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Northern California Trout

  • Ever Feel Left Out ??

    Northern California Trout Mar 24, 2017 | 14:26 pm

    Ever Feel Left Out ?? Yesterday morning I did the neighborly thing. I picked up my next door neighbor after having minor surgery and gave him a ride home because his wife doesn't drive.I got him at 8:15 am, home at 8:20 am (the surgery center was just around the corner) and was out to North Shore Lake Camanche by 9:00 am.My friend Rubin was there and already had one in the cooler. I set up next to him with two rods of rainbow Power Bait (he caught his on chartreuse) and drank my Starbucks coffee. Made sure I didn't drop it this time. Then around 10:00 Rubin caught his second one. Remember now, I'm fishing right next to him. Rubin's secondThen he caught his third. I'm still sitting right next to him. Rubin's thirdWhile all this is happening, the two guys that were out here last time I fished North Shore were behind us pulling them in one after the other.I tried adding garlic and sweet corn to the Power Bait, I tried silver, pink, green/silver, Firetiger, and even gold Kastmasters. I even tried Crappie Jigs. WHAT THE HELL !!!Not a bite. At Noon I went home.Now, a little info on the Crappie Jig.[…]

  • It Was Not About The Fishing

    Northern California Trout Mar 14, 2017 | 21:46 pm

    It Was Not About The Fishing My first 30 years of employment were spent in warehousing. That would have been 18 to 48 years old. Young enough to think I was bulletproof and/or indestructible.Now that I'm old, I'm finding out what the payment is for that period of my life. Part of that payment is little, if any, back muscles. But before I get into the explanation of the title of this post, I wanted to show you what it looked like at La Casa Kautz on Sunday the 5th.Some hail, some corn snow. Across the streetBy the way, they finally sold the house on the left. Be vacant since Nancy passed away on December 24, 2015. Down to the left.Our back yard. Note no pine needles. Front view.During one of the recent storms and I can't remember which one because they seem to all run together, our fence blew down. Took out one full section including the post and demolished the gate.Now, this is for all you folks out there that don't know how to build a fence. The post on the side of the gate was a fairly new post. That means someone recently (in the last 17 years. the house was build in[…]

  • Fishing Was So Exciting I Forgot To Post

    Northern California Trout Mar 2, 2017 | 16:03 pm

    Fishing Was So Exciting I Forgot To Post Yuki and I decided to run out to New Melones Reservoir on Monday. First we tried the Highway 49 bridge. A little contrast in water amounts. 2/18/2015TuesdayI first fished the road. It was only about a foot deep out as far as I could cast so we moved out to a point. The water was deeper, but there weren't any fish to be found. Then the wind picked up and blowing across that cold water into our face, it became miserable to fish. Since Tuttletown was close we decided to go over there.   Tuttletown bottom launch ramp 2/18/2015The road to the bottom launch ramp was blocked off probably because some idiot would drive down there and run his car/truck into the lake. We parked at the middle ramp, but the hike down to water would have way too hard for a couple of Geezers. Lower launch ramp is down there somewhereSo we went to the Mexican Restaurant and had lunch.We're going to try Middle Bar Bridge the next time. The Mokelumne River has slowed down considerably.Stay tuned.

  • Genealogy And Other Family Stuff

    Northern California Trout Feb 27, 2017 | 16:27 pm

    My wife decided that I needed a hobby other than fishing. This was caused by the constant rain and a good case of the "shack nasties" I tried wood burning, but just couldn't get into it. So for Christmas she gave me a 6 month subscription to Ancestry.com.The last 10 years of my working life, finding people was what I did, so Genealogy was a natural choice. I also picked up MyHeritage.com and Family Search.org.Those of you familiar with the LDS (Morman's) Church know that Genealogy is a BIG part of what they do. I'm sure Emily (aka River Damsel) can relate to Genealogy. Did I mention that my Grandmother's name was Emily?Anyway, after all that, I've had my nose buried in my computer since. I've also made contact with a cousin I haven't seen since her mother passed away in 1961. I also found out I have a cousin that is a published author (just like Moi).But it's not just that. After collecting any and all paperwork from the previously mentioned Cousin and what paperwork was all the family papers my sister had when she died, I've come up with so much information it's almost taken on a life[…]

  • Why Have A Camera When You Have A Blog Photographer

    Northern California Trout Feb 25, 2017 | 04:44 am

    Why Have A Camera When You Have A Blog Photographer Since the wife was home today after working a gazillion hours yesterday, I got up early, and headed out to the lake at 7:15. When I left the house it was 27 degrees. When I arrived at the lake it was 37 degrees. Amazing what a couple hundred feet in elevation will do for the temperature. I'll just let you look at the pictures.CalmCalmThe next 15 pictures is why I don't need a camera as long as I have a Yuki. 2 lb. 7 oz. footballAnd after all that, I missed the first one. It hit, jumped three times and I almost got it to shore when the hook came out. It was on a silver Kastmaster. The only hit on any Kastmaster today.The other two (one was 2 pounds 2 ounces and the other was 2 pounds 7 ounces) came on rainbow Power Bait. Smaller one was a hold over because it had Copepod slime on it and the bigger one was probably stocked yesterday.Yuki got one bite on white Power Eggs but missed it. In the last photo, you can see a green grassy area in the water. Last Wednesday I was sitting below that spot. Water was[…]

