Test Run Squared

A little fall on Desert Creek with a little HDR processing via Photoshop

As midsummer like conditions hit the sierras due to the less than normal snow pack, I decided to go out and test a couple of things.  One test went well, the other not so well.  Lets get the bad news out of the way.  I went up Desert Creek to do a little fishing and some photo/videography.  My back did not hold up well to the rigors of wading among the slippery river rocks.  I was able to fish for about 20 minutes after playing with my video camera for about 20 before that.  I’m afraid I’m going to be relegated to drive to lakes that I can float tube.  Beats the alternative I suppose.

I was in serious pain and at one point was ready to give up on physical therapy and just start down the road to surgery.  However, my wife just had surgery, had her gall bladder taken out, so were already up to our eyeballs in medical bills.  I’d probably rather schedule surgery, assuming that’s what I need, for the winter when I’m cooped up in the house anyway.  I see the doctor on July 3rd.  Until then, I’ll just muddle through.

What did work out is taking photos and video.  I used my Kodak PlaySport to take some video under water.  I passed the hatchery truck on the way up, so there were some fish in the stream to make famous.  Unfortunately, they don’t hold still for the camera.  You can see them darting about.  Still, it’s a cool little video and my first one cut on Adobe Premiere Pro.  Steep learning curve, but tons of features.

A deer carcass I found in the stream. Kind of a cool shot with the water smoothed like that and the same HDR processing.

I also played with taking pictures of the water and trying to get that smooth effect you see so often.  I also found a deer carcass in the stream and took some photos that I combined into a high dynamic range photo.  Neat effect.  I was going to shoot some time lapse, but my back hurt too bad.  Some other time.  I’m actually trying to hone my skills and make some films.  I want fishing and water to be a big part of those.  I’m saving up for some gear to help out and trying to learn Premiere and After Effects.

So, no fish today.  I saw plenty, but I doubt the fish dumped into the stream less than an hour before I arrived were in any mood to grab my fly.  The creek was at midsummer flows and there is zero snow up that way.  Fishing season is here!  Now I just gotta dig the float tubes out and get my gear all cleaned up and sorted out.  At least the picture taking gives me something to do when the fishing hurt too much.

Lunch at Desert Creek

I’ve been meaning to get out this week and scout Desert Creek.  Not that I fish there a lot during the year, but it’s close and a neat drive.  Well the weather hasn’t been cooperating so far this week.  Rain, wind and cold, otherwise known as spring time in Nevada, has kept my indoors.

Mid-May in Nevada. Desert Creek canyon from my front porch.

I packed a lunch, my rod and vest, just in case.  I was surprised Continue reading

Haunted By Waters

Just returned from my father-in-law’s service in Oregon.  Whew, glad that’s over.  Maybe it’s just a mental thing, but it seems like we are free to move on.  I won’t lie, the whole experience over the last few months has taken a toll.  I’m worn out, a little depressed and don’t really feel like doing much.

However, I know from experience that when you feel that way getting out and doing something is exactly what you need.  For me water, especially moving water, has a soothing, cleansing effect.  The line, “I am haunted by waters,” from “A River Runs Through It” really resonates with me.  I am haunted by waters.

I honestly can’t walk by the irrigation canal down the road (officially Desert Creek, but several miles downstream of the fishable section) without peering in and feeling the urge.  So, I am going fishing.  I’m not sure where, but I need to feel a living thing tugging at my line.  I need to feel the cool waters on my legs and hear the gurgling riffles or the sound of a trout rising.  It’s time to move on.

Desert Creek – July 14, 2010

OK, just quickie here.  I headed up to Desert Creek, about 20 minutes from my home, with lunch in hand to see if it was in fishing shape.  Answer:  Yes!  The creek is still a little murky, but totally fishable.  I ate lunch at a nice shady spot where I noticed that a small dam (see previous dam rant here) had caused a large section of bank to be washed away.  The creek found the path of least resistance and carved itself a new place to flow.  Unfortunately, this wasn’t the worst situation I saw.

The small rock dam and to the right of it the new channel and the washed out bank, which my truck is sitting on. Glad I stopped when I did!

I fished the spot with a indicator rig and had a small trout try to eat my indicator.  Ha ha, very funny. Continue reading

Desert Creek – June 19, 2010

I agreed to send my Jen and boys to Idaho to see her family if she agreed I didn’t have to go to Idaho and see her family.  Seemed like a fair deal.  I also got a quiet weekend alone.  I was hoping to go fishing, but decided to see how I felt before picking a spot.  Good thing, I woke up with a very sore back.  It loosened up, but I decided not to push it and headed to Desert Creek.  A short drive from my house, I was hoping most of the run off was done since the Sweetwater Mountains look fairly free of snow.

Desert Creek high and fast.

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Little Dams, Big Problems

I was up at Desert Creek the other day and I came across something that has always bugged me.  Dams!  Not the big hydroelectric variety or even the small irrigation or flood control kind.  These are just little rock dams.  For being so small they sure can create a lot of damage to a small trout stream.  I am not sure why people build these but I can guess.  Most are near the camp spots, so it is likely they are either to provide a place to swim or a place to fish.  Either way, those uses are short lived and the trout suffer in the long run.

A Large Rock Dam

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