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Kiene's Fly Fishing Co. Fishing Report

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TRUCKEE RIVER

Updated - 2/23/18


Current River Conditions: 76 CFS at Truckee.

Fishing is fair for those who know the river.  The current cold snap has slowed things down a lot and the fish are back to their winter mode.  San Juan Worms, #18 Mercer's Micro Mayflies, and Zebra Midges are your best choices.    

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.  

EAST CARSON RIVER

Updated - 2/23/18

THE RIVER UPSTREAM FROM HANGMAN'S BRIDGE IS CLOSED FROM NOVEMBER 15 TO APRIL 28, 2018.  FROM THE BRIDGE DOWNSTREAM TO THE CA/NV STATE LINE THE RIVER REMAINS OPEN ALL YEAR.

Current River Conditions: Flows are 160 CFS which is good for this river. 
Fishing is poor. With the current cold temperatures fishing will remain poor for awhile.  Remember this is catch & release and barbless hook water.

We have guides who are on the Carson every day of the season. Give the shop a call

(916)483-1222 or click here and we will set you up.

Generally Recommended Patterns

Pheasant Tail #12, #14 & #16, San Juan Worm/passionate pink, Liz's Tequila Twist, Golden Stone Nymph #8,, #10, & #12, Copper John/red or copper #14, #16, Prince Nymph (various sizes), Wooly Bugger/rusty, black, Glow Bug/red.  If you see a pod of planters, try dragging a rusty Wooly Bugger with a size #18, Copper John/red tied on as a dropper through the school.

WEST WALKER RIVER

Updated - 2/23/18 
From November 15 through April 28, the river is strictly catch & release and barbless hooks.
 Current River Conditions: Flows are running at 83 CFS with heavy ice.

Fishing is pretty well done for the time being until we can get some warmer weather.  With daytime temperatures barely above freezing, and the nights in the teens, the fish are hunkered down and not active by any sense of the word.  Conditions should remain the same for at least the next week. 

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 - 2/23/18


Current River Conditions:  45 CFS 

Fishing is good. Fishing is pretty well done for the time being until we can get some warmer weather.  With daytime temperatures barely above freezing, and the nights in the teens, the fish are hunkered down and not active by any sense of the word.  Conditions should remain the same for at least the next week. 

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):

LOWER YUBA RIVER

Updated - 2/23/18


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.  If you see March Browns hatching, try swinging a size #12 dark soft hackle through the rises.  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 and March Brown Soft Hackle. 

Dries:

Adams Parachute #14 & #16, Elk 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 good - depending if you are at the right place at the right time.  The number of days with good numbers of fish has been much more consistent this week than it has been up to now.  This is not a big year for the large Eel River fish but a fair number are in the system in addition to quite a few fish in the eighteen to twenty inch range.  We caught several smolts this week too. To be a successful Steelhead fisherman, you have to put in some time on the water because if there are no fish one day, the following day the river may be teeming with fish.   Crowds are lite.

The most productive flies are egg patterns (brighter the better).  We've had reports that Alevan patterns have been working well as have a caddis larva (Fox's Poopah, Bird's Nest (both in olive) or beaded Pheasant Tail patterns. 

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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