My fishing buddy, Steve Kyle, and I both have birthdays this month. He celebrated his a little early by heading up to one of his favorite haunts, the Truckee River, last week with Sonoma vintner Steve MacRostie.
They took their pontoon boats. I’d like to say that the two Steve’s of Sonoma had a great time catching and releasing lots of big fat trout. Unfortunately, Kyle’s account sounds a lot like most of his reports this year. He’s had a season like our poor Giants.
Here’s his report on Truckee River fishing:
“The water and scenery went from beautiful to the sublime, but the water temp was a bit warm, which kept the fish down. At least I’m blaming it on the water temperature as it hard to believe that me, the ‘Fish Whisperer’ could have such mediocre results. Hooked some rout on the swing, but zero on the nymphs.
“The float was really challenging because the water was super boney (shallow, rocky conditions).
“Five miles on the river playing ping pong off the rocks can wear down the best of them. After pondering my level of exhaustion, I realized that at 75 I might have lost a step. I handled the boat fine, but eight hours of rowing, wading, then falling in and remaining wet for the rest of the day, all took its toll on me. Finally, at the take-out, we had to haul the two boats up a very steep, boulder-strewn path that was better suited as a chip monk run. That put a fork in us. We were done.”
True to his nature, Steve always believes that next year will be better.
In fact, he is planning to change his luck in early 2018 by going to Tierra del Fuego, in a group being put together by Rachel Andras of Andras Outfitters.
Rachel is a fantastic fly-fisher, fly-fishing instructor, travel agent and all around wonderful person. I highly recommend her.
The late February early March dates include fishing for monster sea run brown trout. Even Steve will probably find some fish on that trip. You can get more information by contacting Rachel at Andrasoutfitters@me.com, or call 530-722-7992.
Smart anglers who wanted to stay cool, headed for the coast last weekend where the calm Pacific provided ideal conditions. Capt. Rick Powers of Bodega Bay Sportsfishing found limits of rock fish and lots of lingcod for his clients, but no salmon. Rick is hopeful that will improve soon. You can book a trip with him by calling 875-3344.
The salmon were actually just south of our coast, so that party boats out of the Golden Gate were catching lots of them, along with limits of rock fish.
Inside San Francisco Bay, where hot temperatures and calm waters were more suited to water skiing than fishing, striped bass and halibut are still biting, but it wasn’t that much fun. Temperatures on Friday and Saturday where in triple digits and there was little relief on the water.
That all changed Monday afternoon, and Bay action will be steady and good all week, with plenty of fish in the usual places. Call Keith Fraser at Loch Lomond Bait Shop, 415-456-0321 for a current report, and to book a party boat trip for Bay fishing.