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Maui 2015

I miss family vacations. It has been a long time since our family has had a chance to take a vacations together.  We spent a week in Mauii like we use to in the old days this month.  Both Mark and Mia’s spring breaks came on the same week despite the fact that one is…

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Perfect Day

It had the potential to be as good as it was last week.   The weather reports were suggesting a near 90 degree high and there  were high clouds and light to no wind.   You couldn’t ask for more except a whole bunch of fish.   I was debating on fishing the lake,  and…

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Fifty Shades of Linesides

Sunday at Oneill Forebay was incredible.   Jim Cramer  came along for the action and Vaughn Willet was out on the lake also enjoying the perfect weather–light breeze all day,  sun and 63 degree water plus 4 stars on the Solonar table with peaks at 9 am and 3 pm.   With the first day…

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March Madness

It’s been almost over a year since I took Richard fly fishing.   The last time I took him out,  he had just learned to cast a shooting head and caught his first stripers on a cast fly.   He’s been practicing his casting for a year and yesterday I felt that maybe the forebay…

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The One

I just picked up the Orvis One Piece Helios 2 8’11” 8wgt from the San Jose Orvis shop. It’s been a long time since I used one piece rods and the last time I remember using one was when I was building rods back in the 70’s. When I finally had a chance to try…

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The Last Day Of January

Northern California is is on the verge of the biggest water deficit in it’s history.  There has been no rain in January and it looks bad for fishing next year.  With that in mind,  I met up with Dave Bearden and fished the Oneil Forebay today.   It was a beautiful fog free summer like…

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The First Stripers of 2015

Last weekend I pulled the boat out from the Delta and spent the weekend cleaning the Green Sludge off the boat in San Jose.   Reports from the Delta have been very slow so I decided  to try O’Neill Forebay\San Luis for the month of January  or till things heat up at Sugerbarge. I wasn’t expecting much…

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First Loser….

  That’s what they call second place–beat by Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott who rushed for nearly 300 yards,   It felt like the Stanford loss two years ago when we couldn’t stop the run. The name of the film is “IF”.  If Oregon Football Plays this well missing so many players,  one day we will win the national…

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The smell of roses is fading…..

On the Eve of the Football National Championship, the Ducks are poised for the undisputed title of National Champions.  Ive always had faith that the Ducks could overcome the loss of any one player,  but the loss of Carington for smoking a joint before the Rose Bowl is bad Karma and I believe in Karma.  We’ve…

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The First day of WINTER on the Delta

I can’t remember when we had our last normal winter.  In fact,  I had forgotten what runoff was all about.  With aprox 100 billion gallons of water dumped on California in the last week,  its no wonder that the  Delta has turned a shade of chocolate milk.  With the break in the storm track,  I…

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A week of storms…

It been raining on and off for the last week and a half, Ive spent the time getting ready for a fishing window in the weather.  While looking for an 8 wgt to use as a spare I dug out a couple rods I forgot that I owned,  I found an old 9 ft 8wgt…

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Winter Fishing the Delta..

The Last couple weeks has been mayhem and its been 3 weeks since Ive fished the Delta.  Work is seasonally busy, and its been a challange  supporting my wife and father in law with some pressing health issues.  And with Christmas around the corner, its been busy.   Judging from the Delta Reports these last…

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The Sweet Smell of Roses…

Its been a long time in the making but a west coast team is in the Final Four playoff for the national title.  The Ducks have won the Pac 12 championship   Not only did they show the world they are nearly unbeatable,   they showed the world that the one loss to Arizona on Oct…