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Fall River

Updated: 08/16/17

The Fall River is the largest of California's spring creeks, fed by several icy aquifers coming from the snows and glaciers of Mount Shasta.

Current River Conditions: Fall River continues to fish well. The Hex Hatch has come and gone, but there is still a nightly caddis hatch happening down on the lower river keeping some anglers happy. Some Baetis, Tricos and Callibaetis are a daily occurrence around Spring Creek in the mornings and sporadically through the day. Swinging leech, damsel and dragonfly patterns will keep you hooked up during the remainder of those times when insects don't appear present.

Call 800-669-3474 to book a guided day of fly fishing! Or just send us an e-mail and we will get right back to you!

When you come, stay at Circle 7 Guest Ranch or Spinner Fall Lodge and have unfettered access to waters swimming with rainbows!

The Fly Shop's® Tips: Successful dry fly fishing on Fall River is about where and when. So, pay attention as you cruise the river for rise forms. Best chances occur when spotting a single fish rising next to the edge of the river. Try fishing a small beetle pattern! A popular and proven technique on Fall River is retrieving black or olive colored leeches on a sinking line. Swinging #16-18 Pheasant Tail nymphs trailing #18-20 black Zebra midges or WD-40s is a basic fly rig and a perfect combo to start with any day on Fall River. A #18 red copper John or black zebra midge suspended under a small 3/4" indicator in white is a proven standard method of fishing this river. A few of the dry flies that have been working include Harrop's Last Chance PMD and Baetis, Mercer's Missing Link #16-18 - Dark, Tilt Wing Dun PMD.

The "Fall River Twitch" has been a popular and effective technique on Fall River for decades. How to: Anchor your pram upstream of rising fish. Cast downstream and across, then feed line out to extend your drift a long ways downstream. The "Fall River Twitch" results in a presentation that lets the fish see your fly first, while you are positions upstream and out of the fished field of view. The Fall River Twitch is equally effective whether fishing dries, swinging nymphs or indicator nymphing. If you're casting to a pod of rising trout, work from the outside in and you can often pick them off one by one. 5-6wt rods are what we recommend for Fall River,

with some anglers using 6wt. rods for casting heavier sinking lines. The Fly Shop® recommended fly lines; RIO Gold floating line and an extra spool loaded with RIO CamoLux.

River Fact: Eurasian Watermillfoil is a threat on this river. Click here to read more about what Eurasian Watermillfoil is, what is being done and why Fall River has a bright future.

Suggested Fly Patterns:

Dry Flies:
•  Harrop's CDC Emerging Midge
•  Last Chance Baetis #20
•  Tilt Wing Dun PMD #18
•  Last Chance Cripple PMD #18
•  Mayfly Cripple Limestone #18
•  Mercer's Missing Link
•  Norman's Loop Wing BWO #18
•  Para Extended Body - BWO #20
•  Parachute Adams #16-20

Nymphs / Wet Flies:
•  Zebra Midge #16-20
•  Red Copper John #18
•  Zug Bug #14-16
•  Hogan´s S&M
•  PT Nymph #14-20
•  TB PT Nymph #18
•  Norman's Wiggle Tail PT #16-18
•  Mercer's Micro May Fly Brown #16-18

Streamers / Leeches:
•  Zack's Damsel Leech Olive
•  Damsel Nymph - Olive
•  J. Fair's Translucent Wiggle Tails Olive
•  Zack's Swimming Leech Olive
•  Zack's Swimming Leech Black

Fly Fishing Gear:
•  Fish Pimp Mini Indicator
•  TFS Warm Weather Hat
•  Buff UVX Fat Head Buff
•  Cliff’s® Super Days Worth Fly Box
•  Sunglasses

Hat Creek

Updated: 08/16/17

Hat Creek represents the quintessential chess game of spring creek fly fishing for wary trout.

Current River Conditions: With all of the attention on other waters Hat Creek should be on your list of places to go. The warmer temps have the caddis coming off in the lower reaches above Lake Britton, so swinging a Bird's Nest or cinnamon Poopah will get the job done. Daily Trico spinner falls have the fish sipping in the mornings up on the flats. Swinging leeches will round out your day. Go have some fun!

