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2C Wednesday, June 17, 2015 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Insect hatches provid,0000 angling opportunity Michael Condon Staff Writer mcondon@plumasnews.com "The best fishermen I know try not to make the same mistakes over and over again; instead they strive to make new and interesting mistakes and remember what they learned from them." ---John Gierach This is an exciting time of year for many fly anglers. The much-awaited "Hex hatch" has begun. "Hex" is short for Hexagenia limbata, an aquatic insect and important food source for fish. Although common in many • parts of the countrY, the Hex is only found in a few California waters. Three of those, Lake Almanor, Butt Lake and Lake Davis, are right in our backyard. Lake Davis is a new addition to the list. The Hex showed up at Davis in noticeable numbers just a couple years ago. Davis has ideal habitat for this mud-loving bug and the population seems to have exploded there. So why is the Hex hatch a big deal? Hex are big. They are big enough (just shy of 2 inches long) that they bring big trout, salmon and bass to the surface for some very aggressive feeding• Most of the bugs trout feed on are small. It can take a lot of work, and a lot of energy, to fill up on tiny morsels. But for roughly the same expenditure of energy, the Hexagenia provides a meal many times larger than that provided by their smaller relatives. The Hex are only available for a few weeks. The immature nymphs burrow into the muddy bottom of a lake or slow-moving stream. They spend many months living in their muddy burrows only coming out to feed in the dark of night. But in June, after molting as many as 30 times, the nymphs are ready to hatch into sexually immature adults called "duns." This is the time when the Hex are most vulnerable to hungry fish.. They rise to the surface slowly and once at the surface they shed their nymphal case and the adult hatches• The adult struggles • in the surface film as it frees itself from the nymphal case (or shuck) and dries itself off before taking flight. Not all of the Hex mayflies make it. Many are eaten by birds, bats or fish. Others, known as cripples, get stuck in their nymphal shucks and never successfully emerge. Their struggle on the water's surface sends out little ripples that attract predators. The mayfiy's main strategy for survival during this critical once-a-year mating ritual is through sheer numbers. Many do not survive to mate. But they are so numerous that many do survive and the population thrives. Hundreds of mayflies and all of those feeding birds and fish make for quite a spectacle. You may have spent a lot of time on one of the lakes the Hex inhabit but have never seen them. That is probably because all of this activity is condensed into about a 45-minute period just as it is getting dark. It you are a nature lover, even if not an angler, this is still a sight to see. If you want to fish the Hex hatch: head to the water an hour or two before dark. Look for,water between 8 and 20 feet deep over a muddy bottom. Use a weighted fly or a weighted leader and let Your nymph settle to the bottom. Pull it up 2 or 3 feet, pause, then let it settle back down. Repeat this several times before casting again. Sometimes this takes a trout, and sometimes it just • gives you something to do while you wait for the real action to start. Hatches begin just before sunset, so take a flashlight with you. When you see duns on the surface, forget the nymph and tie on a dry. I have had much better response fishing emergers or cripple patterns rather than adults. Occasionally impart some action to the fly; the naturals can be quite active, especially while attempting to emerge. But hold on. There are some very big fish cruising for these big mayflies. Fishing the Hex hatch successfully requires the right combination of gear, location and technique• It can be a little intimidating at first. If you don't have a friend to show you the ropes, I recommend hiring a guide. It can be a little pricey, but it is money well spent. It is a good investment in a shortened learning curve. For guides on Lake Almanor check with Tom Maumoynier at the Lake See Fishing, page 3C GOLF RESULTS Plumas Pines Men's Club On Thursday, June 4, 20 golfers beat the afternoon thundershowers and played a game Of individual low net. It was very close competition as two flights went to card-offs to decide the outcome. Here are the winners: Watson Flight 1st 64 Jim Nelson 2nd 65 Brad Clark 3rd 69 Paul Jeglum Kuchar Flight 1st 71 Frank Motzkus (card-off) 2nd 71 Barry Mitchell 3rd 76 Terry Bergstrand Trevino Flight - Gold Tees 1st 63 Jim Talbott (card-off) 2nd 63 Ernie Givani T3 68 Bill Grijalva T3 68 Michael Peters Low gross honors for the day go to Kim Roberts with a three-birdie round of 76. Honorable mentions to Jim Nelson