Piru Creek - A Great Place to Learn
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Last weekend I took the son of my very good friend fishing on Piru Creek. His name is Michael and he has picked up a lot - fast. It's amazing to me 1) to remember how hard it is to learn - there are so many little things I do without thinking now 2) how much teaching for just a few hours helped to sharpen my own skills and 3) that anyone who wants to learn should have at least a basic understanding of how difficult this sport can be. Michael gets #3, which makes him a great student and will ultimately make him a great angler.
We begun our day at Upper Piru Creek only to find that the run-off and drainage still had the water dirty, even a full week after the last rain.
So, we headed back South to Frenchman's Flat in hopes that the tailwater section would be cleaner. It was a bit better, but the flows were up and the water was stained.
Below, Michael is working a nice slough. He was trying to get my "flip-n-strip" small stream technique. Basically, I had him using the current to load his rod, then using the length of the rod, reaching out and flicking up the nymph to send it back upstream. Because the water was stained we could fish right from the bank without fear of spooking the fish.