Swinging leeches and streamers is a proven technique anytime on Hat Creek.

The flat waters below the Power House Riffle can offer a chance to cast dry flies to rising fish. As a matter of fact, just throw dries to see what happens!

Get on this river early and then again late if you want to find the biggest fish. The fish here are haters of the sun. Haters gonna hate. Go have fun!

Contact us about Hat Creek or call us at 1-800-669-3474!

The Fly Shop's® Tips: Look for October Caddis hatches near sunset and fish a brushy dry fly like an Orange Stimulator. Best hatches occur in the morning and then again near sunset. Get on the water early, before 10:00 AM! Be on the look-out for rainbows and brown trout rising near the edges of the river for best chance at a dry-fly hook-up. Cutter's E/C Caddis in Olive produced a few fish during a recent afternoon session.

A great option that often produces some of the very best Hat Creek "fish stories" is to fish #6-8 leeches, like Zack's Swimming Leech and buggers like Fox's Peacock Buggers near sunset.

Look for rising fish along the flats below the Power House #2 riffle in the early AM and very last light. For the best presentation, drift your D&D Cripple down and across to rising fish. For a fun challenge, try catching Hat Creek trout on as many tactics as you can: small indicators with nymphs, swinging wet flies and/or streamers, and, of course, with a well-presented dry fly. The Powerhouse #2 Riffle is one of the best spots on the creek, but also one of the most popular. Anglers seeking a real challenge should sight-cast to trout in the fabled "carbon flats" section, and those looking for solace can hike into the freestone section just above Lake Britton. 5wt rods are perfect. Have an extra spool loaded with a Wet Tip Clear Fly Line.

River Fact: It is true, the fact is Hat Creek acquired it's name because a surveyor lost his expensive hat there back in 1852. Folk lore supports the rumor that his friends laughed it up after listening to him cuss up a storm. In an impromptu witty ceremony, the creek was aptly named.

Suggested Fly Patterns:

Dry flies:
•  Skating October Caddis
•  Foam October Caddis
•  Potter's October Caddis
•  Stimulator - Orange
•  Cutter's E/C Caddis - Olive #16
•  Galloup's Cripples PMD/BWO
•  Comparadun PMD #16-18
•  Para Extended Body PMD/BWO
•  Midge Hanger
•  Last Chance Cripple #14-22
•  Normans Loop Wing BWO & PMD
•  Parachute Adams #14-18
•  Spotlight Caddis Emerger Olive #16
•  Mercer's Missing Link #16-18

Nymphs / Wet Flies:
•  Mercer Glass Bead Micro May - Black #22
•  Bird's Nest - #16
• WD-40 (Any)
•  Black Zebra Midge #18-20
•  Hogan's S&M #16 Brown
•  Fox's Wire Body Beeottis (Any)
•  Tungsten Jig PT
•  Posse Bugger #14
•  Glass-Bead Micro May-Black or Olive
•  Mercer's Gidget Brown or Olive
•  Pat's Brown Rubber Legs #6-8
•  GB Half-Flashback PT #14-20
•  Burk's Crystal HBI
•  Zack's Pseudo May #16-18 (Any)

Streamers / Leeches:
•  Zack's Zuggers Yellow/Brown
•  Zack's Swimming Leech Various
•  Fox's Cone Bugger Rust
•  Beaded Mini Leech Olive
•  Articulated Smolt - Olive/White #6

Fly Fishing Gear:
•  RIO Knotless Leaders
•  The Fly Shop's® 6 Window Classic Dry Fly Box
•  Fly Sauce Floatant
• The Fly Shop's® Fish-Friendly Rubber Net

Klamath River

Updated: 08/16/17

When The Fly Shop® opened its doors in 1978 the Klamath River was one of the primary guided angling destinations that we offered.

Current River Conditions: With the releases below 1,000 CFS from Iron Gate the upper Klamath should be in good shape soon. We haven't had any reports, but some half-pounders should be showing up soon with the overall flows dropping throughout the drainage. It won't be long before this river will have some adults to chase.

Contact us about the Klamath River or call 800-669-3474.

