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WEST WALKER RIVER

Updated - 3/10/18
 
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 is good: The air temperatures have warmed up an so has the fishing.  The fishing is best where the sun hits the water, particularly in the canyon  Now is the time to fish the lower river near Coleville while the water is cool.  We have also had good reports coming from the Nevada side just downstream from Topaz Lake.  Be careful to not trespass if you fish the river downstream from Walker.

 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 - 3/10/18


Current River Conditions:  45 CFS 

Fishing is good. No recent fishing reports as the cold weather has kept fishermen away.  The warmer air temps predicted for this next week should bring out more fishermen and so reports. If you do go, fish small midge patterns on the CA side.  There could be some stonefly action happening at Rosaschi Ranch in NV.  Speaking of the NV side; late spring is the best time to fish it as the lower elevation warms up earlier than the CA side.  If you want to fish the E Walker, try to get over there before May when flows increase due to runnoff and agricultural needs.

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 can be purchased at the General Store in Topaz or at the Ace Hardware in Gardnerville.  

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 OWENS RIVER

Updated - 3/10/18


Current River Conditions: Flows are at 75 CFS.   

Fishing is good: fishermen are doing well with midge patterns right now.  Very little pressure.  

We have guides who fish the Lower Owens year round and the best way is from a drift boat, so if  you would like to stick one of its legendary lunker  Browns, give us a call at the shop and we will hook you up with a local guide.

Generally Recomended Patterns

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, black, Glow Bug/red.  Zebra Midge/black, brown or red, Fox's Poopah

HOT CREEK

Updated - 3/10/18


Current River Conditions: Flows 30 CFS.  

 Fishing remains very good.  Lots and lots of small 6" fish in the creek which are a result of the recent fish plant in November.  Fish are getting smarter with with all of the pressure they've received this mild winter.  Baetis and midge patterns are where the action is.  Fish are still hitting on top. 

 Save years of trial and error on this very technical creek by hiring one of our guides to show you the ropes. We have guides who are on the creek 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 Hot Creek Patterns

Nymphs:

Bead Head Pheasant Tail  #16, #18 #20, San Juan Worm/passionate pink, , Copper John/red or copper #18, #16, Prince Nymph (various sizes), Wooly Bugger/rusty, black, Glow Bug/red.  Zebra Midge/black, brown, red, Fox's Poopah #18. Scud/pink #14. Bird's Nest #16, #18

Olive, Black, Natural Rabbit. WD-40/black, chocolate, gray, olive #18, #20, Disco Midge/red,pearl #18, #20

Dries: 

Elk Hair Caddis #18, #20, Tent Caddis #18, #20, EC Caddis #18, #20, Griffiths Gnat #18, #20, Para Midge #18, #20, CDC Loop Winged Emerger #18, #20
Brooks Sprout Midge/black, cream, gray, olive #18, #20, #24, Brooks Sprout Baetis #18, #20, #24, Brooks Sprout PMD #18, Brooks Sprout Trico #18, #20, #2, Quill Body Parachute/olive, tan, black  #18, #20, Quigley Cripple/gray #18, CDC Floating Nymph Emerger/Baetis, PMD #18, Rusty Spinner #18, Black Spinner #20, Lawson's Thorax/PMD, Baetis  #18, #20

SACRAMENTO/SAN JOAQUIN DELTA

Updated - 3/9/18


Current Conditions: Water temps low 50s

 Fishing is fair and improving.  It's been awhile that we've had anything positive to say about fishing in the Delta, but we had a report this week from our guide Bryce Tedford that things are looking up with the warmer days that have finally arrived after several weeks of cold weather. He says that though fishing has been a little inconsistent some larger fish to 10lbs have been more common. April and May should be awesome.  If you want to fish the Delta hiring a guide with afast boat 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 - 3/10/18


Current River Conditions: Flows are 4,500 CFS at bend bridge.

Fishing remains 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.   One of our customers drifted the Bonnieview to Anderson section this past week and said the fishing was good though most fish were small.  His guide did say however that the day before the fish were larger.   

 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 - 3/10/18


Current River Conditions: Flows are steady at  890 CFS and will eventually drop down to 850 CFS.   Hammon Grove and Sycamore Ranch are now open. 

Fishing is good:  Tom Page at Reel Anglers Fly Shop in Grass Valley says that there have been good hatches of March Browns and PMDs, even during the cold weather we've been having.  Now that we are in a warmer mode, hatches should get even better.  Forget about the Skwalas as they are pretty much winding down.  Be prepared to fish Baetis patterns on top  during cloudy days. 

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. 

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 - 3/9/18


Current River Conditions: Flows have dropped to 1800 CFS

Fishing is good - depending if you are at the right place at the right time.  This has been a strange year on the AR on one hand the general impression has been that this has not been a big year for the large Eel River fish but the hatchery reports that they had a very good return up the ladders and met the quote of eggs that they had hoped for.  What has been unusual is the numbers of smaller Steelhead that have been caught in the river.  Some have  been vestiges of the Coleman fish that were planted over the last couple of years and some are a mystery, none the less, these smaller 16-20 inchers have provided great sport for those fishermen who have put in some time on the river. 

With the dropping of flows the water in several of the channels that have been popular with fishermen have become too low for fishing but just when we were thinking that the run was winding down, Andy Guibord and several students attending his Spey clinic near Rossmore, caught 4 beautiful fish in the 20 inch range yesterday.  It seems to be apparent that strains of fish not usually seen in the AR are paying a visit this year.  There is still time to go.  

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

PUTAH CREEK

Updated - 3/10/18


Current River Conditions: Flows are holding steady at 79 CFS. 

Fishing Conditions are fair:  Most of the spawning is finished now, so even though most of the big hogs are back down in Lake Solano, there are still lots of smaller fish in the system. Guide Richard Loft reports that  fishing is good.  Fish are taking the usual tiny midge patterns but he said over the past couple of says his clients have done well indicator nymphing with #18 Pheasant Tails and Hogan's S&Ms.  

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, 

 

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