Monday, April 7, 2014

reports, fermented beverages, Rock and Roll - Whiskey and Silk singers, and much more...

It is funny how much I was praying for rain when it hadn’t rained for like 2 months and ounce it does, I start to pray for beautiful spring sunshine…I have gone back and forth from shorts and flip flops to fleece and waders way to much this last month. That said all the recent rain and snow has been great for the reservoirs and the outlook for the coming summer trout season. Reservoir levels are coming up, but the early reservoir release forecast show some scary low flows throughout the summer. From what I have seen the plan is to hold back as much snow melt as possible and store every drop they get.  Spring fishing is here though…trout are eating, Stripers are feeding and moving up river, a few shad have ben reported caught, bass are on beds, and the sun is out!

Lower Sacramento Trout Fishing – I had one of my best days this spring on the L. Sac this last weekend. We didn’t catch any huge fish but LOTS of good 16-18” Trout. We fished from Bonnie View Launch to Anderson City Park. I caught fish on Sucker Spawn, Jimmy Leggs, S&M PMD Nymphs, March Madness March Browns, and a few on flash back PT’s. Clarity was not an issue but there is a tint to the water from the storms that moved through this last week.  I imagine that below Cow Creek there is a bit more color but from what I have heard the river is fishable down to Red Bluff. I would imagine that as the weather warms and stabilizes the March Brown and PMD hatch along with a few caddis will keep the fish eating.

Nice April Rainbow from the L. Sac
Lower Sac Striper fishing – I saw pictures of a 42lb fly rod caught fish this last week so there are fish around…I also have heard of a few fish being caught below Colusa but I fished down to about the Hwy 45 pumps and another friend fished down to Colusa and neither of us stuck a fish…The water temps are still pretty chilly and I imagine the resident fish are a bit lethargic still and from what it sounds like the migratory fish have not shown up yet in any numbers. The water clarity is about 1-2’ and while the flows are low I still fished a Sniper line in a type 7 and a bigger then normal clouser. Any one that is thinking of coming up be careful as the river is low and every snag, stump, and bump is exposed. Fishing should be getting really good with the warmer weather forecasted over the next week.

No fish pics...just a nice sunny day boat ride

Lower Yuba River – I traditionally transition to the Lower Yuba for trout during the month of April but the low flows, an early striper season, and the L. Sac still fishing well have kept me off it. I have heard the March Browns and PMD’s are popping and dry fly fishing can be pretty darn good when the hatch comes off. I am sure I will get over there soon but I have no fresh personal reports from the Yuba.

Feather Rive Spring Steelhead – Fishing is still good to very good depending on the day and the crowds. The river is flowing at 800cfs through the whole system for the most part as the outlet is pretty much cut off. Swinging flies and nymphing is still catching fish and as the weather warms this week I bet the caddis are going to start getting going and there will be some options to skate dries as well. A little spun hair caddis is a great option. Fish it with a little twitch and then let skate/swing out. I have seen clients and heard of others hooking some BIG spring fish this year so far, the average fish though is a fat 16-18”.

The Migratory Herring Report – I have heard the first shad report…someone caught some shad outside of chico, CA. I won’t start trying to catch shad until mid to late May.

Appearances...

Come check out the Fishwest Sacramento (aka Kiene's) fair this coming weekend April 12th from 10am to 4pm. I will be there with the Cast Hope booth talking all things Cast Hope, fly fishing, fly tying, guiding,....really anything you want to talk about while I stand in a parking lot for 6 hours. There will be a free BBQ'd Lunch and I will be giving a presentation on fishing the Lower Lower Sac for stripers, shad, bass, carp, and all things of that nature. There will be presentations, manufacturers reps, casting demonstrations, sales, raffles, tying, free food and a lot dudes standing around BSen about fishing. 

Saturday, April 12, 2014 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

GUIDE PRESENTATIONS:
10 AM Lance Gray Fishing Stillwater in N.California
11 AM Ken Hanley Fishing Saltwater
12 noon Dave Barbieri Feather Steelhead/Yuba Shad 
1 PM Hogan Brown Bass on the Lower Sac
2 PM Tayler Wells Klamath River

Fly Tying
John Ryzanych Mike Henle
Jay/Glenn Fair Steve Potter Neil Pultz
Jay Murakoshi Ben Byng
Leo Gutterres

* Numerous local fly-tyers from local clubs, Terry Eggleston, Jim Holmes, Ron Banderheiden, Joe Bania, Jim Berdan, Gary Howard, Bob Zasoski, Kenny Nordeste, Wayne Chubb, Forrest Oldham, Bob Betatti, and more! 

