Melones Rising

Mike and I  left Pleasanton at 6 AM off to Melones to see what the recent storms had wrought.

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We launched at Tuttletown in between the logs  strewn all over the ramp. Water was stained but not mud. We hit most  all creek arms but  conditions were slow. Ran across Rod (Reel Habit) who had a couple of notches in the pistol.


A handful of trout and bass for the day.

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I think I will wait a week or two before going back.



Six Bit Gulch

I did a solo run to Don Pedro because word was Melones was still mud. The lake is almost full and stunning. Water coming in everywhere. Lot’s of bass guys out. No wind and a crisp 40 degrees as I launched.


For those of you going soon launch at Blue Oaks. Much shorter walk to the parking lot. I was headed towards Gardiner Falls stopping at creeks along the way. Casting not trolling.


Had a nice size follower at Gardiner.

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I met Patrick (Twofish) there but he was reporting slow conditions. Next stop Six Bit Gulch.


Placer gold occurs in stream channel deposits within the natural area, primarily Six Bit Gulch and Poor Man’s Gulch, mostly washed in from the north..

The placer gold produced from this district was recovered by ground sluicing and hydraulic mining in earlier years, and by dragline dredging in the 1930s and 1940s. In the 1850s, during the great California Gold Rush, Chinese laborers, with their legendary patience and thoroughness, mined much of the placer gold within Six Bit Gulch, a major drainage channel that courses through the natural area. The dredging of Six Bit Gulch and Poor Man’s Gulch produced over $100,000 worth of gold.[2]

Fishing was very good back there. I was toplining a Brown trout colored Thomas Bouyant and a Cop Car Needlefish and had steady action.

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Lot’s of jump in these fish contrary to the Melones strain.

I got bored and wanted to see how close the water was to the bridge. WOW.


I kept hitting any  creek i saw

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But  the only action I had was Six Bit

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Thanks go to the Rain Gods.


Tahoe after the Storm

With the press crowing about the drought being over I had to see it for myself. Not many pics but we got to see plenty of evidence of an abundance of runoff and snow once you got higher. I skied for the first time in a decade with my son and brother; and was grateful for a half day with no significant injuries at my advanced age. 8-10 feet of powder up top at aptly named Heavenly Valley.

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Rainy Day Laser Lobster

I have no  clue what to  do  with myself being home on a weekend. Time to make. I Googled up a pic of a spiny lobster.



Once imported into Corel Draw I spent 2 hours tracing the pic with vector lines while watching the Raiders go down in flames.


I enjoy the graphics portion of a project like this. Very meditative.


I did  not sleep well Saturday night, laying in bed planning how to layout this piece. So Sunday I was up and off to work early to fire up  the laser cutter. I started with the top piece in 3 MM blonde Bamboo Ply.firstcut




Frame is ready!


I then cut the inlays  and backing plate from Carmelized Bamboo in 3 MM. Time for fitup.


Wood glue applied.


A few hours later the glue was dry. I used two grits of sandpaper to level everything out and remove the glue residue. Time for Varathane!


When it is dry it will be mounted between the medicine cabinets.


I am very pleased with the finished product.Fun way to spend the day.