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TRUCKEE RIVER

Updated - 3/31/18
Current River Conditions (Click here for real time flows): fluctuating at about 905 CFS at Truckee.

Fishing is fair for those who know the river.  River is pretty much blown out right now. Even though fishing can still be good at these flows,  recent rains  have muddied up the water.  If you can't help yourself, dead drift San Juan Worms along the edges or strip dark hued streamers.      

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 - 3/30/18
Current River Conditions (Click here for real time flows):  556 CFS 

Fishing is poor: Still running kind of high, though knowledgeable locals do well fishing the edges.  Some of the biggest fish are caught when flows are high.  Fish San Juan Worms and dark streamers along the undercuts.     

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.

EAST CARSON RIVER

Updated - 3/30/18
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 have dropped to 600 CFS  
Fishing is fair. We had one good report this week that fishermen have done OK downstream from Hangman's Bridge this week.  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 - 3/30/18 
From November 15 through April 28, the river is strictly catch & release and barbless hooks.
 

Current River Conditions (scroll down for link to real time flows): Flows are running at 172 CFS which are perfect. 

Fishing is fair: We did have a report from Don Weirich at the Angler's Edge in Gardnerville who said that one of his customers did well this week in the canyon section.  Water should be warming up a little and fishing should improve.  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 - 3/30/18
Current River Conditions : Flows have been fluctuating due to weather but are at 130 CFS currently. 

Fishing has been very good. Liz Weirich of the Angler's Edge in Gardnerville reported that her clients did very well on the Nevada side at Rosaschi Ranch this past week.  Lots of Stoneflies hatching. If you want to fish the E Walker,now is the time as flows can increase after April first for  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):

Pheasant Tail 14 & #16, San Juan Worm/passionate pink, Mercer's Epoxy Stone #8,, #10, & #12, Mercer's Micro Mayfly #18,  Copper John/red or copper #14, #16, Prince Nymph (various sizes), Wooly Bugger/rusty, black, Glow Bug/red.  Zebra Midge/black, brown, red #18 & #20, WD40 gray #18 & #20, Liz's Tequila Twist (worm pattern). 

LOWER OWENS RIVER

Updated - 3/31/18


Current River Conditions (scroll down for real time flows) : Flows are at 177 CFS.

Fishing Conditions:  Good.  Fish are eating mostly midges.

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 

UPPER SACRAMENTO RIVER

Updated - 3/30/18

Current River Conditions (scroll down for real time flows): Flows are 1,150 CFS at Delta. 

Fishing is poor. As soon as things settle down we will have a report.  Keep checking back. 

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

PIT RIVER

Updated - 3/30/18


Current River Conditions: Flows are steady at 500 CFS on Pit #3 and clarity is turbid.

Fishing is poor.  Large fluctuations in flow has dampened the fishing.  At the current 500 CFS wading is dangerous for most fisherman.  

Recommended General All Around Patterns

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, Brown or Black Rubber Legs #6 or #8,

tungston bead Zebra Midge/black, brown, red, Fox's Poopah #14 & #16. Scud/pink #14.

Stimulator #8-#12, Adams Parachute #14 & #16, Elk Hair Caddis #14 & #16 

SACRAMENTO/SAN JOAQUIN DELTA

Updated - 3/30/18
Current Conditions: Water temps low 50s.  Most of the delta is a mud hole right now.    

Fishing is improving.  Word is that there are lots of fish in the delta but muddy water is hampering the fishing.  Capt. Andy Guibord reports that on Thursday he put in at Wimpy's and found that though the water was muddy, fishing can be good if you move around and look for for them.  He caught several Stripers in areas around the main river channels, and some Largemouth Bass back in the sloughs.  One Largemouth went about 4 lbs. There have been a few positive reports that their is some clear water on the west side with correspondingly better fishing.  If you want to fish the Delta hiring a guide with a fast 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.  Andy prefers chartreuse and fluorescent yellow. 

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 - 3/30/18


Current River Conditions (scroll down for real time flows): Flows are back down to 5,000 CFS at Keswick Dam.

Fishing is back to normal.  Reports continue to be good this week of some very good fishing with March Browns,  PMD nymph imitations,  Calebaetis , Baetis, Mother's Day Caddis and Caddis pupah imitations doing the trick.  There has been some good surface action late in the day, particularly when its cloudy. 

