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Fly tied by Austin Green

“Personally, fly tying is no longer just tying flies anymore, it’s constructing utilitarian sculptures–masses of synthetics and furs to create color fields and abstract planes and alternate dimensions. The meditation through which you enter the world of the fish you are pursuing; and the fly must be as beautiful as the fish as not to disgrace it’s being.”

An excerpt from Austin Green’s essay, “The Fly As An Utilitarian, Sculptural, Abstraction”

Rising Water Angling: Humboldt County Steelhead On The Fly

Rising Water Angling: Mike Ball

Rising Water Angling: Mike Ball

Want to swing in on the action? The 15th-16th and 23rd-26th of January are still open! Contact Rising Water Angling and mention The Uncommon Angler for a special promotion. PURCHASE A FULL DAY GUIDE TRIP, AND YOUR SECOND DAY IS FREE!

LLS Insanity

This weekend, Jon Zukowski experienced the most exhilarating day of Landlocked Salmon he could have ever dreamed of. After landing numerous fish alongside his father, he hooked into an absolute beast of a hen. Jon commented, “I ran downstream as it tore line off my real, I fell on very slippery rocks, and the fish was tailed 20 minutes later.” One of our followers noted, “So big it looks like a full-blown Atlantic!” The fish is extraordinarily beautiful and we have included an album of photos below for your viewing pleasure.

Landlocked Salmon

Landlocked Salmon

Landlocked Salmon

Landlocked Salmon

Landlocked Salmon

By Austin Green

It’s Here…

This Brown Was Caught By Austin Green During The First "Warm Front" of The Year!

Copyright 2014. Austin Green Weinstein. All Rights Reserved.

That time of year is upon us again; greens turn to yellows, reds, oranges and eventually browns.  Each morning will bring birds and the frost line further south.  Deer push out their winter coats as we pull out wool sweaters, jeans and rubber boots.

Our streams fill with colorful leaves, keeping our flies from reaching the now colorful fish.  Hormones are beginning to flow through the fish like the water in the rivers, hook-jaws are devolving and bellies are getting fat with roe.

As brown trout get frisky and excited, so do we.  Though, unlike the fish, we are not in the mood for continuing our race, but seem to be more interested in slapping wooley buggers up against a half submerged log jam; taking advantage of the trouts instinct to scare off and intimidate any perceived competition or threat.

For many trout fisherman, this is the most exciting time of the year.  The fish, preoccupied by spawning, seem to loose all concern with threats from either the terrestrial or aquatic world.  This gives us as anglers the opportunity to pursue the largest of trout.

Of course you can target the big boys and girls all year long, but in the Fall the fish are a little more open to the idea of biting your fly in the daylight hours.  During the summer time, you have to night fish to fool any of the biggums; this is because they are actually feeding at that time of year.  Now, all they want to do is make love, and chase away your big yellow and brown streamers fly.

Essentially what I am trying to say is that it is time to break out the six weights, sink tip and five inch streamers that could knock an infant unconscious.  As the water cools, the fish will become more and more comfortable in slower, deeper pools and undercuts.  So get dressed in those wool sweaters and jeans and get out there and hang a hog!

-Rob Lepczyk

Originally posted on the Great Feathers blog as “It’s Here…” 


Come into Great Feathers from September 20 to October 19, to try on a pair of Silver Sonic waders (Great Feathers has all three styles), and you will be entered for a chance to win. The Grand Prize winner will win a Penn’s Creek Bamboo Fly Rod. 2 First Prize winners will receive a CFO Reel. 4 Second Prize winners will receive the Safe Passage Carry-It-All Rod & Gear Case. 10 Third Prize winners will receive a Hydros 3D Trout Line. Sonic Try-On-A-Thon winners will be drawn and announced November 17, 2014!

Rising Water Anglers

Rising Water Angling

Rising Water Angling
Copyright 2014. Mike Ball. All Rights Reserved.

Rising Water Angling – Spey fishing coastal northern California steelhead – DATES STILL AVAILABLE – $25 off when you mention The Uncommon Angler!

Nov thru March.
Available dates Jan 4-23 Feb 1-20 march is open and weather dependent.
Half day walk and wade trips $300
Full day walk and wade trips $450
Full day float trips $500
Full days will consist of 8-10 hours of fishing.

Rivers we may fish depending on the current runs and conditions: Smith, Klamath, Mad, Van Dusen, Eel, Matole.

Contact info:
Mike Ball or on Facebook at RISING WATER ANGLERS
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“Gold Rush On Beaver Island” Teaser Featured On Orvis News Friday Film Fest

I’m proud to announce that the teaser to my film “Gold Rush On Beaver Island’ was featured on Phil Monahan’s “Orvis News Friday Fly Fishing Film Festival.”
I would like to thank everyone who helped make this possible (you all know who you are)! I couldn’t be happier! Be sure to view the 8-22-14 Film Fest and our teaser by visiting:

-Austin Green