It took three days to find something that worked at Lake Almanor on my weekend trip at the end of the summer. I went to the dark side and started out trying to do some spin rod fishing using Rapala lures and trolling speedy shiners and Silvertrons. I feel like I tried everything in the tackle box. The only thing caught was one 15 inch salmon, a blue gill and a couple bass. The last day I noticed that the fish were rolling on top and it looked like they were chasing fish and not hitting flies on top of the water. I decided to pull out the fly rod. I tried a fly that is suppose to look like a tiny dead fish that sits on top of the water with no luck. I also tried a while clouser minnow and got nothing. I then tried a white zonker type streamer. This was the money maker. I had 4 bites in 5 - 10 minutes and caught 2 decent fish (should have had 4). I wish I had pulled out my fly rod two days earlier!
Finally found the right fly!
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