Friday, April 17, 2020

Trout Season Opener Delayed

As I mentioned in the last post, opening day (April 25th) might not happen.

Well, it isn't going to happen, BUT it's only being delayed for about a month until May 31st. (for now). It also only applies to certain areas because those counties just don't have the ability to address Coronavirus that crowding causes in places like the Spring ritual of opening Crowley Lake in the Eastern Sierra. They are holding off opening other lakes and streams in that area too.

That said, I urge you to check the DFW website before you head out for a day of trout fishing. Make sure where you're going is open. Actually, anytime you head out it's a good idea to check whether now or in the future.

We are still "sheltering in place" until, at least, May 1.

Wear gloves.
Wear masks.
Wash your hands OFTEN.
Keep to your Social Distancing space (6 ft).   

I hate to say it, but we are in a new world and I think this (or something close) is going to be the new norm.

I had a morbid thought this morning. My wife and I were talking about what's going on with the Coronavirus. What would it be like if we didn't have the "instant media" we have now. Back in 1918 the Spanish Flu (H1N1) killed 50 million people worldwide. Had not the states "slammed the door" as they did, we could have been in the same position. Here in California, Governor Gavin Newsom put the state on lock down on March 20th. Because of that, we've been in better shape than many of the other 49.

I just want to say, Thank You Governor Newsom for keeping us as safe as possible. 

Be safe my friends all around the globe.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

An Update

There are rumors going around that opening day of trout season (April 25th) is not going to happen. Apparently the DFW are putting their heads together via video conference and deciding what to do. I'll just have to wait and see.

By the time this Covid-19 has passed for this year, the trout fishing downcountry will be gone and the upcountry trout fishing will probably still be closed. My fishing rods that live in the garage (not my fly rods) are starting to get cobweb's on them as are my tackle boxes.

The family is doing fine. Everybody is adhering to the "house arrest" dictum by Governor Newsom with the exception of my son who goes to work every once in a while to dust off his desk. By going to work, I mean going to his office in Rancho Cordova. He's on 24/7/365 the rest of the time via phone/text/video conference whatever.

As promised to Alex at a site called Your Bass Guy a shout out is in order. If you're a Bass kind of guy, you might want to drop in and say Hi. He has a lot of information for Bass fisherpersons like gear, where, how, etc. I offered him my knowledge of trout fishing if he was willing to come to the "dark side". So take a look. 

Went to Lowe's last, what ever day that was (kind of confusing having my wife home. When she works I don't have trouble keeping track of the days. With her home [temporarily until the casino reopens] I have to use my brain to figure out what day it is or what day it was) and bought a 1800psi pressure washer. I've been working every other day removing all the crud on the back walkway and the moss on retaining blocks. I work one day and rest the next. Today I have two more sections and then I'm done. Next is the garden. I mixed in a couple bags of cow shit the other day and am waiting for some of the smell to go away before planting.

One would think this is the perfect time to work on the Genealogy, but I'm somewhat burned out for now. Besides who want to be in the house when it's 70 degrees with sunshine and blue skies outside.

That's it for now.

Stay tuned for more exciting "house arrest" adventures.

Friday, April 3, 2020


Have you ever noticed that when you put labels on a post, Blogger automatically puts them in alphabetical order. Only took me 10 years to notice.

That is the sound of me bouncing off the walls. We've been cooped up for 16 days (with the exception of going to the grocery store) and we have at least 27 more to go according to our Governor.

But, so far only 2 cases in Amador County and one took off as soon as he or she found out they were positive. Way to go moron. Let's spread it around some more. We have approximately 5000 people in our county, but are spread out all over the place. Hopefully that will help contain it.

Other than the complaint above, I have two more. You all know about the hip problem and it's a strain to just to put on socks. Ergo (I love that word. For those who don't know it, it is Latin for therefore) I have someone that trims my toenails. No not my wife. Unfortunately that shop is considered "non-essential" and has been shut down. Yesterday I had to trim my own toenails. Probably not something you'd care to hear about, but a massive strain on this old body.

The second complaint is my barber is also considered non-essential. Ergo, I had to mow my own head. Not an easy job if you don't have eyes in the back of your head, which I don't. Kinda figured I should throw that in.

So all I can say is that this "house arrest" sucks.

OK, I got an email from another blog site and I said I would do a shout out for them. It's called . They do reviews on fishing rods, cameras, fishing line, and some other things. They have techniques, baits, and gear to use for some specific types of fish.

It's worth a look and a read. A lot of interesting information. So go check them out. 

"House arrest" (Shelter at home)  is definitely putting a crimp in my fishing, camping, and going in general. Even if you could find a place to fish, are you brave enough to risk getting this deadly virus? If all else fails, put a sinker on your rod and cast across your back yard. It's keep your arm muscles in shape could come to my house and pull weeds. Yes, ladies and gentlemen it is that time of the year again where the weed population is taking over the hill behind the house. If it wasn't going to rain for the next few days, I'd be out there with my Roundup sprayer. Maybe next week.

As it happens, being the bookworm I am, I just happen to be reading a book about aliens releasing a virus strain on the world to kill off all humans. Yeh think ????

I hope everybody is OK. This is only going to get worse before it gets better. Keep your head down and stay safe.