Wednesday January 13, 2016 Monte Rio CA.
Waited for the rain to stop
It was raining again this morning as I got it going, but the weather guys said it would mostly quit soon. Jenner looked like it was going to be a bit windy today, so I decided to go on down to Monte Rio where the wind was a lot less.
The boat ramp wasn’t too bad when I got there, only a thin layer of mud from the recent high waters from the rain. I cleaned that up a bit and put my boat in the water. The water level was five or six feet above summer level and a bit muddy.
I was headed down stream right here above what is called the slot, just up ahead, when I saw some big fish splashing and jumping just off to the left. That meant big fish were headed up the river to spawn, likely steelhead.
Muddy water is good
See how the muddy water protects the fish? No fishermen here, right? :O) As the water clears, there will be plenty of fishermen in this spot.
Villa Grande Hole
This is just coming into the Villa Grande hole where I stopped and stayed for awhile. I was thinking of going down the river further but as I sat there I could feel a cool wind coming up the river, so I just hung around this spot for awhile enjoying the day.
Eventually I started back up the river paddling along it’s edges as the current was a bit stronger in the middle. Not much current on the edges, so up I went.
Otter pops up
I was sitting in a spot when there was a big splash off to my side. I saw the splash, but not what made it, but I thought maybe an otter, so I kept my eyes open and saw one otter go into the bushes right next to me, so I moved closer. It had gone to shore in these bushes, but as my boat drifted closer, it went back in the water and disappeared.
Paddling up above the bridge
There’s a swallows just below the bridge where the current is strong, so I had to get through it. I call these spots , break outs, as you need to be smart and paddle harder to get through them. Once through a break out, the paddling gets easier. I hugged the branch just in front of me as there is less current there, then paddled like hell until I got out of the fast water and was under the bridge in some easier water headed up the river. This is the break out spot through the fast water. The current is much stronger in the middle than on the sides, so the trick is to stay on the sides, if possible.
I hadn’t planned to go far and soon turned my boat into the current and started to drift back down the river in the current.
When I got home, the sun wasn’t out and it was cool so I went in the house and puttered for the rest of the day and that was my day.