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  • Hello, Anybody There?

    Northern California Trout Jan 19, 2020 | 04:01 am

    Hello, Anybody There? Saturday morning at La Casa Kautz and I decided to give my wife a morning without me under foot.Got up early, loaded the truck with the necessary fishing accouterments and with the temperature at a nice freezing 32 degrees, headed for Lake Camanche.When I got to the lake it was a balmy 42 degrees, but temperature wasn't the problem. If I hadn't been familiar with the lake, would have completely missed it in the fog.Can you find the lake?Set up two rods with rainbow Power Bait and threw them out somewhere. Barely could see your hand in front of you face. OK, wasn't quite that bad at lake side or I probably would have parked my truck in the lake. Did I mention my wife calls me Mr. Exaggeration?In 42 degrees, I had my parka on, gloves, ball cap, ear muffs, yes ear muffs, and in my gloves, chemical had warmers and I still froze. To bolster my frozen body I also had a cup of coffee from Java Drive and a couple glazed donuts. And there I sat. I think there were other people out there, but I couldn't see them. Like fishing blind. Alright, I'll stop with the super fog stuff.[…]

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  • If You're Going To Start Fishing 2020 This Is The Way To Do It

    Northern California Trout Jan 10, 2020 | 22:40 pm

    If You're Going To Start Fishing 2020 This Is The Way To Do It My wife had the day off work and was off to Folsom to a quilting class present she got for her birthday last month.I had the option of staying at the house and being a Haus Frau (that's German for house wife) or doing something else. What would you have done?I went fishing of course.You all know I have this arthritis problem in my back and hips, but I also have something called peripheral neuropathy. About 20 years ago my toes started to get numb. Doctor said I should wear more comfortable shoes. As time went on, the numbness spread through my feet and up my legs. Next doctor sent me to a Neurologist and he diagnosed it as peripheral neuropathy. He said about 40% of people that have it, don't know why.  It has currently stopped just below my knees. Some years later, in the hospital recovering from a heart attack I mentioned to a nurse about it and she asked questions.Back in the 80's I worked for an oil company.When I worked for that company, one of the processes we had was to remove writing on the drums with Acetone and re-stencil with what ever information needed to be[…]

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  • 2019 .................................gone

    Northern California Trout Dec 30, 2019 | 17:23 pm

    2019 .................................gone In 2018 our family welcomed Mavis Ranae Bonnie my Great-Granddaughter. Christmas 2019 found her so mobile that she's being fenced in. OK, fence around the wood stove. Fence around the TV. Fence blocking the doorways. Mavis containment at it's best.MavisIn February I announced that I'm really a Fish. You know my Grandfather Henry Joseph Fish. I also mentioned that I got a fish finder (I was easy to find) for my kayak. Still got it, haven't used it but once or twice. Still don't know how the darn thing works.May found me at Pardee Reservoir. I rarely fish Pardee, but a 4 lb 5 oz Rainbow will probably change that in 2020. Pardee doesn't open again until February.  Somewhere in the thousands of pictures I have is the shot of the Rainbow. If you really want to see it, go Here.June found us camping at the worst campground we've ever been in. Barrett Cove at Lake McClure. A wild fire waiting to happen. The 29th of June got my wife in her kayak out on White Pines Lake in beautiful downtown Arnold, California. Don't have a really good picture of her in the kayak so I'll pass on posting a shot. At the beginning[…]

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  • Only The Lonely

    Northern California Trout Dec 27, 2019 | 18:44 pm

    Only The Lonely Christmas Eve 2019.My wife was working so as I usually do at times like these, I went fishing.Hey, got to do something to ward off the shack nasties.Wasn't too cold that morning. Maybe 42 when I left home. At the lake is was about the same, but no wind blowing so the chill factor wasn't bad.Got set up right at 0900 and put out two rods with rainbow Power Bait. What else!Then I started to look around to see if anyone was catching anything. Sounds like I was in a fog, but was just concentrating on getting set up. There was NOBODY out there. I had the whole of North Shore to myself. I decided to fish in the cove where I usually do.NobodyThat way eitherI had a cup of coffee from the little coffee shop on the way. For future reference it's called Java Drive. So I just got into a Zen state and sipped my coffee. Thought I got a bite on the left rod, but didn't feel any tug when I picked it up, so I just left it.About 0930 I did get a bite on my little Okuma rod that was on the right and brought[…]

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  • Happy Holidays

    Northern California Trout Dec 23, 2019 | 15:53 pm

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.3 shots of  Goldschläger will make your eyeballs do that. I know this from experience. See Y'all next year.

