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Monday, August 27, 2018

FRANKISMS...#1


Rio Simpson...southern Chilean Patagonia...circa 2006

There came a point in time after numerous years of guiding and instructing experienced, semi-skilled and novice fly anglers that I realized I was espousing recurring themes and concepts. These aphorisms; simple, concise and truthful sayings, I've coined FRANKISMS. These  are exceedingly useful when I want to instill a concept that is beneficial and easily understood; an idea that I am emphasizing for a client, with the intent being that the concept/s will be subconsciously imbedded into their angling psyche.


My selective use of the Frankisms is based on its appropriateness when instructing beginners with core insights or useful and adaptable to the existing skills of experienced fly anglers...taking them to another level.


During my last few excursions in the Truckee area; fishing over finicky surface-feeders, I have reinforced one of my ingrained Frankisms:

"Observe More...Cast Less"

There are two things the fly angler has to consider when they have sighted a surface-feeding trout...before making that first cast! 


1----What are the lateral perimeters of the trout's feeding lane?....One's  fly presentation has to be within those precise boundaries.

2----What is the rhythm of the trout's feeding?....Time the feeding behavior of the trout  and make your cast at what you perceive as the appropriate time of the start of the trout's rise sequence. 

Finding the precise feeding lane is a start. If there is a consistent rhythm you up your chance of the take. Of course you have to accurately present the right fly; size, shape and color...IMO, in that order; if all three, the better.

Rio Nirehuao..southern Chile...circa 2004


Thursday, August 16, 2018

"Old Timers" Perspective

Let'em Breath!

As I note in my previous July 17 post..."Somethings change..." 

Below are two commentaries/observations from a couple of "old timers".

#1---An excerpt from AMERICAN ANGLER,  July-August 2018: 

"The kid certainly looked the part; expensive sunglasses dangling from his neck, even though we were inside on a cloudy day; fashional  fishing shirt from one of the more prestigious makers of fashionable fishing shirts.; trendy stubble on his face (I've had a beard since 1966, but have never figured out how to keep it permanently frozen at one-week length); and a look that announced to me and all the world that he he knew more about fly fishing than I ever would...--

Back in the 50's my father and I used to float blue-ribbon Montana trout streams all day without seeing another angler....

..things have changed. Several years ago I realized that everyone in southwest Montana between the ages of 14 and 50 was or had been a fly fishing guide...

No longer an obscure pastime practiced by the eccentrics, fly fishing had become a Scene...

Then there was the "The Stuff"---the high-end shades...clothes...Spey rods longer than the creeks are  wide...

I just couldn't understand how so many new guides could learn more after six months on the water than I'd learned in 60 years...

...simply most knowledge of the outdoors is better derived from the internet. It would benefit us all to remember that."

#2---"A Time Perspective on Fly Fishing" 
SIERRA FISHERMAN, Spring 2012 
by 
Frank R. Pisciotta 

"For those of us who have been fly fishing for a few decades, there is a point in time when we realize we are of the “older generation”. Our fly angling psyche has changed; influenced by the introduction of modern methods, concepts and gear. With the mid-90’s advent of the Internet, the learning curve for those of us very experienced or novice is now quicker and steeper. We grizzled fly anglers accept this …maybe reluctantly…and recognize that our passion has been and will continue to be a dynamic sport; although some things may remain constant in our minds.

During the ‘70’s there were few concerted attempts to tweak or enhance what was learned when we initially entered the sport; the exception being some classic, fly fishing books. The ‘80’s provided an up-tempo in the print media, and the increased use of the Internet during the late-90’s and into the first decade of the 21st century provided us with limitless, easily accessed information and purchase opportunities. As a consequence, there has been a decline in fly fishing specialty-shops. There are now only a few small, “brick and mortar” fly shops, those survivors able to compete with the on-line and huge mega-sports stores.

Below, hoping to provide a brief historical perspective on the evolving changes that have occurred during the last few decades, are some general comments of our mutually-shared sport.  “New school” participants….and this is a relative moniker…may appreciate what we “old-schoolers” or “booth-strappers” have witnessed over the years.

My first waders had attached boots and were both bulky and clumsy. “Stocking-foot” waders made an appearance during the mid-‘70’s. They were either seamless, solid rubber or seamed, water-proofed nylon; weighing mere ounces. With the former we experienced sweaty walks and wades, most especially during the heat of the summer…they did not breathe! I had a rubber pair with many repairs; I looked  like a walking, worn-out and heavily patched inner-tube.  The seams separated on the nylon ones after only 4-5 outings. 

