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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Truckee River Trout...Love Snow!

...still snowing with an occasional break...thought it'd be fun showing what a snow-shut-in views from within
Our "front-door"...ain't going to be using for awhile...way too much snow even for my snow-blower

Our bedroom window...guessing a 8' snow-drift

Back-deck pile-up...better start shoveling or we'll be in an igloo soon

Friday, January 20, 2017



Where is this?

Snow, rain, sun and snow...



Well thus far it has been an interesting New Year, geographically, socially and weather-wise.

We both attended our very first New Year's Eve wedding. The son of a fraternity brother got married during a religious ceremony, followed by dinner, drinking , dancing, fireworks (filtered)along the SF waterfront......and two nights in my boyhood room in North Beach.

 Outdoor Deck...cocktails...before, during and after food
Dancing Music 
Happy New Year!!
SF Bay...and Bay Bridge
On Jan 2 we headed back "up the mountain" into a low snow-line at Colfax at mid-day and happy and comfy at home awaiting the weather. Its been snow, rain, sun, blue skies, snow, slush on and off for the last two weeks...with a series of snow or another week. Bring it on, nature needs all of it.
Settled In...Our north windows diorama

mostly grey skies, white-outs with continued snows....and brief periods of sun and blue skis and wispy clouds

...Almost a black/white image via natural light

Black-outs, Brown-outs, no WiFi, phones (used our old land line connection), TV...lots of candles and LED solar and battery-powered lanterns. Been fun and I'm getting my exercise shoveling...I'm running out of space where to put snow off my back-deck. Fortunately we have snow-removal service for the front drive-way.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Sage Words from the Icons #7

Catch and Release

"The finest gift you can give to any fisherman is to put a good fish back, and who knows if the fish caught isn't someone else's gift to you?"

Lee Wulff

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Sage Words from the Icons #6

Competitive Fly Fishing:

"It is quite easy to debase the sport, change its values, dilute its ethics and destroy its traditional associations with quietness, relaxation and the opportunity to think. Angling is not a competitive sport. The fisherman's only real competition is with his quarry and his only real challenge is the challenge to himself. Nothing can add to this, but the blight of inter-human competition can certainly detract from it."
Roderick Haig-Brown

Saturday, November 12, 2016

CyberFly! is Alive #6... and Breathing!

Let'em Breath!

Yes, it has been awhile. My excuses being:

1---Karen, my partner, had major open-heart surgery last November; it has been a year. She is fully recovered and is now back to her 3-5 mile hikes with her hiking buddies. I was the essential in-house, care-giver for the first few months; that kept me busy. A big shout-out to several of her devoted friends who were really helpful; I thank them.

2---During the month of February I prepared for and manned my annual booth at the Pleasanton Fly Fishing Show and refreshing my PowerPoint presentation for the show's Destination Theater. I love doing the show because it is an opportunity to catch-up with a lot of friends and meeting some new and enthusiastic fly anglers.
3---In April, my guiding and scheduled school clinics' season commenced, although I selectively guided; mostly long-time clients.

4---In June, thinking I should join the 21st century, I decided to update my antique web-site that I put-up in 1996! Since there has been little changes, except for my annual tweaking of the homepage and inserting pertinent rates & dates for my guiding, clinics and Native Sons Tours. So I then engaged the services of  a professional web-design firm. It has been a lot of work and hopefully it will be launched by the new year.

5---During late August we visited family in Seattle. I also had the opportunity to drift-fish the Methow River for two days. There I netted my first Bull Trout.
A bull trout, one of five; steelhead-smolts, cut-bows, bull trout, whitefish and rainbows
 6---During September I made a trek to Twin Bridges Montana. From there we drift-fished the Big Hole and Madison rivers once each, and two days floating on the Jefferson. We experienced productive angling; most especially on the lesser-known Jefferson.  
"da Professor"  and guide Greg Smith on the Big Hole

7---Admittedly, during the last 6-7 months I was enthralled and fascinated by entertaining theatrics and "nasty" campaign of the presidential elections. The country has spoken...or at least the electoral college be it. Let's all move-on; having a feeling the theatrics of the run-up to the 2018 will be intriguing...

PS...The only political discussion and opinions that will occur on this blog is fishery politics..most especially as it may pertain to the two below imaged moving waters...that I'm likely to do.                                                                                  

 Little Truckee...Middle Meadow
 Truckee...Glenshire Section


Thursday, March 24, 2016

Historical Snow Data for the Sierra Nevada

"Sierra Nevada" is Spanish for "Snowy Range" and the Sierra Nevada lives up to it's name, recording some of the heaviest snow falls in the world. Some interesting records include:

1 day snowfall: 67 inches (5.6 ft.) at Echo Summit, Jan 4, 1982 (2nd in US)

Single storm snowfall: 186.6 inches (15.6 ft.) at Donner Summit, 1982 (2nd in US)

1 month snowfall: 390 inches (32.5 ft.) at Tamarack, Jan. 1991 (US record)

Total winter snowfall: 884 inches (73.7 ft.) Tamarack, 1906-07

Greatest snow depth: 451 inches (37.6 ft.) at Tamarack, Mar. 11, 1911 (US record)

Highest average March snow depth: 108 inches (9 ft.) at Echo Summit

As you would expect, snowfall in the Sierra increases with elevation. The lower foothills only rarely receive any measurable snow. Middle elevations receive a mix of snow and rain during the winter. Above about 6000 ft., the majority of precipitation falls as snow. It is not unusual, in some locations, to have ten feet of snow on the ground for extended periods.

However, snow accumulation does not directly follow precipitation in the Sierra. While the greatest total precipitation occurs in the northern part of the range, the greatest snow accumulation occurs in the central and high southern parts of the range, due to higher elevations and colder temperatures which inhibit snow melt. As expected, snow depths drop dramatically on the east side of the range due to the rain shadow effect.