To those who fished it in its heyday, Hat Creek was enchanting and often cruel. Its trout were picky, its hatches dense, and its underwater weedbeds a deep, gorgeous green.
It was CalTrout’s first big conservation victory in 1972; back in 1983, it boasted approximately 5,000 fish per mile.
Today, that population has fallen to approximately 1,000 fish per mile.
At the end of the article you’ll find Mikey Wier’s first sizable video effort for CalTrout: The Hat Creek restoration video (or you can see it here sans article).
UPDATE: Forgot to embed the video. I’m old…
See you on Hat, Tom Chandler