Wednesday, September 30, 2015

A Wild Putah Creek Beast Appears!

Putah Creek Beast

Despite feeling a little sick, I took advantage of the overcast weather conditions and set out for Putah Creek. The flows are currently dropping and were at 270 CFS when I last checked. Although I was more curious about how the creek looked and fished at these flows, I was pleasantly surprised when I finally hooked and landed my first Putah Creek beastie!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Good Morning On The Feather

Feather River Fall-Run?

Steelhead can be found in the Feather River all year around from below the hatchery to the end of the Oroville Wildlife Area. These anadromous fish aren't too picky about what they eat and can be pretty grabby depending on the time of the day and the weather. However as most anglers who pursue these magnificent fish know, the most difficult aspect of fishing for these elusive fish is finding where they hold in the river. Fact: 90% of the steelhead hold in 10% of the river.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Checking In On The Feather

Empty Outlet!
The water is cold and the salmon are in, but where are the steelhead? I took some time to scout out the Feather and what I found wasn't too exciting. Usually about this time of the year I start finding fall-run steelhead on the Feather, however after fishing the entire day with several different flies and methods I didn't get any takes. Although I was fishing 92 degree sunny and clear skies in the afternoon, I'm sure if there was a fish around they would have taken my flies right?

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Spiritual Rejuvenation On The Trinity

This Is What I Need
Sometimes life can get to even the best of us. The stressors of work, finances, and future planning are some of the prices we have to pay in to live successfully in society. Someday all these stressors will hit you and you will start to feel lost, afraid, and stressed out of your mind. As you continue living each scripted day you build up these emotions until one day you can't take it anymore.

This is when I know, it's time to take a trip. Somewhere where I can be alone and free. Free of responsibilities and rules. A place where I can forget about the world and just fish. A place where I can spiritually cleanse all of my problems and begin anew.
The Trinity River. This is my place of spiritual rejuvenation.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Redington Palix River Wading Boots Sticky Rubber Review

Worn Out Redington Palix

The Redington Palix River Wading Boots Sticky Rubber are a pair of entry-priced wading boots starting at $89.99. These are my second pair of wading boots that replaced my first pair of Cabelas felt wading boots. Here are my thoughts about the Redington Palix River:

Monday, September 14, 2015

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Fall

Fat Healthy September Bow

The leaves in the valley are starting to turn orange, brown, and yellow; all colors of the fall. The temperature has also been on the decline despite the triple digit heat wave that we had last week. September is a transitional month leading into October, one of the best months to go fishing. Although September can sometimes be hot all the way up until the following month, we have been blessed this year with early lowering temperatures. If timed right, you can find excellent angling opportunities as the fish go on a feeding frenzy to prepare for the winter. I haven't gotten out much due to the heat but here is just a little update on my recent trips to the Yuba and Shanghai Bend.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Exploring Plumas County On Cooldown

This Labor Day weekend I spent a lot of outdoor time with the in-laws in Quincy. The weather is starting to turn around with night temps in the high 40s and day temps in the low 80s. Although the weather is great, the water levels are still very low. Here's to the predicted El NiƱo of 2015.
The only fish I landed this weekend was a baby smallmouth, but I was able to fish a few new streams and sections of rivers I've never experienced before.

Indian Creek Tailwater