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Kiene's American Fly Fishing Co. Fishing Report

Courtesy of Kiene's American Fly Fishing Co.

Updated - 8/23/17

LITTLE TRUCKEE RIVER

Current River Conditions: Flows have been bumped up to around 179 CFS but the river is still at a very fishable flow.  

Fishing continues to be very good but unfortunately you will probably have lots of company, so it's best to go midweek.  A few bigger fish that have escaped the low flows are spread out in the river. The evening bite on top is very good.  

San Juan Worms can get you fish and so can scudds. Golden Stones and Green Drakes are over though we've had a report that they will still take a Green Drake cripple or similar. Midge nymph and scud patterns are always a staple on the Little Truckee and should be a part of any multi fly nymph rig.  We had a very reliable report from last week that the fish took a variety of flies mid day.  Don't forget to slap some hoppers along the undercuts.​

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​

Dries:

Parachute PMD pale yellow #16 & #18, ,  Stimulator/Yellow #10 & #12, Fat Albert/tan #8, Humpy/yellow #14 & #16, Parachute Blue Wing Olive #18. Adams Parachute #14 & #16.  Green Drake Cripple #10​

Nymphs:

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, Mercer's Micro Mayfly #18. 

EAST CARSON RIVER

Current River Conditions: Flows have are continuing to drop and are now down to 265 CFS witch is a great flow for this river.  Check weather reports before going as summer thunderstorms can blow this river out quickly. ​

We've had recent reports that Fishing is great. The river has been getting regular plants for a few weeks.   Bring your sink tips and Wooly Buggers and strip along the edges.  Mid day, swing Bird's Nests or soft hackles through the oxygenated riffles. ​

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 CARSON RIVER

Current River Conditions: Flows are running at 92 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 Rainbow planters which is evidence that you had better get there soon after the hatchery truck if you want to catch some nice size Rainbows.  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.   ​

Recommended Patterns

Dry Flies:

Parachute Adams #14 & #16, Yellow Humpy #16, Elk Hair Caddis #14, Royal Wulff #16, Parachute Ant #14.​

Nymphs:

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 Fat Albert #10.  Adam's Parachute #6.

 

EAST WALKER RIVER

Current River Conditions: Flows are gradually dropping and are now at 373 CFS and have been holding for about the last week.  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 particularly if you fish the edges.  

Lots of fishermen on the California side, so for some solitude give Rosaschi Ranch on the Nevada side 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

Dry Flies:

Parachute Adams #14 & #16, Yellow Humpy #16, Elk Hair Caddis #14, Royal Wulff #16, Parachute Ant #14.​

Nymphs:

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.

 

WEST WALKER RIVER

Current River Conditions: Flows have come down dramatically and are now at 273 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.  Fish have been spread out at several locations on the river. ​

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.  Fish the seams.​

Recommended Patterns

Dry Flies:

Parachute Adams #14 & #16, Yellow Humpy #16, Elk Hair Caddis #14, Royal Wulff #16, Parachute Ant #14.​

Nymphs:

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, Fat Albert/tan #8

 

UPPER OWENS RIVER

Current River Conditions: Flows are down to  68 CFS which is very fishable.  
Fishing is only fair.  Not much has changed.  A few bugs such as PMDs and Caddis are showing.   Water upstream from the Hot Creek confluence is cooler and will provide a better chance to catch fish.  Most fish are small. ​

Recomended Patterns

Dries:

Adams Parachute #14-#16, Elk Hair Caddis #14-#16, EC Caddis #16-#18, Dave's Hopper #10, Fat Albert #10​

Nymphs:

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 have remained at about 448 CFS making the river marginally fishable.  Expect flows to stay about the same until fall.

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

 

CROWLEY LAKE

Current Conditions:  Water is clear 
Fishing is fair. 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.  The midge hatch is spotty.

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.    

 HOT CREEK

Current River Conditions: Flows remain at  95 CFS which is a 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. Fish midges and Tricos early and then switch to micro Caddis once the sun comes up.   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

UPPER SACRAMENTO RIVER

Current River Conditions: Flows have dropped a little to about 275 CFS at Delta and water is clear.  

Fishing remains fair though those who know the river fish the upper river closer to Dunsmuir and do well. That being said, there have been a few reports of some anglers doing well downriver near Delta.  River is in good shape but is in its usual late summer mode.  Air temperatures are beginning to cool a little so good fishing is not far off.  Should be a great fall.

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

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. 

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

Dries: 

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

Elk Hair Caddis #14 & #16, 

Parachute PMD #14 & #16

Parachute Ant #14

Dave's Hopper #10

Fat Albert #10

 

McCLOUD RIVER

Current River Conditions: Flows are has dropped to around 215 CFS and 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 so not much has changed. 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

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

Fishing has improved to very good.  Our guides report some excellent days recently though it can be great one day and so-so the next.  That being said, even a so so day will result in you catching a fair number of fish.  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.  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

Nymphs:

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

Dries:

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

 

FEATHER RIVER LOW FLOW

Current River Conditions: Flows are down to a normal 1000 CFS in the low flow section.  Boat the launch at Riverbend Park  is back in business.  ​

Fishing is fair. Reports are coming in that some smaller Steelhead are in the system.  A guide friend floated it with clients last week and did very well on half-pound Steelhead.  Fish are in the riffles and deep runs.  Most of the action is by means of indicator nymphing or swinging.  Salmon are moving into the system so the egg bite should be getting started soon. 

Try swinging an olive Bird's Nest #14, bead head Prince #12, Silver Hilton #10 or even a Glow Bug. Salmon should be in the system real soon, and the egg bite will be on. 

 

LOWER YUBA RIVER

Current River Conditions: Flows are hovering between 1500 to 1800 CFS but are scheduled to drop to the 1000 CFS range soon. 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.  Boat launching is still possible at the bridge but make sure you have a high center 4x4.   

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. Salmon should be trickling in soon.

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, Fat Albert/tan #8

LOWER AMERICAN RIVER

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.  Fishing for Half Pounders should be getting better in the next few weeks.

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

Striped 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, Silver Hilton. 

 

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