What’s Hot and What’s Not™ (THE Northern California Flyfishing Report) from Fish First ! – updated 21 October 2009 WH&WN™ is provided courtesy of Fish First! Visit our retail stores at 1404 Solano Ave, Albany (Bay Area) 510-526-1937 and 766 Mangrove Ave, Chico (Central Valley) 530-343-8300. Access to our Albany store is easy from Interstate 80; access to our Chico store is easy from Hwy 32 off Interstate 5. Albany store hours 10am-7pm M-F, 10am-5pm Sat-Sun. Chico store hours: 9am-6pm M-Sat, 11am-4pm Sun. To receive this report via email, visit our website http://www.fishfirst.com and follow the link to “Subscribe WH&WN™” under “Fishing Report”. Email any questions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. NCDGA page numbers: NCDAG page numbers in the comments section refer to page numbers in the Northern California DeLorme Atlas and Gazetteer. Fishery Water Conditions Fishing Conditions, Techniques, and Hatches Flies Comments Davis Lake (near Clear, low 60s F. Fishing is good to excellent. The fall bite is in full Attractor beadhead nymphs and Callibaetis dries (listed Moderate fishing Portola off hwy 70) swing. Cool nights and good hatches of midges are elsewhere in report). Lake woolly buggers/streamers (listed pressure. NCDAG pg 70. keeping fish active throughout the day. Fishing elsewhere). Midge pupa (listed elsewhere). streamers, snails, and damsel nymphs on a slow retrieve is producing. Also try fishing a dry with a small midge dropper. Fish are scattered along the west side of the lake. Best access is with a boat or float tube. Trout from 16-20 inches are showing. Deer Creek Slight tint, high Fishing is fair to good. Best action is coming from Attractor dries irresistible adams, parachute light cahill, Rio Expect moderate fishing 50’s F, normal the wild section below Deer Creek Falls along Hwy Grande trude, Pink & lime trude, yellow humpy, parachute pressure. Access off Hwy flow. 32. Start the day fishing BWO nymphs and midge adams, paralyzer, royal coachman, crystal stimulator, renegade, 32 from Deer Creek pupa under an indicator. The rainbows will also take royal wulff, sierra bright dot, grey wulff, pink cahill, light cahill, bridge upstream to Hwy a small mayfly dropper under an attractor dry. royal coachman, para wulff, (#10-18). Caddis pupa/emergers 36. Catch & Release Nymph action will continue throughout the day. The (listed elsewhere in report). Golden stonefly dries (listed from Deer Creek falls trout are rising in the late afternoon to small dark elsewhere in report). Attractor beadhead nymphs (listed down stream to Ishi caddis on sunny days. Fish are averaging 6-14 elsewhere in report). Wilderness. NCDAG pg. inches. Great water for a 3 weight rod. 58. Fall River (Cal Clear, higher flow Fishing is good. Rainbows are feeding on midges Callibaetis dries sparkle dun, captive dun, CDC callibaetis Expect moderate to Trout access to with some weeds. and BWO in the morning. Try fishing small non- transitional dun, Brook's CDC dun callibaetis, CDC biot heavy fishing pressure. Spring Creek Rd.) flashy nymphs under an indicator with light tippet. comparadun, callibaetis extended body, Quigley’s flashwing Pram with electric motor The PMD hatch is decent on warmer days, but is cripple, callibaetis cripple, Brook's sprout callibaetis, hackle needed. Public access is waning to the afternoon BWO hatch. Some good size stacker callibaetis, loopwing callibaetis, parachute adams, at Cal Trout. NCDAG pg trout are working the dries and cripples. When the Callibaetis extended body (#14-16). Midge pupa glass bead 38. CDAG pg 35. trout are not rising, strip streamers along the bank. midge (red, black), crystal dip, disco midge, brassie, desert Small mohair leeches with no weight will get more storm, zebra midge (rust, black), WD40 (olive, chocolate), action than bigger weighted streamers. Use a type 2 skinny nelson, biot midge, crystal HBI (#18-22). PMD or 3 sinking line to get the fly down. Reports of a emergers/cripples/dries