Friday November 25, 2016 Monte Rio CA.
Paddled Monte Rio to Villa Grande and back
Decided it was going to be Monte Rio today, so I headed on out down the road about ten miles to the boat ramp.
Dave and Joanne show up
As I was putting my boat in the water, I heard, hey Bob. Dave and Joanne were at the top of the stairs and were out for a ride and ran into me, so we shot the bull at the ramp for a bit before I put my boat in the water.
There were several boat trailers parked in the parking lot so I knew there would be some fishermen with boats in the water fishing for steelhead.
I could see the guys down there fishing away in their boats as I headed down the river.
There were three boats with fishermen fishing away. I stopped to talk with them for a bit. No action today as it’s early in the season and the muddy water is just starting to clear up a bit. Not much catches fish when the water is muddy. It’s the only time the fish are safe.
Drifting down the river
I left them at it and continued down the river at a very slow pace as I wasn’t planning to go far today, only down to the Villa Grande hole, about a mile down the river.
The elusive bird
This kingfisher caught my eye. This was the best I could do with that bird that fly’s before you can get close. It followed me on my way down the river, but I gave up trying to get a good picture of it. These birds are such teases.
The Villa Grande hole was just up ahead where I spent some time, but didn’t take any pictures.
Headed back up the river
I hung out at the Villa Grande hole for about an hour then started back up the river along here.
I was headed back to Monte Rio.
Gone home for the day
I went by where the fishermen in the boats were, but they had all gone home for the day.
Shore fishermen at Monte Rio
I paddled on up to the Monte Rio bridge where there were some guys fishing along the river banks but it didn’t look like anyone was doing any good.
And then I headed back to the boat ramp here.
I had to evict these mallard ducks so I could use the boat ramp and load my boat on the car.
I went on home and stoked the wood stove up as it was getting a bit cold out and that was it for me today.