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Kiene's American Fly Fishing Co. Fishing report

kiene's american river fly fishing report

UPPER OWENS RIVER

Current River Conditions: Flows are down to  94 CFS which is very fishable but  unfortunately, everything downstream of the confluence with Hot Creek is still chocolate soup so the water above it is your best bet for clarity though it is a little off color.  
A few bugs such as PMDs and Caddis are begining to show.

Recomended Patterns

Pheasant Tail #12, #14 & #16, San Juan Worm/passionate pink, Golden Stone Nymph #8,, #10, & #12, Copper John/red or copper #14, #16, Prince Nymph (various sizes), Wooly Bugger/rusty, black, Glow Bug/red.  Zebra Midge/black, brown, red, Fox's Poopah

LOWER OWENS RIVER

Current River Conditions: Flows are at about 500 CFS making the river extremely dangerous to fish. Check back in a couple of weeks.  Fishing is still spotty.

Recomended Patterns

Pheasant Tail #12, #14 & #16, San Juan Worm/passionate pink, Golden Stone Nymph #8,, #10, & #12, Copper John/red or copper #14, #16, Prince Nymph (various sizes), Wooly Bugger/rusty, black, Glow Bug/red.  Zebra Midge/black, brown, red, Fox's Poopah

HOT CREEK

Current River Conditions: Flows have dropped a little to  175 CFS but still very off color but clearing.  Check back in a few weeks when  things should settle down.  If you insist on fishing, streamers are your best bet  In the meanwhile, have a look at our hatch chart so you can be ready with the right flies once the creek gets into shape.

Remember, we have everything you need for fishing Hot Creek such as flies and fly tying materials if you tie your own. 

If you are heading over there, a morning with one of our guides will get you up to speed on this very technical water.

Recomended Patterns

Bead Head Pheasant Tail  #16, #18 #20, San Juan Worm/passionate pink, , Copper John/red or copper #18, #16, Prince Nymph (various sizes), Wooly Bugger/rusty, black, Glow Bug/red.  Zebra Midge/black, brown, red, Fox's Poopah #18. Scud/pink #14.

CROWLEY LAKE

Current Conditions:  Water has cleared up and is beginning to turn green.
A bunch of fish are holding near the McGee Creek inlet, and so are the fishermen.  Fish are beginning to get selective so have plenty of flies to show them.  Look for currents of cold water and you will find fish.

Recommended Flies

Suspending midge patterns such as Zebra Midges/black or olive #14-#18 under an indicator or stripping leaches such as the Hale Bopp/black, brown are getting fish. Damsels are starting to show so adding a Damsel Nymph as a part of your rig can increase your chances for a big fish. 

UPPER SACRAMENTO RIVER

Current River Conditions: Flows are still at 350 CFS at Delta, and the fishing is fair. 

River is in good shape but is in its usual July mode. With the hot mid summer air temperatures fish the deep pools and oxygenated riffles. Swinging nymphs through riffles will get fish. Knowledgeable fishermen begin fishing in the morning at Delta and work their way upstream in elevation as the day progresses.

Bugs consist mainly of Mayflies and Caddis.  PMD larva imitations (bead head Pheasant Tails #14 & #16 will do) and or soft hackles rigged along with a heavy Bead Head Golden Stone imitation #8, should work well in the seams and edges.  A black or rusty Wooly Bugger will work well stripping in the seams.

If you new to the Upper Sac the best way to learn it is to spend a day with one of our guides.  Give us a call if you would like to book some time on the water.

Recomended Patterns

Bead Head Pheasant Tail #12, #14 & #16, San Juan Worm/passionate pink, Bead Head Golden Stone Nymph #8,, #10, & #12, Copper John/red or copper #14, #16, Bead Head Prince Nymph (various sizes), Wooly Bugger/rusty, black, Glow Bug/red. 

tungston bead Zebra Midge/black, brown, red, Fox's Poopah #14 & #16. Scud/pink #14.

Stimulator #8-#12, Adams Parachute #14 & #16, 

Elk Hair Caddis #14 & #16,

Parachute PMD #14 & #16

McCLOUD RIVER

Current River Conditions: Flows are hovering around 250 CFS water is clearing and water is clearing. The road into Nature Conservancy and  Ah-Di-Na has been repaired.

River is still fishing very well. Golden Stones, Green Drakes are about over but PMDs are making a good showing depending where you are on the river. Big and ugly flies like Black Rubber Legs are still a good call since the  water is still off color.  Don't forget San Juan Worms and Princes.  Make sure you have Salmon Fly patterns and Stimulators on hand just in case the hatches get intense. A hopper (a Stimulator will do) dropper rig is very successful on the McCloud.

