Updated - 10/13/17
Current River Conditions: Flows remain at 63 CFS at Truckee. The river is flowing at over 500 CFS below Boca.
Nights have cooled off and the fish are active. Word is that many fish have moved downstream into deeper cooler and more oxygenated water . . . as far down as Reno. One report we received today, was that the river was "on fire" below Herschdale with large fish taking black Stonefly nymphs and Stimulators on top. We've also had a good report that fishing was good upstream from the Glennshire access.
Don't neglect Crawdads which the bigger fish devour. Dead drift your favorite Crawdad pattern through the usual holding lies for some serious hookups. Now is the time to creep an October Caddis pattern along the bottom as they are beginning to make their move. With cooler weather, it might be a good idea to be prepared for Baetis hatches on cloudy days.
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.
UPPER SACRAMENTO RIVER
Updated - 10/13/17
Current River Conditions: Flows remain at 250 CFS at Delta and water is clear.
Fishing is good. River is in good shape and is in its fall mode. With cooler air temperatures fishing has improved a lot. Fishermen have been doing well in town fishing for planters and there are reliable reports of some larger fish showing at the lower end of the river near Delta. A few anglers are regularly catching a few large Browns between Delta and Lemoine. The river is loaded with October Caddis so fishing should be great in a couple of weeks.
River has cooled enough so that fishing will be best late morning through mid day. Black Rubber Legs #8 are the hot fly right now as it bears some resemblance cased October Caddis. Small dark nymphs under an indicator will get grabs too. Creeping an October Caddis nymph along the bottom might get a few pick-ups.
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.
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.
tungsten bead Zebra Midge/black, brown, red, Fox's Poopah #14 & #16. Scud/pink #14. Black Rubber Legs #8
Parachute Ant #14
Dave's Hopper #10
Fat Albert #10
LOWER MOKELUMNE RIVER
Updated - 10/13/17
Current River Conditions: Flows have dropped back down to 700 CFS which makes the section upstream from the park to the hatchery very wadeable again.
Fishing remains good. This is your last chance to fish the Moke for awhile as it closes midnight on Sunday from Comanche Dam to Hwy 99. We haven't had any reports from the wade section but one of our guides who floats the lower section has been doing very well on fish from 12" to 20". Caddis and Mayfly dries should work fine. Try an olive Bird's Nest with a #16 Copper John attached to the dropper. Stripping a traditional Steelhead fly such as a Silver Hilton might get you a larger fish. If you want to really think outside the box, how about trying a small Clouser Minnow??
Updated - 10/11/17
Current River Conditions: Flows are beginning to drop and are now at 297 CFS with a green tint.
Fishing is poor. With lower flows, things should improve. If you are careful, you can fish the edges of the creek with midge larval patterns suspended under an indicator and get some nice fish. With cooler weather, this might be a nice time to give it a try.
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.