Friday, December 6, 2013

Just Another Skunk Tale



When I got back from Washington I had two extra days to relax and unwind. So in other words, I went fishing!

Monday Ol’ Pops and I got some gear together and headed to the Sac River in Princeton. Princeton is a small town with about 400 people living in it. There is one store in the entire town and that’s where we picked up some supplies. When we arrived at the fishing hole I began to think about the fact that I hadn’t been fishing there since I was around 6 or 7; that means 23-24 years! Nonetheless the fishing hole looked exactly how I remembered it! 

The Sac at Princeton is a small stretch of river and a sweet looking river bend. In the past my uncles would really nail the blue gills at that river bend. And of course, stripers were all throughout the main river. But in December of 2013 the river is much different. There were tons of salmon rolling all over the place but absolutely nothing biting our lines. This was beyond getting skunked because we didn’t even get bites! I even tried for some blue gills but nothing. Oh well, It was still fun visiting this old fishing hole. Maybe I will be back in another 23 years!!

I had planned to go fishing with my buddy Russell but unfortunately the winds were at 25+ MPH. Russell ended up cancelling so I sat on the couch and put on a movie. After about 30 minutes I figured I may as well go see what is going on at the davis Stretch of Putah creek. 

Int the past, putah has produced quite a few bluegills , pikeminnows and some small bass. I have also caught a few larger bass including a 5lber, but that was a long time ago. And, those were all during warmer months. I decided to take my fly rod out and brave the wind.  I was determined to walk further than I ever have before, looking for pools with fish and although I cast up and down that creek, there were no fish to be had. I tried all the pools and ended up hiking until the creek got very narrow and then I figured it was time to go back. 

The weather is getting colder, the days are shorter and now I believe its safe to say that the times are changing. Time to hope for some more rain and try to get into some chrome and some sturgeon!

6 comments:

  1. I gather, and correct me if I'm wrong, that Russell was gathering folks for a fishing bash at Amador. Not a good time to be there since I believe they will be getting a touch of snow tonight.

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  2. J
    A great day to work on your casting skills for the coming spring. thanks for sharing

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    1. I sure did, Bill! Thanks for commenting!

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  3. This is the toughest time of the year to find fish in the feeding "mode". Generally, pretty picky. I agree with Bill. Chalk it up to getting some experience.

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    1. Definitely harder at this time of the year. Thanks for the comment, Mel!

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