There were few wading shoes available. They had felt-soles and were made of leather which became very rigid when dry; making it difficult to put-on for your next outing. Now we can select boots made by numerous manufacturers; they are synthetic, light-weight and durable to withstand boulder-scrabbling in freestone rivers. Modern-day brogues have various types of tightening features utilizing wheels, wires, zippers and speed-lacing gadgets.

Common use of bamboo fly rods was a bit ahead of my time. I’ve experienced the progression of fiberglass and the present-day graphite or graphite/boron composites. My first fly rod was a 6-weight, “glass” 8-footer. Then I was gifted the first production graphite rod, which hardly bent being as stiff as a broomstick. You will notice I’ve intentionally avoided discussing two-handed rods.
Fortunately the rod designers became more sophisticated. We then could select a “taper” that fit our casting style and preferred type of fishing. Simply, the “action” indicated where the rod bent, as in fast (…at the tip), medium (…at the middle, the term used was “parabolic”) , and slow ( …at the butt). Currently, I see no need to decipher all the marketing and engineering jargon such as “torsional stability”, “damping” with “nano-sized silica”, all encased in an “advanced modulus positioning system”  Geez, I merely want to fish and not launch a fly to the moon. Our prime concern, simply, is how the rod flexes, loads or bends to accurately and efficiently cast the line and fly.

It seems like fishing vests are no longer de-rigueur. At times I feel like a Neanderthal when I put on my “guiding” vest…it easily weighs 20+ pounds! The trend is obviously towards being a minimalist. We now can use devices such as slings, chest-packs, waist-pouches and lanyards.  They are ergonomically designed and may include water devices, D-rings, clips, Velcro fasteners, loops, straps, and in-built nooks and crannies.

Long-time fly anglers remember most fly reels being from three producers. For trout angling we either had a proletariat’s Pheluger 1494 Medalist or Scientific Angler System One. Having the money we could splurge for an English-made Hardy Princess or Perfect.
Currently there must be close to 100 reel makers at all price-points. Some salt-water reels cost as much as my first VW “Bug”.

Flies, hooks and fly tying have evolved. In the past there were few synthetics; mostly natural feathers, hairs, furs and wool yarns. The current plethora of non-natural ingredients used at our vises and in patterns commercially produced are endless. There was one major hook producer, providing a limited style of hooks. We now have the privilege of selecting from several firms with an endless array of hook designs; weights, bends, points, thickness and gaps…for both freshwater, saltwater flats, estuaries and deep sea. Depending on a fly tier’s temperament, fly designs can be simple and quick to tricky and time-consuming.

I recall two basic fly line shapes:  a double-taper or a weight-forward. They were full-length at 90’ or 30’ shooting-heads. The line floated or sunk, the latter having 3-4 sink rates.  Now there is a bewildering amount of different fly lines that are available in a  kaleidoscope of colors…some of them blinding. They are designed for very specific angling situations, whether used in fresh or salt environments. Advertising, packaging and catalogue descriptions can be so esoteric that one almost needs computer analytics before making a choice.

A last category of fly angling needs is an all inclusive group that is marketed as accessories. It sort of sounds like high-end jewelry, but; I call them extraneous paraphernalia or “danglies”. My first “nippers” were essentially finger-nail clippers, which hung on my vest by a string (…flashing brightly in announcing my presence to every trout in the immediate area) or placed-in an often-forgotten-pocket. Attachment devices have evolved into an array of retractable “zingers”; some of which are inconspicuously built into our outer-wear and gear packs. Some of us carried heavy needle-nose pliers or surgical hemostats for de-barbing hooks. We now have many choices which incorporate multi-function features:  hook-eye clearing , cramping-on weight, and scissors for cutting hackle, hair or leader materials.

The list of gadgets continues and entails paste and powdered floatants, indicators, weights, hook-hones, thermometers, knot-tying aids, nets, tippet dispensers and fly boxes. The common denominator is that now there are many options; most of which were unavailable decades back.
My intent here is to not create “revisionist” history. This very loose chronology of fly angling developments are my recollections only, I’m sure I’ve missed some. If so, please drop me a note to refresh my memory."





