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The C&R Catch 22: Its really recovery then release


By Frank Galusha

On Saturday October 2, Gary Heffley and I manned a booth in Caldwell Park at the Shasta Trinity Flyfishers Swap and Sell. We met many flyfishing enthusiasts, ran into several acquaintances, swapped some good fishing stories and got some great deals on rods and reels.

One of the anglers we met had a particularly interesting fishing yarn. We had been talking about last week’s catch of a 10-pound Rainbow at Baum Lake where the record for Rainbows and Browns is about 21 and 23 pounds, respectfully. In the middle of that conversation stepped Richard Martin, an avid flyfisher, who stopped us cold when he said, “Would you believe a 25-pound Rainbow?


Well, we had to believe when Martin pulled this photograph from his wallet. It seems Martin is a member of Wilderness Unlimited and therefore has access to some private waters on Lost Creek on the Bidwell Ranch just east of Hat Creek.

Martin explained, “Bidwell Ranch has a series of four ponds connected by Lost Creek, which is spring fed and comes out of the ground a couple of miles south of the ranch and disappears into the ground just after the last pond. I was fishing in Pond #2, when I caught this triploid trout.” Martin was able to hold the fish while a fellow angler grabbed a tape measure. “It was measured at 34 inches long with a girth of around 24.4 inches,” he said. According to basic trout fish-weight calculators the fish weighed about 25 pounds. Why so big?

Martin thinks the fish escaped the Mt. Lassen Fish Hatchery which is just up stream. “It apparently escaped the hatchery and swam down stream into the pond. The day I caught this fish I had been in the water about 30 minutes and it was my third fish of the day.” So what happened next? Martin spent nearly two hours trying to revive the exhausted fish. “Finally,” he said, “my ‘IT’ began to come out of the coma and swam away. Catching him was pretty easy. He didn’t jump or rip off a lot of line, but because he was so big I had to play him out carefully. It took me 15 minutes to catch him but by the time I had him revived I was the one who was pooped.”


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