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Help! The Upper Sac's fallen and I can't get up

By Tom Chandler 6/18/2006

As the Upper Sac falls to 1400 cfs flows and the river begins to open up, I'm stuck at my cluttered desk trying to make heads or tails of keyword research for a client. I'd cry, but run the risk of shorting the keyboard and delaying things even more. Next week, however, the evenings are mine. And next weekend, those of you with jobs and families will want to shirk both in order to fish the Upper Sac at tolerable (sadly not optimal) flows.

Of course, not everyone's at home slicing and dicing statistics; the Underground's Surf Fishing Correspondent Jim Troyer
reports in with news (and a picture) from The OC surf, and even ends his report with the Underground's politically correct "Fun day on the water." Thats pretty much how every fishing story should end. Here it is:

Jim Troyer ocean fly fishing
Jim Troyer and his pet Calico...

I hit the kayak's with my friend Craig and ventured off Capo Beach down here in Orange County. We paddled down to the reef off Beach Rd. and drifted the area for a few hours. The tide was on the upswing and Craig metered fish in one area and said " there's a bunch right here". No sooner than that, I cast into the area, let the fly sink and started stripping and got hit by this nice Calico! I brought the 10wt. this time just to make sure I was covered in case a big White Sea Bass came a knockin'. Fun day on the water.

The Raine Road Trip
continues, though today's news isn't about fish as much as the trip-disrupting power of random gravel flight; below is the front window of the Airstream, the repairing of which kept Jack and Chris from their morning appointment at Silver Creek. More on this major breaking news story ("Exposed in Idaho '06: A Shocking Story Mineral-based Vandalism").
Broken Window on trailer
Road Tripus Interruptus...

Finally, we've got a few fun links, courtesy the Underground Entertainment Department. First, the Urban Fly Fisher describes the sudden appearance of fiber optics cable spools in his beloved river, then Patrick O'Grady hilariously recounts a family wedding on his non-fly fishing blog (it's beyond funny).

This last link isn't entertaining as much as alarming; it's a GetOudoors story highlighting a U.N. Report about overharvesting our oceans. Sobering, but GetOudoors comes right back with good news: lists of seafood that are OK to eat if you want to protect the resource.

See you having fun on the water, Tom Chandler.


Tom Chandler

As the author of the decade leading fly fishing blog Trout Underground, Tom believes that fishing is not about measuring the experience but instead of about having fun. As a staunch environmentalist, he brings to the Yobi Community thought leadership on environmental and access issues facing us today.


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