With summer winding down, and vacation days running short we decided to take yet another off-roading adventure to a place that we have never been: Smith Creek in Lander County.
And being the adventurous types, we decided to take, what I only admitted after our flat tire, could have been one of the most rugged roads that we have been on to this day. So when off-roading, always be prepared!!! Bring plenty of spare tires, lots of ice and of course plenty of frosty cold and canned beverages.
Smith Creek (including inlet and outlet streams in Lander County):
Season is open year around, any hour of the day or night. Limit is 5 trout.
If you have fished Desert Creek in Lyon County… the fishing is very similar. The water is extremely low and sage follows both sides of the banks making it pretty much impossible for casting.
What worked on those 5-8 inch trout: Simple Grasshoppers.
Smith Creek Reservoir
Working our way down the Creek, we were reminded that the Reservoir remains locked with NO FISHING signs clearly posted around the area. It seems that if you want to fish the reservoir, you will need to ask permission from the land owners, Reno Fly Shop or call NDOW for more information.
Ok, there are so many things to talk about since my last post 30 days ago… subjects such as a 27 inch brown caught near Truckee, a Big Horn Sheep that was simply strolling not but a few yards from the pavement off of Highway 50, Smith Creek and Smith Creek Reservoir, Wall Canyon, Deer Scouting and preparing for opening day of Dove Season.
I’ll begin with an update from Wall Canyon Reservoir that came in from Jeff, who just recently took the wife for some Nevada style adventure.
“The wife and I went out to Wall Canyon Reservoir about 3 weeks ago and what a trip. It was 191 miles one way to the dam. We caught rainbows and smallmouth bass and had a great time.
We really went for the crayfish. We set about 4 traps and left them overnight but unfortunately only caught 4 crayfish. I was very disappointed since all I ever heard of Wall Canyon Reservoir was for how big the crayfish were and yet we caught nothing.
Word is that some guys took commercial traps and coolers and caught them all. All in all — we had a great time.”
Thanks Jeff – Carson City
Dove Season Opens September 1
To celebrate, I thought I would share a recipe that we’ve been using for years — enjoy!
- 10-14 Dove
- 1 Egg
- 1 Cup Bread Crumbs
- Garlic Powder
- Sea Salt
- Cracked Pepper
- Fresh Rosemary
- 3 tblsp. Olive Oil
- 2 tsp. Garlic
Split doves down the back and slice 1/4 inch thin strips from each of the bird’s breast. Add all spice ingredients to the bread crumbs and then whisk the egg in a seperate bowl. Wet the meat in the egg wash and then lightly toss in the breadcrumb mixture. Put pieces to the side.
Add oil and garlic to a large saute pan on the stove. Get the pan really hot and then place the Dove pieces into the oiled pan. Brown on all sides which should take about 5 minutes. Remove and let rest for 3-5 minutes. They taste just like chicken nuggets so feel free to use your favorite condimant’s or dipping sauce or simply eat alone.
Here are a few photos that should get you motivated for Fishing this weekend…
Thanks Paul for these great photographs of the Browns you caught last week!
Fishing Tales from Wayne and Robin in Idaho…
I always enjoy reading his stories and hope that you do as well…
“Hello again from south central Idaho.”
Well we miss pyramid lake but here in this small town of Oakley we are surrounded by mountains with small streams and high moutain lakes you can only get to by horse back or hiking.
Our favorite stream is just 15 minutes to the trail head. This is a wild life management area for about two miles. (Big Cotton wood, BCWMA). THE STREAM IS LOADED WITH NATIVE YELLOW STONE CUTTHROAT TROUT.
Robin and I spent a night about 4 miles up surrouned by beaver ponds. This stream has plenty of caddis, mayfly and stone fly. The grass hoppers are coming on strong. The trout seem to like the smaller nymph patterns in size 16 and 18. Most fish are in the 10 to 12 inch range, but often we catch them in the 14 to 16 inch range (there are bigger ones). These fish fight hard. We use 7 and a half FT. 4 wt rods that add to the excitement.
BIG Cottonwood canyon has Elk, big horn sheep, couger, rattlesnake, wild turkey, chuker ect……The trout limit is two fish and suggested single barbless hook (good idea).
By the way, we had trout for supper and breakfast. We added currant berries and butter to the fish, very good — you should try it. — Wayne and Robin, Idaho