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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.

Klamath River

Updated: 01/23/18

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: Flows from Iron Gate have been fluctuating between 900 and 1,100 CFS lately. We have seen good numbers of adult fish in the section above the I-5 bridge, fishing remains good. Although cold! This can be a great location to meet up with a anadromous rainbow if you are willing to brave the elements. Pay attention to the forecast and bring chains, we have some storms dropping enough snow on the passes to make getting up there difficult.

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: 01/23/18

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 flows remain steady at 4,000 cfs. The river is holding and fishing pretty well from midday through the afternoon. In addition to the Blue Wing Olives, on sunny days we are seeing significant Hydropsyche Caddis hatches. This insect usually comes off big during the summer, so we hope this bodes well for later in the season. Meanwhile, we’ll take advantage of these hatches now. Some smaller Brachycentrus Caddis, the black ones, are also coming off in good numbers. Midge patterns #16-18, Baetis nymphs, Black Silvey's and Cinnmon Poopahs are all working well. For those who appreciate solitude on the river, we aren't seeing a lot of traffic, so this would be the time to come!

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

Trinity River


Updated: 01/23/18

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: Lewiston releases remain 300 CFS. The winter is definitely here along with the winter run steelhead. The river remained in great shape on the top end after the last storm. We'll be getting some more snow and rain over the next couple of days. We don't expect it to blow out above Douglas City. We are seeing good numbers of adult fish moving throughout the system. The river definitely has more color making conditions just right. The increased flow will continue to draw fish from lower in the river. Good flies right now are black and brown Rubberlegs, Golden Stone nymphs like the Solitude Golden Stone, Psycho Princes in your favorite color and #12-14 Flashback Pheasant Tails.


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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: 01/23/18

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 is flowing just under 700 CFS at Delta and is dropping, clarity is good with some color. The storms tonight and tomorrow will definitely bring this river up and add some color. The increased flows should draw some more fish from Shasta into the lower reaches. If you go up near Dunsmuir over the next few weeks it will be cold, so plan on the best fishing to be towards midday or the early afternoon. Midges and Rubberlegs up top will be a good bet, down low try some Baetis nymphs. If you notice a serious hatch look for noses poking up.

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: 01/23/18

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:  Good reports from Baum! Tons of fish eating midges and stripped Wooley Buggers. When your favorite river is blown, you can always come up to Baum and fish the weed beds or drift Parachute Adams to the risers. It is cold, but the action is usually hot enough to keep you distracted.

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

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.

Luk Lake

Updated: 01/23/18

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: Luk Lake continues to fish well. We've had best luck fishing midges and red Copper Johns under an indicator. But, don't let that stop you from fishing Crystal Buggers in Olive, Black and Brown. The bite has been good on these patterns. And a Balanced Leech under an indicator is deadly. We've seen some big fish in the net!

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!

Sugar Creek Ranch

Updated: 01/23/18

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 last groups we've had up at the ranch have reported good action in the North Ponds. Fish are keying on midges mostly. Fish are also taking stripped Pheasant Tails, fished slowly. Warmer, sunnier days you will see some small mayflies coming off, so don't forget to bring a dry rod with a #18 Parachute Adams rigged. The ponds never blow out, and as long as they don't freeze up, they will fish well all winter.

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!

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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