Sometimes its all about the company you keep
“There is no use in your walking five miles to fish when you can depend on being just as unsuccessful near home.”
I had to have my boat motor repaired recently. It was a minor repair, but during boating season even minor repairs can take several weeks.
I was anxious to get the boat back in the water and catch some fish so I decided to hit Bucks Lake a few mornings ago.
When I told my wife of my fishing plans, she reminded me that my aging fishing buddy, Sierra, was no longer able to get in and out of the boat and: too old to ride comfortably.
That meant fishing without Sierra. I thought about that, but not for long. Fishing without my fishing partner was not acceptable.
So I changed my plans. Instead of boating, I spent the morning fishing from the bank of Bucks Lake … with Sierra.
It made me think about how my fishing has changed over the nearly 15 years that Sierra has been part of our lives.
When she was a young dog, we did lots of hiking. We fished canyon streams and remote lakes.
As Sierra got older, fishing from the boat seemed better. (I was getting older too and didn’t mind the prospect of the larger trout our local lakes offer.)
Now she is getting too old for the boat. I don’t mind adjusting where and how I fish as long as I can be with my fishing buddy.
I don’t want to get all psycho-silly-analytic trying to explain why, but my time alone in the wild with my dog is priceless. It renews my spirit and I know it makes her happy. That is important. Very important.
I know our days together are limited. So I am determined to make the most of the time we have. That is just one of the lessons Sierra has taught me over the years.
Speaking of fishing partners, I will soon have a new one. My daughter and son-in-law are expecting their first child any day now. I am in the market for a new fly rod, a very small new fly rod.
Butt Valley Reservoir
Fishing pressure remains light.
The powerhouse is running and some nice fish have moved into the inlet to feed on the pond smelt that are flushed down from Lake Almanor.
The Hexagenia hatch is slowing, but not over yet.
Fishing is still decent, but the water is warming.
Damsels are still hatching and there are a few blood midges. The trout will key in on Callibaetis mayflies when they are available.
Most fish are around four to six feet deep in the bays and will take damsel nymphs or attractor flies like wiggle tails. Weeds are just starting to reach surface in some areas and water temps are in the high 60s and low 70s.
Callibaetis mayfly spinners fished on the surface are also taking fish.
PowerBait and eggs are working for shore anglers and trollers are doing well with Dick Nite lures.
The fish are there, but you have to be patient and work for them. Fish Davis now before the water gets too warm. Fishing is best from mid-morning until the afternoon winds come up.
For the most current information, call J and J’s Grizzly Store and Camping Resort at 832-0270.
The winds have died down somewhat and the temperature has gone up. The report from Wiggins Trading Post is that the fishing has been good. Anglers are catching lots of 12- to 16-inch trout. Trollers are doing well with nightcrawlers behind flashers. Copper colored Dick Nite lures are also catching fish.
PowerBait is the ticket for bank anglers. Call Wiggins Trading Post at 993-4683 for the latest information.
The North Fork Feather is in good shape. Nymphs are working best. Golden stones are hatching in the evenings.
On Deer Creek the upper end has been best with nymphs. There are some hoppers in the afternoons and mayflies and caddis hatching in the evenings. Prince nymphs and Para Adams are working well.
On the Middle Fork Feather River try fishing below Two Rivers. The water is too warm up higher. Trout are taking stoneflies and a few caddis flies. Fishing is best in the morning and evening when the sun is off the water.
Nelson Creek is fishing well. As the water in the Middle Fork warms, fish move up the tributaries like Nelson Creek in search of colder water. Try golden stoneflies and caddis flies in the afternoons.
Water temperatures are in the low 70-degree range now. Fish are still scattered, but starting to move toward colder water.
The Hexagenia are still hatching but much more sporadically now, on one evening and off the next.
Doug Neal of Almanor Fishing Adventures (248-6732) suggests slow trolling the Seps “Strike Master” Chartreuse Prism dodgers and mealworms, 14 inches back.
Doug also says flashers with half a crawler trailing have been working well, especially in deeper water.
The bite has been best early in the morning. Troll 15 to 35 feet deep. Expect to work for your fish, but the results are worth it with healthy well-fed trout running from 2 to 4 pounds.
The public is invited …
… to attend a presentation offered by Feather River Trout Unlimited. Lance Gray, fishing guide extraordinaire, will delight your fishing senses and offer tips on fishing the Sacramento River at the Mohawk Community Resource center July 19 at 6 p.m.
Support the Feather River Chapter of Trout Unlimited. This is a great organization of local volunteers dedicated to improving our local fisheries. Call Cindy at 249-0444 for more information about the summer speaker series and other programs of Trout Unlimited.