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my 20's establishing reforestation nurseries in California, Oregon, and
Washington with nurseries along the Umpqua River (Oregon) and the Lewis
River (Washington). 
In fact , I even had an office 20 feet from one of the premier
steelhead holes and could watch the guides pull up some beautiful
fish...  AND I never found time to go fishing. 


Now I'm in my late 40's, 300 miles from my home waters of the Eastern
Sierras, and I am usually thinking about that next fishing trip. 
I mostly fish Crowley Lake from a float tube.  Most of the fly patterns
I use are for
stillwater.  Crowley is a trophy trout lake with Browns and Rainbows in
the 18"-24" size class. 
Sacramento Perch are also plentiful and many believe that world-record
sizes exist there. 


I've included in my fly selection three mini-leech patterns, each with
a different type of dubbing. 
These flies can be fished a variety of ways from a fast troll to a slow
retrieve and twitch.  I've had 50-fish days on all three of them. 
Midge action is also a big thing at Crowley.  The sensation of getting
a 24" Rainbow on a size #18 Midge gets the blood flowing. 
Midges can be fished from shore working the drop-offs. 
The Grey Ghost also works well at Crowley, imitating the shad fry,
particularly in the Fall. 
If the lake action is slow, we have great stream fishing in the head
waters of the Owen River, Hot Creek, and the San Joaquin. 
The Grand Slam of Trout is available as Goldens, Browns, Rainbows, and
Brooks are all within 100 miles.

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Steve Schalla
Steve Schalla
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