Shasta Cascade Fishing Report

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Baum Lake

7/15/22

Baum continues to fish really well. Midges in the morning are a definite staple here, fish the red or black Zebra Midges and make sure you have all of the sizes from #14 - 18. Some BWO's are also coming off on the cloudy days, so the smaller black Two Bit Hooker or the Jigged Micro May work well. There have been ants and termites falling in this neck of the woods, the Carpenter Ant and Flying Ant patterns are good patterns, but the dark Missing Link in #12 & 14 can be a key offering when it's going down. Bring all of your smaller Adams and Parachute Adams, you should get a chance to cast over some noses here. Our guides have this place wired if you are looking for some tactical advice on fishing a great spring creek fishery with an expert!
Hot Flies:
Dry Flies:
Adams - #18-20, Hackle Winged May - BWO, Harrop's Last Chance - All, Griffith's Gnat, Mercer's Missing Link - #14-18, Light Cahill - #18

Nymphs/Wet Flies:
Red Copper John - #18, Ultra Scuds, GB Flashback PT - #14-20, Black A.P. - #14-16, Beaded Zebra Midge - #18-20, Mercer's Gidget, Mercer's CB Micro Mays - Ruby Red #16-18, GB Flashback PT - Olive #18, Beaded Zebra Midge - #16-20, Chromie - #18

Steamers & Leeches:
JGF Translucent Wiggle Tail - #10, Beaded Micro Buggers - #12, Zack's Damseleech - #14

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Bucks Lake

No Current Report available. Here is some information about Plumas County lakes and current contact information.

https://plumascounty.org/Camping-Bucks-Lake

Plumas County
info@plumascounty.org | 530-927-5180

Eagle Lake

7/18/22

The Eagle Lake-strain trout continue to hold on the rockpiles from Wildcat and Pelican Point. Fly fishing with orange nymphs below an  indicator continue to produce trout to 3.5 pounds. Trollers are scoring with Jay Fair’s flies or red/gold spoons at depths to 10 feet. The store at the Eagle Lake Marina will be closed until a new concessionaire is located. All campgrounds including Christie are now open. The ramp has been extended 20 feet, but power loading a boat on a trailer is causing the end of the launch ramp to silt up as it is only 4.8 feet deep now. With the lake’s historic evaporation, the launch will be problematic by late August.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

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Eagle Canyon Lake

4/6/22

Here is a fishing report from longtime Eagle Canyon guest Rocky: "Eagle Canyon fished really well. Had a few lulls, but steady fishing  throughout the day. The highlight of my day was catching fish on dry  flies. I think in all the years I've been fishing there, I only caught  one fish on a dry. Monday it was multiple fish. Was fishing a dry  dropper at the end of the day (#18 PT under a 14 Parachute Adams).  Really was just using the Adams as an indicator. Low and behold, they  start smacking the dry. Landed dozens of fish throughout the day.  Balanced Leeches, Squirmy Wormies, Zebra Midges all caught fish. Thanks  again for your great guides and great locations. Can't wait to do it again."

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Fall River

7/15/22

Hatches on the Fall have resumed their intensity, although the Hex is about done. You can still find some coming off some evenings pretty well, but some maybe not. Weeds are really filling in this year above the Island Rd bridge, be courteous as the open water is becoming compressed. Callibaetis, Trico and some PMD spinners are what to expect in the mornings followed by the hatches during mid day. The Water Boatmen are super abundant this year, fish your favorite pattern like Tim's or Theo's Boatman with an I-Line and swing them in the deeper holes on the river when you aren't chasing heads. Scuds, leeches and damsel leech patterns can also be your friend this time of year. Towards evening get ready for the Caddis.
Hot Flies:  TB Drowned Rusty Spinner, PMD's, Norman's Wiggletails, Pheasant Tails, Mercer's Missing Link, Zug Bugs, and Leeches.

