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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.
Ya can’t ask for a much prettier place to wet your line than places like Deer Creek Falls…
Another great outing with my boy, who’s growin’ up way too darn fast!
Took a quick run to Butt Lake for a little father/son fishing get away; hoping for the hex hatch to be kicking.
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…
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!
Where he proceeded to scare me just a tad as he chased the thing down a small rapid…
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…
Just a few quick snaps from a little spin yesterday up Janesville Grade. Some of the color is just starting to fade but it is still a pretty time to be up there!
(As usual, clicking images should yield larger copies)
I love this time of year in this country.
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)…
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…
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….
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!
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…
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…
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 food…
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…..
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!!!
Well, I’ve been on “vacation” for the last week. My “vacation” has consisted of running a chainsaw, burning brush (from the aforementioned chainsaw), and getting a somewhat feeble start on building a fence. I go back to work tomorrow and figured I better get at least ONE day of R&R on my week off (don’t feel too sorry for me; I only go back to work for 3 weeks before having 2 more weeks off, some of which will be really cool R&R, but I digress). Not many better ways to spend the last day of “vacation” than with my lovely daughter on a short spring hike. She suggested Riverbend Trail near Red Bluff. It is a nice little loop of about 5 miles without too many steep hills (good for me since I’ve put on plenty of beer weight this winter).
Not a bad little jaunt! Time for a couple more of those nice Hop Valley brews to close out this “vacation.”
CHEERS, PROST, PROOST, ZIGGY SOCKY!
Just thought I’d share a few shots from some short strolls up on the grade the last few days…
Well, the good ol’ Pineapple Express has been making things interesting around here. The old adage about if you don’t like Lassen County weather wait 15 minutes has surely been the case lately.
I just thought I’d share a few shots (as always, click on any image to view it larger)
We took a little drive on Monday. First we headed up Janesville Grade. I think the grocery-getter COULD have made it to Antelope Lake but lack of cell service made us chicken out. It was definitely pretty up on the mountain though…
I thought I’d grab a shot of this solitary goose near Willow Creek. After two shots I realized I’d been duped…it is a decoy. It may not be good enough to attract real geese but it was good enough to steal 5 minutes of my life…lol….
SR139 was getting spooky with trucks chaining and taking their half of the road out of the middle so we thought we’d run back to town via Rice Canyon Road. This is when our normally bleek desert looks pretty…
As I wrap this up I’m looking at a rain gauge that says 8.21 inches of rain in the first 11 days of the year. Add that to the dozen or so it recorded from October through December, and I’m going to go out on a limb and say the drought is over; at least for 15 minutes!
Mel and I decided today would be a good day to get out and get some much needed fresh air. I also wanted to start getting an idea whether the General Grabber AT2’s were a good call for a winter tire on the grocery-getter. Judging from the performance in 6 inch deep slush, I’d say they’re going to get the job done if we want to get a bit off the blacktop (in moderation) in the winter…
We took a spin into Battle Creek Falls. Just a little 16 foot drop next to an antiquated power house. I wish the snow/terrain/my bum knee would have let me get down for a better photo angle but these will have to do for now…
Naturally, you have to stop for a road-side selfie…
Nice little afternoon with my gal that we ultimately capped off at Lassen Ale Works (gotta get a few more runs there while it still exists)!