For Caddis (Tan Fox's Poopa & tan Bird's Nests) are good calls for Caddis, and for Baetis (Mercer's Micro-Mayfly).  Prince Nymphs have always done well too. The egg bite is over though small yellow egg patterns can work wherever the suckers are spawning. 

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,

FEATHER RIVER LOW FLOW

Updated - 3/20/18
Current River Conditions: Flows are at 1000 CFS in the low flow section.  Water clarity is good.

Fishing is fair.  We've had confirmed reports that springers are in the system.  The fish are being caught are by indicator fishing olive Bird's Nests, Prince Nymphs, baetis nymphs (blue wing olive) and egg patterns, Hares Ear, and peach Glo Bugs.  Two handed fishermen are doing well with black leach and olive and white intruder patterns. Best fishing is in the wildlife section section.

If  you are new to rowing a personal watercraft on the low flow keep in mind that the  Sweep Riffle in the section downstream from Hwy 70 bridge is now very dangerous for new oarsman. There is some fast water that runs under a downed oak tree allowing for limited head room.   

If you haven't fished the Low Flow Section before, the best way to get to know the river is with a guide. We have guides who are on the Feather every day no matter what the season. Give the shop a call (916)483-1222 or click here and we will set you up.

LOWER YUBA RIVER

Updated - 3/30/18
Current River Conditions  (scroll down for real time flows): Flows have dropped to  4,800 CFS Hammon Grove and Sycamore Ranch are now open. 

Fishing is poor:  Not much happening until flows return to normal.  

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 - 3/30/18
Current River Conditions (scroll down for real time flows): 10,000 CFS and muddy

Fishing is poor.  With a lull in storms flows should lower and fishing should improve greatly in a week or so.  The high flows we've been having might bring up some springer Rainbow/Steelhead spawners.

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

LOWER MOKELUMNE RIVER

Updated - 3/30/18
River will be closed from April 1st to May 25th 

Current River Conditions: Flows have dropped back down to 350 CFS which makes the section upstream from the park to the hatchery very wadeable again. 

Fishing  is fair to good.  With the cold weather fishing backed off a little but.  We fished it with our guide Bill Ferrero on Sunday and saw sporadic hatches of Blue Wing Olives.  We dead drifted and weere successful Our guide Bill Ferrero reports that his clients are doing best on pink or tan San Juan Worms  and also green or brown hued streamers.  Be prepared to have plenty of company on weekends.  Remember that if you are going to float it, there is no boat ramp but you can easily launch a raft.

PUTAH CREEK

Updated - 3/30/18
Current River Conditions  (scroll down for real time flows): Flows have risen this week to 275 CFS. and off color.

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,

TRINITY RIVER

Updated - 3/30/18


Current River Conditions  (scroll down for real time flows): Flows are running at around 300 CFS at Lewiston.  

Fishing is fair to good.  We are continuing to get good reports. There have been some good hatches of PMDs and Baetis so now is the rare chance to catch a Steelhead on the surface.  Just got a report from the Trinity Fly Shop that fishermen are doing well on top drifting Calebaetis and Stonefly patterns.  A golden stone pattern is always a good pattern on the Trinity this time of year.  The fly only section above the bridge opens on Sunday, and will be a great destination for a short time until flows get ramped up later in the month.  

We have guides who are on the Trinity every day no matter what the season. Give the shop a call (916)483-1222 or click here and we will set you up.

RUSSIAN RIVER

Updated - 3/31/18
Current River Conditions (scroll down for real time flows): Flows are around 1,500 CFS. and still muddy.

Fishing is poor.

Recent rain storms have basically blown out the river and it will take awhile for it to get back into shape.  Scott at King's Sport in Guerneville says that water is clearer upstream from Santa Rosa Creek.  He expects the river to get back into shape in about a week when there will be some good fishing for downstreamers and maybe some early Shad.  
 

Swinging small intruders, comets and bosses under a sink tip or shooting head should be productive.  Most runs require either a Type I shooting head or 10' sink tips between 2-3 ips. 
Fish are now in both hatcheries which means that they can be found spread out throughout the river.  

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