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25 July 2014
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Lake Almanor

Clear, low 70’s, lake level is good.

Fishing is fair to good. Water is warming up. Rainbows and browns are moving to the tributaries and springs where water is cool. Nymphing the Hamilton Branch with a beadhead nymph through the pocket water is producing some big rainbows. Use a float tube, pontoon boat or motor boat and strip leech and pond smelt patterns on a uniform sinking line. Be sure to check out the mouth of the North Fork Feather.

Lake woolly buggers/streamers J Fair wiggle tail (olive, brown, burnt orange) BH woolly bugger (black, olive, brown), crystal bugger, mini bugger black/olive, seal bugger (rust, olive, black), hale bopp leach (brown, olive), Mack’s bugger, bunny leach (white), chub minnow (#6-12), Milt’s floating pond smelt (#4-8).

Float tube is needed for best access. Fishing pressure during the week is light with some pressure on the weekends at Hamilton Branch. CDAG pg 43. Road work on highway 32. Check Cal Trans for conditions.

Battle Creek

Slight tint, mid 60’s, 199 cfs at Coleman Fish Hatchery.

Fishing is good.  Flows are holding steady around 200 cfs. It’s hopper time! Splash hoppers around boulders and along the bank. Cover water to find eager trout. Nymphing with golden stones, attractor beadhead nymphs and caddis pupa are producing good numbers in deep runs, pools and pocket water. Skip the indicator fishing deeper with more split shot to get the flies down in aerated water. Best of the evening hatch is caddis and yellow sallies with a few PMD’s still around when the sun is off the water. These are strong trout! Use 3X tippet nymphing and 5X tippet on dries with a light hand.

Attractor beadhead nymphs Hogan’s Steelie Caddis, hare’s ear, twenty incher, Hart’s dark lord, copper john (red, copper) bird’s nest, black AP, prince of darkness, king prince, dirty bird (tan, olive), Hogan’s drifter, biotic nymph, Hogan’s Red Headed Step Child (#10-18). Caddis pupa/emergers Fox's poopah (olive, tan), hot wire caddis, Anderson's peeking green, Fox’s springtime poopah, Amber wing prince, M’s Dirty Bird, Hogan’s steelie caddis, Silvey’s submerger caddis (olive, tan). Grasshopper patterns Dave’s hopper, Burk’s spent hopper, bullethead hopper, parachute hopper, kingfisher foam hopper, frankenhopper, morrish’s hopper (tan, golden), Weir’s whopper (#8-14). Golden stonefly dries and Golden stonefly nymphs and Caddis cripples/dries PMD and emergers/cripples/dries (listed elsewhere).

Moderate fishing pressure. Access above Coleman Hatchery.

Davis Lake (near Portola off hwy 70)

Clear, mid 60s F.

Fishing is fair. Best fishing is in deep water around inlets such as Cow and Jenkins where trout are seeking cool water eating blood midges, damsels and callibaetis nymphs around the weed beds. An intermediate line will get a damsel with a blood midge dropper down around the weed beds where fish are feeding. Some action early and late when the sun is off the water. Fishing the hex nymph with a slow retrieve will get some success before the hatch begins. Hex are day to day. Some night produce better than other but good to have some in the box. Be sure to revive these trout completely before releasing!

Damsel fly nymphs/dries Burk’s sierra damsel (tan, olive), mono eye damsel, no name damsel, foam swimming damsel, Stalcup’s ultra damsel, J Fair wiggle tail nymph (olive, fiery brown), adult blue damsel, Burk’s adult damsel, horny damsel, damsel dragon (#12-16). Lake woolly buggers/streamers J Fair wiggle tail (olive, brown, burnt orange) BH woolly bugger (black, olive, brown), crystal bugger, mini bugger black/olive, seal bugger (rust, olive, black). Blood midge pupa red brassie, disco midge red, red and copper zebra midge, red copper john, red headed step child, chirono cones (#12-14). Attractor beadhead nymphs and Lake woolly buggers/streamers and Caddis cripples/dries (listed elsewhere).

