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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[…]

  • 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[…]

  • Let Me Take You On A Little Camping Trip

    Northern California Trout Jun 18, 2017 | 16:39 pm

    Let Me Take You On A Little Camping Trip We made reservations at Calaveras Big Trees State Park about 6 months ago. For the last couple July's we've gone to Hendy Woods State park where I've shown you pictures of the big coast Redwood Trees. We're going to be there again next month.But Calaveras Big Trees SP is famous for the giant Sequoia Trees. As the guide book says, there are two types of Redwoods in California, giant Sequoia's the worlds largest living trees and coast Redwoods the worlds tallest living trees. We made reservations through Reserve America and picked a spot that looked like it would be a little way from the highway (Highway 4) and across from the meadow.Our spotWell, it was a "little" way from the highway. Say.....about 50 feet. All day long cars and trucks going back and forth. Oh and did I mention the road construction a quarter mile down the road from where we were camped? Jack hammer vehicles busting up rock on the side of the road, bucket machines loading truck after truck (while the traffic waited in both directions) and of course they ran up and down the highway past our campsite to get rid of their loads. Now, let me[…]

  • Well, That Was Fun

    Northern California Trout Jun 5, 2017 | 16:38 pm

    Well, That Was Fun Last Friday when I finished the post, I mentioned I was going up to Cat Creek tomorrow.WHAT THE HELL WAS I THINKING?????Saturday, every body and their brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, grand parents, and great-grand parents, well maybe not great-grand parents, would be up there.So I waited until this morning. Remember the last time I tried to get up here was only 3 weeks ago and the snow stopped me. Today, not a snowflake to be found. In fact, it was sunshine, blue skies, and 72 degrees. A beautiful day in the mountains.On the other hand, there must be snow melting somewhere because the water coming down the river was COLD and fast.The first picture is the pool below the bridge. If there was a fish in that pool, he was probably being smacked around so much that eating a fly was the last thing on his mind.The pool below the bridgeThe pool below the pool below the bridge.So here is the situation, too much water running too fast to be safe for a Geezer especially since he was up there alone. I didn't see another person the entire time I was up there.The upstream side of the bridgeThe[…]

  • Now, Back To Fishing

    Northern California Trout Jun 2, 2017 | 10:49 am

    Now, Back To Fishing I've been concentrating on finishing the gutter project. Wednesday I put the final piece in place. The entire house is guttered. Me, I'm beat to shit. Up and down the ladder (that is up to the 3rd rung from the top of a 12' ladder and back down again) to measure, cut, measure again, cut, attach, rivet, caulk, and finally paint. For someone who has arthritis, that is a killer.Yuki and I were supposed to go fishing today, but our wires got crossed, so we'll make it sometime next week.Got a couple updates.This picture was on the news this morning. Sonora Pass is Highway 108 out of Sonora (obviously) and over the crest of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.Sonora PassThis was also on the news this morning. this is Ebbitts Pass on Highway 4 out of Angels Camp. Still a bunch of snow up there. Ebbitts PassOK, how about a little Ancestry update. You know I've been digging around in my family's past, but I got knocked off my chair, not once but twice this past week. Great-Grandfather Gottlieb Kautz had a son named Christof (born about 1865). Now if you've done any Ancestry research, you know that Christof could be[…]

  • I Think Trout Fishing Is Done Down Country

    Northern California Trout May 18, 2017 | 15:17 pm

    I Think Trout Fishing Is Done Down Country Yuki and I took one more shot at Lake Amador this morning. After today the temperature is going to rise rapidly. It's supposed to be 77 degrees today, but by Monday it's supposed to be 90 here and about 96 in Sacramento. After Monday, who knows, but much too warm for trout.I also wanted to take one more shot at those little Bluegills, but with "3". And take a shot I did. Only problem I ran into was the wind. It was pretty calm when I got there about 9:00, but by 10 is was blowing hard enough that fishing with "3" was no longer an option, BUT I did manage a couple before I put "3" away. Fun.I went to the truck and got my little Okuma and continued to hammer the Bluegills. I probably caught and released a dozen, but just didn't keep count.Yuki had a couple lines out and I had one with rainbow Power Bait. And as luck would have it, Yuki went to the "little boys room" and he got the only bite of the day.Being the nice guy I am, I reeled it in and it was a nice Rainbow going 1 lb. 10[…]