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Feather River

6/9/22

Art Teter and Mike Wright are ready to guide you on northern California's biggest and best spring creek this summer.  Fish nymphs, streamers and dry flies for big wild trout in the shadow of Mt. Shasta.  Our guides fish multiple techniques and are great instructors.

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Confluence Outfitters
Andrew Harris
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6/1/22

Shad fishing has been decent, but the larger schools have yet to show. This fishery starts later than the American but should pick up in June-July, and last through August. The flows at Gridley are 2685 cfs.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

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Hat Creek

7/15/22

Hat is a tricky one to figure out right now, but rest assured the fish are there and they are eating insects! Tricos in the morning on the flats are a staple. Look for fish rising regularly just off of seams and on the edges of the aquatic plant mats. Later they will be eating midges or BWO nymphs. Look for Callibaetis Spinners and then the duns. On the Powerhouse 2 Riffle, the Caddis hatch continues to intensify, Glossosoma and Hydrospyche, swinging a Soft Hackle, Bird's Nest or Poopah will get grabs towards dark. Also #16 - 18 Dark Missing Links, and the Lower Sac LaFontaine will work well. Down towards the fish barrier above Lake Britton the Yellow Sallies are coming off in abundance and the Caddis towards dark are blowing up. The warm weather will really spark the Caddis hatches this weekend.
Hot Flies:  TB Drowned Rusty Spinner, Rubberlegs, Sweet Pea Jigged Baetis, Pheasant Tails, Mercer's Missing Link, and Green Drakes

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Note: Hat Creek is a world renown fishery. Wild trout are large and abundant!


5/23/22

Brian: Over the past three weeks, I’ve had several trips on Hat Creek, the McCloud, and the Upper Sac. The flows are very wadable, the water temps are in the low-mid 50’s, and all three rivers have fished very well for my guests. Euro nymphing has been the most productive technique for my guests, but we’ve also done very well fishing dry-dropper rigs, and you will always catch fish on an indicator rig. The dogwood trees are blooming along the McCloud, which always makes this a special time of year. If you’re interested in learning a new technique, or perfecting what you have already learned – let’s book a walk-wade trip on any of our amazing rivers!

- Courtesy of:

Confluence Outfitters
Andrew Harris
888-481-1650
andrew@confluenceoutfitters.com
www.confluenceoutfitters.com

Iron Canyon Reservoir

4/8/22

If the visibility is decent, this could be a good destination to hook a ton of rainbows. We have not had any recent reports, most anglers are chasing steelhead right now. We'll keep you posted when we do get eyes on the lake.

Hot Flies:

Dry Flies:
Harrop's Last Chance - Callibaetis

Nymphs/Wet Flies:
San Juan Worm - Fire #8-14, Chromies - #16-18, Beaded Zebra Midge - #16-20, Mercer's CB Micro Mayfly - #14-18, GB Half-Flashback PT - #16-20

Streamers & Leeches:
Beaded Micro Buggers, Freshwater Clouser - Olive/White, Zonkers - #4

- Courtesy of The Fly Shop

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(Image: Nor Cal Fish Reports)

Keswick Lake

5/21/22

No recent reports on Keswick, the clarity should be much improved from the past two months. Keep an eye out for the submerged bedrock as this will eat your lower end up. A dark Olive Woolly Bugger is a good fly. San Juan Worms under an indicator or your favorite Baetis nymph pattern. if you are dead drifting for fish works wonders.

Indicator suspended Birds Nests, Midges, PT Nymphs should work along the edges of the fast water near the Dam. Suspend your flies about 2-3 feet below the indicator. These fish like to come up to the fly. Fish the shallow edges. Stay low!! You will need a motorized boat to get to where the good fishing exists.
Hot Flies:


Dry Flies:
Mercer's Missing Link #16-18, Adams #14-16, Mercer's Parachute Profile Spinners #16

Nymphs/Wet Flies:
Bubbleback Caddis - #14, Mercer's Glo-Bubble Caddis - Tan #14, Chromie - #16-18, Mercer's Gidget, GB San Juan Worm - #12, Mercer's Biot Epoxy Golden Stones - #8-12, Chironomid Bomber - Any color #12, Mercer's CB Micro Mayfly - Brown #16-18, Pats Rubberlegs - Brown #6-8, CB Birds Nest - #10-14

