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UUlletln, ecora, 'rogresslve, eporcer It's all about the Hex Hatch warm and drop and that the fish are moving deeper. I think it might be a short season at Eagle Lake this year. This time of year at Eagle Lake I would work the east shore with Jay Fair Trolling Michael Condon flies. Cinnamon usually Staff Writer works, but if that won't get the fishes' attention try Artic Fox in Fire Tiger or leach patterns "There will be days when the in cinnamon or olive green. fishing is better than one's most optimistic forecast, others Bucks Lake when it is far worse. Either is a The water level at Bucks gain over just staying home." started out low this year and continues to drop. But that -Roderick Haig-Brown Two anglers admire a beautiful fly-caught Lake Davis rainbow hasn't stopped the fishing. Lake Davis trout. Lake Davis rainbows are fat and healthy this year. The Mackinaw are down Lake Davis continues to be Twenty inch fish are common but not always easy to catch, deep now and a little hard to the hot spot in Plumas County. Photo courtesy of Jon Baiocchi come by. But the trout and Davis delivers with some I have t'alked to some I liketostartoffan kokanee salmon are abundant beautiful rainbows and a double anglers who have done very hour or two before the hatch and hungry. , whammy of damsel flies and an The kokanee are still a little evening hatch of Hexagenia. It well, and others who have not by fishing nymphs deep. As on the small side. I like to wait done so well. the evening progresses, I fish until August to target them. is a fly fisher's dream and right Local guide Jon Biaocchi of closer to the surface. uow it's game on. The damsel flies continue to Baiocchi's Troutfitters, has a Once I see some adults, I But the trout are on the prowl. Try the Mill Creek inlet for hatch mid-morning thru early good explanationforthis, switch to an emerger or hungry browns, rainbows, afternoon. On windy days the According to Jon, the cripple patterns. I have come andbrookies. activity slows down a bunch, damsel hatch varies in both to prefer the cripples and In the evening the hex hatch is intensity and duration from emergers to adults but Stream Fishing picking up momentum. Think one day to the next. The wind whether fishing a cripple or Most streams are fishing further complicates things, an adult, I like to give it a reasonable well right now. But about that. You can sleep in The key is to fish when the little twitch to get the fishes' it is hard to say how long that and still have a full day of some of the best fly fishing to wind is calm and to keep attention. That little bit of will last. be had anywhere, moving around until you find motion makes a difference. The water level in many some good action. The other interesting thing local streams looks more like The weather lately has The fish are being selective about the hex hatch this year late August than early July. brought us some windless days and some very windy so bring your A-game. But the is that there seems to be more That is not a good sign for days. The key to a good day at pay-off is worth it. Fat 20-inch smallmouth bass than trout things to come. Davis is to be there when the rainbows are not uncommon, taking the big bugs. I can't say But in the mean time .... for sure if that is a real Deer Creek is fishing well. windTheiSn'tbestblowing.damsel action from Lake Almanor pattern or just what I happen The best fishing is in the 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Look for trout There is still some of the to be seeing. But it doesn't evening when the sun is off cruising the shallow water in usual trolling action at really matter to me. They are the water and trout are rising search of hatching damsels. Almanor but the Hexagenia all hard-fighting big fish. It's to caddis, yellow sallies, and Forget those nice looking hatch is main attraction, all good. golden stones. In the middle of adult damselfly imitations. The hatch starts around 8:30 the day look for deeper pools These attract more anglers in the evening when the sun Eagle Lake and runs to find trout seeking than the fish. Instead, fish dips below the horizon. The I have not heard much from coolwater. hatch can last for up to an Eagle Lake this week except nymph imitations a few feet under the surface, hour. that the water continues to See Fishing, page 6B GOLF, from page 2C GMWGC members played an Ace of Aces Qualifier plus a Beat The Pro tournament, in which the member's net score is compared to the pro's gross score. June's Ace of Aces qualifiers were: Red Tee Division, low gross, Karen Linde; low net, Suzie Wiese. Combo Tee Division, low net, Ann Pratt. Graeagle's Head Professional Bob Kline shot a gross 76 in his round Thursday. The following members shot a net 75 or lower to Beat The Pro: Holly Anderson, Lorraine Cornish, Carol Desmond, Ellen Fearing, Annie Fischer, Giuliana Glazer, Karen Linde, Ann Pratt and Suzie Wiese. Cheryl Brennan tied Bob with a net 76. Congratulations also go to the following for achieving chip-ins: Giuliana Glazer, Ann Pratt and Dink Rife. To have your golf results and club news included in this weekly section, email the information to by Friday at 3p.m. Wednesday, July 2, 2014 Elizabeth and Tom Archer enjoy a laugh with cyclists during the meal served inside the Sierraville fire department garage after riders completed the annual Tour de Manure on June 21. The route riders took stretched through Sierra County and into Plumas County. Photo by Laura Read Tour de Manure attr, :ts record attendance James Wilson Sports Editor According to Doug Read, founder of the Tour de Manure, it keeps getting bigger and bigger and better and better. This year's metric-century ride brought in a record number of riders at 433. When the ride first started six years ago, it attracted around 120 riders. Each year more and more people kept coming back to Sierra County for the annual ride, and this year it hit its largest number yet. The annual event was created by Read as a fundraiser for the Sierraville Fire and Rescue Department. "We wanted to do something other than a pancake breakfast," recalled Read. "We thought this would be the perfect spot for street bikers. It's mostly flat and it's paved the whole way." The ride offered 62, 42 and 30-mile options that started and ended in Sierraville. The 62-mile route looped into Plumas County territory, passing through Beckwourth. After riders completed their courses, they were treated to an after party consisting of a hot meal and some live music. Though Read wasn't entirely sure how much was raised for the fire department, he said it was rather substantial nearing $15,000. The fundraiser was made possible vastly by local support. The aid stations, after party and set up was all done voluntarily. To find out more about the Tour de Manure, go to 3C: