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Echo Lake Weekend

Last weekend James and I had a weekend of “bachin'” it while Mel was out of town so we decided on a father-son fishing weekend.   Mel had the grocery-getter and I wanted low range to “walk” that last half mile of ugly road to Echo Lake so I called in the ol’ Dodge…
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The spot I really wanted is currently an island since the lake is so high but this spot worked out great too…20180519_eagle_echo_blog_0002

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Took less than a hour to set the ‘pod up and get the ‘yaks splashed.   At that point, it took less than 15 minutes to get our first double hookup…good start…20180519_eagle_echo_blog_0003

On our lunch/beer break the first day, we met our only camp neighbor, Jim and his really cool Carolina dog (AKA American Dingo) Carmen.  Jim’s an interesting fellow with lots of worldly experience he don’t mind talking about…
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Jim asked us to get him some dinner and this was no issue at all…the brookie fishing was red hot…20180519_eagle_echo_blog_0005

Slayin’ all the fish on day 1 really worked up an appetite so I busted out the 10″ oven and whipped up a batch of prison food20180519_eagle_echo_blog_0010

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Our nation’s symbol, the bald-ass buzzard, cruised by looking for HIS dinner too…20180519_eagle_echo_blog_0011

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Life was good relaxing by a hot fire sipping a homebrew while James did a bit of bank fishing…20180519_eagle_echo_blog_0017

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Carmen decided to “help” James land one…I decided to add further “help” by grabbing some phone video….half a dozen homebrews probably helped with the amusement…..

Carmen’s NEVER sat by a fire, has she?  (she spent more time in our camp than she did in her dad’s)…20180519_eagle_echo_blog_0018

The next morning was a tad brisk but beautiful.   Life is good when the ‘yaks are already rigged and ready to go…20180520_eagle_echo_blog_0019

James tried to stick one while I had my coffee…. 20180520_eagle_echo_blog_0020

The ol’ girl walked us in and, equally importantly back OUT!20180520_eagle_echo_blog_0021

Just gettin’ out in nature is awesome. Slayin’ some fairly decent little brooks is a sweet bonus…here’s about half our fish condensed into a little over 5 minutes…It was an epic weekend for sure!!!

Butt Lake Boat Ride

Took one more shot at fishing the hex hatch last night with my gal.  It ended up being more of a scenic ride than a fishing trip.

This little gal seemingly followed us along the bank for an hour or so…20160628_Butt Lake_Blog_005   20160628_Butt Lake_Blog_004

One of these days I’m going to get a decent shot of an eagle.  However, they always seem to show themselves when I don’t have a camera, the light is too low (as in this case), or any number of other “wrong” situations for photos.  I got a couple fair snapshots of this one though, considering I couldn’t get any shutter speed and the boat was bouncing a bit at the time…
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As to the fishing, the hex didn’t really start hatching until it was damn near too dark to see.  Mel had never seen them really popping though so she did get to see the spectacle before we left at least. Earlier in the afternoon, she got one little smallmouth trolling a crankbait (she then trolled the smalley for a bit, not knowing he was still there), I got about a 3 pound rainbow trout (on another bass crankbait) after it was too dark for usable video, and I got this damn thing which was a fun fight until I realized what it was (he’s lucky I didn’t have a knife handy or I would have fed him to the damn eagle…lol)…

Any way you slice it, it was a wonderful evening with my gal!

Butt Lake Hex Hatch

Yesterday was the full moon on the summer solstice.  That doesn’t happen too often.  What should one do to commemorate it?  Go check out the hexagenia hatch on Butt Lake of course!  I took the boy for a father/son boat ride.  We started fishing around 5pm, fighting the up-lake wind that seems to happen in summer afternoons on that lake.  Caught one dink smallmouth not worthy of a photo while the sun was out.  However, as hoped, the lake laid down as the sun got low and those big ol’ mayflies started showing themselves.  We’d prepared for it earlier in the day by tying some marabou jigs to fish under floats (I think bass-fishers call it “float and fly”).  I missed more than I hooked (I think there were some smallish fish in the area doing “drive-bys”) but the spectacle is always fun to watch and I did stick a couple fish…

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When the float went down again I figured I’d let the boy do battle with one…

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But the boy’s first hex hatch smallmouth was sort of funny lookin’…

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Shortly after this fish it got tough to see our bobbers so we watched that big ol’ moon rise over the lake and headed back to the ramp.

Great outing with my boy!

Koke Fishin’

I took James down to Redding this past weekend to, among other things, mooch a guided fishing trip from gramma and grandpa.  The mooching paid off and we found some good kokanee trolling on Whiskeytown.

The trip also provided an opportunity for me to test the towing capacity on my new grocery-getter.  Grandpa’s boat weighs in at 3500 pounds or so on the trailer and my baby SUV pulled it nicely…

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The fish were biting well as most boats in the area were catching fish.  That, combined with the fact that Ernie is absolutely the Kokanee Killer, and it didn’t take long before James was wearing his arms out…

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After the first dozen or so, the skipper DID finally let us deckhands reel in a few….

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Grandpa’s boat is faster than dad’s, as you can see by the kid’s hair…

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Now, time for the work to begin.  There’s only room at THAT table for 2.  I had to stand back taking pictures and drinking beer (I figured it was the least I could do)!…

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I can do this but I’m at about a 3 fish per hour pace.  They would have rotted by the time I was done!

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Looks like dinner…

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Here is a video for anyone interested.  The GoPro was running for 3 hours.  I trimmed it down to 13 minutes.  If you don’t want to watch the whole thing, the “meat and potatoes” (or, at least the meat) starts right at the 10 minute mark…

 

Catchin’ Up

This will just be an assortment of videos from earlier this year that were shot before I started this blog…
James’ first smalley….Butt Lake…

A couple bass from Lake Britton this summer..}

Brook trout from Echo Lake (only bite I had that day but pretty fair fish for these parts)…

My best day of the year on Almanor Smalleys (lengthy video with music some may not like..lol)..

Just a quick paddling tip…

Nice evening on the water with my gal…just a couple fish but it was gorgeous to be on the water..

My first Almanor Smalley…pretty fair start (alas, the only one I hooked that day)…

Little early spring (or was it late winter?) trollin’ run to Almanor with the boy…we got 2 before we could get both lines in then nothing for hours..

 

Father-Son Fishing Morning

It is almost impossible to get the kid to be patient on a slow morning but I finally talked him into making a few more casts and he hooked one.  Hopefully that (and the new winter boots I just ordered for the cold feet he complained of) will encourage him to stay with it in the future.  Knowin’ the showoff he can be it may have helped that the family up the bank who hadn’t caught anything had to come look too!

Eagle Lake – 10.31.15

I took a drive yesterday with my good friend Ken who, like me, needed some ‘out of the house’ time.  We headed up to the Youth Camp and did some casting practice.  The fish were going bananas chasing minnows and driving ME bananas because they weren’t hitting our offerings.  With a little perseverance, and some fine flourocarbon, I was able to fool a couple small ones though.  If nothing else, the bullshitting was second to none!!!

Baum Lake – September 27, 2015

Well, I’ve been in quite the fishing slump of late. Sometimes you just have to “go with what you know” and catch some damn fish! That’s what I did when we took a little trip to Baum this past Sunday. We didn’t get there until high noon but we managed to stick a few. We got mostly planted rainbows but 2 or 3 browns as well. All in all it was a fun afternoon.

The first video is rather long and includes all of our hookups starting with mine, followed by James’ (the time stamp was screwy on one of my cameras so putting them in actual order would have been difficult)….

This is clipped to just James’ fish…

I believe the kid actually caught larger fish on average than I did!