The logical thing to do would be drive up to Bear River Reservoir (it's only 20 miles from home) and with two rods out sit on a cushion on a nice flat rock and soak up some sun.
I got to the lake at 0815 and with coffee in hand, stumbled down to a good spot and put out two lines with slip sinker rigs, rainbow Power Bait, and a dab of Pro-Cure sweet corn bait scent. My logic told me that with as hot as it's been any fish are going to be wayyyyyy down. I cut the leader to 14 inches, stuck on a wad of Power Bait and flung that sucker out as far as I could (about 150 feet). That would be both rods exactly the same, pretty much side by side.
I got my butt situated on a nice flat rock, grabbed my cup of coffee and waited. I would give it until 11:30 and then pack up and head home. Should be quite toasty by then. I had no expectations.
At 8:40 the first hit came and I missed the set. Shortly another hit and I missed that one too. Like the title says, I'm a little out of practice with bait dunking since I've been fly fishing exclusively since the middle of May. Oh yeh, wanted to show you how calm the lake was.
|Not a wind ripple in sight|
|First fish of the day|
As I was packing up, a guy approached and asked if I could answer a couple of questions. Since I wasn't paying much attention, I didn't notice (until he was right next to me) that he was from the California Department of Fish & Game. Ooops. Not a Game Warden, just a guy taking a survey. Whew....Good thing I only had 5 (the limit) huh. He asked a couple of questions, measured all the fish, shot the shit for a while and then moved on to the people fishing down the way.
As on most trips I always find something to put on the window sill. Today it was a small bobber and one of those bell thingeys that a lot of people use to tell them a fish is biting on their line. Personally I've never had any trouble telling when a fish bites especially when the line snaps straight out from the tip of your rod, but hey, to each their own.
|Bobber and bell thingy|
I still have story #2 and will get that posted shortly. stay tuned.