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2C Wednesday, April 24, 2013 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Creeks and rivers are ready for fishing ".. Michael Condon Staff Writer May the holes in your net be no larger than the fish in it. Irish blessing Stream and river outlook There has been lots of talk about the snowpack this spring. It is well below normal: not what most people hoped for. Our north state reservoirs are all in good shape so the lighter-than-usual snowpack is not an immediate disaster. Two consecutive years like this will turn a moderate problem into a major problem. But I prefer to look on the bright side. We anglers tend to be optimistic folks. Who besides an eternal optimist would tie a small wad of feathers or stick a stinky fish egg on a hook, throw it in the water and expect to catch a trophy fish any minute? And whether we do or not, and accomplishing nothing else for the day, we still call it a great day. Yes, it takes a special person to be a fisherman. Rather than lamenting the sparse snowpack, I am going to celebrate the clear and lower-than-normal flows in our local streams and rivers. Many of these local waters open for trout fishing April 27. (Streams flowing into Lake Davis, Butt Lake and Lake Almanor do not open until later in May. Be sure to check the fishing regulations before you go.) Some years our local streams have high flows and muddy waters that make it all but impossible to fish on opening weekend. But not this year. With the exception of Mill Creek, which always carries a milky colored glacial silt early in the season from its headwaters near Lassen Peak, all of the local streams should be in very good shape for the opener. Insect activity is still a little slw, but ahead of normal for this time of year. Fly anglers should concentrate on nymphs. I like small stonefly nymphs or pheasant tails or midge patterns. The only dry fly activity will most likely come from the Baetis family of mayflies, commonly called "blue-winged olives." These are small mayflies. Size 18 works well for the nymphs while the dries are a slightly larger size 16. These are important mayflies for the trout for a few reasons. First is their sheer numbers. These little guys are very abundant in most of our local waters. They tend to emerge in colder water (anything above 40 degrees) so they are available both earlier and later in the season. They also spend more time in or on the surface film as they transform into adults capable of flying. That makes them available to surface feeding trout longer and allows the fly fisher to make some longer, drifts. I like to keep my fishing simple. Of course to get to this point I had to spend considerable time going through the phase where I figured more tackle was sure to lead to more fish. That H usually didn't pan out so well. I spent too much time dazed and confused while I sorted through so much tackle. The fish were certainly not impressed. But I am over that now. When I go stream fishing, if I am not fly-fishing, I just take a jar of salmon eggs and a couple spinners. Pautzke's Balls O' Fire salmon eggs and Mepps spinners are still my favorites. That's probably because that is pretty much all I have used for the past 50 years. A spinning outfit loaded with 4- or 6-pound line, an assortment of split shot weights, and I am good to go. If you are wondering where to fish, Deer Creek along Highway 32 should be very good. The Susan River is another good option. The bike trail along the river provides great access for those who want to get away from the crowds. Indian Creek below Antelope Lake would be another good choice. The Middle Fork Feather should be very good and offers plenty of auto access from Portola to Sloat. For the more adventurous, hiking or four-wheeling into the Middle Fork Canyon will get you into some excellent fishing. The North Fork Feather River above Belden should fish very well. Caribou Crossroads will be hosting its annual Opening Day Fishing Tournament. When you are done fishing, you can take part in their