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EASTERN  SIERRA

WEST CARSON RIVER

FISHING REPORT
Updated - 11/14/17​

CLOSED FROM NOVEMBER 15 TO APRIL 28, 2018


Current River Conditions: Flows remain at 33 CFS which is perfect for this beautiful water.


Fishing is great and is as good as it's going to get!   Fish planting is over but lots of fish have accumulated over the season.  Season ends in 5 days so this weekend is your last chance until next April.  

 A large percentage of the fish are over 14" with some as large as 7lbs!  Fish were generally planted at the bridges, of the side roads in the canyon section between
Sorensons and Hwy 89.   Right now beaded flashback pattern #16 or smaller particularly if it has some red,  will get you the most fish.   Best fishing is from late morning on.​

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

FISHING REPORT
Updated - 11/14/17
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 REMAINS OPEN ALL  YEAR.


Current River Conditions: Flows remain 112 CFS which is a great flow for this river. 


Fishing is as good. We haven't as yet had any recent reports on how the lower river is fishing but right now is a great time to fish this section as the water temperatures have dropped considerably.  This section also benefits from the planted trout that wander down from above the bridge and many of these fish develop wild traits.  Flows are great and will remain so until spring. if we have a normal to better precipitation year, the water will remain at a reasonable flow  until  runoff  in May.

Remember this is catch & release and barbless hook water.

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

FISHING REPORT
Updated - 11/14/17 
From November 15 through April 28, the river is strictly catch & release and barbless hooks.
 

Current River Conditions: Flows are running at 78 CFS. 

Fishing  is still very good.  Not much has changed.  If you fish it, keep moving until you find the fish and then look out.  The deeper runs will be the most productive.  With the colder water temps dead drifting with midge and baetis nymphs will probably be the most productive.  Try stripping streamers slowly along the rip-rap or swinging through the fast water to the seams.  Try crossing the river to the east bank and you will be surprised at how much better you do.    

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

WEST SLOPE NORTHERN SIERRA

FALL RIVER
FISHING REPORT
Updated - 11/14/17
CLOSED UNTIL APRIL 28, 2018


Current River Conditions: Flows are normal and water is very clear.  

Fishing is slow.  Not much in the way of bugs hatching.  Fish are moving upstream right now so the water upstream from Spinner Fall Lodge might be your best bet.  Most fish are caught by Swinging streamers, and Bird Nests.  Olive leach patterns such as the Hale Bop, often catch the biggest fish.  Also try swinging a size #18 soft hackle into areas should you see fish rising.   

When dry fly fishing, try twitching the fly at the end of the drift which turns the fly into a cripple and sometimes will draw a strike. Don't bother with dry flies unless you see rising fish. 

The Fall River is only accessible by watercraft and  requires that you use some specialized techniques, so we recommend that you fish it with a guide the first time out.  Call the shop and we will hook you up with one of our guides.

Recommended General All Around Patterns

Dries:

Parachute PMD/yellow #16 & #18, Humpy/yellow #16 & #18, Elk Hair Caddis #16, #18.  Quigley Cripple/gray #18, Baetis (Blue Wing Olive) Parachute #18

Nymphs:

Pheasant Tail #12, #14 & #16, San Juan Worm/passionate pink, Copper John/red or copper #14, #16, Prince Nymph (various sizes), Wooly Bugger/olive,  Zebra Midge/black, brown, red, Fox's Poopah #16 & #18, Hale Bop Olive #8, Mercer's Micro Mayfly #18. 

VALLEY TAIL WATERS

LOWER SACRAMENTO RIVER

FISHING REPORT
Updated - 11/14/17


Current River Conditions: Flows have dropped to 7,000 CFS at bend bridge which is perfect for floating the Lower Sac.  

Fishing is fair to good Only a few Salmon have made it up to the Anderson/Redding area so the egg bite has been disappointing this year.  Caddis (Fox's Poopa & tan Bird's Nests) and Baetis (Mercer's Micro-Mayfly) nymphs have been the ticket.       

It's important to get your fly down to the bottom so use enough weight.  In the riffles try swinging size #14 soft hackles or tan Birdsnest's. 

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.  Call us at Kiene's and we will hook you up with one of our expert guides that can assure a productive day on the river.

