Fishing Report 6/10/09

Upper Sacramento River

Fishing Conditions


Flows have dropped and the river is wadeable and fish-able from top to bottom, including all those delicious pocket water runs.  The weather has been unstable with more in the forecast.   Lots of  big bugs about including Goldenstones, a few Greendrakes and Flavs (Greydrakes)  as well as great evening hatches of Tibialis, PED’s and Caddis.   Nymphing is producing but you may want to consider throwing dries even midday in the softer water as it as outproduced nymphing of late.  Each evening slicks have evening rises some better than others, though fish are getting fussy and a sloppy cast will put them down.  More thunderstorms predicted which will hopefully increase the  big Mayfly hatches if they are not too severe.



Water Conditons


Flows have dropped and are hovering between 600 and 700 cfs at Delta.   Conditions are as good as it gets on the Upper Sac.

Clarity is near perfect which makes stealth a must.  Finding places to cross the river is getting much eaasier and most smaller runs and pocket water is fishable. Water temps are in the fifties, though colder upstream than down.



Flies


Plan on prospecting with large attractors and Goldenstone Dries, add droppers for bonus action.  Try Prince Nymphs and dark and Golden Stone imitations with small droppers including Copper Johns, Micromays, Pheasant Tails, Iron Sallies and small Caddis patterns in 14-18’s if you care to nymph. Pack your box with Rogue Foam Stones and Sofa Pillows in yellow (#8-10), and some big Paraduns and Mayfly cripples to imitate Green Drakes, Flavs and Brown Drakes. Add some Rusty Spinners #14-16″s and Yellow Spinners in #12-14’s for fussy fish. Water temps are getting to the point that streamers are a good option for those so inclined but best to wait for low light as the water is very clear.



McCloud River

Fishing Conditions


The Lower McCloud is in prime condition and we have seen the hatches take off, though the water has been exceptionally clear making it more technical than usual for this time of the year.  The Upper McCloud has become a dry fly zone for small natives and hatchery clones as nearly all the large wild fish have migrated downstream or into someone’s freezer. The campground at Ah Di Nah is open though it has typically been full on weekends. Daytime is mostly a nymphing affair in the deep water of runs and pocket water but there have been some opportunities for dries.  The evenings have been magical with the hatches arriving.  Provided T-Storms are not too severe dry fly fishing will continue to be outstanding.


Water Conditons


Flows have dropped and are steady, 239 cfs at Ah-Di-Nah and 549 cfs at Shasta Lake with most river crossings opening up. Water temps down low are in the mid fifties but still in the forties upstream so you’ll want to get your flies right on a fish’s nose. The Upper River at Fowler’s has returned to normal flows and is stocked so expect crowds especially with campgrounds full on weekends.


Flies


Dries with droppers during the day with large Attractors, Salmonfly and Goldenstones.    Look for opportunities on drippy days for Greendrakes, Browndrakes, Flavs and find a nice run with rising fish to set up for the magical evening hatch of small Mayflies, Flavs, Caddis and Spinners.  Big nymphs such as Goldenstones, Rubberlegs and Princes are still finding fish though smaller bugs produce more fish on average.  We like to offer one of each when nymphing and tie droppers off our big dries. Try Stimis or Foamstones in orange or yellow #6-10, hanging Copper Johns, Iron Sallies, PT’s, Micromays and your favorite caddis Pupa in #14-18 off the bend. Use these small nymphs in combination with Poxyback Goldenstones, Rubberlegs, and Princes when exploring with an indicator or high sticking.



Klamath River

klamath-fall

Fishing Conditions
As of June 19th water temps increased to 69 degrees and it is not possible to safely catch and release.  We have cancelled or rescheduled all remaining trips until October when water temps drop to allow ethical angling.  We recommend you do the same.


Water Conditions


Flows have been steady at 1530 cfs and visibility is clear. Water temps now exceed 69 degrees.  We will return in October for the steelhead season.



Flies


Salmonfly dries, bigger is better!  (add a dropper if you must)





Pit River

Fishing Conditions


Conditions on the Pit remain excellent, nymphing the fast water during the day and setting up on a run with dry flies in the evening has been exceptional.   Flows are at or below normal and steady, water clarity is good making dry fly fishing productive. We are finding fish nymphing fast water during the day and setting up for Mayfly and Caddis dries in the evening, though large attractors and Goldenstones have produced in the afternnoons. With warm water temps streamer fishing continues to be a great option, though best during low light.