and Lake woolly few fish over 20 inches in the past week. buggers/streamers (listed elsewhere). Feather River Clear, low 60s F, Fishing is fair and improving. Cool mornings and BWO/Baetis nymphs Hogan’s S&M nymph, Hogan’s better No salmon fishing. (Hwy 70 bridge to good flow in low cloudy weather are moving steelhead up the river baetis, berry nymph in gooseberry, Burk’s crystal hunchback, Access from Oroville Gridley) flow (600 cfs), high and out of deeper pools into riffles and flats. Best Hogan’s olive military may, Mercer's BWO trigger nymph, Kyle's State Wildlife Area. The flow below the fishing is in the morning and evening when the beerhead baetis, tailwater tiny, flashy pheasant tail, Sloan’s stretch above Hwy 70 is Afterbay (2,000 steelhead are behind the spawning salmon. Fish a mighty may, Burk’s olive hunchback two-tone, Mercer’s micro closed until Jan 1. Bring cfs) at Gridley. glo bug with a BWO dropper. Change the glo bug mayfly (#16-22). Attractor beadhead nymphs (listed your steelhead card and until you find right color. The steelhead are in both elsewhere). Caddis pupa/emergers (listed elsewhere). bay delta stamp. NCDAG the low and high flow, but are spread out. Cover lots pg 68, 78. of water to find fish. Action will hold up all day if cloudy conditions are present. Feather River, Slight tint, low 60s Fishing is fair to good. Fishing is good all day on Attractor beadhead nymphs royal flush, Hogan’s Steelie Expect light fishing N.F. (Cresta F, 388 cfs @ overcast days and best morning and evening on Caddis, hare’s ear, twenty incher, Hart’s dark lord, copper john pressure. Access along powerhouse to Lake Grizzly Creek. sunny days. Best fishing is in riffles where fish can (red, black, lime, copper) Hogan’s amber wing attractor, Tobin, Rock Creek, Oroville) find oxygenated water and cover. Swing and dead Tungsten Hotwire prince (olive/copper & Green/Yellow), Queen Beldon and Caribou. drift attractor beadhead nymphs and small BWO prince, bird’s nest, black AP, prince of darkness, king prince, Access along Hwy 70. nymphs. A few reports of fish keying on Isonychia dirty bird (tan, olive), Hogan’s drifter, biotic nymph, Hogan’s Red NCDAG pg 59. CDAG pg nymphs swung through tailouts. Best topwater Headed Step Child (#10-18). Isonychia nymphs Mercer’s 51. action is in the morning and evening with fish rising poxyback Isonychia nymph, beadhead twenty incher, prince, to PMD's and BWOs. For bigger fish, go deep with a Hogan’s isonychia (#10-12). Isonychia dries adams, parachute rubberleg stone and beadhead nymph dropper. adams (#12). Midge pupa (listed elsewhere in report). Attractor dries (listed elsewhere in report). What’s Hot and What’s Not™ (THE Northern California Flyfishing Report) from Fish First ! – updated 21 October 2009 Fishery Water Conditions Fishing Conditions, Techniques, and Hatches Flies Comments Frank’s Tract & Clear to off color Fishing is fair and improving. Water temps are Striper patterns Flashtail clousers and whistlers in Boat needed - rentals San Joaquin Delta (2-5 ft visibility, coming down bringing on the striper bite. Fishing chartreuse/white, pink/white, all white, and black (2/0-3/0), are available at Sugar (including Mildred, low to mid 60s F. was improving before the recent storm. Currently, pearly poppers (red/yellow, green/yellow), gurglers, crease fly. Barge Marina on Bethel San Joaquin River, water clarity is 5 feet in the South East Delta and 2 Island. Moderate to and nearby sloughs) feet in the west delta. In clear water, use 1/0 heavy fishing pressure. clousers in chartreuse/white, cerise/white and NCDAG pg 96 and 106. yellow/white. In dirty water, 3/0 in darker colors will New CDAG pg. 72, 73. hook stripers. Fish a type 6 or leadcore shooting head with a fast strip, erratic strip. The topwater bite is sporadic but can be good in low light conditions. Concentrate on the weed edges and shallow flats using a crease fly. Best numbers of fish have been on the migratory paths - San Joaquin River, Old