The Fly Shop's® Tips: Fishing egg patterns in orange, pink or champagne get's fly rods bent. Suspend your egg patterns under rubber legs, 3-D nymphs should get you into fish.

Fly rods from 6wt to 7wt are perfect in lengths of 9' to 9'.5. Switch rods are popular and make casting very easy. Spey rods fit in well on the Klamath river.

Road Conditions:
No restrictions at this time, but winter storms will change that. Call 1-800.427.7623 for up to date Northern California Road Conditions. Here's a link to Cal-Trans Road Conditions: Click Here.

River Fact: The Klamath river is 263 miles long, originating in a broad valley at the eastern slope of the southern High Cascades, the water source is Upper Klamath Lake. Sometimes called "the upside down river", the upper Klamath in Oregon is largely developed, but the lower Klamath is still wild, forested and ruggedly beautiful. Next to the Klamath, the only river that originates in a desert and flows into the coastal forests of the pacific west is the Pit River.

Water Flows:
 Klamath River Flows

Suggested Fly Patterns:

Dry flies:
No Dry Fly Happening

Nymphs / Wet Flies:
•  Articulated Marabou Leech
•  Amber Wing Prince #14-18
•  Red Copper Johns #14-18
•  3-D Nymphs #8-10
•  S.A.L.T. Stone #6
•  Pat's Rubberlegs #4-8

•  Glo-Bug Yarn
•  Redd Reaper - Champagne
•  Clown Egg #4-10
•  Micro Spawn - Shrimp Pink
•  Micro Spawn - Salmon Egg
•  Boles Bazookas (All)

Fly Fishing Gear:
•  Shimazaki Pump Spray
•  Shimazaki Dry-Shake Primer - Must Have!
•  Sunglasses
•  Leaders

Lower Sacramento River

Updated: 08/16/17

The Sacramento River below Shasta Dam - known as the Lower Sacramento, or "Lower Sac" - has to be rated as among the best tailwater fisheries in the country.

Current River Conditions: Flows from Keswick remain steady at 10,500 CFS. We are seeing things picking up below Anderson down to Jelly's Ferry with some more fish being caught mainly on Brown Rubberlegs, Bird's Nests and Cinnamon Poopahs. Up top near the Sundial Bridge Baetis and some Caddis are the main ticket to getting tight. The fish appear to be bunched up in tight groups. As we get closer towards the main salmon spawn, keeping your eyes open for the details of the insect activity will help stay hooked up.

The Fly Shop's® Tips: We are seeing fish spread out and in some locations we haven't seen in many years. The high flows this past winter scoured out most of the weeds that harbored an abundant population of swimming mayflies, midges and craneflies. With the rearrangement of the cobble, the insects that survived to any degree seem to be mainly clinging riffle dwellers such as the Hydrospyche Caddis, Yellow Sallie Stoneflies, Salmonflies and Baetis Mayflies. In addition to the food, the weeds also provided respite from flows and protection from avian predators What does all of this mean? Don't pass up any water to find fish. Look in fast, shallow riffles, drop offs and semi-turbulent glassy flats and you'll get hooked up. The banks harbor some good places as well. Change up your patterns based upon where you're fishing to find the right combination and you will get tight!

Shuttle Services:
•  Duane Milleman at 530-515-2272

River Fact: How did the Sacramento River get it's name? In 1808, Spanish explorer Gabriel Moraga, on a journey to find suitable sites for the construction of missions, became the first foreigner to see the river clearly. Judging its huge breadth and power he named it Rio de los Sacramentos, or "River of the Blessed Sacrament". The Sacramento drains an area of about 27,500 square miles or 71,000 km2 that is comprised of the northern half of California.

