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TRUCKEE RIVER

​Updated - 4/27/18

Current River Conditions : gradually dropping and currently at  930 CFS at Truckee and water is clear. 


Fishing is good for those who know the river.  Water is clear and the fish are holding near shore. Some of the largest fish are caught at these flows so dig out those streamers out of your fly box and start dredging the edges.  Dead drifting passionate pink San Juan worms and Stone (both dark and golden) patterns under an indicator is a good technique right now too. 

We have guides who are on the Truckee every day no matter what the season. Give the shop a call (916)483-1222  

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 - 4/27/18

Current River Conditions : 106 CFS ​

Fishing is very good: Flows have dropped and have put the river in to great shape. Lots of fish in the system. Not a lot of hatches but BWOs and occasional Squala's have been seen. Dead drifting with #18 & smaller midge patterns and mayfly patterns should turn some heads. ​

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.

WEST CARSON RIVER

Updated - 4/27/18

Current River Conditions : 395 CFS, which is very fishable.

Fishing: The West Carson might be your best bet among the two Carsons as the river should be fishable in the meadow providing the water isn't too off color. Late mornings before the snow melt gets going will be your best betAlpine County Fishing Commission member Todd Sodaro reports that they will be planting 30,000 lbs of trout in Alpine County this season. For the opener they will plant 1,800 lbs split between the East and West Carson's and also Markleeville and Silver Creeks. ​

We have guides who are on the Carson 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

Dry Flies:

Parachute Adams #14 & #16, Yellow Humpy #16, Elk Hair Caddis #14, Royal Wulff #16, Parachute Ant #14, Dave's Hopper #10, Fat Albert #10.​

Nymphs:Pheasant Tail #12, #14 & #16, San Juan Worm/pink, Golden Stone Nymph #10, & #12, Copper John/red or copper #14, #16, Prince Nymph (various sizes), Wooly Bugger/rusty, black, Glow Bug/red, Squirmy Wormy/red, pink and brown, Liz's Tequila Twist.

EAST CARSON RIVER

Updated - 4/27/18

The river upstream from the bridge opens this weekend. Downstream
from the bridge the river is open all year

Current River Conditions (scroll below for link to real-time flows): 1150 CFS.

Fishing is poor. Runoff is in full force so all of the fishing will be along the edges. Alpine County Fishing Commission member Todd Sodaro reports that they will be planting 30,000 lbs of trout in Alpine County this season. For the opener they will plant 1,800 lbs split between the East and West Carson's and also Markleeville and Silver Creeks. ​

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 - 4/27/18

Current River Conditions : Flows are running at 840 CFS

Fishing is fair: High flows pretty much have made fishing more difficult in the canyon section. Our recommendation is to take a look at the Pikel Meadows section by the Marine Base as there is room for the water to spread out in the meadow. The Little Walker might be worth a try. 

Dragging Wooly Buggers slowly along the edges is your best bet for getting fish. You might try a crawdad pattern too. ​

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 - 4/27/18

Current River Conditions : 187 CFS and water is at its normal light tea color. These flows are perfect for the E Walker so enjoy them now as they are the best they are going to be for awhile, as they will ramp up once the warm weather sets in.​

Fishing has been excellent. River has been getting very little pressure but those who have been on the water have been doing very well. Mid day has been the best time to fish and small midge patterns are what the fish are eating. No reports from the Nevada this week. ​

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 - 4/27/18

Current River Conditions: Flows are at 100 CFS and a little off color.

Fishing is fair. There are lots of small fish in the river but no reports of spring spawners yet. Most of the action will be by fishing nymphs though the fish are hitting on top on cloudy days. Mid day Baetis hatches can be fished with dries, particularly on cloudy days. Too early for Caddis yet. ​

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

HOT CREEK

Updated - 4/27/18

Current River Conditions : Flows 47 CFS. water is a little off color

Fishing remains very good. Fishing is very good. Lots of midges and Baetis mid day. No Caddis yet.

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

CROWLEY LAKE

 Updated - 4/27/17

LAKE OPENS TOMORROW

Current Conditions: great shape

Fishing: We'll let you know in next weeks report

Recommended Flies

Suspending midge patterns such as Zebra Midges/black or olive #14-#18 under an indicator or stripping leaches such as the Hale Bopp/black or brown, and Matukas #10 are getting fish.

