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Kiene's American Fly Fishing Co. Fishing Report

Courtesy of Kiene's American Fly Fishing Co.

FISHING REPORT
Updated - 9/15/17

EASTERN SIERRA

WEST CARSON RIVER

Current River Conditions: Flows are running at 67 CFS which is perfect for this beautiful water. 

Fishing is fair.  Even though the river has received regular plants, the fish seem to disappear within a day or so.  1800 lbs of fish were planted on Wednesday so the only other water where you will find that many fish is a fish hatchery.  There are also lots of small LCTs that are challenging to catch.  Fishing the freestone section in the canyon is the best bet at this time. ​

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 CARSON RIVER

Current River Conditions: Flows have are continuing to drop and are now down to 215 CFS witch is a great flow for this river.  Check weather reports before going as summer thunderstorms can blow this river out quickly. 
Fishing is fair. The river has been getting regular plants for several weeks,  but missed this weeks plant due to getting blown out by a thunderstorm.  That being said, the river is now clear.

Nighttime temperatures have dropped considerably so fishing will improve. 

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

Current River Conditions: Flows have come down dramatically and are now at 209 CFS.

Fishing is good, 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 among them Browns.  Fish have been spread out at several locations on the river.  Guides report that their clients on Monday did exceptionally well.  They recommend that with high water dead drift Princes, Birds Nests and red Copper Johns along the rip-rap. No word about fishing at Picel Meadows.

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

EAST WALKER RIVER

Current River Conditions: Flows are still gradually dropping and are down to  259 CFS.  Keep checking back, because once flows get below 200 CFS, watch out! With lower flows lots of water that hasn't been fished is opening up.

Fishing remains good considering that the CA side is very crowded.   A fair number of fish are going over 15" are being caught both on the CA side and the NV side.  Good reports from Sceriene Ranch too.  If the CA side is too crowded head downstream a few miles to the Rosaschi Ranch in NV for some solitude and some great fishing.  Reports are that Rainbows are predominantly found on the Nevada side with most Browns on the CA side.  This looks like it might be a great year on the E Walker. Water is still a little high but its definitely time to go.   

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 (recommend all bead head):

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 (worm pattern). 

 

HOT CREEK

Current River Conditions: Flows have dropped to 60 CFS.  

Fishing remains good.  Fish are on to Tricos and midges while creek is in the shade.  Once sun is on the water, there are lots of micro caddis on the water.  Tent Caddis patterns work better than

Elk Hair.  Lots of hoppers in the area so try slapping hoppers along the edges and in between current seams in the weeds.  A hopper dropper setup will double your chances.

Temperatures are cooling off at night so right now might be the end of the hoppers.

CDFW will be electro-shocking the creek on September 26th to assess last fall's stocking.  If you are in the area, stop by . . . they might be able to use your help. 

When you first approach the river, fish the edge closest to you and you be surprised that their might be a trout at your feet.  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

Current Conditions:  Water is clear 
Fishing is good.  Not much has changed. Best fishing is near the inlets.  Suspended midges are beginning to be successful in get ting fish.  The fish in the channel are down about 20 ft. Fish are definitely on to Perch fry, so stripping matukas and streamers will get strikes. Look for currents of cold water near weeds where you can strip a damsel pattern and stick fish.  Tricos and Calabaetis are hatching in McGee Creek early in the day.  

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.    

 

WEST SLOPE NORTHERN SIERRA

 

UPPER SACRAMENTO RIVER

Current River Conditions: Flows are running about 260 CFS at Delta and water is clear. 

Fishing remains fair.  River is in good shape but is in its usual late summer mode.  Air temperatures are cooling off a bit and fishing has improved slightly . . . things are looking up. River is loaded with October Caddis so fishing should be great in a couple of weeks.

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.  Black Rubber Legs #8 are the hot fly right now.  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.  It's an easy river to learn but why spend several trips getting acquainted when with a guide you can learn it all in a day.  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 up a little to around 241 CFS and water is pretty clear. 

River is fishing fair, which is a slight improvement. A few large fish are making their way upstream. With a little cooler weather forecasted for this coming week things may turnaround. Lots of October Caddis are on the rocks so in a couple of weeks . . . look out!

Major hatches are over. Several anglers have had good luck on #8 black Rubber Legs.  Dark Lords and Princes work well too.

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.

HAT CREEK

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 to good.  Not that crowded right now, particularly during the week.

Trico spinner fall is still happening mid morning in the flats followed by some PMDs.  Fishing should improve with the cooler weather over the next week.  

If the Powerhouse is too crowded for you head down to Carbon Flats or 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.

FALL CREEK

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

Fishing is only fair which is normal for this time of the year. A few PMDs and Calabaetis are hatching.  Swinging streamers, and Bird Nests is the best tactic right now. Cooler nights are finally here so fishing should get better soon.

When dry fly fishing, try twitching the fly at the end of the drift which turns the fly into a cripple and sometimes will draw a strike. Don't bother with dry flies unless you see rising fish. Down below, swinging an olive leach pattern such as a Hale Bopp, a Pheasant Tail Soft Hackle resembling a PMD or a Callibaetis emerger (Gold Rib Hare's ear) attached to a sink tip to get you the biggest fish.

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.

Recommended Patterns

Dries:

Parachute PMD/yellow #16 & #18, Humpy/yellow #16 & #18, Elk Hair Caddis #16, #18.  Quigley Cripple/gray #18, Baetis (Blue Wing Olive) Parachute #18

Nymphs:

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, Mercer's Micro Mayfly #18. 

PIT RIVER

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

 

DAVIS LAKE

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 and they are hard to find. 

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.

 

VALLEY TAIL WATERS

 

LOWER SACRAMENTO RIVER

Current River Conditions: Flows have dropped a little to 9,000 CFS which is perfect for floating the Lower Sac. 

Fishing remains good . 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!  Word is that the fish are still taking sucker egg patterns and will be on to the annual "egg bite" (Salmon) soon. 

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 nymphs 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 from Fish Habit Outfitters, 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,

LOWER YUBA RIVER

Current River Conditions: Flows are down to 1,120 CFS. River has changed dramatically due to winter flooding.  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 is fair with your best chances from a boat. Not a lot of bugs this year due to the scouring of winter flows but fish are definitely on to hoppers right now.   What fish are being caught are skinny and somewhat small.

Try swinging an olive Bird's Nest #14 on a sink tip into the seams close to shore.  The river is best fished from a driftboat. Salmon should be trickling in soon.  Shortly, the fish will be on an egg bite once the Salmon get down to business.

Remember that the river upstream from Hwy 20 bridge is now closed to protect spawning Salmon until December 1st.

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 or tan.

Dries:

Adams Parachute #14 & #16, Elk Hair Caddis #14 & #16, Stimulator #8, Fat Albert/tan #10, Hippy Stomper #10

 

LOWER AMERICAN RIVER

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

Fishing is only Fair which is typical for late summer.  Stripers are done for the time being.

Half Pounders are increasing in numbers and remain scattered from Nimbus to Paradise Beach.  Received a good report from the Gristmill access.   Fishing for Half Pounders should be getting better in the next few weeks once air temps drop.  Fair number of Salmon have been seen up to Sailor Bar river. 

Our shop guide, Andy Guibord, 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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