Saturday, July 21, 2018

Throw-Back Truckee Fly Angling

Somethings change, somethings do not...a reprint:

                                                                                Paul Dillon Image
Currently PMD emerger patterns are the most effective for surface-feeders
                     
ANGLING UPDATE: 17 JULY 1997*

My apologies for this long delay. I was unaware how many cyber-surfers bookmarked this UPDATE, and actually read my comments! Thanks for the vote of confidence on the reliability of my written word. I will  attempt to be more timely for the rest of the season.

We are now experiencing above-normal warm, mountain weather in the High Sierra. During the last four weeks we've had a mixed bag of climatic conditions; sunny and clear skies, endured rain, hail, snow in the higher slopes, blistering winds that at times made it almost impossible to cast or even lob a cast to showing fish or suspected lies. To compound matters relative to fly fishing; regulated federal flows out of Lake Tahoe into the main Truckee had been erratic and unpredictable, maxing-out to 1500 cfs!!! During the last 10 days they've been relatively stable...angling conditions on most waters are now superb. 

MARTIS LAKE as been sporadic at best. The lake is settling into its mid-summer pattern of warm water temps; 71 degrees in the shallows at mid-day on Wednesday the 15th. The bloom of surface vegetation makes it almost impossible to float-tube the inlet area. The inlet channel is clearly defined, with observable, midge-slurpers in the morning; before the wind starts-up. Prams or pontoon boats are best in this area; float-tubes are fine for the rest of the lake. Aside from the midges, be on the look-out for Callibaetis, both duns and spinners. During the day search the drop-offs and lake edges with Damsel or Dragonfly nymph imitations or your favorite searching streamer...HINT: the red-side shiners have an iridescent red stripe on their sides. I've used a foam beetle with much success in the past during hot summer days; they should be in your lake-fishing fly box. Blood Midges and small dark midges appear in the evening. A BB Midge or Blood Midge Cripple, on a dead-drift or slow draw (creating a V-shaped surface disturbance), attracts cruising fish. You must discern the "decent" gulpers from the planted 7"-10" Cutthroat & Rainbows.


TRUCKEE RIVER flows are ideal; water temps are spiking at 66-68 degrees, admittedly warm and on the upper cusp for triggering the trout's ideal feeding metabolism of 55-65. Some anglers are starting split-session excursions; early and late. Adult Little Yellow Stoneflies, Green Rock Worm and Spotted sedges, the river's three featured hatches are present in good numbers; in addition to the small, #16-18 tan caddis (Glossosoma?). 

Dry fly fishing has been good. High-Stick/Short-Line and "stick and move" in th pockets, or precise drifts to showing fish gorging on emerging PMDs and Mahogany Duns in the runs and tail-outs of pools. HINT: Swing  #14 Partridge and Yellow or Grouse and Orange soft-hackles in front of targeted risers if you are getting refusals. Best surface patterns have been a #14 Glickman Yellow Stone, Orange or Yellow Parachute Humpy, and #16 Grey Elkhair Caddis

Sub-surface,  search with nymphs/larvae/pupae suggestive patterns.  Try a #6 Golden Stonefly, #10 BeadHead Prince, a #14 Foster's Turkey BeadHead, a #16 BeadHead PT or BH Green-Sparkle Caddis pupa. Wild Rainbows and Browns to 19" have been netted.


Increase flows into the LITTLE TRUCKEE rom Stampede dam have made the stream very fishable. There have been a mid-day PMD hatch which can keep you busy casting to rising trout. The trout are not spooky when they're working the surface. But, be forewarned; the feeders are very selective. A Mercer PMD emerger works very well. Your presentation has to to float in the exact feeding lane...accuracy is imperative. Unfortunately the fish are smaller than last year. I attribute this my observations that too many large spawners/broodstock were being harvested last year. DFG has a lot of data and angler input on this fishery; they've been indecisive...this fishery needs special regulations with limited kill and gear restrictions.

Guide client, Paul Silva of Santa Clara, received my coveted TRUCKEE CONSERVATION AWARD for "actions above and beyond the call of angling" for rescuing about a dozen, stranded, Rainbows and Browns who faced certain death in standing pools of water; the result of a sudden flow draw-down from Stampede dam. A tip of the rod to this unselfish act!


