I fished Hat Creek all day Friday and Saturday. Friday I took my bamboo rod down to the flats and tried my luck throwing dries at those picky fish. I had a couple of refusals at that first bend below the riffle, and a couple more at the bend above Wood Duck Island but no takers. Saw a LOT of sucker fish, two big pods of them with about 15 fish in each. I don't know if they are getting through the fish barrier or if they are holdovers and are breeding like crazy, but I've never seen so many. Saturday I fished the powerhouse riffle. There were 4/6 people there and plenty of room to move around. Fishing was slow, I was trying my Euro setup for the first time and got 4 and then another two in the evening on dries. One really nice fat fish about 18 inches. Saw some golden stones come off and some BIG salmonflies....managed to get the evening fish in the section above the parking lot on a big size 6 orange and black stimulator. Met some really nice people too! we were all on the same schedule...fished a few hours in the am, stopped for a sandwich and beer...fished a few more hours in the afternoon....stopped for a beer and a snack....and fished a couple more hours at dusk. In between we swapped big fish stories and hung out. Good times!! (in the lower section below the park where the water is fast and shallow, tight lining with a low rod tip and just a foot or two of leader outside the rod tip works for me)
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