Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Final Goodbye

Mission Accomplished

Back in January 2009, I started this blog it was with the intent of letting local trout fishermen know where I’ve fished, what I caught, and where I caught them. The mission statement at the top of the blog is what I’ve tried to follow over the past 2 ½ years.

A Blog designed to share my experiences as a trout fisherman and some other stuff. To let fishermen and fisherwomen everywhere know where I've fished, what I caught, and what I used to catch them. Knowledge that has been held close to the vest by the many and shared by the few.

Since then, I feel I’ve accomplished that mission is spades. But, on top of that, Northern California Trout has taken on a life of its own and gone in a bunch of different directions. Agreed, I do the posting, but it was never my intention for Northern California Trout to do this. I’ve resisted, for the most part, representing anything for sale, indorsing anything, and delving into politics (with the exception of the Jane Fonda thing).

I’ve met a lot of great people from all over the world via this blog. Thank you, to all 126 of my followers, for reading what I’ve written. Thank you all, for commenting as often as you’ve done. Thank you all for being my friends.

But I’ve come to a point where I think it’s time to turn off Northern California Trout, California Dreaming, and get out of the blogging business.

Why you ask? Good question. I find myself spending so much time in front of a computer; I don’t have time to do what needs to be done around here. My health being what it is (and don’t worry, there is nothing wrong) only allows me a certain number of hours a day to do anything and then I’m done for that day. Many of those hours are taken up with the business of blogging and I need to apply them elsewhere.

So, for the last couple of months I’ve been struggling to post something, just to keep the blog going. This is not what Northern California Trout was supposed to be, so I’m calling it quits. I may be back in the future, maybe not. We’ll see.

In the words of Edward R Murrow (who, when joining CBS in 1935, had only one person on his staff who was, coincidently, named Bob Trout):

"Good night and good luck."

Mark aka Shoreman - mkautz@volcano.net

Monday, June 13, 2011

The Finished Product

Since I talked about the bathroom remodel so much, thought you'd like to see the final product. Remember, I took the walls all the way down to bare 2x4's and built them from there.
















Mark

Friday, June 10, 2011

80's Week, The Second To The Last Day

The 80's were not pleasant. I'd just as soon forget about them. Interesting how, when your my age, you can forget about a whole decade.

Yesterday I took the day off and met Yuki at the Mokelumne River on Electra Rd. If you want to see pictures, go here: http://shoretroutfishing.blogspot.com/2010/08/new-place.html

We fished the same place I talked about in that post and had the same results as I had in that post. Nada. The only positive was that a girl came by and said that there were a bunch of fish at the power house, but they couldn't hook them either. By that time my "get up and go" had "got up and went" so I made a note to fish there another day.

Now it's back to the remodel. Almost done. A little caulking, a little painting, a light over the sink, and a trip to the dump. As soon as it's complete, I'll post pictures. Then I'll get back to fishing on a regular basis.

Mark

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

WCWS Game 2

The party began last night as Arizona State defeated Florida 7-2 to win the Women's College World Series. Mike, the football team wouldn't have helped. Didn't seem like Florida, in general, could get anything going in either game.

Howard, you have to remember, we've had snow all along and as recently as day before yesterday, AND we've not had any warmth, to speak of, since last summer. No hallucinogenic experience here.

Ed, this is the post from 4/18/2011 (last time I was up there) and they still look just like this.

http://shoretroutfishing.blogspot.com/2011/04/opening-day-is-going-to-be-drag.html

Even though Bear (elevation 5850') was open, there was still a lot of snow on the ground.

We are expecting mid to high 80's in Sacramento this week and into next. This should start breaking up all that ice upcountry.

Till next time.

Mark

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

WCWS Finals Game 1 & Fishing

Game 1 goes to Arizona State by a score of 14-4. Game 2 is on now.

Took a run up Highway 88 this morning to check out the lakes. With the exception of Bear River Reservoir, all the lakes are still frozen. To fish Bear River it would have taken a 1/2 mile walk because the gate is still closed. I wasn't up for the hike, so I passed. Looks like it'll still be a couple of weeks or possible more until Silver, Caples, and Red Lakes are fishable.

