Sunday, August 13, 2017

Stinson Summer Surf Fishing

Every summer in California should include at least one day to the beach. Whether it's fly fishing the surf, laying out on the sand, or admiring the bikini babes stroll by, the summer coast is what the great state of California is all about.

Each visit to the beach puts me back into one of my favorite classrooms, Fly Fishing 105 - Surf Fishing. As always surf perch were my main target however I was keeping my fingers crossed for the opportunity to hook into the other numerous species that occupy the California surf. The California Halibut is the fish I want to catch the most but you'll never know what you're gonna catch out on the surf.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Whitewater Rafting The Middle Fork of The American River

Tunnel Chute Victory Screech!

Earlier this week I went on a whitewater rafting trip with a few coworkers on the Middle Fork of the American River. This was my first whitewater experience and it was fantastic. We were fortunate enough to successfully complete the trip without any involuntary dips into the river. I highly recommend booking a trip with American River Whitewater Expeditions if you're ever interested. They have a five star perfect review score online and their professionalism, rafting skills, and fun personalities truly show it.

One of the highlights of our trip was when our guide Rebecca saw one of her crewmate's raft starting to lose control in a rough eddy. Rebecca quickly parked our raft and leapt across several boulders to rescue her crewmate's boat. Unwinding the safety rope as fast as she could from it's bag, she tossed the weighted end with perfect precision towards her crewmate. With both ends connected we watched in awe as she positioned herself all the way down to the ground pulling with all her strength. Inch by inch the raft moved closer to calmer water and in less than a minute they were finally in control again. We cheered Rebecca as she returned to our raft. "Wonder Woman" is what we called her.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Giving The North Fork Yuba River A Second Try

The last time I fished the North Fork of the Yuba River was about two years ago during the drought. Low flows and warmer than usual water temperatures made the fishing tough and with no experience of where to go during such times I didn't have a great time on the water. With the excess of water this year I thought it would be a great idea to give the NFYR another try to see if the fishing would be any better. It's quite a long drive to the NFYR from the valley so I was planning for either a hit or a miss.