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The Fly Shop Fish Report

Courtesy of The Fly Shop

The Fly Shop's® Regional Stream Report

There are several hundred miles of rivers, creeks, lakes and streams within easy striking distance of The Fly Shop® in Redding.

It's not surprising that quite a bit of water is set aside as fly fishing only, catch-and-release, with special closures and regulations designed to help ensure that the fishing around here will stay good for generations. The Fly Shop staff will custom-tailor the day and guide to your ability and interests, putting you on the best local water.

Trout and steelhead fishing here isn't a season; it's a way of life at The Fly Shop®, and we've got fine fishing nearly 365 days of the year. Whether it's a beautiful spring or fall day, blistering hot mid-summer afternoon, or snow-covered winter morning, we've got the staff and the guides that can handle it. We'll also help with flies and equipment, lodging, and transportation if you need it.

Fall River

Updated: 09/13/17

The Fall River is the largest of California's spring creeks, fed by several icy aquifers coming from the snows and glaciers of Mount Shasta.

Current River Conditions: Fall River is fishing okay. There aren't a lot of hatches happening, but when one happens things get good. Some Callibaetis are showing up from time to time. Right now the ticket is to swing leeches, Bird's Nests, Poopahs and streamers. Some bigger fish are moving up river now, so fishing around Spring Creek has been best.

Call 800-669-3474 to book a guided day of fly fishing! Or just send us an e-mail and we will get right back to you!

When you come, stay at Circle 7 Guest Ranch or Spinner Fall Lodge and have unfettered access to waters swimming with rainbows!

The Fly Shop's® Tips: Successful dry fly fishing on Fall River is about where and when. So, pay attention as you cruise the river for rise forms. Best chances occur when spotting a single fish rising next to the edge of the river. Try fishing a small beetle pattern! A popular and proven technique on Fall River is retrieving black or olive colored leeches on a sinking line. Swinging #16-18 Pheasant Tail nymphs trailing #18-20 black Zebra midges or WD-40s is a basic fly rig and a perfect combo to start with any day on Fall River. A #18 red copper John or black zebra midge suspended under a small 3/4" indicator in white is a proven standard method of fishing this river. A few of the dry flies that have been working include Harrop's Last Chance PMD and Baetis, Mercer's Missing Link #16-18 - Dark, Tilt Wing Dun PMD.

The "Fall River Twitch" has been a popular and effective technique on Fall River for decades. How to: Anchor your pram upstream of rising fish. Cast downstream and across, then feed line out to extend your drift a long ways downstream. The "Fall River Twitch" results in a presentation that lets the fish see your fly first, while you are positions upstream and out of the fished field of view. The Fall River Twitch is equally effective whether fishing dries, swinging nymphs or indicator nymphing. If you're casting to a pod of rising trout, work from the outside in and you can often pick them off one by one. 5-6wt rods are what we recommend for Fall River,

with some anglers using 6wt. rods for casting heavier sinking lines. The Fly Shop® recommended fly lines; RIO Gold floating line and an extra spool loaded with RIO CamoLux.

River Fact: Eurasian Watermillfoil is a threat on this river. Click here to read more about what Eurasian Watermillfoil is, what is being done and why Fall River has a bright future.

Suggested Fly Patterns:

Dry Flies:
•  Harrop's CDC Emerging Midge
•  Last Chance Baetis #20
•  Tilt Wing Dun PMD #18
•  Last Chance Cripple PMD #18
•  Mayfly Cripple Limestone #18
•  Mercer's Missing Link
•  Norman's Loop Wing BWO #18
•  Para Extended Body - BWO #20
•  Parachute Adams #16-20

Nymphs / Wet Flies:
•  Zebra Midge #16-20
•  Red Copper John #18
•  Zug Bug #14-16
•  Hogan´s S&M
•  PT Nymph #14-20
•  TB PT Nymph #18
•  Norman's Wiggle Tail PT #16-18
•  Mercer's Micro May Fly Brown #16-18

Streamers / Leeches:
•  Zack's Damsel Leech Olive
•  Damsel Nymph - Olive
•  J. Fair's Translucent Wiggle Tails Olive
•  Zack's Swimming Leech Olive
•  Zack's Swimming Leech Black

Fly Fishing Gear:
•  Fish Pimp Mini Indicator
•  TFS Warm Weather Hat
•  Buff UVX Fat Head Buff
•  Cliff’s® Super Days Worth Fly Box
•  Sunglasses

Hat Creek

Updated: 09/13/17

Hat Creek represents the quintessential chess game of spring creek fly fishing for wary trout.

Current River Conditions: With all of the attention on other waters Hat Creek should be on your list of places to go. The warmer temps have the caddis coming off in the lower reaches above Lake Britton, so swinging a Bird's Nest or cinnamon Poopah will get the job done. Daily Trico spinner falls have the fish sipping in the mornings up on the flats. Swinging leeches will round out your day. Go have some fun!

Swinging leeches and streamers is a proven technique anytime on Hat Creek.

The flat waters below the Power House Riffle can offer a chance to cast dry flies to rising fish. As a matter of fact, just throw dries to see what happens!

Get on this river early and then again late if you want to find the biggest fish. The fish here are haters of the sun. Haters gonna hate. Go have fun!

Contact us about Hat Creek or call us at 1-800-669-3474!

The Fly Shop's® Tips: Look for October Caddis hatches near sunset and fish a brushy dry fly like an Orange Stimulator. Best hatches occur in the morning and then again near sunset. Get on the water early, before 10:00 AM! Be on the look-out for rainbows and brown trout rising near the edges of the river for best chance at a dry-fly hook-up. Cutter's E/C Caddis in Olive produced a few fish during a recent afternoon session.

A great option that often produces some of the very best Hat Creek "fish stories" is to fish #6-8 leeches, like Zack's Swimming Leech and buggers like Fox's Peacock Buggers near sunset.

Look for rising fish along the flats below the Power House #2 riffle in the early AM and very last light. For the best presentation, drift your D&D Cripple down and across to rising fish. For a fun challenge, try catching Hat Creek trout on as many tactics as you can: small indicators with nymphs, swinging wet flies and/or streamers, and, of course, with a well-presented dry fly. The Powerhouse #2 Riffle is one of the best spots on the creek, but also one of the most popular. Anglers seeking a real challenge should sight-cast to trout in the fabled "carbon flats" section, and those looking for solace can hike into the freestone section just above Lake Britton. 5wt rods are perfect. Have an extra spool loaded with a Wet Tip Clear Fly Line.

