First off, if you’ve had trouble accessing the blog it’s temporary. Switched domain hosts on Saturday so it might have resulted in a slight interruption as your internet provider caught up. In fact, I can’t access the blog as I write this but I can access the back end to write this post. I’m still here, fear not.
Next, I want to advise everyone to NOT fish the East Walker. The water is low (really low considering sometimes summer flows can be as high as 500-600 CFS and right now there’s a tenth of that). I’ve seen some websites suggest that the Nevada side is cooler and, therefore, fishable. Hogwash! I took some temperature readings and that is not the case. Just the opposite.
California Side (just downstream of the Hwy 182 Bridge and the Miracle Mile) – 74 degrees
Sweetwater Creek (at the fish ladder near the turn off to the Rosaschi Ranch) – 65 degrees
Now, that made me think that maybe the cooler tributaries and possibly some springs were cooling the Nevada side. Nope!
Rosaschi Ranch (at the bridge and parking area) – 76 degrees
The Elbow (along the road) – 75 degrees
As you can see, the Nevada side is not cooler. Since I was at the elbow, I fished for a bit. I caught one planter rainbow in an hour. But the water is warm, like bath water. The oxygen content is low and the fish are lethargic. But the real danger is playing fish, wearing them out and then releasing them. They can’t get enough oxygen and they will die even if they look healthy upon release. Rainbows can tolerate temperatures up to about 75-77 degrees. Browns up to near 80-ish. That’s tolerate, not thrive. They get sluggish to conserve energy and use less oxygen. Catching them can tip the scale from barely surviving to death.
Please, do not fish the East Walker until the water temps come down. I fished in the put and take section to prove a point. The fishing probably isn’t good anyway. Many guides are refusing to fish the East Walker too. Find another stream or an alpine lake. Wait until mid September or early October. The fishing will be better and you won’t be risky killing fish for no reason. I will try to get down to the East Walker and sample the temperatures every couple of weeks and post what I find.
I also drove up to Truckee on Thursday. What a madhouse! Summer crowds suck! Still, I found some uncrowded water on the Little Truckee River above Boca. Unfortunately, the rivers up there are suffering from low flows and warm temps too. Not like the East Walker but not optimal. I planned to stay for the evening but after driving back into Truckee for lunch, I lost my head of steam and upon contemplating the 2.5 hour drive home I left about 4 pm. Still, I fished for about three hours but with nothing to show for my efforts.
Oh well. It was nice to get out. I admit, I felt a lot of fear and anxiety about both trips. But once I got there and began fishing, I all but forgot about my pain. The pain was was there but not too bad. Defeating TMS is a process for most people. It takes the subconscious a while to be retrained and to forget those conditioned responses (thinking about the pain which reinforces the pain). I made some progress but the mind likes to try to find other ways to distract you from your repressed emotions. I have to be on guard until I’ve formed new habits.
So, there you go. I actually went fishing…sort of. Next week I’m taking Jen to San Francisco for a little romantic getaway. The week after that, I’m going to find some cold water and catch some trout. If you’re interested, you will find a post about our trip to The City on Dan & Jen on Wheels.