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    Lately I have been very busy fishing. I have been fishing so much I have not had time to update the blog. Some trips have been good and some not as good. The last two trips to Lake Almanor have been amazing and a trip up to our property in Modoc county is definitely worth posting about.

    This lake is my favorite lake in Modoc County. It was created over 150 years ago when an earthquake caused a landslide damming up the stream and creating the lake.

     From the research I have done, I have found it is  the only lake in California that you can find  Goose Lake Redband trout.

    Many many years ago Goose Lake overflowed into the South Fork of the Pit River. The Redband trout migrated from the South Fork into many different tributaries one being the stream that created this lake. The lake receives very little pressure and we have never really had a bad day there. We fished it on Memorial weekend and there was only a few other people fishing from shore. My sister Barb and I both qualified our redband trout here for the California Heritage Trout Challenge.


     Our weather patterns are a little off this year. It seems the Hex hatch at Lake Almanor started the first week of June. We did not stay for the evening hatch but there were plenty coming off in the morning.

    The fish will gorge themselves on these mayflies. We did not catch any trout but managed to catch almost fifty smallmouth bass.

    I think smallmouth bass are the most beautiful of all the bass.

    This guy had Jeff's six weight fly rod bent all the way into the cork handle.

    Smallmouth bass on a fly rod. It doesn't get much better.


    Christy with a small but beautiful smallmouth.

    Two weeks before the above trip, Andy and I came up and caught a couple of dozen smallmouth on the opposite end of the lake. This lake is really starting to be something special for Andy. His biggest smallmouth, brown trout and until we went to Wyoming his biggest rainbow trout were all caught at this lake.


    Central Oregon  

     This year we decided to hit central Oregon. We would base camp out of a house that I rented in Sunriver. The plan was to fish a different lake every day for nine days.


    Loaded and ready to fish.


    I tied over 100 flies for this trip.



     Davis is a shallow lake that contains Klamath Redband trout, Mountain Whitefish and Largemouth Bass. The lake was shallow and hard to fish, but we did manage to catch a few giant Mountain Whitefish and I caught a Klamath Redband.

    Barb hooked up at Davis Lake.


    Barb's first Mountain Whitefish.


    Fish on for Andy.


    These were some of the largest Mountain Whitefish we had ever seen.

     My first Mountain Whitefish.


    Davis Lake is known for its Klamath Redband Trout.



    Gold Lake is a Fly Fishing only lake located just north of Lapine. It is catch and release for the rainbows. Oregon wants to make it a trophy rainbow fishery and allows the take of all Brook Trout. We thought this would make for a great opportunity for Brook Trout tacos.

    I wish we had fly fishing only lakes in California.


    Gold Lake.


    Barb with a nice rainbow from Gold Lake.


    Miss Piggy mackin on some Brook Trout Tacos.




    We found a lake in the McKenzie River drainage that contained Rainbow Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Mountain Whitefish, Brook, Bull and Bull Trout/ Brook Trout Hybrids. This lake was our favorite and we ended up fishing it two days.


    The sign says it all.


    Christy hooked up.







    Double hook up.


     Barb with a nice Bull Trout.



     Good- bye bully.


    Bull Trout for Frank.



     Andy thought he had a Bull Trout but ended up with a Mountain White fish.









    Todd lake was a hike in lake that contained a population of self sustaining wild brook trout. It did not offer the best fishing but was amazing for its scenery. It also provided us with some very friendly wild birds.

    Todd Lake.






    Nice Brookie but who is the weirdo in the back ground?



    With a tip from the local fly shop we thought we would give Lava Lake a try. It was the most consistent of all the lakes and everyone caught fish and had a great time. The lake held rainbow trout in the 14-17 inch range. They were extremely hard fighters and Andy really had this lake dialed. Every time I looked over at him he was battling a scrappy rainbow.

    Lava Lake.



    Christy hooked up again.







    Fish Lake

    Fish Lake was the last lake we fished. It was located in southern Oregon. The plan was to fish the morning at Fish Lake and then hit Klamath lake in the afternoon. The wind came up big time and we could only fish the morning at Fish Lake. The lake contains; Rainbows, Tiger Trout, Brook Trout and small Spring Chinook Salmon. The water was very low and the fishing was difficult. We did manage to find a deep hole that was loaded with very small Spring Chinook Salmon.


