“Fish sense, applied in the field, is what the old Zen masters would call enlightenment: simply the ability to see what’s right there in front of you without having to sift through a lot of thoughts and theories and, yes, expensive fishing tackle.”
I made a pledge at the beginning of the summer that I would go fishing at least one day each week.
That didn’t go so well. I fell short. Life seems to have a way of getting in the way of fishing.
But it wasn’t all bad. I have a new granddaughter. My wife and I were able to spend lots of time with our daughter and son-in-law both before and after the birth.
Those were days that could have been spent fishing. Turns out they were spent doing something even better.
But it is fall now. The next two months offer the best fishing of the year in my opinion.
It is time to renew my pledge. One day a week will be reserved for fishing. Nothing will get in the way. Except maybe hunting.
The fly hatches have tapered off and the fish are focused on the pond smelt. Surface water temperatures are in the mid-60s. The fish are still 30 to 40 feet deep except in the very early morning.
There are large concentrations of fish at Big Springs, the mouth of Hamilton Branch, and Rec 2.
Fly anglers are picking up a few fish using woolly buggers, clousers and other minnow imitationson full sink lines.
The road is open and fishing is good. The powerhouse has not been running consistentlyyet but creek side is fishing well.
There are very few boats on the lake.
The fishing at Bucks Lake is picking up. The kokanee are ready to spawn. As they move into the inlets of Bucks and Mill creeks the other fish follow.
The fish are still a bit deep. Try trolling about 15 to 25 feet down.
Fishing is best at dawn and dusk when the sun is off the water.
Another good option if you have a float tube or small boat is Lower Bucks Lake. I fished there a few nights ago and there were lots of browns feeding on the surface.
According to Tom Maumoynier of Lake Almanor Fly Fishing Co. (258-3944) the NorthFork Feather is in good shape but low.Nymphs are working best during the day.Thedry fly action kicks into gear in the evening.
Warner Creek is fishing well with lots of small natives being caught.
Deer Creek is in good shape and fishing well. The upper end has been best with nymphs. There is a good mayfly hatch in the evening. Mill Creek is fishing well. Try dark flies in evening.
Some bigger fish have moved into the mouth of Hamilton Branch.The upper portion of Hamilton Branch below Clear Creekis fishing well with dry flies in the evening.
Bank fishing has been good in the morning at Eagle Point and in the Camp 5 area. Inflated nightcrawlers and PowerBait are the most productive baits.
Trollers are starting out 15 feet deep and lowering their gear to about 25 feet later in the day. Wee Dick Nite Copper Red Heads have been working well.
Fly-fishing is good from Jenkins across the top to Mosquito. Midge imitations, damsels, bead head flash back pheasant tails and woolly buggers in olive, rust, black or brown are all catching fish.