Expert angler Joe Balderston amazes novice fishers on Yuba
January 5, 2013 -- The second attempt at the Yuba
River had a much better outcome than the March 2012 outing with
almost everyone catching fish and some doing so well it became a
skills demonstration. The morning started off bright and sunny with
some anglers heading down river, others fishing just down from the
barbecue and another group heading up river. The crew fishing the
river below the barbecue, the "Irish Brigade," lead by Barry O'Regan
with friends David O'Connell and Liam Keane were some of the first
to score, picking up some nice fish on large rubber legs. Jeanette
and Jerry Neuburger, Jean Fujimura and Steve Von Berg headed
downstream and struck out fish wise but Jeanette discovered a fresh
blood trail at the river that lead up into the brush along with some
cougar tracks to go with it. In addition to that scene, deer tracks
covered the road and at least one bear track and some scat were also
When the upriver crew came back for lunch, new member Ed Barich
reported that he had some excellent results fishing egg patterns,
landing five fish and LDRing quite a few more. Other fly fishers
reported mixed success with president Marty saying he had stuck a
few but didn't bring any to the net.
|A blood trail that led from
the river to the brush. A cougar kill?
Photo by Jerry Neuburger
Herman, in the mean time, had been cooking up a
storm and had a lunch of Polish sausage, hamburgers, pork and beans,
potato salad, chips, a big bag of oranges and even some miniature
chocolate bottles of cognac, brandy and Kentucky bourbon.
Pretty much everyone checked in for lunch with the exception of hard
core fishers Joe Balderston, Bob Fujimura and novice angler Steve
Specht. They had brought their lunch with them and with the success
of the upstream fishing, didn't make the walk back for lunch.
|Herman cooking up the tube
steaks and burger patties. Photo by Jerry Neuburger
Lunch over, the crowd headed back up river to
join the three since that's where the fish seemed to be congregated.
Al Smatsky reports that, "Everyone that walked up river caught fish.
Some one or two, others five, six, or more. Steve von Berg
had a very nice steelhead, probably 20 inches plus, but it came off
before he could bring it to the net. Joe Balderston brought a
steelhead in that was in the “pounds”. Steve Specht hooked
several nice trout, maybe one big enough to be a small steelhead.
I had a very nice steelhead on for a short time that made a few jump
and came off, probably four pounds."
Bob Fujimura states that, "After learning a few tips from Joe
Balderston, Steve Specht and I were pleased in locating an
overlooked holding water and caught a nice fish each. After we were
finished fishing this small section of shoreline, our "instructor"
caught several fish from the same spot."
|Joe Balderston into a fish
during the afternoon fishing. Photo by Bob Fujimura
Dan McDaniel posted this somewhat cryptic description of his
day. "Pink was reported to be the color of the day, and I was using
pink most of the day without any success. Yet hope springs
eternal. A few maybe grabs, then one headshaker - and then it
happened around 3:30 to
4:00 - I had a fish! I knew he was a good fish, and after crediting
himself worthy of the battle, the anadromous beast revealed himself
to the net - he was about a 20" mint bright adult steelhead. Not
big mind you, and I did not even notice if he was a wild fish. Das
macht nichts. My curiosity was directed solely at the fly yielded
effortlessly from his mouth, Glo bug no, but pink yes. Another
secret weapon to be revealed only to those who inquire."
Jerry and Jeanette Neuburger stayed behind to
give Herman a hand cleaning up lunch. The bread loaf sized boulders
down stream had aggravated some of Jerry's old foot injuries and
Herman said he was just too out of shape to make the hike upstream
to where the others were fishing. In the mean time, Jean Fujimura
fished the riffle below the picnic area and caught a nice little
Fujimura summed up the outing fairly well when he posted on Facebook,
"Weather, company, and food were great...most anglers I spoke to
touched or landed fish including new or novice anglers. Joe
Balderston was a fish-catching machine and several others were into
fish. Red egg patterns were the hot ticket for the high scores. Hats
off to Herman for leading this long-awaited event."
Additional outing photos can be found at the
club's photo album