barbecue, listen to some great live music and try their (nearly) world-famous wild blueberry milkshakes. I don't know about you, but a tough morning of fishing can make me hungry. i Quincy. Rotary's 12t" Annual Golf Tournament Saturday, May 4, 2013 PLUMAS PINES GOLF COURSE - GRAEAGLE ' ..1 Times Registration 10 am Shotgun Start 11 am Golf: Hers d'oeuvres Fllwing a Awards Presentation . g': Prize Raffle THREE HOLE-IH-OHE PRIZES 0 000 CASH, s I :, r00:ooo : :::: : ::::::::: :: '.:::i::o:: :: and Flanigan Leavitt Insurance Sportsman 500 4x4 ATV . . State Farm Insurance, Richard Stockton Clay Dyrr Memonal Cash Prize Playersnly Bonus . O0 Yourregistrationautomaticallymakesyou eligibletowinoneoffour $400 I Cash sloe cash prizes to be drawn after tournament play! ... . I Sponsored by John & Kthy Fehrman and Mike & Keri Taborski t;asn I $100 per person -- 4-person Scramble includes golf, cart, lunch & hers d'oeuvres Entry deadline April 25, 2013, or the first 144 players. Individuals, pairs and teams are all welcome. Please include addresses of aft golfers for our mailing list. Golfer #1: Phone #: Mailing address: City: Zip: Golfer #2: Phone #: Mailing address: City: Golfer #3: Phone #: Mailing address: City: Zip: Zip: Golfer #4: Phone #: Mailing address: City: Zip: I Quincy Rotary Club, 546 Lawrence St., Quincy, CA 95971 MAIL CHECK TO: [ Yes, I would like to be a tee/hole sponsor. I understand my $50 donation will help our local children who benefit from Rotary's projects and scholarships funded by this tournament. Information on tee/hole sign The 44D dwarf car team takes a break during the American Valley Speedway's play day April 14 to pose for a photo. The team is comprised of (from left) driver Jason Marshall and his baby Conner, crew member Nice Brunner-Caldeira, head engineer Jesse Lazzarino and Zach Brunner-Caldeira. Tile team members made all the necessary adjustments to the car during the play day to get it ready for opening day this Saturday. Photo by James Wilson Racing season begins AT THE SPEEDWAY LARRY F. DOUGLAS Sunday afternoon, April 14, was a play day to let drivers make adjustments to their cars; to get acquainted with the track and their cars after a winter layoff. Some played it safe in renewing their skills with their cars. Others pushed their limits before they were competing for points and with other cars. The 2013 AVS schedule has coordinated the IMCA Modified schedule with Fernley Raceway. Modified drivers have the opportunity to gain points at both raceways and provide the spectators with more competition. The DART Dwarf cars will, for the first time, be competing in a Super National Race in Quincy. Hobby Stocks will now have scheduled races. ' The Mini Stocks will continue offering a class of affordable competition. The first scheduled race day is Saturday night, April 27. For more info call 283-2175 or log on to americanvalley 2013 S[)eedway schedule Sunday, April 14 Play day -- all classes Saturday, April 27 IMCA Modifieds, DART Dwarfs, Mini Stocks & Hobby Stocks Saturday, May 11 IMCA Modifieds, Mini Stocks & Hobby Stocks 2-DAY EVENT Friday, May 3rd Saturday, May 4th 8am - 5pm f/r/'// HOMETOWN PROD Hwy 89, Greenville 284-7313 Saturday, May 18 IMCA Modifieds, DART Dwarfs Mini Stocks & Hobby Stocks Saturday, June 1 IMCA Modifieds, DART Dwarfs & Hobby Stocks Saturday, June 15 IMCA Modifieds, Mini Stocks & Hobby Stocks Saturday, July 20 IMCA Modifieds, DART Dwarfs, Mini Stocks & Hobby Stocks Saturday, July 27 IMCA Modifieds, Mini Stocks & Hobby Stocks Saturday, Aug. 3 IMCA Modifieds, DART Dwarfs, Mini Stocks & Hobby Stocks Sunday, Aug. 18 FAIR RACE: IMCA Modifieds & DART Dwarfs Friday, Aug. 23 DART DWARF CAR SUPER NATIONALS: DART Dwarfs & Mini Stocks Saturday, Aug. 24 DART DWARF CAR SUPER NATIONALS: DART Dwarfs & Hobby Stocks Saturday, Sept. 21 IMCA Modifieds, DART Dwarfs, Mini Stocks & Hobby Stocks Schedule Subject To Change ATTEND COLLEGE ONLINE 100% *Medical, *Business, *Criminal Justice, *Hospitality, *Web Job placement assistance. 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