Outings update as of 11/26/20


November 14 has come and gone, and with it a club outing that actually didn’t have to be canceled due to fires and viruses. We went to the San Luis Forebay to see if the stripers would cooperate, and they did, at least with some of the club members. Personally, I think the striped bass must see me coming and chuckle into their fins saying, “That guy thinks he can catch us! Watch this!”

Anyway, the next outing is scheduled for the Lower Kings River on January 9. More details will be coming in the January Dope. This will once again be a social distancing sort of outing. The Lower Kings has been fishing rather well so far, thanks to an active stocking program by the DFW and by the KRFM.

December 3 is the next date to remember. That is the date of the virtual club meeting on Zoom, during which I’ll be sharing the tentative outing schedule for 2021 and looking for input on what the members would like to see. Meanwhile, I’ll be looking for people who would be willing to lead an outing to one of their own favorite places. My own experience is limited to mostly trout fishing, as seen by my lack of success attempting to catch a striper. Please share your expertise and your opinions on what you’d like to see in the way of outings.



Outings update as of 11/9/20

It’s on! The striper outing scheduled for the O’Neil Forebay for this coming Saturday, November 14 is on! Check the Fly Dope and the emails sent to club members. Didn’t get a fly dope? Didn’t get a reminder email? Notify John Cameron, flyflinger78@yahoo.com and let’s get that fixed.


Outings update as of 8/28/20

September outing to Cedar Grove

cancelled due to park closure 

The bad news is that the September outing had to be scaled back from a three day trip to the Eastern Sierra to a day trip to Cedar Grove.

The good news is that fishing reports from Cedar Grove have been extremely positive.

Again, as for the August outing, getting there is on you. If you feel good about riding with someone, by all means, go for it. If not, take one of the most scenic drives in the Sierra up the 180, past Grant Grove, and down the other side of the mountain to the South Fork of the Kings River.

As this is written, weather reports for Fresno include 100 degree readings and plenty of sunshine for as far as they can see ahead. The good news to that is that they can’t see ahead as far as September 19. The other good news is that Cedar Grove is close to 5,000 feet elevation, and therefore somewhat cooler than it is in Fresno/Clovis.

Nevertheless, it looks to me like wet wading is going to be the way to go.

We should plan to get together for lunch and to swap tales and information about where they’re biting. I think maybe the Roaring River Falls picnic might be a good place, but I’m open to ideas.

Here are some flies that have fooled South Fork of Kings River trout in the past. Of course, there are others as well.

Twin Lakes outing: In jeopardy of cancellation due to fires. Check back on this page for updates. 

Cancelled due to closure of the national forest. 

Scheduled currently for October 10. Details below:

Past outings

The outing to First Dinkey Lake was a success. Luckily for us, the smoke from wildfires had not yet polluted the air, the weather cooperated, and fish were caught in a beautiful High Sierra setting.    Here are a  few pictures:




Future outings

October 10  Twin Lakes. Note: May have to be cancelled due to fires. Check back first part of October. 

Hike to the lake is 3 miles. The road to the trailhead is paved all the way. This picture was taken in October of 2019. It’s worth going just for the scenery!


Check out High Sierra lakes on my website here: https://flyflinger78.wixsite.com/alpine-lakes

November 14: Mark your calendar for the O’Neill Forebay striper outing, assuming state parks are open:

Update: Sacramento drift trip is scheduled for October 17. Save the date!

You should have received an email with info and an application form. if not, please email me, flyflinger78@yahoo.com Here are the directions sent along with the application form:
The cost this year is the same as last year, $212.50. That covers the guide’s fee and lunch on Saturday. Word is the cost goes up to $250 next year (2021)
Ordinarily, Lance’s policy is no refunds, but this year, due to Covid
19, he is giving us a chance to opt out.


Some pictures from last year’s drift trip:
Phil Davis shows off his catch
More Past outings
January outing Sycamore Island:  We went to Trout Pond on January 25.  Trout Pond  is a new one for the club. Sycamore Island does not open to the public until February, so we had the place to ourselves. 
Thanks to Sarah Parkes and Bill Tuell of the Sycamore Island park for making this outing possible. I think most of us came away knowing about a new place to fish close to home.
Address to Sycamore Island:  39664 Avenue 7 1/2, Madera, CA
93636, USA
Here is a link to a map to the site:
Better map, thanks to Dave Grubs.
Check out Sycamore Island on this website:  https://www.riverparkway.org/things-to-do/fishing-at-sycamore-island
picture from the January 2020 outing:


Leo’s bass
January beginners outing to the Lower Kings River

Youngster gets off to a good start