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The Fly Shop Fish Report

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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: 10/19/17

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: The Fall River season is winding down. You can find a few mayfly hatches throughout the day, some PMD, Callibaetis and Tricos. Don't forget to fish midges as these are a large food source for these fish. Fish should be moving up the river where the largest amount of food is and to stage for the spawn. Swinging nymphs and leeches will get you hooked up when the action is slow.

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: 10/19/17

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

Current River Conditions: Hat Creek continues to fish well from the Power House 2 riffle all the way to Lake Britton. In the riffle you'll find fish eating midges and small Baetis, so #18-20 Zebra Midges and #18 Micro Mays or S&Ms in black or brown have been the ticket under a big dry. Further down on the flats there are a mix of mayflies and a few caddis, so bring your assortment and match what you see coming off. North of 299 you'll want to have a stone nymph on in the freestone sections for sure. Some nice fish are being caught in Hat Creek!

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: 10/19/17

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: The Upper Klamath is shaping up to be a great spot to fish this fall! Irongate releases have been fluctuating around 1,200 CFS. We have heard some promising reports of halfpounders and adult fish showing up in the mid-section around Happy Camp. With fish streaming through Weitchpec, it is just a matter of time before they show up above the I-5 bridge. The rain in the forecast will certainly help!

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: 10/19/17

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: Keswick is now releasing 8,000 CFS and the river is fishing pretty well down past Anderson. We haven't seen many salmon on redds as of yet. It is just a matter of time before they will show up. Meanwhile, target the locations that haven't seen a lot of pressure to get on some good fish. There aren't any solid hatches happening, but midges in the mornings and baetis on cloudy days are the most predictable.

The Fly Shop's® Tips: Keswick releases are stable at 8,000 CFS. We've had solid reports all the way down to the Gravel Bar. We are seeing more and more salmon rolling and should see them on redds soon. In the morning midges have been a good bet for consistent hookups. In the afternoons and on cloudy days we've seen great Blue Wing Olive hatches, small mayfly nymphs like Mercer's Micro May in a #16-18 in black or brown, #18 S&Ms and X-Mays all are getting the job done. Don't forget to throw the Rubberlegs, vary your colors and sizes to find what works best, but it's been the demise of some nice fish lately! 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

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