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TRUCKEE RIVER

Updated - 2/17/18
Current River Conditions: 45 CFS at Truckee.

Fishing is fair to good for those who know the river.  Skwalas are on the move but not a significant hatch yet.  With the warm weather we are having bugs are at an activity level more common to April than February.  Fish are skittish in the low flows upstream of Prosser Creek and the Little Truckee so you might want to fish downstream.  San Juan Worms, #18 Mercer's Micro Mayflies, and Zebra Midges get grabs from fish.    

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.  

 

LITTLE TRUCKEE RIVER

Updated - 2/17/18
Current River Conditions: 73 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.    If nymphing, try #18 Mercer's Micro Mayflies, and Zebra Midges (or similar).  An egg pattern might work too. 

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.

 

WEST WALKER RIVER

Updated - 2/17/18 
From November 15 through April 28, the river is strictly catch & release and barbless hooks. 

Current River Conditions: Flows are running at 83 CFS. 

Fishing remains good: Liz at the Angler's Edge in Gardnerville says that fishing continues to be good, and recommends dead drifting Prince Nymphs in the deeper holes though fish will move into the seams of the faster water on warmer days.  

With the colder water temps dead drifting with midge,  baetis nymphs , and the above mentioned Prince Nymphs will probably be the most productive.  Creeping Wooly Buggers slowly in the deeper holes will get fish too.  You might try a crawdad pattern too. Try tying on a 12" dropper to the Wooly Bugger with a red midge pattern tied to it.  Keep in mind that the water is crystal clear and is at a low flow, the fish can be quite skittish.    

Generally Recommended Patterns

Dry Flies:

Parachute Adams #14 & #16, Yellow Humpy #16, Elk Hair Caddis #14, Royal Wulff #16, Parachute Ant #14.

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, olive or black, Glow Bug/red, Fat Albert/tan #8

 

EAST WALKER RIVER

Updated - 2/17/18
Current River Conditions:  45 CFS 

Fishing is good. Received a good report from Liz at the Angler's Edge in 
Gardnerville that both the California and Nevada side are fishing good.   Water is crystal clear which is unusual on the EW.  At 45 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):

 

PYRAMID LAKE

Updated - 2/17/18
Water Conditions: Good with a little dark stain at the south end of the lake near the inlet of the Truckee. 
Fishing Report: Fair 
Finally a report that is somewhat positive.  We've heard that some of the big fish are beginning to migrate towards shore.  Their is also a rumor that the tribe will be chumming with processed fish product near the nets the first week in March to attract spawners.  Remember that it's only a rumor. One theory is that because the lake level has risen to 10 ft above its usual level, that the lake bottom near shore is sterile and consequently does not attract the baitfish that feed the LCTs.    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
 

UPPER SACRAMENTO RIVER

Updated - 2/17/18

Current River Conditions: Flows are 450 CFS at Delta.  

Fishing is fair. Not many reports but with warmer days predicted in the next couple of weeks fishing should continue to improve.  Bob Grace at Ted Fay Fly Shop reports that for awhile there were some very large Rainbows caught down in the Soda Creek area, which he assumes were spawners.  As spawners will do, they were here today and gone tomorrow.  More spawners should begin to move up from the lake as spring progresses.  Black Rubber Legs are getting grabs in the deeper slots.   Though many of the fish are in the slow moving deeper holes, Bob said to not ignore the faster feeding lies too.  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

SACRAMENTO/SAN JOAQUIN DELTA

Updated - 2/17/18
Current Conditions: Water temps low 50s 

Fishing is fair and improving.  Guides are reporting that Striper fishing continues to improve with the warmer weather we've been having.   That being said, you have to move around to find them.  Hint . . . find out where the hatcheries are planting Steelhead smolts and fish the chum line.  If you want to fish the Delta hiring a guide may be your best bet right now.  

Clouser Minnows in various color combos (anything that looks like a Steelhead smolt) work well otherwise fish chartreuse and white.  

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
 

LOWER SACRAMENTO RIVER

Updated - 2/17/18
Current River Conditions: Flows are 4,000 CFS at bend bridge.

Fishing has been 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,

 

LOWER YUBA RIVER

Updated - 2/20/18
Current River Conditions: Flows are steady at  890 CFS and will eventually drop down to 850 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 guide 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:  March Browns are out with a vengeance so make sure you have some March Brown Parachutes and soft hackles  in your fly box.  We have also 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 also continue to do well on top with Baetis patterns in the morning then switch late in the afternoon to a Skwala dry fly when the bugs start crawling.  Fish are 8 to 12 inch native Rainbows and with the abundance of food in this river they are sure to  become bruisers by the end of summer. 

Intensity of the Skawala hatch varies from year to year, and this is a good one so you don't want to miss it.

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 & #16Elk Hair Caddis #14 & #16, Stimulator #8, Fat Albert/tan #10, Hippy Stomper #10

 

LOWER AMERICAN RIVER

Updated - 2/20/18
Current River Conditions: Flows have dropped to 2400 CFS

Fishing is poor to good - depending if you are at the right place at the right time.  With the lower flows water in some of the channels is getting thin and so are the number of fish available for wade fishers.  It might be time to be swing the manin channel.   To be a successful Steelhead fisherman no matter which water you are fishing, you have to put in some time on the water because If there are no fish one day on the following day the river may be teeming with fish.    Right now there are few fishermen on the water and consequently they are missing an opportunity for some good fishing, if their timing is right.  One of our customers reported to us the other day that he caught five adults one morning last week.  

The most productive flies are egg patterns (brighter the better) with a caddis larva or a beaded Pheasant Tail 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

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