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  • Well, At Least I Tried

    Northern California Trout Oct 13, 2017 | 11:32 am

    Well, At Least I Tried I texted (21st century phone guy) Yuki yesterday about fishing. Basically I said I'd go fishing if they ever planted again. The last place they planted ANYWHERE was Silver Lake back on 9/3. Before that was the end of July.He suggested Middle Bar Bridge. So I said, OK I'd check it out this morning. This is how the morning went. I started the truck, 37 degrees outside and frost on the front window. First time this year for frost, first time this year I've had to scrape frost off the truck windows, and the first time this year I've had wear gloves while driving. That's OK though, I'm over the 100+ degree heat.The bridge, you've seen it before. I cruised over (It's only about 4 miles from my house) and when I got there, the bridge was empty of people, a bad sign. The shot above was not this morning. I stopped in the middle of the bridge, there wasn't any traffic in fact there wasn't anybody anywhere.When I looked over the side the water level as 12" deep, maybe 18" at most. You could see everything on the bottom in great detail. That would make it about 4 feet lower than it[…]

  • OK, So It's Been Two Weeks

    Northern California Trout Oct 6, 2017 | 09:34 am

    OK, So It's Been Two Weeks Yeh, I'm still here.Two projects have kept me from fishing for two weeks.First is the back yard. It was something like this:Same colorFlagstone filled with pea gravel. Looked like crap and hard to walk on.Now it looks like this:The second project is the fence around the back yard. Last Winter I replaced 3 sections and the gate that blew down during a storm. Later last Winter I replaced 3 more sections. Another storm. Now I'm replacing the rest. It seems that the fence is falling apart faster than I can replace the sections. Every time I work on one section, the boards from other sections fall off. I only have the strength to replace about one section a day and then I have to quit, so it's going to take a while. I have 14 more sections to go. I made the mistake of leaving one section open overnight and the deer (you know the City of Jackson apple cleanup and hedge trimming department) helped themselves. I guess tomatoes aren't as good as apples since they just took a bite and then dropped the tomato. Kind of pissed off my wife. She babies her vegetables. I guess you can say that fishing is[…]

  • That Was A Bust

    Northern California Trout Sep 22, 2017 | 10:23 am

    As mentioned in the last post, this past week we were at Upper Lake for our September camping trip.The week went like this:Tuesday when we arrived it was cold and the wind was blowing at about 19 mph across the length of the lake. No float tubing that day. Or Inflate-a-Yaking.Wednesday morning, wind blowing at about 14 and raining. Rained most of the day and the rest was windy at 14 to 19 mph across the length of the lake. No float tubing that day.I did brave the wind with my little Okuma rod with 2# line and caught one little Bass on a blue/silver Little Cleo lure about the same size as the one I caught last year.Thursday morning it was 45 degrees and the wind was blowing at 14+ across the length of the lake.We called it and came home. A severe contrast to last year (same time of the month) when it was hot enough to run the A/C in the trailer and hot enough to be out on the lake.Next year we've booked late August instead of mid September. We'll see how that goes.I did take three pictures, but lost them sometime during the download to[…]

  • A Somewhat Sad Update.

    Northern California Trout Sep 9, 2017 | 14:40 pm

    If you’ve noticed, I haven’t been fishing much lately. Yeh, it’s been hotter than Hell, but that was only part of the reason.I’ve noticed lately that when I fish a creek, fly fishing mostly, that the next day or two are extremely painful for my body. If you look back at the post from 7/28, Yuki and I fished the West Fork of the Carson after a little bait dunking at Upper Blue Lake. It took me two days before I could walk upright. Kind of like the early caveman.  OK, I recovered and was back to almost normal by day three. Then on 8/5 Yuki and I fished Silver Fork of the American and then on to Bear River Reservoir. Once again, for two days I couldn’t walk upright. This time my wife had something to say about it. She reminded me that I’m old. She’s very subtle at times.  I was also reminded that after 7/28, if I had a re-occurrence that she and I were going to revisit fly fishing along creeks. Granted, I’m a little hardheaded at times (most of the time. C’mon, I’m German), but I think the pain outweighs the fly fishing on creeks.[…]

  • It's Still Hot Out Here

    Northern California Trout Sep 4, 2017 | 16:47 pm

    It's Still Hot Out Here Remember back on June 23, 2016?I brought you the City of Jackson (California) Apple Cleanup Department.City of Jackson Apple Cleanup DepartmentWell, they have a new department. I give you the City of Jackson (California) Shrub Trimming Department. City of Jackson Shrub Trimming DepartmentOn a hot (about 107) Saturday afternoon, they were still out doing their job. Now if I could only get them to trim the grass. 