Moderate to high fishing pressure. Coves may be busy during the weekends NCDAG pg 70. Tributaries around Davis lake open Saturday preceding Memorial Day to Nov. 15th.

Deer Creek (Along Highway 32)

Slight tint, high 50’s F, high flow.

Fishing is good. Water levels are low but fish are still hungry. Best fishing is early and late when the sun is off the water and trout are rising to small mayflies and caddis in pocket water and pools. During the heat of the day, trout will hold in fast oxygenated water and deep pools where water temperatures are the coolest. Get deep with attractor beadhead nymphs and caddis pupas with plenty of split shot to get the flies down. Evening dry fly fishing is good once the sun is off the water. For best fishing with kids, Elam Campground provides best access to stocked trout eager for a meal. Good numbers of 6-10” trout.

Attractor dries irresistible adams, parachute light cahill, Rio Grande trude, parachute adams, paralyzer, royal coachman, crystal stimulator, renegade, royal wulff, para wulff, (#10-18).Ant patterns Deer hair ant, 2 tone Para ant, Cutter’s perfect ant, Schroeder’s parachute ant, hi-vis foam ant, flying ant, fur ant, flying ant (#12-18). PMD emergers/cripples/dries and BWO/Baetis nymphs and Caddis pupa/emergers and Golden stonefly dries and Attractor beadhead nymphs (listed elsewhere in report).

Expect moderate fishing pressure. Access off Hwy 32 from Deer Creek bridge upstream to Hwy 36. Catch & Release from Deer Creek Falls down stream to Ishi Wilderness. NCDAG pg. 58.

Fall River (Cal Trout access to Spring Creek Rd)

Slight tint, normal spring flow.

Fishing is good. Best fishing starts with the trico spinnerfall around 9:30am followed by PMD’s along the flats mid-morning. Key on actively rising trout with a delicate downstream drift. Hot flies: Tilt wing, sparkle dun. If wind comes up in the afternoon, strip small mohair or hailbop leeches on a type 3 or intermediate sinking line. If the wind stays down in the afternoon, look for trout rising to caddis and callibaetis. Still some hex around in the evening, but the bulk of the hatch has come and gone. Weed are getting thick but cool water is keeping the insects and trout active.

Caddis cripples/dries Hogan’s last call caddis, Henryville, Brook's headlight, elk hair caddis (brown, tan, olive), Cutter's E/C, Overly's spotlight (tan, olive), Hemingway, Goddard caddis, hot butt peacock caddis, peacock caddis, Lawson's E-Z caddis, Fox’s crowning poopah olv/cinn, Kyle’s better foam caddis (#12-20), Hopper Stone Tan (#6,8). Hex nymphs Quigley’s emerging hex nymph, Burk’s hex nymph, Bear’s headbanger hex (#6-8). Hexagenia cripples/dries Quigley’s Hex cripple, Mercer’s poxyback hex cripple, Water’s foam hex, Bear’s foam hex, (#6-8). PMD emergers/cripples/dries  and Lake woolly buggers/streamers (listed elsewhere).

Expect moderate fishing pressure. Pram with electric motor needed. Access at Cal Trout and Rat Farm launches. NCDAG pg 38. CDAG pg 35.

Feather River, N.F. (Cresta powerhouse to Lake Oroville)

Slight tint, low 50s F, 224 cfs below Rock Creek 214 below Grizzly Creek and 112 below Poe. Check flows at WWW.Dreamflows.com.

Fishing is good. There is a trick to finding the bigger trout this time of the year. Go deep with plenty of shot ! Warm water temps are driving trout to deep fast water. Caddis pupa, golden stones, and beadhead nymphs are finding trout from Grizzly Creek up to Beldon. Best of the dry fly action is early and late with caddis and yellow sallies in riffles. Hot fly: Cutter’s E/C caddis #14. The Caribou Road section provides good numbers of stocked trout for kids perfecting their dead-drift. Look to the mouth of cool tribs to find the trout.