River, and Middle River. Lots of small stripers are still around. Hat Creek (PH#2 Clear, low to mid Fishing is fair. The trout are starting to look up and Callibaetis dries sparkle dun, captive dun, CDC callibaetis Expect crowds at the to fish barrier) 50s F, normal flow. the bugs are starting to hatch. Cloudy days are best transitional dun, Brook's CDC dun callibaetis, fluttering mayfly PH#2 riffle on with good number of BWO’s hatching in riffles and callibaetis, CDC biot comparadun, callibaetis extended body, weekends. To escape along the flats. Bring #20 cripples to trick these Quigley’s flashwing cripple, callibaetis cripple, Brook's sprout the crowds, try fishing smart fish. Some sporadic hatches of small #20 and callibaetis, hackle stacker callibaetis, loopwing callibaetis, below Carbon Flat or the #22 PMD’s hatching mid-morning to afternoon. parachute adams, Callibaetis extended body (#14-16). PMD Hwy 299 bridge. NCDAG Small mahoganies and callibaetis are also hatching emergers/cripples/dries (listed elsewhere in report). Caddis pg 48. in the afternoon. If it is overcast a black mini leech cripples/dries (listed elsewhere). stripped perpendicular to the current is bringing in some nice trout. Hot Creek Clear, low to mid Fishing is good. The trico spinner fall is about over BWO/Baetis nymphs Hogan’s S&M nymph, Hogan’s better Expect moderate fishing 50s F, low flow (7 for the year, but the caddis are still around and start baetis, berry nymph in gooseberry, Burk’s crystal hunchback, pressure on weekends. cfs). their migration around 10am and is the main diet. Hogan’s olive military may, Mercer's BWO trigger nymph, Kyle's Access at upper parking The BWO hatch is coming on strong especially on beerhead baetis, tailwater tiny, flashy pheasant tail, Sloan’s lot and fish downstream overcast days. Exact casting and light tippet is still mighty may, Burk’s olive hunchback two-tone, Mercer’s micro to the hot springs. required to get between the weeds but weeds are mayfly, tung split case BWO (#16-22). PMD NCDAG pg 112. down from recent storms making this less difficult. emergers/cripples/dries (listed elsewhere). Caddis Try both above and below the Hot Creek Ranch cripples/dries and Midge pupa (listed elsewhere). property. Trout are running 12-16 inches with an occasional bigger brown. Little Truckee Slight tint, low to Fishing is good. Trout start to get active around BWO/Baetis emerger/dries (listed elsewhere) Midge pupa Expect heavy fishing mid 50's, low flow 10am and continue to feed until near dark. Best (listed elsewhere), PMD emergers /cripples/ dries (listed pressure, especially on (48 cfs) fishing is on overcast days with fish rising to BWO's elsewhere). BWO/Baetis nymphs (listed elsewhere). weekends. NCDAG 81. in riffles and pocket water. On sunny days, nymphing is best with small flies under an indicator. Streamers are producing well on overcast days. There are some very nice trout in the system now, but they are difficult to catch. A good area to fish is from Stampede Reservoir downstream about a mile. McCloud River Clear to green, low Fishing is good. Fall is here! Browns are coming up Golden stonefly dries Hogan’s split-wing stone, hedgehog, Moderate to heavy (below McCloud to mid 50's, low from Lake Shasta, leaves are turning brilliant colors Hogan’s hangin stimi, crystal stimulator, yellow humpy, rubber- fishing pressure on the Reservoir) flow (537 cfs at of orange and october caddis are active. Nymphing legged stimulator, Rogue foam golden stone, Gould’s half down weekends. Access below Shasta Lake) midday with a stonefly and october caddis is hooking golden, Sloan’s paralyzer. Golden stonefly nymphs jumbo McCloud Reservoir at fish in deep pools and runs. Best of the dry fly action john, Morrish cone stone, Morrish WMD, Mercer’s raghead, Ash Camp and Ah-Di-Na. is mid morning and 4pm to dark. Fish are rising to Poxyback golden stone nymph, Mercer's poxyquill golden stone, NCDAG 36. smaller mayflies and midges. Bring