Streamers & Leeches:
Crystal Buggers, Freshwater Clousers - #6, Zonkers - Natural #4, BH Halebopp Leech - Olive/Dark Olive #8

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Klamath River

6/23/22

No recent reports on the upper Klamath, the flows from Iron Gate have been ramped up and are coming back down. Currently the releases are 1,000 CFS. No recent reports from the upper Klamath.
Hot Flies:
Eggs:
• Clown Egg
• M.C. Redd Reaper - Champagne
• Micro Spawn - Shrimp Pink or Salmon Egg
• Boles Bazookas

Nymphs:
• Pat's Rubberlegs - #4-8
• 3-D Nymphs - #8-10
• Red Copper Johns - #14-18
• Gordon's Amber Wing Prince - #14-18
• Articulated Marabou Leech

The Fly Shop
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5/23/22

The lower Klamath is green and in great shape. The river was rising slightly Sunday and there should be some steelhead around. Most have made their way down after spawning. Springer season on the lower Klamath opens July 1. Flows on Sunday were 10,800 cfs at the mouth of the Klamath, 6,600 cfs at Orleans, and 2,300 cfs further upstream in the Seiad Valley.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

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No current report  

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Lake Almanor

6/1/22

John Crotty of the Almanor Fishing Association said, “The water temperatures ranged between 59 and 60 degrees and clarity is unchanged at 8 to 12 feet.  The trout bite has been inconsistent good one day not so good the next. I have been mixing up speeds and presentations as dictated by the weather/winds. Slow trolling plastics and crawlers at 1 mph, flies at 1.7 and hardware at 2.5-3 mph. I vary setbacks based upon conditions and presentations 60- to 80-foot setbacks when slow trolling and 130 feet when fast. White or Olive Arctic Fox trolling flies, red/gold & red dot frog Speedy Shiners and part of a mini crawler on a size 8 bait hook are my favorites. The trout remain scattered throughout the lake with the largest concentration of fishing pressure taking place in the north/west section of the lake between the Peninsula to Prattville north. The bass bite remains good with reports of smallies over 5 lbs. Hamilton Branch remains your best shot at catching quality fish from shore. We are still a couple of weeks away from the Hex Hatch on Almanor, if you want to get a jump start on the Hex fishery, we typically see hatches on Butt Lake a week or two prior to Almanor. Road construction is ongoing on all roads leading to Almanor with controlled traffic and delays. The USFS opened the public ramp at Almanor West on Friday which will alleviate congestion at Canyon Dam.”

Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

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Lake Oroville

7/18/22

Bass fishing has been the best thing happening with the spotted bass loading up on pond smelt, and spitting up the bait fish. The Bass Union protype double- or single- white skirted Buzz Bait has been effective along with River2Sea Whopper Ploppers or Zara Spooks. The bass are holding close to bait as deep as 30 feet in depth. A few large king salmon continue to be found near the houseboats or the dam at depths from 80 and 100 feet with rolled anchovies behind a green/chrome 8-inch ‘Kowski Special’ Topcoat dodger. Loafer Creek is the best launch, but the Spillway is back open with 6 to 7 lanes and plenty of parking. Lime Saddle launch is another option as there is plenty of access on the lake. The lake dropped from 47 to 45 percent with water releases down the Feather River.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

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Lewiston Lake

7/15/22

The fishing on Lewiston has slowed quite a bit in the last couple of weeks. The best action will be when the sun is off of the water. Callibaetis and a ton of midges are coming off up here. Red Zebras and your favorite Callibaetis emerger on an Intermediate line is the best method now. Keep some dries handy for when the fish are looking up, the Milla Time Callibaetis is a good fly for that. Stripping leeches or Wooly Buggers can also be productive during the day.
Hot Flies:
Dry Flies:
Hackle Stackers - BWO #18, Parachute Adams - #14-18, Mayfly Cripples

Nymphs/Wet Flies:
Ultra Scuds - #16, Chromies - #18-20, Mercer's CB Micro May - Black #18, Flashback Pheasant Tail - #16-18, Beaded Zebra Midges - #18-20, Mercer's Gidgets

Streamers & Leeches:
JGF Translucent Wiggle Tail, Woolly Bugger - Any, Beadhead Crystal Buggers - #8, Zack's Swimming Leech - #8, Zack's Damseleech - Orange/Olive

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Flows have stabilized and the fishing has really begun to pick up around the lake for boat, bank and fly anglers. The lower dam has been producing some kokanee while trolling along the face of the dam. The upper dam has been producing for trout anglers trolling ‘crawlers and hardware.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

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Manzanita Lake

7/15/22

Manzanita has slowed somewhat and there is a lot of pressure. The main deal right now are Damselfly nymphs fished under indicators. You may see some Glossosoma Caddis coming off towards dark. Zebra Midges, Balanced Damsels and #14 - 16 PTs fished under indicators or on an I-Line are good methods right now.

Pay attention to the special regulations here, especially where you can and can't fish. Barbless hooks, artificial lures, catch and release. Make sure you inquire at the park entrance.
Hot Flies:
Dry Flies:
Harrop's Last Chance - #16-20, Adams - #14-18, Mayfly Cripple - #18, Last Chance Cripple - Callibaetis or Baetis, Mercer's Missing Link - #14-16, Mercer's Parachute Profile Spinner

Nymphs/Wet Flies:
Zack's Attack Damsel, Burk's Sierra Damsel, Black A.P. - #14-16, Hogan's S&M - Olive #16-18, Beaded Zebra Midge - Black #18-20, Mercer's Gidgets

Streamers & Leeches:
Beaded Micro Bugger - Black, Zonkers - #4, Beaded Micro Buggers - Any

- Courtesy of The Fly Shop

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McCloud Reservoir

5/27/22

A lot of people are fishing the lake right now. Visibility is right around four to five feet. Fishing Balanced Leeches under an indicator always works up near where the river enters the lake, black and brown seem to be the best colors. Zebra Midges stripped slowly on an I-Line is a time honored tactic on this lake.
Hot Flies:
Dry Flies:
Harrop's Last Chance - #16-20, Adams - #14-18, Mayfly Cripple - #18, Last Chance Cripple - Callibaetis or Baetis, Mercer's Missing Link - #14-16, Mercer's Parachute Profile Dun Spinner

Nymphs/Wet Flies:
Zack's Attack Damsel, Burk's Sierra Damsel, Black A.P. - #14-16, Hogan's S&M - Olive #16-18, Beaded Zebra Midge - Black #18-20, Mercer's Gidgets

Steamers & Leeches:
Beaded Micro Bugger - Black, Zonkers - #4, Beaded Micro Buggers - Any

- Courtesy of The Fly Shop

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McCloud River

7/14/22

It looks like the turbidity went off the charts overnight. Hopefully it is one and done this year and will come back into shape over the next week or so. If you do go try Black flies like Rubberlegs, Micro Mays, Two Bit Hookers and X-Mays are your best bet in low visibility. You can get right on top of fish without worrying too much about spooking them. Euronymphing / high sticking the pockets and seams is a good option. Large sculpin patterns fished in the tailouts can likewise get you onto fish.

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Modoc County Fisheries

Report provided by Modoc Outdoor Recreation and Tourism:

The drought is hitting Modoc hard. Some lakes that are at the basis for great fishing in Modoc County are low enough to challenge boaters at the launch and the river has not run high all year. Surprisingly though, the fishing has not suffered… yet. As a mater of fact, low lake levels have made targeting bass and other warm water species like, well, shooting fish in a barrel. A fly angler recently landed a 5.5 pound largemouth from shore on a Devil’s Garden lake. Kids get hooked on the lifestyle when 20-fish days are common, as they are right now. Trout are kegged up in deeper holes in rivers and streams making them almost too easy to target. All in all, it is a great time to be an angler in Modoc County. Just pray for rain before it all goes away…

Here are a few tips for low-water fishing:

•Please remember fish do not do as well when released in warmer water, especially trout and other cold water species.


