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Kiene's American Fly Fishing Co. Fishing Report

kiene's american river fly fishing report

WEST CARSON RIVER

Updated - 8/16/17

Current River Conditions: Flows are running at 79 CFS which is perfect for this beautiful water.

Fishing is good.  The W Carson received a 900 lb plant of fish last week from Alpine County. As the water warms up this August, fishing in the freestone section near Crystal Springs will be better than in the meadow. We fished the river by Sorensens on Tuesday and caught only 6" Cutthroats but no planters.  Fishing the freestone section in the canyon may be the best bet at this time. ​

No hatches were apparent but  a few fish were working on the surface.  The fish showed interest in Elk Hair Caddis, Adams Parachute, and Crazy Charlies.    

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, Liz's Tequila Twist,  Dave's Hopper #10 or Crazy Charlie #10.  Adam's Parachute #6.

EAST CARSON RIVER

Updated - 8/16/17

Current River Conditions: Flows have eased down to 452 CFS and which is definitely fishable though still a little high.  Thunderstorm on Tuesday muddied up the water a little but should be clear by the weekend.  Check weather reports before going. ​

We've had recent reports that Fishing is great. Todd at the Alpine County Fish & Game Commission says they are planting 900 lbs of fish last Thursday.   Bring your sink tips and Wooly Buggers and strip along the edges.  CDFG planted Markleeville Creek a couple of weeks ago, though the water is getting a little too thin for future plants.

Recommended Patterns

Pheasant Tail #12, #14 & #16, San Juan Worm/passionate pink, Liz's Tequila Twist, Golden Stone Nymph #8,, #10, & #12, Copper John/red or copper #14, #16, Prince Nymph (various sizes), Wooly Bugger/rusty, black, Glow Bug/red.  If you see a pod of planters, try dragging a rusty Wooly Bugger with a size #18 Copper John/red tied on as a dropper through the school.

WEST WALKER RIVER

Updated - 8/16/17

Current River Conditions: Flows are still coming down and are now at 400 CFS.

Fishing is good and improving, which means that regular fish planting has started and word has it that a large number of trophy size trout were planted by the county this last week.  The location is a secret but I was told by the person who told me that he would have to kill me if I put it in this report.

Use lots of weight to get nymphs like Pheasant Tails and Prince Nymphs down to the bottom.  
Dragging a streamer along the rip-rap can get some nice fish that hide in the rocks.​

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, olive or black, Glow Bug/red.

EAST WALKER RIVER

Updated - 8/16/17

Current River Conditions: Flows are gradually dropping and are now at 343 CFS so the future continues to look promising.  Keep checking back, because once flows get below 200 CFS, watch out!

Fishing is good for most fishermen and excellent for those who know the river.  Browns up to 22" were caught recently, 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.  Water is still a little high but might be worth a try.  

Stripping an articulated leach or wooly bugger 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.  Use lots of weight.  Hoppers are prolific but fish are only occasionally on them.  Small bead head Pheasant Tails (#16 & #18) and Caddis pupa patterns will get grabs.  Try a red Squirmy Wormy, or Liz's Tequila Twist as a part of any two fly rig.  They look like aquatic worms but also remind the fish of blood midges that are prolific in the lake above.  

Recomended Patterns

Pheasant Tail 14 & #16, San Juan Worm/passionate pink, Mercer's Epoxy Stone #8,, #10, & #12, Mercer's Micro Mayfly #18,  Copper John/red or copper #14, #16, Prince Nymph (various sizes), Wooly Bugger/rusty, black, Glow Bug/red.  Zebra Midge/black, brown, red #18 & #20, WD40 gray #18 & #20, Liz's Tequila Twist.

LOWER OWENS RIVER

Updated - 8/16/17

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

Fishing is improving, though flows are still high. ​

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 or red, Fox's Poopah

HOT CREEK

Updated - 8/16/17

Current River Conditions: Flows have dropped a little to  95 CFS and is at perfect flows.  

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.  A hopper dropper set up will double your chances.  

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 is in force so make sure you have some little #18 tent caddis in your fly box.  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 all the transitional fly patterns that you need for fishing Hot Creek such  plus fly tying materials to tie them, if you tie your own.

Recomended Patterns

Nymphs: 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. Bird's Nest #16, #18

Olive, Black, Natural Rabbit. WD-40/black, chocolate, gray, olive #18, #20, Disco Midge/red,pearl #18, #20

Dries: Elk Hair Caddis #18, #20, Tent Caddis #18, #20, EC Caddis #18, #20, Griffiths Gnat #18, #20, Para Midge #18, #20, CDC Loop Winged Emerger #18, #20
Brooks Sprout Midge/black, cream, gray, olive #18, #20, #24, Brooks Sprout Baetis #18, #20, #24, Brooks Sprout PMD #18, Brooks Sprout Trico #18, #20, #2, Quill Body Parachute/olive, tan, black  #18, #20, Quigley Cripple/gray #18, CDC Floating Nymph Emerger/Baetis, PMD #18, Rusty Spinner #18, Black Spinner #20, Lawson's Thorax/PMD, Baetis  #18, #20

CROWLEY LAKE

Updated - 8/16/17

Current Conditions:  Water is clear 
Fishing is good. A bunch of fish are still holding near the McGee Creek inlet in about ten feet of water.  The fish in the channel are down about 30 ft. Fish are definitely on to Perch fry, so stripping matukas and streamers will get strikes. Look for currents of cold water near weeds 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 or brown, and Matukas  #10 are getting fish.

