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Northern California Trout

  • Something Not Everybody Gets to Experience.

    Northern California Trout Nov 13, 2018 | 11:09 am

    Something Not Everybody Gets to Experience. Meet Mavis Ranae Bonnie.She's my Great Granddaughter.Born 11/10/2018 at 10:47pm. 7 lbs. 2 ozs. 19-1/2"Mother, Father, Grandmother, Grandfather, Step Great Grandmother, and Great Grandfather all doing well.We have a chance for a 4 generation picture, hopefully soon.Stay Tuned...........

  • Paradise Lost

    Northern California Trout Nov 10, 2018 | 11:46 am

    If you haven't been watching the National News, the Camp Fire has destroyed the town of Paradise, California. Paradise is a little town up the hill from Chico, California.It's destroyed 6700 structures, many of them home and businesses and burned 100,000 acres as of this morning.This fire was fast and hot. It started Thursday morning up near a town called Magalia around 6:30 am. By 4:00 pm it had burned 18,000 acres and by Friday morning it was up to 70,000 acres.Nine lives have been lost, five of them on one road as the people tried to escape the fire via the only road out.At times, people abandoned their vehicles and just got out and ran. It was all they could do. The roads were gridlocked with people fleeing.A very sad day.

  • This Time It Was About Fish

    Northern California Trout Nov 6, 2018 | 15:54 pm

    This Time It Was About Fish I needed to get out of the house so I packed up the truck and headed to Lake Camanche North Shore.This wasn't a kayak kind of day, more a sit and read while soaking Power Bait kind of day.I got to the lake at 8:30 and put one rod out with rainbow PB. Lately when I've been fishing with Yuki and he's caught fish (and I haven't) he's usually using brown Power Eggs. I've never seen them in the store, but I had a plan. It's always good to have a plan.See how close you can park to the lake at North Shore. The lake was just to the right of my chair. Here's the plan. I took three Mice Tails in a brown egg with a red tail. I cut off the red tail and Voila, brown Power Eggs. Three on a #6 bait hook and I was ready.Wasn't long, in fact it was just before 9:00 that I got the first bite. That would be the one on the top. Came in a 1 lb 2 oz.2 for the dayThen I got a lot of reading in. Didn't seem to be anymore interest in brown Power Eggs or[…]

  • Yakking At The Pond

    Northern California Trout Nov 2, 2018 | 15:48 pm

    Yakking At The Pond It wasn't about fishing so much as learning how to fish from a kayak.Since the "Yuki" incident a couple years ago I've not been allowed to kayak. But, last August at Upper Lake when we were mostly unable to use the Inflate-A-Yak, my wife has moved toward hard kayaks. Much more aerodynamic and you can take them on the water when you can't the Inflate-A-Yak.Thus the "His & Hers" kayaks.Since they have started stocking Lake Camanche, I thought a trip out to the Trout Pond was in order. Unfortunately Yuki is still down with the crud so it was a solo trip.I really wanted to get my yakking karma together more than I was concerned whether I caught a fish or not. Good thing because I was fishless for the day.Got to the pond about 9:00 and started putting together what I would need for the day. The kayak has two rod holes behind the seat and one "holder" that attaches to the right side for "trawling".Ready to goI put out one rod in the "holder' with a white mice tail and a couple white power eggs. By the time I was ready with the second rod and a pink[…]

  • Well That's A First

    Northern California Trout Oct 26, 2018 | 18:08 pm

    Well That's A First I figured that if I was going to have a day of fishing at Upper Blue Lake I'd better get to it.Three things will be happening up there very shortly.1. They will close the road for the Winter. Makes it difficult to get to the lake.2. They make it into a snow park on November 1st. and it requires a permit to play in the snow (that is if they get any up there).3. It gets 10's of feet of snow lakeside. 8100 feet in elevation tends to do that.So I headed out of the house early since it's about a 2 hour drive to get there.  On the way I noticed Hope Valley Campground is already closed. The West Fork of the Carson River is, for the most part, dry. All the PG & E campsites are closed. There was practically no one up there.When I got to the lake I found a fairly smooth path to the lake and set up 2 rods with Power Bait.Did I mention I have a new rod. One of my rods accidentally got caught up in the garage door when it was closing the other day. Snapped that sucker right in half.[…]

  • Statistics Update

    Northern California Trout Oct 19, 2018 | 09:22 am

    Forgot to add these yesterday.Posts: More than 1100Page Views: more than 600,000That's, That's, That's all folks.

