June 20-24, 2012 Lake Davis Outing
Some members will be arriving as early as Wednesday, June 20th, others as time permits. Please indicate if attending on the club's Facebook Event page.
Fishmiester: Harvey Hamlow
Location: 7 miles north of Portola on Grizzly Road.
Directions from Stockton: Hwy 99 to Hwy 80 to Truckee. North on Hwy. 89 to Hwy. 70. Left on Hwy. 70 to Grizzly Road. Right on Grizzly Road to Grizzly Campground. Distance: App. 200 miles.
Campground: Grizzly Campground, Plumas National Forest. RESERVATIONS: 1-877-444-6777 or make on-line reservation. 54 campsites, no pull throughs, no hookups, no showers, centralized water, flush toilets, waste station ($5). Rates: $20 per night. Note: Grasshopper Flats Campground (the club's usual venue) is closed until July 1st for renovation.
Alternative Camping with full hookups and Amenities:
J&J Grizzly Store and Camping Resort
Address: 7552 Lake Davis Road. Portola, CA. 96122
Store (530) 832-0270
mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgOn Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/J-Js-Grizzly-Store-and-Camping-Resort/356509517313
We have 34 full hook up RV and Tent Sites available, $25 per night. A two night minimum is requested on weekends.
General Store and a Frosty Hamburger Stand!
In our General Store, we carry the "HOT" Lake Davis fishing equipment. We also carry fishing and hunting licenses, fire wood, ice, beer, sodas, worms, and "the normal forgotten items". Our General Store is open daily for those "forgotten items".
New as of 6/4/2012: Overflow camping
Sleepy Hollow RV Park
3810 Grizzly Road
P. O. Box 1267
Portola, California 96122
3 1/2 miles from lake
Note: Sleepy Hollow has NO RESTROOMS OR SHOWERS
Fish species: Rainbow and brown trout
4-6 weight rods
Floating to Type II lines
Waders and boots
Float Tubes, pontoon boats, kayaks, canoes, prams
Flies: See Hatch Chart
Lake Davis is considered one of California's premier trout lakes and is considered prime for fishing from May through July. Don Rotsma, well known Lake Davis guide, states on his website, Fly Fish with Don, "Lake Davis is one of California's or even the west's best trophy rainbow fisheries...
The shallow coves and long points on the west side of the lake are best for fly fishing. These areas hold the majority of the aquatic insects and vast weed beds that are more conducive to fish taking artificial imitations...
The most exciting time of the year to fish is usually in May and lasts until sometimes the end of July. This is the famous damsel fly hatch that brings large rainbows (averaging two plus pounds and sometimes reaching as much as 6 or 7 pounds!) into the shallows and surface cruising for the nymphs and sometimes adults. The fishing can be nerve-racking with many large rainbows slashing the water containing thousands of migrating nymphs trying to reach shore or some vegetation to hatch. You only hope they take your imitation along with the other "real" food. At the same time, blood midge hatches, mayflies, snails, scuds, caddis flies, dragon flies, leeches, and even flying ants provide good action when the damsels are slow. Evenings and early mornings provide some exciting midge fishing with some of the blood midges reaching size 10! At dark, the fish get careless in pursuit of egg laying midges and pupae in the surface. Ironically, most fly fishermen have left the water long before the evening opportunities."