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Northern California Trout

  • And Then it Was Gone

    Northern California Trout Oct 10, 2019 | 15:05 pm

    And Then it Was Gone Tuesday Night, Midnight and Pacific Gas & Electric with a "Weather Event (their phrase for high winds)" coming, they shut off the electricity to 800,000 people in Northern California.Wednesday morning was a bit of a challenge. No electricity, no electric coffee pot. So there I am pouring hot water (we have a gas stove that works without electric. You know the old match to the burner trick) over the coffee grounds to get some ersatz coffee.Then I had an epiphany (seems I get these quite often). Why not get the camping coffee pot out of the trailer. It works on the stove top just like an electric one and makes good coffee.Around 9ish I drove over the RV lot where I store the trailer, when not in use, and for some reason my space was empty. Then I noticed (I am very observant) that the Winter tire covers, blocks that the leveling jacks go on, and the wheel chocks were strewn for about 50 feet up the aisle in front of where the trailer is usually parked.Between myself and the gentleman who is in charge of the RV lot we estimated that sometime after midnight (when PG&E shut off the[…]

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  • Aaaah, the Secret Lake

    Northern California Trout Oct 8, 2019 | 16:53 pm

    Aaaah, the Secret Lake You know the Secret Lake (the one that everybody knows about). Yuki and I had visions of Brown Trout, cool mountain air, and floating crickets at the inlet.We were set. Purchased 30 large. Sounds kind of gangsterist, 30 Large.We left La Casa Kautz at a little after 0900. Stopped for donuts and coffee in Pine Grove and we were on our way up Highway 88.The Secret Lake, Fall, Spawning Browns. I was giddy with anticipation.Turned right on Tiger Creek Road, got in about 2 miles and THE ROAD WAS CLOSED. WHAT???Who would do such a thing to two fishermen with great expectations?The local energy company (Pacific Gas & Electric) has been on a campaign to (finally) remove dead trees and anything that could cause a power line failure, which in turn could cause a catastrophic fire like the one last year that erased the town of Paradise, California or any of the many others that burned hundreds of thousands of acres.So, when will the road be open? The gentleman we talked to said not until the end of the year. By then it'll be butt deep in snow at the Secret Lake. He suggested we could fish Lake Tahoe (funny[…]

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  • A Genealogy Post

    Northern California Trout Sep 26, 2019 | 15:03 pm

    A Genealogy Post A while back I had an epiphany. My genealogy partner and cousin Dan back in Wisconsin and I have been racking our brains (small as they are) trying to find a connection between our family (He's descended from my Great-Uncle Christoph) and the family I created from several DNA matches on Ancestry.com.When we backtrack our family it comes to a screeching halt at Great-Grandfather Gottlieb and Great-Grandmother Auguste Louise Albrecht.  The old guy in the front row on the left is Great-Grandfather Gottlieb.So here's what the epiphany was. If we can't make a connection by going backwards from our family, maybe I can make a connection coming forward from the DNA family and maybe stumble across our great-Grandfather that way.Now, you have to remember these old German families, for the most part, had 12 kids in the family and their families had 12 kids and their family had 12 kids etc.So I've come to the conclusion that we're related to every Kautz/Kaus/Couts (that's a whole nuther story) ever born with the exception of the Kautzes at Ironstone Winery in Murphys. Either that or I just haven't connected them yet.I'm still researching all the families and have a current Excel Spreadsheet and[…]

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  • Let Me Try This Again

    Northern California Trout Sep 25, 2019 | 19:04 pm

    For those of you that have read the last two posts that I deleted, I apologize. I attempted to make those a story, if you will, but in my opinion failed miserably.Here's the facts:We have a leader in the White House that's a racist, misogynist, a bigot, a liar, a prefabricator, and so many other things.We have a congress that has been sitting on their asses and doing nothing about the person in the White House until yesterday. Unfortunately too little, to late.I just hope that when our "leader" is done playing Kissyface with Kim Jong Un who is never going to give up his weapons, that Kim doesn't start lobbing them into California. That would definitely ruin my day. And I hope that when he's done playing Kissyface with Vladmit Putin so he can put one of his "Towers" in Moscow, that we still have an ally or two left in the world because as of now, we don't have any.My last hope is that in January 21, 2021 that there is someone else being sworn in. That is if I'm still alive then.That said, this is the end of politics on NCT.Stay tuned. 

