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EASTERN  SIERRA

TRUCKEE RIVER

FISHING REPORT
Updated - 11/24/17


Current River Conditions: Blown Out @ 1,180 CFS at Truckee.

Fishing is poor.  Fishing is done until flows get back down to around 200 cfs.  Your only option is to drag streamers along the edges and undercuts.  There are probably some hog Browns lurking around.  If you must indicator nymph,  dead drifting a San Juan Worm along the edges should pick up some fish too. ​

Generally Recommended Patterns

Dries:

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

Humpy/yellow #14 & #16, Adams Parachute #14, 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,  Black Rubber Legs.​

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

EAGLE LAKE

FISHING REPORT
Updated - 11/24/17


Current Conditions: South Basin:   Water temperatures are in the low 60s. Clarity has been pretty good this week at around 10 ft at best but down to around 8 ft for the most part. 

Fishing is good:  The the fly fishing has been pretty good this week in spite of the winds and stormy conditions (which are good for fishing this lake) The fish however don't like getting beat up on the rocks in the shallows so they often will stay farther out when the water is rough.  A personal watercraft (with a good anchor) can be very beneficial on windy days. Olive leech  and olive nymphs were the best colors along the shoreline.  Olive wooly buggers (#10 or 12's)  

LITTLE TRUCKEE RIVER

FISHING REPORT
Updated - 11/24/17

Current River Conditions: Flows have come down to 98.2 CFS 

Fishing is poor.

Fishing success has been affected by the variance in flows.  We haven't had a report this week but with the flows back down to a more normal range for this time of the year, fishing should improve.   

Small nymphs  

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.   

Generally 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. 

Nymphs:

Pheasant Tail #12, #14 #16 & #18, San Juan Worm/pink, Mercer's Epoxy Stone #12 & #14, Copper John/red or copper #14, #16, Mercer's Micro Mayfly #18.

A crawdad pattern might get you a big one.

EAST CARSON RIVER

FISHING REPORT
Updated - 11/24/17
THE RIVER UPSTREAM FROM HANGMAN'S BRIDGE IS CLOSED FROM NOVEMBER 15 TO APRIL 28, 2018.  FROM THE BRIDGE DOWNSTREAM TO THE CA/NV STATE LINE THE RIVER REMAINS OPEN ALL YEAR.


Current River Conditions: Flows are up to 307 CFS which is a little high for this river. 


Fishing is as good. We haven't as yet had any recent reports on how the lower river below Hangman's Bridge is fishing, but right now is a great time to fish this section as the water temperatures have dropped.  Best flies are midges and Baetis nymphs.  In the higher flows heavily weighted Baetis nymphs such as Mercer's Micro Mayfly will get down to where the fish are.

Remember this is catch & release and barbless hook water.

Generally 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 - 11/24/17 
From November 15 through April 28, the river is strictly catch & release and barbless hooks.
 

Current River Conditions: Flows are running at 165 CFS. 

Fishing:  No recent report this week but we can assume that not much has changed.  Fish plants have ended for the year but you can be assured that there are plenty left.  

If you fish it, keep moving until you find the fish.  The deeper runs will be the most productive.  With the colder water temps dead drifting with midge and baetis nymphs will probably be the most productive.  Try stripping streamers slowly 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.    

Generally 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 - 11/24/17


Current River Conditions:  50 CFS and the water remains slightly off color, which is perfect for this river.  

Fishing conditions are fair to good.  Flows are better than normal for this time of the year so this is a good time to go before winter weather makes it tough to get over the passes.  Also, Bridgeport Lake is almost full which means that it won't be too long until flows have to increase so the next few weeks might be your last chance to fish it this season.  Crowds have subsided so this is a good time to enjoy this wonderful river without any hassles. 

This is a good time of the year to fish Rosaschi Ranch on the Nevada while the flows are down.  You will hae less people to contend with too.

Browns are on the spawn, so be very careful to avoid pairs on redds.   

Nevada fishing licenses are available at Ken's Sporting Goods in Bridgeport and at the General Store in Topaz. 

E Walker guide Liz Weirauch reports that Prince nymphs working well for her clients and that passionate pink San Juan Worms and Boob Flies worked well too.  Try black Rubber Legs and large streamers in the off tea colored water.

The bigger Browns are going to be caught by stripping a large articulated leach or wooly bugger along the edges of the undercuts.  She also recommends swinging a double fly rig consisting of a Wooly Bugger and a small Prince Nymph tied to the dropper.  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.  

Contact us if you would like us to hook us up with one of our guides who will show you how to fish the East Walker.

* The US Forest Service has only given out three permits to guide on Rosaschi Ranch in Nevada, so it's a good idea to make sure your guide is legal before you fork over any fees.   

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). 

LOWER OWENS RIVER

FISHING REPORT
Updated - 11/24/17


Current River Conditions: Flows have dropped to about 398 CFS.   

Fishing is fair: We haven't had a report this week but we know from experience that fishing should improve greatly at these lower flows.  The report that we had a little over a week ago was that those floating it in boats were doing well and that the fish looked chunky and healthy.  

