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EASTERN  SIERRA

TRUCKEE RIVER

FISHING REPORT
Updated - 12/12/17


Current River Conditions: 569 CFS at Truckee.

Fishing is good for those who know the river.  The river fishes well at these lower flows and 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.  The best fishing is going to be where the warmer water is so avoid areas that stay in the shade all day.  

Indicator nymphing suspending Golden Stone patterns with a midge or baetis dropper can be productive as can dragging streamers along the edges and undercuts.  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 or click here 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 - 12/12/17


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 and 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.  Successful fishing from shore is a matter of timing as the fish generally come to the shoreline later in the day.   

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)    

Give the shop a call (916)483-1222 if you would book a guide or click here and we will set you up.

LITTLE TRUCKEE RIVER

FISHING REPORT
Updated - 12/12/17


Current River Conditions: 65 CFS 

Fishing is poor: We haven't received any reports this week but with the flows being low again, fishing should be improved.  No need to be on the water until afternoon as the fish won't be active until the sun hits the water.  Concentrate on deeper runs where the fish congregate when it gets cold.     

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

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.

PYRAMID LAKE

FISHING REPORT
Updated - 12/12/17
Water Conditions: Good but rising. 
Fishing Report: Fair to Poor
We have guides who are on Pyramid every day no matter what the season. Give the shop a call (916)483-1222 or click here and we will set you up.
For information about multi day guided trips with lodging on Pyramid Lake click here
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 - 12/12/17

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.   If you would like to book some time on the water. Give the shop a call (916)483-1222 or click here and we will set you up.

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 - 12/12/17


Current Conditions: Water temps 50 degrees 

Fishing is fair to good depending where you are fishing.  Fish are moving around a lot so you have to put some miles on the boat to find them, but when you do "Watch Out".  We did have a good report that Broad Slough had fish this past week.  Fish are going to tend to be found in areas with warmer water. 

Delta guide Bryce Tedford reports that "fall Striper fishing has been good.  The opportunity for a trophy over 10lbs is not out of the question! The days are cooling & in-climate weather is always a possibility, make sure to dress accordingly."

Clouser Minnows in various color combos work well.  Chartreuse and white seem to work most of the time.  

If you don't own or have access to a watercraft, give us a call 916)483-1222  or click here and we will set you up with one of our 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 SACRAMENTO RIVER

FISHING REPORT
Updated - 12/12/17


Current River Conditions: Flows have decreased to 4,500 CFS at bend bridge.

Fishing has been fair to good.  Things seem to have slowed down a little on Rainbows.   Steelhead fishing has been good in the lower section closer to Red Bluff.    

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

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 - 12/12/17


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 good but has slowed a little.    Most fish are caught by swinging olive Bird's Nests, Prince Nymphs and egg patterns though the same patterns dead drifted are even more deadly.  Kiene's 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 in the main stem.   

If you haven't fished the Low Flow Section before, the best way to get to know the river is with a guide. We have guides who are on the Feather every day no matter what the season. Give the shop a call (916)483-1222 or click here and we will set you up.

LOWER YUBA RIVER

FISHING REPORT
Updated - 12/12/17


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.  One angler reported doing well fishing a size #14 Fat Albert/pink on the Halwood Park section.  A gear guy we met, 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.    Fish are on the move so if you are not having any luck on one section, then move on.   

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

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 - 12/12/17


Current River Conditions: Flows have risen to 3.500 CFS which is perfect for wading the American

Fishing is fair.  The few reports we've had this week have been that fishing has been slow.  That doesn't mean that it isn't worth a try as most of the Steelhead that were being caught a couple of weeks ago are most likely still in the river.  Look for Salmon on redds, as Steelhead will hold downstream.  If we can get some more rain this may become a memorable year on the American. Grist Mill, Watt Ave, and Riverbend Park are your best bets. 

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.   

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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 - 12/12/17


Current River Conditions: Flows are at 85 CFS. 

Fishing Conditions: We have not received any reports this week probably because most fishermen are staying away from the creek so as not to disturb its beautiful spawning Rainbows.  We urge you to do the same.  

If you do decide to fish Putah over the next few weeks we encourage you to be very careful when wading or for that matter don't wade at all, so as  to avoid disturbing fish on redds. 

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

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 - 12/12/17


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. That being said, we have had some good reports from around Douglas City.  

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

KLAMATH RIVER

FISHING REPORT
Updated - 12/12/17

Current River Conditions: Flows have dropped to 1,750 CFS at Seiad.  

Fishing is very good and improving.   We are still receiving good reports from  Happy Camp area to Seiad where the fish are congregating right now.  Quite a few adults have come into the system.  The next rain storm should do a lot to improve things. 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 in the slower and deeper runs  

The best way to fish the Klamath is by boat.  We have guides who are on the Truckee every day no matter what the season. Give the shop a call (916)483-1222 or click here and we will set you up.

RUSSIAN RIVER

FISHING REPORT
Updated - 12/12/17


Current River Conditions: Flows are little above 370 CFS

Fishing is fair.  This is the first good report we've had in sometime.   Fishing has improved with the higher tides this past week.  The fish are mostly small but there have been a few reports of larger fish. Swing streamers like Silver Hiltons, Green But Skunks  and Egg Sucking Leaches are getting fish.

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