The SMALL CREEKS, surprisingly, are fishing quite well for this time of year. A 12" trout is considered a "hog". Attractor dries are sufficient. Use your USGS topo map. Next report will have a detailed report on MILTON LAKE. until nest year...Tight Lines!


*This  UPDATE was initially on my early website onl ...eventually, per request,  I e-mailed it directly to near-400 recipients

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Summertime

Green Drakes here for 6-Weeks!...first BT then LT

Well, still mobile, having pulled a calf-muscle...Nevertheless, been busy enjoying and gratified by mid-June into early July's guiding, clinics, tours and both TTFF's ( www.ttff.net) Cliff Frazier Memorial Youth program and Novice Clinic. While not "working" I made every opportunity for personal angling.

The "Big Bugs Of June" all made an appearance on the BT. The Winged Blacked Carpenter Ant were first during an intense 3-4 day period. The trout were aware, creating a great surface "searching" pattern on all moving waters and lake inlets; beyond the ant's short availability.
Winged Black Carpenter Ant dries also produced in creeks...
...and at stream inflows at lakes...best accessed via boats

Mid-morning to noon emergences of PMD's and March Browns made for happy sight-fishing to rising trout.
Pancho bent during the predictable late-morning PMD hatch

The trout were very selective; so we increased the odds of a grab by tailing soft-hackles or generic bead-head nymphs behind our flush-floating dries. Little Yellow Stonefly adults were and will continue to be a bug to imitate for the next 4 weeks; most especially at dusk. Also, nice adult imitation to use as your indicator fly when dry/dropper fishing while  methodically "prospecting" pocket-water. 

As usual the phantom hatches (...as in sparse numbers) of the other two "Big Bugs"...Golden Stonefly  and western Green Drake followed the black ants. We have been on our ritualistic, sunset "Drake Watch"...even though, personally, I saw them at mid-day. In the Drake's absence there are volumes of Little Yellow StoneFlies, micro-caddis and non-IDed mayfly spinners

QUICKY PROGNOSIS:

On the BT; warming waters; hence morning and evening times. Remember that below dam inflows such as Prosser and Boca there will be cooler waters than above and more flow. 

The LT currently has Drakes (started last week of June); so they'll be around for another week. Be aware of a "masking hatch"...PMD's. My hope is releases from Stampede dam do not get any lower. It is crowded...practice amiable stream-etiquette.

Small Creeks are finished locally, seek higher elevations.

Lakes...Locally wait for the big Browns staging at the inlets this fall. Milton is a choice now. 




















Friday, June 8, 2018

Anting, Worming and Turding...

HINT: For eons, this time of year we fish the inlet streams into local stillwaters. For you creek junkies explore small creeks remembering that they have a 7-10 day window of prime angling conditions...your choice at a "Hat Trick" of Brookies, RainBows and Browns...a 12 incher being a trophy."                            (May 17 2018 blog post)

Both surface and sub-surface feeding trout found in the deep pools...
Maybe another week for prime conditions on the  inlet streams and creeks. Water temperatures start in the high 40’s to 54 degrees by mid-day. Waters are clear and the melt is almost complete. There are a lot of aquatics flitting about BUT the Winged Black Carpenter Ant about and the fish are keyed to them…aggressively slashing at the surface. Early-season  patterns such as  San Juan Worms and "Turds" (Pat’s RubberLegs) produce in the deeper runs and pools.
fast riffles..
A” record”12-inch Brookie, relative to my decades of experience in the Truckee area, was netted/taped after eating a small dry in one of the local brooks.
...and deep runs
The BT ‘s flows are receding nicely with water temperatures nearing ideal 55+degrees.
Currently we’re on the Green Drake Watch; we’re also awaiting the Golden StoneFly adults.


Saturday, May 26, 2018

Memorial Day...Never Forget...

...those who honorably served and made the ultimate sacrifice...their lives.

Memorial Day remembers and honors those who died to preserve the freedoms we enjoy today...Never forget them.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Spring FlyAngling Report & a RetroSpection


 Let'em Breath!
I've got to admit; I'm loving this unpredictable, wet, early-spring. This wet weather is really refreshing the entire region.

