|Finding the first riffle on the South Fork -- video link below|
|Launching from Skunk Hollow, just below Salmon Falls Bridge|
About 20 leisurely minutes later, the first riffle. Just below, a couple of fishermen with sit-on-tops had pulled over for lunch. One told me he hadn’t made it this far upstream in years. “Usually by now, the king salmon are up here,” he said, “but everything seems to be running late this season.”
|Fishermen take a break at first South Fork riffle|
As the anglers relaxed, I made a run at the mini-rapids, but the water was too shallow and the current too swift. Had to settle for sitting atop a large flat rock in the middle of the stream – the perfect place to relax and enjoy the view. (Video)
Heading back downstream, there seemed to be a shallow pool or a smooth, flat rock dock every few yards. So many perfect spots for a picnic. Made me think -- why didn’t I bring lunch along? A sandwich…that’s all I need. A sandwich….and a camp chair, that’s all I need. And a good book. A sandwich, a camp chair, and a good book, that’s all I need. A sandwich, a camp chair, a good book, and...
(With appreciation to Steve Martin.)
From Sacramento or Folsom, take Highway 50 east to the El Dorado Hills exit, hang a left and take El Dorado Hills Road (which turns into Salmon Falls Road). A 20-minute drive takes you over Salmon Falls Bridge to the Skunk Hollow turnoff (paved parking, decent restrooms, no water), part of the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area.
At the launch site, a butterfly convention; bicyclist gets down for a closer look, below
© Glenn Brank 2011