  • Hibernating

    Northern California Trout Aug 31, 2017 | 10:13 am

    Hibernating Too hot to fish.Expected in beautiful downtown Jackson:Today - 99Tomorrow - 105Saturday - 106Sunday - 107Monday - 104Tuesday - 101Rest of next week - Mid-90'sEven too hot for a bearAnyone know where Fall is?

  • August In Hope Valley

    Northern California Trout Aug 20, 2017 | 20:54 pm

    August In Hope Valley The annual camping trip to Hope Valley Campground was this weekend. We got to the campground about 2:30 Thursday afternoon. Got the Freedom Express set up, and called it a day.Our home for the weekendFriday morning found yours truly cooking breakfast. Breakfast is generally the only meal I'm allowed to cook.Bacon, Eggs, & Toast on the griddleI never noticed, but there is a huge rock outcropping (I think that's what you call it) right next to the campground. Funny, I've camped at Hope Valley Campground since the mid 70's. Just goes to show.Rock OutcroppingThe little guy in the picture below was a regular visitor to the site. Chip or Dale?The rest of Friday was a hang out day. I did go across the street and dabble in the West Fork of the Carson River with "3".West Fork of the Carson RiverWasn't much exciting happening. Upstream from the picture above, I did get a drive-by from a little 6" or so something and in the pool at the end of the picture, my fly got attacked by a dozen or so 2" - 3" somethings. They weren't even big enough to take the hook. The rest of the creek I fished was[…]

  • I Got Nothing

    Northern California Trout Aug 10, 2017 | 09:32 am

    I Got Nothing Happy Thursday.

  • A Guest Post

    Northern California Trout Aug 6, 2017 | 16:32 pm

    You all know that I'm not one to do guest posts. In fact I don't think I've done more than 1 or 2 in more than 1050 posts on this blog.When Andrew Lowen approached me about doing one about the "June Lake Loop" it tweaked a soft spot in my fishing heart.One of the lakes in the June Lake Loop is Gull Lake. Many years ago I went on vacation with my 1967 Chevrolet Truck that looked like the picture below.1967 Chevrolet TruckI had this piece of shit cabover camper on it and it was the beginning of "camper" camping for me. We drove up as far as San Francisco and I was able to see my cousin Mark (Yup same name as me. Same last name too). Unfortunately he was one that died too young. He was only 33 and died (I just found out recently from another cousin) of Lymphoma.From there we swung across the state into Reno then down Highway 395 and stopped at a motel (for a shower) at Gull Lake. The experience at Gull Lake was one of those awesome fishing experiences. From shore, with a black Panther Martin, 10 Rainbows (the limit then) in[…]

  • The Thrill Of Victory And The Agony Of Da Feet

    Northern California Trout Aug 5, 2017 | 10:35 am

    The Thrill Of Victory And The Agony Of Da Feet None of you know this, so it's a new revelation.Some years ago my feet started going numb. Went through the whole neurology thing and the final decision was that 40% of the people that have "Peripheral Neuropathy" don't know why they have it or where they got it. It's kind of like having your feet shrink wrapped.    Years ago I worked for an oil company down in Sacramento. One of the stupid things we did was remove the markings on the drums with Acetone, bare handed. Didn't think a thing of it. One time while I was in the hospital I mentioned it to a nurse and she asked if I've ever worked with hazardous materials. I related the two sentences above and she said, that's it. That's why you have the Neuropathy.Well as the years went by, it slowly crept up my legs to about mid-calf. Which brings me to the title of this post. Yes, the agony of da feet.For our fishing yesterday I gave Yuki the option of bait dunking at Bear River Reservoir (they planted this week) or fly fishing on Silver Fork Creek. He opted for the latter. As is typical with creek fishing[…]