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Northern California Trout

  • Hope Valley Camping

    Northern California Trout Jul 22, 2019 | 10:10 am

    Hope Valley Camping We left the house on Thursday in the late afternoon (like 7:00 or so). Got to the campground just as it turned dark. First time setting up the trailer with a flashlight in my mouth. Oh, I have a light that fits on my ball cap, but it's been so long since I used it, the battery was dead thus the old "flashlight in the mouth trick".We were expecting Katherine's daughter and her boyfriend on Friday night so we headed up to Lower Blue Lake (Upper Blue and all access is closed for the year due to dam repair) for the day to do a little yakking.Being a novice with a hard kayak, I was a little concerned about the wind blowing as it tends to whip across the lake in the afternoon, BUT not to worry.We launched about Noon and were able to paddle around the lake with no problems.   As I usually do, I sat in the middle of the lake and did a 360 taking pictures as I turned.Still a little snow left If you double click on the picture above, the pile of snow on the left looks like a seal.That's the dam So we called it a[…]

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  • I Need Some Input

    Northern California Trout Jul 12, 2019 | 09:53 am

    I started Northern California Trout on January 7, 2009. The original intent was to tell local fishermen what I was catching, where I was catching it, and what I was using for bait.Northern California Trout has since morphed into a Global blog. I've posted about fishing, my ancestry, and some other stuff through the years.Now it seems that Social Media is where everybody is establishing their "adventures". Don't get me wrong, there are still some who blog on a consistent basis, but it seems that blogging has taken a back seat to Social Media. I've mentioned many times in posts and comments that I don't Facebook, Twitter, or Insta-something mainly because I just don't want to. I have a Facebook account, but I only use it for finding relatives like my cousins in Florida.It's not that I don't have an audience. OK, I have 99 followers listed. I'm not sure how many of those still "follow". I've posted 1140 times and have had more than 700,000 hits from all over the world. Most from the US and most recently the Netherlands and Germany. And believe me I appreciate each and every one of those who stop by to read what[…]

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  • It Started Out As A Recon Mission

    Northern California Trout Jul 9, 2019 | 09:45 am

    It Started Out As A Recon Mission Katherine and I are heading up to Hope Valley the weekend of the 18th thru the 21st. Since we've had so much snow this past Winter, I wanted to do a recon mission to see if 1, we can get up to Lower Blue Lake (Upper is closed for the year) and find the launch ramp.Mission accomplished.2, find out if fires are still allowed in the campground fire pits. Campground host said fires OK.Mission accomplished.So on the way back from Lower Blue we stopped at the West Fork of the Carson up the road aways from the campground and floated a few flies. Unfortunately too much terrain for me to negotiate so we went to a spot across from the campground. Met a gentleman from Gardenerville (that's in Nevada) who said the creek was planted the previous week and kids were catching and releasing "tons" of Rainbows using a green Powerworm and a jig head. We couldn't find a single fish.Plan B - We headed back toward town and made a quick stop just to look at Red Lake. It was closed last Summer because of Toxic Algae Bloom, but open now. Might have to bring up the kayak and[…]

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  • Happy 4th Everybody

    Northern California Trout Jul 4, 2019 | 10:05 am

    No Confucius jokes this year. Just a picture of the old guy.No watching fireworks for me this year. Last night we listened to the local fireworks while laying in bed reading a book. Damn, I must be getting old. Crowds annoy me anyway.In case you don't get to see any, here...........Monday, Yuki and I are taking a little drive up to Lower Blue Lake to see if enough snow has melted and we can actually get there. Upper Blue Lake is closed all year for Dam repairs. That's a bummer. I'm sure Yuki will want to stop at Woods lake and fish the creek, so fly rods are in order. Our next camping trip is Hope Valley the weekend of the 18th so there should be some fishing then. Stay tuned for more exciting adventures. Boy was that corny. 

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  • Yakking on White Pines Lake

    Northern California Trout Jun 29, 2019 | 19:09 pm

    Yakking on White Pines Lake Since Lake McClure was such a disaster, we decided to take the kayaks up to White Pines Lake. If you've followed this blog for any length of time you know I've been up there before.Last time Yuki and I were up there it was a 25 to 30 fish (little Bluegills) day. I was anticipating such a day again.Katherine and I took our time getting up there since it was Saturday. We left home about 10:10 and were at the lake about 11:15. It's really isn't very far from the house. We were on the water in the "his and hers" kayaks and I had a line in the water as soon as I cleared the launch.It was just that, a line in the water. I fished near the reeds, out in the middle, at the far end, and just about everywhere else. NOTHING. Not one little Gill to be found.I would suspect that because of all the people out there and there were a BUNCH, every fish in the lake was probably hiding as best as they can.Double click to make the pictures larger so you can see the crowd.The picnic areaBy the damMore picnic areaThe one on the[…]

