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Kiene's American Fly Fishing Co. Fishing Report

kiene's american river fly fishing report

TRUCKEE RIVER

Updated - 8/2/17

Current River Conditions: Flows were dropped this week to 124 CFS at Truckee.  Fish are concentrated in deeper runs, tributary inlets and springs.  Truckee fish are very temperature sensitive.

Our guides tell us that fishing is Good and Insects such as PMDs, Caddis, and some Blue Wing Olives are still showing. 

Good patterns to try are those that represent larval stages of PMDs, Blue Wing Olives and Caddis larva.    Don't forget to try patterns that represent Green Drakes (hatch is over but small PTs, will represent juvenile GDs) , Golden Stones (as with Green Drakes, smaller versions of GS patterns will catch fish) and Worms.  We have reports that passionate pink San Juan Worms under an indicator along the edges are catching fish.  Try slapping a hopper pattern along the edges in the afternoon.

Recomended Patterns

Parachute/tan or pale yellow #16 & #18,  Stimulator/#10 & #12, Humpy/yellow #14 & #16, Adams Parachute #14, Crazy Charlie #10

Pheasant Tail #12, #14 & #16, San Juan Worm/passionate pink, Mercer's Epoxy Stone #12 & #14Copper John/red or copper #14, #16, Prince Nymph (various sizes), Wooly Bugger/rusty, black, Glow Bug/red. Near Enough Crawdad #8

LITTLE TRUCKEE RIVER

Updated - 8/2/17

Current River Conditions: Flows remain around 100 CFS and the river is easily crossable, though be careful and use a wading staff. 

Recent reports at the shop are that fishing is very good though unfortunately you will probably have lots of company.  The evening bite on top is very good.  Fish are now in their usual holding lies along undercuts and in the seams.  San Juan Worms can get you fish and so can scudds. Golden Stones and Green Drakes are over but nymphing with a Mercer Epoxy Stone size #12 or #14 may get grabs. Midge nymph and scud patterns are always a staple on the Little Truckee and should be a part of any multi fly nymph rig.​

This is a good river to fish with a guide your first time out so give us a call at the shop and we will hook you up . . . no pun intended. 

Recomended Patterns

Parachute PMD pale yellow #16 & #18, ,  Stimulator/Yellow #10 & #12, Humpy/yellow #14 & #16, Parachute Blue Wing Olive #18. Adams Parachute #14 & #16.

Pheasant Tail #12, #14 #16 & #18, San Juan Worm/pink, Mercer's Epoxy Stone #12 & #14, Copper John/red or copper #14, #16, Scuds/pink & olive #14

EAST WALKER RIVER

Updated - 8/2/17

Current River Conditions: Flows have finally dropped below 500 CFS to about 450 CFS but need to go to below 300 CFS for safe wading.  The river is now fishable, but be careful!  Keep checking back, because once flows get below 200 CFS, watch out!

Fishing is good for those who know the river.  Browns up to 22" have been caught this past week, and there seem to be a good population of smaller Rainbows (about 60%) that have washed down from the lake during high water.  This looks like it might be a great year on the E Walker.

Stripping an articulated leach or woolybugger along the edges can produce some of the bigger fish.  Indicator fishing  with nymphs such as Princes, San Juan Worms, Stonefly nymphs and Copper Johns catch fish too.  Make sure a midge pattern is a part of any two fly rig. 

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

Updated - 8/2/17

Current River Conditions: Flows are down to  74 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. 

Fishing is fair. 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

Updated - 8/2/17

Current River Conditions: Flows have dropped to about 448 CFS making the river marginally fishable.  

Fishing is marginally fair. 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

Updated - 8/2/17

Current River Conditions: Flows have dropped a little to  150 CFS and has cleared.  That being said, the river is still running a little high but clear.

Fishing is Good and now is the time to think about fishing Hot Creek as it was planted this past fall and the water is now getting into shape.  Try hoppers along the edges.  When you first approach the river, fish the edge closest to you and you be surprised that their might be a trout right under your feet.  Streamers are a good bet along the edges.  The morning micro Caddis hatch should be getting started soon and so should the Tricos.  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.

UPPER SACRAMENTO RIVER

Updated - 8/2/17

Current River Conditions: Flows are still at a little over 350 CFS at Delta and water is clear.

