After a weak low front moved through recently we are again experiencing clear warm days and cool nights. Fishing (and catching) have been good to epic, results each day differing mostly related to water temps which have been between 38 & 42 degrees. Most fish are coming with nymphing techniques but on days with warmer water temps we’ve managed to swing a few up. A number of us are guiding several days a week but we’ve seen very few other anglers, weekends are a bit busier than weekdays. Most fish are 17″ to 24″ with a few half pounders and larger adults mixed in.
Flows have been clear and steady, currently at 1320 cfs. This is half the typical winter flow, we expect it to continue through the near future. Plan on drifting as wading is very limited and fish are holding in deeper water.
Leggs and eggs. Keep trying nymphs until you find one they like. Dark Ugly Bugs and Stones # 6-10, Copper Johns, Prince nymphs, Pheasant Tails and Micromays #10-16. Swing small dark leeches and classic wets such as Skunks and Silver Hiltons.
Flows are exceptionally low for this time of year and the Upper Sac is very fishable as a result. October Caddis dries with droppers have produced as well as nymphing deeper runs with small nymphs. Fish are receptive during the warmest part of the day but nearly impossible early and late. It is very similar to late fall conditions with spooky fish and low clear water. Extreme stealth in approach and presentation seems to be the key to success. It’s an event to see other anglers in winter on the Upper Sac.
We are experiencing the lowest flows imaginable for this time of year. Current flows are currently between 300 and 400 at Delta, much lower upstream. Water temps are in the lower forties, on days when it bumps up a degree or two the bite can go off!
October Caddis dries on sunny days and Blue Wing Olives dries and emergers on overcast wet days. Small nymphs are out producing large ones on average. Try Copper Johns in copper and gold, Micromays, Pheasant Tails and small caddis patterns in 14-18′s in deep runs, slots and slicks.
Flows are as low and clear as anyone can remember for this late in the season. The conditions along with a much smaller hatchery return than in the past few year’s have made it very technical. Large pods of fish are no longer the norm. We are finding roughly 70% wild to hatchery fish landed as opposed to 1 in 10 or 20 last season. Anglers searching out fish, sizing down their offerings and using stealth in their approach and presentations are having the most luck.
Very low and clear. Flows at Lewiston are below 300 but with very little run off from feeder creeks, flows downstream are well below half of the median for this time in the season. Low, clear and cold means you need to hit ‘em on the nose without spooking them.
Small nymphs are the norm. Try Pheasant Tails, Prince Nymphs, Copper Johns, Birdsnests, Hare’s Ears and small stones and the like in #10′s and perhaps as small as #16′s. Use heavy wire hooks on your tiny nymphs as some steelies have been exceptionally large this season. Still finding a few fish that prefer an egg or alevin.
Unseasonably warm weather has made for some incredibly comfortable days on this trophy trout treasure. In some seasons this river can be unfishable due to high flows in winter, this year flows are nearly as low as they will ever get. Spring blizzard caddis hatches are just around the corner and may arrive earlier than usual if current weather and flow patterns continue. We have had good to excellent action particularly midday side drifting small nymphs, egg and alevin patterns under indicators. Not much of a dry fly bite except on the very few drippy days we’ve seen.
Exceptionally low. Flows at Keswick are currently 3300 and with Shasta Lake levels at record lows we are not expecting an increase anytime soon. Fish are not difficult to find at these flows but can be spooky and very finicky.
Small nymphs are the norm. Try Prince Nymphs, Copper Johns, Birdsnests, along with Micromays, Pheasant Tails and your favorite BWO or PMD nymph in #14 – 18″s. For two and three fly rigs try adding a Super Floss Rubberleg, an egg or alevin.
We have seen little to no traffic on the Pit this winter despite very fishable conditions. The midday bite is best, nymphing with an indicator or high stickin’small nymphs and rubberlegs in runs and slots. If you don’t find fish, keep moving and change patterns. Once you get a grab, don’t leave fish to find fish. Fish through the run efficiently to maximize your opportunities. If some sunny solitude is what you are seeking, sneak away for an afternoon. Current weather patterns and flows will lead to early spring hatches and the Pit should top your list with it’s football rainbows.
Flows are low and ideal for this time of year making the Pit very wadable and fishable. Water temps are in the forties, on days when it bumps up a degree or two in the afternoon expect the bite to really pick up.
Small nymphs will get you more fish than rubberlegs but big fish often like big flies so mixing it up is not a bad idea. A good time of year to try swinging streamers. Pheasant tails, Copper Johns, Micromays and small caddis imitations #14-18′s drifted in the heart of runs and slots produce best. Droppers off dries and streamers will also find fish.