Sunday January 26, 2014 Monte Rio CA.
A nice day on the Russian River
Today seemed like a good day to go down to Monte Rio and kayak, so that’s what I did.
I put my boat in the water at the Monte Rio boat ramp just before noon. The sun was out and it was a nice day. I decided to head down river, maybe to Casini’s?
The river’s water level was up in this area because the river’s mouth is still closed.
I shot the bull with Andrew
I pulled into the Villa Grande hole and sat around for a bit. Just as I was going to take off, I heard my name called. It was Andrew with his big dog.
Andrew fishes around the river a lot in this area, so we exchanged information on what’s going on with the steelhead. He gave me some tips on where he saw some big fish. I said I’d see him there later and went on down the river.
Help, my boat got away
Just below him, I heard, oh, oh and looked across the river. This guy had just pushed his kayak down the grassy slope and oh, oh, it slid all the way into the water and started to move away from him. I offered to get it for him. His name was Charles and he was going to take his two big dogs out for a ride.
I talked with him a bit then continued on down the river.
I continued on down the river to the Moscow hole area and just on past Rein’s beach, before turning around and heading back up the river.
Black crowned night herons
They didn’t fly and while I was taking pics of them, I heard a big splash just to my right up the river. It was some otters. They were being real careful and didn’t present themselves for any real good pictures.
Andrew shows me the steelhead
Shortly after that, I ran into Andrew again and he showed me where he had found some big fish the other day. The fish were hiding in some shallows in the willows. They like to hide in the shallows to keep away from seals. It’s not an easy place to fish and if one is hooked, it has a lot of places to tangle itself. I heard Andrew say, there’s one and there’s another one, but I couldn’t see anything, I thought he might be a bit loony, but knowing him, there must be fish. Eventually, some big fish splashed in the water. I watched, trying to get a picture of some of them. Although I did see some real nice fish, I just couldn’t get a picture of any of them as they moved too fast in the shallow water. Andrew didn’t catch any fish while I was there, but I left him trying to catch them.
A little head pops up
When I got back to Villa Grande hole, the sun was still shinning in the weed patch there so I sat there for a bit warming up.
And a sunning turtle
The sun was starting to go behind the hills, so I headed on up to Monte Rio.
That was a nice day, it’s hard to believe it’s winter around here.