for his back nine score of 35 and Ernie Givani who shot his age from the gold tees with a score of 82. Wow! Whitehawk Ranch Ladies Golf Club On a beautiful day, the ladies at Whitehawk shed their jackets and sweaters and got ready to play Cha Cha Cha -- one best ball, two best balls and three best balls (repeated)• The payout was the top low net team. Not expecting to win was the team of Marcia Zeigler, Lynn Smith, Virginia Luhring and the lovely blind draw. Their score was 125. Nice playing, ladies. Graeagle Meadows Men's Club Monday, June 8, the Graeagle Meadows Men's Club held its annual Two-Man Scramble & Ladies Night dinner. Sixteen players teed it up from the combo tees, with the team of Norm Nichols and Marv Pierce taking first place with a net 64. Bill Kennedy and Dennis Chegwin were second with 65, while Jim Bilger and Jim Reynolds took third with 66. There were only five teams playing from the white tees. Bryan Hansen and John Mitchell won with a net score of 66. Tied for second, with 67, were the teams of Ken Hattich and Woody Miller and Tom Taylor and Tom Balestri. Afterward, the players and spouses met at the Graeagle picnic grounds for drinks, dinner and good cheer. Recent weather has kept golfers watching the skies with many keeping their clubs in the garage. But it looks like the heat is on and hopefully we can all enjoy this great game on all the beautiful courses here in Plumas County. LACC Women's Golf Club On June 2 before their monthly club meeting, the members of the Lake Almanor Country Club Women's Golf Club played a game of the Hatfields against the McCoys. The McCoys won with a score of 73 over the Hatfields' 53. Carol Lunsford made two birdies, one on hole No. 12 and the other on hole No. 18. Chip-ins were made by Nancy Foote, hole No. 3, and Collette Prentke, hole No. 8. Jude Morse made a simple chip-in on hole No. 2 and then went on to make a fabulous chip-in on hole No. 11 from 87 yards! On June 9, the club members played a game of Three Blind Mice, in which the tournament chairpeople threw out three random holes chosen by the Pro Shop after regulation play before determining the winners. In Flight 1, Carol Fara and Trudy Leete tied for first place, and Carol Lindsford took third place. In Flight 2, Toddy Cutler, Lee Hunter and Karen Schmidt tied for first place. In Flight 3, Peggy Lentz came in first, Jean Rolls in second, and Nancy Foote and Linda Yaap tied for third place. Birdies were made by Toddy Cutler and Carol Fara on hole No. 8 and Trudy Leete on hole No. 6. And the many chip-ins: Madeline Furman on hole No. 2, Trudy Leete on hole No. 6, Nancy Foote on hole No. 11, Collette Prentke on hole No. 12, Carol Fara on hole No. 14 and Peggy Lentz on hole No. 17. Mt. Huff Golf Course The weatherman "promised us rain for Wednesday, June 10, but it failed to materialize in Indian Valley. That was not-so-good for the meadows, but it allowed a great round of golf at the Wednesday Morning Scramble. In first place at 10 under par was the team of Darel Joseph, Wayne Lichti and Mike Ingle. In second place at 8 under par, we saw Ron Christensen, Dick Grace and Mike Rutledge. A three-way tie on the chip-in gave kudos to Matt Rutledge, Darel Joseph and Loren Lindner. "Almost doesn't count," they say, but boy, Jerry Hobbs came real close to a hole-in-one as he nit the pin and bounced back only 2 inches. Next time, Jerry! With the threat of rain long gone, the Thursday Evening Scramble went off just as the heat of the day was diminishing. In first place at 6 under par, were Mike Taddei, Ralph Cote and Matt Rutledge. A chip-off gave the second-place standing, also at 6 under par, to Greg Stevens, Jeff Stevens and Darel Joseph. The long drive on hole No. 2 was hit by Mike Taddei; Darel Joseph came in closest to the pin on No. 8. If you stayed for the meal after the play, Ashley's chicken cacciatore was the bomb! Plumas Pines Women's Golf Club Plumas Pines Women's Golf Club had a great turnout Tuesday, June 9. Several members competed in their first round of match play. Everyone else played the game of the day, which was Scratch Three. The play day winners were first place, Dottie Hattich; second place, Connie Raheb; third place, ' Jan Anderson; tied for fourth place, Mary Stonebraker and Renee Walker. Jan Anderson, Cathy Cianciolo, Lana Janovick and Mary Stonebraker each scored a chip-in. To have golf results and club news included in this weekly section, email the information to sports@plumasnews.com by Friday at '3 p.m. PROTECTYOUR H OME Property From Wildfire Chain Saw Work • Piling & Burning ° Machine Brushing Certified Hand Crews • First 100" Defensible Space Yard Raking, Gutter Cleaning, etc. Scan this QR code to get our App and tickets • Little Big Town Concert 6/16 • Xtreme Bulls, Thursday 6/18 • Parade, Saturday 6/20 • Nightly Carnival. noon weekends JUNE 18- 27 800-325-SEAT. RenoRndeo.ciim |