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TRUCKEE RIVER

Updated - 4/6/18

Current River Conditions (Click here for real time flows): fluctuating at about 1890 CFS at Truckee and close to flood stage.  Current flow breaks the record for this date posted in 1950.

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 high 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 - 4/6/18

Current River Conditions (Click here for real time flows):  766 CFS 

Fishing is poor: High flows have pretty much put the end to fishing for the time being.  If you don't have experience fishing at such high flows it's not worth the time though 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 - 4/6/18
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 (scroll below for link to real-time flows): Flows have risen to 936 CFS and conditions are blown out.  

Fishing is poor.  It will be a few weeks until it's fishable again.

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 - 4/6/18
 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 335 CFS and muddy.  Once the storm passes through it should clear up in about 2 or 3 days.

 Fishing is fair: Due to the weather we've had no reports this week though we did have a report from Don Weirich at the Angler's Edge in Gardnerville who said that one of his customers did well last 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.  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 - 4/6/18

Current River Conditions (scroll down for real time flows): Flows have been fluctuating due to weather but are at 333 CFS currently and is starting to get muddy due to warm rains.

Fishing has been very good. DonWeirich of the Angler's Edge in Gardnerville reported that a couple of their clients did very well on the Nevada side at Rosaschi Ranch this past week.  Because of high flows, they had good luck dragging streamers along the undercuts.  

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). 

UPPER OWENS RIVER

Updated - 4/6/18

Current River Conditions(scroll below for link to real-time flows) : Flows are at 94 CFS and a little off color. 

Fishing is good.  There are lots of small fish in the river and lots of fishermen.   Most of the action will be by fishing nymphs though the fish are hitting on top on cloudy days.   One of the flies in your rig should be a midge pattern as the larger bugs are getting scarce.  Road is a little muddy right now.

We have guides who are on the Owens 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

Dries:

Adams Parachute #14-#16, Elk Hair Caddis #14-#16, EC Caddis #16-#18, Dave's Hopper #10, Fat Albert #10

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

 

LOWER OWENS RIVER

Updated - 4/4/18

Current River Conditions (scroll down for real time flows) : Flows are at 352 CFS.   Fishing Conditions:  We haven't received any reports this week but we are guessing that fishing has dropped off due to higher flows. Fish are eating mostly midges.  Higher flows this week may have affected fishing. 

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

 

PYRAMID LAKE

Updated - 4/6/18
Water Conditions: high
Fishing Report: fair but improving.  Fishing continues to be eratic with reports of some fishermen doing well one day and getting skunked the next.  A lot of spawned out fish have been planted back into the lake at Pelican Point, but the shoreline is crowded with fishermen. 
 Though we have received reports that the  big fish are finally moving in towards shore we haven't received any consistent positive reports.   Some fish have moved into the channel at the hatchery and the rest can't be far behind.  With warmer days in April things should improve.  Keep checking back.  
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

 

SACRAMENTO/SAN JOAQUIN DELTA

Updated - 4/6/18

Current Conditions: Water temps mid 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 fish yesterday and reports that he did well on Stripers.  There have been a few positive reports that their is some clear water on the west side with correspondingly better fishing but due to the fact that all  of the Delta's tributaries are blown out, the water is going to be muddy for some time in the near future.  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 - 4/3/18

Current River Conditions (scroll down for real time flows): Flows are back down to 3,000 CFS at Keswick Dam.

Fishing remains very good.    Last week one of our guides Mike Clemens rated the fishing as being excellent with March Browns,  PMD nymph imitations,  Callibaetis , Baetis, Mother's Day Caddis and Caddis pupa imitations doing the trick.  Larger fish are finally being caught too.  There has been some good surface action late in the day, particularly when its cloudy.

With the current pineapple express that we are experiencing, the water may muddy up this week so keep checking back.

 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 - 4/6/18

Current River Conditions: Flows are at 800 CFS in the low flow section.  Be aware that water may rise without warning due to the current Pineapple Express event we are experiencing.  Water clarity is good. 

Fishing is good.  Our guide Brian Clemens reports reports that with increased flows on the main stem of the Feather greater numbers of springers are now in the system.  This is one of the best times of the year on the low flow section so now is time to go.  There is plenty of access from the wildlife area but float fishing is is the best way to go.   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 - 4/2/18

Current River Conditions  (scroll down for real time flows): Flows 4,800 CFS and blown out.

we have just been informed by The Yuba Country Water District that the flows on the Middle Fork , South Fork and the Lower Yuba rivers will be ramping up starting this Wednesday the 4th. .  This is because of full reservoirs and a large storm predicted for this weekend. The Lower Yuba is predicted to reach 25,000 cfs or more by the 8th .

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 - 4/6/18

Current River Conditions (scroll down for real time flows): 25,000 CFS and blown out

Fishing is poor.  If we have 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 - 4/6/18
River will be closed from April 1st to May 25th

 

PUTAH CREEK

Updated - 4/6/18

Current River Conditions  (scroll down for real time flows): Flows have surprisingly dropped this week to 136 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 - 4/6/18

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 is now open, and is a great destination 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 - 4/6/18

Current River Conditions (scroll down for real time flows): Flows are around 1,920 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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