Fermented Beverage News
I was fortunate enough to attend the Pale Bock release party at Sierra Nevada a few weeks ago. I remember when this beer first came out a few years ago and I was not a huge fan for some reason…I went to the release party anyway. I was presently supriesed with it the second time around…I can now say I really like it. It reminds me a bit of an Abby Ale with a bit more hoppy flavor and little less “sweet”. The food at the release party was pretty solid and the band was an amazing cover band called Decades
VIP


In other beer news I continue to drink the Harvest Single Hop IPA and am loving it…Summer fest will be coming out soon and then it will be Summer Fest and Old Chico Pale Boc for me for awhile. Mixed in will be some hydrating American lagers as well in the Coors vein.



Music News…
One of my favorite bands Manchester Orechestra came out with there new album “Cope” and I am pretty happy with it. I was not a huge fan of their last release “Simple Math”. Cope is a great album though, Rocking with good emotion, catchy hooks, and some creative yet approachable song structures.

I also discovered a new band combing through live recordings on www.audiotree.tv July Talk. An amazing rocking band from Canada. There debut album comes out this summer, but they have a bunch of good music videos on their website to get one through until then. They have two vocalist, one a guy with a whiskey growl and another,  a women with a voice like silk…such a good mix and such a good contrast.

New Products
I just got a bunch of the new Spring Line from Simms and while it all is great gear and lives up to the Simms a few of the new products are real stand outs. So far my favorite piece is the Cross Currents Hoody. It would fall into the “Sun Hoody” Category I would say. I have owned a few of these types of garments from various companies and they are either way to thick and fall into the “light sweatshirt” category or way to thin and fall into the just a “sun shirt” with a hood…The Simms Current Hoody has become my go to layer over  a fishing shirt or solar flex shirt this spring. Perfect for cool spring or summer mornings and nice to put the hook up over my hat to keep the chill of my neck while blasting around in the jet boat or rowing up river. It has Core 3 fabric with Anti Microbial, wicking, and UPF 30. My old sweatshirts I use to wear do not have any of that.

Simms Currents Hoody


Baseball Report…

So far so good with the G-Man. A 5-2 road trip to open the season where the smack the crap out of the baseball is not a bad way to go. That said starting pitching outside of Bumgarner and Hudson is a little dicey…Cain has looked good but his change up and off speed stuff is not there. Sunday he left to many curves up and when he missed with the change it ended up in the bleachers. That said there ability to score runs is much better then last year and if the largest human being on a baseball field and possible descendent of giants Michael Morse hits the ball like he can we are going to be pretty good…oh and the implosion of the dodgers club house is going to help to.

New Lids for a New Season

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Fishing Reports, Beer, Rock and Roll, and Sports - The All American Blog Post

So, this weekend felt like a true spring day. I spent both days on the Lower Sac and the weather was AMAZING! No wind, sunshine, flip flops, shorts, sun tan lotion…and lots of trout. With a bit of down time today I decided to throw a blog post with some fishing reports and mandatory randomness up…

Fishing Reports

Public Service Announcement - First and foremost if you are not planning on going fishing, going on a guide trip(with any guide not just me), or have a fishing trip on the calendar in the next 2-3 months get off your can and make it happen. Life is to short to miss spring fishing. I know of no one that died thinking they fished on to many spring days.

Lower Sacramento River – March has turned into on the best months to fish the Lower Sac. Last March was possibly the best trout fishing have ever seen…anywhere ever. This March so far has been good, I have not had the fishing I was having last march but it is still early. I floated Bonnie to Anderson on a two boat trip both Saturday and Sunday this last weekend and had one angler in my boat but was never to far from the other boat. Both days everyone hooked and landed a bunch of rainbows from 12-20” inches. Multiple 18-20” rainbows were landed by each angler on both days and there was plenty of 16” sac footballs mixed in with some smaller 12-14” fish. Hot bugs were sucker spawn, rubber legs, Hogan’s March Madness March Brown, Hogan’s Amigo in olive, Hogan’s PMD S&M, and the King Prince #14. Fish were in the riffles, long runs, and even the flats. Changing bugs to fish each type of water was key. Small mays in the flats and long runs and stones and caddis in the riffles. Fishing should continue to be good to very good through the first part of April until the fish really start to spawn…but then it is time to move down to the lower river.

