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EASTERN SIERRA

 

WEST CARSON RIVER

FISHING REPORT
Updated - 10/11/17


Current River Conditions: Flows increased a little to 50 CFS which is perfect for this beautiful water.
Fishing is great.   The freestone section in the canyon was planted with 900 lbs of fish last Friday, and is fishing well.   We fished it on Saturday and did well, catching ten to twelve inch fish.  We saw some behemoth fish in the deep pools but couldn't get them to grab.  Right now beaded flashback pattern #16 or smaller particularly if it has some red,  will get you the most fish.  Best fishing is from late morning on.​

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

FISHING REPORT
Updated - 10/11/17


Current River Conditions: Flows have dropped slightly down to 131 CFS which is a great flow for this river. 
Fishing is red  hot.  Alpine County  planted 900 lbs of fish last Friday and they are bite'n.  The  hot fly is anything size #16 and smaller that is bright red.  Fish have been planted in several spots along Hwy 89 and Hwy 4. Best fishing is from late morning on. 

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

FISHING REPORT
Updated - 10/11/17


Current River Conditions: Flows are at a very fishable 108 CFS. 

Fishing  is still very good.  Planted fish have been spread out at several locations on the river.  Best fishing is in the canyon downstream from the Little Walker to the town of Walker.  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.  Try crossing the river to the east bank and you will be surprised at how much better you do.  No word about fishing at Picel Meadows, though word is that it has received very little pressure this summer.  

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

FISHING REPORT
Updated - 10/11/17


Current River Conditions: Flows are at  195 CFS but water is dirty.   

Fishing is good.  Unusually cool water and great flows for this time of year is making fall of 2017 a great time to fish the eastern Sierra. 

A fair number of fish are going over 20" are being caught both on the CA side and Rosaschi Ranch on 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.  Nevada fishing licenses are available at Ken's Sporting Goods in Bridgeport.   Reports are that Rainbows are predominantly found on the Nevada side with most Browns on the CA side.  Try black rubberlegs and large dark streamers in the off color water.

We've received reports that the Browns are beginning to pair up on redds, so be careful to not disturb them.   

The bigger Browns are going to be caught by stripping a large articulated leach or wooly bugger along the edges of the undercuts.  With cooler weather, baetis nymphs (blue wing olive) and midges are the predominant bugs.  Try Micro Mayflies, Dark Lords and Princes.   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.   

Recommended General All Around 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

FISHING REPORT
Updated - 10/11/17


Current River Conditions: Flows are down to  68 CFS which is very fishable.   
Fishing is only fair.  Not a lot going on.  Browns haven't begun their spawning run from the lake. 

Probably your best bet will be to fish for leftover planters near the campground.  Caddis hatch is going on in the afternoons.

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

FISHING REPORT
Updated - 10/11/17


Current River Conditions: Flows are at about 450 CFS.  

Fishing is still poor.  Water is super clear but fishing is iffy at these high flows.  What fish that have been caught this past week are super healthy and some are quite large.  Floating is the best option, and will improve once the flows drop to below 350 CFS.  Keep checking back.

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

FISHING REPORT
Updated - 10/11/17


Current River Conditions: Flows 60 CFS.   

Fishing remains good.  Not much has changed.  Good Caddis hatches in the afternoon.   #18 Tent Caddis patterns work better than Elk Hair.  With freezing nights Caddis will be over soon.  Baetis and midge patterns are where the action is.  A Stimulater may still fool fish who remember the hoppers or are looking for October Caddis. 

No word yet on the results of the electro-shocking last week  but keep checking back and we will let you know as soon as we get a report.

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

FISHING REPORT
Updated - 10/11/17


Current Conditions:  Water is clear   
Fishing is fair and remains about the same as last week.  Many of the fish have moved into the north arm and are staging for the fall spawn. Otherwise they are pretty well spread out. Midges suspended under an indicator are your best bet, but for those who like to think outside of the box, a Balance Leach below an indicator might be worth a try.      

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

FISHING REPORT
Updated - 10/11/17
Water Conditions: Good but with some algae. 
Fishing is fair to good.  Fishing hasn't improved much.  Basically those Dragging wooly Buggers  and Popcorn Beetles hare having the most success.    
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...

For information about multi day guided trips with lodging on Pyramid Lake click here

 

WEST SLOPE NORTHERN SIERRA

 

McCLOUD RIVER

 FISHING REPORT
Updated
10/11/17


Current River Conditions: Flows are around 247 CFS at Ah d Na and water is pretty clear.  

River is fishing is fair and not much has changed from last week.  More large fish are making their way upstream from Lake Shasta so stripping streamers can be productive.  Most fish that were caught this past week were on the small side.  October Caddis are hatching but the fish aren't on to them yet, so creeping pupae along the rock bottom might pick up a few fish.   Black Rubber Legs will fool the fish into thinking they are cased October Caddis.  

