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The Fly Shop's® Regional Fish Report

Courtesy of The Fly Shop
The Fly Shop, Inc.
4140 Churn Creek Road
Redding, California 96002-3629
Phone:  800-669-FISH (3474)
Fax:  530-222-3572

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: 11/01/17

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: 11/01/17

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: 11/01/17

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 Klamath is a little low, releases have fluctuated somewhat over the past two weeks from 1,100 to 1,300 cfs. The upper section is fishing well above the I-5 bridge with some nice adult steelhead in the system. With a lot of salmon on redds, the steelhead are eating egg patterns and stonefly nymphs. Bring your favorite 7 wt, a good hookset and you'll be in good shape!

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: 11/01/17

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: The river remains at 8,000 CFS from Keswick. Depending upon the day, we are seeing a few different insects hatching, both Brachycentrus & Hydropsyche Caddis can become noteworthy, but the key menu items have been midges and Baetis. Fish are occasionally being taken on Rubberlegs and egg patterns. There are few salmon on redds here and there, and if you know where they are you can expect some good fishing. The evening Baetis hatches have been strong. Come on out and see for yourself!

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: 11/01/17

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

Current River Conditions: With the end of the season just around the corner, the McCloud is fishing good right now. The water is slightly tinted up at Ash Camp down through the Nature Conservancy. With a strong October Caddis hatch going, the only thing left to quibble about is what dry to tie on. Saturday evening it was a #8 Yellow Stimulator, without a doubt. Mercer's TB October Caddis Pupa, or the BH October Caddis Pupa will work during the day. Drop a San Juan Worm as well as these guys are always present in the system. Make sure you skate the dries and swing those pupae, the takes can be vicious!

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: 11/01/17

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 below Britton is still fishing well. Nothing new to report here, just football shaped rockets grabbing your flies and wrapping you around a boulder. Fish are taking Rubberlegs, Zebra Midges, Baetis patterns and streamers. Get a decent drift through the good water and they'll eat it. The good news on the Pit is it will remain open year round, and it fishes well in the winter. Come see what it's all about!

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: 11/01/17

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: Flows on the Trinity remain low at 300 CFS through Lewiston. We are seeing fish throughout the system from Lewiston down past Del Loma. The Willow Creek weir logged a push of fish this past week. There are some salmon on redds below the canyon, fish below are keying on egg patterns and Rubberlegs. On those dark, rainy days the fish will be on the move, so fish as much water as you can to get a grab.


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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: 11/01/17

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 continues to flow at 240 CFS into the lake at Delta. The October Caddis are coming off and ovipositing in the evenings in the upper sections above Dunsmuir. Try a Mercer's TB October Caddis during the day, or his October Skater during the evening. Elsewhere the fishing down low has fish moving up from the lake. These are looking for baitfish, i.e. shad, in the lower sections. The Float-n-Fly or a Balanced Leech under an indicator is deadly. Small black Zebras and Micro Mays will round out what fish will be taking.

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.



Reservoir Fact: The nearby town of Big Bend has many geothermal hot springs nearby. Some of the hot wells are used to heat the local School, public swimming pool and a green house. Hmmm. Don't hesitate to stop by the local grocery store, gas station called the Pit Stop.

Lake Level :
•  Iron Canyon Lake Level

Suggested Fly Patterns:

Dry flies:
•  Para Spinner PMD or Trico
•  Harrop's Last Chance Callibaetis

Nymphs / Wet Flies:
•  San Juan Worm - Fire #8-14
•  CB Frostbite - #16-18
•  Chromies - #16-18
•  Zebra Midge - #16-20
•  Micro Mayfly - #14-18
•  Blood Geyser Midge - Red #10-16
•  GB Half-Flashback PT - #16-20

Streamers / Leeches:
•  Beaded Micro Buggers
•  Freshwater Clouser - Olive/White
•  Zonkers - #4
•  Zack's Zuggers - Yellow/Brown #8

Fly Fishing Gear:
•  Outcast® Super Fat Cat-LCS Float Tube
•  Rio® Deep 7™ Full Sink Fly Line
•  Simms® WaderWick™
•  The Fly Shop's® X-Country Jacket
•  Nautilus FWX Fly Reels
•  R.L. Winston Boron IIIx Fly Rod 4-5wt
•  Simms® Solar Sombrero
•  Simms® ExStream™ Socks
•  Angling Evolution's™ Foam Indicators

Keswick Reservoir

Updated:  11/01/17

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

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: 11/01/17

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: Battle continues to fish well as we expect to see some bigger fish moving up out of the river into the creek come onto the property. Flows remain low making access to all of the beats good. Red Copper Johns, Rubberlegs and Dark Lords are great choices. The fall is a great time to fish this rugged gem!

