Fishing Report 2-24-09

Klamath River

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Fishing Conditions
After a long dry spell a big front moved through and dumped a pile of snow in Mt. Shasta followed by heavy rain.  The Klamath however saw very little precipitation  and flows and fishing have been good to great, with some large hot winter run fish showing.   In most seasons the Klamath typically fishes well through March and we expect it to continue this season.  Flows are scheduled to increase from 1300 to 1450 on March 1st , perhaps best to schedule your trip before or a few days after.



Water Conditions
Flows have been a bit clouded but fishable and steady, currently at 1320 cfs. This is half the typical winter flow.  We expect it to continue until March 1st when flows are scheduled to be increased by about 150 cfs.  Plan on drifting as wading is very limited and fish are holding in deeper water.


Flies
Leggs and eggs. Keep trying nymphs until you find one they like. Dark Ugly Bugs and Stones # 6-10, Copper Johns, Prince nymphs,  small stones, Pheasant Tails and Micromays #10-16. Swing small dark leeches and classic wets such as Skunks and Silver Hiltons.



Upper Sacramento River

Fishing Condtions


Last week snow limited access on the upper and middle portions of the river but those willing to venture out were rewarded with pods of Bow’s sipping BWO’s midday.   Flows were exceptionally low for this time of year until this weekend when it blew out in a big way.   Prospecting with October Caddis dries and droppers was producing as well as nymphing deeper runs with small nymphs. Flows are coming down quickly but with more storms forecast we could be looking at several days before it is fishable.




Water Conditons


Flows increased from 800 cfs to over 23,000 and are now quickly dropping.   Annual precip is still about half of normal.  Flows are much lower upstream but will still take several days to become fishable with snow still on the ground.  Warm rain in the forecast will likely melt snow and create some additional runoff.



Flies


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.


Trinity River

Fishing Conditons


Recent storms sent a pulse down the river moving and activating some fish.   With increased flows, warmed water temps, colored water and some spring hatches the catching has been a bit more productive and much less technical.  Flows are dropping again but continued weather in the forecast will likely extend the season a bit, provided storms are not too intense.   While numbers are down this season we’ve seen some exceptional fish lately.

Not many days left this season on this

gem.



Water Conditons


Dropping and clearing. Some additional weather will make it much easier for the average angler to get a grab once flows stabilize and clear.  On the upper river there are some fish beginning to pair up and spawn in the shallows.  These are likely wild and will produce our fish four years from now, avoid disturbing them and give ’em the chance.


Flies


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. Some March Browns showing.  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, particularly when the water rises and colors a bit.


Lower Sacramento River

Fishing Conditons


In some seasons this river can be unfishable due to high flows in winter, the recent storm blew it out with flows at Bend Bridge increasing five fold.  Flows are returning to the unseasonable lows that we have experienced this year but water is still off color. Spring blizzard caddis hatches are just around the corner typically producing some epic days in March.   We have had good to excellent action particularly midday side drifting small nymphs.  Some great action on slick water pods of riser with dries.  Close observation may reveal a hatch not normally associated with this river or this time of year.


Water Conditons


Releases at Keswick are currently 3250 so the upper river is much more clear and fishable than downstream.   With Shasta Lake still very low and seasonal precipitation still well below normal we expect low flows all spring.



Flies


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.



Pit River

Fishing Condtions


We have seen little to no traffic on the Pit this winter despite very fishable conditions. Until recent storms blew it out, the midday bite was best, nymphing with an indicator or high stickin’small nymphs and rubberlegs in runs and slots. If some solitude is what you are seeking, sneak away for an afternoon once the storms pass and flows stablize.



Water Conditons


Flows are currently high and unfishable but dropping quickly.  Depending on the severity of the incoming weather the Pit could clear in days or weeks.



Flies


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 emergers if you locate a hatch. 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.



McCloud River

Reopens April 25th



Hat Creek

Reopens April 25th

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