Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Little Truckee - Its a Night Game

With a few lackluster sessions on the BT under my belt, I tested the LT for a few hours. Mid week, no crowds, great flows (68 cfs)...can't ask for more. One immediate hookup on a bead head caddis pupa, but then I remembered, I don't come to the LT to nymph, I come for the technical dry action. With the exception of a few random rises for PMD's mid day, there is not much surface activity until about 8PM, but then it goes bonkers, especially the last few minutes before dark.
Crazy caddis hatch, fish don't discriminate during these heavy caddis hatches, the hard part isn't getting a take, its getting the set. Had about a half hour of serious lip ripp'n just before dark, finally! Standard issue 15-17 inch head shakers, what you'd expect....the only way to totally forget about work.

Check out this huge flock of sheep, they came down unattended and had their way with the river bank for a good 20 minutes.

Perhaps someone can shed light, why are there
restoration efforts on the LT if this is allowed? I've never seen this large a flock, and never unattended, did they get out from a pasture or is this the dirt bikers revenge for blocking their trails :-) I don't begrudge people who make a living off livestock, just thought it was a bit much, anyone have any insight?
Bet these deer were glad to see those sheep boogie.


aaron said...

Last time I went out there I came across 100s of sheep right befor i reached the campground. Pouring out of the hill towards the water, followed by a shepherd and a bunch of border collies. It took about 10 min for the herd to cross, had time to get out and take some pictures. My friend told me its free grazing land or something along those lines and its pretty common aparantly. Thats too bad that they let them walk all over that river though, as it gets walked all over by enough people alone.
I think the restoration efforts are put towards adding more rocks and logs to the river, as the natural undercuts and good trout habitat have been ruined by this type of thing...

Frank R. Pisciotta said...

Legimate questions...I suggest you get involved in fisheries politics with whichever water your concerned about.

A lot of us have been doing this for years locally & state-wide. We we now want others to "Carry the Torch".

Th sheep are common and we generally see them late-summer-early fall. Most times with shepards and the with large white dogs (..some french name starting with "B")and B/W herding dogs.

Frank R. Pisciotta

Stephen Rider Haggard said...

You're quite right that these sheep don't belong in this meadow, particularly if a restoration is going to go ahead. But I'd guess they'll claim historic grazing rights because no-one ever prevented them.
So, as my good buddy Frank says...if you think there is a problem here that needs solving, get involved. I did that with my daughter's public school in San Francisco, and now I'm part of an amazing team of parents who have transformed the school over the last three years. We raise so much money now, it's like running a medium-sized company.
So, study the organizations behind the restoration, contact them all, ask what they think about the sheep, and what might be done. Good luck!

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