River Fact: It is true, the fact is Hat Creek acquired it's name because a surveyor lost his expensive hat there back in 1852. Folk lore supports the rumor that his friends laughed it up after listening to him cuss up a storm. In an impromptu witty ceremony, the creek was aptly named.

Suggested Fly Patterns:

Dry flies:
•  Skating October Caddis
•  Foam October Caddis
•  Potter's October Caddis
•  Stimulator - Orange
•  Cutter's E/C Caddis - Olive #16
•  Galloup's Cripples PMD/BWO
•  Comparadun PMD #16-18
•  Para Extended Body PMD/BWO
•  Midge Hanger
•  Last Chance Cripple #14-22
•  Normans Loop Wing BWO & PMD
•  Parachute Adams #14-18
•  Spotlight Caddis Emerger Olive #16
•  Mercer's Missing Link #16-18

Nymphs / Wet Flies:
•  Mercer Glass Bead Micro May - Black #22
•  Bird's Nest - #16
• WD-40 (Any)
•  Black Zebra Midge #18-20
•  Hogan's S&M #16 Brown
•  Fox's Wire Body Beeottis (Any)
•  Tungsten Jig PT
•  Posse Bugger #14
•  Glass-Bead Micro May-Black or Olive
•  Mercer's Gidget Brown or Olive
•  Pat's Brown Rubber Legs #6-8
•  GB Half-Flashback PT #14-20
•  Burk's Crystal HBI
•  Zack's Pseudo May #16-18 (Any)

Streamers / Leeches:
•  Zack's Zuggers Yellow/Brown
•  Zack's Swimming Leech Various
•  Fox's Cone Bugger Rust
•  Beaded Mini Leech Olive
•  Articulated Smolt - Olive/White #6

Fly Fishing Gear:
•  RIO Knotless Leaders
•  The Fly Shop's® 6 Window Classic Dry Fly Box
•  Fly Sauce Floatant
• The Fly Shop's® Fish-Friendly Rubber Net

Klamath River

Updated: 09/13/17

When The Fly Shop® opened its doors in 1978 the Klamath River was one of the primary guided angling destinations that we offered.

Current River Conditions: With the releases below 1,000 CFS from Iron Gate the upper Klamath should be in good shape soon. We haven't had any reports, but some half-pounders should be showing up soon with the overall flows dropping throughout the drainage. It won't be long before this river will have some adults to chase.

Contact us about the Klamath River or call 800-669-3474.

The Fly Shop's® Tips: Fishing egg patterns in orange, pink or champagne get's fly rods bent. Suspend your egg patterns under rubber legs, 3-D nymphs should get you into fish.

Fly rods from 6wt to 7wt are perfect in lengths of 9' to 9'.5. Switch rods are popular and make casting very easy. Spey rods fit in well on the Klamath river.

Road Conditions:
No restrictions at this time, but winter storms will change that. Call 1-800.427.7623 for up to date Northern California Road Conditions. Here's a link to Cal-Trans Road Conditions: Click Here.

River Fact: The Klamath river is 263 miles long, originating in a broad valley at the eastern slope of the southern High Cascades, the water source is Upper Klamath Lake. Sometimes called "the upside down river", the upper Klamath in Oregon is largely developed, but the lower Klamath is still wild, forested and ruggedly beautiful. Next to the Klamath, the only river that originates in a desert and flows into the coastal forests of the pacific west is the Pit River.

Water Flows:
•  Klamath River Flows

Suggested Fly Patterns:

Dry flies:
No Dry Fly Happening

Nymphs / Wet Flies:
•  Articulated Marabou Leech
•  Amber Wing Prince #14-18
•  Red Copper Johns #14-18
•  3-D Nymphs #8-10
•  S.A.L.T. Stone #6
•  Pat's Rubberlegs #4-8

•  Glo-Bug Yarn
•  Redd Reaper - Champagne
•  Clown Egg #4-10
•  Micro Spawn - Shrimp Pink
•  Micro Spawn - Salmon Egg
•  Boles Bazookas (All)

Fly Fishing Gear:
•  Shimazaki Pump Spray
•  Shimazaki Dry-Shake Primer - Must Have!
•  Sunglasses
•  Leaders

Lower Sacramento River

Updated: 09/13/17

The Sacramento River below Shasta Dam - known as the Lower Sacramento, or "Lower Sac" - has to be rated as among the best tailwater fisheries in the country.

Current River Conditions: Releases have been a steady 9,000 CFS for the past week. The Sac is fishing well with most fish taking Baetis and Caddis patterns in the upper sections and Rubberlegs below Anderson. You may have to work to find fish as we have seen them gravitate towards shallow, fast riffles, drop offs, boulders and some swirls as they are looking for the food conveyor belt and refuge from predators. A little local know really pays off here. As we get closer to October we may see some salmon making their way onto the redds to spawn. We're at least a couple of weeks away from that. The past couple of years the returns have been very low due to the drought as well as poor conditions in the Pacific, but we hope to see some showing up. Regardless, this is a fantastic time of year to fish as the temperatures moderate and the fish put on the feed bags!

The Fly Shop's® Tips: We are seeing fish spread out and in some locations we haven't seen in many years. The high flows this past winter scoured out most of the weeds that harbored an abundant population of swimming mayflies, midges and craneflies. With the rearrangement of the cobble, the insects that survived to any degree seem to be mainly clinging riffle dwellers such as the Hydrospyche Caddis, Yellow Sallie Stoneflies, Salmonflies and Baetis Mayflies. In addition to the food, the weeds also provided respite from flows and protection from avian predators What does all of this mean? Don't pass up any water to find fish. Look in fast, shallow riffles, drop offs and semi-turbulent glassy flats and you'll get hooked up. The banks harbor some good places as well. Change up your patterns based upon where you're fishing to find the right combination and you will get tight!

