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Spicer Meadows Reservoir & Highland Creek

  • June 01, 2016
  • June 05, 2016
  • Spicer Meadows Reservoir & Highland Creek
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Spicer Meadows Fishout June 1st-5th

FishMaster: Mark Wilson

Phone: 650-235-0779

Cost $40

Rod Limit 4 You will need to Pay Mark directlly to secure your spot.

You don’t have to be an experienced wilderness camper or kayaker to join this trip. Nor have all the camping gear and water gear. There are a few personal essential personal items that I will recommend but I have plenty of gear to lend. 

What: a boating Fishout to Spicer Meadows Reservoir & Highland Creek in Carson Iceburg Wilderness Area, Sierra Nevada with a maximum of 4 anglers. Will require paddling or peddling 8 miles. In and out. Possibility to catch or miss a trout on  almost every cast.

Hiking with gear ½ mile. Camping and sleeping in tents. Cost: $50 to have first class camping cuisine. And share the gas to get up there.

When: Wednesday June 1st. - Sunday June  5th  Leave Wednesday evening after commute traffic.  Stay at my cabin in Cottage Springs. Thursday Spicer Res. & paddle  to reach Highland Creek. 2 full days fishing. Sunday pack up and return Sunday night.

Where:  Cabin:. Highway 4 (11 miles beyond Arnold) > 40 minutes to Spicer Res boat ramp. Off Highway 4 past Dorrington and before Bear Valley. 11 miles on Spicer Meadows Road (paved). To boat ramp. Paddle in 8 miles to mouth of Highland Creek. Entering the Carson Iceburg Wilderness Area.,-120.0371621,13z

Type of Fishing: Classic Sierra Trout Stream at its finest. Deep pools, riffles, pocket water. Wet and dry fly fishing are productive. Dry fly with indicator and bead head dropper is my most common set up.

Spicer Reservoir- fishing intermediate line for cruising Rainbows and Brook Trout. Average 12 to 15 inches. Fishing shoreline or from kayak. The mouth of Highland is especially productive.

Skill Level: Any level with some casting experience.  Trout will reward the fly fisher with correct no-drag casts. Water is gin clear. Trout will spook. Stalking trout is
common. Given the diversity of the creek, you can try & hone most all stream/river FF techniques.


Boats: I can accommodate 4 other people with my 2 tandem kayaks and 1 single. The single and tandem Hobie Adventure Islands require peddling and sailing. My tandem Wilderness Systems Northstar  will require pretty strong paddling ability. Especially on Sunday into a head wind.

Fishing: I use a 9’ 4 W rod with floating line on highland creek most of the time. 5/6 W for nymphing larger flies and deep pools as well as in the lake with usually an I line. Normal mix of dry and wet trout flies. I usually kill it with a Compardun #14, Cooper Jackets and beadhead pheasant tails. Size 12 – 14. #16 brassie.. I don’t use nor need waders but have some dry kayaking pants for paddling. Waders can suffice. I generally wet wade into the stream in the June. You will generally be fishing from the bank.

Clothes: Zip off quick drying pants are what I wear all the time. And an extra pair for the evening. Quick dry LS shirt and quick dry T shirt Long and short sleeve and Polar tech jacket. Wading jacket or water proof jacket for paddling and rare rain showers. I can provide anyone my detailed gear list.

Camping Equipment: light weight tent, sleeping bag and pad. The Fishmaster will provide the cooking equipment and plan and do most of the cooking.


3 hour drive to cabin.  Leave after commute traffic about 7 PM  “62 Beatrice Dr. , Camp Connell”  for google maps but it’s actually in Cottage Springs. It’s 32 miles above Angels Camp.  .  Spend night there.

40 minute drive. Reach Spicer Boat Ramp by mid-morning.

Pack kayaks and paddle up Spicer Reservoir in about 2 hours. (8 miles) Tail wind.

Arrive at mouth of Highland Creek. Unload kayaks into backpacks and walk 1 mile to campsite, set up camp and fish the evening.

Friday and Saturday: fish Highland Creek. Optional Hike:  short paddle back to trailhead of Sword and Lost Lake, under the Dardenell Cones. Approx. 4 hours.

Sunday: break camp, hike back to boats, pack kayaks and paddle back. Usually into a strong head wind. 3 people will be sailing on Fishmaster’s Hobie sail/yaks.

Arrive boat ramp, pack cars (probably late afternoon) and drive home.

This is my favorite fishing spot that I want to share. I wouldn’t go there and paddle 16+ miles r/t 2 to 4 times a season if it wasn’t special.

If you have questions Please give me a call or drop me a note.

Looking forward to a good time,

Mark Wilson

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