Rippling Waters & Lost Creek

3-6 June 2000

Revised 19 August 2000,
Photos & Text 2000 by Len Schwer

Bob Caligiuri and I make two trips a year to our favorite fishing spot near Burney, CA. We always stay at Rippling Waters and highly recommned a stay with Ann & Don Johnson in this most beautiful setting, even if you don't fish.

Useful Links:
Rippling Waters Resort
Vaughn's Fishing Guide Map
Vaughn's Sporting Goods
Burney area web sites

This page is a prototype adopted from the work of my friend Herb Lindberg. A visit to Herb's very nice web site will show you how such pages could be constructed. However, I don't have a lot of verbiage for these fishing pictures so I thought I would modify Herb's format for my purposes.
Herb dislikes my thumbnail-to-fullsize picture links, so I have compromised and increased the size of the thumbnails to 240x180 pixels, but still link to those "cumbersome and uninformative" thumbnails to the larger pictures if you want to view 640x480 pixels.
Please send me your comments and suggestions Len Schwer

Rippling Waters Resort
There are six 'cabins' at Rippling Waters and Bob & I have stayed in 3 of the 6, with Cabin #1 being our favorite. I used quotes around cabins because I don't consider these lovely cottages to be anything like the cabins you might have experienced elsewhere. Does a cabin have a tiled bathroom?
That is Bob below racking up billable hours on the patio of Cabin #1, with the cabin to the right and the large main lodge behind. The next picture is a view from the patio and shows a part of the lovely wooded grounds and a glimpse of Cabin #2. The name Rippling Waters comes from the creek that runs through the property and right next to Cabins 1 & 2; that's Cabin #2 in the background of the creek picture. There is nothing like falling asleep while listening to the rushing water sounds just outside your cabin window.
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Vistas from Lost Creek
Lost Creek is only a few miles from Rippling Waters. We drive most of the way then walk the last mile plus to our favorite fishing spots; see below. We fish in the morning and evening with the best action usually right a dark, not dusk but dark.
The start of Lost Creek for us is the ~30 foot waterfall that forms something of a barrier to going further upstream and a beautiful deep pool which yields an occasional fish or two.
Walking the dirt road to the falls provides vistas of Mount Lassen and Mount Shasta. Mount Lassen is relatively close by and certainly worth an easy day trip from Rippling Waters. Mount Shasta is a lot further away and often the view is obscured by haze. The Mount Shasta picture shows a portion of Lost Creek which is filled by the overflow from a pipeline hydroelectric project that parallels much of the creek.
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Lost Creek Flora & Fona
The wild flowers along Lost Creek seemed to be exceptional this year, or maybe we arrived a just the right time. My picture of the rattle snake didn't make this page as it had slinked off the side of the road before I could get out the camera and snap a good shot. So the picture of the lizard will have to suffice as fauna.
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Bob gets into Lost Creek
Bob fishes with worms (one step above guys that use salmon eggs) and thus needs to get into the stream to feed the trout. He climbs up, over, and around the boulders and fights his way thru the ever increasingly dense surrounding brush. Bob buys new hips boots every year! That's Bob in the red shirt with his back to the camera -- guess he doesn't want you to see the poor worm being hooked.
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Len stays out of the creek
I fish with dry flies and for the most part stay out of the creek; although sometimes I need to wade in a bit to lift a "lunker" from the creek. Dry flies work best on relatively calm and flat water, so the two spots on Lost Creek shown below look similar but produce very different sizes and amounts of fish. By casting from the creek bank I avoid walking thru the rocks and brush, but spend as much each year on new flies as Bob does for new hip boots.
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Lost Creek Trout
Recently, Bob was looking for a new fishing creel and called a trout fishing shop to ask if they had some in stock. He was taken aback when the person at the shop said "We're not into killing"
Well 'catch and release' is not in Bob's lexicon, but I do throw back a few of the somewhat smaller trout. So we practice what we call 'catch and eat'!
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Photos & Text 2000 by Len Schwer