5.17.2015

Upper Sac-Ku, touch of evil.


Above the loop,
river rush and froth. Stirring,
fins golden dart.

Spots black, red and
haloed. Sudden jolts, viscous shake.
Back into the depths.

Dry and dropper,
today, I a bit evil.
To hand, a rivers annals.


I never really liked to fish this one section of the Upper Sac, its stunningly beautiful, but I have never really done that well catching. After working with Chris for the day Friday making ferrules in his shop, I took Saturday morning to visit this section above Cantara Loop. Its tough going, but the spots are nice. Often the accessible reaches get fished often. This morning there was a fellow leaving the spot I was headed to, I thought well give it a go, he’s different, doesn’t mean anything, I’ll be fishing different from him, just give it a shot. After getting into the “secret spot” its evident from the stud marks on the rock faces that it’s not secret, I started to rig up a 4wt cane rod. Watching the water for bugs and clues, a few golden stones flew over so I went for that, plus out of a whim I decided, a touch of evil was needed today, a dropper stonefly nymph that I’ve had good luck with on the Yuba from the days I used to nymph fish a lot. Upon the third or forth cast out into the middle bucket of the cascade, the large stimulator violently jolted back into the fast water and I set up! A few minutes later, what I was leading to the net was a very large Brown trout. The throat of my net is 20 inches and I guess she was 18 inches. Fishing alone I got this kind of crappy proof of life picture with the cascade behind. Any local will know where it is to verify. I seem to remember that Brown trout a very rare in the Upper Sac, maybe the McCloud being blown and turbid last year encouraged some to spawn in the upper reaches? Maybe she came over Lake Siskiyou one spring? Who really knows but Hope you enjoy this story and picture.

4.24.2015

Yuba Moire, April 2015

Swifts and Swallows,
dart up then around.
Swoop the spinner fall.

Ripples on the surface.
Moire tapestry, rocks and stones
camouflage my spotted friend.



An insect potpourri.
Pick your poison.
Morrisoni still on the menu.

Isoperla fulva pop.
In the willows their mating dance,
Grass moon apogee.

Ephemerella infrequens
not unlike tippet,
frequently becomes ephemeral
on the spool!

Subtle slurpers,
ease into feeding lanes.
You valiant gift.

Epic spinner fall,
set to the sound of slosh,
at dusk, my April closes.

3.14.2015

Yuba-Ku 3-13-2015

Tailwalker and I,
greenback rollers, we stalk,
reels scream and a smoke.

This speckeld wonder,
full of fight, natures truth,
free again.

Again and again,
one dry fly, one rise.
Mano a Mano.

No-Ku just grease.

80 east cruise.
2500rpm, sipping Peets.
Sudden, choo choo.

Head in Motor.
Broken valve spring, new lifter.
Pin the rocker stud.

Running great,
Hmm... new tick, subtle, rough idle.
Head back in motor.
Whiped out Lobe.

No fishing.
Tired of throwing money at bad!
New motor time.
Most of February I spent with my head inside the motor of my old Chevy. After a long battle of getting it running really well another problem arose. A slight tick sound, which quickly turned into a cam lobe committing suicide. Once I found this it was apparent that rather than taking the front of the truck off to put a new cam shaft in it, less time and less work would be involved in just buying and instaling a new motor with a 3 year warrenty. Now, she's running great and finally i'm getting back to a normal rutine.

2.03.2015

yuba-ku 1-30-2015


Under waxing gibbous moon,
mossy rock bottom, we cross prudent.
With Kman in tow,
leaky wadders.

Riffles of rises full.
From the rock of power, Skwalas!
Virgin quad's first fish.


The Kman and I had a great day once we got to the fishing. We spent the first half of the day fucking around with batteries for the video equipment for the movie he's making. Even at the flows of 580cfs the crossing to the "Rock of Power" was dicey with all the equipment. The riffle was pretty quite until that last hour did it not fail to produce. lots of fish landed on my skwala dry and best of all, got to break'in a new splitcane Quad 4 piece rod that handled 60 foot casts pleasurably. After the long hike back to the car headlights glinting we packed up and headed to the brewery for an IPA to celibrate getting some good footage!



1.18.2015

Yuba-sonnet-ku 1-16-2015


Yuba Rock of Power ode to Howard and Jim

Siphlonurus surface skate.
Crouching leopard, rainbows porppus.
subtle emergence.

Cast and mend,

fureld leader spider's web.
Flossed in the jaw,
palmerd hackle hooked tight.


A great day casting drys in my favorite riffle we all know about, there are no secrets, just spots we all love to share. Along the hike up river I ran into two new friends Howard and Jim, who after comparing the days notes told me they had seen fish rising were that rock is up there. Well all I can say is thanks for the tip! luckily I had plenty of size 16 gray drakes to feed the fish. Earlyier in the day I was quite content landing fish on Skwala drys along the bank up river from the boat launch. But the afternoon was silly crazy fun. Lets keep in touch maybe we can meet up and share the Rock of Power soon!

1.03.2015

Yuba-Ku 1-2-2015


Slow slow, slow, tiny tug.
No ring, no rise.
Quite as a tomb.

Baetis tenuous in the drift.
Still no rise.
Cobbled river bed, ankles ache.

In the slot,
Sudden wink, kype jaw rises.
Mano a Mano.