Shuttle Services:
•  Duane Milleman at 530-515-2272

River Fact: How did the Sacramento River get it's name? In 1808, Spanish explorer Gabriel Moraga, on a journey to find suitable sites for the construction of missions, became the first foreigner to see the river clearly. Judging its huge breadth and power he named it Rio de los Sacramentos, or "River of the Blessed Sacrament". The Sacramento drains an area of about 27,500 square miles or 71,000 km2 that is comprised of the northern half of California.

Water Flows:
•  Lower Sacramento Flows

Suggested Fly Patterns:

Dry flies:
•  Low Water Baetis - #18
•  Mayfly Cripple - Limestone #18
•  Mercer's Missing Link #16
•  Norman's Loop Wing BWO

Nymphs / Wet Flies:
•  CB Birds Nest - #14
•  Hogan's S&M - #16
•  Mercer's Micro May - #14-16 Brown
•  Mercer's Poxy Back PMD #16
•  GB Flashback Pheasant Tail #16
•  Gordon's Amber Wing Prince #14-18
•  GB Superflash PT - Pearl #18
•  Pat's Rubber Legs - #4-8

•  Micro Spawn - Peachy King, Shrimp Pink
•  Boles Bazookas- Shrimp Pink, Peachy King
•  Roe Gain Egg- Light Roe

Fly Fishing Gear:
•  The Fly Shop's® Signature H2O Indicator Rod
•  SA Mastery Anadro
•  Simms® Solar Shirt/TFS Logo
•  Loon Scissor Forceps
•  An indicator that suspends heavy split shot!
•  Dinsmore Non-Toxic Egg Shot - AAA & SSG

Be careful driving in Redding, CA.
You may want to call Shasta Premier Transportation and avoid the hassle of driving in Redding, after all the changes recently, even if you have been in Redding before, many of the streets have changed in number of lanes or now have center dividers. Call Jodi at (530) 440-6621

McCloud River

Updated: 09/13/17

The McCloud River rainbows (Salmo Shasta) may be the most famous strain of trout on the planet Earth.

Current River Conditions: Releases from McCloud Dam are steady around 240 CFS. The river fishing has been very good the past few weeks with some fish moving up from the lake. Aquatic worm patterns, i.e. San Juan Worm and variants, Baetis and Caddis patterns are working well. Black Rubberlegs have spelled disaster for some large fish in the system. The October Caddis are moving, so we will see some pupa activity in the coming weeks. Streamers are always effective for the large browns heading up out of the lake.

Contact us about the McCloud River! Call us 800-669-3474.

The Fly Shop's® Tips: Fish a Stimulator suspending a Micro Mayfly or black Zebra Midge. Beetle patterns work especially when fished in the shallow waters. Suspending nymphs under indicators in the deeper slots, pockets and pools can keep a fly rod bent. Have split shot in sizes AB, AAA and SSG. Look for shady water mid day. The McCloud Rainbow does not like the sun.

Wading boots with studs and a wading staff are a must on the McCloud, which is full of irregularly shaped rocks that can be very slick. The best results are produced by anglers who move from run to run. The more water you can cover, the more fish have a chance to see your fly, ultimately improving upon your existing good fortune of being out on the river, fishing! Be on the look-out for rattle snakes. Use a technique called High-stick-nymphing in the pocket water and deeper chutes. Re-fish all your way back to camp or the car throwing streamers into pocket water, next to downed trees/logs.

River Fact: The McCloud River rainbows (Salmo Shasta) may be the most famous strain of trout on the planet Earth. At the turn of the 19th century, these were the fish used to first stock most of New Zealand, Argentina, Chile, and other potential trout fisheries all across the western hemisphere. So, that means we could trace Madison river (a river in Montana) rainbows back to the McCloud River!

Pit River

Updated: 09/13/17

The Pit River consists of a series of dams and reservoirs that stretch for some 30 miles from Lake Britton to Shasta Lake.

Current River Conditions: The Pit is fishing well up top below Lake Britton on Pit 3 and on Pit 4. No change to the status of this great river! It's fishing really well. Get your flies in the water, make a drag-free drift and they will eat. Amber Wing Princes, Rubberlegs, San Juan Worms, Baetis, Caddis and UV Sallies have all been reported as ‘The Killer Bug.’ The water is getting warm below and is high below the Pit 4 Powerhouse. So, we can't recommend fishing any lower. We've also had some requests about the status of the Pit 5 Road and the road into Deep Creek Campground. While we haven't been to Pit 5 lately, generally the Pit 5 Road is open on weekends as they are completing work on the culverts. The Deep Creek Campground road is closed several miles in due to a rock blocking the road.

Contact us about the Pit River via e-mail or call 800-669-3474.

Bring the wading staff! We highly recommend wearing a PFD (Personal Flotation Device) too. The Pit River is a demanding river to wade thanks to slippery, bowling-ball like boulders and rocks. Keeps the crowds down!

The Fly Shop's® Tips: Use a lot of split shot, get the nymphs down fast. Fish the pockets, shoots, creases. High-stick and short-line technique is the best approach. A good fly selection consists of #6-8 brown or black rubber legs, #14-16 Pheasant Tail Nymphs, #18 Zebra Midges or any dark midge for that matter. When fishing indicators suspending #14-16 nymphs, don't put the flies so deep that your hitting bottom every drift. Put the flies up where the fish can see them. Show the rainbows a fly enough times and they will come to it. A #14-16 Pheasant Tail Nymph is a very consistent fly on the Pit. Under a medium sized indicator, fish a #6-8 Pat's rubber Legs and a #14 pheasant tail nymph or #14-16 prince nymph. Mercer's #16 black Micro-Mayfly is another great fly. High-stick and short line angling techniques are very, very effective on this stream.

Be ready for supremely tough wading conditions when fishing the Pit. Flat ground DOES NOT exist here! A wading staff really makes a difference for every angler who fishes here. Pack some dry clothes, snake kit and don't forget to dry out your fly-box at the end of the day! The Pit River rainbows will eat all day most of the time. These feisty fish can be found holding in fast bubbly water and in slower, smooth flowing water as well. High-stick and short line nymphing techniques are the key to finding the biggest rainbows on this river. Have plenty of BB, AAA and SSG split shot in your vest pocket. Feed lots of line and go for long drag free drifts, using an indicator and suspending flies 3 - 6 feet deep, in the long smooth glides between boulders and broken riffles. An there is no shortage of boulders, riffles, runs and pockets.