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  • Small Town America, Amador City, California

    Northern California Trout Dec 19, 2019 | 19:14 pm

    Small Town America, Amador City, California Amador City is another of those little towns in the Motherlode. It was originally discovered in 1849 by a group of gold miners, one of whom was Jose Maria Amador. Like Volcano in the last episode, Amador City is a one "main" street town and has a pivot point where you can look one way in the direction of Sutter Creek (that's for another day) and the other direction Westerly. West from Amador City, there isn't much except farms, highways, open country and eventually Sacramento.Population of Amador City (as of 2017) 190.Facing WestFacing toward Sutter CreekWhen you come into town, THE PLACE to stop is Andrae's Bakery. That's it below. They have the BEST pastries, I think the phrase is "to die for". Yes, I stopped in when I was there this morning and got a couple cinnamon rolls, a couple cinnamon pull-aparts for the wife, and being the nice guy I am, got a dozen Nibby Cookies (kind of chocolate chip with nuts and other stuff) for the Yahoo's Katherine works with.Andrae's BakeryFor a long time I thought the building below was the Amador Hotel. Might have been in the past, but it's now a business complex.As you walk in[…]

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  • The Great Cormorant Mystery

    Northern California Trout Dec 17, 2019 | 22:35 pm

    The Great Cormorant Mystery Got up this morning to 29 degrees here in beautiful downtown Jackson. I really wanted to go fishing, but if you'll remember the last time I froze my butt off.So I steeled myself to staying home even though I completed today's Haus Frau chores yesterday. I hemed and hawed back and forth and finally decided to see what the temperature was at the lake. It was a blazing 45 according to a Google search.That was it, I'm going.I got to the lake at 9:00 and parked out on the point where I usually fish.The usual point.Set a couple rods out with rainbow Power Bait and took a couple photo's around to show, at least I wasn't alone.The far pointClose byNotice it's a bit cloudy yet? Actually it was very cloudy, but not rain clouds. Just ones from the incoming storm system due tomorrow.CloudyIt was rather nice until the wind picked up. I was prepared though. I had my parka, gloves, and hand warmers. No frozen butt today. No I didn't put the hand warmers on my butt. Thought I'd head that one off at the pass.I spent my time sipping a nice cup of coffee from the little coffee shop[…]

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  • A Geography Lesson

    Northern California Trout Dec 7, 2019 | 19:03 pm

    A Geography Lesson 1. If you missed the beginning of the "Small Town America" series, just scroll down.2. Just to let you know they found our stolen trailer in Sacramento. People were living in it and it was in pretty good shape, but that was all the Sacramento County Sheriff would tell me.3. Every day or so I get a new picture on my computer when I open it. The pictures are usually some awesome place I'll never visit so it's nice to see the rest of the world like we do via other's blogs. The reason I started the "Small Town America" series. This morning the one below was the new one.Now starts the Geography lesson..............This lovely Winter scene is of Baden-Württemberg, Germany. If you've followed this blog for any length of time you know I've been researching my ancestors (actually for about 29 years).Baden-Württemberg, GermanyPretty Christmas scene huh.When I saw the name on this photo, my eyes lit up. I have MANY relatives from this place. Since I only knew it by name, my first reaction was to go to Google Maps and find it.Turns out that Baden-Württemberg is a state like California. Then I started to see the towns on a lot[…]

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  • Small Town America, Volcano, California

    Northern California Trout Dec 7, 2019 | 02:38 am

    Small Town America, Volcano, California Like I said in my last post, I thought I'd start a series of posts about all the small towns around where I live.Our first stop is Volcano, California. It's a cool little town population 103. I know that seems like a small place, but the 103 are just those who live in the town limits, if you will. There are a lot more residents and Volcano covers a pretty vast area.To start off, I took a couple of pictures of what I consider the pivot point of the town. The town is basically a one street town with a 90 degree turn in the middle. From this corner you can look East and you will see the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Actually, you are in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Volcano sits at an elevation of 2070 feet.Looking EastThen as you span to the right you are now looking in a Southerly direction. Again you are looking at the mountains. Looking SouthDown this part of the street is the St. George Hotel. It's been here for ages. Each room is named for some part of the gold country. Here is a couple examples: Hells Delight, Poker Flat, and You[…]

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  • I Have A Thought

    Northern California Trout Dec 1, 2019 | 14:29 pm

    It's just past 6:00 am here in Northern California. I don't know what I'm doing posting at this God forsaken hour on a Sunday morning when I should be sleeping, but yet here I am.A lot of my fellow bloggers talk about the places they go to fish. I've done the same, but feel it's getting redundant. You've all seen Hope Valley, Upper Lake, the local lakes (Bear River, Silver Lake, Caples Lake and the downcountry lakes, Amador, Camanche, and Pardee.)Now with the back and leg problems (Osteoarthritis) I'm even more limited in where  can go to fish. Besides that this old body doesn't do cold very well any more so I have to wait for it to warm up some before I can fish. Folks, it's hell getting old.With the advent of rain 13 of the next 15 days I wanted to see if I could do something to keep your interest in coming back to NCT.At first I tried the political bash. Just didn't have it in me to keep reporting what a moron Donald Trump is. Unless you live in a cave (with that Geico caveman) you see the news and can make your own decisions.In thinking[…]

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