Seventeen degrees, perfect for float tubing.
Barb, Christy and I managed to get a couple of days off together, so we decided to head up to the Eagle Lake area. Barb had just finished her first California Heritage Trout Challenge and was ready to try for a second certificate. She wants to catch the other six fish she did not get in her first certificate. That would give her two separate certificates with twelve different fish.
We could of just went to Eagle Lake to catch our fish, but it is a very large and windy lake. I thought it would be better to head up to the hike-to lake, that Andy and I discovered a couple of years ago. It is one of the prettiest lakes I have ever seen. It requires a nice two-mile hike, in the snow.
Enjoying the two-mile hike in.
The lake is part of the Pine Creek drainage. It is not stocked by the DFW and has a remnant population of Eagle Lake Rainbow trout. The lake is extremely clear and is one of the most difficult bodies of water we have ever fished. We have never seen a fish under eighteen inches and they are some of the hardest fighting fish we have ever tangled with.
The water was so clear, it was like fishing in a swimming pool.
Between the freezing cold temperature, the clear water and the small population of fish that live in the lake, I expected an extremely tough bite. Christy and Barb both proved my theory wrong. Christy was the first to hook up and Barb shortly followed with a nice Eagle Laker of her own.
Christy scored first.
Followed by Barb.
The trip was also a first for Barb, because she caught her first fish on the first fly she tied.
Barb's first-tied fly.
Christy hooked a couple of more before I even got a bite. The storm was moving in and my feet were so cold I knew I would not have much time to fish. I really had to catch a couple of fish or I would hear it from these two all the way home. Fortunately I was able to put two in the boat real quick before we had to head out.
I finally caught a couple.
After only getting to fish for about three hours the storm rolled in and we had to hike out. We stopped for dinner at the Lassen Ale Works. It is a great brewery located in the historic Pioneer building in downtown Susanville.
I am so stuffed!!!
An IPA, a blonde, a porter and two dorks.
The next morning we got up real early and stopped at one of the lakes in the Carabou wildernes. The water was so cold we could only fish for a couple of hours. We caught a few small brook trout and headed home.