Water Flows:
•  Lower Sacramento Flows

Suggested Fly Patterns:

Dry flies:
•  Low Water Baetis - #18
•  Mayfly Cripple - Limestone #18
•  Mercer's Missing Link #16
•  Norman's Loop Wing BWO

Nymphs / Wet Flies:
•  CB Birds Nest - #14
•  Hogan's S&M - #16
•  Mercer's Micro May - #14-16 Brown
•  Mercer's Poxy Back PMD #16
•  GB Flashback Pheasant Tail #16
•  Gordon's Amber Wing Prince #14-18
•  GB Superflash PT - Pearl #18
•  Pat's Rubber Legs - #4-8

•  Micro Spawn - Peachy King, Shrimp Pink
•  Boles Bazookas- Shrimp Pink, Peachy King
•  Roe Gain Egg- Light Roe

Fly Fishing Gear:
•  The Fly Shop's® Signature H2O Indicator Rod
•  SA Mastery Anadro
•  Simms® Solar Shirt/TFS Logo
•  Loon Scissor Forceps
•  An indicator that suspends heavy split shot!
•  Dinsmore Non-Toxic Egg Shot - AAA & SSG

Be careful driving in Redding, CA.
You may want to call Shasta Premier Transportation and avoid the hassle of driving in Redding, after all the changes recently, even if you have been in Redding before, many of the streets have changed in number of lanes or now have center dividers. Call Jodi at (530) 440-6621

McCloud River

Updated: 08/16/17

The McCloud River rainbows (Salmo Shasta) may be the most famous strain of trout on the planet Earth.

Current River Conditions: Releases from McCloud Dam are steady at 275 CFS. We are experiencing some good days on the McCloud right now. The top can get cloudy up at Ash Camp, mostly this helps keep visibility in the range you want it, not too clear, not too cloudy. There are a ton of October Caddis nymphs moving as they prepare for pupation, so fish a good imitation such as a Posse Bugger when you see those cases on the rocks. Otherwise, there haven't been a lot of insects hatching. Peaches and Cream and Baetis patterns have been working. Swinging sculpin patterns can work on the browns in the system.

Contact us about the McCloud River! Call us 800-669-3474.

The Fly Shop's® Tips: Fish a Stimulator suspending a Micro Mayfly or black Zebra Midge. Beetle patterns work especially when fished in the shallow waters. Suspending nymphs under indicators in the deeper slots, pockets and pools can keep a fly rod bent. Have split shot in sizes AB, AAA and SSG. Look for shady water mid day. The McCloud Rainbow does not like the sun.

Wading boots with studs and a wading staff are a must on the McCloud, which is full of irregularly shaped rocks that can be very slick. The best results are produced by anglers who move from run to run. The more water you can cover, the more fish have a chance to see your fly, ultimately improving upon your existing good fortune of being out on the river, fishing! Be on the look-out for rattle snakes. Use a technique called High-stick-nymphing in the pocket water and deeper chutes. Re-fish all your way back to camp or the car throwing streamers into pocket water, next to downed trees/logs.

River Fact: The McCloud River rainbows (Salmo Shasta) may be the most famous strain of trout on the planet Earth. At the turn of the 19th century, these were the fish used to first stock most of New Zealand, Argentina, Chile, and other potential trout fisheries all across the western hemisphere. So, that means we could trace Madison river (a river in Montana) rainbows back to the McCloud River!

Pit River

Updated: 08/16/17

The Pit River consists of a series of dams and reservoirs that stretch for some 30 miles from Lake Britton to Shasta Lake.

Current River Conditions: The Pit is fishing well up top below Lake Britton on Pit 3 and on Pit 4. The water is getting warm below and is high below the Pit 4 Powerhouse. So, we can't recommend fishing any lower. Fish are taking just about any pattern presented correctly, Rubberlegs, Prince Nymphs, Pheasant Tails, Peaches and Cream, S&M's all have worked. We've also had some requests about the status of the Pit 5 Road and the road into Deep Creek Campground. While we haven't been to Pit 5 lately, generally the Pit 5 Road is open on weekends as they are completing work on the culverts. The Deep Creek Campground road is closed several miles in due to a rock blocking the road.

Contact us about the Pit River via e-mail or call 800-669-3474.

Bring the wading staff! We highly recommend wearing a PFD (Personal Flotation Device) too. The Pit River is a demanding river to wade thanks to slippery, bowling-ball like boulders and rocks. Keeps the crowds down!