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

PYRAMID LAKE

Updated - 4/27/18​

Water Conditions: high

Fishing Report: Fishing is fair to poor. The few reports that are trickling in are that fishing continues to be eratic with reports of some fishermen doing well one day and getting skunked the next. Best to fish early and late during good weather periods. Many of the seasonal guides have packed up and departed.

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

UPPER SACRAMENTO RIVER

Updated - 4/27/18

Current River Conditions: Flows have dropped since the last report to 720 CFS at Delta.

Fishing is fair: Bob Grace at Ted Fay Fly Shop in Dunsmuir reports that he's had some good reports this week even though the water has been high. Not much hatching yet but he did get a report that Salmon Flies were crawling all over the rocks at Mossbrae Falls. Indicator nymphing with heavy nymphs such as a Black Rubber Legs with a small Bead Head Pheasant Tail tied to the dropper should get you some fish. Also try a weighted green Caddis larva pattern.

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

McCLOUD RIVER

Updated 4/27/18


Current River Conditions: 205 cfs at Ah-d-na 

Fishing: With these perfect flows fishing should be good.  #6 to #8 Stonefly patterns and #16 to #18 Mayfly patterns should be the ticket.  Try a #16 tan Caddis larva pattern to represent juvenile October Caddis larva at this point in their growth cycle.  

Book a guide trip for the legendary October Caddis hatch.  Contact the shop and we can hook you up with one of our guides for a memorable trip.  

Recommended General All Around Patterns

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 Z Wing Caddis #13 & #16

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,  PMD Parachute #16, Elk Hair Caddis #14 & #16, Parachute PMD #14 & #16, Quigley Cripple #16.

SACRAMENTO/SAN JOAQUIN DELTA

Updated - 4/28/18

Current Conditions: Water temps mid 50s. Most of the delta is a mud hole right now. ​

Fishing is improving. Just received reports that the trollers have been hammering Stripers this week so it won't be long until we start getting great reports from the Clouser crowd. Andy at the shop said the he found some relatively clear water in the Mokelumne where he caught several fish. 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

 

FEATHER RIVER LOW FLOW

Updated - 4/27/18

Current River Conditions: Flows are at 800 CFS in the low flow section. Water clarity is good. ​

Fishing is good. No new reports this week but fishing for springers should continue to be good. 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 

LOWER YUBA RIVER

Updated - 4/25/18

Current River Conditions : 2400 CFS​

Fishing is fair: Flows are very wadeable right now and with warming water, fishing should continue to improve. It's definitely worth a try as some springer Steelhead may have moved into the river during the high flows. With the warmer weather the bugs should get real active soon.

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 - 4/27/18

Current River Conditions : 2500 CFS ​

Fishing is fair Flows are now down to a very wadeable level, so we should be getting some reports about Springers, Stripers and maybe Shad. Shad are being caught at Verona, so they should be in the American soon. No reports from the Log Hole yet though historically the earliest fish aren't caught until the last week in April. We have high hopes for this year.

We did have a customer who came in the shop and reported catching a couple of Blue Back Steelhead this last week. Expect the Striper fishing to bust wide open in the next couple of weeks too.​

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. Guides book up fast for Shad so now is the time to make arrangements for an evening on the water.​

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 - 4/27/18

Current River Conditions: Flows have stabilized this week at 204 CFS. and water is very clear. Expect flows to ramp up to serve agricultural needs from here on out, so now is time to fish this great creek. ​

Fishing Conditions are good: Guide Richard Loft reports that fishing is good. 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. We fished the creek for about an hour yesterday and did well. This is one of those perfect times of the year to fish Putah as the flows are wadeable, water is cool, and the canyon scenery is absolutely beautiful. ​

SEVERAL RATTLESNAKES WERE SEEN AROUND THE CREEK THIS PAST WEEK SO BE CAREFUL.

Fish are taking the usual tiny midge patterns but Richard said that 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,

RUSSIAN RIVER

Updated - 4/27/18

Current River Conditions : Flows are down to 698 CFS and clear. ​

Fishing is poor. River is in perfect shape with some springer Steelhead still moving on up to the hatcheries. That being said, very few are being hooked up. Scott at King's Sports says that the river is in kind of an in between mode between Steelhead and Shad. He mentioned that the Smallmouth are beginning to get active.

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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