Golden stonefly dries Hogan’s split-wing stone, hedgehog, Hogan’s hangin stimi, crystal stimulator, yellow humpy, rubber-legged stimulator, Rogue foam golden stone, Gould’s half down golden, Sloan’s paralyzer, Carlson’s egg sack stone (#8-12). PMD emergers/cripples/dries and Attractor beadhead nymphs and Midge pupa and Golden stonefly nymphs, Caddis cripples/dries (listed elsewhere).

Expect light fishing pressure. Access along Hwy 70. Open to fishing from Cresta powerhouse to lake Oroville. NCDAG pg 59. CDAG pg 51.

Hat Creek (PH#2 to fish barrier)

Clear, low 50s F, good flow.

Fishing is fair early and late. Start the morning walking the flats during the trico spinnerfall. A long leader down to 6X or 7X with a downstream drift is essential for targeting these spooky trout. Midday, chase the shade below carbon flat fishing fallen trees and grassy cut banks where trout will find relief from the heat of the day. Fishing will definitely slow down midday but it gets better when the sun is off the water. Look for trout rising to caddis and callibaetis along the edges an in tailouts. Not a lot of pressure this time of the year.

Attractor beadhead nymphs royal flush, Hogan’s Steelie Caddis, hare’s ear, twenty incher, Hart’s dark lord, copper john (red, black, lime, copper) bird’s nest, black AP, prince of darkness, king prince, dirty bird (tan, olive), Hogan’s drifter, biotic nymph, Hogan’s Red Headed Step Child (#10-18). Golden stonefly dries(listed elsewhere). Golden stonefly nymphs jumbo john, Morrish cone stone, Morrish WMD, Mercer’s raghead, Poxyback golden stone nymph, Mercer's poxyquill golden stone, copper back, Pat’s Rubberleg. Little yellow stone dries (listed elsewhere). PMD emergers/cripples/dries and Midge pupa (listed elsewhere).

Expect crowds at the PH#2 riffle on weekends. To escape the crowds, try fishing below Carbon Flat or the Hwy 299 bridge. NCDAG pg 48.

Hot Creek

Slight tint to off color, mid 50s F, low flow (6 cfs).

Fishing is good. Expect tricos in the morning followed by PMD’s mid-morning and caddis in the afternoon. That said, beetles, ants and hoppers are also go-to flies when trout have seen enough of the main hatches. In the morning, small tricos and comparaduns on 6X tippet is best. Presenting a dry on 6X tippet with a delicate downstream drift is the best way to trick these trout. Be sure to bring different patterns to find the hot fly. Walking the bank midday splatting small spring creek hoppers along the edges will bring fish out. Nymphing is tough due to all the weeds.

BWO/Baetis emerger/dries Brook's KD dun, Mercers emerging poxyback bwo, fluttering mayfly cripple BWO, Harrop captive dun, BWO extended body, Brooks CDC dun baetis, hackle stacker BWO, loopwing paradun, olive hatch master, parachute BWO, twilight baetis dun day-glo, BWO CDC transitional dun, Brook's sprout baetis, quill body baetis cripple, Harrop's CDC BWO emerger, Quigley’s loopy cripple stacker, Burk’s silhouette (#16-20). Midge pupa glass bead midge (red, black), crystal dip, disco midge, brassie, desert storm, zebra midge (rust, black), WD40 (olive, chocolate), skinny nelson, crystal HBI (#18-22). Caddis cripples/dries and BWO/Baetis nymphs (listed elsewhere).

Expect moderate fishing pressure on weekends. Access at upper parking lot and fish downstream to the hot springs. NCDAG pg 112.

Little Truckee (Between Stampede and Boca Reservoirs)

Clear, low to mid 50's, low flow 48 cfs from Stampede Reservoir)

Fishing is good but super technical. The LT has been consistent this summer. Be sure to sure fine tippets and a stealthy presence and a good match to the hatch is essential for hooking these wild fish. Look for trout rising to PMD’s, caddis and yellow sallies mid-morning. Ants and small hoppers are also a good option when nothing else is hatching. Best fishing is when the sun is off the water and trout are feeding. Mid afternoon is tough due to hot weather conditions, but evening hatches will bring the trout up.

