Report by one of our regular guests Dave:
"High winds made parts of the day tougher but we had a fairly consistent bite throughout the day. About half way through action on stripped flies slowed but the fish got grabby when we switched to nymphs under indicators. We all caught fish and landed about 25 fish between the 3 of us with a couple in the 28” range. The fish looked at fought well with plenty of LDR's too. This was my third trip this year and was my best in the 2017 season."
It's getting buggy at Eagle Canyon! I stopped by for an hour this afternoon and the mayflies were really coming off. A lot of fish were rising in both ponds. I saw a few big fish in some very skinny water hunting for hatching mayflies. There were a lot of baetis and callibaetis, plus a few terrestrials. Not sure if they were termites or flying ants, but they were big and I'm sure the fish were eating a few.
This is the best time of year to catch a huge Eagle Canyon rainbow on a dry fly. I like to sight-fish in the shallows with a parachute adams and a small nymph dropper just about 10 inches below.
Mating flying ants
March 25: Fun times @ EC
Had perfect weather yesterday at Eagle Canyon for some fun stillwater action.
Morning was a bit slow but things picked up once we got a little chop on the water.
Streamers, nymphs and midges worked best for us both stripping and under an
Conditions at the lake are great right now with hatches going on throughout the day to keep you busy.
Troy with a nice one!
This rainbow towed Ron around for a bit.
Skip from southern California had this to say about his trip to Eagle Canyon today:
"We all caught fish and had an excellent time. Lower lake was hot. Heater got us warm for lunch. Coffee in the morning was a nice touch. We would do it again in a heart beat. Thanks Skip. By the way....The Fish were gigantic and made for big smiles"
Fishing was good today at Eagle Canyon, but we had to wait for it. The weather was incredible all day with just the slightest breeze and a great view of Mt. Lassen. Fishing was tough all morning with cruising fish refusing our flies time and again. We had a little action on a brown rubberlegs size 8 but mostly refusals. The bite turned on around 2pm and the fly of the day was the "baetis nymph" pattern formerly of Idywilde Flies and now sold by Umpqua, size 16 or 18. It's a drab grey pattern with a bead and no flashy stuff. It worked well fished under an indicator. We fished a lot of 5X tippet today - that was a challenge but it seemed to help get us more grabs. The bite got really good around 4 to 5pm.
Jackie with a big one
Here are some photos from our guests at Eagle Canyon today. Fishing was pretty tough, but about 8 nice fish were landed.
February 24: Brrr!
Conditions were chilly and breezy for the Cal-Shingle group last Friday.
The fish just weren't into it until things started to thaw out a bit. After lunch the grab turned on and several nice fish were brought to the net.
We're starting to see hatches of March Browns (size 14ish). Coaxing a monster rainbow to hit your dry fly is an absolute blast!
February 12: Fun times at EC
Beautiful sunny weather at Eagle Canyon this weekend. Fishing was a bit technical at times, but wasn't anything whiskey and some patience couldn't help overcome! Small rubber legs & emergers was the hot ticket this weekend.
Armand with a monster!
Father+sons posing w a nice one!