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Deer Creek – August 2019

With school starting back up, I figured I better get the kid out fishing one more time.  He’s really in to stream fishing these days and I hadn’t fished deer creek in ages so we headed over to Potato Patch Campground.  It is a nice little wooded spot and, being mid-week, we found it almost empty.

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There’s a decent trail right to the creek from camp..
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The fish and the terrain made it tough on us but we worked though some small, put still pretty wild ‘bows…20190806_deer-creek_blog_0003

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To get to a few better fish…20190807_deer-creek_blog_0010

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Ya can’t ask for a much prettier place to wet your line than places like Deer Creek Falls…

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Or the base of this little fall just down stream…20190807_deer-creek_blog_0015

…or really just about anywhere in the canyon…
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Another great outing with my boy, who’s growin’ up way too darn fast!

Butt Lake – June 2019

Took a quick run to Butt Lake for a little father/son fishing get away; hoping for the hex hatch to be kicking.

Found a nice shady spot to set up and all systems on the ‘pod worked after too long of a layoff…
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Some quick protein for the first eve’s outing…20190618_butt_blog_0002

All staged up to get on the water…20190618_butt_blog_0003

They have really been draining this lake and I don’t think the fish are happy about it.  This, combined with very little in the way of a hex hatch made the fishing pretty tough.  The boy persevered and stuck a couple the first eve though…20190619_butt_blog_0014

While I foul-hooked about a 5lb squawfish…that lake REALLY mistreats me sometimes…20190618_squaw_blog_0001

…and that’s our ‘yaks WAY down there…just about as low as I’ve ever seen the lake…20190619_butt_blog_0012

When we started loading we discovered his boat had a good bit of water in it, presumably due to this…must have been from the tire on our little trailer on a previous outing…don’t know how we didn’t see it earlier!20190619_085130

Wednesday was a nice morning so we took a drive.  Ended up at Butt Creek for a bit.  The boy hooked one under this bridge…20190619_butt_blog_0004

Where he proceeded to scare me just a tad as he chased the thing down a small rapid…20190619_butt_blog_0005

…but ultimately landed it safely…20190619_butt_blog_0008

Pretty ‘bow…20190619_butt_blog_0007

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Some gourmet camp cookin’ before the second night out..20190619_butt_blog_0010

Gorilla tape over the hole and back at it…20190619_broke-boat_blog_0002

James had a similar success rate and I had a similar failure rate the second eve…20190619_butt_blog_0015

Darn beautiful on the water both evenings though…20190619_butt_blog_0013

All in all, another great trip.  Now time to learn how to plastic weld something other than duct tape on that poor ‘yak.  I can’t afford another boat right now…lol…

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…

 

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!