Deel Getting Ready for the Scoop...man is an athlete
Deal sealed by the Deeler
Nice Sac Bow
Not a bad 2nd fish of the day within sight of the boat ramp

Lower Yuba River – The Lower Yuba is LOW. I have heard the fishing is good and there is some technical dry fly fishing if one wants to search it out. I personally have not been on the river in a few weeks but I have heard some good reports from guys wading and stalking the banks.

Lower Feather River Spring Steelhead – They are in and fishing is good both nymphing and swinging flies. Nymphing will catch more fish but these guys are pretty receptive to a swung fly. Bright days swing caddis and soft hackles, over cast days swing low clear water traditional patterns. Fishing should remain good through mid-may. There may even be some dry fly fishing or swinging flies on floating lines ounce the caddis start hatching.

Stripers and things that eat bigger fish – Heard some early reports of some nice stripers being caught down out of Yuba City/Colusa area on the Sac and the Feather. The sac up outside of chico is clearing up and the smallies and resident stripers should get going pretty soon with some of the largemouth in the river getting up on beds as well.
Beer Report – I bought the 4way IPA Sampler from Sierra Nevada this last week. It has 4 IPA beers in it, 3 are new and one is the Torpedo.
Snow Wit White IPA – This is a light beer for an IPA but has the great IPA flavor with a bit of lemony citrus flavor. Much lighter then the traditional IPA’s that I have been drinking, like the Torpedo and some of the  Lagunitas Beers. Would be a good summer IPA style beer I think.

Nooner Session IPA – This is exactly what it says…and IPA beer you can drink the in afternoon…and have a few of them and not be totally hammered. This beer is really hoppy but does not have a huge alcohol content (4.8%) so you can have a few. Good beer with good flavor that won’t get you crooked after two.

Blindfold Black IPA – This is by far the darkest of the beers in the sampler. It is dark but not super thick and heavy. It has a good hoppy taste with a roasted malt flavor mixed in with a bit of the typical sierra Nevada IPA fruitieness. It is a 6.8% beer so a bit heavier then the others and will keep you down if you have more then one or two.

I also had the first release from the Harvest series which showcases “our favorite ingredient by exploring a range of hopping methods: single hop, fresh hop, wet hop, and wild hop. By working directly with breeders and growers, we can recreate this series each year using rare hops early in their development” according to the website. I had the first issue, Harvest Single Hop IPA Yakima #291 Varietal. This is by far one of the best releases I have had in a while from Sierra Nevada. Great Hoppy IPA flavor balanced with a berry fruity like smell and taste with a little spice. Now they have over done this flavor in the past in my opinion but they NAILED it here.

Tunes that make long drives early and late in the day better – I was on a “band discovery” phase for a while but there has been some good main stream/established in my rotation band releases the last few weeks.
Drive By Truckers released “English Oceans” – I was in love with these guys for many years and then Jason Isbell left the band and I have just not connected with them the way I did when he was part of the band. I think this is a good album but I just don’t connect with Cooley and Hood like I did Isbell…maybe a phase in life thing or something. It is a great rock record though and it is good to see good rock music being made

Beck released “Morning Phase” – I love Beck. Talk about a true musical cameleon. He has not released an album in 5 years sense “Guero” which I loved but was totally different from the previous album “Sea Change” which I also loved…So “Morning Phase” is more in the “Sea Change” line but WAY better and way more evolved. This is a true album from start to finish. Great work!

Taking Back Sunday released "Happines Is"– This falls into my guilty pleasure emo leanings band thing…This is the 2nd release sense the original lineup got back together in 2011. The line up that brought the world “Tell All Your Friends” in 2002…this album changed my life so I buy pretty much everything they release. That said the non-original line up was a total bummer and sucked for the most part.

Sports reportMarch Madness is upon us and if the tourney is anything like the conference tourneys this year it is going to be good! Get your brackets filled out and enjoy the run. Personally I am making a stand and not filling out a bracket. I always get involved in all these bracket pools and loose money, get pissed at teams, and really have a whole negative vibe usually going by the sweet 16 on most years. This year I am taking it in one game at a time, no bracket watching, just hoping for good games.