Road Conditions:
Road conditions are variable. Expect chain controls on HWY 299 during snow storms. Call 1-800.427.7623 for up to date Northern California Road Conditions. Here's a link to Cal-Trans Road Conditions: Click Here.

River Fact: The Pit, the Klamath and the Columbia are the only three rivers in the U.S. that cross the Cascade Range.

Water Flows:
•  Pit #3 Flows
•  Pit #4 Flows
•  Pit #5 Flows

Suggested Fly Patterns:

Dry Flies:
•  Stimulator - Orange
•  Foam October Caddis
•  Potter's October Caddis
•  Skating October Caddis
•  Chernobyl Ant
•  Fat Albert
•  Adams #14-18
•  Elk Hair Caddis - Tan #12-16
•  Mayfly Cripples - #12-16

Nymphs / Wet Flies:
•  Mercer's Tungsten October Pupa
•  Morrish October Pupa
•  Skip’s TBH October Caddis
•  Zack's Caddistrophic
•  Black A.P. #12
•  Dark Lords #12-16
•  Flashback Pheasant Tail #14-16
•  Zebra Midge #18
•  Zack's Pseudo May
•  BH Hellgrammite #6
•  Mercer's Poxyback Dark Stone #6
•  GB Black A.P. - #10-12
•  Micro Mayflies - #14-18
•  Red Copper Johns - #16-18
•  Zebra John - #16-18
•  Pat's Brown Rubberleg - #6-8
•  Amber Wing Prince - #14-18
•  GB Bird's Nest #10-16

Streamers / Leeches:
•  Zack's Swimming Leech - #8

Fly Fishing Gear:
•  The Fly Shop's® Landing Nets
•  Fish Stick Telescoping Wading/Walking Staff
•  The Fly Shop's Stockingfoot Chest Waders

Trinity River

Updated: 09/13/17

The Trinity River is the major tributary to the Klamath River, and stretches 110 river miles from Lewiston Dam downstream to its confluence with the Klamath at Weitchpec.

Current River Conditions: Trinity flows from Lewiston Dam are steady at 450 CFS. Right now the major news is the Helena/Fork Fire. This fire jumped the river near the confluence with the North Fork just downstream of Junction City. Everything burned down past Pigeon Point Campground We're keeping our attention on the fire to ensure it will not impact the river above. Heavy smoke last week made for difficult conditions. The storm system last week cleared the area over the weekend and brought some much needed moisture to slow the fire's spread. The good news is the highway is now open to one way traffic below Junction City. There are some fish in the system right now with more on the way. We saw a push of fish down low a few weeks ago in the lower Klamath system that should be showing up in the upper Trinity shortly.


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Shuttle Services:
•  Bill & Caryl Dickens (Gold Coast Shuttle) at 530-623-1905 or through their website at

Call us to set up your fishing trip on the Trinity River: 800-669-3474! Or just send us an email.

Road Conditions:
No major restrictions at this time, but winter storms will change that. Call 1-800.427.7623 for up to date Northern California Road Conditions. Here's a link to Cal-Trans Road Conditions for HWY 299: Click Here.

The Fly Shop's® Tips: Focus on fishing the lip or top end of riffles and the tail-outs. These areas of the river seem to hold the most aggressive fish. If there's a lot of boat traffic, then the steelhead will most likely be found in the deeper sections and along the edges of the riffles and runs. The steelhead have been eating Black Rubber Legs, #12-14 Red and/or Black Copper Johns, various October Caddis Nymphs and egg patterns like Boles Bazookas, Micro Spawn Eggs.

River Fact: Sad to say, but Grateful Dead singer Jerry Garcia's father drowned in the Trinity River. While on vacation with his family near Arcata in Northern California in 1947, his father went fly-fishing in the Trinity River. Upon entering he slipped on a rock, plummeting into the deep rapids of the river. By the time he was pulled from the water, he had already drowned.

Upper Sacramento River

Updated: 09/13/17

The Upper Sacramento River has been a popular destination for recreation in California since the 1800s, and is still one of our favorite local fisheries.

Current River Conditions: The river at Delta is showing around 260 CFS on the gage with the water temperature staying below 68 degrees – which is great! Some fish are moving up out of the lake with larger ones showing up in the net. Small, black flies such as Micro Mays and Zebra Midges are working along with the venerable Rubberlegs. Throw on a Posse Bugger if you see October Caddis cases, these guys are moving. It's going to be a great fall on the Upper!

A good fly box will have various sizes of Parachute Adams from #14 - 18, Dark Stonefly Nymphs in #6-8, Black Midge Nymph Patterns and #12 Bird's Nest, #18 Gordon Prince Nymphs. See suggested fly patterns in the accompanying sidebar for reference.

Contact us about fishing the Upper Sac at 800-669-3474 or e-mail us! We want to talk about it.

The Fly Shop's® Tips: Fish a Stimulator dropping a #16-18 Gordon Prince! Use one or three SSG split shot when fishing the bigger faster water of the lower river. Throw #10-12 CB Bird's Nests. Pat's rubber legs is another good fly to have in your fly box. The rainbows of the Upper Sacramento river eat nymphs that are served up deep, in the rocks. Sometimes the indicator gets in the way of detecting strikes. These fish are really good at sampling a pattern, then spitting it out. Try fishing using the "high-stick" and "short line" technique. Use one, two, even three SSG sized split shot to get the flies down fast. Buy lots of flies! You will loose many to the rocks!

When nymphing on the Upper Sacramento River, always use double the amount of shot in order to get the flies down to the fish in the faster, bubbly water. If a run calls for one SSG, put on two. If you're not ticking the bottom from time to time (yes, this means losing a few flies), you're probably not getting down to where the fish are feeding. Use stronger tippet like 2X-3X for bigger flies in the #6-10 range, 4X for smaller #16-18. Keep your first fly within 6-8 inches of your split shot. Stronger tippet means fewer flies will be left on the bottom of the river. Sink tip lines with streamers attached are a good plan when there is room to cast.

River Fact: On the evening of July 14, 1991, a derailment on a horseshoe curve known as the "Cantara Loop" on the railroad north of Dunsmuir resulted in the release of approximately 19,000 gallons of metham sodium spilled into the Sacramento River. The biocide killed every living thing in the river for a distance of some 38 miles, devastating a popular fly fishing area - one of the most severe toxic spills in U.S. history. The Upper Sacramento River is now largely recovered from the spill.

