Unemployed – Weekend 1

TODAY: Manteca, CA – Dunsmuir, CA River – Upper Sacramento (5-weight – black birds nest, rubber legs, black AP) Food – Dunsmuir Brewery Works Since I told my boss I’d be leaving my job a month in advance, reality took a while. There were weeks left so I could shrug it off. Then there were…

Getting knotty on the Upper Sacramento

For the first time since February I braved the high, off-colored waters of the Upper Sacramento river. It didn’t disappoint, though a certain decision of mine involving a knot did. Before I get there, here’s some context. My buddy Kurt and I left Manteca at 4:30 a.m. and were exiting I-5 four hours later just…

Everything but what I need

I’m not sure how, but the other day I forgot that my truck would be glazed by the overnight air and thus failed to allot a few extra minutes for that segment of my morning. I started the engine, turned up the defroster, retrieved my morning newspaper from the frosty gravel driveway, re-entered the truck…

Here we go…

I thought it might be a little bit outlandish to compare my first casting of a bamboo fly-rod to my first kiss and admitting that in a social media forum would make me sound like a cabin-fever ridden lunatic. So I let the feeling simmer a few days and came to my senses…kind of. I…

The big secret

Dunsmuir – I was going through leader like English teachers go through coffee. The Fly Shop in Redding recommended birds nests, Jimmy legs and some may fly nymphs which got me into some fish the first two days. But during a dry spell I figured it was the fly. I went through just about everything…

Last day at Knights Ferry?

Spent 11 hours at Knights Ferry today. I caught some fish, lost some fish, got squirted by rafters with water cannons; read my new Gierach book on the shore, fell asleep on the shore then woke up to ants sleeping in my leg hair. Pretty good day. Had success with the usual hare’s ear and…