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Kiene's American Fly Fishing Co. Fishing Report

Courtesy of Kiene's American Fly Fishing Co.

FISHING REPORT
Updated - 9/20/17

EASTERN SIERRA

TRUCKEE RIVER

Current River Conditions: Flows are now down to 78 CFS at Truckee and fish are concentrated in deeper runs, tributary inlets and springs.  The river is flowing at over 500 CFS below Boca.

Our guides tell us that fishing is fair to good and should improve with some cooler weather. Nights have cooled off a little and should have a positive effect.  Now is hopper time so splashing a hopper pattern along the undercuts can get strikes anytime of the day.  Don't neglect Crawdads which the bigger fish devour.  Dead drift your favorite Crawdad pattern through the usual holding lies for some serious hookups.  Now is the time to creep an October Caddis pattern along the bottom as they are beginning to make their move.

Good patterns to try are those that represent larval stages of PMDs, Blue Wing Olives and Caddis larva.  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 late afternoon and as mentioned above, dead drift Crawdad patterns.

Recommended Patterns
Dries:

Parachute/tan or pale yellow #16 & #18,  Stimulator/#10 & #12,

Humpy/yellow #14 & #16, Adams Parachute #14, Crazy Charlie #10, Royal Wulff #14, Renegade #14.

Nymphs:

Pheasant Tail #12, #14 & #16, San Juan Worm/passionate pink, Mercer's Epoxy Stone #12 & #14 Copper John/red or copper #14, #16, Prince Nymph (various sizes), Wooly Bugger/rusty, black, Glow Bug/red. Near Nuff Crayfish #8, Mercer's Micro Mayfly #18,

Crawdads: Our guides recommend the Near Nuff Crayfish #8 or Creek Crawler #8.  

WEST CARSON RIVER

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

Fishing is great. 1,800 lbs of fish were planted a week ago on Wednesday and many remain.  Lots of them were over 2 lbs.  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.  It will be planted again next week.

Recommended Patterns

Dry Flies:

Parachute Adams #14 & #16, Yellow Humpy #16, Elk Hair Caddis #14, Royal Wulff #16, Parachute Ant #14, Dave's Hopper #10, Fat Albert #10.

Nymphs:Pheasant Tail #12, #14 & #16, San Juan Worm/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.

 

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 should fish great this weekend after Alpine County plants 1800 lbs of fish this week.  Many are in the 2-5 lb range.  A #8 Stimulator or hopper pattern with a red Copper John below will be deadly on these fish.

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 are at a very fishable 139 CFS.

Fishing is very good.   Fish have been spread out at several locations on the river.  Local guide reports that her clients did very well dead drifting Prince Nymphs under an indicator in the canyon section.  Try stripping streamers along the rip-rap or swinging through the fast water to the seams.  No word about fishing at Picel Meadows.

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 and conditions are good though water is a little stained. 

Fishing remains fair to good.   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 in NV 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.

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). 

 

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 plus lots of hoppers on the ground.   Water upstream from the Hot Creek confluence is cooler and will provide a better chance to catch fish.  Most fish are small though their are some nice size planters recently dumped into the areas around the campgrounds.

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

HOT CREEK

Current River Conditions: Flows 60 CFS.  

Fishing remains fair to good.  Mini Caddis are what's happening right now.  Tent Caddis patterns work better than Elk Hair.  Try a hopper (fish are still on to hoppers for the time being) dropper with a #18 Caddis pupa, or Birdsnest.

Temperatures are cooling off at night so hoppers may end soon.

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.

Save years of trial and error by hiring one of our guides to show you the ropes.  Email Gary at the shop and he will  set you up.  

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 with some algae 
Fishing is fair.  The fish in the channel are down about 20 ft. Fish are still on to Perch fry, so stripping matukas and streamers will get strikes.  It is also time to go back to fishing midges under an indicator.    

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.   

 

PYRAMID LAKE

Lake is closed for the season but reopens on October 1st
LATEST WORD . . .
  1. Howard's and Dago will be CLOSED, due to Cultural issues.2. 
  2. Road and beaches from 9 Mile to NORTH is CLOSED.
  3. Beaches that are open on the 1st, from South of 9 Mile to South(ish) of Dago.

This ALL can change, depending on the repair of the road near 9 Mile.. though not likely anytime soon, due to it still have a crevasse of 16' in it, and the tribe is responsible for repairs...

