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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, June 3, 2015 3C ", Physical, emotional changes affect game What's the deal? Nothing I do is working today. Can't putt, can't chip and poison ivy has reached serious calamine levels from ball hunting in the woods all day. Adding insult to injury, I had a divot go further than my ball. Yesterday I played one of my best rounds and today I couldn't hit the broadside of a barn. Sound familiar? What happened in that 24-hour timeframe? Ask any good player and PRO'S CORNER JON JARESS PGA Professional, Director of Golf Nakoma Golf Resort they'll tell you, every time you tee it up -- it's a new game. Golf is a game where you'll never hit the exact same shot twice. How you feel physically and emotionally, along with ever-changing course conditions, will have a dramatic impact on your round. So, let's discuss the physical aspect. How you feel physically can change from day to day, so change your game with it. Example, if your normal straight shot is now moving a little right, set up a little left of the target and play the slight fade. Physical ailments will change how we swing through the ball. If our shoulder hurts and our 5-yard fade is now 15 -- don't fight it, play it. Save the fight for the range and play with what you have today. If you can take the time with your setup, adjust and feel comfortable prior to your swing. You'll definitely hit better shots. Our emotions may be the biggest factor in determining the outcome of a round. If we're in good spirits, we have a much better chance of having a good round. Take that same round and have the head of the HOA hit into your group after sending you a letter stating the association doesn't like the color of your front door, repaint it. This could change your temperature for the remainder of the day. Recognizing what we're feeling (good or bad) will help determine an even keel throughout the round. Making sure our emotions are in check will be the biggest obstacle we face in a round of golf. Again, whether it's ever-changing course conditions, a new knee replacement or the idea of coming home to a newly painted door, keep your emotions in check and make your next round... a great round. Jon Jaress is the PGA head golf professional at Nakoma Golf Resort in Clio. To inquire about private lessons or to ask him a question, email him at Springfishing improves after some slow weeks Michael Condon Staff Writer "I fish because I love to... not because I regard fishing as being so terribly important but because I suspect that so many of the other concerns of men are equally unimportant -- and not nearly so much fun." --Robert Traver This can be a pretty crazy and complex world we live in. I think it is because of that so many of us are attracted to the simple things. I love simplicity in design: elegant but minimalist form and function. I experienced that recently through a very old, but new to me, fly-fishing technique. Tenkara is a Japanese fly-fishing system that has been around for centuries but only recently has caught the attention of American fly fishers. Fly reels and advanced fly lines with complicated tapers and high-tech materials are a mainstay of our modern fly-fishing. But in the tenkara system, there are no reels and no fancy fly lines. Just a rod, a short line (really a leader) and a simple fly on the end. The rod is long (usually 12 to 14 feet), very light and very flexible, not unlike the willow switch from which it likely evolved. The line, originally braided horsehair, is usually braided fluorocarbon or monofilament butt section attached to a very light leader and tippet. The combined length of the rod and line result in a reach of maybe 20 to 25 feet. That is much shorter than most of us are used to. But when you stop and think about it that is more than adequate for 95 percent of our local streams. Dave Hollister has been fishing with the tenkara system long enough to have accumulated a few different tenkara outfits. (The sign of a true fisherman is that one rod is never enough.) He is very good at the tenkara system and also familiar enough with the Middle Fork to know exactly where the fish are. It was almost like the fish were his old friends. Dave was kind enough to give me a lesson on the Middle Fork Feather a few evenings ago. Not unlike most styles of fishing, it took only a few minutes to be proficient enough to catch fish. (Even if the first one I caught was launched into the air and landed on the bank behind me.) And also like other styles of fishing I could easily see how one could spend a lifetime learning and perfecting the technique• Tenkara can be a very effective method. You cast your fly out and let it drift downstream• By raising the tip of the long rod high in the air, you can take nearly all of the line off of the water. That gives your fly a very natural drag-free drift with no line on the water to spook the fish. I was feeling a bit overconfident as I started getting lots of strikes in a short time. But usually I am able to land a fish for every two or three strikes. Instead I was missing strike after strike. Line control is essential for consistent hookups. That is something I will definitely need to work on. Did I mention the wind? There wasn'ta lot of wind that evening• But with such light gear it doesn't take much wind to complicate matters. I found that a slight breeze that would hardly be a concern with conventional fly gear would make my fly land a few feet away from where I intended it to land. Something else I need to work on. The tenkara system works well on medium-sized streams and it could probably work on our smaller lakes and ponds. But it may be the ideal and most effective way to fish the many smaller and often overlooked streams we have in Plumas County. So what is happening in the lakes and streams of Plumas County? The weather for the past two weeks has been unsettled at best. The daily dose of thunderstorms has been a small but much-needed shot in the arm to our water shortage. But it has made for 2 some