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

FISHING REPORT
Updated - 11/14/17


Current River Conditions: Flows are at 900 CFS in the low flow section.  Water clarity is about 3-4 feet and slightly brown.

Fishing remains very good.  As we speak, the low flow of the Feather is fishing better than most other valley tailwaters.  Fish are in the riffles and deep runs.  Most fish are caught by swinging olive Bird's Nests, Prince Nymphs and egg patterns.  Also, our guide Brian Clemens reports that he did very well fishing in the high flow section between Thermolito afterbay and Gridley this past week, so if you are bothered by the crowds in the low flow section, the main river is a viable option.  Baetis nymphs and small (#18 & smaller) PTs under an indicator will catch fish.  Now is the time to start adding egg patterns to your rig.  

If you haven't fished the Low Flow Section before, the best way to get to know the river is with a guide so if you would like to book with Brian give the shop a call and we'll let you know which dates are available. 

LOWER YUBA RIVER

FISHING REPORT
Updated - 11/14/17


Current River Conditions: Flows remain at 1,120 CFS. Though the river looks great the river has changed dramatically due to last winter's flooding, .  Boat launching is still possible at the bridge but make sure you have a high center 4x4.  

Fishing hasn't changed much and remains Poor to fair, with your best chances from a boat. Not a lot of bugs this year due to the scouring of winter flows.  Most of the fish are small so as the bugs return, they hopefully will get fat and happy.  Salmon run has been dismal so there is not much of an egg bite.  Fish are on the move so if you are not having any luck on one section, then move on.  The river is best fished from a driftboat.

Remember that the river upstream from Hwy 20 bridge is now closed to protect spawning Salmon until December 1st.

Recommended General All Around Patterns

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. 

Dries:

Adams Parachute #14 & #16, Elk Hair Caddis #14 & #16, Stimulator #8, Fat Albert/tan #10, Hippy Stomper #10

LOWER AMERICAN RIVER

FISHING REPORT
Updated - 11/14/17


Current River Conditions: Flows remain at 2,000 CFS which is perfect for wading the American

Fishing remains fair but is improving slightly.  We've had some reports of increasing numbers of half pounders in the river.  Reports have been mixed, though we had a report from a credible source that his clients caught several fish the other night up to 4 lbs.  The next evening they did well too.  . Also we received a good report that one of our customers caught two nice 5 lb adults below Sailor Bar area.   As Salmon begin to sit on redds, Steelhead will hold downstream. With consistent rains this may become a memorable year on the American. 

Important-the lower American River is now closed to protect Salmon spawning from the power line crossing at Ancel Hoffman Park upstream to the Nimbus Basin fish screen below Nimbus Dam until January 1, 2018 

Andy, recommends that for Half Pounders, swinging streamers such as Silver Hiltons or olive Bird's Nests will elicit strikes. We had a look at the fish ladder at the Nimbus Hatchery, and noticed a few Steelhead in the holding pool.  Only a few Salmon were observed, and they may possibly be stray Sacramento River fish. 

Our guides at the shop are on the AR every day, so stop by and pick their brains or maybe let them take you out and get you into some fish.

Recomended Flies

Half Pounders: Andy at the shop recommends swinging, Wooly Buggers, Fox's Poopa/olive, Bird's Nest/olive, Slump Busters #10, Zonkers #10, Silver Hilton. 

NORTH COAST

TRINITY RIVER

FISHING REPORT
Updated - 11/14/17


Current River Conditions: Flows are running at around 300 CFS at Lewiston.  

Fishing is fair to good.  Things are finally starting to happen on the Trinity and the water around Lewiston is fishing fairly decent (though you may have a lot of company) for half-pounders and a few adults.  The number of adults have increased recently.  Our guide Brian Clemens advises that you move around, you can have good luck finding fish away from the crowds.  Salmon  are now on redds and the  Steelhead are beginning to hit on egg patterns, otherwise Stone Nymphs, big Prince Nymphs, Copper Johns, Rubber Legs, Birds Nests and Baetis patterns will get fish. 

If you would like to book a guide date with Brian, call the shop and we will let you know what dates are available.

Source Link:

https://www.reports.americanflyfishing.com


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