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2C Wednesday, May 9, 2012 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Throwina heat Portola's Sandra Kibble fires in another pitch. The Tigers posted a 4-1 win over Quincy April 27 before losing 8-4 to Westwood April 30. Photo by Tiffany Williams Good fist!ing gear makes a 00]ifference Michael Condon Staff Writer "Bragging may not bring hap- piness, but no man having caught a large fish goes home through an alley." --Author Unknown Like an old friend It is interesting how we be- come so accustomed to some things they almost become like old friends. I have never been a profes- sional carpenter, but I have a favorite old hammer. Doing little projects with a different hammer -- well, that just doesn't feel right. It's the same with fishing rods ... only more so. Looking for a car or truck? NO HASSLES, NO EXTRA EXPENSE I can get you almost any new car or truck, virtually any make or model, for less than you are likely to pay going to a dealership out of town! LET MY 40+ YEARS OF EXPERIENCE WORK FOR YOU! Quincy Auto Co. 530-283-CARS (2277) or S30-966-5463 1970 E. Main St., Quincy I I neronl00l i i ; ii ', ' ' i   ,: ii!iiii:i .... ii' %:,iizi, i 'i:iii'!ii  i!/!!!!iii!i=; : :;: ::: : CareFlight Landing Holein Oneprize : Dinner and Auction at the Cornr .... I remember very clearly the first fishing outfit I really con- nected with. It was a Mitchell 300 reel on an Eagle Claw fiberglass spinning rod. Now that was a thing of beauty. The feel it had when casting, or better yet reeling in a fish, was beyond com- pare. That was the '60s and early '70s. Eventually I moved on to graphite rods. Cabela's Fish Eagle II became one of my fa- vorites for both fly and spin- ning rods. They may not be the very top of the line, but they certainly are quality rods. My favorite was a 7.5,foot medium light spinning rod. I was living in Alaska at the time. I caught many trout, steelhead and salmon with that rod. Then the tip broke and it was gone. That was a few years ago. I missed that rod, so this year I bought one just like it. They have upgraded the grips and the graphite since my old one. But it still has that old feel, like an old friend. I took it to Almanor to break it in the other day. It feels real good with a fish on the other end. Stream fishing Most streams are open now. The tributaries to Lake A1- manor and Butte Lake are the big exceptions as the rain- bows from both lakes are spawning in these streams righ{ now. The big event locally to cel- ebrate the opening of the stream season is the annual fishing derby hosted by Cari- bou Crossroads on the North Fork Feather River. This year's derby was once again a huge crowd pleaser. A day of fishing was capped off with live music and a great barbecue. The big winners in the un- der 12 division were Shyann Karkowski, age 9, with a 16- 1/4-inch rainbow; second place went to Michael Alexan- der, age 11, with a 13-i/2-inch :fish. The youngest fisher-girl was Amiya Rash, age 3, Who brought in a 13-1/4.inchbeau- ty. Most streams are fishing reasonably well right now. High flows and off-color wa- ter are always an issue this time of year due to the spring run-off. Moderate tempera- tures and a light snowPack have lessened those impacts this year. Nymphs are standard fair for fly anglers this time of year. I like stonefly patterns. They are always present and offer a bigger meal than most other aquatic insects. Whether fly-fishing, spin- ning or using bait, use split shot to get your gear down deep. Look for trout under cut- banks and in back eddies. Trout seek these Spots as refuge from the fast water. Lake Alman0r According to Doug Neal of Almanor Fishing Adventures (258.6732), trout and salmon are active in the Almanor West area. Salmon are active near Canyon Dam and at the Snag, hitting anchovy tails, with Pro-Cure Super Herring Gel. Three-year-old Amiya Rash, of Oroville, caught this beautiful 13-inch rainbow on the North Fork Feather River during the opening day Caribou Crossroads Fish- ing Derby. Photo submitted Doug says the brown trout action has been hot along the east shore