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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012 3C Kayakers paddle towards the Golden Gate Bridge. Paddling under the bridge is part of the inter- mediate sea kayaking class available at Feather River College this fall. Photos submitted Cara Befort gets comfortable in the kayak's stern while Kyla Pascucci sits in the bow. Befort and Pascucci participated in last year's intermediate kayaking trip on the San Francisco Bay. James Wilson forward stroke, launching marine life and oceanic Sports Reporter and landing, weather. sports@plumasnews.corn The Class will camp out at The class meets Thursday Paisano's Beach and con-morning, Sept. 27, for the bus Two courses in sea kayak- clude the evening with ato the San Francisco Bay, ing are available this fall at midnight paddle, where they will unpack and Feather River College (FRC). Saturday, Sept. 22, will in- review some basic safety and Dr. Darla DeRuiter willteach troduce more strokes andfundamental techniques of beginning and intermediate maneuvers to the class, as seakayaking. sea kayaking courses, well as detail the importance The class will paddle out The beginning course is of weather signs in paddling, to Angel Island to camp available to all skill levels. These techniques will beThursday and Friday nights. The intermediate class is taught as the class circum- Paddling tours and activi- available only to those with navigates Bucks Lake. ties will fill the weekend. some paddling experience or Dinner will follow a series Last year's class circumnavi- who have already completed of afternoon contests. A sun- gated Angel Island and pad- the beginner course, set paddle and discussion on dled out under the Golden The goal is to bring stu- safety and leadership con- Gate Bridge. dents to a skill level that al- cludes the day's activities. The class will work with lows them to enjoy sea Once again, the class will Sea Treks, a professional sea kayaking on their own. Safe- camp at Paisano's Beach.kayak outfitter and guide ty procedures, knowledge of After breakfast Sunday, group from Sausalito. Sea the tides, weather implica- Sept. 23, the class will take a Treks will provide all the tions and sea kayaking ter- morning paddle while learn- equipment for the expedition. minology will all be detailed ing towing practices andThe course syllabus em- extensively, more health and safety tips. phasizes the physicality of The beginner class will After students break camp, the class. Students are ex- meet Sept. 21 at 6 p.m. in the they'll have one last paddle pected to be hot, cold, wet Outdoor Recreation and to explore Haskins Valley. and tired. Mainly, though, Leadership program'sequip- The intermediate class the students will have lots of ment room on the FRC cam- will take place in the San fun. pus for a pre-trip meeting. Francisco Bay. The class will The course has a $100 fee DeRuiter will review details gather for a pre-meeting at that includes equipment of the trip. FRC Tuesday, Sept. 25. rental, camping fees, trans- The course takes place Students in this class portation and food. Sept. 21 - 23 at Bucks Lake. learn how to travel on a mul- For more information on The Friday, Sept. 21, class ti-day expedition in a sea the courses, go to the Out- will include basic lessons on kayak. The students will be door Recreation and Leader- sea kayaking, including fully immersed in an ocean ship page at frc.edu or con- equipment care, packing a eqvironment and learn the tact Darla DeRuiter at sea kayak, introducing the fundamentals of tides, dderuiter@frc.edu. If three's a crowd, then solitude's a fisherman "Flyfishing does have its / social aspects -- on some of our crowded trout streams it can get too social-- but essentially it's a solitary, contemplative sport. People Michael Condon are left alone with themselves in beautiful surroundings Staff Writer to try to accomplish lnternet@ ~lumasn'ews.com something that seems to have genuine value." indication of w.here the fish not just smoky, it is closed, good at Frenchman. Last John Gieraeh might be biting. Or, ! like to Almanor is on the edge of week Joe Baker from Reno strike out on my own; any- the Chips Fire, it has had caught his limit using flash- I have fished with anglers thing but crowds when I am some smoke but the smoke is ers and worms by the boat who look for crowds of other fishing, clearing out. The evacua- ramp between 10 a.ml and anglers as a sign that "the If you depend on crowds, tions have been lifted. The noon. fish must be biting over, you might find this a tough campgrounds and boat Hans Mulgraber of there." time for fishing in Plumas ramps are open. And the fish Chilcoot caught his limit of I prefer to look for some County. are biting. 15- to 19-inch rainbows while feeding birds as an The crowds are not here. The only thing missing is boat fishing 25 - 30 feet deep Angling pressure through-the crowds. I can live with using gold and silver Needl- out Plumas County has been that. I love solitude when I fish with downriggers. G p 't d dvery light lately because f am fishing' and right nwScott Christianson and rouse erml s re uce the smoke; or more accurate- Plumas County offers end-Scott Terry from Reno each ly, because of the rumors of less solitude, caught good:sized fish at smoke, the dam and in the stream ..... The California Fish and Game Commission acted Monday, Aug. 27, in an emer- gency session to reduce sage grouse hunting permits to ze- ro in Lassen County. The California Department of Fish and Game (DFG), re- sponding to wildfires in the area, proposed that the Fish and Game Commission effec- tively close the September 2012 sage grouse hunting sea- son in both the East Lassen Zone and Central Lassen Zone. Officials expect the Rush Fire, which started Aug. 12 from lightning strikes and has burned more than 300,000 acres, to be contained Thurs- day, Aug. 30. The wildfires have burned nearly all of the Eastern Lassen Zone, which is the highest quality sage habitat for all sage grouse in Lassen County, according to DFG Sage Grouse Coordinator Scott Gardner. Although the Central Lassen Zone has not burned, DFG also recommended reducing the permits to zero in that zone because of help REPLACING or REPAIRING: DOORS TRIM WINDOWS PLUMBING ' ROOFING ELECTRICAL If it's something we can't fix, we'll find somebody who can, SINCE 1984 m General Building Contractor Calif. Lic. #453927 (530) 283-2035 uncertainty over the impact recommendation for the 2013 ButtLake is in the middle Frenchman Lake of the fire on the sage grouse hunting season, of the huge Chips fire. It's Fishing's been consistently See Fishing, page 4C population. Sage grouse are eligible for A portion of the birds from listing under the federal En- that zone winter in the East- dangered Species Act be- ern Lassen Zone; the impact cause of loss and degradation of the fire on the population of habitat, in part due to will not be known until sur- wildfire and invasive plants. veys are conducted next Sage grouse populations year. Concerned about the have been doing relatively sustainability of Lassen wellin recent years. DFGan- County sage grouse and fu- nually monitors sage grouse ture hunting seasons, DFG populations and will use next recommended closure of both wiriter's surveys to assess zones. the impacts of the fires. 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