Category Archives: James and Dad

Chasin’ the Hex Hatch – 6.22.18

Took a little paddle on Butt Lake last night to see if the hex hatch was kickin’ yet.

Gotta get nurished first.  Pretty setting for chow, other than the big ol’ power lines (it IS a PG&E lake though)…

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The hatch wasn’t really explosive like it can be but it has definitely started.  The kid out-fished me 2 to zip with a couple 2.5lb class fish  (I’d guess the first one may have been pushing 3…he called it his “PB”…apparently “Personal Best” is WAY too long to say) and it was a beautiful evening.  Alas, my cheapo cellphone is TERRIBLE in low light but I did what I could…20180622_butt_blog_-1

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That last fish was caught at 9:20 PM.  We figured that was a good enough time to start the half mile paddle back to the ol’ Dodge.   It was still a beautiful evening out and the campfires in the distance were the only indicator that we weren’t totally alone out there.  By the time I nursed a brewski as we loaded up we cinched the ‘yaks down under just about a First Quarter moon at about 10:20 PM….
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Here’s the video footage, such that I could get…

There’s no shame in my game.  I’m gonna pick up a few little tubes like he was using before we give it one more go this evening!

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 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!