I headed off North today with my 3.5 year old and dog. My wife was on her way to NYC for business, so I went to go spend some time with Grandma and Grandpa.
The drive… well… there was a lot of screaming…
Eventually, she got tired of screaming and let herself go to sleep. Luckily, she only screamed for about 2 of the 5 hours.
We’ve had a really wet winter/spring here in Northern California and we needed it. Driving over Shasta Reservoir and seeing all that water made me happy. There should be some water left over for salmon and steelhead this year.
Always love this sight…
Luckily, my daughter has grown to love fly shops. Had to stop off at the Ted Fay Fly Shop for a few odds and ends.
After arriving at my folks place and watching my daughter run to say hello to her grandparents I made a little scouting trip to see just how high the river was… WOW! I’ve never seen the river with so much water at this point in the year. That’s a LOT of water for the Upper Sac.
Still… it wasn’t brown, just high. When the river is high like that the amount of river you can fish is greatly reduced, but the amount of river the fish can find shelter in is also greatly reduced. You just have to find a seam and go deep.
Hmmm… what should I throw?
Few folks would likely even try to fish the river at these flows… but it can be done. I didn’t even put on waders, just stood on a rock and fished the same water for an hour. Caught 2, lost 2. On a normal day that would be a little bit of a slow strike rate, but, given the conditions, I’m pretty happy about it.
This isn’t a fishing trip, it is a family trip, so we’ll see how often I get to fish, but it was fun to see the river when it was angry and still manage to sweet talk a couple trout from her fast flowing currents.