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Northern California Trout

  • I Got Nothing

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

    I Got Nothing Happy Thursday.

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  • 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[…]

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  • 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[…]

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  • What A Difference 4 Weeks Make

    Northern California Trout Jul 28, 2017 | 14:05 pm

    What A Difference 4 Weeks Make Just before the 4th of July weekend, I took a drive up to Upper Blue Lake. If you'll remember, I could only get up the road about 20 miles and then the road was closed. The Local Highway Patrol Officer said that even the Forest Service couldn't get up there.So Yuki and I left the house about 8:30 yesterday morning with the goal of Upper Blue Lake.On the way, we stopped at Woods Lake because Yuki had heard about it, but has never been there.Woods LakeThere were a bunch of people fishing right at the outlet of the lake where Woods Creek starts. Seveal catching small Brookies. Get them Brookies. Yuki would have been fine fishing there, but I drug him kicking and screaming back into the truck. I was going to fish Upper Blue Lake, period.And here I amThe road was clear, the water was Coooold, and it was sunshine, blue skies, and about 66 degrees. By the recent temperature standards, it was AWESOME. I even managed some slightly sunburned arms.It doesn't get much better than this.Yuki managed one small Rainbow about 9", I managed two Cutts and one small Rainbow.Definately a RainbowIt was not the usual Upper Blue Lake[…]

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  • July Camping Trip

    Northern California Trout Jul 18, 2017 | 11:35 am

    July Camping Trip Once again we went to Hendy Woods State Park for our July camping trip.Before the year began we bought something called a Flame Genie. It's like an outdoor campfire, but contained in a "can" if you will.On our April trip to Half Moon Bay State Beach, it was just too windy to use it.Our May (to Lassen Volcanic National Park) trip got cancelled because of the death of Katherine's Ex and she wanted to be home in case her daughter needed her.Our June trip was to Calaveras Big Trees State Park (remember the bear), but it was just too hot for a fire.But this time, the temperature dropped down enough for a fire on Thursday and Friday nights, here it is. The Flame GenieA little explanation is probably in order. You see, the Flame Genie burns wood pellets like a pellet stove you'd put in your house. You have to put something in to start them and we use two things. One is a "half ball" of sawdust igniter and the other is the like a Duraflame log cut into little bitty pieces.Place 4 of the sawdust balls on the screen, add 8 or 10 small pieces of the Duraflame[…]

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  • Too Damn Hot For Fishing

    Northern California Trout Jul 10, 2017 | 09:43 am

    For the last couple weeks, we've either been hovering right at 100 or somewhere between 100 and 106.The sun feels like this looks:And if it's not the heat, it's that once again California is on fire. Not saying that other states in the West aren't on fire too. I just live here.I can't imagine fighting a fire in 100+ degree heat.What a job.The next 4 days will be between 95 and 100 and then on Saturday we shoot above 100 once again for a couple days and then back to mid to upper 90's for a couple days. No telling when this will end, but at this temperature it's just too hot to fish. In fact it's too hot to do anything. I love my A/C.As a younger person, I didn't have any problem dealing with the heat but now, I find I just can't handle it like I used to.So, my point is that I don't know when I'll get back out. All I can say is:Stay tuned.

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  • Happy 4th of July

    Northern California Trout Jul 4, 2017 | 10:21 am

    As we celebrate our Nations Birthday, one would not want to forget our hero's. I saw an article on the news this morning about how the fireworks (and boy were they loud last night here at La Casa Kautz) can affect someone who has been to war.I know I've told you before, but I have a friend who was one of the last 11 soldiers on the roof of the American Embassy in Saigon when Vietnam fell.I've seen him go into a trance like state caused by a picture or just hearing a certain noise. Back to the article this morning, They were talking about how the noises from fireworks will trigger PTSD. I can see how it could happen just from the noise last night.So lets remember that it was those hero's and what they went through, that keeps us free.Happy 4th everyone.Oh, if you're on the water, wear a PFD. We've already lost a couple this weekend because of not wearing one.

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  • A Spur Of The Moment Trip

    Northern California Trout Jun 26, 2017 | 19:30 pm

    A Spur Of The Moment Trip I got this wild hair at 7:00 am this morning that I wanted to see if I could get up to Upper Blue Lake and maybe catch some of those holdovers. With all the snow we had this winter, there was no telling how far I could get. I was so focused, I didn't even stop for coffee at Cooks Station. Must have been something wrong with me.First stop was Silver Lake. As usual Silver Lake being inherently windy, was windy. Silver LakeUp and up I went. I didn't see any snow until I got to 8000 ft and then it was only spotty. Up past Caples Lake and over Carson Pass down to the Hope Valley turnoff (also know as Blue Lakes Rd). I noticed in passing that Caples Lake campground was still closed. As I drove by Hope Valley Campground where we'll be in August as usual, it was also closed. Then a sign that said the road was closed 7 miles ahead. So I did the only logical thing and that was to keep going.At 7 miles the gate was OPEN, yeh!!! At 20 miles the gate was CLOSED, Boo. So I did a Ya'll can turn[…]

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  • Let Me Take You On A Little Camping Trip Day 3

    Northern California Trout Jun 20, 2017 | 17:46 pm

    Let Me Take You On A Little Camping Trip Day 3 Well, here we are at day 3 and you're still looking for the bear. It's here, I assure you.But first, and the crowd sighs "Aw crap", let me tell you how the walk went. The first picture is from the beginning of the trail.The startThen to give you a little perspective of how small we really are compared, take a look up.That is one big treeSo we're walking along one of the "boardwalks" actually right at the beginning and some woman walks by us and whispers "There is a bear up there". I asked "Why are you whispering?" She said because there is a bear up there."OK, Flatlanders. The bear could care less if you talk loud. Apparently the bear couldn't care if you were even there. So here you are.............The bearNo accounting for the photographer (Moi).As we continue on, the next picture is of a tree root. Not deep, but really wide.Big rootsThe next photo is of a Pacific Yew Tree. I've heard in the past that the Yew might have cancer curing abilities. Still to be determined. This spot is the southernmost extent of the Yew's "territory" if you will and the northernmost extent of the Giant Sequoia's[…]

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  • Let Me Take You On A Little Camping Trip Day 2

    Northern California Trout Jun 19, 2017 | 16:14 pm

    Let Me Take You On A Little Camping Trip Day 2 Just when you thought you'd get a bear story, I go somewhere else, but fear not, I will tell you a bear story.What would be a camping trip without fishing?Since Big Tree Creek turned out to be a swamp, I inquired at the visitors center and was told where to go, literally.There were two options withing the park. I mean, I could have gone to Lake Alpine up the road a way or White Pines Lake back down the road a way or even Spicer Meadow Reservoir, but I've taken you to those places already.So my options were: The North Fork of the Stanislaus River or Beaver Creek. So off we went. Besides there was Oak Hollow Campground we wanted to check out and see if they had spaces big enough for our trailer and that they weren't 50 feet from the Highway should we ever decide to come back and camp again.The North fork of the Stanislaus River was in all it's snow melt raging glory. Kind of like the Cosumnes River back on June 5th, but a LOT more water and a LOT faster. Not anything a Geezer should be near. Beaver creek was our other stop.Now this[…]

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