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We will see and learn of the great fly fishing available in what is commonly referred to as “Calvada,” the northeast part of California that also includes parts of our neighboring state, Nevada. The beauty of this area, the variety of exciting fly fishing, the size of some of the fish here and the specific strategies used to catch these fish will amaze and delight all who step into Calvada waters. There are rivers, creeks and stillwaters galore and we can dip into all of them . . . and not be that far from our homes in SoCal.
The person to guide us on this journey is, without a doubt, the perfect choice. While for 47 years Doug Ouellette has fished throughout the United States, Canada and New Zealand, his waters of choice, concentration and definite expertise include the Truckee River, the Little Truckee River, Knott Creek Reservoir, South Fork Reservoir and Humboldt River. Doug will show us some of these excellent fisheries, the types of fish found there, what food they eat, what flies and techniques they succumb to, how to read the maps and the water in these areas and, in general, how to have a truly memorable fly fishing experience.
Doug’s personal story explains why he is so perfect to be the one to lead us on this journey. He was born in San Jose, California, the third of seven children, six of them boys. As he will tell you, he grew up as a country boy in the oak tree covered hills of Morgan Hill, California. As a youngster, he scouted those hills, cattle ponds and mountain springs to find and study snakes, frogs, lizards and, of course, fish. He caught minnows, bullfrogs and even, when only five-year-old and with only his hands, captured his first bluegill. Doug describes his most traumatic childhood experience as being forced to wear shoes and that was because he was starting kindergarten.
When he was ten, his family moved to Sunnyvale, California where his father became the athletic director and head football coach at Peterson High School. Doug went on to become an outstanding athlete in high school and later became a successful football and wrestling coach.
When Doug was 12-years-old, he spent most of his lunch periods in the school library reading and studying all the books and magazines he could find about fly fishing, including articles in Field & Stream, Outdoor Life and Sports Afield. In fact, when he was a sophomore, he wrote a thorough and well-researched report titled: Trout, The Thoroughbred of Fishes. (His biology teacher was so impressed, he filed it in his personal library.)
Doug has always gone fly fishing whenever possible, learning all he could of the habits and mannerisms of wild trout in the small spring-fed creeks, the rivers and lakes of the central coast mountains. He learned from, and was mentored by Hall of Fame fly tier Bob Quigley, stillwater great Hal Janssen and legendary nymph fisherman Charlie Brooks.
In 1976 Doug moved to Reno, transferring to Nevada Bell from Pac Tel and, in his free time, started concentrating on learning everything he could about the streams in this area. In 1985 he started presenting slide shows for the Federation of Fly Fishers (FFF) and continues to do that to this day. He retired from Nevada Bell in 2001 and started guiding in 2004. He is a Nevada master guide, a California guide and a Pyramid Lake guide, and can be checked out at <www.calvadaflyfishing.com>. Doug is also a professional contract fly tier for “Umpqua Flies” with three patented fly patterns: Stonedaddy, Peaches & Cream, and Sweet Pea.
Doug explains that he absolutely loves to teach and share whatever he has learned about fly fishing, with absolutely no secrets held back. He lives just a few hundred yards from the Truckee River and has released several trophy browns and rainbows from this river. His most sincere hope is to pass on his enthusiasm and knowledge about his favorite waters.We will see and learn of the great fly fishing available in what is commonly referred to as “Calvada,” the northeast part of California that also includes parts of our neighboring state, Nevada. The beauty of this area, the variety of exciting fly fishing, the size of some of the fish here and the specific strategies used to catch these fish will amaze and delight all who step into Calvada waters. There are rivers, creeks and stillwaters galore and we can dip into all of them . . . and not be that far from our homes in SoCal.
The person to guide us on this journey is, without a doubt, the perfect choice. While for 47 years Doug Ouellette has fished throughout the United States, Canada and New Zealand, his waters of choice, concentration and definite expertise include the Truckee River, the Little Truckee River, Knott Creek Reservoir, South Fork Reservoir and Humboldt River. Doug will show us some of these excellent fisheries, the types of fish found there, what food they eat, what flies and techniques they succumb to, how to read the maps and the water in these areas and, in general, how to have a truly memorable fly fishing experience.
Doug’s personal story explains why he is so perfect to be the one to lead us on this journey. He was born in San Jose, California, the third of seven children, six of them boys. As he will tell you, he grew up as a country boy in the oak tree covered hills of Morgan Hill, California. As a youngster, he scouted those hills, cattle ponds and mountain springs to find and study snakes, frogs, lizards and, of course, fish. He caught minnows, bullfrogs and even, when only five-year-old and with only his hands, captured his first bluegill. Doug describes his most traumatic childhood experience as being forced to wear shoes and that was because he was starting kindergarten.
When he was ten, his family moved to Sunnyvale, California where his father became the athletic director and head football coach at Peterson High School. Doug went on to become an outstanding athlete in high school and later became a successful football and wrestling coach.
When Doug was 12-years-old, he spent most of his lunch periods in the school library reading and studying all the books and magazines he could find about fly fishing, including articles in Field & Stream, Outdoor Life and Sports Afield. In fact, when he was a sophomore, he wrote a thorough and well-researched report titled: Trout, The Thoroughbred of Fishes. (His biology teacher was so impressed, he filed it in his personal library.)
Doug has always gone fly fishing whenever possible, learning all he could of the habits and mannerisms of wild trout in the small spring-fed creeks, the rivers and lakes of the central coast mountains. He learned from, and was mentored by Hall of Fame fly tier Bob Quigley, stillwater great Hal Janssen and legendary nymph fisherman Charlie Brooks.
In 1976 Doug moved to Reno, transferring to Nevada Bell from Pac Tel and, in his free time, started concentrating on learning everything he could about the streams in this area. In 1985 he started presenting slide shows for the Federation of Fly Fishers (FFF) and continues to do that to this day. He retired from Nevada Bell in 2001 and started guiding in 2004. He is a Nevada master guide, a California guide and a Pyramid Lake guide, and can be checked out at <www.calvadaflyfishing.com>. Doug is also a professional contract fly tier for “Umpqua Flies” with three patented fly patterns: Stonedaddy, Peaches & Cream, and Sweet Pea.
Doug explains that he absolutely loves to teach and share whatever he has learned about fly fishing, with absolutely no secrets held back. He lives just a few hundred yards from the Truckee River and has released several trophy browns and rainbows from this river. His most sincere hope is to pass on his enthusiasm and knowledge about his favorite waters.


