Weather worries don’t impede on fishing trip
Early last month I had the good fortune to travel north to Goodrich Creek, located on the 101 ranch about 16 miles west of Susanville on Highway 36. It is a private spring creek that the Reno Fly Shop and Truckee River Outfitters book through their operation. The creek itself is about two and a half miles in length on the property.
I had heard that the spring creek offered some pretty good fishing and so I was anxious to give it a try. Booking a trip through the Reno Fly Shop or Truckee River Outfitters is a good option for those who wish to fish some private waters.
I found them to be extremely well-organized and very helpful. Both owners who handle the bookings for Goodrich Creek, Dave Stanley and Rob Anderson, were extremely accommodating. They provided us with updates via telephone and provided a lot of written material to assist our planning for the trip. Their service is one that you should certainly consider, along with the many destinations that they book.
Going as early as we did in the season meant a couple of things:
First, the weather may be a crapshoot. Second, the water conditions may be of concern. Unfortunately for us, the weather proved to be very bad, but the water was very fishable.
The first thing my partners and I noticed was the lush meadows as we entered the property. As our fishing the next several days confirmed, there was a lot of spring activity in the surrounding area feeding into Goodrich Creek.
We sloshed our way through some pretty damp conditions. Because it was raining, chest high waders were a good option for keeping dry. Normally, hip boots would be ideal. Wading should not be necessary and will probably only alert the fish of your presence.
We located our cabin and unloaded our gear and the groceries we had purchased in nearby Susanville. The accommodations are not fancy, but very clean and functional, unless it’s raining and you track mud into the cabin.
There are only two cabins on the property available for overnight guests. Both units accommodate up to eight people. We found that more than four anglers would probably make this water seem very crowded. While two and a half miles sounds like a lot of stream, it really is not all that much. Fewer anglers should allow better success for those fishing.
While we saw and even hooked some pretty large fish, the largest one that we landed was probably slightly longer than twenty inches. All the fish that we caught were rainbows, although brown trout also inhabit these waters. We will have to return to catch them.
Goodrich Creek is a great getaway for a group of anglers wanting to take a trip within a few hours drive. It is certainly not an inexpensive venture, but it is certainly a trip worth the planning. My friends and I had a terrific time in spite of the weather and the fishing conditions.
If I have learned anything over my years of fishing, it is that the weather is about as unpredictable as anything I have encountered in life. You just have to learn to deal with it and make the best of it. Hey, how can you go wrong when it involves fishing?
Bruce Ajari is a Truckee resident. “Gone Fishin'” appears weekly in the Sierra Sun during fishing season.
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