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  • The Follow-up To Last Tuesday's Trip

    Northern California Trout May 9, 2018 | 09:57 am

    Like I mentioned last Tuesday, I made a couple trips across the stones from the truck to the lake.Actually it took two trips to get my gear from the truck to the lake and two to get it back to the truck. I'm talking about 50' over rocky ground. In between I made one trip past the truck to the little boys room and back.Now the good and the bad. The good is that I can still walk without a cane. The bad is that the pain started Tuesday afternoon when I got home and didn't subside (I say subside because there is always pain somewhere between my lower back and my feet) until Friday morning.During the time between Tuesday afternoon and Friday morning I have to "carefully" walk with a cane or I will fall flat on my face.At this point, I just don't know if it's worth it. 

  • Well, I Got Out

    Northern California Trout May 1, 2018 | 16:46 pm

    Well, I Got Out This was the plan. Drive out to Lake Camanche North Shore and see if, A they are still planting, B if anyone is catching anything, and C see if there is any water in the lake.I got there at 9:00 and at check-in the girl said they planted (I made sure it was a trout plant) last Friday. So I paid the entrance fee (an arm and a leg since my yearly pass expired) and drove out to the day use area.Parked at the day use areaMy destinationI was planning to put my chair and gear by that little clump of bushes in the center of the picture.The lakeI was pleasantly surprised that the lake was FULL.From the lot to the lakeReady for actionFor the next three hours I sat. Occasionally tossing a Kastmaster, in multiple colors, while one rod sat and soaked Power Bait.There was a guy to my right who was there when I got there and left about 11:00 skunked. There was a couple to my left that showed up about 10:00, caught one about 10:30 and left so fast I didn't even have a chance to ask what they were using. THAT was a little fishy,[…]

  • I Found Bigfoot

    Northern California Trout Apr 29, 2018 | 17:15 pm

    I Found Bigfoot He's pitching for the San Francisco Giants.On a lighter note..............Fishing TuesdayStay Tuned

  • Almost A Month Later

    Northern California Trout Apr 24, 2018 | 09:59 am

    Almost A Month Later I'm going to try a trip out to North Shore next week. Not sure which day, but probably mid to late in the week.I've discovered several of the "side effects" of this Spinal Osteoarthritis. Let me explain.A weekend ago I did some weed pulling on the hill in back. Two things are involved in this process. One, walking up and down the hill and kneeling down to pull the weeds.The following Monday and Tuesday I could barely walk. By end of the day on Wednesday I was back to normal. Wednesday and Thursday were normal days.Friday I decided to mow the yard. It's a pretty good sized yard.BackyardDisregard the snow, about 1/4 acre.Saturday morning I did the trimming and noticed some weeds below the front window. Being "Mr. Neatnic" regarding my yard, I got down and pulled the weeds. Between mowing, trimming, and pulling those weeds, Saturday afternoon and Sunday I, once again, couldn't walk. Conclusion: Pulling weed on hands and knees and walking on uneven terrain is the cause of not being able to walk. The wife mentioned that what it looks like (and it never crossed my mind) is that movement causes a pinched nerve in my hip. Thus gimping[…]

  • I'm Not Quite Ready To Return

    Northern California Trout Mar 27, 2018 | 14:05 pm

    Last Friday I had spinal x-rays to try and determine why I'm having all the pain I am.Doctor called it Spinal Arthritis. Not a lot that an be done at this time. Heat, cold, drugs. With that said, walking the river is definitely out. Walking around the lake is definitely out.Looks like all I have left is parking at the lake.Don't know if I'll be able to float tube, but I will certainly give it a shot.With the help of drugs, I'll be back.Oh, I was also informed that I'm no longer bulletproof or indestructible.This getting old is for the birds. 

  • Happy St. Patrick's Day

    Northern California Trout Mar 17, 2018 | 11:29 am

    Might as well start off with Shamrocks.ShamrocksOne of the findings of my Genealogy search is that I'm part Irish although I've know this for most of my life. It was always my understanding that my Great-Grandmother (McGovern) was the Irish connection. But after researching the family I found that McGovern, although it is an Irish name, is not the family name. My Great-Grandfather, Frank P McGovern was born in Ohio. My Great-Grandmothers maiden name was Duffin and her father, Michael Duffin (mother was Sarah McNeill) was from Glenarm, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. My Great-Grandmother was born in Garron Point, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Looks a lot like this:Garron PointThere are also several family crests.This is one of many.  DuffinOn the third Saturday of March the town of Murphy's California celebrates our Irish Heritage. I planned to go today, it's just down the highway a bit, but with the storms we've had last week the town is probably butt deep in snow. Guess I'll wait until next year. Ironically, the Kautz family winery is also in Murphy's. You've probably not heard of the Kautz winery unless you've followed this blog for some time, but you might have heard of Ironstone Winery. Even though[…]