The BT is getting into nice fishing shape. Still a bit high for my liking at 543cfs along the Glenshire stretch and 902 cfs below the LT inflow at Boca. It is remains a sub-surface game. There are few adult bugs in flight, sparse BWO's and March Browns...along with a rare, yellow, leggy CraneFly. Consistent or predictable surface-activity; still remains a minimum of 3-4 weeks away. A good sign from a recent seining reveals a dense population of both Western Green Drake and PMD nymphs. The former being one of the three Big Bugs of June; along with the Winged, Black Carpenter Ant and Golden Stonefly.

Before the angling hordes arrive (pre-4th of July), explore the upper river along state-route 89;  Tahoe City-Trout Creek; flows out of Lake Tahoe currently at 195cfs. There will be wild, stream-bred trout available ...before they get harvested for the table since there are no gear or size restrictions and five (5) trout take.
...in the "canyon"

So, currently, fish the river going down; deep along the bottom substrate... where the fish hold & rest. With the water temps still in the mid-to-high 40's and the occasional 50-51degree (if sun is present) your presentation has to be precise and methodical because the trout will not move much for your offering...force-feed'em. That will change when the water reaches the 55-56 degrees; then the feed-bag is on, whether sub-surface or on top. I haven't heard of 20"+ trout via the local "grape-vine".

As far as fly patterns on this river, people know I'm a big proponent of proper presentation & "size matters" first...shape and color to follow, if doable. So select your favorite attractor/impressionistic fly of choice. Remember to "stick & move"...your first good presentation in a new drift being your highest percentage of a take from an opportunistic feeder.

The LT below Stampede dam is too low for this time of year at 98cfs. One-fourth the historical 425 cfs release below the dam. I'm attributing these marginal releases to construction raising the dam-face 11'.  My main concern right now is how it will impact the PMD hatch/rise activity angling beginning late-June, at its height thru July and into August.  The caveat being there will be unseasonal, high releases then... ruining the dry fly fishing!
LT Inlet at high water

Recently Browns to 21" and RainBows to 19" have been netted. Productive flies have been #16, legged Copper Johns and #18 lime-green, Midge larva. I'm hearing of some selective, surface-feeding (remnant Black Winter Stonefly adults!), but mostly indo-fishing in the deeper runs & pockets and using dry/dropper rig in the riffles. The spawn seems to be waning...stay away from the redds as the eggs incubate.

HINT: For eons, this is the time of year we fish the inlet streams into local still-waters. For you creek junkies explore small creeks; remembering that they have  a 7-10-day window of prime angling conditions... your chance at "Hat Trick" of Brookies, Rainbows and Browns...a 12incher being a trophy.

By comparison, here's a last-century, UPDATE* by CyberFly!! ... May 30 1998

"Finally, sun and blues skies. This past week we've experienced four consecutive days of late spring snow, cold air & grey skies...Locating "micro-climates" is always good strategy...Be patient for 1-2 weeks, we have  both old and new snow to melt.

TRUCKEE RIVER is cold; in the high 40's...should improve with the coming sun...The outflow from Tahoe is currently 706cfs. The water is clear, but deceptively deep...From my log: "...lots of water, lots of work, minimal returns".

The LITTLE TRUCKEE in the Meadow is at 800cfs. I'll rate this as "challenging". As the flows decrease, angling success will increase...

SMALL STREAMS & CREEKS are high & cold; 44-47 degrees,. Most are clear, one remains murky. The small wild trout have fallen for a #12 Yellow Stimulator...trailing a #16 BeadHead Prince. A rare #20 Black Winter Stonefly was viewed while bush-wacking a small brook..."

*This  angling report was e-mailed to a over 400 recipients until 2004. It was THE printed angling report featured  at  ACE Mountain Sports & Hardware Sports.



Thursday, April 12, 2018

Pro-Tips Revisted...Early Spring

Bright sun and trout 

A beautiful spring snowfall in Truckee! We received 4" last night at my  6500' home. Sun is out now.

Thankfully, because of 2018's MIRACLE MARCH; there will be sufficient water flowing during spring.

Below is a "Pro-Tip" excerpt I authored that appeared in the Spring 2012 Sierra Fisherman magazine. The advise provided are point-on suggestions and concepts we fly anglers consider during spring's snow-melt/run-off during high flows/pool on running and stillwaters; respectively.
High Water of Spring in the "Fornicating Rock" area of the Big Truckee


Early Spring
Most freshwater fly anglers anticipate springtime.  Unfortunately, every year’s conditions are unpredictable; dependent on the amount of rain or snow that has fallen during the winter. Eventually both will run-off immediately or melt into the waterways and lakes; respectively.  It is important to remember that the snow-pack’s melt in the higher-elevation mountains is weather related; it can be steady and gradual or unpredictable and erratic. One general assumption is that the waters in early spring will be high and cold; eventually subsiding and warming by early summer.


