Local Medford Fly Fishing Club the Rogue Fly Fishers is thrilled to welcome Mikey Weir as their November presenter! Mikey is a very unique personality in modern Fly Fishing. Mikey has been a professional guide in the Sierra Tahoe region in California as well as a filmmaker with many titles under his belt. Mikey is also a brand ambassador with Patagonia, Loon Outdoors, Galvan Reels and Outcast Boats.
Growing up in the Sierra Foothills, Mikey was always close to nature. Drawn to spend a lot of time exploring lakes and rivers, he learned to fish and tie flies at a young age. When he moved to Lake Tahoe, Mikey split his time between snowboarding in the winter and fly fishing in the summer. His expertise led him to spend 15 seasons fishing and guiding the waters of the Truckee, Carson and Walker Rivers. In 2001, he also started BURL Productions, a company specializing in adventure and outdoor films. Notable titles to his credit include FISH EYE Fly Fishing Video Magazine, Trout Bum Dairies 1, SOULFISH, SOULFISH 2 and CALI RUSH. Mikey now works for California Trout helping to protect California’s trout, salmon and steelhead and the state’s blue-ribbon waters.
Mikey will be discussing the forks of the American River in California and showing his film "Gold Fever" which was a part of the 2017 International Fly Fishing Film Festival!
Gold Fever is when you get the taste of gold and you will stop at nothing to get more! Jobs, relationships, obligations are disregarded. The only thing you can think about is another nugget. In this case those nuggets are huge wild brown trout from the heart of the Mother Lode in the Sierra Foothills of California. For the past 6 years a group of friends have banned together to unlock the secrets of a hidden fishery. Tucked deep in a remote canyon this ribbon of crystal clear water holds a robust population of wild Rainbows and a few Trophy Browns that have seldom seen a hook. The only way to access this stretch of river is by boat, but you have to run some serious white water to do it. Guarded by a class 4+ rapid at the top of the run and a class 5+ waterfall at the bottom, with multiple class 3 and 4 rapids in- between, only the most committed boaters dare enter. Few have the combination of skills to run the rapids and chuck big streamers. Gold Fever will take the viewers on a wild ride through this world-class white water and rugged canyon and show what it takes to get into the zone. The risks are real but the payoffs are big!