Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Tuesday & Today

Wandered up to the Comsumnes at PIPI Valley yesterday morning. Wanted to try my luck nymphing that creek now that the flow has slowed. Water temp at 0800 was 48 degrees. I tried a Prince Nymph and a Copper John. Nothing. Walked back to the truck and put on a #8 red hook and a pink Power Egg. Nothing. Water was right, don't think there are any fish there or if they are, they are few and far between, because I sure didn't see any. Covered about a mile of the creek and even took a bunch of time fishing under the bridge with nymphs and Power Eggs. Next time I think I'll try a small Panther Martin and see what happens.

Here is what the creek looked like

Today was Father's Day with my Son and Grandson. They took me out to breakfast and then we went to the American River to try for some shad. My Son has not fished shad before, so this was a new experience for him. Because of breakfast (couldn't pass that up) we got to the river at 10:00. I rigged both their poles with the little pink jig we use and we walked down to the water. Charles (Grandson) lost interest pretty quickly, but Ken (Son) kept casting. I hooked one and handed the pole to Charles. He got it in and I took the picture below.

Then I caught one, and then Ken caught one. A little later I hooked a second one for Charles which he fought to shore and then the bite stopped. Nobody went home skunked. As we were leaving, Ken said that he would be over here again, during his lunch time, since his office is just around the corner from where we were. So, the introduction to shad fishing was successful for my son and grandson. A good Father's Day outing.

Till next time.

Mark (Shoreman)


  1. Mark ~ That looks like a beautiful river! Sorry it was keeping it's fish hidden from you.
    Of course, your Fathers Day outing sounds just right. A fish for everyone. I've never fished for shad.....
    One more for the list to go after =)
    Happy Fathers Day to you (a few days late)

  2. Good looking stream there, Mark. Not sure why the fish were missing. Spinners would be a good choice.

    I bet your grandson appreciated you letting him scrap with some Shad.

  3. Hi Mark, man that is some great looking water! I'd love to try my luck there. Sounds like you had a great Father's Day. You are a lucky man!

  4. Looks like it was a good time! Those shad fight hard?

    I love it when you post pictures of the landscape there. Awesome.

  5. Fantastic! Love it when the kids get their first taste of fishing. Eventually we have to hand the fishing spots down to someone else. Great post!