Spring Training is wrapping up and Giants open the season in March 31 @ AZ and then have a weekend series against the dodgers on the road and then open up April 8th at Home against the D-Backs. With Patrick Corbin going down for the D-Backs they are in trouble. The Ace Lefty is done for what sounds like the season possibly needing Tommy John surgery. Also opening up the season in Australia against the Dodgers should wear on both our first 3 series teams. I would love to go into the home opener with series win over both the D-Backs and the dodgers. April should be an interesting month for the Giants with 2 series with the Dodgers and the D-Backs along with a series with the Rockies and Padres plus an Interleague match at home with the Tribe. Should get a pretty good idea of how the NL West is going to stack up after the month of April. PUMPED For baseball season this year!!!!  

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Umpqua Please remember the #1 Rule for all cover bands...

I am sure everyone has followed the Umpqua vs. Idylwilde drama over the inter web and with in the fly fishing industry. I have stayed pretty quiet about the whole deal as I try to avoid dog fights and poop throwing as best I can, but now Umpqua Feather Merchants is tying and selling my flies without my permission...that in and of it self is lame and pretty un cool but lets be honest some guys play in bands and write originals some guys play in casinos and cover songs. If Umpqua wants to be a cover band more power to them...BUT never forget the #1 rule of being in a cover band: if you can't nail the song don't play it.

Check out the pictures below and see for your self...if your first reaction is wow those flies are different you are right. Every material from the hook to the thread is wrong, and the fly is even tied wrong...No cover band mess's up that bad. Come on Umpqua class it up. No bad cover band ever played the Filmore.

Consumers, Anglers, Guides, Shops...Don't be fooled by lame nock offs. The real stuff PLUS new stuff, even Hogan's Amigo (The fly pattern that I came up with when everyone started fishing the S&M nymph...gotta stay ahead of the game) is coming out Spring/Fall 2014 through Montana Fly Co. www.montanafly.com

is that the wrong proportions and materials...why yes it is

is that the wrong hook...yes it is...is it a cheap hook...of course

Is that the wrong material again...yes it is.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Cast Hope Fish Fest Video

Check out this new video that Anthony Carruesco and Matt Formento made for Cast Hope this last summer at our 3rd Annual Fish Fest…for more information about Cast Hope and what we do check out www.casthope.org
Cast Hope Fish Fest 3 from Cast Hope on Vimeo.

http://vimeo.com/88034678

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Spring Trout, Steelhead, Stripers, and Shad

Spring and early summer is quickly booking. March-May is almost booked up but there are still a few dates left to get out on the water for spring Trout, Shad, Stripers, bass, or steelhead. If you missed the spring look into June and July for summer trout, stripers, and bass.

Available Dates:
March 2, 9, 22
April 6, 13, 22, 23, 25, 27
May 24-26
June 10-12, 15-19, 22-27, 30
Evening Trips - Great for Shad, stripers, bass, carp -$225 for two anglers, drinks, and flies/rods/reel:
April 2-4, 7, 8, 10, 14, 16, 17, 28, 20
May 1, 8, 12, 14-16, 19, 20, 22, 23, 27, 29

Spring Trout 

Lower Yuba River - Both nymph and dry fly fishing can be very good on the Lower Yuba River March-Mid June while the river sees all the major western tailwater hatches. The weather is very comfortable and fishing is usually some of the best all year

Lower Sacramento River - Last March and into April on the Lower Sac were some of the best trout fishing I have ever seen any where on the planet. March is usually one of the best months on the sac with caddis, PMD, and March Brown hatches providing steady nymphing fish throughout the day. 


Spring Steelhead 

The lower Feather River sees a great run of Spring steelhead each year and march through mid May are prime time to nymph, swing flies on switch rods or light spey rods, or even catch one on a dry. I will have switch rods in my boat this spring so if you have been thinking about trying swinging flies for central valley steelhead this is a great time to get out. The spring fish on the feather are some of the most willing I have found to hit a swung fly.
 

Shad

Shad should be moving into the rivers by early may this year and with lower then normal water levels it should be a great year for shad fishing and wade fishing for shad on the Lower Sac. I will be offering my evening shad trip for two anglers this year for $225. I have listed some weekday evenings I have open above. Should be a great year to get out the switch rods and spey rods to wade fish for shad or kick back in the boat. 


Striper

Spring and Summer striper fishing is some of the funnest fishing I think around as any fish you hook could be 6 inches or 60 pounds. Last summer we saw really good numbers of resident fish in the 5-8lb range and had clients sight casting to many double digit fish...even some that were fish of anyones life time. This is as close to salt water fishing as we get in the valley, casting big rods, big flies, and even getting to sight fish to some very large fish. Evening, half day, or full day trips are available.
 

