Highway 4 streams ripe for fly fishing

July 10, 2003 11:00 pm

Fly fishing is going strong along the Highway 4 corridor, with grasshoppers, black gnats, mosquitoes, duns and attractors all bringing in stream trout.

The afternoon and evening hours are the best because there's lots of surface activity from insect hatches. Beaver Creek is low but still holding plenty of fish, while the North Fork of the Stanislaus River is offering good action at Calaveras Big Trees State Park, the Spicer Reservoir Road and Dorrington at Boards Crossing Road.

The Mokelumne River at Hermit Valley is another good destination.

All the streams are friendly for bait and lures as well as flies. Anglers are advised to have plenty of insect repellant, and to wash the scent of it from their hands and their fishing equipment.

On the high-country lake scene, Kenney Reservoir at the top of Ebbetts Pass has been producing nice rainbows on Power Bait and worms from the short. Fly casters also are working the shoreline with olive woolies.

A few brook trout are being caught at the Highland lakes, but fishing analyst Marla Allison says the streams running from the lakes are better bets. Kastmasters are the best bet at the Mosquito lakes.

Trout angles at New Melones Reservoir are fishing the creeks because the trout in the main body of the lake have gone too deep. Carl Lynch caught a 4.3-pound German brown at 40 feet near the spillway, and Richard Kowski took a 3.4-pound rainbow at 45 feet close to

the dam.

Kowski caught his usual limit of kokanee salmon, and was joined by Brent Hanson, Theresa Allison, Leonard and Phyllis Hancock, Rebecca Cooper, Mark Caesar, Georgia Lynch, Scott Heinrich, John Darroch, Bob Kenton and Pastor Ray Holton (with Fish'n' Dan's Guide Service), Judy Scheaffer, Mike Felts, and Ashley Wolfe with grandfather Joe Hallett.

Alex Niapas won the Glory Hole Sports Big Fish of the

Week Contest with a 12.5-pound catfish caught on

chicken liver in a cover south of Mormon Creek.