The Fly Shop's® Tips: Use a lot of split shot, get the nymphs down fast. Fish the pockets, shoots, creases. High-stick and short-line technique is the best approach. A good fly selection consists of #6-8 brown or black rubber legs, #14-16 Pheasant Tail Nymphs, #18 Zebra Midges or any dark midge for that matter. When fishing indicators suspending #14-16 nymphs, don't put the flies so deep that your hitting bottom every drift. Put the flies up where the fish can see them. Show the rainbows a fly enough times and they will come to it. A #14-16 Pheasant Tail Nymph is a very consistent fly on the Pit. Under a medium sized indicator, fish a #6-8 Pat's rubber Legs and a #14 pheasant tail nymph or #14-16 prince nymph. Mercer's #16 black Micro-Mayfly is another great fly. High-stick and short line angling techniques are very, very effective on this stream.

Be ready for supremely tough wading conditions when fishing the Pit. Flat ground DOES NOT exist here! A wading staff really makes a difference for every angler who fishes here. Pack some dry clothes, snake kit and don't forget to dry out your fly-box at the end of the day! The Pit River rainbows will eat all day most of the time. These feisty fish can be found holding in fast bubbly water and in slower, smooth flowing water as well. High-stick and short line nymphing techniques are the key to finding the biggest rainbows on this river. Have plenty of BB, AAA and SSG split shot in your vest pocket. Feed lots of line and go for long drag free drifts, using an indicator and suspending flies 3 - 6 feet deep, in the long smooth glides between boulders and broken riffles. An there is no shortage of boulders, riffles, runs and pockets.

Road Conditions:
Road conditions are variable. Expect chain controls on HWY 299 during snow storms. Call 1-800.427.7623 for up to date Northern California Road Conditions. Here's a link to Cal-Trans Road Conditions: Click Here.

River Fact: The Pit, the Klamath and the Columbia are the only three rivers in the U.S. that cross the Cascade Range.

Water Flows:
•  Pit #3 Flows
•  Pit #4 Flows
•  Pit #5 Flows

Suggested Fly Patterns:

Dry Flies:
•  Stimulator - Orange
•  Foam October Caddis
•  Potter's October Caddis
•  Skating October Caddis
•  Chernobyl Ant
•  Fat Albert
•  Adams #14-18
•  Elk Hair Caddis - Tan #12-16
•  Mayfly Cripples - #12-16

Nymphs / Wet Flies:
•  Mercer's Tungsten October Pupa
•  Morrish October Pupa
•  Skip’s TBH October Caddis
•  Zack's Caddistrophic
•  Black A.P. #12
•  Dark Lords #12-16
•  Flashback Pheasant Tail #14-16
•  Zebra Midge #18
•  Zack's Pseudo May
•  BH Hellgrammite #6
•  Mercer's Poxyback Dark Stone #6
•  GB Black A.P. - #10-12
•  Micro Mayflies - #14-18
•  Red Copper Johns - #16-18
•  Zebra John - #16-18
•  Pat's Brown Rubberleg - #6-8
•  Amber Wing Prince - #14-18
•  GB Bird's Nest #10-16

Streamers / Leeches:
•  Zack's Swimming Leech - #8

Fly Fishing Gear:
•  The Fly Shop's® Landing Nets
•  Fish Stick Telescoping Wading/Walking Staff
•  The Fly Shop's Stockingfoot Chest Waders

Trinity River

Updated: 08/16/17

The Trinity River is the major tributary to the Klamath River, and stretches 110 river miles from Lewiston Dam downstream to its confluence with the Klamath at Weitchpec.

Current River Conditions: Currently the Trinity flows are at their target summer flows of 450 CFS. This weekend the Hoopa Kayak Races will take place, beginning Monday they will be ramping flows up to 2,600 CFS for Wednesday. By Friday they releases will return to 450 CFS. As of now there are some adult steelhead in the system. This bump in flows should bring some more in. From what we've seen, October is shaping up to be a great month on the Trinity!


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Shuttle Services:
•  Bill & Caryl Dickens (Gold Coast Shuttle) at 530-623-1905 or through their website at

Call us to set up your fishing trip on the Trinity River: 800-669-3474! Or just send us an email.

Road Conditions:
No major restrictions at this time, but winter storms will change that. Call 1-800.427.7623 for up to date Northern California Road Conditions. Here's a link to Cal-Trans Road Conditions for HWY 299: Click Here.