  • It Was Just A Monday Adventure

    Northern California Trout May 15, 2017 | 17:13 pm

    It Was Just A Monday Adventure General Trout Season opened on Saturday April 29th. As you all know upcountry has been buried in snow up to their wazoo.Oh, before I go any further, the trip to Mount Lassen Volcanic National Park got cancelled. Not looking for any comments here, but Katherine's ex and the father of her daughter, got killed in a car vs train accident last Monday. We decided it would be better to be here in case her daughter needed her. As it turned out, she was way stronger than we thought and with the exception of lunch on Saturday, she has come through just fine. So please, no condolences needed. I barely knew the guy.So today I decided to take a drive up to Cat Creek Rd and see if the Middle Fork of the Cosumnes River was accessible. As in the past, just getting to the river was a challenge in Spring.The first problem I ran into was the downed trees across the road. Thankfully someone (probably the Forest Service) was nice enough to go through and cut a passage.   Big tree, small hole Then another. And anotherAs you can see in picture above, the snow started to show up. The drive from[…]

  • A Short Trip Out To The Lake

    Northern California Trout May 4, 2017 | 14:10 pm

    A Short Trip Out To The Lake I suggested we give Lake Amador another try and see if we could catch some more of the Lightning Trout. Our plan was to meet at check-in at 9:00. I got there at 8:00 and Yuki was already there. So much for sneaking in early.We set up at the same place as last week and it wasn't very long until the first fish came on rainbow Power Bait.About a pound and a halfI tried to put it back, but it was  a little too worn out.Swish it aroundTry to get some oxygen through the gillsI was unsuccessful so we gave it to some people next to us.In between that one and the next one, Yuki got a bite on white Power Eggs, but missed it. Then the second Lightning Trout came, again on rainbow Power Bait. This one a little larger.Pushing two poundsThey give a much better fight than a normal Rainbow. No jumps (that I've seen) but good runs and a long fight.While I was waiting for the next bite, I started playing around with a size 16 fly hook and a red worm for some of the little Bluegills swimming around the shallows.Blue GillThis one was the first,[…]

  • A Lake Update

    Northern California Trout May 3, 2017 | 14:41 pm

    A Lake Update In the last post I tried to get statistics. I couldn't find anything so it was a calculated guess. This time I wrote them down when I saw them.Here's this year vs last year percentage of full.This year                                                           Last yearMt. Shasta Lake  94%                                       93%         Pretty close, but a BIG lakeOroville Lake      74%                                       96%         Don't forget the spillway problemFolsom Lake        74%                                       85%         Fed by the 3 forks of the American River                                                       […]

  • And Then There Was..........Something New

    Northern California Trout Apr 27, 2017 | 21:41 pm

    And Then There Was..........Something New Before I get started, I wanted to reply to Mike's (Troutrageous!) question about the lakes out here. We've had so much rain this year that all the lakes are within 15% of being full. They're not full because they are holding space for when the massive snow pack in the Sierra melts. Then I wanted to pass along a little statistic I saw this morning. The US flood fatalities graph I saw went something like this:66% died while driving.7%   died while walking5%   died while playing (what I have no idea)12% died by falling in7%   fell into an other categoryand finally3%  died while fishing.So, I've come to the conclusion that if you have a flood, fish. You'll be the safest you can be.Now on to fishing.  Yuki and I decided to try someplace besides North Shore Lake Camanche since it's been rather fishless out there lately.We met at Lake Amador out on the point where we've fished many, many times.It looks a lot fuller that it has in a loooong time.Toward the dam.Across the lake from the pointAcross to the left.Over to the leftOut toward the spillwayNow if you've followed this blog for any length of time, you're[…]