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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Lest We Forget...Memorial Day

Let's not forget what this week-end is all about. It is for honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice...their lives...for the freedoms we all enjoy today.

Take a moment to ponder and say a silent "thank you" for those that have proceeded us; those who stepped-up when their country called. Right or wrong...they went. I salute all military veterans and most especially today those who remain in our memories.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011


Mickey Culter has the correct answer to TT QUESTION #2; Martis Lake.

Butter has guessed Sagehen creek, on the west-side of highway 89, up to UC Sagehen's Research Facility. The regulations there are ZERO kill, no bait and artifiicial barbless hooks only. My recollection is that Sagehen's special reg water was, chronologically, the 4th in the eight (8) special reg waters within 1 hour's drive from Truckee. I'm guessing the regs started in the mid-late'80's.

NOTE: For some reason Google is not allowing me to post this replying to the answers by Mickey & Butter...any help is solicited.

Monday, May 23, 2011


There are eight (8) special regulation waters within one hour's drive of Truckee.

Question #2:

Of these, which body of water was the first to be designated for special regulations; alternately known Wild Trout or C & R water?

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Bend Orgeon's ORVIS NorthWest Guide Rendezvous

During May 12-13 I attended the ORVIS Guide Rendezvous in Bend Oregon. I had never been there, although I've always wanted to fish the Deschutes river for its Redsides and the famous Salmon Fly hatch. I didn't fish, but want to return there again to fished the river.

After spending a night at Weed CA at my sister-in-law's we had a pleasant drive through southern Oregon via highway #97.

Sport Shop in Crescent Oregon

Tom Evenson leads a seminar at the Ameritel Hotel; topic being Internet marketing. Tom is ORVIS' western ELOG (Endorsed Lodges, Outfitters & Guides) director.

Jeff Putman demonstrating/instructing Spey rod techniques on the Deschutes river
"Hole" #2, one of 18 challenging tests on the Casting Course at the Old Mill area along the Deschutes river....ORVIS company store in the background. There was a 3-hole challenge event amongst the attendees.; suffice it to say I did not win any of the first 3 prizes...

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Peaking & Trend Lines

BT/LT of two channels below Boca inflow...currently at 2220cfs !!

We've been in the midst of heavy snow-melt starting the 2nd week of March. During this 2 month period there has been four (4) "peak & ebb" cycles relative to snow-melt/flows in the BT; specfically from data I check-out along West River street in Truckee to the Prosser inflow.

The four "peaks" generally ascend during a 8-10 day period (weather related of course); then subside . The first occurred at 400 (2nd-3rd week of March) and second at 375 cfs (1st week of April), Then, showing an ascending trend-line with the latter two peaks at 625 (2nd-3rd week of April) and 850 cfs (ending today). I'm guessing that the latter is the last peak for the year in the aforementioned stretch of river. So we're definitely in a waning period. Now we can fine-tune our crystal balls and predict with more certainty optimum times for fly the near future...MINIMUM of 3 weeks out.

Again, I'm speaking mostly about the upper stretch of river above Prosser creek inflow. This area is more reflective of the natural run-off because there are 6-7 creeks along state route #89 and, IMO during this time of year, both inflows from Donner & Martis creeks are insignificant relative to my assessment of wading/fly fishing conditions. Prosser & Boca dams have strictly man-made releases, although reflective of the melt, but are less natural.

Now is the time to explore the small creeks and streams. As for the LT; it is totally dependent on when they lower the flows below the dam; currently at the high 600's.
...a 'small creek' Rainbow