a box of different beadhead twenty incher, copper back, Burglar stone golden, flies to match size and color. Prospecting with a tungsten rag stone golden, speculator stone, tungsten golden stimulator or october caddis dry is productive in stone (#8-12). Caddis pupa/ emergers (listed elsewhere). pocket water. Cover water to find eager fish will to October caddis pupa (listed elsewhere). BWO/Baetis come up to a big dry. A few browns are starting to emerger/dries (listed elsewhere) Midge pupa (listed spawn. Try fishing a glo bug over the browns to find elsewhere). BWO/Baetis nymphs (listed elsewhere). lurking rainbows. What’s Hot and What’s Not™ (THE Northern California Flyfishing Report) from Fish First ! – updated 21 October 2009 Fishery Water Conditions Fishing Conditions, Techniques, and Hatches Flies Comments Pit River #3,#4, Green tint, mid 50s Fishing is good. Best fishing is on Pit #4 and 5 PMD emergers/cripples/dries Harrop last chance PMD Light fishing pressure. #5 (below Lake F, good flow on Pit with big rainbows feeding on Isonychia and black cripple, PMD CDC transitional dun, Harrop PMD captive dun, Access below Lake Britton to Big Bend) #3. stoneflies. Best numbers are coming from fishing Lawson's PMD emerger, fluttering mayfly cripple PMD, last Britton or from Big subsurface. Dead drift with or without an indicator chance PMD cripple, Quigley’s Hat Creek PMD emerger, Brook's Bend. Studded boots but be sure to swing at the end of the drift. Sporadic KD dun PMD, loopwing paradun PMD, Brook's sprout PMD, PMD and a wading staff are a hatches of smaller caddis on sunny days and BWO's biot comparadun, hackle stacker PMD, PMD hair wing dun, PMD must for fishing the Pit. on cloudy days in the flats and riffles morning and sparkle dun, PMD parachute (#14-18). Caddis cripples/dries NCDAG pg 47. New evening. Streamers are hooking some bigger (listed elsewhere in report). Attractor beadhead nymphs CDAG pg. 34. rainbows in deep pools. Use a fast sink tip with a (listed elsewhere in report). Golden stonefly nymphs (listed short leader and dark streamer. There are good elsewhere in report). numbers of big fish showing. Sacramento Green tint, low to Fishing is fair to good, and improving quickly. Caddis pupa/emergers Mercer’s tungsten swing caddis, Drift boat fishing is River, Lower mid 50s, moderate Water clarity is clearing after recent storms. In the Lawson's caddis emerger (tan, olive), Hogan’s Yuba pupa, provides best access. No (below Keswick flow (6,000 cfs). morning the rainbows are stacking up behind Hogan's swingin’ caddis, green bean, translucent pupa, Amber drifting under the Reservoir) salmon aggressively eating eggs. BWO are hatching wing caddis, pulsating caddis (tan, olive), Fox's poopah (olive, Cypress St Bridge above around 11 am. A beadhead nymph with a small tan), Hot wire caddis, Anderson's peeking green, green machine, 7000 cfs. NCDAG pg 46, mayfly dropper will get lots of action along the flats. Fox’s springtime poopah, Amber wing prince, M’s Dirty Bird, 57. New CDAG pg. 41 From Anderson downstream, fish a rubberleg stone Hogan’s steelie caddis, Hogan's good & plenty nymph (tan, along clay banks. Sporadic hatches of small dark olive). Egg patterns Pettis’ Unreal egg clusters (gold nugget, caddis on sunny afternoons. Best access is with a burnt orange, dark roe, light row), clown egg, Pettis’ unreal pontoon boat or drift boat but there is good single egg, unreal egg cluster (dk roe, burnt orange) (#8-16). walk/wade access at Posse Grounds, Deschutes Attractor beadhead nymphs (listed elsewhere in report). Bridge and Jelly’s Ferry Bridge. A few reports of BWO/Baetis nymphs (listed elsewhere in report). steelhead below Deschutes bridge. Sacramento Clear, low 60's. low Fishing is good. The trout are on their fall feed. October caddis pupa Mercer’s October caddis pupa, Morrish Expect moderate fishing River, Upper (Lake flow (296 at Delta). Start the morning with indicator nymphing with an October deep caddis pupa, Morrish