May 20th, 2011
Scott, a Redding local was treated to a guided trip with Shasta Trout owner and guide Craig Nielsen by his good friend Curtis as a thank you for the many trips Scott has provided Curtis in Scott’s driftboat. Scott has been regularly fishing the Lower Sacramento, for ten years now as it is right out his door so he knows it well. He is also an exceptionally skilled angler and his good deeds were rewarded on this day with his second largest trout from the Lower Sac to date.
The day featured a Pale Morning Dun hatch that started in the late morning and lasted all day. Some summer caddis starting hatching midday but the trout stayed on the PMD’s. They were taking very softly so it was difficult to hook fish and particularly hard to keep them hooked. When the fish came to net, the hook fell out as soon as the tension was released on all but a few. This hawg, which obviously has never missed a meal, ate a small beadhead Pheasant Tail nymph dead drifted at a point where a side channel entered the river. By landing this beast, Scott enter’s Shasta Trout’s Hawg of Fame.
Curtis and Scott enjoyed an incredible day featuring a steady bite and a few double hook ups, while the average size of the fish they hooked was exceptional as well. The day was capped with a view of the Solar Eclipse from the river. Thanks Curtis, what a gift!