WEST SLOPE NORTHERN SIERRA

UPPER SACRAMENTO RIVER

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

Fishing is fair and improving.  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. The section etween Dunsmuir and Sims is fishing the best. 

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. Small dark nymphs under an indicator will get grabs.  Creeping an October Caddis nymph along the bottom might get a few pick-ups.  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. 

tungsten 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 247 CFS at Ah d Na and water is pretty clear. 

River is fishing is good, which is a slight improvement over last weeks report. A few large fish are making their way upstream from Lake Shasta so stripping streamers can be productive.  October Caddis are getting ready to hatch, so a pupa patterns under an indicator is worth a try. 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

tungsten 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.

McCLOUD RIVER

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. 

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

Tricos are on the water around 8 AM in the flats with a spinner fall after 10 AM.  Calibaetis in the afternoon.  Try a hopper dropper with a red #18 Copper John in the riffles.   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

tungsten 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 RIVER

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

Fishing is only fair which is normal for this time of the year. The main show this time of year is the Trico spinner fall on the upper half of the river.   Swinging streamers, and Bird Nests is the best tactic right now. Also try swinging a soft hackle in areas you see fish. 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 down to 311 CFS on Pit #3 and around 400 below Pit #4. Pit #5 is running over 1000 CFS and is unfishable.

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

 

VALLEY TAIL WATERS

LOWER SACRAMENTO RIVER

Current River Conditions: Flows are at 10000 CFS at bend bridge which is perfect for floating the Lower Sac. 

Fishing remains good .  Caddis and Baetis (Blue Wing Olive) nymphs have been the ticket. Fish the riffles and drop offs with a Caddis larva or pupa with a Baetis larva dropper.  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 or tan Birdsnests in the riffles.  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 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 have dropped a little to 900 CFS in the low flow section. 

Fishing is fair. Reports are coming in that quite a few smaller Steelhead are in the system.  Fish are in the riffles and deep runs. They caught most of their fish by swinging olive Bird's Nests and Prince Nymphs.  Baetis nymphs and small (#18 & smaller) PTs under an indicator will catch fish. 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 remain at 1,120 CFS. River has changed dramatically due to winter flooding, though the river looks great.  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.  Fish are on the move so if you are not having any luck on one section, then move on.   The river is best fished from a driftboat.

Try swinging an olive Bird's Nest #14 on a sink tip into the seams close to shore. 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.  tungsten 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

 

PUTAH CREEK

Current River Conditions: Flows have dropped to 344 CFS with a green tint.

Fishing is poor.  Not much has changed but in about a month fishing should begin to improve.  Experienced anglers are getting a few fish and some big ones at that.  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.  Fish weighted nymphs to make sure you get to the bottom.

Recomended Patterns

Nymphs:

Bead Head Pheasant Tail #12, #14 & #16, #18 & #20 San Juan Worm/passionate pink, Copper John/red or copper #16 & #18, Bead Head Prince Nymph (various sizes), Wooly Bugger/rusty, black, Glow Bug/red.  tungsten bead Zebra Midge/black, brown, red #18-#20, WD 40 #18 & #20, Fox's Poopah #14 & #16. Scud/pink #14.

Dries:

Adams Parachute #14 & #16, Elk Hair Caddis #14 & #16, Comparadun #18, 

NORTH COAST

 

TRINITY RIVER

Current River Conditions: Flows are running at around 300 CFS at Lewiston .  Air is smoky due to local fires.

Fishing is fair and hasn't changed much from last week.  The numbers of half-pounders and adults are increasing slightly.  Cooler nights will improve things . Stay tuned as more half pounders followed by adults should show up by October.   

 

KLAMATH RIVER

Current River Conditions: The river is running at about 2340 CFS at Orleans, about 950 CFS at Irongate Dam.  ​

Fishing is good and improving with reports of a good push of new Steelhead and Salmon moving in this week.  A few reports as far up as Somes Bar.   Keep checking our river flows link below for up to date water temperatures and flows.  Swinging with a Silver Hilton in the riffles is catching fish.  

 

RUSSIAN RIVER

Current River Conditions: Flows are little above 147 CFS with a green tint.

Fishing is fair.  For those who get on the water early before the swimmers and inter tubers, there is some good Smallmouth fishing to be had. 

https://www.reports.americanflyfishing.com


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