Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Storm Coming, What To Do?

If you've been living in a cave or don't have a TV like Yuki, you know that the "Storm of the Century" as they are calling it, is about to descend on California. I did what any insane fisherman would do and that's go fishing.

OK, it's not here yet, but soon. I threw my gear in the back of the truck and headed out to the Trout Pond. Yuki said he was there last Friday and saw a lot of catching. I was due for a trip over there and today was as good a day as any.

Got to the Pond about 9:00, aired up the Float Tube Cumberland (you didn't think I was going to fish from the shore after that last debacle, do you). I flippered out and started with a Thin Mint.

I kept the Thin Mint on all along the back shore and over to the far side. Without any interest, I changed to a black J Fair Wiggle-tail. In the past it's been good over in that section of the Pond, just not today. I changed to a rust colored Crystal Bugger (it's also been good on that side in the past), but again, not today.    

While I was flippering on the near side of the Pond, I took this shot for your pleasure.

The camping side of the Pond
While on the near side I saw one caught on a Prince Nymph by someone other than me. I had a Prince Nymph with me, it was back in the truck, though, but I did have a nymph looking something in my Bugger box so I tied it on. The guy that caught the fish said he was just drifting with the nymph following so I did the same with my nymph. He was luckier than I was.  

All this time I'm flippering around the Pond, Yuki was yaking around it too. He was having as much luck as I was or wasn't as the case may be. 

Then I saw the other fish caught. 

He was luckier than me also.
Yuki mentioned something about you have to smoke a pipe (like this guy is doing) to catch fish at the Pond. That's not going to happen. Around Noon I started getting hungry. That happens because I normally eat breakfast around 6:00, so I headed for launch and called it a day. I wasn't catching anything anyway. 

I'm not sure why I took this picture.

I'm home now, obviously, and battening down the hatches for the incoming storm. Based on what the weather guessers are saying, there won't be any more fishing this week. If you haven't been watching the tube, Sacramento is expecting 3 to 4 inches of rain (that's a lot) starting Tomorrow night through Friday. They get that much we'll 2 to 3 times that. They are also predicting snow levels at 4000' and you know we're at 3200. Could happen...........


  1. On one hand, very happy to hear that you are going to get wet...................
    As long as you stay afloat, I am o.k. with all the water you get.

    On the other hand, those patterns should have drawn some interest on the pond..............
    Perhaps the fish were "battening" down before the storm.......................

  2. I think Mel may have nailed it. In the meantime I'll stop my rain dance for you guys. We're supposed to get snow this weekend. Of course...no work on weekends.

  3. First of all Yuki you are the man.
    I know it's going to be very nasty with all the water you are about to recieve, but think of the benefit long term.

  4. Hi Mark, this is Carlos from Spain, I wish you Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to you and your family, friends..... and good fishing as well.

  5. Very happy to hear you were able to get out, and that you're in store for a lot of rain!

  6. Hope you don't get hit too hard...at least snow lands with less impact. We are bracing for 5 to 10 inches in the hills around the northern end of San Francisco Bay, and I commute across the top of the bay. My biggest worry is the winds, which, combined with the rainfall, may have waves lapping over Hwy 37! Keep the fire stoked!

  7. Thin Mints R Us! Love that bugger... Now, stay dry and stay safe. = ) Thanks for being a loyal reader and a good blog buddy

  8. I like your priorities: first go fishing, then batten down the hatches. Good luck riding out the storm.