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Sports’ expositions fill the void of off-season

Bruce Ajari

A new millennium has dawned before us and, as of this date, it appears that the Y2K bug did not have much of an impact on our lives. Now we can all concentrate on those other important bugs, the aquatic insects that are trout foods.

I would like to wish a Happy New Year to every one of you that read this column with hopes that the year 2000 is full of health, prosperity, and great fishing experiences for each of you. While many of us continue to fish during the off season in California, the majority of people are waiting in anticipation of the next opening day.

During this time, it is a great chance to make sure that all your tackle is in working gear and stored away properly with drags loosened and reels lubricated, lines cleaned, and rod guides checked and cleaned. This is also a great time to attend one of the many sports shows that are coming up.

The first such show will occur Wednesday, Jan. 12 through Sunday, Jan. 16 in Sacramento. It is the International Sportsmen’s Exposition that is held at Cal Expo/Fairgrounds at 1600 Exposition Blvd. in Sacramento. This is the 25th year that the International Sportsmen’s Exposition has had a show, although Sacramento has been a fairly recent addition to the line-up.

As always, this is a great place to check-out the new line up of fishing and hunting tackle that is coming out this year. Thousands of new products are reported to be coming out in the year 2000. Also new for this year are game-cooking demonstrations, Llama-packing demonstrations, presentations by world champion callers, displays of live game-birds, a British Columbia Sportfishing Pavilion, a California Waterfowl Association special event, and a Special panel moderated by KFBK radio’s Bob Simms.

There are plenty of opportunities for you to try and then buy hot-priced products of more than 400 quality fishing, hunting, wildlife-art and travel related businesses. You may also shop the West’s largest selection of sportfishing boats, meet with lodge and resort owners, meet guides and outfitters from all over the Western United States and Canada, explore trophy salmon fishing, bass fishing on the delta, fly fishing, big-game hunting, bay and long-range fishing trips, luxurious cruises to British Columbia or Alaska, hiking, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, and kayaking or canoeing.

There are also sporting-dog demonstrations, demonstrations by locally and internationally known experts in hunting and fishing. You may also want to try your hand at fly-casting, bass-casting, fly-tying, virtual fishfighting or shotgunning. Also advertised is a huge youth fair.

The show hours for Wednesday, Jan 12, through Friday, Jan. 14 are noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, the hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, Jan 16, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission costs $9 for an adult, $5 for seniors (65 and over), and youth (12 and under) are free. Some of the fishing seminars include the following titles: Giant Trout/World Records, Albacore, San Diego Mini Long-Range Trips, Fly Fishing the West, Fly Fishing for Trophy Trout on Small Rivers, Fly fishing for Bass, Best Trolling Techniques, Kokanee, Fly Fishing Striped Bass, Fly Fishing S.E. Alaska, The West’s Trophy Trout Waters, Fly Fishing the Sacramento River, Steelheading the American River, Smith River Steelhead, and Jurassic Trout: Chile.

The presenters read like a who’s who in the fishing world. Angling luminaries such as Jack Dennis, Denny Rickards, Sep Hendrickson, and Ken Hanley are among those presenting seminars. These guys really know how to fish and how to communicate that to you.

The show promises to be worth the trip to Sacramento so you can be adequately prepared when the spring rolls around and our General Trout Season opens. I know that I always find looking at the new equipment and changes in technology that is brought to our sport. This should be particularly appropriate since this is probably the first show of the new century that we will have the opportunity to attend.

FISHING REPORT

The General Trout Season has closed for the season. The following waters are year round lakes that are still open.

These lakes should be good right up until they ice over. You may do good one day and find it slow the next. That seems to be the pattern. Just be persistent.

Boca (12,580 ac. ft.), Donner, Lake Tahoe (Elevation 6227.09), Prosser (9,85] ac. Ft), and Stampede (200,046 ac.ft.) are all still open to some degree. Tahoe is fishing very well for mackinaw. Hire a guide if you are going for the first time.

Other waters include Davis and Frenchman Lakes. Davis is mostly iced in and Frenchman also has lots of ice around the edges and is beginning to freeze over. Pyramid Lake, northeast of Reno, is fishing well for both trollers and shore anglers. Good numbers of fish as well as some pretty decent size ones have been reported.


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