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EASTERN SIERRA

TRUCKEE RIVER

Updated - 1/23/18
Current River Conditions: 105 CFS at Truckee.

Fishing is fair to good for those who know the river.  Reports remain good with the best ones coming from the river section downstream from Hirshdale into Nevada.  Remember the lower you go in elevation the warmer the water.  The clear weather has been a bonus.  Most of the fish are congregating in the slower and deeper pools.    The best fishing is going to be where the warmer water is so avoid areas that stay in the shade all day.   

Warmer water means more active fish. Indicator nymphing suspending Golden Stone patterns with a midge or baetis dropper can be productive.  Dead drifting a San Juan Worm in the slow deep pools can be productive. On cloudy days there can be come good Baetis fishing on top.​

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, #16, #18, Royal Wulff #14, Renegade #14. 

Baetis Parachute#18, Elk Hair Caddis #14, #16, Fat Albert #8, #10 (pink, tan, yellow)​

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. Mercer's Micro Mayfly #18​

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

EAGLE LAKE

Updated - 1/23/18
CLOSED UNTIL MEMORIAL DAY
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

Updated - 1/23/18
Current River Conditions: 100 CFS 

Fishing is good: Lots of fish spread out in the system but they have been fished over hard this warm winter.  No need to be on the water until around 10AM as the fish won't be active until the sun hits the water.  Good surface action on Baetis on cloudy days 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.

EAST WALKER RIVER

Updated - 1/23/18
Current River Conditions:  140 CFS 

Fishing is good. Received a good report from an eastside fly shop owner that both the California and Nevada side are fishing good.   At 140 CFS the flows are about perfect for this water.  This time of the year you can have the river all to yourself.  Fishermen are doing best stripping size #8 and smaller  minnow patterns. Lots of Stoneflies are crawling around the cobbles on the bottom so Golden Stone patterns and black rubber leg patterns are a good bet for indi fishing.  

Winter and Spring are two of the best times to fish this river on both the CA and NV

sides as crowds are thin and flows are lower than during the Summer.  The Nevada side is your best bet right now.

Generally Recommended Patterns:

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 given only 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

Updated - 1/23/18
Current River Conditions: Flows are at 108 CFS and a little off color. 
Fishing is good.  There are lots of small fish in the river and lots of fishermen.   Most of the action will be by fishing nymphs though the fish are hitting on top on cloudy days.   One of the flies in your rig should be a midge pattern as the larger bugs are getting scarce.

We have guides who are on the Owens 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

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

Updated - 1/23/18
Current River Conditions: Flows are at 98 CFS.   

Fishing is fair: It's all about midging right now.  

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

Updated - 1/23/18
Current River Conditions: Flows 30 CFS.   

Fishing remains very good.  Lots and lots of small 6" fish in the creek which are a result of the recent fish plant in November.  Fish are getting smarter with with all of the pressure they've received this mild winter.  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. We have guides who are on the creek 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 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

WEST SLOPE NORTHERN SIERRA

UPPER SACRAMENTO RIVER

Updated - 1/23/18

Current River Conditions: Flows are 295 CFS at Delta and water is clear.  

Fishing is good.  We are still getting a few good reports.  Not a lot of Baetis yet, they will re-appear once we get some cloudy days.  Black Rubber Legs are getting grabs in the deeper slots.   By the way, this time of the year you will have the river to yourself. 

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

VALLEY TAIL WATERS

LOWER SACRAMENTO RIVER

Updated - 1/23/18
Current River Conditions: Flows are 4,000 CFS at bend bridge.

Fishing has been fair to good.  Fishing has been good for mostly smaller fish.  Fish are mostly keying in on Baetis (blue wing olive) nymphs and Midge larva.  A few fish work the surface for Baetis adults on cloudy days.   There are a few caddis around too. Steelhead fishing has been good in the lower section closer to Red Bluff.   

For Caddis (Tan Fox's Poopa & tan Bird's Nests) are good calls and for Baetis (Mercer's Micro-Mayfly) nymphs are a good call.  Prince Nymphs have always done well too. The egg bite is over though a glo bug is worth a try in the lower sections of the river.

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

Updated - 1/23/18
Current River Conditions: Flows are at 1000 CFS in the low flow section.  Water clarity is good.

Fishing is fair.  Fishing has slowed way down in the section between Hwy 70 bridge and the outlet but the best bet right now is the section between the Hwy 70 bridge and the hatchery though it is a little crowded with fishermen.  Most fish are caught by indicator fishing olive Bird's Nests, Prince Nymphs, baetis nymphs (blue wing olive) and egg patterns, Hares Ear, and peach Glo Bugs. 

If  you are new to rowing a personal watercraft on the low flow section keep in mind that the  Sweep Riffle in the section downstream from Hwy 70 bridge is now very dangerous for new oarsman. There is some fast water that runs under a downed oak tree allowing for limited head room.    

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

Updated - 1/23/18
Current River Conditions: Flows are running about  1,050 CFS and may drop further if we don't get more precipitation.  low rain falls.  Hammon Grove and Sycamore Ranch will be closed to vehical access until March 2 while the county makes repairs caused by last year's floods so if you launch a boat upstream, you will be out of luck if you want to take it out.   

We have one of the only guides who can float the river right now as he has private take out access downstream from Sycamor Ranch.  Give us a call and we can book you a date with him.  

Fishing is good:  Our guide Dave Barbieri  says that fishermen continue to do well on top with Baetis patterns.  Fish are 8 to 12 inch native Rainbows and with the abundance of food in this river they are sure to  become bruisers by summer.  Fishermen are having the most success with #18 Blue Wing Olive and   We personally observed a fly fisherman doing well with #10 pink Fat Albert patterns (go figure). No reports on how the indi-nymphing guys have been doing. There have been some reports of an occasional Skawala seen crawling on the rocks, so be prepared with some Skawala patterns (both larval and dry) if on the river.

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 MOKELUMNE RIVER

Updated - 1/19/18
Current River Conditions: Flows have dropped back down to 350 CFS which makes the section upstream from the park to the hatchery very wadeable again. 

Fishing  is very good.   The whole river is fishing very well.  1000 Steelhead were counted at the guaging station which is about 3 times as many as are usually counted this time of the year. Our guide Bill Ferrero reports that his clients are doing best on pink or tan San Juan Worms  and also green or brown hued streamers.  Be prepared to have plenty of company on weekends.  Remember that if you are going to float it, there is no boat ramp but you can easily launch a raft.

NORTH COAST

TRINITY RIVER

Updated - 1/23/18
Current River Conditions: Flows are running at around 300 CFS at Lewiston.  

Fishing is improving. More fish have appeared upstream from Junction City.  Quite a few adults too.    

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.

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