Lake Almanor trout chasing pond smelt
9/22 --- Tom Maumoynier, owner of The Lake Almanor Fly Fishing Company, said the trout are chasing pond smelt with a decent bite on Wooly Buggers. The size of the Buggers should be the same size as the pond smelt. Pond smelt will increase in size as time passes. Therefore, hook sizes will change accordingly. Try a size #10, 1X and move up, or down in size. If you’re not sure, contact Tom at www.almanorflyfishing.com/.
The insect hatch decreases this time of the year and consist of Caddis, but is minimal at best. Stick with the streamers.
The best areas to fish are Recreation Area #2, the mouth of the Feather River, and the Hamilton Branch. Tom reported that the fish are chasing the pond smelt and are very visible on the surface. With the fish on the surface, those who are sight-fishermen will be delighted.
Keep a tight line and practice catch and release.
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