•Play fish intended for release as quickly as possible, wet hands and keep fish in the water to maximize survival after release.


•Think about keeping a few smaller fish where regulations allow to lessen the drought’s impact on others left behind.


•Remember fuels are dry! Don’t start a wildfire that could impact all kinds of habitat, including already-stressed fisheries.


•Always leave an area better than you found it. Increased visitation means increased trash and other waste. Public servants cannot always keep up due to declining budgets and soaring demands. Please do your part!


Northern California: May 23, by Brian: Intermountain Streams Report

5/23/22

Over the past three weeks, I’ve had several trips on Hat Creek, the McCloud, and the Upper Sac. The flows are very wadable, the water temps are in the low-mid 50’s, and all three rivers have fished very well for my guests. Euro nymphing has been the most productive technique for my guests, but we’ve also done very well fishing dry-dropper rigs, and you will always catch fish on an indicator rig. The dogwood trees are blooming along the McCloud, which always makes this a special time of year. If you’re interested in learning a new technique, or perfecting what you have already learned – let’s book a walk-wade trip on any of our amazing rivers!

- Courtesy of:

Confluence Outfitters
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Pit River

7/15/22

PG&E will be performing maintenance on the bridge over Lake Britton Dam from April 18th through September 2nd. You will have to go around on Clark Creek Rd to the north, or access Pit 3 from Big Bend in the meantime.

The entire river from Pit 3 - Pit 7 is fishing well right now. The temps on the gage above Fenders Ferry Bridge are staying below 65 F for now, but keep your eye on them. Fish will begin migrating towards the cold seeps as we have some hot weather coming up. For now, the main bugs to throw are Amberwing Prince Nymphs, UV Sallies, the red Hollopoint, black Perdigon, and any of the Jigged Bird's Nests. Towards dark the Caddis are beginning to come off in droves, you can swing some soft hackles, try an Elk Hair Caddis or dark Missing Link.
As always, the flows on the Pit can and will change without notice, so definitely check before you go! And be prepared to get out when the river begins to rise.

Here are some useful links to monitor the flows:

Pit 3 - Below Pit 3 Dam
Pit 5 - Through Big Bend
Hot Flies:  Dry Flies:
• Stimulator - Orange
• Foam October Caddis
• Potter's October Caddis
• Mercer's Skating October Caddis
• Chernobyl Ant
• Fat Albert
• Adams - #14-18
• Elk Hair Caddis - Tan #12-16
• Mayfly Cripples - #12-16

Nymphs/Wet Flies:
• Mercer's Tungsten October Pupa
• Morrish October Pupa
• Skip’s TB October Caddis
• Black A.P. - #12
• Dark Lords - #12-16
• Flashback Pheasant Tail - #14-16
• Beaded Zebra Midge - #18
• BH Hellgrammite - #6
• Mercer's Poxyback Dark Stone - #6
• GB Black A.P. - #10-12
• CB Micro Mayflies - #14-18
• Red Copper Johns - #16-18
• Pat's Brown Rubberleg - #6-8
• Gordon's Amber Wing Prince - #14-18
• GB Bird's Nest - #10-16

Streamers & Leeches:
• Zack's Swimming Leech - #8

- Courtesy of The Fly Shop

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Private Waters

Privately owned waters represent an appreciable portion of California’s fishable waters. This includes flowing waters, privately owned lakes, and ponds. California’s private waters provide a great amount of fishing opportunity, produces quality fisheries and are important habitats for native wildlife species. Book with one of our amazing members here:

The Fly Shop

There are several hundred miles of rivers, creeks, lakes and streams within easy striking distance of The Fly Shop® in Redding. To book a guided trip on one of our private waters or regional lakes or streams you can call or send a message at info@theflyshop.com. 