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

LOWER OWENS RIVER

FISHING REPORT
Updated - 11/24/17


Current River Conditions: Flows have dropped to about 398 CFS.   

Fishing is fair: We haven't had a report this week but we know from experience that fishing should improve greatly at these lower flows.  The report that we had a little over a week ago was that those floating it in boats were doing well and that the fish looked chunky and healthy.  

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

PYRAMID LAKE

FISHING REPORT
Updated - 11/24/17
Water Conditions: Good but rising. 
Fishing is fair.  Not much in the way of new reports.  A guide friend did report that the fishing was consistently fair . . . whatever that means.  Shore fishermen are doing best with wooly buggers and beetle patterns.  
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

UPPER SACRAMNETO RIVER

FISHING REPORT
Updated - 11/24/17

Current River Conditions: Flows are 425 CFS at Delta and water is clear.  

Fishing has been fair to good. No report this week due to the holiday.  Check back after November 28 when we will have an updated report.  The flow report however is current. 

If you are 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 learning the river 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.

Generally Recommended 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. Black Rubber Legs #8

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

 LAKE ALMANOR

FISHING REPORT
Updated - 11/24/17

Current Conditions:  Water is clear.  

Fishing is still slow.  Fishing remains inconsistant which is unusual for this time of the year.  The lake has turned over however.  One of the reason for the inconsistency may be that the lake level is about 4 ft higher than normal.  Cold weather is coming in this week with snow at lake level so fishing may change this coming week.

Some of the best fishing in the Sierra's occurs on Lake Almanor in the winter so keep checking back and we'll let you know as soon as things get going.   

We have guides who are on Almanor all year long so give us a call and we will set you up. 

VALLEY TAIL WATERS

LOWER SACRAMENTO RIVER

FISHING REPORT
Updated - 11/21/17


Current River Conditions: Flows have increased to 13,000 CFS at bend bridge.

Fishing has been good to excellent depending which section of the river you are floating Just had a report from one of our guides that the fish have spread out but once you find them the fishing is excellent.  Steelhead fishing is excellent in the lower canyon.   Steelhead fishing has been great in the lower section closer to Red Bluff. Only a few Salmon have made it up to the Anderson/Redding area so the egg bite has been disappointing this year.  With the Salmon run dying down, the Rainbows should head back up river and spread out again.   With the doubling of flows, it may take several days for things to settle down.    

Caddis (Fox's Poopa & tan Bird's Nests) and Baetis (Mercer's Micro-Mayfly) nymphs have been the ticket.  The fish will take an egg pattern too.   It's important to get your fly down to the bottom so use enough weight.  In the riffles try swinging size #14 soft hackles or tan Birdsnest's. 

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.

Generally Recommended 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 AMERICAN RIVER

FISHING REPORT
Updated - 11/24/17


Current River Conditions: Flows remain at 2,000 CFS which is perfect for wading the American

Fishing remains fair but is improving slightly.  We continue to have reports of increasing numbers of half pounders in the river.  One of our customers came into the shop this morning and told us about an 8 pounder that he landed at some mystery spot somewhere downstream from Ancil Hoffman Park.  The next evening they did well too.  We received a good report about a week ago that one of our customers caught two nice 5 lb adults below Sailor Bar area.   As Salmon begin to sit on redds, Steelhead will hold downstream. With consistent rains this may become a memorable year on the American. 

Important-the lower American River is now closed to protect Salmon spawning from the power line crossing at Ancel Hoffman Park upstream to the Nimbus Basin fish screen below Nimbus Dam until January 1, 2018 

Andy, recommends that for Half Pounders, swinging streamers such as Silver Hiltons or olive Bird's Nests will elicit strikes.  With the Salmon spawing, an egg pattern should be incorporated as part of any two fly set up.   

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. 

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. 

PUTAH CREEK

FISHING REPORT
Updated - 11/24/17


Current River Conditions: Flows are at 85 CFS with a green tint. 

Fishing continues to be good. Putah was fortunately unaffected by the Napa fire so conditions are good.  The fish are very healthy this year and the big ones are starting to show up.  Be careful when wading so that you don't disturb fish on redds.   Our Putah Guide-Richard Loft says that hatches of Baetis and Midges have been prolific the last few weeks and that the usual Baetis and Midge patterns work great.  He recommends trying emerger patterns too.  Best tactic is to nymph with a combination #18 Pheasant Tail (a Mercer Micro-Mayfly will work good too) and a #20 Zebra Midge (or similar-try different colors).  

If you haven't fished Putah, a guide will teach you the tricks you will need to fish this unusual water. Call us at the shop if you want to book one.

General Fly Recomendations

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

KLAMATH RIVER

FISHING REPORT
Updated - 11/24/17

Current River Conditions: The flows have  doubled to about 11,300 CFS at Orleans.  

Fishing is very good and improving.   In the Happy Camp are where the fish are congregating right now.  Quite a few adults have come into the system. With the Salmon in the system the Steelhead are definitely on the egg bite.  Recent storms have helped a lot.  

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.  An egg pattern behind a dark streamer such as a Wooly Bugger or bunny leach should do well.  

The best way to fish the Klamath is by boat.  Call the shop and we will hook you up with one of our guides who can get you into fish. 

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