with Gary Borger

 



An "in-depth" look at the surface feeding zone and the tactics necessary to take fish consistently in and just under the film, covering such topics as the secret of the hatch, the universal emerger, the best leader designs, tactics for a dead drift, the fish's window, and much more.

 


 

No one is better suited to lead us on this journey than our brilliant presenter. Gary Borger holds a BS (1966), and an MS (1968) from Penn State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1971).  He is Professor Emeritus of Biology at the University of Wisconsin Campus in Wausau where he taught for 28 years.  During his career, he was presented with the Teacher of the Year Award on two different occasions and his achievements have been recognized in “Who’s Who in Science and Engineering” and “Outstanding People of the 20th Century.” 


 

He has been a fly fisher since 1955, and, since 1972, has taught classes and lectured internationally on all aspects of fly fishing for trout and salmon.  Gary has written ten best-selling books on fly fishing:  “Nymphing,” “Naturals,” “ The Borger Color System,” “Designing Trout Flies,”  “Presentation,” “Fishing the Film,” “Reading Waters,” “Long Flies,”  “The Angler as Predator,” and “Fly Gear.” Gary pioneered fly fishing video instruction with his release of “Nymphing” in 1982.  Since then he has appeared in four videos for the 3M Company and, in cooperation with the Federation of Fly Fishers, produced the environmental video “Where The Trout Are.”  His video production company has produced an additional 21 internationally acclaimed videos. 

Gary was also a consultant on Robert Redford’s movie “A River Runs Through It.” He is a recipient of the Ross Allen Merigold Complete Angler Memorial Award, the Charles K. Fox Rising Trout Award, the Joan and Lee Wulff Conservation Award, the Buz Buszek Memorial Fly Tying Award and the Lifetime Achievement in Fly Casting Instruction Award from the Federation of Fly Fishers. In recognition of this work (and many other awards and achievements), Gary received the first Lew Jewett Memorial Life Membership in the Federation of Fly Fishers in 1979.  Gary is currently working on a 20-book series, titled Fly Fishing, and is working with Hardy of England to promote their excellent rods and reels.


 

We asked Gary how he got started in fly fishing, and he sent us this very personal memoir:

 

 Fly Fishing is an arcane sport, and all who enter have their own reasons and entrance methodologies. Some “inherit” it from their parents or grandparents, others from relatives or friends, perhaps members of a club. My reasons were rather simple. I read about fly fishing in my father’s outdoor magazines, and the idea of it totally captivated my young imagination. Though no one else in my family fished, let alone fly fished, I was, none-the-less, determined to make fly fishing my own. I asked my parents for a fly tying kit as the present for my 11th Christmas. They obliged, and I began assembling the most extraordinarily ugly flies ever seen. The next spring I cobbled together some fly gear and began fishing my crudely tied imitations. The first trout was a 10-inch stocked rainbow, caught on a Coachman wet fly a few weeks before my 12th birthday. That catch firmly cemented fly fishing to the core of my being, where it has ruled ever since.

 

 

If you want to discover more about Gary and his amazing career and read some of his columns, go to: GaryBorger.com