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Reports from The Fly Shop Private Waters:

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Confluence Outfitters

We guide the best trout and steelhead destinations in northern California and southern Oregon. The guide team at Confluence Outfitters has the expertise, local knowledge and versatility to make your next fly fishing trip a trip to remember!

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Sacramento River - Lower

7/20/22

Getting out at daybreak pays off for beating the heat and catching more fish. We have been picking up fish from early morning-on. The flows from Keswick Dam are at 4120 cfs and staying consistent. This means more hook ups, with an average of 25 to 35 fish a day per boat.
Now that the days are hotter, the fish are holding in the deep runs/holes and riffles.
We are hooking up under our custom-made Invisible Strike Indicators. With dead drifting and swinging in the riffles and tail-outs it's a very productive way of catching fish!


Flies Used
#16, #18 Gold Bead & Non Beaded Black or Brown Expoxyback Pheasant Tail Nymph.
#16, #18 TLC’s Gold Bead & Non Beaded, Crackback-Green or Orange.
#16, #18 TLC’s Gold Bead Steelblue Caddis Nymph.
#18 Gold Bead Peaches & Cream.
#16, #18 Black or Brown Birds Nest w/Black Bead & Non Beaded.
#16, #18 Bubble Back Caddis
#16, #18, Gold Bead head CDC Dun.
#12, Black Bead head Epoxy Back Golden Stone.
#8, Brown & Black Rubber Legs.
#14 San Juan Worms Tan & Red.

Eggs Used
#10, Pettis Unreal Egg, Peach and Salmon Egg Colors.
#10, Glow Bugs, Peach and Salmon Egg Colors.

- Courtesy of:

Tightline Connection
Randy Doughty
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https://tightlineconnection.com/

7/15/22

Current releases are at 4,500 CFS and the water temps remain below 65 F down to the Bend gage just above Red Bluff. Fishing is still very good down to Balls Ferry. The top end is getting a lot of traffic where you will definitely hook some very large fish. In the mornings you will hook some large fish on midge pupae, so small, black offerings like the Black Zebra Midge and other small BWO nymphs can be your ticket to success. The Caddis are becoming the prominent insect, Cinnamon Poopahs, Bird's Nests, Silvey's and Bubblebacks are all working right now. Look for fish to move into the shallower water when these insects are coming off mainly towards dark. The other nymphs that will work throughout the day are the black Zebras, Perdigons, and TB UV Sallies. Swing some soft hackles or Bird's Nests if you are out towards dark. Keep an eye on the water temps if you fish below Balls Ferry.

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6/2/22

Kevin: Ben Thompson, Tom Mahan, and I hosted a great group of guys from the Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club.  They were good and both angling and casting so lots of fish were put in the net.  Group trips are lots of fun for clubs, families, coworkers, or just about anybody.  Plan a trip today!

Additional info 6/9/22

Flows are anticipated to stay low, which basically extends our excellent spring fishing conditions indefinitely.  Right now you can catch plenty of fish on a dry/dropper rig and indicator nymphing remains the top producer.  Dry fly opportunities abound on the lower river.

- Courtesy of:

Confluence Outfitters
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Sacramento River - Upper

7/15/22

With temps returning to normal this weekend we will see the river continue to warm, and with the flow on the gage just under 200 CFS, the river will definitely be above 70 degrees on the Delta gage. We strongly suggest you bring a thermometer, and if not, fish above Simms. The water is extremely clear and the fish are eating smaller black offerings. Both red and black Zebra Midges in #18 - 20 are always a good idea along with your favorite Baetis nymph like a black Micro May, Two Bit Hooker, or any of the dark Perdigon patterns. You will continue to see Yellow Sallies and the smaller Golden Stones, so a dry-dropper setup with a size 10 tan, gold or brown Chubby Chernobyl would be a good choice. Be ready with your Caddis patterns when the sun comes off of the water and the fish begin looking up.

