Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Introducing a Youngen' to the Sport

I was thrilled when my younger brother asked me to take him fishing. After losing the last several hundred rounds of pool, cribbage, ping pong, and all coordinated games this was my chance to show him up. I arrived at the river a half hour ahead of him and fished through the prime lie I planned to put him on. I caught two rainbows in the 18-20" class before my brother arrived for instruction. It didn't take long for him to learn the basics but he looked frustrated at the lack of strikes, especially with me in the background saying, "great drift", "can't believe you haven't had a strike yet". After my round of fun we wondered downstream to a short run where he caught a small whitefish. Having let the prime lie rest we made our way back upstream where we were met by Doug. Pete made a few nice drifts before hooking and landing a fat rainbow. I considered the day a success but he wanted to continue fishing so we stayed at it.

Nice rainbow on his first outing.

Being persistent Pete continued to work the run. He missed on big grab from a heavy fish and cast back out without hesitation. After several more drifts he hooked another heavy fish and this one was wasn't coming off. He followed our landing instructions and had a 25" in brown in the net in short time. The monster, post-spawn, hook-jawed brown was a beauty. Lucky bastard.

A little urban fishing.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Supersizing Pictures

You may have noticed the giant pictures in recent posts. Too much? Let me know what you think. There may be a new logo soon as well. All opinions are welcome.

Friday, November 6, 2009

East Walker River

The East Walker is a beautiful stream fed by Sierra snowmelt. The river begins in California below Bridgeport Reservoir before crossing the Nevada border and feeding the high desert ranches. The river has become popular due to recent magazine publicity but it is remote enough to prevent overcrowding and long enough to spread out the pressure.

I had not been to the East Walker for a few years so I was excited when Doug said he was going to help electroshock and be a part of the weekly video for the Nevada Division of Wildlife. After cordially inviting myself we jumped in the truck and went to meet the NDOW team. Doug and Chris Vasey were the stars of this episode so I stayed back and fished behind them, doing my best to avoid any contact with the camera. I even brought my own camera and spent some time working on my photography skills.

We all caught a fair number of browns and rainbows in the 10-15" range before Chris began working a nice stretch while Doug stood back and did some coaching. Chris hooked and landed several fish in the run, including a beautiful 21" brown. After the excitement of a big fish in small water we all walked downstream for the electroshocking.

I had never witnessed an electroshocking before and I was surprised at the results. When they began shocking, tons of small fish were raised from every bit of river. When they hit the deep tailout of a run, big fish came to the nets. Several browns over 20" with the biggest being 22.5" were measured and released. I had a great time and enjoyed having the opportunity to meet new people while doing some fishing and photographing.