Friday, September 22, 2017

That Was A Bust

As mentioned in the last post, this past week we were at Upper Lake for our September camping trip.

The week went like this:

Tuesday when we arrived it was cold and the wind was blowing at about 19 mph across the length of the lake. No float tubing that day. Or Inflate-a-Yaking.

Wednesday morning, wind blowing at about 14 and raining. Rained most of the day and the rest was windy at 14 to 19 mph across the length of the lake. No float tubing that day.

I did brave the wind with my little Okuma rod with 2# line and caught one little Bass on a blue/silver Little Cleo lure about the same size as the one I caught last year.

Thursday morning it was 45 degrees and the wind was blowing at 14+ across the length of the lake.

We called it and came home. A severe contrast to last year (same time of the month) when it was hot enough to run the A/C in the trailer and hot enough to be out on the lake.

Next year we've booked late August instead of mid September. We'll see how that goes.

I did take three pictures, but lost them sometime during the download to the computer.

It's supposed to be hot next week (of course) so I may drop the float tube into the trout pond (there's Bass and Bluegills in the pond) and see how flippering goes.

Stay tuned.

Oh, did I mention that it snowed (SNOWED) up the hill yesterday and this morning. No wonder it was so cold this morning. Snow level this morning was 6000' which is Bear River Reservoir elevation.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

A Somewhat Sad Update.

If you’ve noticed, I haven’t been fishing much lately. Yeh, it’s been hotter than Hell, but that was only part of the reason.

I’ve noticed lately that when I fish a creek, fly fishing mostly, that the next day or two are extremely painful for my body.

If you look back at the post from 7/28, Yuki and I fished the West Fork of the Carson after a little bait dunking at Upper Blue Lake. It took me two days before I could walk upright. Kind of like the early caveman.  OK, I recovered and was back to almost normal by day three.

Then on 8/5 Yuki and I fished Silver Fork of the American and then on to Bear River Reservoir. Once again, for two days I couldn’t walk upright. This time my wife had something to say about it. She reminded me that I’m old. She’s very subtle at times.  I was also reminded that after 7/28, if I had a re-occurrence that she and I were going to revisit fly fishing along creeks.

Granted, I’m a little hardheaded at times (most of the time. C’mon, I’m German), but I think the pain outweighs the fly fishing on creeks. Then I saw the video “Casting on the waters” over on Howard's site, everything came together. With the leg problems I mentioned back on 8/5, the back pain from “rock hopping”, and general oldness of my body (I believe I am the Senior Geezer of this group at 71) I’m going to have to take a hiatus from fly fishing creeks quite possibly quit all together.

We’re headed to Upper Lake mid this month and I’m taking the Float Tube Cumberland like I did last year. I want to see if float tubing causes similar problems. Remember back aways, I talked about the leg cramps which actually turned out to be arthritis. That was back in 2013 and trust me, it’s gotten worse. It’s hell getting old.

The trip is scheduled in two weeks so I’ll be kind of quiet until then. I’ve got a lot to think about.  If something interesting turns up, I’ll post, but if you don’t see anything here, it’s because I’m thinking.
I want to mention that thinking is a weird concept for me as I usually get into trouble when I think, so bear with me.