Upper Sacramento Flows at Delta
Hot Flies:
Dry Flies:
• D&D Cripple - March Brown
• Low Water Baetis - #18
• Adams - #12-20
• Mercer's Missing Link - Dark #14-16
• Parachute Adams - #14-18

Nymphs/Wet Flies:
• Mercer's Tungsten October Pupa
• Morrish October Pupa
• Skip's TB October Caddis
• CB Birds Nest - #10-14
• Red Copper John - #16-18
• Zebra Midge - #18-20
• Mercury Black Beauty
• Mercer's Glass Bead Micro May - #22
• Mercer's GB Dark Stone - #8
• Mercer's Dark Stone - #6
• Pat's Rubber Legs - Brown #6-8
• GB Birds Nest - #12-14
• Gordon's Amber Wing Prince - #12-18
• Swink's BTS
• Mercer's CB Micro Mayfly - #14-16

Streamers & Leeches:
• Sheila Sculpin
• Woolly Buggers
• Muddler Minnows - #10

- Courtesy of The Fly Shop

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5/5/22

The Trinity River is in spring flush now with high flows to clean out river and spawning habitat. Flows will drop to fishable flows by mid month and to summer flows of 450cfs in third week of May. The fly only section above Lewiston bridge will have some wade fishing opportunities for half pounder steelhead and possibly brown trout. You can dry fly fish or nymph, swing. This section can be fun on light rods. Maybe you will get lucky and find a spring/summer run steelhead. I am also thanking all the clients that fished with me in the 21/22 season. It was an epic season! One of the best seasons I have had on the Trinity with 400 plus adult steelhead released by my clients. I offer nymph and swing trips or combos of both methods. Now is a good time to start making plans for fall/Winter 2022/23! Get on the books for next season and don't miss out! Thanks and good fishing, Peter

- Courtesy of:

Confluence Outfitters
Andrew Harris
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Shasta Lake

7/18/22

The bass bite remains very good in the current of the Pit Arm. John Boitano of Phil’s Propellers in Redding reported good numbers of smaller bass to 3 pounds can still be taken on swimbaits, spinnerbaits, or weightless Senkos fished right up against the trees and in the main current. The bass bite on the main body has slowed, but there are still decent numbers being taken on spinners, cranks, and plastics. The kokanee bite has gotten even better with larger fish now being reported. Jeff Goodwin of Jeff Goodwin’s Guide Service reported an impressive bite with fish to 19 inches. Goodwin has been trolling multi-species spreads at 65- to 70-foot depths and has been taking kokanee, trout, or salmon. The water temperatures are still a bit behind last year at this time, but the upcoming warm spell should bring those up and conditions should get even better. Fishing pressure remains light, but summer boat activity has increased especially during the mid-day. The lake dropped slightly to 38 percent.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

https://www.wonews.com/

7/15/22

The topwater bite is on right now especially in the mornings and evenings. Some fish will be chasing shad balls around, and when that is happening you can have a really good day! The Float 'N Fly under an indicator is the go-to method for now. Any color pattern is working. If you would like to fish on the bottom, a good sinking line fished back towards the bank bouncing a crayfish pattern will work very well in the shallower dropoffs and banks. The Warpath Whammy Craw in olive or orange is a good pattern for this. Fish will eat Clousers as well, don't forget those. Now that the weather is warm and stable Shasta should be a good option for topwater Spots!
Hot Flies:  Hot Flies Coming Soon!

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Siskiyou Lake

For informational purposes:

Lake Siskiyou is a reservoir formed by Box Canyon Dam on the Sacramento River, in far northern California, near the town of Azalea, California. It is the site of local recreation, as well as being used for watershed protection and flood control.

