Tuesday, June 12, 2012


Have you ever slept in the back of a pick-up truck in June at 6,500 feet along the banks of the Truckee? Let me tell you it's cold. My son had just gotten out of school for summer vacation, so we loaded the truck with our fishing gear and sleeping bags and off we went.

We had done this the previous summer. We had a great time, even thou the fishing was not great.

This year's outing went very well. Together we landed 12 trout on the evening of the 11th, including one colorful rainbow that went 18 inches and three brown trout.

We saw deer, two beaver lodges and even a beaver.

When we went to sleep in the back of the pickup-truck (fully exposed) the stars were beautiful we even saw a shooting star.

I had set my alarm for 4:15 a.m. it went off without any problem. Getting out of the sleeping back in 38 degrees was a very big problem. Once we managed to get it together, 35 min later we were on our way.

We walked to the same spot I always fish when at the Truckee river, we landed two more rainbow trout. It was so cold we left before the sun hit the water. This is a Truckee river golden rule, go home when the sun beats down on the water.

There is an interesting thing happening in the river right now. The rainbows are spawning, their colors are vivid and they are aggressively hitting. The time to go is now. Either get a room or take a thick sleeping bag you will not be sorry you did.

This type of fishing trip may not be for everyone, but for my son and I, it's perfect.

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