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The Angler's Edge Fly Shop

Pretty Exciting News

Announced on the Shop's Facebook Page:

The Angler’s Edge is extremely pleased to announce that Jan Nemec, author of “The Fly Fisher’s Guide to Nevada”, has joined our Guide Staff! Jan has grown up in the fly fishing industry and has been guiding since before he turned 18.

We are very excited to have Jan on board not only because he’s an excellent guide, but because Jan will primarily be focusing on the Truckee River (let’s face it, his home away from home.), which means that those of you that come in and complain that you just can’t figure out the Truckee, no longer have an excuse! As they say, if you want to learn something, get the best teacher you can find and for the Truckee Basin that would be Jan Nemec.  See more below about Jan and our other guide staff in the article 200 Miles of 395.

Here Come the Frogs Again!

We wanted to share with all of those that use the Eastern Sierra for fishing, hiking, biking, camping or any back country fun.  As a result from a lawsuit by The Center for Biological Diversity vs. the US Fish & Wildlife Service, there are some changes coming from the USFWS and want to give you the opportunity to view the following and make up your own minds, and if you would like to submit comments on the following, links are below the article:Photo courtesy FWS

From Defend Rural America*:
"The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes to seal off an additional 2 million acres of forests along
California’s eastern counties, allegedly to protect a frog and a toad. The actual area could be much larger if corridors and buffer zones are added.  If this does happen, here is what is at stake:
Human activities that will be restricted or forbidden: grazing, timber harvest, fire management, dams and water diversions (i.e. farming and ranching), mining, roads, off-road vehicles, pack-stock
use, fishing, recreation, hiking, ranching, pets, trout introduction, could be curtailed.
This would affect the following 14 counties of: Alpine, Amador, El Dorado, Fresno, Inyo, Madera, Mariposa, Mono, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sierra, Tulare, and Tuolumne.  In addition to 9 forests: Eldorado National Forest, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Inyo National Forest, Lake Tahoe Basis Management Unit, Plumas National Forest, Sequoia National Forest, Sierra National Forest, Stanislaus National Forest, and the Tahoe National Forest.

On April 25th the US Fish and Wildlife Service released a Federal Register Notice .  The Notice establishes proposed critical habitat areas for the Sierra Nevada Mountain yellow legged Frog, the Distinct Population Segment (DPS) of the Mountain Yellow Legged Frog and the Yosemite Toad.  The total proposed acreage spans twelve rural counties and 2,077,824 acres.  Of this amount 82,555 acres are private land...

Access to these areas may be restricted.  Roads and trails may be closed.  The maintenance of  roads within these areas may require authorization and approval."  The Comment period ends on June 24th.  You can get more information about these proposed closures and how to comment at these websites:

*"The USFWS notice: Federal Register Vol. 78, No. 80, pgs. 2447224574, dated April 25, 2013. (Available separately.)  A summary of the USFWS notice prepared by the Western Mining Alliance Credit goes to Eric Aksymyk of the WMA for bringing this urgent matter to light".


200 miles on 395

We wanted to introduce you to a few of our guides who specialize in the Eastern Sierra waters from the Truckee to the Owens Rivers.  Many know that as the owners of The Angler's Edge, Don & Liz are licensed guides in both California and Nevada, but we wanted to introduce you to a few of the guide staff that service our shop!  We're proud to have them on our staff and we believe it will be a day that you will not soon forget!

Jason Hart, has been an Angler's Edge staff guide for 4+ years. Jason & Big Buck Brown on the East Walker Jason and his wife Antonia, married over a year now, are expecting their first child this Summer.  Both Jason and his wife love to fish the East Walker on both the CA & NV sides.  Knowing the runs and holes on the private waters of the Scierini Ranch, Jason's clients have pulled some slabs from the cover lining the river.  He enjoys the stillwaters of Indian Creek, Heenan and Kirman.  Jason ties his flies and has come up with some killer patterns that catch some of those big browns on the Walker and as Don says: "even some sassy small-mouths on the West Walker".  Easy going, Jason is patient with any beginner fly fisherman and for those that are the expert, Jason knows where the big boys hide.

