Greg Vinci – Biography
Growing up in Southern California during the 1950s and 1960s, Greg Vinci looked forward each year to his annual fishing trip to the Sierra’s with his dad. Because he had so few opportunities in So Cal to fish for fresh water fish such as trout, trying to do so became a passion. When he moved out of So Cal to attend college in Sacramento California, he found himself residing in a college dormitory, that was only 75 yards from one of the most prolific Steelhead waters on the west coast. It was the first time in his life that all the stars were aligned as within that 75 yards of his dorm room there existed everything that was important to him at the time, a place to live, a swimming pool, a dorm with about two hundred co-eds and trophy trout fishing.
In the twenty-three years that Greg has been in the fly tackle industry, his career has taken him down many diverse paths. In 1989, he started Sierra Pacific Products which became one of the major wholesale distributors in the fly tackle industry. Greg developed several best selling product lines that are still being sold today. Greg sold the business in 2010. Since then he has been able to re-establish a relationship with his first loves, writing and photography that can be now seen in many fly fishing and outdoor magazines such as Fly Fisherman, American Angler, Flyfishing & Tying Journal, Salmon & Steelhead Journal, Northwest and Southwest Fly Fishing magazines, California Fly Fisher, Sierra Heritage and Runner’s World. His photography has appeared on the covers of California Fly Fisher, Fly Fishing & Tying Journal, and Sierra Heritage. He also has kept his foot in the door of the fly business, by continuing to develop fly tackle product lines on a consultancy basis for clients in the fly tackle industry. In 2011 his product Insta-Set Indicators was selected by Field & Stream magazine as the best fly tackle accessory of the year! One of his most recent endeavors has been to develop the California-FlyFishing.com web site which is a portal to California's most popular waters. As a signature fly tier for Umpqua Feather Merchants, the fly tackle industry’s most prominent fly manufacturer, he has developed fly patterns that can be found in most fly shops around the country. The general membership meeting will be held at the John Rl Williams School, 7:30pm, Wednesday, November 12,
October's Outing: A drift down the Lower Sac
by Bruce Rollans
This October outing is again to the Lower Sacramento River in the Redding area, Saturday, October 18 and Sunday, October 19, 2014. Some general information follows.
Typically, the most effective way to fish this river between Redding and Red Bluff has been from a drift boat using egg and bug patterns weighted beneath an indicator. If you want to float the river I recommend using a guide.
The source of most drift boat guides is The Fly Shop at 4140 Churn Creek Road, Redding, (530) 222-3555, The current rate is $400 per full day for one or two persons, including lunch, water and flies.
If you want to walk and wade the river I recommend you read a good description of wadeable waters from Keswick Reservoir to Red Bluff by Bob Madgic that has appeared in the California Fly Fisher. I have copies available at your request.
There are a variety of motels available for overnight lodging mostly in or near Redding. Sallye and I have used the following: Best Western Plus Hilltop (530) 221-6100, Best Western Plus Twin View Inn and Suites (530) 241-5500, Hampton Inn and Suites (530) 224-1001 and Holiday Inn (530) 221-7500. If you have access to AAA Tour Book for Northern California, there are a number of other locations. The internet is another source of lodging options.
If you plan to be there the evening of Saturday, October 18 I will make group reservations for dinner, probably at the Olive Garden. Just let me know so I can get an accurate count for the reservation.
I will do my best to give you updates on water conditions. Sallye and I will be floating the river out of Redding September 24 and 35 then again October 17 and 18. Email me at email@example.com or call my landline, (209) 274-0448. For those who let me know they will be making this outing I will provide cell phone numbers that will in service starting October 16.