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Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association

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(800)474-2782

Trinity Lake

7/18/22

Bass action remains outstanding with for a mix of smallies and spots up to 3.5-pounds. John Boitano fishing mid-week and reported continued hook ups on almost every cast. The fish remain spread throughout the water column and can be taken as deep as 35 feet on Keitech swimbaits on a ball head or as shallow as 5 feet on plastics, reaction baits, and shallow crankbaits, all within 10 feet of the shoreline. The lake dropped slightly to 28 percent.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

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Trinity River

7/7/22

Flows remain at their summertime releases from Lewiston Dam at 450 CFS. Water temps at the North Fork gage are above 70 F daily, we would recommend fishing above Douglas City for now. With some very hot weather in store, the river temps will continue to rise. We're looking forward to this fall - we'll keep you updated when we see some significant numbers of fish coming back into the system. In the meantime, you should check out the Lower Sac or Hat Creek!

Trinity River Flows:
Trinity River Releases from Lewiston
Trinity River Flow at Pigeon Point

Shuttle Services:
• Bill & Caryl Dickens (Gold Coast Shuttle) at 530-623-1905

Access To the Trinity River
The Trinity has many publicly accessible areas with good wading opportunities during the steelhead season. Stop by the shop and we'd be happy to point you in the right direction.

Steelhead Fishing Can be Frustrating
These anadromous rainbow trout are known as the 'Fish of a Thousand Casts.' For good reason! The learning curve can be quite steep learning when and where to go, and what type of water to target. Our Professional Guide Staff has decades of experience guiding the Trinity River for steelhead. A day spent with one of our guides will get you up to speed much more quickly.

Recommended Equipment & Setups
Early Summer Run Steelhead on the Trinity River will take swung flies readily. Spey rods are becoming an increasingly popular method to swing flies. The Fly Shop's Signature Spey Rods are an economical way to get into a great Spey rig. Add a Ross Cimmaron II Fly Reel and a Scandi shooting head, a leader, tippet and fly and you'll be in business.
Hot Flies:
Dry Flies:
• Harrop's Last Chance Cripple - #18

Nymphs/Wet Flies:
• Pat's RubberlegsBrown and Black, #4-8
• Mercer's Poxyback GB Hares Ears - #8-14
• TB Solitude Stone - #8
• Lance's X-May - #16, Brown
• Mercer's Gold Bead Biot Epoxy Golden Stone - #8-10

Eggs:
• Clown Egg - #4-10
• M.C. Redd Reapers
• Micro Spawn Eggs - Pink & Salmon Egg
• Boles Bazookas - #8

Streamers & Leeches:
• Beadhead Crystal Buggers - Any
• CH Kiwi Muddlers
• Freshwater Clouser - Any

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The Fly Shop
800-669-3474
info@theflyshop.com
https://www.theflyshop.com/

6/1/22

Flows are dropping slowly on the lower Trinity following light rain last week. Fishing conditions are good, and they should continue to improve this week. There are some trout being caught in the Willow Creek area. As of Sunday, flows were 2,850 cfs on the Hoopa gauge.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

https://www.wonews.com/


Whiskeytown Lake

7/18/22

The kokanee action just won’t end. Pressure remains light, and for anglers still targeting these fish, limits remain the norm. The fish are suspended between 55 to 70 feet, and Wedding Rings trolled at 1.5 mph. continue to produce. Topwater bass action remains very good for fish holding under brush, downed trees, or tules right up on the shoreline. The lake rose slightly to 99 percent.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

https://www.wonews.com/

Northern California: Intermountain Streams Report

5/23/22

Over the past three weeks, I’ve had several trips on Hat Creek, the McCloud, and the Upper Sac. The flows are very wadable, the water temps are in the low-mid 50’s, and all three rivers have fished very well for my guests. Euro nymphing has been the most productive technique for my guests, but we’ve also done very well fishing dry-dropper rigs, and you will always catch fish on an indicator rig. The dogwood trees are blooming along the McCloud, which always makes this a special time of year. If you’re interested in learning a new technique, or perfecting what you have already learned – let’s book a walk-wade trip on any of our amazing rivers!

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Confluence Outfitters
Andrew Harris
888-481-1650
andrew@confluenceoutfitters.com
www.confluenceoutfitters.com

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