of the peninsula. Pond smelt, the primary for- age fish in Almanor, are pressed along the shoreline and the browns are holding them in there. Ripping smelt patters, like Rapalas, Pin Min- nows or Trophy Sticks, work well. The entire east and west shores are fishing well. . Needlefish and slow trolled night crawlers are always successful at Almanor. Fish in the top 10 feet of water ear- ly in the morning and then drop down to 15 to 20 feet after the sun hits the water. Also Hamilton Branch flows into the lake have fish stacked out front about 500 yards and be- low 30 feet. Hamilton Branch is run- ning fast and clear. Salmon are hitting white jigs near the powerhouse and there are rainbows and browns stacked up in front of the mouth. If you work up an appetite while fishing, there are two lakefront restaurants now open for the season. Carol's Camp Prattville has long been a favorite with an- glers. Plumas Pines has always been popular for lunch and dinner. This year they are al- so offering breakfast. Both have docks for visiting boaters and beautiful decks if you prefer to eat outside. Butt Lake Butt Lake is fishing well. Fishing for trout is picking up and the smallmouth bite is on. Pressure is light at Butt Lake with some action a few miles away at A!manor. Fishing at the powerhouse is still closed to protect spawning rainbows heading up Butte Creek. .Bucks Lake This is the time of the sea- son for catching big Macki- naw at Bucks. They are most active after ice-out. This year there hasn't been ice on the lake for many weeks. That might explain that while some Macs are being caught, it has been on the slow side. Anglers trolling the shore- line are picking up some nice rainbows. Lake Davis Fishing continues to be good. Bite is offand on throughout the day. Bank anglers are doing well using PowerBait or night crawlers. The best reports have come from Eagle Point and Mallard Cove. Trollers are using Wee Dick Nite Copper Red Heads, Sock- ey Slammer Fire Tigers and Needle fish in Red Dot Frog. Trolling very slowly and shal- lowly is the key. Fly-fishing has been consis- tent. The best reports are from Grasshopper and Eagle Point. Call J and J's Grizzly Store and Resort (83q7,0) for the latest information. Frenchman Lake Fishing is picking up at Frenchman according to the folks at Wiggin's Trading Post. Fly fishers and bait an- glers are all picking up nice rainbows in the 14- to 16-inch range. Night crawlers and PowerBait are the preferred offerings. Trolling with Tasmanian Devils or night crawlers be- hind flashers is also working well. LASSEN FAMILY SERVICES INC00 SPONSORS16th THE II k/kN (Real Men Against Assault Nationally) MOTORCYCLE RIDE MAY 12th 2012 ENTRY FEE $30.00/PER MOTORCYCLE RIDERS MAY BE ELIGIBLE TO WIN BACK A PORTION OF THE CASH POT! (Over $3,000.00 in prizes given away last ride) (This is not a poker or alcohol ride/) The ride will take us 200 miles through the beautiful Sierra Mountains starting at Hart's Caf6 (Lassen Shopping Center) if you care to purchase breakfast at a discount. Please register before 10:00am. The ride will begin at 10:30am sharp! We will caravan to Chester (Coffee Station), Greenville, Taylorsville (Young's Market) Quincy (if you care to purchase a Bar-B-Q lunch from the Elks Club Members), continue toward US 395 to Hallelujah Junction (brief stop) continue to Susanville's (Lassen Shopping Center) at approx. 5:00pro for the cash & prize drawings and a discount at Round Table Pizza for all R...MAAN riders. Real men and women will let their actions speak louder than words by taking part in our sixteenth R...MAAN motorcycle ride May 12th. Our goal is to help bring public awareness about the effects of CHILD ABUSE, SEXUAL ASSAULT AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ontheir victims and to echo what many men have already stated, "REAL MEN DON'T COMMIT THESE CRIMES!" We Honor the real men and women who have come forward to lend their support for this cause. If you would like be a snonsor or participate in the ride, please contact Michele M Lassen Family Services P.O. Box 701/1306 Riverside Dr. Susanvme, Ca. 96130 (530) 25%4599