PMD nymphs Hogan’s military may (brown), Beadhead flash back pheasant tails, Morrish pick pocket, Mercer's micro mayfly (brown), Black AP nymph, Aram’s secret agent brown, Burk’s crystal HBI, flashy PT, copper john (#14-18). Midge pupa and BWO nymphs (listed elsewhere). Little yellow stone dries (listed elsewhere). Caddis cripples/dries (listed elsewhere). Ant patterns (listed elsewhere). Grasshopper patterns PMD emergers/cripples/dries (listed elsewhere).

Expect crowds on the weekends. Access from Stampede to Boca. CDAG Pg. 53, 60.

Manzanita Lake (North Entrance to Lassen Park)

Clear, low 50's, normal lake level.

Fishing is good. Start the day with midges under an indicator. As temps rise switch to a callibaetis dry with a midge dropper. Streamers on an intermediate line stripped along the weed beds is a good option to pick up brown trout concentrate on edges and points for the best action. Midafternoon slows down but picks up again in the evening with trout rising to callibaetis and caddis. Sight fishing with a caddis dry or callibaetis nymph can be worthwhile. Some motorboat caddis at dusk. Skate a goddard or elk hair caddis.

Callibaetis dries sparkle dun, captive dun, CDC callibaetis transitional dun, Brook's CDC dun callibaetis, fluttering mayfly callibaetis, CDC biot comparadun, callibaetis extended body, Quigley’s flashwing cripple, callibaetis cripple, Brook's sprout callibaetis, hackle stacker callibaetis, loopwing callibaetis, parachute adams, Callibaetis extended body (#14-16). Ant patterns (listed elsewhere). Caddis pupa/ emergers (listed elsewhere).  Caddis cripples/dries (listed elsewhere). Damsel fly nymphs/dries (listed elsewhere).

Heavy fishing pressure on weekends. Catch & release, no motors. CDAG pg. 42

Pit River #3,#4, #5 (below Lake Britton to Big Bend)

Green to brown tint, low 50s F, no flow level on Pit #3 but somewhat high, 435 cfs on Pit #4 and 465 cfs on Pit #5.

Fishing is good. Flows are high but fishable on Pit 4 & 5. Be careful! The good fishing is early and late in the day with a break in the afternoon. Indicator nymph with small black stone and a dark lord or prince dropper in the fast pocket water on Pit 3. Be sure to use plenty of split shot to get the flies down in fast water. Some caddis and yellow sallies just before dark on the Pit 4 stretch. Look for fish rising along the flats. Stripping streamers early and late is productive along the edges. Fish the edges, current seams and pocket water with heavily weighted sculpin patterns. Studded boots and a wading staff are essential for fishing this water.

River woolly buggers/streamers J Fair wiggle tail (olive, brown, burnt orange) BH woolly bugger (black, olive, brown), crystal bugger, mini bugger black/olive, seal bugger (rust, olive, black), hale bopp leach (brown, olive), Mack’s bugger, bunny leach (white), chub minnow (#6-12). Golden stonefly nymphs jumbo john, Morrish cone stone, Morrish WMD, Mercer’s raghead, Poxyback golden stone nymph, Mercer's poxyquill golden stone, micro cable stone, beadhead twenty incher, copper back, Pat’s Rubberleg. Caddis pupa/emergers and Attractor beadhead nymphs and BWO nymphs and Golden stonefly dries (listed elsewhere). Little yellow stone dries (listed elsewhere).

Low fishing pressure on 3, no pressure on 4. Access below Lake Britton or from Big Bend. Studded boots and a wading staff are a must for fishing the Pit. New flow regiment makes wading very tough. NCDAG pg 47. New CDAG pg. 34.

Sacramento River, Lower (below Keswick Reservoir)

Green tint, low to mid 50s, normal flow 10,000 cfs.