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  • Camping At Barrett Cove Recreation Area Lake McClure

    Northern California Trout Jun 17, 2019 | 11:06 am

    Camping At Barrett Cove Recreation Area Lake McClure We had originally made reservations to camp here on May 16th thru May 19th. Two weeks prior to going, the weather guessers said sunshine and blue skies. The Saturday before the 15th, they changed to rain Thursday thru Sunday the exact same 4 days we planned on spending there. So we rescheduled for this past weekend. As it turned out, it started raining on Wednesday and rained everyday through the following week. A weather report is only as good as their guess, weather guessers.  We got to Barrett Cove about 2:00 pm on Friday. We were scheduled to stay at spot C-15. We drove around for about a half an hour and couldn't find C-Loop. 15 minutes or so of that half hour was spent just trying to find a place just to turn a truck and trailer around.Finally we went back to the beginning and when we found B-Loop I turned and low and behold a block or so up the road was C-Loop. AND we had a map of the place and still had trouble finding it. Wandered up the road until we found 15 and this is what it looked like.   Space C-15From the other sideYou all[…]

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  • OK, Everybody Sit Down

    Northern California Trout May 31, 2019 | 16:58 pm

    OK, Everybody Sit Down Ready?I went fishing this morning. Please no applause.I met Yuki at Lake Pardee at 9:00. I had reservations about fishing Lake Pardee. It's been hot and cold over the years, but mostly cold.Three things happened.One, I missed the first bite. Probably didn't wait long enough for it to get a good hold on the bait which was 3 green Power Eggs.Second, got a bite on rainbow Power Bait and set the hook. The line broke at the top eye. After a few selective 4 letter words, I discovered that there is a fray/snag/rough spot on that eye so that even if you just tug the line, it breaks. That rod is on hiatus.Three, I hooked up on my little Okuma rod to the trout in the picture below. It was with 3 green Power Eggs.Only fish of the dayIt was the only fish of the day, but when the only fish is 4 pounds 5 ounces, who cares that it's the only one.Now you can cheer. Yuki got skunked.Trying a new spot the weekend of the 14th & 15th. I'll let you know.Stay tuned.

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  • Rescheduled

    Northern California Trout May 16, 2019 | 10:45 am

    Well, it didn't start raining today. It started YESTERDAY. Yeh, it's raining now and going to rain the rest of this week and most of next week.WILL IT EVER END???????Yeh, probably after all the song says it never rains in California. A lot they know.Weekend of June 14th & 15th we're going to try Lake McClure again. Different space this time so I'll take photo's.In the mean time I'm going to try to get out and see if I still know how to fish. Can't go upcountry yet. It's raining and that means SNOW above 5000 ft. Most everything is above 5000 ft. Most everything is buried in snow.I'll do some research and see what I come up with.Stay tuned. 

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  • Camping 2019

    Northern California Trout May 13, 2019 | 10:06 am

    Camping 2019 We have a plan. April we were going to the Santa Cruz Redwoods. May - Lake McClure, June - Rollins Lake, July - Hope Valley, and August our usual trip to Upper Lake, but this year my son and his family are joining us. September is Hendy Woods State Park in the Redwoods.All of a sudden my wife's boss decided she couldn't take off 2 days every month from work, but if she wanted to take a week or two at a time, that was OK. Do you understand this? I sure don't.So, April got cancelled. June got cancelled. By the way, we had already paid for these spaces. Cancellation cost us $40.Now we come to May. the Freedom Express is ready. The His & Her's kayaks are ready.I've checked out Lake McClure. It;s only an hour and a half from home.Drive down to the launch rampFrom the launch ramp parking lot. The launch ramp at Barrett CoveLast week the Weather Guessers said sunshine, blue skies, and low to mid 70's. Perfect weather. New lake to fish, new fish finder to try out, 2nd trip out in the kayaks. Remember it rained all Winter out here so we haven't had a chance[…]

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  • All Right, I Know It's Been More Than A Month

    Northern California Trout Apr 6, 2019 | 11:05 am

    It's been more than a month since I posted, but I'm still here. Yes, I've been fishing a couple times during that month, but when NO ONE catches anything, I tend to not waste your time reading about:Both timesOn the other hand, every day that I've not had something to do, it's been raining. It's going to rain today. It's going to rain on Tuesday. It's going to rain on Thursday. OK, I'll quit whining.It's a good thing my wife thought I needed another hobby (genealogy). Gives me something to do when it's RAINING. Oops, sorry, more whining. One of these days very soon Yuki and I are going out to Lake Amador and fly fish the spillway and where ever else I can access the lake. So the only thing I can say for now is, stay tuned.

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