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Kiene's American Fly Fishing Co. Fishing Report

kiene's american river fly fishing report

WEST CARSON RIVER

Current River Conditions: Flows are holding steady at 134 CFS which has brought the river into its prime for the season.

Fishing is great.  The W Carson received a hugh plant this week from both Alpine County and CDFW. The section downstream from Sorenson's to Woodsfords is finally in good shape and received its first plant.  This is as good as its going to get. ​

Some PMDs, but mainly BWOs and midges are coming off daily, but few fish are taking them on te surface. Small PTs, San Juan Worms patterns and small soft hackles.  Don't forget Elk Hair Caddis too.

Recomended Patterns

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

EAST CARSON RIVER

Current River Conditions: Flows are now down to about 800 CFS and have held steady this week though still a little  too high which makes the river still difficult to wade.  That being said, there is still great fishing available from shore.​

Fishing is great. Todd at the Alpine County Fish & Game Commission says he planted over 1000 lbs of fish on Tuesday with more to come later in the week.  This is probably the most fish that will be stocked at any one time this year, so now is the time to fish the Carson.  He will also be planting Silver Creek (along Hwy 4) too.  Bring your sink tips and Wooly Buggers and strip along the edges. 

Recommended 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.

WEST WALKER RIVER

Current River Conditions: Flows have dropped this week but still are at an unwadeable 1,000 CFS and still muddy.  We personally drove by it this week and it looked like chocolate milk. 

Both the CDFW and the county are going to make major plants of fish once the flows recede.  You might want to check out the river up at Picel Meadows as the gradient is more level. ​

Look for a major Golden Stone hatch once things settle down.  Of course the venerable Wooly Bugger is always a go to fly on the W Walker.

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 or black, Glow Bug/red.

EAST WALKER RIVER

Current River Conditions: Flows have dropped to about 500 CFS but need to go to below 200 CFS for safe wading.  The river is no marginally fishable, but be careful!  Keep checking back, because once flows get below 200 CFS, watch out!

Fishing is really difficult and dangerous for waders.   Stripping an articulated leach or woolybugger along the edges can produce some fish.  Indicator fishing  with nymphs such as Princes, San Juan Worms, Stonefly nymphs and Copper Johns catch fish too.

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

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.  Fish the eddies.

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  150 CFS and has cleared.  That being said, the river is still running high.  

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 is clear and beginning to turn a little 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. 

LOWER SACRAMENTO RIVER

Current River Conditions: Flows are at around 10,500 CFS which is perfect for floating the Lower Sac.

River is fishing so,so and Caddis is the most important bug right now.  Pupa and larva patterns will do the trick.  Try a size #14 Bird's nest and you might be surprised as the fish will take it for both a Caddis pupa and a large mayfly nymph-you get two bangs for your buck!  There can be some dry fly action on Elk Hair Caddis near dusk. 

It's important to get your fly down to the bottom so use enough weight.  Try swinging size #14 soft hackles in the riffles during hatches.  Stonefly nymps both Golden or Rubberlegs make a good anchor fly in a two fly nymph rig.  Tie in a size #16 beadhead/flashback PT below.

There is not a lot of dry fly action but keep your eyes open for rises later in the day and throw an Elk Hair Caddis at them.

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.  Fox's Poopah #14

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


UPPER SACRAMENTO RIVER

Current River Conditions: Flows are still at a little over 300 CFS at Delta, and the fishing remains fair. 

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 during the day. Early morning and evening will provide some surface action.  Swinging nymphs through riffles will get fish during mid day. Knowledgeable fishermen begin fishing in the morning at Delta and work their way upstream in elevation as the day progresses.  Not a lot of bugs this year, probably due to the scouring by floods last winter.

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 pretty clear. The road into Nature Conservancy and  Ah-Di-Na has been repaired.

River is fishing OK but nothing to write home about. Golden Stones, Green Drakes are over but PMDs are making a good showing depending where you are on the river.  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 over.

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.  

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, with lots of weight can be productive. Brown Rubber Legs makes a good anchor fly on the Pit in roily pockets.  Fish early and late.

Be careful and use a wading staff as the Pit can be treacherous . . . even you young guys & gals.

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

FEATHER RIVER LOW FLOW

Current River Conditions: Flows are around 4,000 CFS in the low flow section making the river dangerous to wade.  It's a waste of time for  the forseeable future.  Conditions may improve once construction is completed at the dam spillway.

LOWER AMERICAN RIVER

Current River Conditions: Flows are are holding steady at around 3500 CFS and many of  the traditional runs are becoming wadeable.

Shad fishing for all practical purposes is over but there is still some decent striper action throughout the river. We're hearing good reports from downstream of the island at Sailor Bar.

Our guides at the shop are on the AR every day, so stop by and pick their brains or maybe let them take you out and get you into some fish.

Recomended Flies

Shad: Bloody Maria, American River Pinky

Bass: Clouser Minnows/all color combinations but chartreuse and white seem to never fail

PUTAH CREEK

Current River Conditions: Flows remain at about 600 CFS with a green tint, making the creek difficult to wade.  Best to wait until September when flows drop.

If you are careful,  you can fish the edges of the creek with midge larval patterns suspended under an indicator and get some nice fish. 

Recomended Patterns

Bead Head Pheasant Tail #12, #14 & #16, San Juan Worm/passionate pink, 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. 

Adams Parachute #14 & #16, Elk Hair Caddis #14 & #16

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