Fishing is fair to good. High summer flows are making wading difficult. Walk the edges fishing the seems between riffles and slow water will find trout suspending stoneflies, caddis pupa and PMD nymphs. From a drift boat, try tandem flies under an indicator in 4-6 feet of water. Hot flies: Birds nest, rubber legged stones, and PMD nymphs. Reports of big trout around Sundial and Market St. Reports of good numbers below Balls Ferry bridge with a few spring steelhead meandering around tributaries. Some good dry fly fishing late on the flats around Redding and Anderson.

Caddis pupa/emergers Fox's poopah (olive, tan), Hot wire caddis, Anderson's peeking green, green machine, Fox’s springtime poopah, Amber wing prince, M’s Dirty Bird, Hogan’s steelie caddis, Silvey’s submerger caddis (olive, tan), Silvey’s edible emerger (#12-18). Little yellow stonefly nymphs poxy back micro stone tungsten hotwire prince, Morrish’s iron sally (#14-16). Golden stonefly nymphs, Attractor beadhead nymphs and BWO nymphs (listed elsewhere). PMD emergers/cripples/dries (listed elsewhere), Pale morning dun nymphs (listed elsewhere).

Drift boat fishing is provides best access. Market St, Convention Center, Barge Hole and below Cypress Bridge are all good spots to wade. NCDAG pg 46, 57. New CDAG pg. 41

Truckee River (Trout Creek to CA Stateline)

Clear, low 50’s. Low to moderate flow (194 cfs near Truckee, 464 cfs below Boca).

Fishing is fair. Best fishing is below Boca where water temps are cooler than above. Caddis is bringing trout to the surface in the evening. Best tactic mid-morning to mid-afternoon is getting a golden stone or crayfish pattern in fast pocket water will find big fish looking for a big meal. Best streamer fishing targeting the banks is best early and late. Afternoon rains will also bring big fish out eager to eat a streamer stripped off the bank or structure. The evening caddis hatch can be very good from 7pm to dark.

PMD emergers/cripples/dries Lawson's PMD emerger, fluttering mayfly cripple PMD, last chance PMD cripple, Quigley’s Hat Creek PMD emerger, Brook's KD dun PMD, loopwing paradun PMD, Brook's sprout PMD, PMD biot comparadun, hackle stacker PMD, PMD hair wing dun, PMD sparkle dun, PMD parachute (#14-18). Little yellow stone dries Hogan’s yellow hanging stimulator, Brooks headlight little yellow sally, Cutter’s little yellow sally, Quigley’s little yellow sally, yellow stimulator, yellow crystal stimulator (#14-16). River woolly buggers/streamers (listed elsewhere). Attractor beadhead nymphs (listed elsewhere in report). Caddis pupa/emergers (listed elsewhere).

Expect moderate fishing pressure. Access along Hwy 89 down through Hirshdale. NCDAG 81.

Yuba River, North Fork (between Downieville and Sierra City)

Clear, high 50’s, low flow (low).

Fishing is good. Best fishing is around Sierra City where water is cool and trout are eager to rise to hoppers, caddis and stonefly patterns early and late. Best tactic is a dry dropper. A stimulator with a small prince nymph, copper John or caddis pupa is hooking good numbers of trout 6-12 inches.  This is great 2 or 3 weight rod water and good action for young anglers perfecting their skills. Recent afternoon rains have rejuvenated the Yuba. Not a lot of reports from tributaries.

Attractor beadhead nymphs (listed elsewhere). Attractor dries (listed elsewhere in the report). Golden stonefly nymphs and Golden stonefly dries (listed elsewhere). Caddis pupa/ emergers (listed elsewhere).

Light fishing pressure. Access off of Hwy 49. NCDAG pg 70.

Yuba River, Lower (from Englebright dam to Marysville)

Clear, low 50s F, moderate flow, 1,504 cfs below Englebright.

Fishing is fair. Many tactics are working but nothing super spectacular. Hatches of caddis and PMD’s in riffles and along the flats in the evening with some sporadic risers. Drifting a hopper along cut banks and rock walls will bring up trout in the afternoon. Best numbers of trout are from anglers fishing deep slots under an indicator. A golden stone with a caddis pupa dropper is the most popular, but switch out flies to find the hot fly. Caddis pupas, PMD nymphs and small midge pupas are all good candidates. Best hatches above Hwy 20 (Parks Bar) and above Hammond Grove.