Water Flows:
•  Upper Sacramento River Flows

Suggested Fly Patterns:

Dry flies:
•  D&D Cripple March Brown
•  Low Water Baetis #18
•  Adams - #12-20
•  Mercer's Missing Link Dark - #14-16
•  Parachute Adams - #14-18

Nymphs / Wet Flies:
•  Mercer's Tungsten October Pupa
•  Morrish October Pupa
•  Skip's TBH October Caddis
•  Zack's Caddistrophic
•  CB Birds Nest - #10-14
•  Red Copper John #16-18
•  Zebra Midge #18-20
•  Mercury Black Beauty
•  Mercer's Glass Bead Micro May #22
•  Zack's Pseudo May - Black #16-18
•  Mercer's GB Dark Stone #8
•  Mercer's Dark Stone #6
•  Pat's Rubber Legs - Brown #6-8
•  GB Birds Nest - #12-14
•  Gordon's Amber Wing Prince #12-18
•  Swink's BTS
•  Micro Mayfly - #14-16

Streamers / Leeches:
•  Sheila Sculpin
•  Woolly Buggers
•  Muddler Minnows - #10

Fly Fishing Gear:
•  The Fly Shop's® Tapered Nylon Leaders
•  The Fly Shop's® Tough Nylon Tippet
•  Simms® Dry Creek™ Chest Pack
•  The Fly Shop's Waterproof Nymph/Streamer Fly Box
•  Dr. Slick/TFS Quick Release Forceps

The Fly Shop's® Stillwater Report

We are very fortunate to have many lakes, ponds, and reservoirs in our area fostering a multitude of species, and providing year round angling.

Baum Lake

Updated: 09/13/17

Located near Hat Creek outside of the town of Burney, Baum Lake is a “spring creek lake,” meandering through weedy channels in a beautiful, open valley.

Current Lake Conditions:  We've heard from a few anglers that Baum Lake is still fishing well. Caddis, PMD's, Baetis, midges and Tricos should all be coming off daily. Look for noses poking up and post up well above your pod of fish for your best chances of hooking up. Don't forget to swing leeches or Buggers. They regularly release some giant brood fish, so don't be surprised when you are reeling in backing after one of these toads takes you for a ride.

Try fishing one of Jay Fair's Burnt Orange Wiggle Tails or Zack's Swimming Leech on a Cortland Clear Camo Intermediate Fly Line.

This east side venue is a worthwhile spot to cast your next fly. Bring your pontoon boat, pram, driftboat or float tube. Get on the water early for best dry fly chances throwing #18 Adams or BWO patterns. Fish midge nymphs mid day.

Contact us about Baum Lake or call us 800-669-3474.

The Fly Shop's® Tips: Fish midges all day! Look for occasional hatches of BWOs and PMDs that produce surface feeding and dry fly opportunities before the sun...get's high. In the sky! Seriously! Stripping and retrieving Leeches on intermediate sinking lines is a great tactic as is suspending #22 black Zebra Midges or Mercer's Gidget under a small indicator. Try a black A.P. on a slow retrieve. There are a lot of scuds in Baum Lake, making various scud patterns an obvious choice. Suggested leader selection consists of 9' 5x and a spool of 6X tippet for dry flies and the smallest nymphs.

Baum Lake is an ideal fishing destination for pontoon boats, float tubes and small prams. Fishing an Intermediate sinking line with a small PT nymph can produce a bent fly rod. The key is SLOW strips! Nothing in Baum Lake is moving fast. Use lighter, longer leaders. Delicate dry-fly presentations will produce more strikes.

Lake Fact: Baum Lake is named after world renowned hydro electric pioneer Frank Baum. 1870-1932. Click here to read more.

Road Conditions:
Expect chain controls during snowy/icy weather conditions. HWY 299 can get a little nasty at this time of year. Call 1-800.427.7623 for up to date Northern California Road Conditions. Here's a link to Cal-Trans Road Conditions: Click Here.

Suggested Fly Patterns:

Dry flies:
•  Adams - #18-20
•  Hackle Winged May - BWO
•  Harrop's Last Chance - All
•  Griffith$apos;s Gnat
•  Mercer's Missing Link - #14-18
•  Light Cahill - #18

Nymphs / Wet Flies:
•  Red Copper John - #18
•  Ultra Scuds
•  BH Half-Flashback PT - #14-20
•  Black A.P. #14-16
•  Beaded Zebra Midge - #18-20
•  Mercer's Gidget
•  WD-40
•  Micro Mays - Red #16-18
•  Olive Pheasant Tail Nymph #18
•  Zebra Midge - #16-20
•  Chromie - #18

Streamers / Leeches:
•  Jay Fair's Wiggle Tails - #10
•  Beaded Micro Buggers - #12
•  Zack's Swimming Leech Black or Olive
•  Zack's Damseleech - #14

fly fishing gear:
•  Outcast® Fish Cat 9-IR
•  Scott® G2 Series Fly Rod 4-5wt
•  Sun Day Afternoons Hat


Keswick Reservoir

Updated:  09/13/17

Keswick Reservoir is essentially the Lower Sacramento River... before it becomes the Lower Sacramento River.

Current Reservoir Conditions: Keswick is fishing well with fish falling to midges and small mayfly patterns under an indicator. Fish are grabbing streamer patterns too, so this could be a good option through the fall. With daily flows fluctuating from 2,000 to 13,000 CFS, keep your wits about you and look for bedrock.

Stripping leeches and buggers on a type VII full sink line works great here. Fish going over 20" happen! Releases out of Shasta Dam have been stable. Good place to hire a guide though. Finding these fish requires some special knowledge and a boat.

Indicator suspended Birds Nests, Midges, PT Nymphs should work along the edges of the fast water near the Dam. Suspend your flies about 2-3 feet below the indicator. These fish like to come up to the fly. Fish the shallow edges. Stay low!! You will need a motorized boat to get to where the good fishing exists.

Contact us about Keswick Reservoir or call 800-669-3474.