WMD (#6-8). PMD pressure, even with Siskiyou to Lake october caddis pupa and small midge or mayfly emergers/cripples/dries (listed elsewhere), Pale morning higher flows. Be careful Shasta) dropper. On sunny days, small dark caddis are dun nymphs (listed elsewhere), BWO/Baetis nymphs (listed when wading. NCDAG hatching in the afternoon. On cloudy days, fish are elsewhere), Caddis pupa/ emergers (listed elsewhere), 36, 46. rising to BWO. October caddis are out in force and Caddis cripples/dries (listed elsewhere), Golden stonefly the trout are feeding on both the pupa and the dry nymphs (listed elsewhere). Attractor beadhead nymphs in the evening. Keep moving to cover water with the (listed elsewhere). dry. The river in the Dunsmuir area is best for dry fly fishing and the lower river is good for streamers. Truckee River Clear, mid 50’s to Fishing is fair to good. Flows have receded after River woolly buggers/streamers J Fair wiggle tail (olive, Expect moderate fishing (Trout Creek to CA mid 60's. low to recent storms and the trout are on the feed again. brown, burnt orange) BH woolly bugger (black, olive, brown), pressure. Access along Stateline) moderate flow (22 Best action is with streamers on a fast sinking sink crystal bugger, mini bugger black/olive, seal bugger (rust, olive, Glenshire Rd down cfs near Truckee). tip line. Cover water stripping away from the bank black), hale bopp leach (brown, olive), Mack’s bugger, bunny through Hirshdale. to get a chase and grab from a big brown. Cover leach (white), chub minnow (#6-12). October caddis pupa NCDAG 81. water to find eager fish. Nymphing with an october Mercer’s October caddis pupa, Morrish October deep caddis caddis pupa and a beadhead dropper under an pupa, Morrish WMD (#6-8). Caddis pupa/ emergers (listed indicator is also hooking good numbers of fish. The elsewhere). Caddis cripples/dries (listed elsewhere). Golden best dry fly action is in the afternoon with fish rising stonefly nymphs (listed elsewhere). BWO/Baetis nymphs to BWO. Fish below Boca where the flows are higher. (listed elsewhere). Trinity River (near Clear, mid 50s F, Fishing is good. There is a mixture of half Steelhead wet flies/streamers Mossback, assassin (natural, Moderate to heavy Lewiston) low flow (300 cfs). pounders and adult steelhead up to Junction City. copper), Herniator (silver, copper), cone sucking bunny, egg fishing pressure in the Swinging traditional steelhead patterns using a spey sucking crystal leach, general practitioner (black, orange), Lewiston to Douglas City or switch rod is getting fish in the morning and comet, green butted skunk, coal car, skykomish sunrise, prism, area. Fly only section evening in the long flats. Midday, switch to a golden purple peril, silver hilton, winters hope, Gareth’s fire fly, red ant below Lewiston Lake is stone nymph with an egg dropper in the deeper runs (#4-8). Golden stonefly nymphs (listed elsewhere). Attractor closed. NCDAG pg 45. and pocket water. October caddis have been spotted beadhead nymphs (listed elsewhere). Egg patterns (listed New CDAG pg. 31, 32, in lower sections above Willow Creek. Fishing will elsewhere). 40. improve as fish move through the system. These steelies are super hot and chrome. 2X tippet is a must to land these big fish. Some fish are being reported as high up as Lewiston, so do not hesitate to give the upper river a try. What’s Hot and What’s Not™ (THE Northern California Flyfishing Report) from Fish First ! – updated 21 October 2009 Fishery Water Conditions Fishing Conditions, Techniques, and Hatches Flies Comments Yuba River, Lower Clear, mid 50s, Fishing is good to excellent. Best fishing for PMD emergers/cripples /dries Harrop last chance PMD Water above Hwy 20 (from Englebright moderate flow, 879 numbers is subsurface with fish feeding on eggs in cripple, PMD CDC transitional dun, Harrop PMD captive dun, bridge is open from dam to Marysville) cfs below the morning, and with rubberleg stones and BWO Lawson's PMD emerger, fluttering