Painting Carrier Parts and Checking on the Steelhead Fishermen Below Monte Rio

Friday February 16, 2018 Monte Rio CA.

Motorcycle Carrier parts need paint

I needed to get a coat of paint on the parts for the motorcycle carrier I’ve been building for my van. I could see it was going to be too cool outside today for the paint to dry so I took the parts outside one by one and painted them and then brought the parts back in the house where I hung them to dry for the day.

Next I drove on down to Monte Rio

The wind was up a bit at Jenner today, so I decided to check out the steelhead fishermen at Monte Rio where the wind would be down.

I got on the water around noon. I could see most of the fishermen had already left for the day as evidence by the water leading off from the boat ramp from boats pulling out.

I saw Rene’s truck and trailer in the parking lot so I knew he was down there somewhere in his boat.

I put the boat in the water and headed down river drifting along.river1

 

This pair of merganser ducks swam by in front of me. I saw Rene fishing away in his boat just down stream.mergansers2

 

Rene is steelhead fishing

He said he was on a small pod of steelhead swimming in circles, so I stopped to shoot the bull and watch for a bit.

Here’s Rene shooting the bull and fishing away.boat3

 

Fish on

After a while he hooked a steelhead, but released it. A short time later he hooked another one

Here he is with a steelhead on.fishon4

 

Steelhead can give a good fight which is one of the reason’s people like to fish for them.

Here the fish jumps out of the water fighting for it’s life.fish5

 

Rene landed the steelhead. He had his two fish limit so headed on up the river headed for home.steelhead6

 

Drifting down the river

I continued my drift down the river. The sun was out and the wind was down for a nice day on the river.river7

 

This female mallard duck was doing a lot of splashing taking a bath.duck8

 

Villa Grande Pool

I’m only going downstream about a mile today to the Villa Grande Pool, just up ahead.vila9

 

I sat in my boat watching and relaxing in the sun for a half hour or so.back10

 

Back to Monte Rio

Then started a slow paddle back up the river to Monte Rio to just below the bridge. I paddled around a bit before going to the boat ramp and pulling out for the day.rio11

 

More painting

I needed to get on home to put another coat of paint on my van’s motorcycle carrier I’m building. I did that and then just puttered around the yard looking to see what needs to be done to get the yard ready for spring.

My daffodils are blooming nicely.daffs12

 

More blooming Daffs.daffs13

 

That was it for me today for a nice one.

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