PMD emergers/cripples/dries Lawson's PMD emerger, fluttering mayfly cripple PMD, last chance PMD cripple, Quigley’s Hat Creek PMD emerger, Brook's KD dun PMD, loopwing paradun PMD, Brook's sprout PMD, PMD biot comparadun, hackle stacker PMD, PMD hair wing dun, PMD sparkle dun, PMD parachute (#14-18). Golden stonefly nymphs (listed elsewhere). Attractor beadhead nymphs (listed elsewhere). BWO/Baetis nymphs and Midge pupa and BWO/Baetis emerger/dries  and March browns (listed elsewhere).

Water above Hwy 20 bridge is open from December 1st until August 31st. Access at the Hwy 20 bridge and Sycamore Ranch campground. NCDAG pg 78,79.

Other Reports

Other Reports Putah Creek (below Lake Berryessa) High summer flows making fishing tough. Fish the breaks in the current and along the edges with midges and BWO nymphs suspended under an indicator. Best fishing is in the morning when trout are feeding on midges and BWO’s. Flows have increased making it difficult to land fish on 6X tippet. Concentrate on back eddies and breaks in the current. McCloud River (below McCloud Reservoir) is muddy due to Mud creek melting snow.  McCloud could be muddy for the rest of the summer. Sacramento River, Upper (Lake Siskiyou to Lake Shasta) is fishing early and late around Dunsmuir. Look for trout keying on caddis when the sun is off the water. Water is too warm on lower sections below Sims Exit. Feather River, Middle Fork (Graeagle downstream) Fishing is slow due to low flows and hot temperatures. Some action below Two Rivers where tributaries add some cooler water. Best action is early and late when trout are rising to caddis and yellow sallies. Baum Lake is fishing best early and late with hatches of PMD’s, Caddis and callibaetis in the main current. Midday, fish the edges of the weed beds with bugger patterns on a sink tip. Trinity River Flows are consistent at 450 cfs.  This will provide some excellent dry fly fishing with caddis, PMD’s and stoneflies along the edges.

Largemouth Bass Fishing Nothing like chugging a bass popper along the bank for a massive bass blow-up! Valley and foothill bass ponds are in prime shape with temps between 60 to 70 degrees. Thermalito Afterbay is located off highway 99 south of Chico. Thermalito is diverted water from the Feather River to warm water for rice farmers. This shallow water fishery has largemouth bass, big carp and hatchery steelhead. Cover the edges early morning with a bass popper (hot fly: Umpqua swimming frog). Best locations are around heavy cover. Best bass poppers have a weed guard to get through heavy cover without snagging. Midday, switch to a crayfish or baitfish pattern (good choice: clouser) on short sink tip with a heavy leader. Good reports from anglers fishing channels between islands and deep water (4-10’) around ambush points and rock walls. Frank’s Tract & San Joaquin Delta (including Mildred, San Joaquin River, and nearby sloughs) Water temps are currently high 60’s to low 70’s. Bass are post-spawn, spawning and a few post spawn depending where you are. Early and late are ideal times to fish topwater poppers and divers around rock walls, heavy cover and up against tullies. Midday, clousers and crayfish patterns on a sink tip will produce. 8- 9 wt rods and are ideal to turn over big flies and fight fish.

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WH&WN™ FREE flyfishing report would not be possible without the help of: Craig Nielsen/Shasta Trout Guide Service, Jordan Romney (Putah Fly Fishing Guide), Victor Babbit/Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters/Tahoe, Jerry/The Troutfitter/Mammoth Lakes, Ted Fay Flyshop/Dunsmuir, Greg/Sweeny’s sport shop, Andy/Kiene's Fly Shop/Sacramento, Richard Hardy-Davis report, Ken’s Sporting Goods/Scott Freeman-EW report. Special thanks to all the WH&WN™ subscribers who have submitted their fishing reports for the fisheries listed in WH&WN, you help keep us honest, accurate, and up-to-date.


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