Saturday, January 2, 2010

Rancho Seco Lake This Morning

Float Tube, Day 2.

Got to the lake at 0845. It was cloudy, overcast, and foggy. Got the Float Tube in the water, put on waders, flippers, and the stripping apron. Flippered myself out a ways and snapped this picture of the sun breaking through the clouds. Looked like the day just might get sunny.

WRONG. That was it. From there it got worse. What little sun you see in the picture went away. The fog got worse, the overcast got worse, and on top of everything else, the wind picked up. OK, I admit, the picture is kind of cool.

Anyway I cruised across the lake against the wind, fishing a black streamer that one of the guys at American Fly Fishing Company wanted me to try. Didn't get any hits. I changed to a white Clouser Deep Minnow and nothing on that either. When you're flippering against the wind, it's hard on your legs, but casting is great. When I got to the other side of the lake and turned around, the going was easy, but the casting put the streamer back in my face.

Since I hadn't gotten anything on the first two streamers I switched to a Wooly bugger in black. With casting a problem, I let out the line as I drifted and then stripped it back in. This worked pretty well except the float tube kept wanting to turn backward. One of those aerodynamic things, I guess. To make this work I had to keep the tube going in the right direction.

Got back across the lake and I'd been out for about 3 hours, so I decided to call it. I still don't want to push it too hard until I get in better float tube shape. A correct decision since I can feel it in my legs and shoulders already.

As I was leaving, I noticed a couple of float tube guys going back and forth in a little cove and there was a bunch of people on the bank fishing right near by. I think I'll try there the next time, but will probably do it on a week day when there are less people.

Till the next adventure.

Mark (Shoreman)


  1. Looks like you found the secret spot! Good luck the next time you float over.

  2. Mark I am not sure but I don't think you are supposed to get sore from not catching fish.
    Was there a N plant there that had a melt down way back when?
    Tight lines

  3. If those trout won't take a Black Wooly Bugger, they aren't real trout anyway. Darn fish! Sounds like each time your out in the tube in the beginning, your learning some of the key float tube skills.

  4. When I used to float-tube for trout, I could never get the directional thing right, especially in the wind. The advent of the pontoon kick boats made it a lot easier. BUT - now I live where there are no trout, so it doesn't really matter.

    Keep after em Mark