I realize that this is a Trout Unlimited newsletter, but I have confession to make to all of you: I love to fish for more than just trout. Now don't get me wrong. Trout are fabulous, but I'll fish for just about anything that has fins. For me the list includes trout, salmon, steelhead, black bass, smallmouth bass, bluegill, shad and striped bass. I really love to fish for striped bass. If you haven't tried fishing for stripers yet, make this the season you get out and give it a go.
We are lucky because Andy Guibord, a local striped bass guru and fly tyer, works at Kiene's Fly Shop and has agreed to teach a class at our April meeting on tying flies for striper fishing the American River. I have had the good fortune to tie flies and fish with Andy and can guarantee he knows what he is talking about. Don't miss this chance to learn from one of Sacramento's best striped bass fisherman.
Once you finish tying striper flies with Andy make sure that your casting skills are brushed off and ready to go. To help you, local fly casting expert Jeff Putnam will be teaching two casting classes on Saturday May 2nd at the American River. This will be a fun event and will help improve your casting skills with either a single-handed or double-handed fly rod.
Finally, make sure to read about and sign up for the Plum Creek Restoration project which will be held on Saturday, April 4th. This will be a fun, all day project near Pollock Pines.