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EASTERN  SIERRA

TRUCKEE RIVER

FISHING REPORT
Updated - 12/8/17


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

Fishing is good for those who know the river.  With the current high flows the fish are hugging the slower water next to shore so be careful not to spook them when approaching the river.  The holding water along the seams is much closer to shore than during lower flows.   

Indicator nymphing suspending Golden Stone patterns with a midge or baetis dropper can be productive as can dragging streamers along the edges and undercuts.  There are probably some If you indicator nymph,  dead drifting a San Juan Worm along the edges should pick up some fish too. ​

We have guides who are on the Truckee every day no matter what the season. Give the shop a call (916)483-1222 and we will set you up. 

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.  

EAGLE LAKE

FISHING REPORT
Updated - 12/8/17


Current Conditions: South Basin:   Water temperatures are in the low 50s.  

Fishing is only fair to poor:  Fish seem to be preferring the deeper water so wade fishing from shore has been tough so fishing from a watercraft is your best bet Because of higher lake levels wading to the edge of the tules can be challenging.  Indicator nymphing with small Pheasant Tails, Bird's Nests and Prince Nymphs can be productive.  Olive leech  and olive nymphs are the best colors along the shoreline.  Olive wooly buggers (#10 or 12's) or   

EAST WALKER RIVER

FISHING REPORT
Updated - 12/8/17


Current River Conditions:  51.8 CFS 

Fishing conditions are fair to good.   Best reports have come from the lower river at Scierene Ranch and Rosaschi Ranch.   Fishing success has backed off a little due to colder water temperatures.  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 - 12/8/17


Current River Conditions: Flows are at 68 CFS which is very fishable.   
Fishing is fair to good.  Most of the action is on small planters and fishing seems to have improved a little with the cooler temperatures.  Most of the action will be by fishing nymphs though the fish are hitting on top on cloudy days.   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

HOT CREEK

FISHING REPORT
Updated - 12/8/17


Current River Conditions: Flows 61 CFS.   

Fishing is very good.  Lots of small 6" 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

VALLEY TAIL WATERS

LOWER SACRAMENTO RIVER

FISHING REPORT
Updated - 12/8/17


Current River Conditions: Flows have decreased to 5,500 CFS at bend bridge.

 

Fishing has been good to excellent depending which section of the river you are floatingWe received good reports this week for the section between the Posse Grounds and Bonnyview.    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 (Tan 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 (916)483-1222 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,

FEATHER RIVER LOW FLOW

FISHING REPORT
Updated - 12/8/17


Current River Conditions: Flows are at 1000 CFS in the low flow section.  Water clarity is about 3-4 feet and slightly brown.

Fishing remains very good but has slowed a little.    Most fish are caught by swinging olive Bird's Nests, Prince Nymphs and egg patterns.  Also, our guide Brian Clemens reports that he did very well fishing in the high flow section between Thermolito afterbay and Gridley a couple of weeks ago, so if you are bothered by the crowds in the low flow section, the main river is a viable option.  We had a report that Steelhead are spread out down to Life Oak.  Baetis nymphs and small (#18 & smaller) PTs under an indicator will catch fish.  Now is the time to start adding egg patterns to your rig.  

If you haven't fished the Low Flow Section before, the best way to get to know the river is with a guide so if you would like to book with Brian give the shop a call (916)483-1222 and we'll let you know which dates are available. 

LOWER YUBA RIVER

FISHING REPORT
Updated - 12/7/17


Current River Conditions: Flows are back down to  1,300 CFS.  The river upstream of the Hwy 20 bridge is now open. The river is best fished from a driftboat though there is a fair amount of wading access. 

Fishing is fair: 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 on cloudy days with fish hitting Baetis patterns mid day.  Had another report from a gear guy who accessed the river from the south bank by walking through the gold dredging property (not recommended without permission) that he and his friends slammed 12" Rainbows with small Rooster Tails.  That will give you a hint on what type of streamer patterns to tie and fish right now.  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.   

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

PUTAH CREEK

FISHING REPORT
Updated - 12/8/17


Current River Conditions: Flows are at 85 CFS. 

Fishing continues to be 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 - 12/8/17


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

Fishing is good.  Cold temperatures and low flows have combined to slow things down a bit.  The river is in the doldrums between the fall run and the winter run of adults that should get going in about a month.  

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

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