Summer in the Sierra: Fly Fishing

Here at Heavenly, we are passionate about skiing and riding, but that passion also seeps into many other areas of our lives. It seems like each person who works at the resort has some talent, hobby or interest that they are 100% dedicated to.

The following post is from our resident Fly Fisher – Amy McCormick, an executive assistant in the marketing department. Here’s her take on why she loves fly fishing and why you should consider giving the sport a try.

If you have never fly fished before this would be a great year to start. I look at the sport of fly fishing much the like the game of golf, you can spend a whole lifetime becoming a good fly fisherman (or women) and you are constantly learning new approaches and perfecting the ones that you have.  Like the saying goes “A bad day of fishing is better than a good day of work.”

There is something truly special about standing in a river all day and playing with nature. And in fly fishing that is exactly what you are doing, you are trying to imitate and present flies in the same way Mother Nature would. You have to be aware of your surroundings, what the water (flow) is doing, what bugs are hatching, what color and size they are etc.

I always spend a good amount of time just sitting next to the river and observing what is happening. I will get in the river and pick up rocks or use a sane (a small net, you can run through the water) to see what the fish are eating, paying particular attention to the type, color and size of the bug. There are several different types of fly fishing in the sierra’s I would recommend:

Dry flying: This is when fish are feeding off the bugs that land on the surface of the water.

Nymphing: This is when you are fishing under the water if the fish are not rising on the surface they may still be eating below.

Streamer Fishing: This is when you are stripping bugs through pools of water below the surface.

But you better come quick!!! With a very low snow year, the runoff in the Sierra is happening faster than I have ever seen, meaning we are probably almost 2 months ahead of schedule on the Sierra Rivers. The good and bad of this, is that at least the fly fishing season started early but this also means it will end earlier.

Whether you are a new or seasoned fly fisherman (or women) it is always a good idea to hire a guide, they will help you with setting up your line with the correct bug, weight and length etc. This can make a huge difference when it comes to catching fish.

Becoming a fly fisherman (or women) can be a very lengthy and frustrating process, patience is key. Mother Nature runs on her own clock, she is not paying attention to the hustle and bustle of the real world, and that is the best part of spending a day of fly fishing, you can forget your worries and spend your day on her time clock.



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