Trip Report Hex Hatch & Mourning

On this trip I caught only one fish and will probably never return for another try, not because the fishing wasn't fun (it was), not because hitting it on the right evening couldn't be spectacular (it could), not because it wasn't an absolutely beautiful place to be (it was truly beautiful). Here's my report...

For the second 4th of July in a row my wife and I rendezvoused with our son and his fiancé at her family's wonderful, historic lodge. Built in the late 1920's it served as a destination resort for years. It eventually fell into disrepair and was purchased by her family, locals who'd always dreamed of enjoying it but were too blue collar to afford such dreams. They embarked on a long labor of love, restoring the old lodge and enjoying wonderful times with extended family and friends. We got to visit twice, each of the last two July 4th holidays. This last visit a month ago had my wife and I in the "Clint Room", named that because Clint Eastwood staying in that room for over a month while filming a movie. Besides my wife, our son and his fiancé, another couple dozen friends and family were at the Lodge as well. It was festive and special. The Lodge was magical.

An added benefit was the Lodge's close proximity to a lake known for great Hexagenia hatches and large trout that chase the bugs near shore as dark approaches. The first year we fished with a guide and missed a couple strikes but we learned how simple the hex fishing really was and so when we visited the Lodge again this summer my son and I hit the hatch again on July 3rd with our own flies and float tubes. Unfortunately, searing heat all week put the fish down even though the hex's did their thing as dusk arrived. Just as it got too dark to see our flies any more, a huge fish launched four feet out of the water to the right of where I thought my fly was, moving like a missile further right. As I gaped at the fish, I finally realized it was attached to my line which seemed to be oddly pulling to the right in the dark...YEEHAWWW! The battle ensued and a healthy 18" rainbow found the bottom of my net, illuminated by the light on my fishing hat. When we got back to the lodge around 10:30pm the lodges guests of 24 friends and family members were very pleased to hear we had success although I determined to try it again another year to hit a night when the temps were cooler and the fish more active.

Sadly, that next year will not come. The Lodge was located 1/2 mile uphill and west of Greenville CA. It, and the entire, quirky, historic town of Greenville are gone in one tragic day. I'm in mourning today. https://www.sacbee.com/news/california/fires/article253278813.html
 
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para_adams

Active Member
This is just awful. I an so sorry.
That Dixie Fire as well as the Bootleg fire near Klamath make you more edgy about any fire activity in the areas around Bend and Sunriver. I'm hoping for the best and for good fire management in Central Oregon. And for a multiple years' long drought.
 

Robert Engleheart

Robert
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I heard about Greenville this morning and am very sad. I know the lake(s) of which you speak and many of the nearby waters. I worked in the area for a couple years in ‘94-95.
Sorry for the family. I know it can’t be replaced but hope they were well insured.
 

PV_Premier

Active Member
California is in real hot water right now. Our jobs are there, and if there'd been no uncertainty about the long term future of remote work, this would have been the year we cut the cord and moved full time out here to our place in Idaho and just kept a cheap apartment or condo there.

In addition to the impacts on Almanor, most of the lower half of the upper Trinity river is also on fire right now in the Monument Fire.

The upper Sac burned again from Lakehead up to Pollard Flat.

Next year, I likely won't even buy a CA fishing license.
 

Travis Bille

Active Member
California is in real hot water right now. Our jobs are there, and if there'd been no uncertainty about the long term future of remote work, this would have been the year we cut the cord and moved full time out here to our place in Idaho and just kept a cheap apartment or condo there.

In addition to the impacts on Almanor, most of the lower half of the upper Trinity river is also on fire right now in the Monument Fire.

The upper Sac burned again from Lakehead up to Pollard Flat.

Next year, I likely won't even buy a CA fishing license.
We're all watching the Monument Fire pretty close here. I have a friend who's home is threatened right now. It's horrible over here right now
 

sakuramasu

New Member
Fished Almanor from mid-June through early July this year. Usually spend at least a week there during the hatch - COVID silver lining let me work remotely and fish it from beginning to end. Tragic to think about all of the damage to surrounding creeks and forests where I've spent so much time. Even more tragic to think about all of the people who have been displaced and have lost homes, pets, and other valuables. Hoping it was more of a matrix in spots and didn't kill everything in its path. Anxious to get back down there to see.
 

PV_Premier

Active Member
We're all watching the Monument Fire pretty close here. I have a friend who's home is threatened right now. It's horrible over here right now

It's all gonna be torched from Cedar Flat bridge up to Big Flat for sure and maybe all the way to JC, both sides of the river. It sounds like most of the structural loss was in the Big Flat/Big Bar area, some in Helena...Burnt Ranch and JC (so far) faring better.

Every update from the USFS on the fire mentions that they don't have enough resources to do anything but defend structures. They finally increased helicopter and water tender numbers assigned to the fire, for awhile they were trying to manage it with only two choppers, now they have 7 supposedly. There is a landslide along 299 near Del Loma that is also a major nightmare for firefighting operations.
 

CreekScrambler

Active Member
California is in real hot water right now. Our jobs are there, and if there'd been no uncertainty about the long term future of remote work, this would have been the year we cut the cord and moved full time out here to our place in Idaho and just kept a cheap apartment or condo there.

In addition to the impacts on Almanor, most of the lower half of the upper Trinity river is also on fire right now in the Monument Fire.

The upper Sac burned again from Lakehead up to Pollard Flat.

Next year, I likely won't even buy a CA fishing license.
I wonder if property values in CA will drop or enter a long-term stall as it gradually becomes mostly desert and water runs out for good.
 

Travis Bille

Active Member
I wonder if property values in CA will drop or enter a long-term stall as it gradually becomes mostly desert and water runs out for good.
I just bought a house in Eureka for this very reason. My opportunity to buy a house where I live was about to slam shut with fires, COVID (Bay Area folks realizing they can work remotely and not live in the Bay Area) and Humboldt State University being announced as the newest CA polytechnic school. Humboldt is about to be discovered.
 

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