Gone Fishin’: For want of a rod and a reel
Recently I had a very unfortunate experience. After having a really good evening of fishing, I made a mistake that cost me dearly.
While talking to a friend and taking off my waders, I set my fly rod on top of my car. This is never an advisable move since you can forget you put it there and drive off which is exactly what I then did.
The fishing was good enough for me to try it again the next evening. That is when I discovered that the rod was gone. I did a half-hearted search of the immediate area, to no avail. I called my friends who had followed me out later that evening and asked them to keep an eye open for it. They are both guides on the river so they are in contact with many people. I also called the local shops to get the word out that it was lost.
One of my friends suggested calling the publisher of “California Fly Fisher” magazine, a neighbor of mine, and having him run an ad. “California Fly Fisher” is an excellent magazine with articles devoted to fishing our state with excellent location information, fishing tips, current news and some great stories. It is a magazine that everyone in our region should read. I called him and we drafted an appropriate ad.
Later that afternoon I received a call from him and he told me that he thought that he had found my rod. Unfortunately, he had. It was broken beyond repair and what was most disheartening is that the reel was gone. The arbor was still attached, but the reel itself was nowhere to be found. I even searched for it later that evening. It would have been trashed, but it was a reel that my wife brought back for me from England in the late 1970s. The rod itself, while expensive, was replaceable.
I decided to look for a Web site for the House of Hardy, the English maker of the reel. I immediately got a hit and went to their Web site and E-mailed them on their customer service section. They responded the very next day telling me that they had not made that reel for 24 years. I thought that I was done. Reading on, they indicated that they had all the parts and could rebuild me a new carriage for 52 pounds sterling, about $74.
While there are certainly better reels on the market today, I have the extra spools and it was part of me for such a long time. I gave them the go-ahead and they told me that they would have it out in two weeks.
Boy, was I impressed with the service. It was a similar story with my rod. The manufacturer, G. Loomis, has a great warranty policy and I was able to replace the rod for a nominal cost.
Why do I publicize my own mistake for everyone to read? So you folks will be more careful with your own gear. I have heard many such stories in the past. This event occurs with much more frequency than one might imagine. Be very careful with your equipment.
If you do lose your gear rest assured that if you bought from a good company you would most likely be able to replace your equipment. I am very impressed with the service that these two companies provided. Would I buy other equipment from them? Based on this experience, you bet!
Incidentally, my friends will never let me forget this experience.
Boca – (13,696) ac. ft.) Boca has been fishing fair and is dropping rapidly. Water is being released at 203 CFS and only 100 CFS is coming into the lake. It looks very bleak for Boca for the rest of the season. Anglers fishing from shore near the inlet are having some success. Anglers near the dam are still catching fish. Most anglers use nightcrawlers or Powerbait. Boaters are having some success. Most were using a combination of flashers and a nightcrawler or minnow imitating lure. Kokanee fishing is good for those experienced anglers that can get a boat in the water. Fly fishermen near the inlet have experienced fair to good action early and late. Nymphs and streamers have accounted for most of the fish caught recently. When it calms down, midges are very productive.
Donner Lake – Fishing has been fair to good. Anglers fishing for rainbows on the west end and near the launch ramp have had fair to good success. Nightcrawlers and Powerbait seem to be the main bait. Trollers using minnow imitating lures have had fair success.
Lake Tahoe – (Elevation 6226.16) Fishing has been good for mackinaw. Most fish are in the 5 to 7 pound range. A guide is highly recommended if you are fishing for mackinaw for the first time. Toplining and shore fishing is fair overall. The creeks opened this past weekend. Keep in mind that any large fish that you catch are most likely fish that have come out of the lake to spawn. Please release these fish. No fishing is also allowed within 300 ft. of these tributaries.
Martis Lake – (Martis is restricted to artificial lures with barbless hooks. Zero fish may be bagged or possessed) Fishing has been fair to good. Most activity has been early and late with blood midges and callibaetis imitations. Most anglers are using nymphs such as the Hares Ear, Pheasant Tail, Damselfly imitations or the A.P. Streamers that imitate small fish, and woolly buggers are also good choices. For surface activity, patterns such as the Quigley Cripple, Martis Midge, Parachute Adams, and Griffith’s Knat are good choices.
Little Truckee River – (This area between Stampede Reservoir downstream to Boca Reservoir is now subject to artificial barbless lures with a two fish bag limit of fish 14 inches maximum) – (100 cubic feet per second.) Fishing here has been tapering off a bit as the flows have been reduced. Fishing has been fair near the inlet area of the Little Truckee into Boca reservoir. This area changes almost daily. Fly fishermen fishing this stretch between Stampede and Boca are experiencing frequent hatches where dry flies and emergers have been productive. Nymphs and streamers are still the first choice if there are no fish on the surface.
Prosser – (11,971 ac. ft.) Prosser has been fishing fair. Fishing here is mostly with nightcrawlers or Powerbait. Fly fishermen near the inlets have taken a few fish mostly on nymphs and streamers.
Stampede – (180,899 ac. ft.) Stampede is fair to good. Shore anglers are catching a few more fish. Most use the typical baits, nightcrawlers or Powerbait. Topliners have fair to good success for kokanee salmon. Most use a flasher of some sort and a kokanee bug or wedding ring with a piece of white corn. Look for improvement as the weather warms. Fly fishing has really taken off. Most inlet areas and coves seem to have working fish. Most action is still subsurface with nymphs such as the pheasant tail and the bird’s nest. Streamers are also working. Hatches are increasing and the fish are very active at times.
Truckee River – The release from the dam at Tahoe City has been raised to 341 cubic feet per second. In the Truckee area it is running at 345 cubic feet per second. Fishing has been fair to good throughout the river. Seasoned anglers have been doing very well. Prince nymphs, Bird’s nests and pheasant tail nymphs have produced some fish as well as streamers. Because of the increasing hatches dry flies are now working as well. Try an elk hair caddis, hares ear parachute or an E/C caddis.
Other Waters – Jackson Meadows has been fishing well. Davis and Frenchman lakes are fishing fair this past week. The damselfly hatch is winding down at Davis. Pyramid Lake is closed for the season and will re-open Oct. 1.
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