    Fish Lake was extremely low.


    Barb with a small Spring Chinook Salmon


    The Spring Chinook were very small but there were plenty.

    Overall it was a great trip and Oregon was amazing. We fished several other lakes but the ones detailed above were our favorites. I really loved the small community of Sunriver and all of the breweries in Central Oregon. We did not catch as many fish as we had hoped. I think we ended up in the 200-250 fish range. Next year we might fish Montana or Arizona, Colorado, Washington, or even stay in California. Regardless, I’m sure we will have fun planning for it all year.

     A few more random photos;


    Come here little birdie. No I am not creepy......


    Typical meal for Christy.





    Working pay phone???



    Golden Trout Wilderness with Barb.

    Earlier this summer I did an overnight trip into the Golden Trout Wilderness with my sister Barb.  She had never been there, nor had she ever caught a golden trout. We caught all three subspecies and had a great time.


    Barb sneaking up on a Little Kern Golden Trout.


    Barbs first golden trout.


    Barb risking her life for a Kern River Rainbow Trout.


    We crossed the bridge of death to catch this monster!


    The California drought has really effected The Golden Trout Wilderness.


    This little guy came from the mud puddle shown above.


     We made it back to Sacramento on Sunday around 10:30 A.M. and decided to fish the creek by my house for bass.


    A nice little spotted bass from the local creek.


    Modoc Country

    This was a special weekend for Christy and I. It was our ten year wedding anniversary. We had thought about what we wanted to do for months to celebrate, but with the shop short staffed and me only able to take a couple of days off we decided to head up to our property in the Modoc Forest. We would do some camping, fishing and a bit of exploring.

    Our first stop on the way up would be in the McCloud area. Christy needed a McCloud Redband Trout for her second Heritage Trout Certificate. It was only a few minutes off the path so we figured it would be a great place to take a break from the drive and catch a few fish.

    Home of the McCloud Redband Trout.


    Christy's first McCloud Redband.



    That night I cooked up some delicious spicy sausage sandwiches in the dutch oven.

    The next day we decided to get up early and head to the most beautiful swamp in California. To get to the swamp requires traveling on a long dirt road only suitable for high ground clearance vehicles. The road climbs for what feels like eternity passing abandoned cabins, old mines and all kinds interesting terrain. When you finally arrive at the swamp, you realize the name is not very fitting. There is a small creek that runs through the swamp that contains an extremely rare subspecies of the rainbow trout called the Warner Redband. Christy would also need this fish for her Heritage Trout Certificate.


    Home of the Warner Redband Trout.


    Christy's first Warner Redband.




    On the way back to camp we decided to stop of at the Stringer Plum Winery. The winery uses the Native Pacific Plum which is extremely rare and only grows in that region. We bought two bottles. We were getting a bit hungry so we decided to just have  lunch right there at the winery. They had nice picnic tables that offered a great view of Goose Lake. The wine went very well with our crackers, summer sausage and cheese.


    On our third and final day we headed to the famous Lava Beds National Park. The park is somewhat close to the property and it really is amazing. The park blew us away and I have to warn that the next section of this post is going to get a little picture heavy.


    Should I go in?????







    A big one!!!!!



     On the final night I made an amazing rosemary chicken in the dutch oven. Christy said it was the best chicken she ever had. It could of been the alcohol talking, but it was pretty good.




    Truckee California.

    This past week Christy and I snuck out for an overnighter at our favorite catch and release lake near Truckee. It was an absolute perfect day and once again we had the lake to ourselves.


    The campgrounds are some of the nicest around and always quiet. The fact that the lake is artificial only, barbless, catch and release really keeps the masses down.


    The bite was not red hot but we managed to catch about a dozen and a half between the two of us.


    Christy with a spunky rainbow.


    I managed to catch all three flavors of trout in the lake: Cutthroat, Brown and Rainbow Trout.


    Christy with another beautiful rainbow.


    Brown Trout are the predominate fish in the lake and make up about eighty-five percent of the catch rate.


    Christy still needs a Lahontan Cutthroat Trout for her second California Heritage Trout Challenge certificate.

    On this trip, all she could muster up were browns and rainbows.

    Oh well maybe next time.