Thursday, December 9, 2010


 We dont have the really dramatic fall colors a lot you do as were in a more dry mediterranean climate. It raines Nov-Feb and there is almost no measurable percipitation the rest of the year.  Are winters are mild and the leaves turn much later. But, the Ginko and a lone Maple tree near my house are in full color right now and a nice change.


Monday, December 6, 2010

Coastal try

With a little break in the overnight weather I thought I might try some local Steelhead. We've had some good rain and breaks inbetween so I felt pretty confident. I had a place in mind and made may my way to it. It was a really warm and hunid morning in the forest. It had really over grown since I was there last. I found the trail head ok but it ended after about a qtr mile. I pressed on keeping an eye out for any sign of pot growers and after a couple of twists and turns and alot longer hike than I remember, I found the river bed. I was a little dissapointed to find a low and VERY clear stream. I was also over dressed and had to shed some layers ASAP.  I hit a couple of small holes and continued working toward a deeper run I fished a few years ago.

I found it and worked my way to high ground so I could see whats going on. From above it looked to be about 5-6' deep below the fast water with a nice eddie and seam that ran about 60ft before it narrowed up under a jam of willows. I sat and watched for about 10 minutes and didn't see any movement at all. My only way to fish this was from down stream so I cast a clear slow sink I-line and small streamer. Not ideal. After about 5 casts I got bumped, and then a grab on the same cast. A nice little 14in fish came rocketing up. I was actually pretty satisfied with that little rat. Rain came hard and I really didnt feel like there were numbers of fish so I hiked out trying to finding high ground above small pools. I saw nothing at all on some decent holding water so I bailed and  looked at 2 other places that consumed the rest of the day. Pretty slow over all, but a beautiful day on the coast.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Winter Bass

I would say Fall/Winter is my favorite time to be on the water. Finding them can be a little tricky, but once located it can be really good fishing. Most of the fish today were deep. 25-35', and all of them ate the same jig. Temps have really fallen the last two weeks and the fish have finally settled under bait fish in pretty good size schools. Today was in the low 60's, with light wind and a little rain it was confortable winter fishing.I was suprised there were only 3 boats on the lake today.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Adriano Manocchia

The detail in his paintings are just stunning. A visit to his web site and you'll see what I mean. Amazing.