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. Black Rubber Legs #8

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

FISHING REPORT
Updated - 10/11/17


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.  

Fishing remains good.  Not that crowded right now, particularly during the week. There are still some Tricos hatching mid day.  Try a hopper dropper with a red #18 Copper John or other small mayfly pattern in the riffles. A Mercer's Micro Mayfly can be deadly.   

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, Mercer's Micro Mayfly.

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

FISHING REPORT
Updated - 10/11/17


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

Fishing remains fair which is normal for this time of the year.  Not much has changed since last week. Occasional hatches of PMDs, Tricos and Baetis (blue wing olive) provide some dry fly action.  Most fish are caught by Swinging streamers, and Bird Nests.  Olive leach patterns such as the Hale Bop, often catch the biggest fish.  Also try swinging a size #18 soft hackle into areas you see fish rising.   

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. 

The Fall River is only accessible by watercraft and  requires that you use some specialized techniques, so we recommend that you fish it with a guide the first time out.  Call the shop and 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. 

LAKE ALMANOR

FISHING REPORT
Updated - 10/11/17

Current Conditions:  Water is clear and about 61 degrees.  

Fishing is slow.  Not much has changed this week  and water remains a little on the warm side, but with cold nights it should get down into the 50s when things should turn on.  Hamilton Branch never really got going due to high off color water this year.  The Feather River north of town is fishing very well as the fish are on to the October Caddis hatch.  Fishing for planters is good, near the dam.

VALLEY TAIL WATERS

 

LOWER SACRAMENTO RIVER

FISHING REPORT
Updated - 10/11/17


Current River Conditions: Flows remain at 9,000 CFS at bend bridge which is perfect for floating the Lower Sac.  

Fishing is fair to good Only a few Salmon have made it up to the Anderson/Redding area so the egg bite is delayed for the time being.  Caddis and Baetis (Blue Wing Olive) nymphs have been the ticket. Fish the riffles and drop offs with a combination Caddis Pupae and midge or baetis.   Not a lot of Salmon yet, so the egg bite is still a little ways off. 

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

FISHING REPORT
Updated - 10/11/17


Current River Conditions: Flows are at 900 CFS in the low flow section.  

Fishing remains fair to good.  Fishing hasn't changed much this past week  Reports are coming in that smaller Steelhead and a few adults have moved into the system.  Fish are in the riffles and deep runs.  Most fish are caught 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 AMERICAN RIVER

FISHING REPORT
Updated - 10/11/17


Current River Conditions: Flows have finally dropped to around 2,400 CFS

Fishing remains fair which is typical for this time of the year. 

Half Pounders are increasing in numbers and remain scattered from Nimbus to Paradise Beach.  Received a good report from the Gristmill access.  We had a report that there were a fair number of half-pounders hanging with the Salmon just downstream from the Sunrise walk bridge.  As Salmon begin to sit on redds, Steelhead will hold downstream.   Our shop guide, Andy Guibord, recommends that for Half Pounders, swinging streamers such as Silver Hiltons or olive Bird's Nests will elicit strikes. We had a look at the fish ladder at the Nimbus Hatchery, and noticed a few Steelhead in the holding pool.  Only a few Salmon were observed, and they may possibly be stray Sacramento River fish. 

Salmon fishing is improving in the upper river.  Because of shoulder to shoulder crowds you will need to stay away from the narrow sections of the river and swing through tail outs with bright streamers.  

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

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. 

NORTH COAST

TRINITY RIVER

FISHING REPORT
Updated - 10/11/17


Current River Conditions: Flows are running at around 400 CFS at Lewiston and are scheduled to drop to 350 CFS on October 15th.  

Fishing is good.  Things are finally starting to happen on the Trinity and the water around Lewiston is fishing well for half-pounders and a few adults.  More than normal wild adult fish are in the system this season. There are some  fish holding between Junction City and Douglas City and also between North Fork and Willow Creek. 

For a guide, give the shop a call and we will set you up.

 

KLAMATH RIVER

FISHING REPORT
Updated - 10/11/17

Current River Conditions: The river is running at about 2120 CFS at Orleans, about 950 CFS at Irongate Dam.  ​

Fishing is good and improving.  Not much in the way of reports this week but the Orleans area should still be producing some fish.    With the Salmon in the system the Steelhead should be on to egg patterns soon. 

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.  

EEL RIVER

FISHING REPORT
Updated - 10/11/17


Current River Conditions: Flows 119 CFS at Scotia

Fishing is poor:  Once we get some rain things will improve.

 

RUSSIAN RIVER

FISHING REPORT
Updated - 10/11/17


Current River Conditions: Flows are little above 150 CFS with a green tint.

Fishing is fair.  Nothing has changed since our last report.  River is in the doldrums and will stay that way until we get some rain.   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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