  • Down For The Count

    Northern California Trout Mar 7, 2018 | 09:47 am

    I'm still here, but not completely.Three weeks ago I pulled a muscle in my left shoulder. I had absolutely no use of my left arm or hand. I couldn't even turn a spinning reel if my life depended on it. I couldn't pick up a cup of coffee with that arm.I now have use (mostly) of that arm, but another problem has cropped up.Last Summer when I was replacing the fence in the back of the house, I started to have more back problems than I normally have. Went to the doctor and had him prescribe Meloxicam which is a anti-inflammatory. I had used it previously when I had tendentious back when I had a real job. Cleared it up in about 6 months.Early in January I changed Cardiologists and he took me off Plavix and put me on Eliquis. Both are blood thinners for those of us Geezers with heart problems.I went to my primary care physician because the above mentioned pulled muscle was getting better, but the pain caused by it was still pretty bad. Hoped I could get something a bit stronger than Meloxicam. That coupled with the back pain and the extension of that pain through[…]

  • Camping Like Howard

    Northern California Trout Feb 18, 2018 | 13:20 pm

    Camping Like Howard When my wife and I met 21 years ago, one of the first trips we took was a camping trip to a place called (yes you've heard it before) Silver Fork of the American River. Because my Assistant Supervisor was being a bitch and wouldn't let me leave work early, we didn't get going until after 8:00 pm. The other error we made was camping on a 3 day holiday weekend. By the time we got up there, there wasn't a camp site to be found. We ended up pitching our tent in a little spot next to a side road, drank a bunch a wine and crashed. 5:00 am the next morning the dirt bikes started. We packed up and went home.The next time we actually went camping was in August 2013 at Hope Valley Campground.Hope Valley Space 9So Much To BringThere were two things we found about tent camping. One, somebody has to sleep against the tent and the other is crawling out in the middle of the night to take a wizz is just a pain in the ass. It was at that point we decided to look into trailers. Enter the Coachman Clipper.  Note Single AxleShort Queen[…]

  • Socks On My Ears

    Northern California Trout Feb 17, 2018 | 11:18 am

    A few weeks ago I emailed my cousin in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. They were having temperatures in the -11 area. I asked him how they stood those kind of temps, He said it was a "little annoying". For us warm temperature Californians, -11 is WAY beyond annoying. There is more to this.Yesterday I met Yuki out at the Trout Pond. He had mentioned in the past that on Friday he saw people catching limits left and right. OK, so yesterday was Friday. We met at the Pond. We caught ZIP. Not just us, everybody got ZIPPED. He felt that because he brought his fishing pole this time is the reason we didn't catch anything. Good logic as far as I can see.What about the "socks on my ears". I'm getting a little annoyed with fishing. Every time I get annoyed, I'm reminded of the Domino's Pizza Noid and the socks he has on his ears. Make any sense? Probably not, guess you had to be there. Maybe I need a new hobby (other than searching for my ancestors). I suggested ping-pong to Yuki, but I think not. Maybe building those little metal "Fascinations"  like my son does. Don't know these? Here[…]

  • It Was A Nice Day To Read

    Northern California Trout Feb 2, 2018 | 09:30 am

    I got out to Lake Camanche North Shore about 9:30 yesterday morning. I know that seems a little late for me, but I'm still taking my wife back and forth to work. The operation she had on her foot didn't go as well as expected. Something about the stitches inside and needing another surgery. In any event, she can't make the walk from way out in the parking lot to the office, so I drop her off at the door. I set up two rods with rainbow Power Bait and with coffee in hand, parked in the red camping chair to read (for Yuki's benefit) a paperback novel. He was a librarian for most of his career and using an e-reader is just not in his make-up. Obviously I didn't have any expectations since the last few times I've been out there I've been skunked. BUT it's the only place I can sit in the shade of the truck and fish or in this case, read.Then, this guy showed up. I don't think it was the same warden in the picture, but like Larry Bird and Tweedy Bird, "they looked an awful lot alike".California Game WardenIf you followed this blog for[…]