Fishing Report 6/30/09

Upper Sacramento River

Fishing Conditions


Loads of bugs still about including Goldenstones, a few Flavs (Greydrakes), Yellow Sallies as well as great evening hatches of PED’s and a couple different species of Caddis.  The evening dry fly fishing has been phenomenal!  Nymphing midday is producing but if you prefer throwing dries they continue to find fish even under the sun, add a dropper or two for more consistent action.   Each evening the hatch is coming off a bit later, if you are headed to supper you may miss the best action of the day. The fish are getting fussy and a sloppy presentation will put them down but no worries there are other fish to catch just another cast away.



Water Conditions


Flows have dropped to summer lows and are hovering between 350 & 400 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 at its peak and all the smaller runs and pocket water is fishable. Water temps are in the upper fifties and sixties, colder upstream than down.



Flies


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 for both high stick and indicator nymphing. Pack your dry box with Rogue Foam Stones and Sofa Pillows in yellow (#8-10), and some big Paraduns and Mayfly cripples to imitate Flavs, bring your favorite Caddis patterns in tan and olive #14-18 and a few Cinammon in #12’s.  Hang beadhead droppers of your dries to prospect midday or emergers for the evening hatch.  Add some Rusty Spinners #14-16″s and Yellow Spinners in #12-14’s for fussy fish. Water temps are excellent for streamers 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 as the hatches continue to come off with regularity.  The word is out and the river has been crowded through the

Conservancy all the way to the dam, particularly on weekends.  We expect the crowds to dissipate after the July 4th holiday.  The water is 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.  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 though dries with droppers continue to produce well.   The evenings have been magical with the mixed hatches of stones, mayflies and caddis though fish are becoming less tolerant of poor imitations and presentations.



Water Conditions


Flows are steady 230 cfs at Ah-Di-Nah and slowly dropping, 450 cfs at Shasta Lake.  All the usual river crossings have opened up. Water temps are in the fifties and the fish are very active.  The Upper River at Fowler’s is at low summer flows and is stocked so expect crowds especially with campgrounds full on weekends.


Flies


Big nymphs such as Goldenstones, Rubberlegs and Princes are still finding fish though smaller bugs are produce more fish on average. We like to offer one of each when nymphing and tie small droppers off our big dries. Dries with droppers during the day with large Attractors & Goldenstones. For the evening it is a mixture of stones, caddis and mayflies.  Look for opportunities to imitate Goldenstones, PED’s, Spinners, Cinammon Caddis, Olive Caddis and Flavs during the magical evening hatch.  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.



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 in the evenings. We are finding fish nymphing the fastest water during the day and setting up for Caddis dries in the evening, though large attractors and Goldenstones will get the occasional grab  in the afternoons though most of the big bugs are done. With warm water temps streamer fishing continues to be a great option.

PG& E has planned a road closure making Pit 3 difficult to access.



Water Conditions


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.

PG& E has planned a road closure making Pit 3 difficult to access.



Flies


Prospect with two nymph rigs in the fastest water with or without an indicator. Prince Nymphs, PT’s, Birdsnests,  Caddis Pupa, Copper Johns and Yellow Sallies.  Goldenstone or attractor dries with droppers in the afternoons and evenings have produced on occasion but best on shaded water. Pull a large streamer in olive or black and hang on. Dry fly fishing in the evening is good with continued solid hatches.



Lower Sacramento River

Fishing Conditions


The  warm (hot) sunny days have the Hydropsyche Caddis in full swing with some dry fly opportunities in the afternoon and evenings as well.  The PMD hatch continues to get grabs in the morning and early afternoon and has become a steady bite on the Lower Sac.    The action turns on and off as the bugs come in waves and changes from run to run. Change flies to find the taste they want most.  Some action on Rubberlegs and Yellow Sallies, heavy at times as well.  The river has been fishing well from Bonnieview all the way to Bend. Cypress Street Bridge construction has closed boat passage at the overpass.

Very little access for wading opportunities. 


Water Conditions


Releases at Keswick are currently at 12,000 with a scheduled change on the July 1st up to 12,500.   We don’t expect this pulse to throw the bite off much if at all. Flows downstream at Bend Bridge are running at 12,800 about 10% below the norm. Water clarity is clear and normal for this time of year.

Walk and wade opportunities are slim at 12,500 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 early in the day. Prince Nymphs, Rubberlegs, Copper Johns & Ironsallies also find fish. Caddis patterns such as Fox Poopahs & Birdsnests are becoming very productive in the afternoons and evenings as the warm weather sparks caddis hatches.

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


Fall River

Feisty Fat 'Bows all day!

Fishing Conditions


The evening Hex hatch is in full swing and will continue into August.  Expect to stay out until dark thirty for the best fishing.  During the day expect some Tricos early followed by some PMD’s and Tibilias.  Good hatches of  Caddis midday into evening.   Callibaetis are beginning to show in the lower river as well.

Conditions are perfect and there is no better  place to practice or learn your match the hatch & delicate presentation game on the west coast.  During nonhatch periods we are still finding fish willing to take a swung fly or nymph under an indicator.  Summer is prime time on this sterling spring creek and we have added some exceptional veteran new guides for the Fall River this season.



Water Conditions


Flows are clear and steady, boat passage under all the bridges is accessible.  Weed growth has been exceptional and the bugs and fish have responded.



Flies


Hex dries and Cripples for the evening frenzy.  Also strip some Hex nymphs prior to emergence and hang on!  Bring your box of finest dries and cripples to match the hatch of PMD’s, Callibaetis and Tibialis

.  Small olive caddis, both dries and pupa will find agressive fish.  For nymphing Micromays, PT’s, HBI’s, Caddis Pupa and Birdsnests.  Try swinging and stripping leeches, damsel & dragonfly imitations.




Hat Creek

Fishing Conditions


When it has been on it has been quite good. When it isn’t things have gotten very tough.  When hatches aren’t popping finding fish willing to grab nymphs under an indicator or dropped off of Goldenstone dries is becoming increasingly difficult. There have been evening hatches of PMD’s, Tibialis and even a few Flavs though not as consistent as we might hope.  The evening caddis bite has been good to fair.  Expect some Tricos to show in the morning. The Hat is in great condition, the best we’ve seen in a few seasons but has been inconsistent of late?



Water Conditions


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 even 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


Your most likely top water action will come in the evenings on PMD’s, Tibialis and Caddis. Very few Goldenstones are hanging around and only a few 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 & creamy orange emergers and cripples #14-16, plan on changing flies often for fish than can be selective. #10-12 Grey Drake Paraduns & Cripples, EC Caddis & Elk Hair Caddis #14-16 consider adding a pupa or mayfly nymph as a dropper.  Not a bad idea to have a few ants and beetles tucked in the box just in case.




Klamath River

klamath-fall

Fishing Conditions
Schedule your fall steelhead trip now the best dates fill early.


As of June 19th water temps increased to 69 degrees and it is not possible to safely catch and release. We have canceled 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


Swing muddlers and classic wets with us the fall!





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