Casting in Fawnskin

casting in fawnskin

So casting seems to be an art around these parts.

And an obsession.

Just this last week I observed people casting their lines into Grout Creek despite the fact that there is no fishing until late May due to the spawning. It is clearly posted.

Word is that since the creek has so much sediment and the level has raised near the bridge, that the trout have actually made it up stream this year.

I need to take Shadow on an exploratory adventure to verify these reports but I have seen the trout jumping up onto the higher level at the falls under Grout Bridge.

Those who are into fishing can hardly wait for the season to start since Big Bear Lake is full and will probably be a big exciting draw to many outdoor sport enthusiasts if they get that highway open.

Which is another type of forecasting rampant around these parts, I’ll call it “road casting.” Just when Highway 330 is opening has become as common of a conversation as many of the sport team discussions.

CalTrans District 8 posted the official status report on Highway 330 stating that the road will be open to downhill commuters from 6:00am-8:00am and then to uphill commuters from 4:00pm-6:00pm.

Just when that will be implemented looks like the end of the month–but the safer bet is to say, “SOON.” For future reference, you can get the status memos here.

Now, the weather has been cold and then warm and then cold again. This week I spent time clearing out in the garden since it was so toasty. But midweek things began to change beginning with a very cold wind chill.

I made sure to tuck the bagged debris under shelter since I anticipated wet weather. Then sure enough, it got even colder and cloudy.

Now there is still snow accumulation out on the trails but not much on the roads or other surfaces. So if you hike, boots are needed.

Which brings me to the next type of casting around these parts, forecasting the weather.

This is a huge source of entertaining conversation on an almost a daily basis since predication seems to be a game.

We have a different weather pattern up here in the mountains. It can change quickly or can vary between one side of the valley and the other.

In fact, I have driven from a sunny warm day on the east end of the valley, only to end up driving in a snow storm with several inches of accumulated snow on the west end in a matter of minutes.

What this means is that anyone who has lived here for a while is aware of this interesting anomaly but insists on (and encourages) more speculation about it.

In the end, this weekend is suppose to bring colder weather (duh, it was pretty chilly yesterday) and precipitation.

Just what sort of precip is anyone’s guess. We should start a betting pool.

Locally, our weather sources say rain to snow of up to several inches, while other sources have said snow levels down to lower elevations with larger accumulations.

What that translates to, in local lingo, is several feet of snow expected down to 5,000 feet or lower. Well, at least that is what folks are spreading around town.

However what it looks like, if you check between all of the different sources, is that there will be a smattering of wet something or other maybe on Friday evening. Then this will continue lightly into Saturday with snow on Sunday and Monday.

Of course, the best thing to do is look out the window in the am and then check periodically for the best info around.

Whatever happens, stay warm and toasty!

Photo Credit: Justin Shearer

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  • 1
    March 18th, 2011 18:10

    I find the best way of predicting Big Bear weather, is to stick my paw out in the morning. If it turns white, it’s snowing, wet, and it’s raining, flaps around and it’s windy. If I can not see it, must be foggy.
    Never has failed to be 100% accurate

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    GG (Gossip Girl)
    March 19th, 2011 10:17

    LOL my paw was white this am but then it got wet.