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Time for a sun dance

Column by Pam Cosmo Gooch

“Uncle!” I’ve had enough. At this point, the snow falling looks about as appealing to me as clumps of wet toilet paper. There seems to be no point in looking for the sun. I am self-medicating with herbal anti-depressants instead.

I am whining and I am grumpy. But this winter has been a particularly rough one for me, since I’ve been dealing with it with a broken leg since slipping on the ice in February. That planted me in front of the TV set for weeks. My metabolism has slowed to that of a tree sloth, and I find myself babbling slogans like, “It’s a strange universe out there – and we’ve got it covered!” and asking myself, “Where in the world is Mat Lauer?” I need to get outside.

The only bright spot on the horizon is that trout season is open everywhere (except in the Tahoe Basin itself). And so, a quick survey of the surrounding area is at hand:

My husband, who lives in denial of weather conditions, is sure that Caples Lake is open. But a call to the resort informs us that a foot of new snow is sitting on the lake.

The East and West Forks of the Carson River are high, but fishable. However, they have not as yet been stocked.

Indian Creek Reservoir is productive with nice, hefty rainbow between the dam and the river inlet.

I’ve had promising reports from both Lake Tahoe and Fallen Leaf Lake. But you may need snowshoes around Fallen Leaf Lake.

Wiggins Trading Post from Frenchman’s Lake at Chilcoot, Calif., says that nice 10- to 12-inch rainbow and German Browns are coming out of Last Chance Creek and Frenchman’s Creek, on Panther Martin bee lures and green and yellow rooster tails.

Boca Reservoir has been planted, but nearby the Truckee River is running high and treacherous.

Pyramid Lake, beyond Reno, is still good. But it will soon be turned over to the skiers and picnickers on Memorial Day.

There is a natural rhythm that the seasons provide. And, despite appearances, we can depend on the coming of spring and the renewal of the streams. Now is a good time to reach into the streams and see what the fish are feeding on. It’s time to refresh your memory regarding knots, just in case they don’t come natural yet.

After a while, the environment taken as a whole (the weather, streams, mountains, fish, foliage and wildlife) becomes like family. I brought a gift of a peanut butter and seed-stuffed pine cone to the riverbank on Mother’s Day. The planet is our mother, after all. Maybe it’s time for a sun dance.

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