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Hat Creek Ranch

In Recent Trip, Tips & Tricks on April 10, 2010 at 11:33 am


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View of Hat Creek

Spring break was rapidly approaching and my wife and I were desperately trying to find something fun to do with the kids. We hadn’t had a vacation for close to two years, being freelance photographers, with two kids, it is always hard for us to coordinate anything long term especially in the summer months. It also happened that the kids spring break fell right around my birthday week (yes we celebrate birthdays for a week in our little family), so it became clear we needed to find a place that was kid friendly and had some fly fishing in the off season. I called my friends at The Fly Shop in Redding to see if they had any suggestions and they just had the perfect place for us, Hat Creek Ranch near Burney, CA. While Hat Creek was still closed for fishing for the season, the Ranch itself had three private trout ponds that were open all year.  Needless to say it didn’t take much arm twisting to convince us to jump on it.

What makes Hat Creek Ranch so perfect for families is its location.  Burney Falls and Lassen Volcanic National Park are near by and are a must visit, but there are many other scenic places you can discover.  And there is of course some great fly fishing in the area, including the lower blue ribbon section of Hat Creek, the Fall River and the Pit River. Even in the off season there is still some great fly fishing to be had, the Pit River and Baum Lake are open all year.

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When the fishing is tough, the tough shoot pictures

In Recent Shoot, Recent Trip on February 10, 2009 at 1:27 am

Here are some images from my latest steelhead fishing trip. The fishing was tough, due to the fact that there were only a few steelhead in the system.  It also didn’t help that Fish and Game closed the coastal rivers on us. The good news is that when the fishing is bad I tend to shoot more. I will add these images to my commercial online gallery once I have completed the series. 

Here is a sneak peek…..