UPPER SACRAMENTO RIVER

Updated - 8/16/17

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

Fishing is still only 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 late summer mode.  Air temperatures are begining to cool a little so good fishing is not far off.  

Our guides recommend that 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 do all your fishing in the morning or evening and siesta mid day.  Swinging nymphs through oxygenated riffles will get fish during mid day.  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 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 

PIT RIVER

Updated - 8/16/17

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

River is still Fishing Very Well at Pit #3 and we've had a reliable report that  Pit #4 is fishing well though water is high and over 400 CFS. With fluctuating flows-be careful.  The quality of the fishing can change daily depending on flows.  Pit #5 is still running over 1500 CFS.  Bugs are primarily Caddis, PMDs and Baetis.  The Pit is a dangerous river to wade so wear a personal flotation device.

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.

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

HAT CREEK

Updated - 8/16/17

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 remains fair though weekends have been crowded with fishermen. The bugs are out in force and the Trico spinner fall is happening mid morning followed by PMDs.  Caddis are strong in the evenings.

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.  Swinging an olive or tan Bird's Nest in the riffles and seams can be succesfull.  In the evening stalk the flats below Power House #2 or at Carbon Flats for sipping risers.  

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

Nymphs:

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, Bird's Nest #14 & #16.

Dries:

Stimulator #2-#12, Adams Parachute #14 & #16, Elk Hair Caddis #14 & #16, .Trico Parachute #20, Parachute PMD #16, Quigley Cripple/gray #14 & #16, and #18, Elk Hair Caddis #14 & #16, Cutter's EC Caddis #16.

McCLOUD RIVER

Updated - 8/16/17

Current River Conditions: Flows are has dropped to around 215 CFS water is pretty clear. The road into Nature Conservancy and  Ah-Di-Na has been repaired.

River is  still fishing spotty, just as it was last week.  With a little cooler late August weather things should begin to turn on soon. 

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.

Book a guide trip with one of our guides for the legendary October Caddis hatch.  Contact the shop and we can hook you up with one of our guides for a memorable trip.

Recomended Patterns

Nymphs:

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, Mercer's Z Wing Caddis #13 & #16

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

Dries: 

Stimulator #8-#12, Adams Parachute #14 & #16,  PMD Parachute #16, Elk Hair Caddis #14 & #16, Parachute PMD #14 & #16, Quigley Cripple #16.

LOWER SACRAMENTO RIVER

Updated - 8/16/17

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

Fishing has improved to very good. and decent reports have come from those who fished upstream from the Sundial Bridge since its been reopened. Shop guide Phil White (Fish Habit Outfitters) says that on recent floats Caddis and Baetis (Blue Wing Olive) nymphs have been the ticket.  His clients did best on Baetis nymphs #18 & #20. Limited dry action in the evenings.  Fish riffles and drop offs.  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.

The Lower Sac is best fished with a guide who knows all of the holding lies and is networked with all of the other guides on the river.  Call us at Kiene's and we will hook you up with one of our expert guides that can assure a productive day on the river.

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

LOWER YUBA RIVER

Updated - 8/16/17

Current River Conditions: Flows have slowly dropped to 1,530 CFS but are scheduled to drop to the 1000 CFS range in the next week or so. River has changed dramatically due to winter flooding.  Access upstream from the bridge is now possible on the north side of the river. The river looks totally different, as what little riparian strip that there was is now gone.  It's a whole new game.   

Fishing remains fair.  Not a lot of bugs this year due to the scouring of winter flows.  Best flies are going to be streamers and hoppers.  Try swinging an olive Bird's Nest #14 on a sink tip into the seams close to shore.  Slapping a hopper along the drop offs or the bank can get a few takes.  The river is best fished from a driftboat.

Below Daguerra Point Dam its all about Stripers and a considerable number of Shad getting ready to depart.  Some Salmon are showing.  Best Striper fishing is just upstream from Marysville.

Recomended Patterns

Nymphs:

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.

 Mercer's Z Wing Caddis #14, bead head Bird's Nest/olive.

Dries:

Adams Parachute #14 & #16, Elk Hair Caddis #14 & #16, Stimulator #8, Crazy Charlie/tan #8

LOWER AMERICAN RIVER

Updated - 8/16/17

Current River Conditions: Flows are are holding steady at around 3500 CFS

Fishing is Fair.  Not much changed from last week and Stripers, both shakers and big ones continue to be spread out throughout the river.  Half Pounders are also scattered from Nimbus to Paradise Beach.  

Our shop guide Phil White (Fish Habit Outfitters) says that the Crawdads are moulting so now is a good time to swing something that looks like a soft shell Crawdad such as a Creek Crawler (color "dirt").  Andy Guibord also recommends that for Half Pounders, swinging streamers such as Silver Hiltons or olive Bird's Nests will elicit strikes.

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

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

Half Pounders: Andy at the shop recommends swinging, Wooly Buggers, Fox's Poopa/olive, Bird's Nest/olive, Slump Busters #10, Zonkers #10

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