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    Default If you could fish any river in CA this weekend, which would you choose?

    The super high flows of the record winter run off has kept me off the river this summer. It time to chase fish.

    Any suggestions of where to find the best action?

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    I've always been partial to the Owens River below Pleasant Valley Resevoir, especially when runoffs are problematic.

    This time of year hoppers and mouserats under those cutbanks can lead to monumental tussles with browns.

    Have fun no matter where you choose.

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    Could always head to the Mammoth Lakes area. Hit Convict, Hot Creek... list goes on there.

    I was up there on the 4th weekend and the water was so high and fast by Devil's Postpile that we could barely wade. We caught a few there as well as Convict Creek, but nymphing Hot Creek gave us the best results. Strangely we only saw 3-4 other people both days we were there.

    I'm dying to get back up there. Where Allen suggested has been on my list for some time now.

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    Buddy of mine just sent me a picture of 2 monsters he caught on the sacramento up out of Red Bluff

    If I was fishing, personally I am stuck on Eagle Lake Trout up near Susanville Ca. Best tasting fish there is IMO.
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    I would go with a spring-fed creek since the water levels of most of the snow-fed creeks and rivers are still high. Hot Creek near Mammoth, Hat Creek near Burney, or my favorite--the Fall River--near Fall River Mills would be my choices. Tailwaters may be another good choice as they may be restricting flows enough to make them fishworthy. The East Walker near Bridgeport is one of the best tailwaters in CA. That is of course if you don't have a problem catching huge brown trout

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hafwit View Post
    ... The East Walker near Bridgeport is one of the best tailwaters in CA. That is of course if you don't have a problem catching huge brown trout

    Cheers,
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    I agree. A 7wt rod at minimum. I usually take an 8wt there and I've seen others with 10wts. There are some B-I-G browns in that river. Don't be afraid to use big tippets and leaders. When I drag a streamer through some of those deeper pools I've got 15-lb leader on. If I'm fishing dries (my preference) I go lighter but still in the 4lb range.

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    Like I said, the Sacramento River is doing great. small streams are awesome so you could fish any of the good ones like Hat Creek, Deer Creek, Mill Creek. Fall River is good and they all empty into the Sac
    These 2 take off the Sac a few days ago

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    ^^^mmmmm...Striper Tacos! Like candy! Did you catch them on a flyrod?
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    My buddy is off to Bridgeport to fish the East Walker River this weekend. If he has a positive report, I'll let everyone know.

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