The Fly Shop's® Tips: Suspending Bird's Nests, midge patterns and Pseudo Mays under indicators will work well. Suspended your nymphs under an indicator. Use BB shot to sink your nymphs when fishing the edges of the swirly water found in the upper reservoir. Look for the fish in the slower swirls along the edges above Crystal Creek. The key is moving up into the moving water section of Keswick. Fishing the eddies next to the banks, between boulders, where it's shallow can be productive. Stay low Fishing a Deep-7 on a 7-weight fly rod, stripping buggers has been productive..

A motorized boat is a must for gaining access to the part of this reservoir that holds concentrated numbers of rainbow trout. Motor up towards Shasta Dam, look for slow water and big eddies near boulders. Swing, suspend, strip nymphs, leeches. Dry fly fishing happens late in the summer, near sunset. There are big brown trout here....waiting.

Reservoir Fact: Iron Mountain Mine is located just to the west of Keswick Reservoir. The site was mined for copper, zinc, iron, silver, gold, pyrite from the 1860s to 1963. Today, the mine is a source of extremely acidic drainage that runs into several creeks, all leading to Spring Creek Reservoir, which drains into Keswick Reservoir, a major source of drinking water for Redding, CA. The drainage water from Iron Mountain Mine is the most acidic water naturally found on planet earth. Iron Mountain has been listed as a Federal Super-fund site since 1983. Thankfully, a water treatment plant is in place, and any releases from Spring Creek Reservoir are easily diluted. We think.

Suggested Flies:

Dry flies:
•  Mercer's Missing Link #16-18
•  Adams #14-16
•  Mercer's Parachute Profile Spinners #16

Nymphs / Wet Flies:
•  Bubbleback Caddis - #14
•  Mercer's Glo-Bubble Caddis - Tan #14
•  Chromie #16-18
•  Mercer's Gidget
•  Pseudo May - #16-18
•  GB San Juan Worm - #12
•  Mercer's Biot Epoxy Golden Stones #8-12
•  Chironomid Bomber - Any color #12
•  Micro Mayfly - Brown #16-18
•  Pats Rubberlegs - Brown #6-8
•  CB Birds Nest - #10-14

Streamers / Leeches:
•  Bead Belly Leeches
•  Crystal Buggers
•  Freshwater Clousers - #6
•  Zonkers - Natural #4
•  BH Halebopp Leech - Olive/Dark Olive #8

Fly Fishing Gear:
•  New Zealand Indicator System
•  Mucilin Fly Line Silicone
•  MayFly™ Troutfisher Lanyard
•  Cablz
•  Fly-Mate® Floatable Foam Fly Boxes


Lewiston Lake

  Updated: 09/13/17

Lewiston Lake is created by Lewiston Dam on the Trinity River. It is used for trans basin diversion to the Sacramento River and flood control, as well as for hydroelectric generation.

Current Lake Conditions: Lewiston Lake is fishing great! There are a few Callibaetis continuing to come off with midges topping the list of menu items for the rainbows. Fishing a Balanced Leech under an indicator and dropping a size 16 red or black Zebra Midge will work very well. Stripping leech patterns and Woolley Buggers will work too. While you're waiting for the steelhead to get up the Trinity, grab your pontoon or float tube and go have a good time!

Fishing is best through the AM hours, tapering after 3:30 PM. This lake really fishes consistently well. The Trinity River is nearby and gets practically all the attention during the winter months, but there's good fishing at Lewiston Lake and only a few anglers take advantage of it. What should you expect? Leech patterns retrieved on Type III sink tips or full sink Type I lines can produce aggressive grabs. Suspending midge patterns under small indicators is a reliable technique. Bring your float tube or pram. Enjoy!

Contact us about Lewiston Lake or call us 800-669-3474.

The Fly Shop's® Tips: A productive technique is suspending #22 red zebra midges or Gidgets under a treated piece of poly yarn. A single BB shot will get the flies down deep. About 7-8 feet. When using indicators, the takes can be difficult to see and detect. Successful indicator anglers keep the flies in the water, sometimes letting the drift extend all the way to the backing, then low and slow retrieve. Sink tip fly lines allow anglers to retrieve leeches, buggers and small nymphs fast or slow. This lake is best fished from a motorized boat, pram or pontoon boat.

Float tubes are fine if you are okay with walking back up to the parking lot after the slow current of Lewiston pushes you south of the boat ramp.

Suggested Fly Patterns:

Dry flies:
•  Hackle Stackers - BWO #18
•  Parachute Adams - #14-18
•  Mayfly Cripples

Nymphs / Wet Flies:
•  CB Frostbites - #18
•  Pseudo Mays in brown and/or olive - #16-18
•  Ultra Scuds #16
•  Chromies - #18-20
•  Mercer's Micro May - Black #18
•  Flashback Pheasant Tail #16-18
•  Zebra Midges - #18-20
•  Mercer's Gidgets

Streamers / Leeches:
•  Translucent Wiggle Tail
•  Woolly Bugger (Any)
•  Beadhead Crystal Buggers - #8
•  Zack's Swimming Leech - #8
•  Zack's Damseleech - Orange/Olive

Fly Fishing Gear:
•  Outcast® Fish Cat 9-IR
•  Simms® G3 Stockingfoot Waders
•  Dinsmore Removable Egg Shape Shot
•  Economy Stream Thermometer

The Fly Shop's® Private Waters Report

We are very fortunate to have many lakes, ponds, and reservoirs in our area fostering a multitude of species, and providing year round angling.

Battle Creek Canyon Ranch

Updated: 09/13/17

Battle Creek is a rough-and-tumble freestone stream cascading through a remote wilderness canyon with some of the best, untouched wild rainbow trout in the North State.

Current River Conditions: The flows are down to good wading levels and the Creek is fishing well. Hoppers! Hoppers! Even with this heat wave the creek remains cool enough for the fish and down in the canyon it is cool. Bring your favorite dry rod and some hopper patterns. Who doesn't like fishing large dry flies? We haven't met them yet.

Call us at 800-669-3474, or e-mail us!

This is a beautifully rugged stream! Expect to find patches of brush, blackberry bushes and steep inclines to scramble down or up between you and the river. A tight squeeze here and there should be expected, but a fair trade for the chance to cast a fly to wild rainbows that are known to clobber stone fly nymphs and big dry flies. Watch out for rattle snakes!!

