Hard fighting salmon today, we took these plus our deckhand took his turn at some as well. First couple fish fell for a K-16 Kwikfish with Sardine wrap (soaked in Pautzke Nectar) and the rest on eggs cured with Pautzke Fire Cure. Its amazing how strong P-Line Fluorocarbon is, twice today the fish went under the boat sliding the leader along the edge of the boat. Amazing stuff!
We fished the Feather River today with a friend. We started back bouncing plugs. After about an hour with no results we switched over to roe. It wasn’t long before we started hooking fish. The first fish of the day was a nice hen that Mike landed. We fished several different spots above Gridley. We ended up keeping two, releasing four and losing another four or five. I was using Pautzke Fire Cured eggs on Gamakatsu 1/0 hooks on P-Line 15-pound Fluorocarbon leader.
We launched in Tahoe City at 5:30 AM and headed out to start trolling for Mackinaw. We found good results early landing 5 and releasing three of them. Our clients wanted to Catch and Release today, however, two of the fish were bleeding so we kept them. The two we kept were around the 4 to 5 pound range. The three we released were closer to 2 pounds. About 8:00 AM we picked up and took a quick break, we decided to try a little jigging. We set up and landed 4 right off the bat and missed a handful of others. These fish were all around the 1 to 2 pound range and were all released. We decided to call it a day. I stopped by the farmers market in Tahoe City to spend some time with fellow guide and friend Bryan Roccucci before heading home.
Are clients today we visiting from Kansas. We launched at North Lake Tahoe and headed out at 6:30 AM. The water was a little choppy and figured it would only get worse. The spot we wanted to fish has no shelter but we decided to go for it anyway. After about a 6-mile ride we dropped our gear down to 280’ in 310’ of water. Thank goodness for the TR-1 keeping the boat straight in the wind. Within 10 minutes, we had our first fish that weighed in at 4.25 lbs. It wasn’t long before we had a twin to the first one. Surprisingly, the wind laid down a little. In the next 45 minutes we landed and released another Mack that was about a pound. We picked up and headed to another spot where we picked up five more releasing one of those. We ended the day keeping six Mack’s. The lure of choice today was a #3 Needlefish. Our original plan was to fish for Mack’s for and hour or two, then run to the south shore and target some Kokanee, we decided against it with the wind and chop on the water.
Our clients were part of a large group spending a couple days in Truckee for a business retreat. Knowing they were going to have a late night the night before they didn’t want to start early so we agreed to start at 6:45 AM. I guess out of habit, I was at the ramp with the boat on the water at 5:30. There was no one around other than another guide that had launched just before me, he was already on his way out for the day. I took my sweet time at the ramp before moving my truck up into the parking lot. As I pulled up next to the other truck, to my surprise there was a bear standing on his hind legs with his front paws banging on the window of the other truck. As I pulled up he took off on a dead run. I checked the truck and didn’t see any damage. I sent my friend a text and told him what happened. When he came in he did find a couple scratches by the door handle.
Our clients showed up a little after 7:00. We headed out and started fishing in 150’ water and weren’t doing much so we moved back out to the deeper water where we had been doing well in the early mornings. Within 10 minutes we had our fist Mack, a nice five pounder. We went through a little slow spell before landing a couple more. Our fish today were caught on #3 Needlefish all between 180 and 250 feet deep in 300 feet of water. The group was wiped out from the night before and was ready to go back for a nap by 10:30, so we called it a day.