Craig Martini and I floated the Lower Mokelumne with Bill Heger on Monday February 22, 2010. It was a beautiful day and the fish were vary willing.
We lost track of the number of fish that we caught, let's just say it was probably well over 50 fish landed between the two of us. The hatchery at Camanche had turned out a lot of 8-10" juvenile steelhead, and it was all we could do to hook something larger between the little guys grabbing our flies. We caught them swinging buggers on sink-tips, we caught them nymphing on red Copper Johns as well as blue Copper Johns. They were spread out from the launch point to the takeout at Mackville, and probably lower. I managed to land a few fish between 12-15" amongst the juveniles and I lost one large fish that was much bigger. I never got a real good look at him, but he was definitely heavier than anything else I hooked.
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I looked over one of the issues and found the photography amazing and the stories interesting as well.
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Bill Heger and I fished a certain tailwater on Saturday 11-14-09. I had tried to persuade Bill to head upcountry and hit some waters that are due to close tomorrow, but he talked me into going down the hill.
He stated that flows in a certain tailwater had been consistent all week and that it should be fishing real well. Something appeared to have happened overnight as the water level had recently receded about 6" in some places. The fish seemed to be a little put off by the flow change. We fished from noon until just before dark. We started out working our way downstream swinging streamers on sink tips. We both picked up fish with Bill landing a beautiful rainbow that looked to be about 18".
After a few hours of fishing downstream we switched over to floating lines and used nymphs under an indicator to work our way back upstream. I ended up getting ahead of Bill and fished farther upstream than he thought I had. I picked up a bunch of small rainbows up to about 8-9". Bill said that he had gotten into fish in some of the spots that I had fished through rather quickly and kept wondering when he was going to run into me. It was only after I came back downstream and started shouting for him that we ended up finding each other. By that time it was getting close to dark and it was time to head for the truck.
Here are some pictures from the trip:
Ray Mutter and I fished the North Fork of the Mokelumne River between Salt Springs Reservoir and Tiger Creek Reservoir on Friday 11/13.
We were on a tight time frame, but wanted to get a few hours in before the season closed. We fished from 10:30 until ~12:30 and managed three fish between us.
Here are a few snaps:
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Dennis and Bill fished Crowley on Friday and reported catching six fish each while pre-fishing prior to the Crowley Classic. Dennis took some pictures, but managed to delete them from his camera on accident. Saturday they fished the Crowley Classic and did not have a repeat performance. Bill caught one fish, Dennis caught none. The winners of the Classic apparrently caught 13 Sacramento Perch to take the victory.
Cindy and I forgot our pump for our float tubes. The weather was also acting weird. It snowed on us on Thursday morning on the way over Carson Pass. We stopped in at a shop called Performance Anglers on our way to the condo. The gentleman that we spoke with mentioned fishing the Middle Fork San Joaquin River near Devil's Postpile. The best tip he gave us was to arrive at the gate prior to 7:00 AM to be able to drive into the park and not have to take the shuttle bus. We got there around 6:30 on Friday morning and checked out Agnew Meadows, before heading down to Red's Meadow and having breakfast at the restaurant there. After a good, albeit expensive, breakfast we headed back up to the parking area near the Ranger's Station at Devil's Postpile.
Rich Lobrovich, Cindy and I joined other volunteers from Trout Unlimited and other fly fishing clubs to assist the Heritage and Wild Trout Program with their electro-shocking of Caples Creek 9/8-9/10. They split the group into 3 smaller groups and broke the creek down into three sections. Unlike the shocking in November of last year we only did a single pass this time, though we covered a lot more water. The flows were too high for the block nets to stay in the stream. The flow was at ~30 CFS compared to 3 last November.
Whew, what a week! It seems as though the time just flew by. Cindy and I went to Lake Tahoe for Labor Day weekend and watched an excellent Chickenfoot concert. We drove home on Labor Day to grab our fishing and camping supplies before heading back up to Blue Lakes. What is normally an hour and a half, maximum, took nearly three hours. We grabbed our stuff, checked our email and then headed up to the cabin at Lower Blue Lake. Rich Lobrovich joined us for that first night and we enjoyed a nice dinner of bar-b-qued ribs and pasta salad. We enjoyed our evening getting settled into a very unique cabin. The cabin had three bedrooms downstairs along with the bathroom and kitchen/dining room. Judging from the PG&E building number the cabin was probably built in the late 1800's or early 1900's. It was still very nice, and definitely beat sleeping in a tent.