The Fly Shop's® Tips: Focus on fishing the lip or top end of riffles and the tail-outs. These areas of the river seem to hold the most aggressive fish. If there's a lot of boat traffic, then the steelhead will most likely be found in the deeper sections and along the edges of the riffles and runs. The steelhead have been eating Black Rubber Legs, #12-14 Red and/or Black Copper Johns, various October Caddis Nymphs and egg patterns like Boles Bazookas, Micro Spawn Eggs.

River Fact: Sad to say, but Grateful Dead singer Jerry Garcia's father drowned in the Trinity River. While on vacation with his family near Arcata in Northern California in 1947, his father went fly-fishing in the Trinity River. Upon entering he slipped on a rock, plummeting into the deep rapids of the river. By the time he was pulled from the water, he had already drowned.

Upper Sacramento River

Updated: 08/16/17

The Upper Sacramento River has been a popular destination for recreation in California since the 1800s, and is still one of our favorite local fisheries.

Current River Conditions: At around 300 CFS on the gage at Delta, the Sacramento remains very clear and wadable throughout the system above the lake. However, the temperatures are a little warm lower in the systme, approaching 70 degrees daily. We suggest keeping above Sims Road if you go. Up top above Dunsmuir the October Caddis nymph bite is on. Midges and Baetis round out the menu for these fish. Peaches and Cream and Sweet Peas high-sticked in the bubbly water will work well. Throw on a large Posse Bugger or Hare's Ear for those fish eating October Caddis.

A good fly box will have various sizes of Parachute Adams from #14 - 18, Dark Stonefly Nymphs in #6-8, Black Midge Nymph Patterns and #12 Bird's Nest, #18 Gordon Prince Nymphs. See suggested fly patterns in the accompanying sidebar for reference.

Contact us about fishing the Upper Sac at 800-669-3474 or e-mail us! We want to talk about it.

The Fly Shop's® Tips: Fish a Stimulator dropping a #16-18 Gordon Prince! Use one or three SSG split shot when fishing the bigger faster water of the lower river. Throw #10-12 CB Bird's Nests. Pat's rubber legs is another good fly to have in your fly box. The rainbows of the Upper Sacramento river eat nymphs that are served up deep, in the rocks. Sometimes the indicator gets in the way of detecting strikes. These fish are really good at sampling a pattern, then spitting it out. Try fishing using the "high-stick" and "short line" technique. Use one, two, even three SSG sized split shot to get the flies down fast. Buy lots of flies! You will loose many to the rocks!

When nymphing on the Upper Sacramento River, always use double the amount of shot in order to get the flies down to the fish in the faster, bubbly water. If a run calls for one SSG, put on two. If you're not ticking the bottom from time to time (yes, this means losing a few flies), you're probably not getting down to where the fish are feeding. Use stronger tippet like 2X-3X for bigger flies in the #6-10 range, 4X for smaller #16-18. Keep your first fly within 6-8 inches of your split shot. Stronger tippet means fewer flies will be left on the bottom of the river. Sink tip lines with streamers attached are a good plan when there is room to cast.

River Fact: On the evening of July 14, 1991, a derailment on a horseshoe curve known as the "Cantara Loop" on the railroad north of Dunsmuir resulted in the release of approximately 19,000 gallons of metham sodium spilled into the Sacramento River. The biocide killed every living thing in the river for a distance of some 38 miles, devastating a popular fly fishing area - one of the most severe toxic spills in U.S. history. The Upper Sacramento River is now largely recovered from the spill.

Water Flows:
•  Upper Sacramento River Flows

Suggested Fly Patterns:

Dry flies:
•  D&D Cripple March Brown
•  Low Water Baetis #18
•  Adams - #12-20
•  Mercer's Missing Link Dark - #14-16
•  Parachute Adams - #14-18

Nymphs / Wet Flies:
•  Mercer's Tungsten October Pupa
•  Morrish October Pupa
•  Skip's TBH October Caddis
•  Zack's Caddistrophic
•  CB Birds Nest - #10-14
•  Red Copper John #16-18
•  Zebra Midge #18-20
•  Mercury Black Beauty
•  Mercer's Glass Bead Micro May #22
•  Zack's Pseudo May - Black #16-18
•  Mercer's GB Dark Stone #8
•  Mercer's Dark Stone #6
•  Pat's Rubber Legs - Brown #6-8
•  GB Birds Nest - #12-14
•  Gordon's Amber Wing Prince #12-18
•  Swink's BTS
•  Micro Mayfly - #14-16

