EAST CARSON RIVER
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 180 CFS
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.
LOWER AMERICAN RIVER
Current River Conditions: Flows have dropped to 1800 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.
Just a note . . .
Steelhead tend to congregate around spawning redds and of course so do fishermen. If you are going to fish in those areas we would like to encourage you to not fish to or disturb pairs on redds as those fish are usually wild and we need to maintain those wild genes in the species. If you are going to fish in those areas be aware that there are usually non spawning fish downstream from the redds, for example this year there have been quite a few smaller sexually immature 15 to 20 inch fish in the area. Where the spawning fish generally are not in the eating mood, these downstream fish are, and will violently grab flies, fight vigorously and provide you with a much more quality experience. Please be careful where you step, and where you cast your fly.
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) beaded flashback Pheasant Tail patterns, and Prince Nymphs.
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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