Scott FlintScott Flint calls Mammoth and Truckee, California home.   Scott has been with the Angler's Edge for a few years now and specializes in the waters of the Mammoth region.  Guiding the Owens and Hot Creek as often as Scott does, he knows where the fish are and their behavior.  Scott, like Jason, is also licensed and permitted on both the Nevada and California waters of the East Walker. Scott is a highly regarded guide in the area, and during the Winter months, Scott is an instructor for a regional ski resort and when not there, fishing the Truckee through the Winter flows out his back door at his home, in Truckee.

Jan Nemec is our newest Guide, specializing in the miles and miles of the Truckee River.  From Truckee to Mustang (and beyond), Jan knows the Jan NemecTruckee River Basin.  Jan, who authored "The Fly Fishers Guide to Nevada" , started guiding before the age of 18.  He has many fly patterns that have been picked up by the industry that are very productive on the Truckee along with the waters of the Eastern Sierra.  Jan is the only guide in Northern Nevada to be Orvis endorsed.  Very relaxed and out-going, Jan makes any client a better fisherman during the time spent with him.

If you are interested in learning about any of the waters from the Truckee to the Owens, think about booking a 1/2 day or a full day with one of these professionals on your choice of an Eastern Sierra water. They all have a passion for the sport of fly fishing and it is evident through their patient and expert instruction.  Call the shop at 775-781-7112, if the voice mail comes on, please leave a message, we'll get right back to you to get your day booked.

So get out there!

With the lower water year, it's a great time RIGHT NOW to get out there and fish!  The dries are coming off, Nevada and California waters are being stocked almost weekly and the waters all have good temperatures and flows.  Come on into the shop if you want some fly choices for your favorite water.  Or heck, want to take a little hike?  Come in, we'll send you on a "short 15 minute walk" (okay, it might be a little farther than 15 minutes)  See you soon!
The Cast

Hints & Tricks

Several times a week, we're asked for advice on how to improve the cast: Many times, the fly fisher over thinks the cast and doesn't let it 'flow' off the tip of the rod.
Do you practice?
Do you find a few 'wind' knots on your leader?
Sometimes it's a quick fix, and even sometimes, it might even be your rod or line!  So here's a few tips that might help you cast farther, cast accurately and prevent those tailing loops.
First, practice a bit.  A bit is only about 10 minutes a day, (morning preferred, because of wind) just go out on the lawn and do a minute of a 20' - 30' cast.  Imagine a clock face in front of you on the ground, cast at 9 o'clock to 3 o'clock.  Do a few opposite shoulder casts by rotating your wrist and causing your palm to be facing towards the water (not the rod over your chest) to move the rod tip to the opposite shoulder. 
One big hint is to stop 'flicking' the rod tip..  imagine pulling the fly line through the air.. of course.. in both directions.  The rod is a catapult, and a catapult cannot throw the object unless it stops.  Use these two images to create accuracy and distance in your cast.
Second, clean your line with warm, lightly soapy water, rinse with clear water and then use a line conditioner.  Third stretch your line!  Many have fished for years and have never stretched a line.  Stretching the line removes the memory but it also can bring back some of the suppleness that you might of forgotten it had.
Sometimes, a client will come in and we find that they are using the incorrect weight forward taper for the rod that they are using.  A stiffer rod needs a more aggressive taper and a softer rod a less aggressive taper.  Many of the manufacturers have a myriad of tapers.  All fly lines are built differently for different rods and applications.  If you're having a difficult time, come in, we'll help you with your lines..  a rod is a great tool, but if it has the wrong line  it's just a stick.
If you are needing a tune up or want to go farther with your cast, by distance casting and using a single or double haul, feel free to make an appointment with the shop for a lesson.
**Next Newsletter: The Roll Cast**
Farmers Market

Farmers Market

Yes, we know, this has NOTHING to do with Fly Fishing: But hey, why not put a plug in for a few great events in the little corner of downtown Minden?  Each Tuesday afternoon at 4 pm, there's music, great produce, fabulous bread from Schatz Bakery and of course, ribs from Minden Meat and Deli available at the Farmers Market .  So hey, come on down, say hi and get some fresh produce and a tri-tip sandwich for dinner, from Minden Meat & Deli
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