2013 Fishing Season has Officially Begun

The Yellow-Headed Blackbird.  World's most annoying bird!

The Yellow-Headed Blackbird. World’s most annoying bird!

Yes, hard to believe, but I finally got my butt out of the house and put it in some water.  Notice the word “fishing” was conspicuously absent from that sentence.  Oh, I whipped some water and drowned some flies but fishing usually involves some participation on the fishes’ part.  That did not occur today in any shape, form or fashion.  But I did get to put the new Dave Scadden Outlaw Escape through it’s paces (except I forgot the oars) and also tested my new vestless fishing rig (is vestless a word?)

Finally, things are back to normal here at the homestead.  I’m done fiddling with my back and though it’s not fixed, it is manageable.  My wife,Jen, is also feeling much better. Continue reading

Virginia Lakes – July 15, 2010

I had planned to go fishing this week for quite a while.  Jen and the boys are up at Lake Tahoe at 4H camp and I am playing bachelor.  I figured I would take advantage and go fishing, which I did.  Twice actually.  I originally planned on an all day outing, but it didn’t turn out that way.  I got up early and drove the hour or so up to Virginia Lakes.  There is a lot of good fishing in that chain of lakes.  Unfortunately, there are a lot of people too.

First cast!

I arrived at about 7:45 am and after checking out Little Virginia Lake ($5.00 launching fee and I didn’t bother asking if a float tube was a “water craft”) I ended up at Virginia Lake (I don’t think it’s officially called Big Virginia, but who knows – or cares?).  The lake was glass and some fish were rising.  One boat, a couple of tubers and a handful of shore fishermen were all that were there.  I glided out just off shore, cast and BAM!  First cast I had a beautiful brookie of about 11 inches. Continue reading

Weekend Plans

Because I work for the State of Nevada, I get to take one furlough a month, or a day without pay to those not fluent in human resources speak. Anyway, I am taking the furlough this Friday and I also get the MLK holiday on Monday. By my calcs, that’s a four day weekend. So, I am going to go fishing.

Friday is Pyramid. I have a streak going back to December 2008 of not getting skunked, but not catching more than one Lahontan cutthroat trout either. On the bright side they have all been decent fish, maybe 18 to 22 inches. I hope to break that streak…and not get skunked.  Since I’m looking for numbers, it sounds like the south end is the ticket as the north end is slower, but giving up the bigger fish.

Monday I want to go to Topaz and take the boys. That means I need to get all the remaining snow and ice out of the boat and makes sure the motor fires without having to clean the carb. If it doesn’t fire and I don’t have the energy to clean the carb, the we will float tube.  Well, the boys will float tube.  I will sit high and dry in the pontoon.  Ahh… the joys of having an income.  The fish are in shallow according the reports, so we shouldn’t have to get out too far.  I may try fly rodding it, but I will have the spinning rod for back up.

Expect the first new reports on the blog this weekend or early next week.  If I remember to bring the camera, you might get some pictures too.

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