So how do we strategize our fly angling? For a start, this issue's pro contributors provide you with their astute advice. (will send upon request...Frank)


Water volume and water temperature are key factors governing strategy. In streams consider venturing-out at mid-day seeking warmer water exposed to solar heating. You’ll find warmth in “soft water”; mild currents such as edges, eddies, slow moving runs and pools. You can “load & lob”, fishing with big/small, tandem rigs or strip streamers. Whichever technique used think “low & slow”, but get it down along the bottom…where the fish are.
During springtime it is a good plan to fish lower elevation waters first.  As the days get longer providing more solar heating, start venturing out of the foot-hills and into the mountains. There, the hope is the waters have warmed, the melt has subsided, flows are ideal and the trout’s feeding metabolisms are in high-gear.


Frank R. Pisciotta
During the “early season” of spring, lake levels are rising, full or overflowing. In the mountains there will be super-cold inflows from the melting snow. Look for warm water. A productive strategy is to stalk along the shoreline’s shallows; frozen edges of melting ice/open water or visible underwater shelves that drop-off into deeper and darker water. Exposed shallow water along shorelines have warmer water temps, vegetation...and bugs, which trout eat.   
At ice-free shallows, solar-heating will provide a temperature comfort-zone for cruising trout in search of vulnerable food-items. Here, assuming the visibility is clear, an angler can sight-fish to slow-moving, foraging trout that feed sub-surface or in the top-water, surface-film. Also, in these areas the drop-offs and lateral shelves into deeper water provide a quick escape route for cruising trout wary of airborne predators.


Tactically, determine a cruiser’s direction, speed, and distance between rises and or sub-surface moves. You want to intercept these susceptible trout by presenting your fly ahead of the feeder; letting them come to your current-menu imitation. Dead-drift or impart movement as appropriate and let the trout ingest the fraud; merely lift, tighten-up, ”give it head” on its first surge if it is a powerful fish.
da Dean
Shoreline angling during high flows of Spring at LT inlet at Boca


NOTE: Tahoe-Truckee Fly Fishers member, Jon Baiocchi, has authored a very thorough article on High Water Tactics in the 2018 March-April California Fly Fisher. Additionally, he will be conducting two clinics; Streamer Fishing and High Water Tactics during spring of 2018. For details go to www.tahoetruckeeflyfishers.org                 















Monday, March 26, 2018

Yeah... a MIRACLE MARCH!

Put'em Back Alive!
We'll take it...The water forecast for this coming trout season has improved substantially since March 7. Then we figured the melt into our trout-sustaining waters to be 43.7% of historical average. Now 20 days late,r we're at a projected 75.4% of normal snow-melt/runoff. Mother Nature has made a nice recovery in the Truckee area from an initial sub-par precipitation year. 

da Captain and da Entertainer discussing tactics for the high flows of springtime


Wednesday, March 7, 2018

After Blizzard Briefing

...guess I'm due for a post...been awhile.  I became focused on my re-hab on my new bionic hip and the Fly Fishing Show last week in Pleasanton CA. Now, "doing taxes", later in the month going to Virginia seeing close friends then looking forward to a mid-April trip to th BigHorn River in Montana....praying for decent weather, lots of BWO's and rising trout.

Yeah, we still need snow and hope for a Miracle March
...front door during our recent 3-day snow-event...actually a color image
To date, via the nine (9) measurement sites in the Truckee area at elevations of 6436' to 8801'... we're at 59% of the historical, median snow-water-equivalent and 72% of total precipitation.  Personally my focus is: How much water for the melt and run-off?...for the fish. Here's how I look at it; .59 x 76= 43.5% of projected water...Geez, we're hoping a  MINIMAL 50%!

Always some nice scenery in the mountains during and after the storms...from within a warm home and outside...
...back deck looking into the forest and  & "Donner Trail" to the Alder Creek camp-sight
One of our "north windows" during the storm

Again; there is a need for a Miracle March...NOT March Miracle!