This was in this months news letter of the ffish club I belong to, sorry no pictures.
* July 15th - Lower Sacramento River - Tim Loomis
After the adventure with guide extraordinaire - Rich Rubin on the Little Sur River a few weeks ago little has come my way in the form of fly fishing opportunities. That is until last Friday, when last month's guest speaker called to say he had an open seat on his boat for an evening drift down the Lower Sac and was I interested. He hadn't even put the phone down and I was half way up Hwy 80 on my way to Redding. An Achilles tendon injury had taken me out of fishing the hex hatch at Lake Almanor for the first time in 13 years. Needless to say, I was extremely "fish horny". Aaron Grabiel's call couldn't have come at a better time. As I was I pulling into Aaron's driveway, Aaron's dad pulled up and announced that he was to be my partner on his son's boat. For the entire evening I had stereo Grabiel. If, as a kid, you had issues with your dad then there is no better job to have than to be a guide and have your dad as a client on your boat. As the guide you get total pay back. "Dad, set, set, set!" Or, better yet, "no, dad, cast to your other right." I must have heard a kazillion snappy directives given by son to father.
I still don't know what I enjoyed more, the fishing (it was on fire) or listening to the rapport between father and son. Dad just happens to be an experienced ER doctor at the local hospital, so you would think that he wouldn't take kindly to having his son order him around. And yet, he took the advice given to him and we went merrily on our way down the Lower Sac pulling in trout after trout. We nymphed until the evening caddis hatch started and switched over to dries to complete what turned out to be an extremely entertaining evening.
Oh, by the way. Aaron Grabiel happens to be one of the hot up and coming, next generation of young fly fishing guides in the Redding area. With my job in the fly fish business, I have had many guides and yet Aaron stands out as one of the premier trout finders in Northern California. To make a guiding date with Aaron, call or e-mail him at Grabiel's Guide Service, Aaron Grabiel, 530-356-2189, firstname.lastname@example.org