I just got back from 5 days down in Northern California fly fishing with a 5 friends from the Bay Area with whom I’ve been fishing for 30 years. We spent several days fishing Hat Creek and Manzanita Lake. Lots of fun fishing nymphs and dries on Hat Creek, and chironomids on Manzanita Lake. I fished my 8′ 0″ 5 wt slow action Spring Creek Series bamboo rod during this trip, and it produced well. Here are a few photos from my trip.
A #14 tan ant pattern that worked well during the day on Hat Creek.
A nice Hat Creek Rainbow that took my ant pattern.
A colorful Salmon Fly hanging out in the grass.
A small but colorful little brown that took a #14 Elk Hair Caddis dry.
A nice unusually colored brown trout that took a #16 Pale Evening Dun pattern one evening on Hat Creek.
Launching our float tubes at Manzanita Lake.
A beautiful Manzanita Lake Brown trout that took a #14 black and red chironomid.
This big rainbow took a #16 brown and green chironomid pattern.