The boys were invited to tie flies at the Fly Tying Exhibition at Turtle Bay yesterday. They were a little apprehensive at first when asked to tie for the Expo but warmed up to the idea and when tying day came around they were downright excited. We tied in the Turtle Bay museum from 9:30am to 12:30pm. Many guests were surprised to see such young tiers at the tables. The boys tied their version of a Clouser Minnow in Fire Tiger colors. A couple of guests even asked if they could have one of their flies. Of course that made them very happy.
Pop B (Benson) was there too tying and we were visited by Aunty Eileen and Mr. Ansel. Even Bertha Michelak came by the the boys tying tables.
Immediately after the tying, we left for the Fly Fishing Only section of the Trinity River. We had been there a few years ago trying to time the release of the steelhead smolts but that year it was a bust. I think we might have had a handful of fish rise to the fly. It was the exact opposite yesterday. From the time the boys got on the water, they started hooking and releasing fish in big numbers. The fish are not very big but they are plentiful and it is great training for young dry fly fisherman to achieve a natural, drag free drift with a dry fly. When we decided to leave about three hours into the fishing, the totals where: Matthew landed 57 and Michael landed 60. That is not counting the MANY misses and long distance releases. One the way home we treated ourselves to the Grand Buffet in Redding and then it was home for a good night’s rest.