Streamers / Leeches:
•  Sheila Sculpin
•  Woolly Buggers
•  Muddler Minnows - #10

Fly Fishing Gear:
•  The Fly Shop's® Tapered Nylon Leaders
•  The Fly Shop's® Tough Nylon Tippet
•  Simms® Dry Creek™ Chest Pack
•  The Fly Shop's Waterproof Nymph/Streamer Fly Box
•  Dr. Slick/TFS Quick Release Forceps


Baum Lake

Updated: 08/16/17

Located near Hat Creek outside of the town of Burney, Baum Lake is a “spring creek lake,” meandering through weedy channels in a beautiful, open valley.

Current Lake Conditions:  We've heard from a few anglers that Baum Lake is still fishing well. Caddis, PMD's, Baetis, midges and Tricos should all be coming off daily. Look for noses poking up and post up well above your pod of fish for your best chances of hooking up. Don't forget to swing leeches or Buggers. They regularly release some giant brood fish, so don't be surprised when you are reeling in backing after one of these toads takes you for a ride.

Try fishing one of Jay Fair's Burnt Orange Wiggle Tails or Zack's Swimming Leech on a Cortland Clear Camo Intermediate Fly Line.

This east side venue is a worthwhile spot to cast your next fly. Bring your pontoon boat, pram, driftboat or float tube. Get on the water early for best dry fly chances throwing #18 Adams or BWO patterns. Fish midge nymphs mid day.

Contact us about Baum Lake or call us 800-669-3474.

The Fly Shop's® Tips: Fish midges all day! Look for occasional hatches of BWOs and PMDs that produce surface feeding and dry fly opportunities before the sun...get's high. In the sky! Seriously! Stripping and retrieving Leeches on intermediate sinking lines is a great tactic as is suspending #22 black Zebra Midges or Mercer's Gidget under a small indicator. Try a black A.P. on a slow retrieve. There are a lot of scuds in Baum Lake, making various scud patterns an obvious choice. Suggested leader selection consists of 9' 5x and a spool of 6X tippet for dry flies and the smallest nymphs.

Baum Lake is an ideal fishing destination for pontoon boats, float tubes and small prams. Fishing an Intermediate sinking line with a small PT nymph can produce a bent fly rod. The key is SLOW strips! Nothing in Baum Lake is moving fast. Use lighter, longer leaders. Delicate dry-fly presentations will produce more strikes.

Lake Fact: Baum Lake is named after world renowned hydro electric pioneer Frank Baum. 1870-1932. Click here to read more.

Road Conditions:
Expect chain controls during snowy/icy weather conditions. HWY 299 can get a little nasty at this time of year. Call 1-800.427.7623 for up to date Northern California Road Conditions. Here's a link to Cal-Trans Road Conditions: Click Here.

Suggested Fly Patterns:

Dry flies:
•  Adams - #18-20
•  Hackle Winged May - BWO
•  Harrop's Last Chance - All
•  Griffith$apos;s Gnat
•  Mercer's Missing Link - #14-18
•  Light Cahill - #18

Nymphs / Wet Flies:
•  Red Copper John - #18
•  Ultra Scuds
•  BH Half-Flashback PT - #14-20
•  Black A.P. #14-16
•  Beaded Zebra Midge - #18-20
•  Mercer's Gidget
•  WD-40
•  Micro Mays - Red #16-18
•  Olive Pheasant Tail Nymph #18
•  Zebra Midge - #16-20
•  Chromie - #18

Streamers / Leeches:
•  Jay Fair's Wiggle Tails - #10
•  Beaded Micro Buggers - #12
•  Zack's Swimming Leech Black or Olive
•  Zack's Damseleech - #14

fly fishing gear:
•  Outcast® Fish Cat 9-IR
•  Scott® G2 Series Fly Rod 4-5wt
•  Sun Day Afternoons Hat


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