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  • The Future Of Northern California Trout

    Northern California Trout Sep 22, 2019 | 17:05 pm

    The Future Of Northern California Trout You will all be pleased that Northern California Trout will be around for at least another two years.BUT, there's always a but, some of the format is going to change. It will still be about fishing for the most part, but I'm adding a few different items to talk about.In the next week I'll be changing my description. I'll be adding what the focus of the blog will be and what I'll be writing about.In deciding whether or not to keep NCT, one of the thoughts I had was to start a political blog over on Blogspot. Naw, there are hundreds of them out there, BUT (there it is again) I have an opinion that I've been keeping to myself and the more and more I see what is going on in this country, the more and more I get agitated.I'm going to say some things that some of you might not like. I'm not doing it to start a pissing contest because according to the First Amendment of the Constitution,Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of[…]

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  • The Out Of Control Garden

    Northern California Trout Sep 18, 2019 | 17:32 pm

    Bill Trussell asked if I could share some pictures of tomatoes in the cage.Last year we planted 11 tomato plants. We supplied the whole neighborhood with tomatoes and froze a bunch. From those frozen ones, my wife made Tomato Jam this year.This will give you some idea of what it looks like:Tomato JamIt's not jam you would put on toast for breakfast, but on a hamburger or scrambled eggs. WOW. Nothing can top it.I made 4 boxes out of 2x12 Redwood boards and some wire cages to hold the plants up. Those wire things you get at Lowe's don't even come close to hold up these plants. In the back left box, on the left is Cupcake Squash. Next to it is Poblano peppers and on the right is Jalapeno peppers. Left in the front is Winter Squash. Right side back (that you can't see) is Roma tomatoes and Japanese Eggplant. Front right has 3 tomato plants (you keeping track? that's 4 tomato plants). Yellow, Beefsteak, and Chocolate Sprinkles (a cherry tomato).The beginning June 19thThen we'll move along to July 10th.July 10th. By then we were into squash, tomatoes, and peppers.Cupcake Squash same day 7/10Interesting squash. Cut it in half, dig out[…]

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  • This Post Isn't About Fishing

    Northern California Trout Sep 16, 2019 | 15:03 pm

    This Post Isn't About Fishing In years past, I've talked about our trips to Hendy Woods State Park in the beautiful little town of Philo, California. OK, maybe not so beautiful, but it is little.This trip isn't about fishing, it's about wine tasting. The Anderson Valley is one of the premier wine producing areas of California. They tend to lean more toward red's than whites. I, myself, don't drink wine so I'm the DD.Here's a little story about the DD:Cop comes up to a bar and says "I'm going to nail one of those drunks when they go home for the night." Out the door comes one guy, staggering, falling down, and can barely make it to his truck. Cop thinks, got him. I'll nail him when he leaves. Over a period of time, person after person leaves the bar until the only vehicle left in the lot was the first guy. Finally he sits up, starts his truck and drives out of the lot.Cop pulls him over and gives him a sobriety test. Stone cold sober. "But I watched you stumble out of the bar drunk as a skunk. What's the deal?" "I'm the DD, the guy says. Designated Decoy."In my case DD is designated[…]

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  • Upper Lake Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

    Northern California Trout Aug 31, 2019 | 16:47 pm

    Upper Lake Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday Tuesday turned out to be a wine tasting day. After getting up late and having a late breakfast, we (Katherine, Me, Ken, & Ranae) piled into the truck and headed toward the few wineries in the area. Lake County has many, but they are scattered all over the county.First stop was a wine and olive olive oil tasting place. Couple of bottles of wine and a couple bottles of olive oil and we were off to the next place.Second stop was not so good. Wine wasn't to our liking and the prices were steep.Back on the road, the option was lunch and another winery (somewhere in the county) or lunch back at the park. We chose the park. It's a democratic society, camping is.Hills are recovering after the fires last yearYou can see the same section from another angleThe other side of the lakeWhile everybody sat around, I went down to the dock and soaked some more PB. Add one more trout to the list (now 3). Another sunset and the day was done.Wednesday morning found me out in the kayak attempting to get a Thin Mint down far enough to entice a fish. I guess it just wasn't anything[…]

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  • Upper Lake Sunday and Monday

    Northern California Trout Aug 30, 2019 | 17:34 pm

    Upper Lake Sunday and Monday We got to Upper Lake about 2:00 pm on Sunday. It's about a 4 hour drive from home. It took another hour or so to set up the trailer. Wasn't as bad as Redding last year (111 degrees), but still hovering just above 100.We sat outside until the kids arrived about 4:00 pm. They got caught in a bad traffic accident by the airport on Interstate 5. Must have happened right after we went through there because we didn't have any problems.Once they got set up and we had the required beer (805) at the beginning of every camping trip, I wandered down to the dock to see what was shaking.  Usual Camping SpotThere were a couple guys fishing and they had caught a couple trout. TROUT !! Surface temperature of the lake was 76 degrees. TROUT ? Yup, Rainbows about 10 or 11 inches. Well I came to find out that out from the dock about 25 feet the water was so deep that it was probably 60 degrees down at the bottom. So I put out one rod with the usual rainbow Power Bait on a slip sinker rig and low and behold, 5 minutes later I had my[…]

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  • Upper Lake

    Northern California Trout Aug 30, 2019 | 03:01 am

    Upper Lake Just a taste. Come back tomorrow.

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