Skip from southern California had this to say about his trip to Eagle Canyon today:
"We all caught fish and had an excellent time. Lower lake was hot. Heater got us warm for lunch. Coffee in the morning was a nice touch. We would do it again in a heart beat. Thanks Skip. By the way....The Fish were gigantic and made for big smiles"
Fishing was good today at Eagle Canyon, but we had to wait for it. The weather was incredible all day with just the slightest breeze and a great view of Mt. Lassen. Fishing was tough all morning with cruising fish refusing our flies time and again. We had a little action on a brown rubberlegs size 8 but mostly refusals. The bite turned on around 2pm and the fly of the day was the "baetis nymph" pattern formerly of Idywilde Flies and now sold by Umpqua, size 16 or 18. It's a drab grey pattern with a bead and no flashy stuff. It worked well fished under an indicator. We fished a lot of 5X tippet today - that was a challenge but it seemed to help get us more grabs. The bite got really good around 4 to 5pm.
Jackie with a big one
Here are some photos from our guests at Eagle Canyon today. Fishing was pretty tough, but about 8 nice fish were landed.
February 24: Brrr!
Conditions were chilly and breezy for the Cal-Shingle group last Friday.
The fish just weren't into it until things started to thaw out a bit. After lunch the grab turned on and several nice fish were brought to the net.
We're starting to see hatches of March Browns (size 14ish). Coaxing a monster rainbow to hit your dry fly is an absolute blast!
February 12: Fun times at EC
Beautiful sunny weather at Eagle Canyon this weekend. Fishing was a bit technical at times, but wasn't anything whiskey and some patience couldn't help overcome! Small rubber legs & emergers was the hot ticket this weekend.
Armand with a monster!
Father+sons posing w a nice one!
The water is as dirty as I've ever seen it at Eagle Canyon right now, but somehow the fish can still see the flies! There is about half a foot of visibility right now, but with clear spring water coming in, I think we'll have a couple feet of visibility by tomorrow. Our guests today hooked good numbers of fish on brown rubberlegs size 8, egg-sucking leeches size 4, and flashback PTs and copper johns size 14. Action was slow in the morning but really picked up around 10:30am. The scenery is amazing now that the sun has finally come out for a few days.
February 4: Oakland Casting Club
We hosted the Oakland Casting Club today at Eagle Canyon. We had a great group of guys that ran the gamut from total beginners to competition casters. Everyone hooked into fish and had a good time. Glen (see photo) said "Our group had a fantastic time. Thank you for your hospitality." Andy told us "there were lots of hook-ups and huge rainbows to hand through-out the day. A #10 chartreuse bunny leech produced incredibly well in the last hour of the evening." Glad to hear it and we hope to have your group back again soon!
Glen caught this one on a size 20 midge!
We just had a cancellation at Eagle Canyon for early February. We now have openings on February 6, 7, 8 and 9 for groups of 2 to 8 anglers. These are our last wide-open dates available this season.
We hosted the Shasta-Trinity chapter of Project Healing Waters today at Eagle Canyon. Here are some photos!