Sunday March 15, 2015 Monte Rio CA.
Paddle Monte Rio, CA.
Today, I decided to Paddle down from Monte Rio, so I drove down to their boat ramp and put my boat in the water around 11 this morning. I didn’t see any fishermen’s boat trailers in the parking lot, so I assume steelhead fishing has slowed for now.
Up the river or down?
I hadn’t made up my mind whether to go up river or down river today. Once I was in my boat, I looked at the shallow spot that moves fast just below the Monte Rio bridge which is the only spot I’d have to work at if I was to go up river. The water was moving pretty fast in that spot, so I let my boat drift down stream and I was on my way down the river.
Just below what is known as the slot by the fishermen, I came up on this fisherman. It was Brian, who lives down there. I stopped to talk with him a bit. Not much fish action as far as the steelhead, but as I was talking with him one of those hatchery type troutish fish about twelve inches long got on his hook and jumped out of the water in front of us and then slipped his barbless hook in an instant and was gone as we watched.
Headed down to the Villa Grande hole
Over on my right, I spotted these two birds feeding in the weeds, a great blue heron and a male mallard duck. The heron would watch for any fish the duck would flush as it fed in the weeds and eat them up if it could.
A sunning turtle
I pulled into the Villa Grande hole which was nice and calm and sat for awhile, just watching when I noticed this cormorant sitting up in this holey dead tree. The tree reminded me of the Ents in Lord of the Rings.
Down the river
I left the Villa Grande hole and continued down the river a couple hundred yards and stopped for a bit under a tree. When I looked back up the river, I could see Andrew was walking around the gravel with his big dog, so I paddled back up the river to see what his fishing report was. He said he hadn’t been fishing much lately, but from what he had heard, steelhead were still coming up the river, but in small numbers, such as just a couple at a time. We talked more fishing and then I headed down the river again.
Eventually, I pulled into Moscow hole which is at Rein’s Beach and I jumped this Green Heron out of the bushes and it landed just in front of me. It sat there for a bit, before taking off again. Most of the time the green heron’s don’t sit around long for taking pictures .
Turned around here
What’s the spot up ahead in the water?
As I paddled closer that little spot turned out to be an osprey taking a bath. As I paddled even closer to it, it bathed and preened like it wanted to get it done before I got too close and it had to leave. It finished what it was doing and jumped into the air and flew on up the river.
I ran into Brian just below were I saw him on the way down. He hadn’t caught anything, but he did have a nice day. I continued on up to the boat ramp at Monte Rio and took my boat out of the water and went on home.
Moving rock from the new well site
I needed to move some of the rock from the new well site. When they drilled the well, they pulled a bunch of rock out of the ground and it was laying around the well casing, so needed moving to places in the yard that needed some rock, like places in the driveway. I could use the wheel barrel or my brother’s tractor scoop to move the rock. I elected to use my brother’s tractor so I found him to get a key from him. Once I had a key, I moved the tractor by the well and preceded to use my shovel to fill up the tractor’s scoop, as there wasn’t enough room to fill it using the tractor.
I moved three scoops of rock, about half of it. That was enough work for my back today, so I sat around in my chairs and enjoyed the rest of the day, until the day cooled down and I went on inside for the night.
Nice day, kayaking below Monte Rio.