I’ve got a problem

I love fly fishing. I really do. I’ve been fly fishing for about 17 years now, and I’ve been fishing for about 34. I learned to fly fish on the waters of the Upper Sacramento and McCloud Rivers. I cut my teeth one season of guiding on Hat Creek and the Pit River. I can sling BB’s fairly expertly. On my home waters I’m pretty good. I’m in the 10% that catches 90% of the fish. I have a lot of success on those waters.

And for the first time in a while, I find myself not totally excited at the prospect of fishing my home waters again.

Maybe it’s because I just got back from the Bahamas. Maybe it is because I head to Florida in 6 weeks.

I’m not sure.

I’m just thinking about the salt and not much beyond the salt. I’m thinking about 8 weights and 10 weights and size 1/0 flies and bimini twists.

I am having a hard time switching to think about the run-off swollen rivers, the 5 weights, the 4 BB’s and golden stone nymphs.

That stuff normally gets me fairly excited.

Maybe I just need to see the river again and feel the pull of a trout. We’ll see if that river can’t persuade me.

This riffle is one of my favorite places, anywhere.

This riffle is one of my favorite places, anywhere.



  1. The river runs through it… 😉

  2. It’s the lure of the salt. It pulls at me. I just spent 3 days on the upper Salmon. I caught a steelhead, 2 really nice cutthroat, and several smolts. I would trade it all for one day on the flats.

  3. Salt preserves and it also spoils….. Pete V.

  4. Normaly I would call myself a steelhead junkie – this salt water stuff is highly corrosive!!! I missed my spring steelheading this year and am bahamas bound in 5 days – I can’t wait!!!!

  5. Salt raise the blood pressure.

  6. I had fished in small streams for most of my life till I had to move for my job. The salt water fishing has made me grow as a fisherman and enjoy the new why to fish. As I push the boat out in the salt marsh looking for redfish I would not give it put to go back to the old creek fishing in any way. Salt water is the only type of fishing for me now.

  7. You can fish once or twice a year for a week each time which is really nothing, or you can flyfishing every weekend for amazing beautiful trout in between and stay connected. Simple as that

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