The results are in and we raised $3,831.66 EACH for Project Healing Waters and Casting for Recovery! On New Years Eve 2016 Chiaki Haramic drew the winner from the 1500+ tickets sold and John Eppstein of San Diego, Ca. won this awesome bounty of fly fishing gear. Congratulations John!
Sierra Nets now makes custom matching reel seats to your specs. Please inquire when placing your net order. We can make stabilized reel seats from dozens of amazing woods or burls.
This is a Black Oak Burl with Stunning Kingman Turquoise & copper inlaid into its inclusions. Each piece of Turquoise was individually inset with a pair of tweezers!
I even created a custom butt with Kingman Turquoise inlay.
This Carolina Cherry Burl seat has Kingman Turquoise & copper inlaid into its inclusions.
These Carolina Cherry Burl seats, a rare and beautiful urban burl, has copper inlays in its bark inclusions.
This was created for a conventional rod.
Here is a Stabilized Maple Burl seat with the inclusions left in as requested by the rod builder.
This is a Eucalyptus burl seat with a touch of sapwood to give it character. It has really nice tight burl eyes. I love this one!
This is a great raffle opportunity to help wounded soldiers and to upgrade your fly fishing arsenal. Hi all! I have been super busy selling and building nets. I had to force myself to sit down and tell you about the raffle I am doing again this year. Some buddies of mine and I got together and are raffling off a whole custom fly fishing setup! Check out the pictures of the Redwood burl net I posted below. This raffle benefits Project Healing Waters and Casting for Recovery. Being a Veteran myself, PWH is close to my heart, and last year I had the privilege of presenting a check for $1,800.00 to the local chapter of PHW.
Save your pennies and buy several tickets. Our goal is at least 400 tickets, or $2,000 per charity. Please help us reach our goal.
Remember make your checks out to SSFFC. Then send the check to:
SSFFC c/o Pete Emmel
7775 Yesal Ave.
Atascadero, Ca. 93422
Win a Custom Sierra Net along with a Renaissance Bamboo rod, and a custom Western Visions Lanyard.
More information here!
Sierra Nets will make their first appearance at the West Coast's largets fly fishing venue. Come down and see us at the show in Pleasonton. For more information, please visit the Fly Fishing Show's web site.
Greg madrigal of Sierra Nets will be demonstrating fine net building at the world famous Bob Marriott's Fly Fishing Store on Saturday 7/23/11 from 11am-2pm. Demonstrations will include, wood selection, wood bending, shaping techniques, and hand tool use. Many nets will be on display in various stages of the building process.
Other demonstrators will be on teaching the following:
Fly Tying - Fishing Long Rods - Nymph Leaders - Water Craft - Net Building - Indicators - Building Leaders - Fishing Knots - Rod Building - Fly Lines
Please come down and say hello!
Bob Marriott's Fly Fishing Store 2700 West Orangethorpe Avenue
Fullerton, CA 92833-4212
You can read here or check out the story with pics here.
My buddy Jeremy and I went on a fantastic Fly Fishers Club of O.C. outing to the small Lake at Tejon Ranch. It was an adventure to say the least.
We got in EARLY in the am and were set up by 6am. I had a float tube that I bought several years ago and had never used. Yup, first time-I LOVED IT! J had a raft with troll motor and fish finder. I was on the water by 6:30 with my sites set on the tree strewn inlet of the lake. I tossed brown weighted and unweighted buggers all day on my 5 wt. I picked up my first fish-a fat slab bluegill that was very much fun! He was tight a submerged tree island.
I moved around picking up gills here and there. My most productive fishing in the am came from trolling my line behind me. I managed 4 or 5 small crappie too. The guys that I was there with from the club have been there many times and never caught craps. Jeremy also caught a slab crappie.
I did catch a few small bass too. This killer fly was tied by my buddy Ben at Arizona Wanderings. You’ll see more of it in a moment.
The best part of the day came when I was trolling in a back area of the lake close to shore and against some partially submerged branches. I thought I snagged the tree, but the tree seemed to move. I knew this fish was big, but he was snagged on the branch so I wasn’t sure. Then, after much maneuvering, I freed him up and moved him (Yeah, he moved ME) to the middle away from any trees. This fish put a hurt on me I swear I will never forget. Fought him for 15-20 minutes and couldn’t move him. It was a stalemate.
My rod was doubled over and my hand was aching. Actually, it still hurts as I type! I could not believe how he could just move wherever and take line whenever he wanted to during the fight. After 10 min, we saw a tail thru the murky water and it was HUGE!
More club guys came by to see what all the raucous was about.
Jeremy managed to do a proper face plant into the water when exiting his boat to try and net the kitty. AMy rod was doubled over and my hand was aching. Actually, it still hurts as I type! I could not believe how he could just move wherever and take line whenever he wanted to during the fight. After 10 min, we saw a tail thru the murky water and it was HUGE!
More club guys came by to see what all the raucous was about.
Jeremy managed to do a proper face plant into the water when exiting his boat to try and net the kitty.
After many failed attempts, the beast was netted and we all high fived and hooted n hollered.
We took measurements: 30” long, 14” girth ahead of the dorsal, and a 15” girth on the head! Weight charts put her at 12lbs. I guessed it was between 10-12. I believe it is a channel. Anybody know 4 sure?
We let this beast go, and I continued to cast to the trees for more gills and small bass.
Final tally at 4:30 :
The tube was surprisingly comfortable. I will be doing that again!
We saw a lot of wildlife including these mating toads, a (gopher) snake in the grass, a hopper hatch like none I have ever seen (Millions at the shoreline and surrounding grass), a rabbit, and tons of damsel flies.
Jeremey did well fishing damsel fly poppers and nymphs for bass.
I almost forgot, Lyman Kennedy, the guy who set up the trip caught a 4-5lb kitty. He dropped it b4 any pics were taken. They said it was the first time they had anyone in the club(let alone 2) catch a catfish on this outing.
Tight lines fellas.
L. Owens 4/14/11 On the way to EWR & Pyramid Lake (Part 1)