Fishmaster: Bary Caranci [email protected] 242-6554
WHEN AND WHERE: Meet at the powerhouse 2 parking lot at 8:30. Drive time is approximately one hour fifteen minutes from Redding. Carpoolers could arrange to meet at MyTFine Foods at the corner of 299E and Deschutes Road. Drive through Burney and continue to the four way corner where 89 comes in. Go straight for 2.6 miles (past the turnoff to Baum Lake/Cassel) and turn right on PH2 Road; follow the road down to the parking area. There are toilet facilities, but no water. We will try to catch the morning hatches which can be brief if it’s sunny or longer if overcast. The salmon fly activity (if it happens) is usually an afternoon event.
Different areas of Hat Creek accommodate different fishing techniques. We can discuss angler preferences and cover the appropriate section. Kurt Mitchell, Ross Morrison, Creighton Smith, and I will be available to assist others.
EQUIPMENT: 4, 5, or even 6 wt. rods with floating lines. Leaders in 7 ½ to 9 feet in 4x for nymphing and 9 – 12 feet in 5x or 6x for dries. Appropriate tippet for the technique. Waders, boots, hats, license, sunscreen. Bring your own lunch and plenty of water. Current fly selection lists are on the “stream report” section of www.theflyshop.com. Generally small beaded caddis, mayfly, and stone fly nymphs for the riffles using high sticking or small indicator techniques. In the Carbon flat area emergers, adults, and possibly spinners in small sizes. Midges, PMD’s, BWO’s as well as caddis and Tricos could be on the menu. This is match-the-hatch and drag-free drift fishing. Below Carbon Flat and the Teal Island, try dries and dry/dropper combinations along the fallen trees and structure. Below the Day use Park down to the fish barrier the creek meanders through the trees and meadow. Wading provides opportunity for all techniques. Dry/dropper is effective in the shallower runs and indicator nymphing the deeper runs near the barrier. Casting stimulators or other salmon fly imitations under overhanging branches or along downed trees in the afternoon can result in smashing takes. Enjoy it if it happens as timing is capricious.
HAT CREEK WILD TROUT access:
Power House 2 Riffle: Turn right on PH2 road (2.6 miles from four corners) about 2 miles to PH.
Carbon Flat: Follow path from PH2 parking or turn right off 299E just past Hat Creek Bridge (open, enter, and close the green gate and take dirt road to the parking lot).
Shasta County Day Use Park: Turn left before the bridge to parking, picnic area and toilets.
Meadow to Fish Barrier: Turn left off 299E 0.7 miles down the hill from PH2 Road. Follow the dirt road down to the parking at the end. Hike the old roadbed to access the creek.