The Fly Shop's® Tips: The pocket-water nymphing on this stream can be fantastic. It's definitely the most productive method here. Sometimes we'll carry a sink-tip line and swing streamers in the deeper slots and hook into some large meat-eating fish. Stone fly hatches in the spring can be mind-blowing! The "Coleman Ditch", more like a spring creek, on the property is absolutely loaded with 14-18" rainbows. It's open to all Battle Creek guests who are fishing on the ranch.

Bollibokka Fishing Club

Updated: 09/13/17

The Bollibokka Club was established as a private fishing club on the McCloud River early in 1904. The Club surrounds more than 3,000 acres, and slightly more than seven miles of some of the best wild trout fishing in the American West.

Current Conditions: We've had some great reports from the McCloud on Bollibokka lately. We have seen a lot of October Caddis cases in the river in the faster sections. Some nice browns have been landed on Rubberlegs and sculpin patterns. Aquatic worm, small mayfly and assorted caddis patterns round out the assorted offerings that the rainbows are taking. Remember to high stick the pockets and fish behind the bigger rocks in the slower water to get hooked up.

If you're interested in learning more about this historic fishing club and getting on the Wait List for future memberships, give us a call.

Contact Us about Bollibokka or call 800-669-3474.

The Bollibokka Fishing Club, established in 1904, sits on seven private miles of the majestic McCloud River and is available to Club Members. If you would like to learn how to become a member of Bollibokka click here. With limited private access and very little angling pressure the fishing is great!

The Fly Shop's® Tips: Best tactic is going deep with small dark #16-18 nymphs. Up top, try an Orange Stimulator while suspending Zack's TB Pseudo May underneath. With the river water being colored to 1-2 ft of visibility, getting dry flies over fish holding near the edge of the river is easier vs. clear conditions when your presence is easily detected by the McCloud's weariest fish.

Besides a floating line, bring your sink tip fly line, either a type 4 or 6 DC line for stripping and swinging buggers, sculpins and leeches for the big browns that swim here. Indicator nymphing will be the most productive method through this summer. Drop your leader from your indicator about 5 ft. or more to the split shot. Use an SSG sized shot. Suspend two flies below the shot, the bigger of the two flies above the smaller. Use a "high-stick" or "short-line presentation".

River Fact: Green's Creek Fish Hatchery, a federally run trout hatchery was once located only a few miles downstream of the existing Bollibokka Club House. Around 1872, this hatchery shipped the eggs of McCloud rainbows all over the United States and to many foreign countries including New Zealand and Argentina where McCloud rainbows (Salmo Shasta) roam the streams of those far away waters to this day.

Clear Creek Ranch

Updated: 09/13/17

Clear Creek is a narrow, mountain stream that begins in the snow-capped Trinity Divide and runs more than fifteen miles through a rugged canyon before it ever hits a paved road.

Current River Conditions: We have had nothing but great reports from the ranch this season. Fish are on terrestrials like beetles and hoppers. Swinging leech patterns and Woolley Buggers have been working well too. Caddis are coming off, so swing some Poopahs, LaFontaines or Bubble Back Caddis through the shallow riffles for some great action.

Contact us about Clear Creek or call us 800-669-3474!

In the center of the ranch, less than an hour from The Fly Shop®, there are 3 cabins for guest use. They're isolated from one another and when you rent one of the cabins it comes with the exclusive use of two miles of the stream. Read more here..

The Fly Shop's® Tips: Fishing a big stimulator suspending a midge or red copper john has always been a good option albeit a proven one on Clear Creek. Bring a fly box containing beetles and ants in the late spring through summer months. Crystal Buggers are always a solid choice! Fish along the ferns and Indian rhubarb (those elephant ears looking plants). Fish a stimulator suspending a Zack's Pseudo May in #16 or #18. Suspending small #18-20 nymphs like WD-40s should work great!


Hat Creek Ranch

Updated: 09/13/17

The Hat Creek Ranch is one of the latest additions to our private fisheries, and it is quickly becoming one of our most popular ranch destinations.

Current Conditions: The ranch is in great shape now and fishing well with Tricos in the morning and caddis in the evening. Anglers swinging leech patterns and Woolley Buggers are doing well in the deeper pools. If you aren't seeing dimples up top, look for flashy mouths to find the feeding fish. The creek is very clear, so plan you approach carefully.

Interested in staying at Hat Creek Ranch for an awesome fly fishing weekend or mid week escape? Call 800-669-4374 or contact us via e-mail!

Current Creek Conditions: The creek is in great shape, not too high, not too low with just a tinge of color with the recent snow-melting heat. Perfect!

With two idyllic cabins right on the banks of upper Hat Creek, private access to your own stretch of the creek as well as three trout-filled ponds, all within minutes of Burney and all of the great public accesses nearby, you're bound to fall in love with the Hat Creek Ranch!

The Fly Shop's® Tips: On the creek; The bigger fish in the creek are holding under the structure, riffles, and undercut banks. Look in the shadows along the edges of the creek. Drifting and swinging dark buggers will bring them out. Sometimes ants or beetles will work too. Use stealth when approaching these fish. Sometimes it's best to spot them and come back later, at sundown or early AM to get the job done.

Look for daily hatches of PMDs, PEDs and caddis, damsel flies. Simulators in #12-14 are a good fly for suspending #20 midges on 6x.

Cast your dry flies on 7.5 leaders tapered to 5x, or even 6x. Extend your leaders to 6x using fluorocarbon tippet when throwing flies smaller than #14. Bigger stone fly patterns can be best presented using a tippets between 3X-4X. Extend the leaders by about 18".

Luk Lake

Updated: 09/13/17

We are excited to be able to offer access to Luk Lake,formerly known as Coffee Cup Lake, a great wintertime and springtime rainbow trout destination and year 'round bass fishery.

Current Lake Conditions: Things are happening on Luk Lake. If you are willing to push through the weeds you will be rewarded with some awesome bass fishing. Frogs and Dragonflies are the ticket!

Contact us about Luk Lake or call 800-669-3474.

Luk Lake is a 65+ acre lake conveniently located just minutes off Interstate 5 in Corning. Its location in the Central Valley makes it an outstanding winter stillwater destination, full of trophy rainbow trout. It makes for a great destination, complete with a cozy cabin that can accommodate up to 12 guests. It's easy access also makes for a great place to pop in a fish for a partial day when heading up to the Lower Sac, Trinity, or Klamath (or a way to catch a few fish after a tough steelhead trip!).