  • A Lot Of Updates

    Northern California Trout Oct 18, 2018 | 16:32 pm

    A Lot Of Updates Since I last update about the whole Genealogy thing, this photo showed up from a "new" cousin. The last update (August 16th) I showed you the picture of my Great Uncle Christoph and his family.  Then this photo showed up. I believe this to be a "family" photo taken at the turn of the century (1900) and it was a "knock your socks off" photo. We know for sure that the man, center-rear is Christoph. Based on birth dates the one to his left would be my Grandfather Michael. To Christoph's right we believe is my Great-Aunt Louise. In the front on the right we believe is my Great-Uncle Georg. The young man we believe is my 1st cousin 1 x removed Herman (son of Christoph), AND the man that everyone is touching is my Great-Grandfather Gottlieb.  With that part zeroed in, I've traced, via DNA matches on Ancestry.com to one Gottlieb Martin Kautz who I believe is the man in the picture.Now a medical update. I saw the Orthopedic Surgeon on Tuesday. He looked at the X-Rays and the diagnosis from them. Here's what he had to say. Good news - I don't need a hip replacement. Bad news,[…]

  • Success On Many Fronts

    Northern California Trout Oct 13, 2018 | 19:14 pm

    Success On Many Fronts Today we had the maiden voyages of the His & Hers kayaks.Since we are running out of warm weather, we thought today being about 85 degrees would probably be our last chance to have my wife try hers out before it started getting chilly.A couple things to note about our "sit-on" kayaks. One they are 10' long and 31" wide. I mention this because if you'll recall the "Yuki" incident so many years ago, the kayak he was in was only 28" wide. These are much more stable and my wife felt safer in a wider one. One would ask how a mere couple inches would make a difference, but it definitely makes a much more stable kayak.Second and more of a problem is that "sit-on" kayaks have scupper holes. If you're not familiar, they are designed to let water drain while you're out paddling around. The ones we rented a while back had scupper holes and the water came in as fast as it drained. Your butt end gets exceedingly wet as the water sloshes in and out. Ergo (I love that word) I purchased, via Amazon Prime, scupper plugs. They work like a dream AND if you get[…]

  • His & Her's

    Northern California Trout Oct 6, 2018 | 14:10 pm

    His & Her's Need I say more?Lifetime Tamarack Angler 10'

  • Weather Guessers Strike Again

    Northern California Trout Oct 4, 2018 | 11:43 am

    Got up this morning, leg was not hurting, hip was not hurting, didn't need the cane. Next step was to check the weather since it rained most of yesterday.Weather Guessers said intermittent showers and by definition: "Stopping for a time and then beginning again". OK, I can live with that. Check the DFW planting schedule. Last place planted was Upper and Lower Blue Lakes last week. Target >>>>> Upper Blue Lake. Loaded the truck and apparently it's been a while since I went because first I forgot the chair, then my warmer hoodie, then water and granola bars, but remembered all before I left. Wife left for work at 8:15 and I followed her out just as it started sprinkling. No problem, intermittent showers, remember.The further up the hill I went, the harder it rained. By the time I got to Pine Grove (just 8 miles up the road) it was full on wiper blades. Between Pine Grove and the beginning of Pioneer (a scant 4 miles) it was raining so hard the gutters were full and water was running across the highway. Doesn't strike me as "intermittent showers". How about you?Lastly let me explain a little about Highway 88 between Jackson and Carson[…]