Mark

Monday, June 6, 2011

WCWS The Finals

What the hell am I doing up at 2:45am? Wife has to be at work at 0345 and I keep her company as she gets ready.

WCWS (Women's College World Series), the finals start today at 8:00pm EST on ESPNU. The field has been reduced to the two final teams. The Arizona State Sun Devils vs the University of Florida Gators in a best of three matchup. Game one is today, game two tomorrow, and game three (if necessary) on Wednesday. You should watch, anything could happen.

Fishing tomorrow.

Mark

Sunday, June 5, 2011

June 6th

Tomorrow is June 6th. D-Day the 6th of June 1944. The invasion of Normany, France and subsequent liberation of Europe and the fall of the Third Reich. Hug a WWII Vet. There aren't many left.

Tomorrow (June 6th), I'm putting away the snow shovels, ice melter, and ice scrapers (that sit on the front porch throughout the winter) for the year. About damn time. I hope I'm right.

Tuesday (June 7th) I'm on my way up the hill to see what's open. I'm back up again on Thursday with Yuki to do some fishing. Hey, it's National Fishing and Boating Week. I'm trying to do my part. Oh, I'll probably do some fishing while I'm up there on Tuesday too. How can I resist?

Let you know how it works out.

Mark

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Fly Eater

Had to make a run to Sacramento yesterday and decided to hit the American for Shad while I was there. Went to our usual place and parked just as one of the drift boat guys came into the lot. He said they caught a couple.

I got wadered up, got my vest on, strung my fly rod (the one with intermediate sinking line) and grabbed my spinning rod (just in case) and set out for the river. The release was jacked up about 2000cfs (7000cfs) more than I like it (I like it at about 5000cfs) , but I gave it a shot anyway.

Got to our spot and it still looked OK, like the picture below. A tad deeper, maybe.




Tied on one of the Shad flies I got last year and commenced to cast. I'd strip out some line, do a roll cast to get the fly out a ways and then a double haul to get it out farther. Once I determined where it would land, I'd let it do it's thing and then strip it in. While it was doing it's thing, I'd pull out a couple more strips of line and the next cast would put it out a little further. That's the only way you can attempt casting in an area that's about as wide as your bedroom hallway.

The fourth time I'd add line, the cast would put the line out, but there was no fly on it.

See that little bush in the upper left hand corner of the picture below? Well, that was last year. This year it's about 1/3 bigger and I noticed as I looked for the fly, that it's a holly bush (thorns on the leaves) of some sort. A great fly eater. Now you have to know, that the flies I was using were, florescent pink and florescent orange and could I find them? Oh hell no. I looked for 15 minutes right where they should be. No such luck.





After losing several flies, I put up the fly rod (note to self: find some place to fish where you have space behind you) and got my spinning rod with that pink grub that works so well.

After 2 hours of standing in the river waving a stick, my back started cramping (from a back injury a couple of weeks ago) and the fact that I can't stand on my feet for very long without my back hurting anyway, I called it a day. And yes, I went home fishless.

I think there were several factors involved in why I didn't catch any fish. One, the river was high, I couldn't stay very long, and the river was too stinking cold. I had wool socks on my feet and they still froze. Could be we could use a little warm weather too. Could be I just got skunked, although I got an email from Rich (of Rich & Mark) and they think the water temp has something to do with a slow bite. Who knows, only that I will be back again soon.

At least I got out. Till next time.

Mark

Thursday, June 2, 2011

WCWS

Last year I did a couple of posts on woman's college softball and the little league world series. The time has arrived for the Woman's College World Series again this year. Starts today at 1pm Eastern time on ESPN. If you are any kind of baseball fan, and I know a bunch of you are, you should take in a couple of these games. You will not be disappointed.

The playoffs to the final games are a double elimination, that being the team has to lose two games to be out of the tournament. Again, they start today and the championship games begin Monday June 6th at 7pm (central time as the games are played in Oklahoma City) all on ESPN. Don't miss them.

As for the Little league World Series, not yet, but I'll let you know. This is softball and little league baseball at it's finest.

Nothing to be gained except recognation. A little tune (ala Howard) that applies.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ijkYkJfg0s

Mark