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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015 7C A woolly bugger might be the ticket for challenging summerfishing Michael Condon Staff Writer The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope. John Buchan There is a reason why the woolly bugger is one of the most popular fishing flies ever. All fly fishers know the woolly bugger, or just plain "bugger," as a go-to fly in almost any situation. The woolly bugger is normally tied on a long shank hook with a chenille body and hackle feather tied in a spiral around the body. The tail is made of marabou. The result is a fly that is fished below the surface and has a very enticing undulating motion. There are many variations on the woolly bugger design. They are usually tied in black or dark brown to imitate leeches. Leeches are often • overlooked as important trout food. They are found in most lakes and streams and are a mainstay of the trout's diet. The undulating natural fibers of the woolly bugger do a great job of imitating the undulating motion of a swimming leech. In lakes that have pond smelt, like Bucks Lake, Butt Lake and Lake Almanor, try small (size 10 or 12) light colored wooly buggers in addition to the larger (size 6 or 8) dark colored ones. At Eagle Lake, where Tui chub are one of the primary forage fish, a cinnamon colored wooly bugger or its cousin the Jay Fair trolling flies are very effective. Fly fishers are not the only ones who can take advantage of the effectiveness of the woolly bugger. Spin fishers can attach a small weight in front of the fly. Cast the fly, let it sink, and then retrieve it with a jigg gmotion to givethe fly its eductive action. If you are unsure of what the trout, or for that matter bass, are feeding on, you can't go wrong with a dark colored woolly bugger whether you are fishing a small alpine lake, a large reservoir, a rolling river or the proverbial babbling brook. Lake Almanor Surface temperatures are in the low to mid 70 degree range by afternoon. Relatively mild weather and cooler over-night temperature have slowed the increase in water temperature. PG&E has been pulling more water from Lake Almanor. The dropping water levels has slowed the fishing. But the lake levels have stabilized for now and the fishing is picking up again. The bright spot on Lake Almanor is Hamilton Branch. The cooler• inflow has attracted large numbers of fish (and anglers). Trollers are working the east shore. Patient anglers are bringing in a few fish. Fish early and troll deep. Try a threaded crawler behind a dodger about 35 feet deep. Bait fishing and jigging from stationary boats anchored over springs is effective this time of year. Try Big Springs, the A Frame, and the Snag (just up the east shore from the dam). Use white jigs or grubs. The bass are back on the bite according to Ben Williams of Fishdog Outdoors guide service. Ben recommends top water baits early in the morning and plastic worms or grubs midday. Fish the fiats in six to 12 feet of water. Ben says the fish are where you fred them so you just Megan Dalling and Teri DuBose fish they caught on a half-day Dog Outdoors. Photo submitted need to keep moving until you hit a good spot. Contact Ben at Butt Lake Try pond smelt or midges below the powerhouse or the mouth of Butt Creek. Be patient, this is not easy fishing. Early morning or late evening is the best times to fish. Smallmouth bass are still biting. Try drop shot rigs. Lake Davis Fishing is reported to be about the same and that means slow. Bank anglers at Mallard are picking up a few fish early in the morning. Catfish are being caught at Fairview, Mallard and Coot according to the folks at J and J Grizzly Resort. Fly fishing and trolling are slow. The lake level is below 50 percent. Antelope Lake Antelope Lake is worth checking out right now. Most of our local reservoirs were developed for hydroelectric operations. Hydropower and downstream water obligations dictate how t/Birthday Birth Anniversary • • • Graduation V New Job or Promotion I## Any Other Special Occasion :" rb :- ................................ PPv n OTH ANNIV RSAF Y William ("Bill") and Angela Elliott's family wish to congratu them on 50 loving years of mar The couple met on a blind d while they both attended Sacramento State University, and they'~'-~~ I married on July 18, 1965 in Sacramento. The bride's brothers sent a telegram on their wedding night proclaimin~"Hinister not ordained. STO~HaveAngela home by midnight. 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MADDEN Marc or Holly Cherl or Valorle Roger Valorle 283-0800 258-3115 832-4646 258-3115 of Chico with a few of the 25 trip with Ben Williams of Fish water levels are managed in those reservoirs. Antelope is different. It was built for flood control and recreation purposes. It is managed under a different set of rules that allow water managers to leave more water in the lake later into the summer. As a result, the water level at Antelope is still relatively high now. Because of its relatively high elevation, the water is on the cool side. Trollers and bank anglers alike are doing well with the standard arsenal of trout lures and baits. slow side due largely to search of cooler water. Most decreasing fly hatches, lower fish and most anglers are in flows and warmer water, the lower section, but fishing Successful anglers are is reported to be good all the fishing early in the morning way to Walker Lake. before the sun is on the Yellow Creek flows water. Concentrate on deeper through beautiful Humbug pools, especially below good Valley, a few miles west of riffles and rapids where the Lake Almanor. It starts out water can get oxygenated, as a very small spring fed Fly anglers should try creek and gradually grows terrestrial patterns like into a respectable sized creek flying ants and hoppers. Of as it picks up water from course woolly buggers will more and more springs. work too. Size 18 or 20 dark Those springs help to colored midges are also a maintain cool flows well into good choice, the summer when many of The North Fork of the the snow fed creeks are Feather above Almanor is losing flow and warming up. low but there is some Yellow Creek is in good evening hatch according to shape right now and there Tom Maumoynier of the are plenty of hoppers and Lake Almanor Fly Fishing other terrestrial insects Company on Main Street in along the banks. If you enjoy Old Towne Chester. The the challenge of spring creek many springs in the upper fishing the upper meadow is watershed are helping to worth a visit. keep water temperatures at a Be prepared for reasonable level, challenging fishing. These Flows in nearby Warner fish seem to be well educated Creek and Susan River are and they are good at both very low according to schooling even the most Tom. Deer Creek is fed by experienced anglers. numerous springs and so the Below the campground the flow and temperature are streams take on the still decent, characteristics of a free stone Tom suggests fishing dry stream. The fish are a bit flies in the afternoon below smaller here, but also a bit falls. Mill Creek is best in the more forgiving. evening. Use dark colored Humbug Valley is a special flies, place whether you are a ' Hamilton Branch may be history buff, bird watcher, the most productive stream native plant lover or angler. in the area as fish move from It is worth the drive over the lake into the lower the slightly dusty and bumpy reaches of the stream in dirt road to get there. Frenchman Lake The lake is low and all boat ramps are out of the water. I have heard bank anglers are still catching a few near the dam, but I would look elsewhere. For the most recent reports, call Wiggin's Trading Post at 993-4683. Stream Fishing Fishing pressure is light on most area streams. The fishing is definitely on the • Topsoil & Manure.L.12 yards, delivered* $350 • Manure Only ........... 12 yards, delivered* $350 - Screened and Processed - SAND & GRAVEL AVAILABLE Call (530) *Susanville area, call for outlying areas. at www.catspaws.petfir , .o,,.ancat,.et ers..OW. 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