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JL


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So Bono and I finally got together so I could use the 1/2 day guide trip he so graciously donated to PCT and which I proudly plunked down some dough for.

We fished last Friday afternoon from about 3:30 until dark.

Before that though, we hit up a few businesses in town (Winters) about what we're trying to do with the fishing regs and they were all very excited about it and the prospects of a catch and release only wild trout fishery becoming a destination for anglers with some cash to put into local tourism coffers.

Anyway, you want to know how the fishing was.  I certainly dreamed that the combination of my experience on the river in the last year and Bono's innate knowledge learned over a lifetime along with his bugs and his rigs and his guidance would yield a boatload of trout, but I didn't hold out much real hope for it.

Let's just say the best part of the day was beer-30 when we got back to Bono's truck to find it 'vandalized' by a friend who broke in, left a note on the dash, turned the heat way up and generally monkeyed around with everything (all in good fun of course).

Well, that wasn't really the best part of the day. The best part of the day was Bono picking up the tab (THANKS BONO) for a sick steak dinner at the Buckhorn.  What a guy!

In a distant 5th or 6th was the fishing.  Man, there just aren't that many fish in the creek right now.

Not only did I fish under Bono's tutelage, but he fished too.  I landed a decent number of small fish, but not anything out of the ordinary.  Probably 10-12 fish to 10 inches with an LDR on a fish that maybe went 12-13 inches.   Bono didn't fish as much so only got a few, but he did land one nice 15-16 incher up by the resort.  Anyway, the whole time, Bono was saying, jeeze it used to be..., and man you should have seen it when...,  and it used to be I could come here and... and so on.

The regs can't be changed fast enough, and the big rains can't come soon enough to scour the creek bed.

Good news is that SK60 and I are heading up to woodland for the FGC hearings and will present our case for changing the regs.

best of luck to Putah and thanks to Bono for a very fun trip and a great dinner, despite us not catching much to speak of.  I'll post a shot of Bono with his nice fish.

OH - forgot... at the end of the evening, on the way out of the parking lot, Bono accidentally ran over an adult rattler.  It was trying to get away after being smashed by his big tires, but it couldn't really get going after having the lower half of it's body crushed (and a good portion of it's guts slung out on the road).


JL



-- Edited by JL on Friday 31st of July 2009 05:25:13 PM

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The buckhorn is a great place to get a steak dinner after a day on the creek, I highly recomend the elk steak, Better then any fillet mignon I have ever had. Change needs to come NOW !

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JL thanks for the report. That is one heck of a rattler.

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Thanks JL for the post. Its good to hear that the businesses were positive since they will benefit from a better fishery. After the Commission meetings we will post information on how to support the requested change. The request is for:

Year round C/R from the Dam to the top of Lake Solano. Lake Solano would not be included, keeping the current regs for the Lake. Only barbless artificial lures allowed, limit 0 trout.

This change, if implemented, provides the best baseline for DFG's evaluation for Wild Trout status. Its a first step: the regs may change to something else later, if an eventual management plan says harvest is a good idea. Other options, such as planting sub-catchables to supplement the wild fish, may be considered as well. A lot can happen later.

From what I have heard and from the angler surveys, you two did quite well-very few and mostly small fish are being reported. Also, not very many folks are fishing.

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Yeah it was long time coming for me and Jerry to finally get together for some fishing on the creek, and it was a very typical day as Jerry noted lots of dinks and a couple of decent fish.I guess for some waters a day like the one we experienced would be a good one but like I kept telling Jerry, Putah's not a shadow of what it used to be years ago. With everyones support I believe we can get Putah back to where it used to be. Thanks again to all of the people who have been involved in this long but worthy cause and thanks to Jerry for good company a few good beers lots of laughs and allowing me to fish with him a bit. For Jerrys lack of years on he creek he sure knows how to fish it and I dont think I was able to teach him much but I do know he got an earfull of Putahs fish stories! Anyway good times Jerry and ready to go again! Bono

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No doubt, bono.  Dinner's on me next time!

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Sounds like you had quite the adventure with Bono! Even if the fishing wasn't as fruitful as hoped, it's all about the memories, right? Speaking of boosting experiences, I've been taking HGH supplements from https://www.hghworld.top, and they've really upped my energy levels and overall vitality, making my outdoor trips even more enjoyable. Maybe next time, with a little HGH boost, you'll reel in the big ones!



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