Pine Flat is low, real low. The California Department of Water webpage says it is at 14% capacity. We really need snow and rain this year or the Valley is going to be in some big trouble.
Driving up the road that winds with the lake and the river I came across some beautiful spots but no trout.
It actually wasn't a disappointment not finding fish because the view was so good. I know there is fish here, but I just am not a good enough trout fishermen to find them.
The clarity of the cool water was amazing. I could count the rocks if I had to. This is one of the things I love about California. Such beauty and it is relatively close to home.
Driving the road was a treat, but leaving the truck and getting a better look was even better. I walked out onto some rocks to fan cast a small spinner bait when I noticed some movement it the water. I thought it was a sculpin or a brook trout but I scooped up a tadpole.
I posted the picture to my Tumblr page and asked for an ID and was told it is a Del Norte salamander tadpole, but I am not convinced as the Del Norte's range is much farther north than where I was at. So it is still a mystery.
|Photo via http://www.californiaherps.com/|
The further up we drove the more beautiful it got. It was hard to not take a picture of everything. Every view, river bend, and rock was magical in some way. The water was truly blue as if it was a painting. It was literally picture perfect... Except for the litter.
Right after I took this picture I came across the box this beer came up in. The lower dam area where all the people were fishing was so full of trash I didn't want to even take a picture. I took two hand fulls of garbage with me just from there. Someone had to take this Starbucks cup at least thirty miles to leave it on the rocks where I found it. It would not have been that much more energy to pack it back down.
The fish decided to snub us, but the clear skies and fair weather made the sight seeing worth the trip. I am glad I got to share this with my dad.
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