The June 2013 5 DOT Clinic was absolutely stellar! It was by far the very best clinic we have had so far. This was undoubtably due to the acquisition of guide/instructor Ernie Gulley. Ernie is a phenomenal teacher and angler, his techniques are second to none. Working with him made my job easier much more and enjoyable. As always we were fortunate to have outstanding client/students. They spent the two days soaking up as much information as possible. The lake was in excellent shape offering a number of different angling opportunities. We had some prolific sight fishing “peek a boo” style, “Floater no Cator”, and indicator “DCA” situations. Again, ideal conditions. Along with all of this our camp cook Loren Schweigert did a solid job feeding the group. We have just a few spots left for the July clinic so don’t wait, book now! Check out Robby Hogg with this big rainbow “sight fishing”at the clinic.
I love learning about fishing. I guess that is why I sometimes throat sample fish with a small hand pump to see what they are eating. I also love learning about fishing from good teachers who have exceptional teaching ability. For me good teachers are passionate about their subject and deeply care about their students being successful with what they are learning. My good friend KD a while back pointed out to me that fishing is learning. This last weekend I was reminded about this once again. Doug Ouellette’s Recent 5 Dot Stillwater Clinic demonstrates excellent teaching. Doug has pulled together a team of experts to help workshop participants better understand fishing stillwaters. This last weekend I attended my third 5 Dot Stillwater clinic and once again came away with new learnings. Doug is always adding new things to help keep the clinic fresh. This year Doug invited Ernie Gulley who is an excellent teacher and chironomid expert. Ernie’s home water is Lake Crowley and at times his clients boat over 100 fish a day. Ernie works with 200 plus chironomid color combinations . Ernie willingly shared important details that make for successful midge fishing. Doug also brought in a friend that is an expert at fishing from the shore. Doug’s friend took students and walked the shoreline and coached them while they stalked fish and landed them. This experience will prove to be valuable the next time these anglers approach a stillwater from shore. Doug helps the angler effectively set up their rod so that the leader efficiently fishes the target depth. Doug also points out details about fly selection that helps build your confidence and how to retrieve them for optimum results. In the end you spend a lot of time on a first class Stillwater learning about fishing.
Member, Gold Country Fly Fishers
Saw your Crowley Lake presentation at the Sacramento International Sportsmens Expo, most complete info ever,
I am the Program Chairman for the Fly Fisher’s Club of Orange County, CA.
In April of 2012 I had the pleasure of meeting Ernie Gulley as he presented to our club a program on Crowley Lakein the eastern Sierra’s. I personally have fished Crowley Lake for over 20 years, and have attended many seminars and listened to several speakers on this great fishery. Ernie Gulley’s presentation on Crowley Lake was outstanding – the best I have heard. What makes Ernie’s program so great is that he not only shares with you his own detailed knowledge of the lake, he also gives you other information and strategies from many well known experts on how to succeed on this great stillwater. He then follows up by giving each person in attendance his Crowley Lake notebook, which is a great tool for future reference.
In October of 2012 Ernie Gulley re-visited our club and gave us another fantastic program on another great stillwater, Pyramid Lake in Nevada. Since then many of us have fished with Ernie, and he has become a welcomed friend, guide and mentor to the Fly Fisher’s Club of Orange County. Ernie Gulley is truly a stillwater expert and gentleman who is always eager to share his knowledge with others and promote the sport of fly fishing.
I proudly recommend Ernie Gulley to any club or organization who is looking for an outstanding program on the stillwaters of Crowley and Pyramid lakes.