Trip Report Broke mans New Zealand

stilly stalker

Switch Rod Samurai
It’s 95 degrees, and I’m upstream sight casting to the spookiest freshwater fish I’ve ever fished for.

They hang mid channel, basking in the sun, drifting over imported sand. Evidenced by the tiny clam shells in the desert.

The fish are gorgeous. Prime specimens from 10-24” and not accustomed to being fished for, as the hike into this area is several miles and there is a fair bit of poison oak, rattlesnakes of 3 species, and yellowjackets galore.

It’s worth it though. So worth it. Armed with a 7’6” 3wt and a 9 ft leader tapered to 2lb tippet I present small bead head nymphs into the feeding lanes and, magic.

It’s fucking carp fishing bitches. This shit is so damn fun. 5 minute drive from home and this is an awesome fishery. I broke my tip section this am on a true trophy. I wish there were koi here

I am truly blessed to have this fishery here. This is NINJA status approaches and delicate roll casts with long leaders. 10-1 refusals to hookups, but I’ve never been skunked here. Panfish, bass and bullheads also inhabit this river. 32753E7B-C5BA-4429-968E-524F71C84EED.jpeg4A134CD8-67F6-4EFC-9643-DECAFE1A2482.jpeg9C9B86EE-7599-4EB8-B6E1-D18DEE970263.jpeg9722F31B-EABC-4683-94D0-D7E63C4CA647.jpegB64D535D-8F09-4ADE-8700-E33FAE0E92EC.jpeg3ACF48D8-45A9-4874-948A-785FA44FB43E.jpegA9359AAA-90BC-4F13-93E7-7FDC7FEE7096.jpeg9FBA8104-4874-462B-9FF1-17156D3FC0FA.jpeg94911C25-ABB5-41EC-BE48-BCC736E4F212.jpeg58551D0A-FC22-4AD7-B321-A3A2E5A14489.jpeg
 

stilly stalker

Switch Rod Samurai
Nope- that’s Southern California for you- when they dredge the harbor sometimes they don’t put all the sand back on the beach, they dump it in the rivers etc so people will use them more. Makes for an interesting scene. Little clamshells in the desert.
That sounds fun. Except the yellowjackets.

Imported sand? Wha?
Could they be freshwater mussels or clams?
 

Matt B

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Nope- that’s Southern California for you- when they dredge the harbor sometimes they don’t put all the sand back on the beach, they dump it in the rivers etc so people will use them more. Makes for an interesting scene. Little clamshells in the desert.
Yup. Makes sense. That way it washes back into the harbor.
 

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