tough fishing• While the unsettled weather disrupted the spring fishing patterns, it has also prolonged them a bit. The bass continue to spawn and the insect hatches are resuming and have really not hit their peak yet. So the best is yet to come. Bucks Lake This spring has been a bit slower than normal for the big Mackinaw trout that Bucks Lake is known for. But according to Bryan Roccucci, of Big Daddy's Guide Service (, the big Macs have settled into a bit of a pattern. Bryan and his clients have been hooking four to six of the big fish each day with the fish running from 9 to 18 pounds. These big fish are providing plenty of excitement on light gear. The Mackinaw are not the only game in town. Bryan says the kokanee bite has been going wide open at Bucks with chunky fish running around 12 inches. The best bite has been on watermelon Wild Things followed by Pink Tiger Uncle Larry's Spinners fished 20 to 28 feet deep. This is some great fast-action fishing, especially when you are getting kids involved. Look for this bite to continue right on through summer with the fish getting bigger as the summer progresses. Lake Davis The wild weather of the past few weeks had slowed things down considerably at Davis. Now that we appear to have settled into a more stable early summer weather pattern that should be turning around. Look for more predictable and consistent insect hatches and a more steady feeding pattern. While the catch rate has been down a bit lately the size of the fish remains impressive. Most fish are running from 18 to 22 inches long. And these are some real fatties. Needlefish and Dick Nites have been the most effective lures. During the recent unsettled weather most of the action was from trolling 12 to 15 feet deep. As the weather settles, look for more surface action, especially early and late in the day. Fly anglers will do well with midge patterns right now: both the usual small midges and the larger (size 10 to 14) blood midges. The Callibaetis mayflies should be hatching with the warm weather. I like to fish a Mercer's Poxyback bead head nymph or a cripple pattern during this hatch. Damselfly nymphs are another good option now. The Hexagenia hatch is still a few weeks away. The lake is at 50 percent capacity and dropping. Water temperatures are in the high 50-degree range and climbing. If you enjoy fishing Davis, fish it now. The current conditions are very good, but before long the water will be low and warm, putting a lot of stress on the fish. I don't know if California Department of Fish and Wildlife will be considering emergency closures to protect the fish in this low-water year, but Davis might be a good candidate for that sort of protection by mid- to late summer. Lake Almanor Surface temperatures are in the mid- to high 50s, even hitting 60 degrees on a warm day. Fish are still near the surface but will begin to head deeper as the lake warms. Recent thundershowers were limiting most anglers to just a couple hours of fishing in the morning. The lake is no place to be during a thunderstorm. It is not just wet; it is also very dangerous. But the thunderstorms appear to be behind us for a while. On those cloudy days Doug Neal, of Almanor Fishing Adventures (almanorfishing, had been using slow-action rigs like a dodger and nightcrawler. Doug likes to use a 16-inch leader and a No. 4 Gamakatsu octopus hook with a 2-inch piece of a larger crawler trolled at 1.2 mph. He adds Pro-Cure Trophy Trout and/or Carp Spit for added attraction. When the clouds are gone, Doug recommends fast-action rigs like Speedy Shiners in silver, hammer finish, silver and blue, or red and gold. No. 2 Needlefish in silver or white are another good option. Doug likes to run these at 2.8 to 3.2 mph 5 to 15 feet deep early in the morning. After about 8:30 Doug will drop the gear down from 25 to 40 feet deep. Smallmouth bass are still spawning in the flats all over the lake. Swim baits and Texas rigged worms work best, according to Ben Williams ( Ben is the only guide I know of on Almanor who specializes exclusively in Almanor's big smaUies. Ben had a 70-fish day this past Thursday and he says the bass fishing is once again on fire. Butt Valley Reservoir Midges are hatching in main lake. The stream and powerhouses are now open. A few fish have been caught on the stream side, according to Tom Maumoynier, of Lake Almanor Fly Fishing Co. ( Eagle Lake Eagle Lake is fishing very well right now. The opening weekend saw lots of action and while it may have slowed a bit, there are still limits being caught. Fly anglers are doing well with scud and leech patterns. Jay Fair is the sage of Eagle Lake fly-fishing. His trolling VVEST fly patterns are very effective on Eagle Lake. I didn't think they could be improved upon but apparently adding an action disk ahead of the fly gives them an even more enticing action that the fish seem to love. The water temperatures are in the high 50- to low 60-degree range by midday. The fish are scattered so be prepared to cover lots of water. Orange has been the hot lure color recently. The Gallatin Marina ramp on the south end of the lake is the only operating ramp this year so be prepared for a line on the weekends• Stream fishing The North Fork Feather River above Lake Almanor is open now. Flows are at summertime levels. Some of the best reports are coming from town to the mouth at Lake Almanor. Deer Creek is in good shape• It looks more like July than early June. Nearby Mill Creek is reported to be fishing better in the mornings so combining fishing Mill Creek in the morning and nearby Deer Creek in the afternoon can make for an excellent day. The water is still a bit cool for real good dry-fly action but drifting some caddis or stonefly nymph patterns should pay off. The flows on the Middle Fork Feather, like those of most streams, are low for this time of year. The water is warming with no snowmelt to cool things down. Despite the warming water, I have yet tosee real active fly hatches on the Middle Fork. I expect that to change soon. 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