Saturday January 24, 2015 Monte Rio CA.
Or Monte Rio to Vacation Beach Dam and Back
Today seemed like it would be a nice day to go to Monte Rio and paddle up the river a bit as I haven’t done it in awhile and it’s always a real nice paddle.
I put my boat in the water at the boat ramp around eleven AM. There were some steelhead fishermen in the water as I put in and headed up the river. This is looking down the river from the boat ramp area. Three boats in the slot and a guy in the water fishing.
Just below the Monte Rio bridge is a shallow spot with quite a bit of current I had to maneuver through it and then it was mostly easy going on up the river.
It was a scenic day as I made my way up the river. The guys in the boat are the only fishing boat I ran into coming down the river from Guerneville. It seems fishing has slowed a bit. Click the picture to get a better quality photo.
I turned my boat around and headed it into the current and started my drift back down the river not having to paddle much at all. That’s the advantage of paddling up the river. Once the turning point is reached it’s easy going on the way back.
On the way back I ran into even more turtles getting some sun.
The mallards followed me for a bit, then left and continued up the river.
As I passed under the bridge, I noticed this. A Fish and Game warden talking with some fishing people. I heard her telling them about no barbs are allowed on hooks and this would be a warning,……… but next time.
The boat ramp wasn’t far. There was an older geezer taking his boat out as I approached the boat ramp and then the lady warden pulled her truck up. She got out and checked the guy out for his license punch cards and asked me if I was fishing. I gave her my standard reply. I said, I quit fishing when the fishing regulation book got more than a quarter inch thick. She said something like touché. :O) The fisher guy had all his stuff together and eventually, I was able to get to the boat ramp and pull my boat out.
I went on home thinking I’d do a few chores in the yard, but the couch won again and that was my day.