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EASTERN  SIERRA

TRUCKEE RIVER

FISHING REPORT
Updated - 12/1/17


Current River Conditions: Blown Out @ 1,210 CFS at Truckee.

Fishing is poor.  No new reports but fishing is pretty much out of the question until flows get back down to around 200 cfs.  If you decide to fish anyway 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 for the Truckee

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.  

​LITTLE TRUCKEE RIVER

FISHING REPORT
Updated - 12/1/17


Current River Conditions:  This past week the flows have more than doubled to around 250 CFS 

Fishing is poor: No new reports.  Fishing success has been affected by the variance in flows but things should have settled down by now.  Keeping in mind that weather has been relatively warm so  the fish should be more active than they usually are this time of the year . . . it might be worth a try.  Flashy Midges and Baetis flies are going to be your best bet.  

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 Recommended Patterns for the Little Truckee

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 WALKER RIVER

FISHING REPORT
Updated - 12/1/17


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

Fishing conditions are very good.   Best reports have come from the lower river at Scierene Ranch and Rosaschi Ranch.  Flows are lower 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. Patterns to try: copper john, micro mayfly, micro stone, flashback emerger, san juan worm, zebra midge, mini leech, seal bugger, moal leech, zuddler. 

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

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.  Our guides have permits. 

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 - 12/1/17


Current River Conditions: Flows are at 68 CFS which is very fishable. 
Fishing is fair to good.  Most of the action is on planters and fishing seems to have improved a little with the cooler temperatures.  The Browns are done spawning.  Most of the action will be by fishing nymphs.   A nymph under a hopper is the best technique in the low water.  One of the flies in your rig should be a midge pattern as the larger bugs are getting scarce.

Recommended General All Around 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 - 12/1/17


Current River Conditions: Flows are at 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

HOT CREEK

FISHING REPORT
Updated - 12/1/17


Current River Conditions: Flows 61 CFS.   

Fishing is very good.  Lots of small fish in the creek which are a result of the recent fish plant in November.  Baetis and midge patterns are where the action is.  Fish are still hitting on top.  

Save years of trial and error on this very technical creek by hiring one of our guides to show you the ropes.  Call the shop and we will set you up.  

Recommended General All Around Hot Creek 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

PYRAMID LAKE

FISHING REPORT
Updated - 12/1/17
Water Conditions: Good but rising. 
Fishing is fair.  Fish are still off shore and may not come in closer until weather gets colder. Shore fishermen who are successful 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...

WEST SLOPE NORTHERN SIERRA

UPPER SACRAMENTO RIVER

FISHING REPORT
Updated - 12/1/17

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

Fishing is good.  The high flows have subsided and things are back to normal.  We've had reports that fishing large Stimulaters have been working well though you should switch to crippled October Caddis patterns if the Stimulaters don't get any attention.   

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 for the Upper Sac

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 Micro Mayfly #16 & #18

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

CENTRAL VALLEY STILLWATERS


SACRAMENTO/SAN JOAQUIN DELTA

FISHING REPORT
Updated - 12/1/17


Current Conditions: Fishing is fair to good.  Water in the 60s

Fishing is Good.  Stripers are what's happening  right now.  Delta guide Bryce Tedford reports that "fall Striper fishing has been good to great! Water temperatures are in the mid 50's throughout much of the Delta & Fall fishing is in full swing. The fish have been biting well & we have seen quality fish over 5lbs move into the system. Also, the opportunity for a trophy over 10lbs is not out of the question! The key to finding more fish has been moving around to various areas in the Delta & finding fish willing to bite. The days are cooling & in-climate weather is always a possibility, make sure to dress accordingly."

If you don't own or have access to a watercraft, give us a call and we will set you up with one of our experienced Delta guides.    

Recommended General All Around Patterns

Clouser Minnow - chartreuse/white, gray/white #2
Gurgler: chartreuse/white #2
Near Enough (Crawdad) #2

VALLEY TAIL WATERS

LOWER YUBA RIVER

FISHING REPORT
Updated - 12/1/17


Current River Conditions: Flows are back down to  1,300 CFS.  

Fishing is fair to good: We just got our first good report on the lower Yuba this year!  We had a highly reliable report that anglers have been doing real well  on  top with fish hitting Baetis patterns mid day.  Fish are spread out through out the river.  Salmon run has been dismal so there is not much of an egg bite. Though egg patterns are worth a try.  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 though there is quite a bit of wading access.  

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

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

Recommended General All Around Patterns for the Lower Yuba

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

LOWER AMERICAN RIVER

FISHING REPORT
Updated - 12/1/17


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

Fishing is good.  Good reports are coming into the shop regularly.  One of our "young gun" customers reported that he and his friends have been slamming them  in the river below Ancil Hoffman Park.  He wouldn't exactly say where but we assume they have been fishing either Hagen Park on the Cordova side, or Gristmill or maybe Watt Ave.   Though young fishermen can be prone to exaggeration, his report along with others have been very encouraging.  Look for Salmon on redds, as 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 - 12/1/17


Current River Conditions: Flows are at 85 CFS. 

Fishing continues to be good.  Reports remain very good.   Be careful when wading so that you don't disturb fish on redds.   The usual Baetis and Midge patterns are working great. If you see fish rising try cripple patterns instead of adults.  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).  

Large Rainbows from Solano Lake are in the creek to spawn during the month of December .  We encourage fishermen to be very careful when wading or for that matter don't wade at all, so as  to avoid disturbing fish on redds. 

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

TRINITY RIVER

FISHING REPORT
Updated - 12/1/17


Current River Conditions: Flows are running at around 300 CFS at Lewiston.  

Fishing is good.  Things are finally starting to happen on the Trinity and the water around Lewiston is fishing fairly decent (though you may have a lot of company) for half-pounders and a few adults.  The best reports are coming from the middle river. We just had a report from one of our guides that that the area around Douglas City is fishing excellent.  Our guide Brian Clemens advises that you move around, you can have good luck finding fish away from the crowds.  Salmon  are now on redds and the  Steelhead are beginning to hit on egg patterns, otherwise Stone Nymphs, big Prince Nymphs, Copper Johns, Rubber Legs, Birds Nests and Baetis patterns will get fish. 

If you would like to book a guide date with Brian, call the shop and we will let you know what dates are available.

KLAMATH RIVER

FISHING REPORT
Updated - 12/1/17

Current River Conditions: Flows have dropped to 5,090 CFS at Orleans.  

Fishing is very good and improving.   Quite a few fish from the Happy Camp area to Seiad 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. Also, fish have now finally made it up to the Iron Gate area.   

Keep checking our river flows link below for up to date water temperatures and flows.  Swinging with a Silver Hilton  and other traditional Steelhead flies in the riffles are 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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