If you spend enough time on the river, you’re going to see some strange things out there. Oh yes, I know of what I speak — you name it and I’ve run across it. It seems that rivers and their banks are magnets for interesting characters, bizarre situations and, sometimes, a person or event that inspires a new name for a particular part of the river. Now, here are some of the stories behind the names…
Every once in a while, everyone needs a heaping helping of good old fashioned (and utterly useless) fish factoids. Actually, I’m not sure why, but here it goes anyway:
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The “fastest fish in the sea” distinction goes to the cosmopolitan sailfish, which has been clocked at speeds of up to 68 miles an hour in short bursts. When they’re not in hot pursuit of a meal, however, the “cosmo” usually cruises at about 5 to 10 mph.
Humans consume around 97 million tons of seafood per year globally and more than 200 million people around the world depend on fisheries for vital nutrition – and their livelihoods. Seems like keeping our waters clean and in good condition kinda makes sense from that standpoint, eh?
You fishing with the right stick? If not, you’re going to catch fewer fish and you’ll probably have to work harder and longer for the ones you do catch. Sounds kinda strange because a rod is a rod, right? Well, not so fast…
Fishing rods are manufactured from many materials from good ol’ fiberglass to space age stuff like Nano-Titanium and they come in a dizzying array of lengths, weights and actions. There are rods for any type of fishing you can think of, but you have to be a bit of a code-breaker to figure out which one is best suited for your style.
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Holidays treat you nicely? Hope so — I sure had a good time, though I must admit, I’m feeling a little spawned out after doing various family functions for the past 9 days in a row. This year, our holiday tour made stops in Huntington Beach, Los Angeles, Yucca Valley, and of course, Sacramento and Auburn. After all that, it’s certainly nice to be home! With Christmas out of the way, it’s time to start thinking about the next really big event of the season…the opening day of steelhead fishing on the American River!
It was late in October a couple years back and my mind, body and soul were dog tired. I’d been guiding salmon for five months straight and I was in desperate need of a vacation. One of my clients hooked and landed a nice 20-pound king at first light. Knowing full well that that the bite had been very tough the previous few days, I felt very good to have a fish on board right out of the chute.
While the guys exchanged high-fives in celebration of their good fortune, I slid the fish onto the stringer and tossed it over the side. The only problem was a few month’s worth of sleep depravation had my brain running on “energy conservation” mode and I forgot to do one teeny little thing before I threw the salmon into the water…um…tie the other end of the stringer to the boat.