mayfly cripple PMD, last December 1st until Englebright dam. mid morning on. Some dry fly action in the chance PMD cripple, Quigley’s Hat Creek PMD emerger, Brook's August 31st. Access at afternoon with big rainbows keying on small KD dun PMD, loopwing paradun PMD, Brook's sprout PMD, PMD the Hwy 20 bridge and mayflies along the flats and in the tailouts. biot comparadun, hackle stacker PMD, PMD hair wing dun, PMD Sycamore Ranch Streamers are catching some big rainbows in pools sparkle dun, PMD parachute (#14-18). BWO/Baetis nymphs campground. NCDAG pg and deeper runs. Strip or swing using a sink tip line (listed elsewhere). Pale morning dun nymphs (listed 78,79. and a short, strong leader. Reports of bigger fish elsewhere). Caddis pupa/emergers (listed elsewhere). River caught in the last week. A 6 weight rod is the woolly buggers/streamers (listed elsewhere). preferred rod to land these strong fighters. Yuba River, North Clear, mid 50’s, Fishing is fair to good. October caddis are active Caddis cripples/dries Hogan’s last call caddis, Henryville, Light fishing pressure. Fork (between low flow (142 cfs and the fish are on them. Indicator nymph the Brook's headlight, elk hair caddis (brown, tan, olive), Cutter's Access off of Hwy 49. Downieville and below Goodyears pocket water with an october caddis and an attractor E/C, Overly's spotlight (tan, olive), Hemingway, Goddard caddis, NCDAG pg 70. Sierra City) bar). beadhead nymph. Best dry fly action is mid-morning hot butt peacock caddis, peacock caddis, Lawson's E-Z caddis, and evening. A high floating attractor dry with a Blue ribbon X2 caddis, Fox’s crowning poopah olv/cinn, Kyle’s dropper is a deadly combination in riffles and better foam caddis (#12-20). Attractor beadhead nymphs tailouts. The trout are looking up for the October (listed elsewhere). Golden stonefly nymphs and dries (listed caddis dry in the evening. Some larger trout are elsewhere). showing in the lower river. Other Reports Klamath River Flows are coming down and water is clearing after recent weather. Fresh fish are starting to move into the system. Swing herniators, assassins, brindle bugs and silver hiltons in tailouts and runs with a sink tip or floating line with a longer leader. Best access is from a jet boat to get good access away from crowds. Spey rod with a Skagit head is a good method to cover water to find migrating fish. Heenan Lake is open from the Friday before Labor Day through the last Sunday in October. Open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, this is the spot in California to get your Lohanton Cut. Stripping an olive bugger with a prince nymph or red midge dropper is hooking fish while stripping or trolling. Move around to find fish. Reports of some larger fish from 22 to 26 inches caught in the last week. Lake Almanor Browns are starting to stage in the inlets. Stripping streamers and nymphing with beadhead nymphs are hooking some large rainbows and browns. Best access is from a pontoon boat or float tube. Hamilton Branch on the East side of Lake Almanor is producing the largest numbers of caught fish and the highest concentration of anglers on the weekends. Putah Creek (below Lake Berryessa) Flows are low (72 cfs) but still inconsistent. Fish are rising in the morning and evening on small BWO dries in slower water. The best is still yet to come. Lower Stanislaus River (below Tulloch Reservoir - closes on Oct 31) high flow (1,200 cfs at Orange Blossom) is making fishing tough. Fish the edges and deeper pools where fish will hold. Walker River, East Fork (below Bridgeport Reservoir) Flows are good at 73 cfs and fishing is good to excellent. Fish are eating small midges in the morning before temperatures rise. Fishing the deeper runs and riffles with small flies under an indicator is getting good numbers of fish. In the afternoon, switch to a streamer. Fish the nooks and crannies with a short leader on a floating line. 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