Fishing Report 8-9-09

Upper Sacramento River

Fishing Conditions


The summer heat has subsided as have the thunderstorms of late leaving the Upper Sac in great summer condition.  Bug activity is light as is typical this time of year, a few Tricos in the early morning and a hatch of PED’s & BWO’s  late in the day along with a few Flav’s & Caddis about.  Nymphing midday can still produce  but if you are able to fish early and late and take a nap midday why not, as fishing is most comfortable and productive when the sun is off the water.  Evening hatches are compressed and a run one evening can be superb and the following evening it is devoid of rising fish while the glide just upstream has turned on?  With low clear water fish are getting fussy and sloppy presentations will put them down so stealth is key.  Those who cover the most water most often find the most fish, look for well oxygenated or deep cool water, particularly downstream.  Wet wading is a satisfying option on most days.



Water Conditions


Flows have dropped to summer lows and are hovering between 250 & 300 cfs at Delta which is a touch above the norm.  Water temps in the lower river are higher than upstream so it fishes best early in the day.

Clarity is near perfect which makes stealth a must. Water temps are in the upper fifties and sixties, colder upstream than down.



Flies


Small to tiny nymphs produce best, though a few fish can be found to take patterns imitating October Caddis Cases and Larvae during times of behavioral drift.  Try hopper imitations and attractor dries with small droppers including Copper Johns, Micromays, Pheasant Tails, Zebra Midges, Iron Sallies and small Caddis patterns in 14-18’s.  Try both high stick and indicator nymphing with the same flies.  Hang emergers off your #16 & 18 PED dries for the evening hatch as fishing are getting selective.  Add some Rusty Spinners #14-18″s, Soft Hackles #16-20  and Trico Spinners in #20 & 22’s for fussy fish.



McCloud River

Fishing Conditions


The Lower McCloud is perhaps our favorite place to fish this time of year.  You can enjoy the beauty in complete solitude and the fishing can be surprisingly good for seasoned anglers.  The exceptionally clear water makes it quite technical and novices are at a distinct disadvantage.  If the river clouds up slightly due to glacial melt (which often occurs this time of year) it can really turn on the bite.  Of course too much silting can completely shut it down as well ;>(      Daytime is mostly a nymphing affair in the deep water of runs and pocket water though dries with droppers continue to produce well. The evening hatches can alternate between magical and a complete bust depending on which run you choose as it is a crap-shoot which will be boiling.   Presentation is key as fish are becoming less tolerant of poor imitations and presentations, emergers hung off your dries will often turn the trick.  The Upper McCloud has become a dry fly zone for small natives and hatchery clones.

Rattlesnakes have been out and about of late so do watch your step!



Water Conditions


Flows are steady at 222 cfs at Ah-Di-Nah and very slowly dropping downriver 370 cfs at Shasta Lake.  Water temps remain in the fifties, still a bit nippy for us to wet wade deep comfortably all day.  The Upper River at Fowler’s is at low summer flows and is stocked so expect crowds especially with campgrounds full on weekends.


Flies


Small and smaller bugs is the name of the game this time of year.   We like to offer a Caddis and a May or Midge when nymphing and tie similar small droppers off our attractor dries. For the evening it is PED’s,  small and micro Caddis and spinners.  Look for rising fish and keep moving until you hopefully discover a magical evening hatch.  Our favorite summer flies include Gordon Princes #14-18, Micromays #16-18, Midge nymphs #18-22, Birdsnests #14-18, PT’s #14-18 and the like.  For dries bring your favorite attractors (a few large and a few small) and hang droppers, add some Mayfly dries #14-18 along with emergers and a few softhackles.  A few rusty spinners #14-18 can sometimes make your day.  For those so inclined streamers will find a few fish including the occasional outrageous Brown that shows up this time of year.



Pit River

Fishing Conditions


Conditions on the Pit remain fair to good though access is blocked by PG&E construction across the Pit 4 dam.  Pit 3 can be accessed using Clark Creek Road and Pit 4 & 5 can be accessed from Big Bend.   There are also forest fires in the area so depending on wind conditions it can sometimes get smoky.  Flows are higher than in years past and while not as slippery have changed the way many runs fish.  We are finding fish nymphing the fastest water during the day though large attractors with droppers will get the occasional grab.  High stick the pockets and toss on an indicator as needed for the larger runs.   Ideal for streamer fishing if you prefer bigger fish and are willing to fore-go numbers.



Water Conditions


Flows are currently above the norm for the season. We’ve also received reports of anglers stranded on the wrong side of the stream when flows have changed quickly!  Water clarity is about the norm, perhaps a bit better. All reaches except 1 are fishing fair.

PG& E has a road closure at the Pit 4 dam reducing 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. 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.



Lower Sacramento River

Fishing Conditions


The warm summer sunny days have the Hydropsyche Caddis in full swing with occasional dry fly opportunities in the afternoon and evenings as well. Small mayfly nymphs continue to get grabs in the morning and early afternoon.   Some action continues on Rubberlegs and Yellow Sallies as well.   A few Salmon in the system with opportunities to fish egg patterns downstream if you spot them.   We’ve found a couple summer steelhead in the upper reaches with a few more showing up downstream.  Air temps have cooled a bit and 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 have dropped slightly to 11,500 with small changes due to ag demand. We don’t expect these pulses to throw the bite off much if at all. Flows downstream at Bend Bridge are running at 12,100 about the norm. Water clarity is clear and normal for this time of year.

Walk and wade opportunities are slim at 11,500 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. Try egg patterns behind Salmon where you find them.  Caddis patterns such as Fox Poopahs & Birdsnests are most 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


Our guides report fishing on the Fall River has been exceptional.  Conditions are perfect and there may be no better place to practice or learn your match the hatch & delicate presentation game on the west coast.  We expect some Tricos to show up any day but for now early hatches of  PMD’s and BWO’s have offered some dry fly opportunities though the largest fish have come swinging leeches and nymphing. Good hatches of Caddis midday into evening. Callibaetis are showing in the lower river as well.

During nonhatch periods some very fine  fish are taking a  swung fly or nymph under an indicator.  Some smoke in the area from local fires has not impacted the fishing.  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 the bridges is starting to get exciting. Weed growth has been exceptional and the bugs and fish have responded.



Flies


Bring your box of finest dries and cripples to match the hatch of PMD’s, BWO’s, Callibaetis and afternoon Caddis.

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




Hat Creek

Fishing Conditions


Fishing has slowed on the Hat.   Some morning Tricos and the evening Caddis have been buzzing but it is quite technical for most fish and a couple fish in a session is considered good.  When hatches aren’t popping finding fish willing to grab nymphs under an indicator  is becoming increasingly difficult.  The evening Caddis bite has been good to fair. 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 Caddis and in the mornings on Trico spinners. Nymphing the fast riffles can provide some action during non hatch periods.  Trico spinners in 20-24’s, EC Caddis & Elk Hair Caddis #14-16 consider adding a pupa or softhackle as a dropper.  Try small nymphs, Birdsnests, Caddis Pupa, PT’s, Princes, Iron Sallies, Micromays and Midges for the riffs.



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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