Water Conditons


Flows are near optimum and currently at or a bit below the norm for the season. Water clarity is about the norm, perhaps a bit better. All reaches are fishing well.



Flies


Prospect with two nymph rigs in fast water with or without an indicator. Prince Nymphs, PT’s, Birdsnests, Rubberleg Stones, Golden Stones, Copper Johns and Yellow Sallies.  Goldenstone or attractor dries with droppers in the afternoons and evenings have produced well.  Pull a large streamer in olive or black and hang on. Dry fly fishing in the evening is excellent with increased hatches.  Try large attractors, Salmonflies & Goldenstones on bright days, Green & Brown Drake dries on cloudy/drippy days and add dropper to increase the grab.




Lower Sacramento River

Fishing Conditions


The PMD hatch in the afternoon continues to be excellent and has become a steady bite on the Lower Sac this spring, some Tibialis are mixed in as well.  The action turns on and off as the bugs come in waves and changes from run to run.  Warm sunny days have got some Hydropsyche Caddis going in the afternoon and evenings as well. We’ve even had a dry fly bite some evenings as the water clarity is back to normal. The river has been fishing well from Bonnieview all the way to Bend. Cypress Street Bridge construction has closed boat passage at the overpass.



Water Conditons


Releases at Keswick are currently at 9,750 with scheduled changes on the June 14th up to 11,750 and then back down to 10,000 on the 15th?.  Expect this pulse to throw the bite off for a few days.  Flows downsteam at Bend Bridge are running at 10,600 about 10% below the norm. Water clarity has returned to normal for this time of year.

Walk and wade opportunities are slim at 10,000 cfs. Boat passage at

Cypress Street Bridge is currently closed due to construction.



Flies


Small nymphs are the norm. Try your favorite PMD nymphs along with various Pheasant tails and Micromays in #14 – 18″s. Prince Nymphs, Copper Johns & Ironsallies also find fish. Caddis patterns such as Fox Poopahs & Birdsnests are becoming increasingly productive as the warm weather sparks caddis hatches.

Elk Hair Caddis, E/C Caddis, PMD paraduns and crips for the evening hatch.  Add a #14 softhackle in tan,  yellow or orange and hang on. 


Hat Creek

Fishing Conditions


Fishing on Hat Creek as been quite good. When hatches aren’t popping fish are willing to grab nymphs under an indicator or dropped off of Salmonfly dries. There have been sparse afternoon hatches of PMD’s, Eporus and even some Green Drakes (on cloudy days), with good numbers of Salmonflies showing  to get the fish grabby. The evening caddis bite has been consistently good.  Some Tricos starting to show in the morning.   The Hat is in great condition, the best we’ve seen in a few seasons.



Water Conditons


Hat Creek, being low gradient with spring creek conditions does not receive the runoff other local streams experience. It is one of the few rivers that can be fishable during big storms. If you want to avoid the circus on the Powerhouse Riffle, fish other access points, seek out other area waters and/or have a go midweek.



Flies


The attraction here is the big bugs of spring, Salmonflies, Goldenstones, Flavs, and Mahoganies but your most likely top water action will come in the evenings on PMD’s, Eporus and Caddis. Salmonflies are showing and the fish are finding them, not a bad fly to hang a nymph below. Nymphing the fast riffles can provide some action during non hatch periods. Parachute and Paradun PMD’s & Sulphur emergers and cripples #14-16, plan on changing flies often for fish than can be selective. #8-12 Green Drake Paraduns & Cripples, EC Caddis & Elk Hair Caddis #14-16 consider adding a pupa or mayfly nymph as a dropper. Salmonfly and Goldenstone patterns are effective as the hatches have fully developed. Not a bad idea to have a few ants and beetles tucked in the box just in case.




Trinity River


Trinty River Fishing Conditions


Releases on the Trinity have been dropping but are still over 1200 cfs! This will make the Trinity marginably fishable but dangerous. Come back after the whitewater folks have their fun. Flows are scheduled to become fishable around the middle of June.



Water Conditons


Releases on the Trinity increased from 300 cfs to 4,000 cfs on May 1st!. They are scheduled to be slowly reduced until it becomes fishable around the middle of June. Check to see that

Flows have dropped before venturing out.



Flies


Check back when conditions improve.

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