The Fly Shop's® Tips: All methods work here! Try a #12 Parachute Adams or suspend a #16 Zebra Midge and a San Juan Worm under an indicator. Trophy rainbows and bass will attack chartreuse or black woolly buggers! Look for cruising fish in the shallows for best dry fly fishing!

Rock Creek Lake

Updated: 09/13/17

This terrific fishing property lies at 3,200 ft in the foothills below the western slope of Mt. Lassen National Park.

Current Lake Conditions: The trout are doing well in the lake this year, there is still a nice flow of ice-cold water in the creek. We have had a few groups in to fish and they have all come away with smiles. There are a ton of midges coming off in the morning, the fish will cruise the weed beds throughout the day looking for damsel and mayfly nymphs. Water boatmen are present as evidenced by the splashy, sporadic rises throughout the day. We expect this fall to be a barn burner. We have some openings in September and early November.

Contact us about Rock Creek Lake! Or call 800-669-3474.

In the same neighborhood as Lake Christine and Bailey Creek, Rock Creek Lake will deliver excellent fishing on par if not better than the neighbors. So far this season, rock Creek has not disappointed anyone. The fishing rocks at Rock Creek!

This is our most popular private water destination, with limited availability through out the season. There is a cabin here where anglers can put your feet up and dry the waders off after a fun day of tubing the lake or fishing from a pram or pontoon boat. The setting is classic mountain fly fishing! Perfect for a fly fishing family get-a-way.

The Fly Shop's® Tips: Either suspend a midge pattern under a small indicator or retrieve a leech of bugger. Sinking lines as well as floating lines useful here, as the fish will suspend at varying levels depending on water temperatures and available food sources. Fish your buggers and leeches toward the middle of the lake, retrieving from an edge position.

There are some really huge trout here! A few recent sightings by clients and staff have confirmed the existence of rainbows over 12 pounds! Suspending midges under small 1/2" indicators works really well! Bring a few Callibaetis nymphs and cripples and tie them to a 9' leader tapered to no more than 5x. Finding the fish should be easy. Just look for rise forms.

Suggested Fly Patterns:

Dry Flies:
•  Parachute Adams - #14-16
•  Parachute Ants
•  Cathy's Super Beetle
•  Norman's Loop Wing - BWO
•  Tilt Wing Dun - BWO
•  Mercer's Missing Link #14-18

Nymphs / Wet Flies:
•  Black A.P. #14-16
•  Mercer's Glass Bead Micro May - #22
•  Zack's Zallibaetis - #14-16
•  Mercer's CB Micro May - Black #14-18
•  Chromie - #16-18
•  Chan's CB Frostbites - #18

•  Zack's Zuggers - #8
•  J. Fair's Translucent Wiggle Tails
•  Zack Attack Damsels - #14
•  Burk's Sierra Damsel - Olive #12

Fly Fishing Gear:
•  Simms® WaderWick™
•  Gloves
•  Hats

Sugar Creek Ranch

Updated: 09/13/17

Nestled in the Scott River Valley surrounded by the Salmon, Scott and Cascade Ranges, a still water fanatic’s dream come true…

Current Lake Conditions: The fish are on the midge bite. Black Beetles and other terrestrials are definitely being eaten in the afternoon when the mountain breezes pick up. Some recent guests had some great luck stripping water boatmen on the larger north ponds. Look for the caddis to start coming off soon near evening.

Contact us about Sugar Creek Ranch or call 800-669-3474.

Always popular with still water enthusiasts, we are proud to offer this little slice of heaven along with our other properties. Adjacent to the historic Scott River, these ponds were created amongst the gold mining tailings when the miners broke through the water table. The picturesque ponds are fed year round with gin-clear water from cold water springs. Wild rainbow trout and dace spawn in the gravel beds where the springs enter the ponds. Some say these fish descended from steelhead caught in the ponds during a high water years. It would be hard to refute this once you have hooked one of these hard fighting beauties!

The Fly Shop's® Tips: Either suspend a midge pattern under a small indicator or retrieve a leech or bugger. Sinking lines as well as floating lines are useful here, as the fish will suspend at varying levels depending on water temperatures and available food sources. Fish your buggers and leeches toward the middle of the lake, retrieving from an edge position.

Spring through late summer you will find your best chances to fool these fish up top. A variety of mayflies are present and periodic hatches throughout the day will provide opportunities to cast to a rising fish. A nine foot, 5x tapered leader with a 24” section of 5x – 6x tippet works best. Cast your cripple patterns that match the size of the hatching insects well ahead of cruising trout and hang on!

Swarts Ponds

Updated: 09/13/17

Swarts ponds private water bass the fly shop

Swarts Ponds is an amazing bass fishery! Over 25 acres of pure bass bliss only minutes from The Fly Shop.

Current Lake Conditions: We are still getting some top water action in the mornings and evenings. With things cooling off over the next few weeks the mid-day bite should start to improve. We'll typically see the fish start grouping up and grabbing streamers when the weather turns cooler. This can be a lot of fun, so we're looking forward to it.

Stay at our comfortable cabin located next door at Steiner Lake. The Steiner Lake cabin is perfectly situated allowing guests to fish Swarts and Steiner. At the Steiner Cabin, you are in driving distance to the Lower Sacramento or the McCloud, Upper Sacramento and even the Pit River. It's perfect for you, friends and family. Additional costs apply.

Contact us about Swarts Ponds or call 800-669-3474.

The Fly Shop's® Tips: Best fished from a pram, pontoon boat, float tube or even a drift boat. In the spring months, focus on the edges of the weeds, along the bank. In the summer, the bass can be found along the edges of the ponds in the morning and then again near sunset. Fishing leeches, buggers on a sinking line over deeper waters should be your strategy mid day when the sun is hot and the days long. A 6 or 7wt rod, 7.5 2X-3X tapered leader and tippet is the basic top water set up. A Type-3 sink tip fly line will get your flies down fast, so you can start stripping as soon as that bugger hits the water!

Booking a Guide for Local & Private Fisheries

To make a reservation, please give us a call at 800-669-3474 during business hours any day of the week, or e-mail us at anytime. We can give you the answers you need, detailed explanations to questions you might have, or check on availability and confirm your reservation in minutes.

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