Saturday, January 18, 2014

Thank God That's Over

For the last 20 days I've had some sort of the flu. It started with a sore throat two days before New Years. Then adding a cough and a head full of snot. I progressed to 13 days of being in bed or ensconced in a blanket in my chair.

Then last Sunday came phase two. This one was oh, so much better. Four days of running to the Porcelain God almost every time I moved. For those who have had this one, my sympathies. For those who haven't, you lucky dogs.

But, I'm back (I hope) and am planning on getting out next week. Don't want to push it and end up back in bed. Us old guys don't bounce back as easily as we used to.

Now, if you've been watching the tube, you know that California is in a major drought. 2012 was the driest calendar year ever. All the lakes are mere puddles and the temperature had been in the mid 60's for what seems forever.

This is what January should look like. 

January 2008

The normal winter program would be to fish downcountry, but with the warm temps I'm thinking of taking a drive up the hill. Don't know what I'll find, but the local forums are showing nobody fishing up there.

I know I posted a trip on the 8th, but I paid for that short trip to Camanche by spending another three days in bed which is the reason I'm not pushing it this time. I have to tell you, it's really tough when you find out you're not bulletproof any longer. Very damaging to your ego.

The DFW is planning on planting Camanche and New Melones next week so if upcountry doesn't pan out, I still have those two lakes I can hit later in the week. Monday is MLK day so I would avoid any downcountry lake unless you enjoy combat fishing. 

Stay tuned.


  1. A tough year so far for you. Glad things are looking up. And yeah, it's a drag to no longer be bullet-proof. How'd that happen?

  2. Mark
    Spring is just around the corner, so yes don't rush getting out too soon, it might cause you major problems down the road. Glad to know you are on the mend. Thanks for sharing

  3. Mark, great to hear that you are feeling somewhat better and are ready to push forward ever so slightly. I had a rough start to last year and am well aware of not being bullet-proof anymore. Geezerhood comes with its own set of issues!

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  5. We geezers need to take better care of ourselves. Glad you're feeling better buddy and thanks for everything.

  6. Mark, good to hear your on the rebound.
    You guys need precipitation.

  7. Glad to hear you're back at it. Praying for some water to come your way.