Like I said yesterday, I'm bored. With that in mind, I loaded my fly vest and my 6 wt with floating line with the intention, that if I found a place to fish, it would be fly rod all the way.
The other item on the agenda was to check out an RV dump in Angels Camp (never made it, but I can check that out another day) for future camping use.
Heading out Highway 49, I stopped at the vista point at New Melones Reservoir just to see. It's sad is all I can say.
|Lower than I've ever seen it.|
|To the left and "upstream".|
It took me a couple hours (even with a map) to find the hatchery. It's actually fairly simple to find it, I just took a couple wrong turns, but find it I did.
I checked in with the office and got permission to wander the place. I want to say right off that everyone I met there was extremely nice and extremely helpful.
I scared the hell out of the gentleman walking out the door,, but I'll get to that tomorrow.
|Nice looking Chevy truck there on the left.|
|The locked door|
|The right side of the picture above|
|The left side|
|These looked like plantable fish.|
All this time I thought that when fish were planted they were drugged so they didn't bite right away, but the hatchery says no, BUT it might be that the water in the trucks is cooled (with ice, yes ice) to a temperature of between 45 and 48 degrees. I'd be lethargic or worse if I spent any time in that cold of water.
One last item today, the brochure says that every couple years Moccasin is involved with stocking High Sierra lakes by airplane. I didn't know that still happened. Some lakes are planted with fingerling Rainbows and I'm sure that they also plant, in those High Sierra lakes, those beautiful______________________.