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EASTERN SIERRA

EAST WALKER RIVER

Updated - 2/2/18
Current River Conditions:  45 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 40 CFS the fish are potted up in the deeper runs. This time of the year you can have the river all to yourself.  Rosashi Ranch is fishing good and you should be on the lookout for early Stonefly action. 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). 

PYRAMID LAKE

Updated - 2/2/18
Water Conditions: Good with a little dark stain at the south end of the lake near the inlet of the Truckee. 
Fishing Report: Poor to Fair 
Fishing is still sporadic with no noticeable movement of the large fish towards shore.  Unusually warm temperatures this coming week may change things better or for worst.
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

WEST SLOPE NORTHERN SIERRA

UPPER SACRAMENTO RIVER

Updated - 2/2/18

Current River Conditions: Flows are 650 CFS at Delta.  

Fishing is fair. Not many reports but with warmer days predicted in the next couple of weeks fishing should improve.  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 - 2/2/18
Current River Conditions: Flows are 4,000 CFS at bend bridge.

Fishing has been fair to good.  Fish are mostly keying in on Baetis (blue wing olive) nymphs, Caddis larva and Midge larva.  A few fish work the surface for Baetis adults on cloudy days.   There are a few caddis around too.   

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 - 2/2/18
Current River Conditions: Flows are at 1000 CFS in the low flow section.  Water clarity is good.

Fishing is fair.  Not much has changed and the fishing  remains slow in the section between Hwy 70 bridge and the outlet.  The section above the Hwy 70 bridge to the hatchery has slowed way down too.  The fish are being caught are 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 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 - 2/4/18
Current River Conditions: Flows are running about  1,000 CFS and are scheduled to drop for the next several days down to 880 CFS.   Hammon Grove and Sycamore Ranch are scheduled to be closed to vehicle access until March 2 while the county makes repairs caused by last year's floods.  We have heard however that Hammon Grove is open intermittently.  
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:  We've had reliable reports that Skwala's are crawling all over the place. Late afternoon is the best time to see and fish this amazing hatch.  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.  Try a Stimulator or foam hopper/stone pattern along the edges near the willows in the afternoon. No reports on how the indi-nymphing guys have been doing.

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

Updated - 2/4/18
Current River Conditions: Flows are at 3,000 CFS and coloration is a light tea

Fishing is poor to fair.  Fishermen that are fishing from watercraft or are getting a few quality adult fish.  There are only a few fish in the channels spawning now.  We stopped by the Sunrise area this morning and observed only a couple of fish from the bluff.  There were however a few fish spawning at the head of the run but were being harassed by several fly fishermen flossing them.  If you fish in the vicinity of redds be careful not to disturb spawning pairs and instead fish for  the fish holding downstream.  There are probably five fish downstream for every two spawners so they are the ones to target.  

Last week one of our staff members stuck four fish in about an hour and a half, 3 of them adults and one of them being a half-pounder that was about 20"He stuck a couple more on Saturday and then on Sunday he saw none . . . but that's Steelhead fishing. Also, one of our customers reported today that he caught an eight pounder on a black leach while swinging.   Either you stay put in one spot and wait for them to come to you or you go hunting for them. One of our guides Toby Uppinghouse sent us a picture of a beautiful large clean adult that his client caught on the AR this week so hopefully the run will become more consistent.   

Many of the fish that we've seen were pretty dark so they have been in the river awhile, which indicates that the bulk of the spawners may not have come up yet.  If you are a Steelhead fisherman, now is the time to put in some time on the river and hopefully you will be there when the fish pass by.   Remember that February is the peak month.     

The most productive flies were egg patterns (brighter the better) with a caddis larva pattern tied to the dropper.  

We have guides on the water every day so if you would like to book one call us at (916)483-1222 or click here to let us know of your preferences online.

Generally Recommended Flies

Swinging: Andy at the shop recommends swinging, Wooly Buggers, Fox's Poopa/olive, Bird's Nest/olive, Slump Busters #10, Zonkers #10, Silver Hilton and Intruders, and Fox's Poopah. 

Indicator Nymphing: Bird's Nests #12,#14, Egg Patterns #12, Fox's Poopah #12, #14, Mercer's Micro Mayfly/olive #18, Rubber Legs/black #8-#14, Prince Nymph #12, #14, SJ Worm/tan #12

PUTAH CREEK

Updated - 2/2/18

Current River Conditions: Flows are fluctuating between 60 and 150 CFS. 

Fishing Conditions:  With the fluctuating flows, fishing is hit and miss.  When things settle down to more stable flows be prepared to use smaller patterns than normal when the water is thin, so bring some #20s and #22s.  

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

Updated - 2/2/18

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

Fishing is good. There are a fair number of fish scattered between Lewiston and Junction City.  River is low so fish seek refuge in the deeper holes in the middle of the day.  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.

KLAMATH RIVER

Updated - 2/2/18
Current River Conditions: Flows 7,500 CFS at Orleans.  

Fishing is very good.  Fishing remains good in the Happy Camp area.  Lots of large fish are being caught.  Surprisingly there is very little pressure right now so this is a good time to go. Fishermen are still doing good in the Iron Gate area upstream from I-5.  Lots of half-pounders and adults. 

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.

LOWER YUBA RIVER

Updated - 2/4/18

Current River Conditions: Flows are running about  1,000 CFS and are scheduled to drop for the next several days down to 880 CFS.   Hammon Grove and Sycamore Ranch are scheduled to be closed to vehicle access until March 2 while the county makes repairs caused by last year's floods.  We have heard however that Hammon Grove is open intermittently.  

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:  We've had reliable reports that Skwala's are crawling all over the place. Late afternoon is the best time to see and fish this amazing hatch.  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.  Try a Stimulator or foam hopper/stone pattern along the edges near the willows in the afternoon. No reports on how the indi-nymphing guys have been doing.

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

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