Bass

Smallmouth and Largemouth bass on the Lower Sac, Feather, or area lakes are a ton of fun. Catching bass is no longer a secret in the fly fishing community but many of the areas we fish off the Lower Sac and Lower Feather still fly pretty low under the radar. April - June is best for these guys but good top water evening fishing will last well into June.
 

Carp

If you have ever tried carp fishing you know the challenge is part of the fun. This year should be interesting with the lower water levels in many of our reservoirs. If carp fishing interest you I would get out during the spring and early summer as many of the flats will be high and dry I think by mid June. 

Monday, February 24, 2014

Monday Morning Product review...in preparation for Spring and Summer.

I am a big believer in the little things in life. It is the little things that make a difference in the world. My world is ripe with examples of this…Yellow mustard on a hot dog vs. spicy brown, or eating that hot dog at a ball game or at home can change that hot dog from just a hot dog to a religious experience…. A little to the left or a little to the right on a clients cast to a trout sipping in the foam or a striper cruising a weed line can change ecstasy to abject failure in a few seconds, and a cast with such promise becomes a cast that haunts them for weeks or years… I have made a few casts that still haunt me today.

It is these little things that I have always thought Simms Fishing Products has done so well. Any angler that has ever worn Simms products comes to realize very quickly that they make the most durable, comfortable, and innovative fishing products around. Add the fact that they use the best fabrics and technology available and they make the best fishing products on the globe. That said because of those things I think many anglers over look the little things that make Simms Products so good.

It easy to review waders, boots, and jackets, as these are all big ticket items and one would expect these things to address the little things when it comes to features, but what is so great is that Simms pays attention to the little things whether it is on a $500 pair of waders or a $20 trucker hat….and these little things are what make the difference between good and the industry’s best.

2 Examples

Trout Trucker, Bass Trucker, Tarpon Trucker
Everyone wears trucker hats now a days, from the 20 something year old slanging flies at my local fly shop to my 65 year old client talking about the good old days on my local river. Personally, I wear the Trout or Bass trucker on a daily basis. They are so sweat stained after the last spring and summer that they are about 3-4 different colors across the front. This looks a little funky, but makes for some serious fish mojo. One might think that these are just cheap trucker hats that Simms throws their logo on and then charges $20 for…no no no my friend, someone put some thought into these. Under the bill of these caps is black and most trucker hats do NOT have black under bills. Well it is the little things that make a difference, like the addition of one more twist of dubbing that takes a perfectly proportioned birds nest to a vintage 70’s Penthouse bushy birds nest that no self respecting trout in the river will eat. Black under bills on hats reduce glare when wearing sunglasses while on the water or anywhere for that matter. Ask Major League baseball why all their Majestic Game Hats, no matter what color the team is, or the hat is, have black under bills. Just like the Bigs, Simms does the little things.

Black under bills...Just like the Biggs.
 Sun Armor
As a fly fishing guide in Northern California I spend a lot of time in the sun. To avoid my dermatologist spraying too much liquid nitrogen on my face, and tainting the limited good looks I was blessed with I wear the Sun Armor Facemask. Prior to my local sales rep giving me the Sun Armor Facemask I had been wearing the traditional buff tube thing. I always had a few issues with it… One, the triangle sunburn that I would get from the area my buff never covered at the opening of my collared fishing shirt that I always forgot to put sunscreen on. Two, the danger of almost crashing my 17’ motor boat when blasting up or down river because my sunglasses fog up when I have my buff pulled up over my nose to protect my face from bugs. This situation would result in me trying to wipe my glasses while driving my boat and then inevitably a bug would fly in my unprotected eye and then I would be forced to drive with one eye. This leads to a serious reduction in my depth perception that is a hazard not only to myself, and anyone in my boat, but everyone else on the river.
Simms Sun Armor = no burring triangle or boat crashes due to fogged up sun glasses

I have always had these issues with Buffs and I have never shared them with anyone, I just assumed they were a small price to pay for a face free of skin cancer and liquid nitrogen burns– though I have had enough triangle burns I may have off set any benefits at this point.  The beauty of the Sun Armor Face Mask is Simms addressed these issues – little things my friends. Simms created a longer split neck line section which results in a flap that I can tuck in the back and front of my shirt preventing the burning triangle and even created laser cut breathing holes that prevent my glasses from fogging up and me crashing while blasting around in my motor boat. Now, I am sure these were not intended results, but these are the little things that Simms pays attention to and in doing so created the best facemask on the mark.



