Northern California Fishing Report – the season that never ends 11/16

The ShastaTrout fishing report features the most recent information obtained from the very finest local guides. All of our guides are seasoned professionals who in most cases spend as much time individually on the rivers they guide as our biggest competitor’s guides spend collectively. We hope you find our report informative and useful in planning your next adventure in the Shadow of Shasta.



Klamath River

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Fishing Conditions
The Klamath has been alternating between great and our favorite condition, silly good.  More big fish are arriving in the upper river most every day.  Reports from downstream, particularly regarding numbers of  sizable adult Steelhead are encouraging.  The bulk of the hatchery adult run has yet to arrive.   November and December are prime time on the Klamath particularly for swinging flies. There may be no better place to learn steelheading than on this legendary river.  Schedule your fall Steelhead trip now particularly if you are interested in swinging flies, we still have a few dates available.



Water Conditions


Flows have been steady at  1300 cfs since October 1st and visibility is normal, about four feet.  Water temps have dropped into the lower fifties and more Steelhead are arriving daily.   November and December are prime time for Steelhead on this legendary stream and the fishing will remain good through March if we have a dry or  normal water year. We recommend scheduling your trip now.



Flies


Swing leeches and classic wets on a

sink tip add a small dropper to increase the grab but expect some small fish as a result.   Nymphing has been out producing swing fishing at least two to one.  Look for fish to begin moving from the shallows into deeper resting lies as water temps drop.  Fishing eggs and legs or nymphs behind the remaining Salmon will also find fish.



Upper Sacramento River

Fishing Conditions


The October Caddis continue to pop and the fish are on them but are getting a bit fussier about pattern and presentation.  We are probably past the peak but expect to continue to see these bugs well into winter on the warmest days.  With cooler  weather the Blue Wing Olive hatches are moving to the forefront with small caddis popping in fishable numbers on the warmest sunny days.  Nymphing with small caddis patterns along with small and tiny mayflies produces best during the early hours with October Caddis taking stage later in the day. Try hanging small and tiny emergers off big caddis dries late in the day for more action.



Water Conditions


Flows are a bit below 300 cfs at Delta and steady.  The river remains at low summer like flows making it  very wadable and fishable but also quite technical. Water temps have dropped into the lower fifties with superb water clarity, perhaps a bit too clear to be ideal, particularly for less seasoned anglers.



Flies


Small to tiny nymphs produce best. Try October Caddis imitations and attractor dries with small beadhead droppers including Copper Johns, Micromays, Pheasant Tails and small Caddis patterns in 14-18’s. Try both high stick and indicator nymphing with the same flies. Hang droppers off your #16 & 18 BWO dries for the midday hatch as fishing are getting selective. Add emergers and  Soft Hackles #16-20 for the fussiest risers.



Lower Sacramento River

Fishing Conditions


The fishing continues to be good but not all days are great.  Some very nice sized fish on average with a few that can make your day.  The big ones are getting more challenging to find and land as the egg bite is waning.   The Salmon run on the Lower Sac continues to be in crises this season with only a small fraction of the usual run returning.  BWO’s hatches on cool and drippy days and even on some sunny afternoons has been good, though dry fly fishing is quite limited.  Caddis continue to show, particularly on warmer days and are the go to bug as the fish take them aggressively.   Some action continues on Rubberleg Stones as well though and is producing more large fish as the egg bite slows.   We’ve found some steelhead in the upper reaches though the bite continues better downstream. Cypress Street Bridge boat passage at the overpass is open as flows are below 7,000 though a good deal of care and skill is required.

Excellent access for wading opportunities though fishing from a boat is nearly always more productive.



Water Conditions


Releases at Keswick have dropped from 5300 on the 11th and are schedule to be down to 4,600 cfs by the 17th.  These low flows stack up the fish and make wading much more reasonable.  On the other with fish concentrated fishing pressure has a greater impact.   Flows downstream at Bend Bridge are running below 5,830 cfs, nearly 1,000 below the norm.

Walk and wade opportunities are great. Boat passage at

Cypress Street Bridge is open while flows are below 7,000 though care and skill are required for safe passage.



Flies


BWO’s will increasing dominate but look for opportunities to fish Caddis particularly on warm sunny days.  The  big LSac ‘bows have become selective compared to seasons past so plan on changing patterns and sizes to find one they want. Hang your favorite BWO’s or  Caddis Pupa off the bend of a Rubberlegs which offers a big bite and a large hook to land the fish that will make your day.  Prince Nymphs, Copper Johns and the like will also find fish.

Still some opportunities to toss eggs.


Pit River

Fishing Conditions


ShastaTrout friends and guides have been fishing other destinations of late (they’ve been so great) and we have no recent reports from the Pit.  We hope that means it is rested and ready for you to give it a go as it is open year round and can be superb!  Be forewarned however that similar to the McCloud last season, construction has caused flow and clarity issues at times resulting in poor fishing and even a few anglers stuck on the wrong side of river needing to swim back across!   Check back we will post a reliable report at our earliest opportunity.


Water Conditions


No recent reports, check back as we expect to have an update soon.

Flies


We don’t care to guess, though we have some good ideas.


McCloud River

Season Reopens April 24th, 2010.

Contact us to schedule prime dates.









Fall River

Feisty Fat 'Bows all day!

Season Reopens April 24th, 2010.

Contact us to schedule prime dates.

Hat Creek

Season Reopens April 24th, 2010.



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