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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
Email:  info@theflyshop.com
Updated Jan 24, 2018

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

Fair to Good

Report: 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 an 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.

Hot Flies: 
Eggs:
Clown Egg, M.C. Redd Reaper - Champagne, Micro Spawn - Shrimp Pink or Salmon Egg, Boles Bazookas

Nymphs:
Pat's Rubberlegs - #4-8, 3-D Nymphs - #8-10, Red Copper Johns - #14-18, Gordon's Amber Wing Prince - #14-18, Articulated Marabou Leech

Lower Sacramento

Good

Report: 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 Cinnamon 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!

Hot Flies: 
Dry Flies:
Low Water Baetis - #18, Mayfly Cripple - Limestone #18, Mercer's Missing Link - #16, Norman's Loopwing - 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

Eggs:
Micro Spawn - Peachy King, Shrimp Pink, Boles Bazookas - Shrimp Pink, Peachy King

Trinity River

Good

Report: 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.

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

Hot Flies: 
Dry Flies:
Harrop's Last Chance Cripple - #18

Nymphs/Wet Flies:
Mercer's Tungsten October Pupa, Morrish October Pupa, Skip's TB October Caddis, Mercer's Poxyback GB Hares Ears - #8-14, Black Copper John - #12-14, TB Solitude Stone - #8, Red Copper John #12-14 - #8, Pat's Rubber Legs - Brown & Black #6-8

Eggs:
Clown Egg - #4-10, M.C. Redd Reapers, Micro Spawn Eggs - Pink & Salmon Egg, Boles Bazookas - #8

Streamers & Leeches:
Beadhead Crystal Buggers - Any, CH Kiwi Muddlers, Freshwater Clouser - Any

Upper Sacramento River

Fair to Good

Report: The river is flowing just under 1,150 CFS at Delta and is dropping after peaking last night at 1,500 CFS, the river has a lot of color to it. The storms lasting through today will slack off and with no more rain in the forecast for the next 10 days we should see this river drop into great shape. 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.

Hot Flies: 
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 TB October Caddis, CB Birds Nest - #10-14, Red Copper John - #16-18, Zebra Midge - #18-20, Mercury Black Beauty, Mercer's Glass Bead Micro May - #22, 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, Mercer's CB Micro Mayfly - #14-16

Streamers & Leeches:
Sheila Sculpin, Woolly Buggers, Muddler Minnows - #10

Report: Good reports from Baum! Tons of fish eating midges and stripped Woolley 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.

Hot Flies: 
Dry Flies:
Adams - #18-20, Hackle Winged May - BWO, Harrop's Last Chance - All, Griffith's Gnat, Mercer's Missing Link - #14-18, Light Cahill - #18

Nymphs/Wet Flies:
Red Copper John - #18, Ultra Scuds, GB Flashback PT - #14-20, Black A.P. - #14-16, Beaded Zebra Midge - #18-20, Mercer's Gidget, Mercer's CB Micro Mays - Ruby Red #16-18, GB Flashback PT - Olive #18, Beaded Zebra Midge - #16-20, Chromie - #18

Steamers & Leeches:
JGF Translucent Wiggle Tail - #10, Beaded Micro Buggers - #12, Zack's Damseleech - #14

Report: Lewiston is fishing well with releases from Trinity Lake varying from day to day. The wintertime is a great season to hone your spring creek skills in the shallow areas with weed beds. Elsewhere you will find fish gorging on midges and mayflies. When it warms enough you will see some Callibaetis or March Browns coming off. Fishing Balanced Leeches under an indicator is deadly when all else fails. The size and strength of these fish will test your tackle, double check your knots!

Hot Flies: 
Dry Flies:
Hackle Stackers - BWO #18, Parachute Adams - #14-18, Mayfly Cripples

Nymphs/Wet Flies:
Ultra Scuds - #16, Chromies - #18-20, Mercer's CB Micro May - Black #18, Flashback Pheasant Tail - #16-18, Beaded Zebra Midges - #18-20, Mercer's Gidgets

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

 

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