Fishing is fair though those who know the river fish the upper river closer to Dunsmuir and do well. 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 and as a matter of fact doo all your fishing int the morning or evening and siesta mid day.  Swinging nymphs through oxygenanated riffles will get fish during mid day. Knowledgeable fishermen begin fishing in the morning at Sims 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

Updated - 8/2/17

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 pretty good. Golden Stones, Green Drakes are over but PMDs are making a good showing depending where you are on the river and Caddis are coming on strong.   Don't forget San Juan Worms and Princes.  A hopper (a Stimulator or Crazy Charlie 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,  PMD Parachute #16, Elk Hair Caddis #14 & #16, Parachute PMD #14 & #16, Quigley Cripple #16.

HAT CREEK

Updated - 8/2/17

Current River Conditions: downstream from  Power House #2: Flows are are about 180 CFS with good clarity.  Remember to  use a wading staff to cross the riffle.  Water is dropping in the upper river.

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 where there has been good Caddis action.  

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, BWO adult and cripple patterns and Trico parachutes. Don't forget that rusty spinners can be deadly at dusk. Lastly, drifting a red Copper John under a small indicator can be deadly in the faster water.  A good set up would be a combination of the Copper John and a Fox's Poopah.

Recomended Patterns

Bead Head Pheasant Tail #12, #14 & #16 & #18, 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, Quigley Cripple #14 & #16, and #18.

PIT RIVER

Updated - 8/2/17

Current River Conditions: Flows are finally down to a normal 340 CFS on Pit #3 and unfishable below Pit #4.

River is fishing well at Pit #3 and we've had a reliable report that  Pit #4 is fishing well too, though with fluctuating flows-be careful, the quality of the fishing can change daily.  Pit #5 is still blown out.  Bugs are primarily Caddis, PMDs and Baetis. 

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

DAVIS LAKE

Updated - 8/2/17

Current Conditions: Lake level is high (101%) and water clarity is normal.

Fishing is fair to poor. Water temperatures is in the 70s along the shore and the fish have moved into the deeper water making fly fishing difficult.  Bass have been eating up a lot of the smaller fish so only the large ones are left. 

If fishing from a watercraft in deeper water tie on a Pheasant tail or Hare's Ear Nymph and strip with a very slow (creeping) retrieve off of the bottom near the edges of weed beds.

We have guides who fish it all of the time, so give us a call and we will set you up.

LOWER SACRAMENTO RIVER

Updated - 8/2/17

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

River is fishing pretty good and good reports have come from those who fished upstream from the Sundial Bridge since its been reopened. and Caddis is the most important bug right now.  Pupa and larva patterns will do the trick with fish coming up on drys in the evening.  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!  

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 mayfly 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 or Birdsnest below.

Recomended Patterns

Bead Head Pheasant Tail #12, #14 & #16, San Juan Worm/passionate pink, Mercer's Epoxy Stone #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

FEATHER RIVER LOW FLOW

Updated - 8/2/17

Current River Conditions: Flows are down to a normal 1000 CFS in the low flow section.  Boat access is limited as the launch at Riverbend Park is still under repair due to flooding last winter. 

Fishing is fair. Reports are coming in that some smaller Steelhead are in the system.  

LOWER YUBA RIVER

Updated - 8/2/17

Current River Conditions: Flows remain around the 1,800 CFS range which has improved access to good holding water. River has changed dramatically due to winter flooding, and access above the bridge from the north side is now only possible to the upstream boundary of the gravel mine.  

We received a good reports last week from fishermen taking a walk above the bridge.  They did best swing streamers through the fast water into the seams where the fish were holding. 

Below Daguerra Point Dam its all about Stripers with the fishing rated as good.  Shad for all practical purposes is done for the year.  Best Striper fishing is just upstream from Marysville.

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, Stimulator #8

LOWER AMERICAN RIVER

Updated - 8/2/17

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, particularly downstream of Watt Avenue.   Some adult Steelhead are being taken upstream of Gristmill which is somewhat unusual for this time of the year.  Swing flies through oxygenated riffles.   

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

KLAMATH RIVER

Updated - 8/2/17

Current River Conditions: The river is running at about 1000 at Iron Gate and 2300CFS at Orleans,  

Things are getting ready to happen now that the flows have dropped.  Half pounders are just around the corner.

https://www.reports.americanflyfishing.com/

 


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