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Hot Creek Ranch, California
In the early days, the land was a favorite summer home to the Paiute Indians who wandered the banks of the spring creek collecting seeds, and herbs for their medicines and teas. Tall wild grasses Read more...
In the early days, the land was a favorite summer home to the Paiute Indians who wandered the banks of the spring creek collecting seeds, and herbs for their medicines and teas. Tall wild grasses were used for their baskets, and obsidian rocks were collected from the nearby mountains to help them shape their arrowheads.
The valley was homesteaded by a family that had direct descendants to these Paiute Indians in the middle to late 1800's. A small log cabin stands there today in the center of the ranch compound that is still referred to as the Tom Poole cabin. Tom, you see, was considered the original settler of the Hot Creek Ranch property. When the Los Angeles Dept. of Water and Power was buying up most of the land in the area for its water exportation projects, Tom held firm and said, "no way." We are all in a debt of thanks to Tom for his foresight and decision. That was in a sense the first of many un-traditional decisions made by the Hot Creek Ranch to come in the next four decades. In the early 1950's un-traditional decisions were made concerning the fishery that still hold true today. We changed the regulations on the Ranch to catch and release fly fishing. They thought at that time,we were not sane. Then we followed with a "dry-fly only" method of fly fishing. Again, the heads were shaking in disbelief. In the 1960's when the cattle were removed from the riparian habitat that surrounds the spring creek, the echoes of despair can still be heard to this day. My how things have changed over the past 50 years.
Looking back five decades, we are still pleased to be able to offer you something that has not changed. The angling tradition of Hot Creek Ranch, a quality fly-fishing experience, and a beautiful spring creek that still to this day relatively has gone un-changed in those past five decades. Something we are all very proud of.