This is a great year for  you "bucket listers" to fish the McCloud for the first time.  Contact the shop and we can hook you up with one of our guides for a memorable trip.

Recomended Patterns

Bead Head Pheasant Tail #12, #14 & #16, San Juan Worm/passionate pink, Bead Head Golden Stone Nymph #8,, #10, & #12, Copper John/red or copper #14, #16, Bead Head Prince Nymph (various sizes), Wooly Bugger/rusty, black, Glow Bug/red. 

tungston bead Zebra Midge/black, brown, red, Fox's Poopah #14 & #16. Scud/pink #14.

Stimulator #8-#12, Adams Parachute #14 & #16,

Elk Hair Caddis #14 & #16,

Parachute PMD #14 & #16

HAT CREEK

Current River Conditions downstream from  Power House #2: Flows are are about 200 CFS with good clarity.  With slightly higher flows, use a wading staff to cross the riffle.  The upper river is clear but still too high for safe wading.  If you go, fish the seams.

Fishing has been good though weekends have been crowded with fishermen. The bugs are out in force and the Trico spinner fall is happening mid morning.  If the Powerhouse is too crowded for you head down to the lower creek just above Lake Britton, and fish the pocket water.  You might be surprised.

Hopper dropper set ups with a PMD or Caddis larva down below can be deadly.  Golden Stone and Little Yellow Stone larval patterns do well now.  For dries be ready with PMD, Caddis, Little Yellow Stone, Callebaetis and BWO adult and cripple patterns. Don't forget that rusty spinners can be deadly at dusk. Lastly, drifting a red Copper John can be deadly in the faster water.

Recomended Patterns

Bead Head Pheasant Tail #12, #14 & #16, San Juan Worm/passionate pink, Bead Head Golden Stone Nymph #8,, #10, & #12, Copper John/red or copper #14, #16, #18, Bead Head Prince Nymph (various sizes), Wooly Bugger/rusty, black, Black Rubber Legs #2 

tungston bead Zebra Midge/black, brown, red, Fox's Poopah #14 & #16. Scud/pink #14.

Stimulator #2-#12, Adams Parachute #14 & #16, Elk Hair Caddis #14 & #16, .Trico Parachute #20, Parachute PMD #16

FALL RIVER

Current River Conditions: Flows are normal and water is very clear and  a little high.

Fishing is good. PMDs, Baetis and Caddis are hatching right with PMDs the most prolific bug now, so downstream drifts with cripple patterns will get you the most fish though parachute adult patterns work OK.

Try twitching the fly at the end of the drift. Don't bother with dry flies unless you see rising fish.

Down below, swinging an olive leach pattern such as a Hale Bopp or a Pheasant Tail Soft Hackle resembling a PMD or a Callebaetis emerger attached to a sink tip to get you the biggest fish.

The Hex hatch is still happening.  Fishermen catch more fish with cripple patterns than adults.

The Fall River is only accessible by watercraft and  requires that you use somesome specialized techniques, so we recommend that you fish it with a guide the first time.  Call Kiene's we will hook you up with one of our guides.

Recomended Patterns

Parachute PMD/yellow #16 & #18, Green Drake #12,  Humpy/yellow #14 & #16, Elk Hair Caddis #16, #18.  Quigley Cripple/gray #18

Recomended Patterns

Pheasant Tail #12, #14 & #16, San Juan Worm/passionate pink, Copper John/red or copper #14, #16, Prince Nymph (various sizes), Wooly Bugger/olive,  Zebra Midge/black, brown, red, Fox's Poopah #16 & #18, Hale Bop Olive #8.

PIT RIVER

Current River Conditions: Flows are finally down to a normal 350 CFS on Pit #3 and at around 350 CFS at  Big Bend.

We've had a reliable report that Pit 3 & 4 are fishing well though with fluctuating flows-be careful, the quality of the fishing can change daily.  No recent report from Pit 5, but flows are very high.  

Swinging Wooly Buggers through soft water and eddies will produce some large fish.  Indicator nymphing with bead head Pheasant Tails and Caddis Larva or pupa can be productive. Brown Rubber Legs makes a good anchor fly on the Pit.  Fish early and late.

Recomended Patterns

Bead Head Pheasant Tail #12, #14 & #16, San Juan Worm/passionate pink, Bead Head Golden Stone Nymph #8,, #10, & #12, Copper John/red or copper #14, #16, Bead Head Prince Nymph (various sizes), Wooly Bugger/rusty, black, Glow Bug/red, Brown or Black Rubber Legs #6 or #8,

tungston bead Zebra Midge/black, brown, red, Fox's Poopah #14 & #16. Scud/pink #14.

Stimulator #8-#12, Adams Parachute #14 & #16, Elk Hair Caddis #14 & #16

 

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