Fish Sniffer Digital Edition Issue 3618 August 18- September 4 2017 - Page 3

Up-To-Date and Published Locally... By Sportsmen... For Sportsmen! San Francisco Bay Map Feature MADE IN U.S.A See Page 16 Vol. 36 - ISS.18 Our 35th Year Since 1982 Aug 18 - Sept 1, 2017 “The Magazine for West Coast Sportsmen!” Haunted Canyons, Beautiful Trout… I ndian massacres, settlers butchered, grizzly attacks and bloodthirsty highwaymen… Growing up I’d heard the stories from the old timers that were born around the turn of the last century. In many cases, anecdotal history was passed down to the old timers from their fathers and grandfathers. The stories detailed things like disembodied native voices singing near places were Yahi Indians that had been obliterated by settlers in the middle 1800’s and blood chilling moans near a spring in Battle Creek canyon where a trapper had been mauled by a grizzly and left for dead. Legend has it that the trapper lingered for several days before ultimately giving in to fever and infection. Other stories talk about modern folks hiking or riding deep into the canyons and disappearing without a trace. Vegetation tangled gullies and ample caves in This holdover rainbow, bolted from the depths of Deer Creek and slammed the lava rims give a No. 12 Humpy drifted along an undercut bank. sanctuary to crooks Photo by CAL KELLOGG, Fish Sniffer Staff. and outlaws, in yesteryear and today. Bears, the region and I can attest that if those lions and rattlesnakes! Anything canyons aren’t haunted they certainly is possible in those canyons should be! where few travel and cell phones My first experience trout fishing in the seldom work. region dates back to the bygone ‘70’s on a My experiences in the basalt stream named Nanny Creek. I was around crowned canyons of eastern 8 years old and my Uncle Bob had taken Tehama County haven’t been up fly fishing. This was a pretty alien sinister in the least. On the concept to dad and I. Dad did his stream contrary, some of my fondest trout fishing with red salmon eggs and memories come from chasing Super Dupers. feisty trout and sleek bucks in In my mind’s eye, I can still see the drainages like Battle Creek, Mill Creek, climatic event. My uncle, young and Deer Creek and others. Yet based on strong again, in his 30’s shoots the ivory more than two decades of research I’m colored line toward a partially submerged intimately familiar with the history of CONTINUED ON PAGE 15 WHAT’S HOT by Cal Kellogg (925) 428-1103 www.dragonsportfishing.com Gearing Up For California Kokanee With Captain James Netzel! A re you catching any?” asked the two anglers as their boat ap- proached. “We have our limits,” replied Captain James Netzel as he stowed our gear for the return trip to the boat ramp. “We have not had a bite,” said one of the men in a voice tainted with both disbe- lief and frustration. Captain James as he is apt to do, spent the next fifteen minutes talking with the two fisherman and answering all of their ques- tions. He held nothing back. As one of the premier kokanee guides in Northern California, Netzel is known for his expertise and transparency when it comes to helping other anglers. His seminars draw big audiences and are always packed with fish catching information. In between guide trips, the Fish Sniffer caught up with Captain James who was happy to provide the Mark Fong rounded up this limit of kokanee salmon while trolling with details on his complete trolling Captain James Netzel this July. If you want kokanee, Captain Netzel of setup for catching Sierra ko- kanee. Tight Lines Guide Service is a top stick! Rod: Cousins Tackle Kokanee Special 7’9” KC790-2TG and 7’3” KC730-2TG - “These rods have good back bone so you can control the fish. They have very soft tips so you can detect the bites and bend them down to the downrigger so that you can pull up the slack when a fish pops it off. The other reason you want a soft tip is that when you are reeling up a fish you always want to make sure you have pressure on the fish and with a soft tip rod its a lot easier to keep pressure on the fish than with a stiff rod. They have everything you need in a kokanee rod.” Reel: Abu Garcia 5500C Line Counter Reel - “Line counter reels are a must. I can tell my clients exactly how much line to let out.” Line: 25lb Fins 40G Braid tied to a 30’ leader of 12lb Gamma Fluorocar- bon - “The braid/fluorocarbon combina- tion can detect the smallest of bites. We GONE FISHING by Mark Fong Photo courtesy of TIGHT LINES GUIDE SERVICE, Penryn. 35 Years Serving Sportsmen CONTINUED ON PAGE 24 CDFW Issues Permit To Kill Endangered Salmon & Delta Smelt In Delta Tunnels See Page 14 SEE OUR NEW BAJA ROUNDUP SECTION ON PAGE 31 INSIDE Area Reports FRESHWATER REPORTS Almanor/Bucks Lakes - American Basin................4 American River - Clear Lake.................................8 Collins Lake - Colusa/Knight’s Landing...............13 Lake Davis - Folsom Lake............................. 18-19 Los Vaqueros Reservoir - Redding/Red Bluff.20-21 Rio Vista - Sou thern Oregon Roundup.......... 22-23 Lake Tahoe - Wildhorse Lake..............................25 SALTWATER REPORTS Berkeley/Emeryville - Fisherman’s Wharf..............26 Half Moon Bay - Monterey Bay....................... 28-29 Peninsula Shoreline............................................30 FEATURES Where...When...How... BASS ANGLER NEWS.................................6,7,9-12 BAJA ROUNDUP.................................................... 31 BULLETIN BOARD................................................... 4 BILL’S TIPS - Bill Adelman...................................... 23 FISH SNIFFER HOW-TO: Cal Kellogg..................... 5 GO FOR IT: Staff....................................................... 2 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR...................................... 3 MAP FEATURE: Dan Bacher.............................16-17 SALTY TIPS Steve “Hippo” Lau.............................. 30 SONOMA COAST - Kathie Morgan........................ 29 SPOTLIGHT ON CONSERVATION - Dan Bacher.... 14 WHAT’S HOT SALTWATER - Cal Kellogg.............. 27 STAFF TACKLE What We’re Using Cal Kellogg - Fished for rockfish and lingcod be- yond the Golden Gate from the decks of the Goldeneye 2000. Cal employed a Seek- er jigging rod teamed with a PENN Fathom lever drag reel spooled with 65 lb Yo-Zuri Super Braid. To the end of the braid Cal at- tached a 24 inch 60 lb Yo-Zuri Top Knot flu- orocarbon leader with a dropper sporting an 8/0 hook. The leader was tipped with a 12 ounce P-Line jig and the dropper was baited with a large white Gulp! Grub. Paul Kneeland - fished the Sea of Cortez from Hotel Palmas de Cortez with Brid- get Looney, Dave and Wan- da Barsi of Oak Run, and his brother Ken Kneeland and Dena Salazar from Merino, Colorado. They caught yel- lowfin tuna to 61 pounds using a 7’ Cousins CJB-70ML Graphite Composite rod with a Penn Torque 40 MLD two speed reel loaded with 40 pound test Yozuri Hybrid line, tossing sardinas on Owner 2/0 live bait hooks off the 28’ cruiser Mi Pistola Dan Bacher - fished for rain- bow trout for the second time this year on the North Fork of the Stanislaus River. He used a Berkley Ugly Stick GX2 6’ 6” medium action spinning rod, teamed up with a Shakespeare GX235 spinning reel filled with 6 lb. test P-Line CX Premium Flourocarbon Coated Line. He found solid action on rainbows to 16 inch- es at dark while tosssing out 1/8 oz. Yakima Bait Rooster Tails in Brown Trout, Fire Tiger and Rainbow color patterns and 1/8 oz. gold and black Panther Martins.