  • Pulling Weeds..............Going Fishing

    Northern California Trout Feb 22, 2017 | 22:11 pm

    Woke up this morning and it wasn't raining. I didn't know what to do with myself.I could go out in the back yard and pull weeds. OR, I could run out to the lake and soak some Power Eggs. What a concept!!!!!So I got out the:You know what this is. The side with fishing was definitely the one in my favor. So when the wife left for work, I left for the lake.I got there and the lake was FULL. I haven't seen it this full ever. Even back when, we refer to it as the "Yuki incident" it wasn't this full. Take a look.3/25/2013 The "Yuki incident"TodayNorth Shore launch rampThere was one other gentleman from Elk Grove fishing on the point. He got one bite on chartreuse Power Bait just before I got there, but missed it.I put out one rod with white Power Eggs and one with rainbow Power Bait and took enough time to finish my coffee. Once done I reeled in the Power Bait rod and started throwing a silver Kastmaster. I'm not sure if it was the first or the second cast, but I got a hit, a jump, and then it was gone.Fish 2[…]

  • Oroville Dam Update

    Northern California Trout Feb 14, 2017 | 16:22 pm

    OK, you've seen the spillway on TV. I have to say that when it works correctly it's an amazing sight.The water level will be down below the emergency auxiliary section in about 5 days. Then they can get some more repairs made. In the mean time they are still letting 100,000cfs out of the spillway even though it's damaged at the bottom. The aren't seeing any more major damage in that area.As far as us being safe, here is the info I sent Mel this morning:We're a long way from Oroville Dam (maybe 4 or 5 hour drive). If we had adam problem it would come from the Hydroelectric dams on the MokelumneRiver. There are two, one up Electra road (where Yuki and I fished latelast year) and one further up the river at a place called Tiger Creek.Both are in good shape and owned by Pacific Gas & Electric so wellmaintained. No worries there. We've had some flooding in the area, butwhere our house is, and even though we are across the street from thedrainage creek, it's been minimal. When I say minimal, what I mean isthat we had a couple inches of water (from the rain) build up[…]

  • Lots Of Information

    Northern California Trout Feb 13, 2017 | 23:39 pm

    Lots Of Information First on the agenda today is yours truly was asked to participate in a website post about fly fishing called Epicwilderness.com . I have to admit that I'm among some pretty special people, many who you already know like Orvis, Mat Wagner (The Driftless Angler), Jason tucker (Fontinalis Rising, and Kirk Warner (Unaccomplished Angler). I am humbled that they would ask me "What are the 3 most important things you wish you knew when you started fly fishing?". So go out and take a look at Epicwilderness and see what you think about their site.Second on the agenda is that I'm sure, if you watch National News that you saw the problem they are having at the Oroville Dam. It was pretty shaky last night with the evacuation of the towns along the Feather River (below Oroville Dam) to the tune of 100's of thousands of people. BUT the dam held and the water level is dropping although most are still not allowed back home quite yet.Third, since it rained most of last week and we are expecting five more days of rain, starting Thursday, I headed out to Lake Camanche this morning if for no other reason, to get some[…]

  • Water, Water Everywhere

    Northern California Trout Feb 8, 2017 | 18:19 pm

    Water, Water Everywhere I got a text from Yuki last evening. He said I should take a drive over to the Mokelumne River at the 49 bridge. He thought you guys would like to see the amount of water coming down from the Power House upstream.Because I was already in sweats and slippers I decided to do it this morning instead. The first picture is from when Yuki and fished up by the Power House last November. Beautiful fishing water. November 3, 2016 I decided that the best way to approach the river would be the Day Use area under the 49 bridge. Unfortunately they closed it because of high water. So I did the only thing logical, I parked the truck and walked through the barriers down to the river.I apologize for the "not so good" pictures, but you can't get anywhere near the river. The water is all over the place.  As you can see in the picture below the river is almost, if not at flood stage.  Under the 49 bridge.  And, you can see the water is running over the Day Use Area road.The roadThis is upstream from where I was standing.Hard to see with all the trees. Then I[…]

  • Superbowl, The Morning After

    Northern California Trout Feb 6, 2017 | 16:35 pm

    Superbowl, The Morning After No, it's now about being blitzed yesterday or nursing a hangover this morning, it's about a little Superbowl history from a Geezer.I suspect that there aren't many out there that have taken in all the Superbowl's. Maybe Mel, Howard, or Alan. I, on the other hand, have watched every one (all or part) since Superbowl 1. That would be 51 years worth.Some were good, some bad, some were a waste of time. The half time shows were, eh!! Most of the time with the exception of the wardrobe malfunction that Justin Timberlake gave us via Janet Jackson in Superbowl XXXVIII (38) weren't worth watching.Immediately after. But what I really wanted to touch on was Superbowl 1 because of the gyrations I had to go through to watch the game.The date: January 15, 1967.The place: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.  The teams: Kansas City Chiefs and the Green Bay Packers.The score: Later.In 1967 I was newly married, lived in the same apartment building I lived in when I landed in Los Angeles in 1963 (from Florida) and there was something that now days doesn't exist. Blackout.  Yup, if you lived within about 50 square miles of a game, you couldn't watch the[…]