What would you say if you had the opportunity to fish a lake full of gigantic trout that had not seen a fly in over two year? On December 4th, my cousin Wayne arranged a trip to Eagle Canyon Trout Ponds near Shingletown in Northern California. The Ponds are a pay to fish , catch and release fly fishing only destination that has trout from 4 to 23 lbs! I drove up to Orland the night before and Wayne Syn, Benson Kanemoto and I rolled up on the pond around 8:00AM. Also at the ponds were a pair of anglers one of which, Carl Blackledge, was there to write an article for Salmon Trout and Steelheader Magazine.
SEE THE 20lb TROUT ON THE 5 wgt! (6:39)
Most of the fish were larger than 4 lbs. Benson and Wayne both hooked fish over ten pounds. Wayne and Benson used a variety of flies and techniques that work equally well. Copper Jons under indicators, chartreuse Leeches and ‘boobie flies” I used olive and rust leeches with success. The largest fish of the day was a triploid over 15 lbs. It took half an hour to resuscitate and i must say that the smaller fish fought harder. However, I can not remember ever having landed such a large trout in Northern California ever.
I had a chance to film the event with the new D7000 and I must say, the quality of the low light video was superb.
These are stills from the video of the biggest fish I landed estimated to be around 25lbs, Where is a cameraman when you need one. Video was on tripod on bank.