Fishing Report 3/15/09

Klamath River

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Fishing Conditions
The Klamath might be your best last chance to finish your steelhead season on a high note.  Recent storm activity has done little to dampen the fishing on the Klamath.  Fly fishing continues to be good to excellent for adult steelhead as well as some half pounders.  Water temps have inceased to the mid forties and the fish are grabby particularly midday.  While we have been successfully nymphing lately we plan on taking advantage of warmer temps which will increase the productvity of swinging.  The Klamath typically fishes well through March and we expect it to continue for a few more weeks.



Water Conditions
Flows have been steady with three to four feet of visiability, currently at 1750 cfs. This is less than half the mean flow and very fishable.  Plan on drifting as wading is very limited and fish are holding in deeper water.



Flies
Nymphs have out produced leggs and eggs but the bigger fish have come on the later.  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


Recent storms have kept flows on the lower river moving up and down but near normal levels for this time of the year with fishing being fair to good whenever flows stabilize.  The snow on the upper and middle portions of the river is patchy and is limiting access in only a few places. The upper river is still quite low and very wadable.  A few souls venturing out have been rewarded with pods of Bow’s sipping BWO’s midday. Still finding a few fish willing to eat an October Caddis dry as a few bugs still linger!  Droppers as well as nymphing deeper runs with small caddis and mayfly nymphs when the hatch is not on is still most productive.

Some larger nymphs have begun to produce.   Wild Rainbows begin spawning this time of year.  If you see fish in shallow water in groups or pairs enjoy the show but please avoid fishing or spooking them.



Water Conditons


Flows have fluctuated as storms have passed.  As soon as the flows drop and become steady the fishing improves.  Flows on the middle and particularly the upper river are much lower and have been very wadable with good fishing particularly during the warmest part of the day.



Flies


October Caddis and small olive or cinammon caddis dries on sunny days with 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.  Prince nymphs, dark and golden stone immitations are starting to draw strikes.


Trinity River

Fishing Conditons


Last call for Steelhead!  Recent warmed water temps, colored water and some spring hatches have made it productive and much less technical. Flows are steady again but continued weather in the forecast may increase a bit.   Provided storms are not too intense fishing should remain fair to good for another week or two. While numbers are down this season we’ve seen some great fish lately.

Some fish are beginning to pair up and spawn in the shallows particularly on the upper river.  These are likely wild and will produce our fish four years from now, avoid disturbing them and give ’em the chance.



Water Conditons


Flows have been stabile and clear with warming temps and increased fish activity making it easier for the average angler to get a grab.  Most fish have move in to the upper river preparing to spawn.



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


Spring blizzard Caddis hatches are just days away!   They typically producing some epic days in March and early April. We have had good to excellent action particularly later in the day side drifting small nymphs, microspawn and floss rubberlegs.  The river has fished well from the Posse Ground all the way to Bend.  Flows at Bend Bridge  are returning to the unseasonable lows that we have experienced this year and while the water is still a bit off color the bite has remained good.



Water Conditons


Releases at Keswick continue to be around 3500 . With Shasta Lake still very low and seasonal precipitation still a bit  below normal we expect lower than normal flows for the near future.



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, microspawn or alevin.



Pit River

Fishing Condtions


Recent storms have blown out the Pit.  This is an early season gem and when it comes back into shape plan on making the trip up to the canyon.   Early season hatches can be terrific and come off earlier here than other sister rivers.



Water Conditons


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



Flies


Look to start your season here with the big bugs of spring, Salmonflies, Goldenstones, March Browns, Green Drakes along with their smaller cousins.



McCloud River

Reopens April 25th



Hat Creek

Reopens April 25th

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