Friday, February 21, 2014

Short Yuba Report, Break in, tying flies, Rock and Rol Not drugs, and the greatest game begins...


Lower Yuba River - Flows are around 690cfs and are rumored to be dropping down to 500cfs soon. This is incredibly low, I have not seen the river below 700cfs sense I was a kid back in the early 90's. Clarity is about 1', about as clear as I feel confident I can catch fish. Englebright lake is blow out and as a result I imagine the river will be colored up for a few weeks. That said fishing was good yesterday. We hooked fish on Rubber legs, egg patterns, and 12-14 attractor nymphs like copper johns, prices, and various rubber leg nymphs. There were good numbers of skwala stoneflies around and a few areas where fish were actively eating adults in swirls and coves. Fishing the water along the banks blind with a skwala dry did rise a few fish but we had much better luck fishing to rising fish. Fishing on the L.Yuba should continue to be good as the water clears a bit but hopefully it keeps a bit of color as the river at 500-700cfs and gin clear could be pretty tough. 





Break In - If you live in Northern California you probably know of the fly shop Fly Fishing Specialties in Citrus Heights. Unfortunately they were broken into over the last weekend and a bunch of high end gear was stolen. From what I have heard it was a pretty pro job and one done by people that knew what to steal. So, if you see any of the following items on craigs list, ebay, classified bulletin boards, or on the inside of a guys trench coat on the corner or your local river access let Rick at Fly Fishing Specialties know and he will send the the goon squad out after them. 

Stolen Items:
Abel Products:
Brown Trout Super 3
Rooster Fish Super 11 
Tarpon Super 12 all pimped out

Matte black spey
Grateful dead spey 128 of 250
a few sets of pliers
Hatch Reels
4 plus
7 plus
 Hardy Reels;
4 inch bugle
fortuna XL1 X2 X3
 
Sage Products:
Evoke LH retrieve
Sage Rods
            12 XI3
            Peacock Bass Rod
            6 and 7 wt One series Switch Rods
            5 and 8 wt One
Dyna King and Regal vises


Tying Flies...
It is a rare time when I feel my boxes are full to the point that I can divert from the normal grind of guide, tie flies, guide, tie flies, guide...and work on some flies or experiment with some new materials and such. I bought some of the new spirit river UV2 dubbing. I got the tan scud/shrimp and an olive one...both looked really good in the bag and Tom Page at Reel Anglers showed me a cool amber wing caddis pattern he used the dubbing on so I was sold. Buying dubbing is the equivalent of buying a new flavor of potato chips...the cost is minimal and the purchase has the chance of changing your life for ever. 
yummy new dubbing

Usually when I get a completely new style of dubbing like this I tie a few standard patterns with it that I know fish and see how they fish tied with the new dubbing. Then if they fish well or better then I know the dubbing is good. So, with these two I tied some basic olive and tan birds next to see how the stuff works. So far so good, we will see how the fish like the stuff though. One  thing with these dubs I have been doing is chopping a clump of it up before I use it. It is a blended dubbing and has some really fine synthetic material in it blended with some long stiff angora style fibers in it, so by chopping it the angora gets a bit shorter blending with the shorter fibers a bit better. 

I buy music not drugs...
I am addicted to music and buying music. I got into a few bands on the record label "Top Shelf Records" and it has resulted in my pretty much loving every band on the label. The latest one, Chamberlain is GREAT. Good american rock and roll. Singer sounds a bit like John Mellencamp to me...which really who doesn't like.  Also discovered Dave Hause, another great song writter and his new CD "Devour" on Rise Records is great. 

Greatest Game...
Pitchers and Catchers have reported and the giants have had their first full team workout. They open up the Spring schedule on Feb 26 against the A's and then start playing everyday for the most part that Friday. I am pretty excited about the season and the new additions of Hudson and Morse. I think Hudson is going to be a great mentor to Tim L. and with Tim L's new off season program I am curious to see how he shows up to camp and  how his spring goes...considering he is usually terrible during the spring. either way I will going to the mall this coming week and taking part in a spring ritual of buying by giants cap. I will wear this cap all season, almost everyday on the water and off, through thick and thin for the whole season. Kind of a big day for me.