|After Dans report I was really fired up to re-visit Almanor. I just so happen to have a free week so I changed my original plans and booked one of the cabins at Plumas Pines Resort to enjoy some down time. I didn't actually relax much as I fished long days. I always plannned to take a break and eat lunch at the resort but never could make it in. I did have dinner there and it was very good. |
The first day I just looked around and graphed a lot areas and was really on the hunt for Smallmouth. I stuck a couple of nice ones right off the bat on topwater plugs but it was very appearent it was a tough bite. It was one here one there type of bite and I covered a lot of water.
They were spread out from the bank to 40ft. I kept at it and I had 7 nice Smallmouth for the day. No real giants but all very respectable. Through out the day I picked up the fly rod and the quality of the rainbows that were busting baitfish in open water was unreal..I soon shifted in that direction and wore those things out. That only lasted for a day and a half and they moved on or felt the pressure.
Looking for a new areas, I was marking deep fish pounding the bait. Periodicly they would push bait up onto a 9-15' break/flat. Turns out the area was holding good quality browns AND Bows AND Smallies. Friggin Heaven! I hit that general area with flies for the next three days and caught, what I consider, some very nice fish. I was using a clear I-line with small baitfish patterns no more than an inch and a half striped fast. I fished those flies from the surface to 10'+. 8lb tippet didn't bother the Rainbows. They acted like they were starving!
The Browns however, acted like Browns do and were much more wary. I had to drop to 5X and build long leaders to get solid looks. I shut down a could of hundred yards out of there range used the trolling motor to creep in. I also shut off the electronics and stayed off the troller as much as possible when in those areas. All that really seemed to turn the followers into eaters. The flies I used were sparse very small Snook type clousers. I used flouro, mainly for the sinking properties. I broke off two nice browns unfortunatly using the light set ups.
Plumas Pines has nice cabins with everything you need for a week of fishing and relativly close to everything. Everything Dan said in his report to a tee.
I also took a day and looked at some local streams. There is some beautiful water all over Plumas County but I was focused on Yellow Creek. Tough nut that Yellow Creek is. I ended up with one little 10in Brown on a dry but I was happy to get that fish. After about 5 hours of nothing that little fish was a welcome site. I'll definitly be back to tackle that creek again. Very challenging fun spring creek fishing!
Humbug Valley is remote enough to get away from it all for a day. And, ony 15 miles via logging roads from Plumas Pines Resort. Also, the valley has a nice little camp ground on the south end of the valley close to the stream. I had a great time! I explored a couple of other local streams and headed back in time for a couple of hours of evening fishing at the lake.
All in all a great trip! Close to home, beautiful country and great fishing. I'll definitly be back for a rematch with a couple of those fish!
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