While out for a drive…
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Fishing at Putah Creek

Fish on!

Maybe it was two years ago that I had the idea to do some fishing again. I hadn’t been fishing in quite a while, and so I planned a little trip to Putah Creek. But now it looked like a dumb idea; the sky is overcast and threatening to rain. I head out anyway. I don’t even know what I’m going to fish with; I’m bringing a spinning outfit and a fly rod.

I arrive at my destination and the weather is no better; in fact the clouds appear even darker. None-the-less I attack  the water with my spinning rod; I’m using a Mepps #2. No luck! Over and over again I cast, but still nothing. The water seems to be a bit murky. Then I remember a successful fishing trip to the Walker river with my friend Sarge. There he introduced me to the technique of “dead drift nymph” fishing. I switch to my fly rod and tie on a nymph ( probably tied by Sarge ).

I cast upstream and let it sink, drifting downstream naturally in the current. I see hesitation in the floating line and pull the rod up smartly. Fish on! After a good fight I managed to net him; a beautiful rainbow trout! And now the sun is coming out. and I’m feeling much better about the day.

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