome to attend the meeting and join the Club.  There are several Clubs in the area and we encourage all of our patrons to join any of them.  It's a great source to learn different tecniques, talk about fishing and get a fishing partner.  These clubs normally meet once a month and have "fishouts" once a month to a local water.  You can get a link to their websites on our website www.theanglersedge.com and click on the CLUBS tab.

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