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: 11/01/17

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: Fishing the past two weeks has been superb on Bollibokka. Fishing down near the lake has seen some nice rainbows taking a variety of offerings. San Juan Worms, Balanced Leeches and streamers were all pretty effective. With the October Caddis in the river getting ready to go, dead-drifting and swinging some pupa patterns will definitely get things going. With the number of nymphs we observed in the river this year the hatch should be great.

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.

Hat Creek Ranch

Updated: 11/01/17

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: We are winding down on the 2017 season on Hat Creek Ranch. There are still some midges and Baetis coming off sporadically. Most fish will eat leeches swung or stripped. We have some openings left prior to the close if you'd like to come up and fish this classic spring creek!

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".

Suggested Flies:

Stream Flies:
Dry Flies-
•  Bionic Ant
•  Carl's Foam Ant
•  Barr's Dropper Hopper
•  Dave's Foam Hopper
•  Adult October Caddis - #8
•  Foam October Caddis - #8
•  Potter's October Caddis - #8
•  CDC Dun - #20 BWO
•  Mercer's Parachute Profile Spinner - BWO
•  Mercer's Missing Links - #16-18
•  Tilt Wing Dun PMD
•  Yellow Stimulators #8-16
 Nymphs / Wet Flies / Streamers-
•  Olive Pheasant Tail Nymph#14-18
•  Mercer's CB Micro May - Black #14-18
•  Beaded Zebra Midges - Black #18
•  Burk's Crystal HBI
•  Mercer's Glass Bead Micro Mayflies (Any)
•  Zebra Midge #16-20 (any)
•  Chromie #18
•  Mercury Black Beauty #20

Lake Flies:
 Dry Flies-
•  Mayfly Cripple - Callibaetis
•  Harrop's Last Chance #14-22
•  Mercer's Parachute Adams
•  Parachute Adams #14-16
•  Hackle Winged May #16-20
 Nymphs / Wet Flies / Streamers-
•  Black A.P. #14-16
•  Chan's Chironomid Bombers - #12
•  Zack's Zuggers - #8
•  Woolly Buggers - Any
•  Beaded Micro Buggers - #12
•  Chromies - #16-18

Fly fishing Gear:
•  Simms® Solar Shirt/TFS Logo
•  Simms Headwaters Mesh Vest
•  The Fly Shop's Signature Chest Pack

Luk Lake


Updated: 11/01/17

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: The weather is cooling off and we are anticipating a great fall and winter on Luk Lake. The bass are taking streamers now putting on some weight for the winter. We'll have trout in the lake soon, so if you'd like to plan a trip please give us a call.

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: 11/01/17

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

Current Lake Conditions: This has been a great season up at Rock Creek Lake! The fish are definitely putting on the feed bags for the winter taking midges, aquatic worms and leeches. We have some opportunities left if you would like to get up to do some lake fishing prior to the close of the season.

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: 11/01/17

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: Sugar Creek Ranch trout continue to amaze us with their strength and willingness to grab all kinds of offerings. Midges are the main course for now, Jumper Cables, Zebras in #12-14 and Chironomid Bombers rounding out some good bugs to tie on. Stripping black leeches and crayfish patterns deep is always a good way to go during the late fall and winter. Fall is beautiful up on the ranch, we've got some tent camp sites open now too. With all of the pressure on the rivers, Sugar Creek is a great option to get away and fish.

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: 11/01/17

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: The top water bite is pretty much done for the season and with a storm bringing cloudy skies and cooler temps, it should put the last nail in the coffin. However, the fish are stacking up on ledges and ambush points eating fry and small baitfish. Find the spots and you will have fun stripping streamers.

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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