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Saturday, December 22, 2012

I'm Not Dreaming of a WHITE CHRISTMAS...

I'm living it!
...the back deck
We're in the middle of the first serious winter storm. 3'-5' of new snow is anticipated at the upper peaks. So far we've received at least 18"+ at our place at 6500'. This should last through Sunday the 23rd. Then on Monday, hopefully, the roads and our driveway will be cleared and we head west "down the mountain" visiting family in Auburn and then to San Francisco to my natal North Beach (...this IS a fly fishing blog, so might as well include a  biological fishery term). We''ll indulge in a Christmas day supper at my sister Rita's home.  For the first time we'll meet a new addition to the family, our grand-nephew Arim. 
Our "northwoods" view from the warmth of our great mountain home
Prior to this blizzard Karen was one of Santa's elves...making sure everyone was nice and not naughty. He flew in for the day and appeared at the Truckee airport. Karen helped with the wish-list writing.
 Click-on the above for larger view of what is requested of Santa
Karen and I wish everyone a safe, happy holiday season and a healthy and prosperous 2013
...a friend's Christmas tree...we've lit-up live ones in our "northwoods" forest
...might as well do a FLY FISHING REPORT: 

Best to ski and glide in the Tahoe-Truckee area right now and for the next couple of months; there will be limited access with an occasional "window" of opportunity. This past week trout were eating midges and San Juan worms. Sub-surface nymphing at mid-day has/will be best. As the winter progresses start looking for black winter stoneflies....water temperatures/sun exposure are key.

Contact me for a reliable update on potential conditions.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Definition #16 "RUN FOR DA SUN"


A phrase used during late fall and nearing the winter solstice by mountain fly anglers as they fish a north/south facing stream . Then, the setting sun is very low in the southern horizon. As the sun gets below/behind the mountains/ridges, the air temperature plummets.

The angler then follows the sun, upriver before it sets; using the warmth provided. Then the angler yells to their fishing partner; Let's make a "run for da sun!"

Friday, December 7, 2012

DEFINITION # 15 "WHAT DA @#$% !!"


A water-side exclamation an angler blurts-out at the  totally unexpected moment of a hook-up and head-shakes at the most unlikely and improbable part of the drift. Can also be used as an adjective when used as a preface to "trout"; as in "That was a one heck of a What da @#S% !! trout."

Wednesday, December 5, 2012



How many sides does a snow crystal have?