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6 October 2016
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Lake Almanor

Clear, high 50’s, lake level is low.

Fishing is good. Fishing is best early morning for browns and mid-morning or late evening for rainbows. Bait balls are starting to form from pond smelt die off in the lake on the east shore. Hamilton branch is fishing fair for the majority of the day with a slump around noon. Tip: Fish are leader shy so use either a 5x or 6x tippet. Nymphing midges, attractor nymphs and egg patterns can be done from the bank and stripping pond smelt or buggers is best from a boat with a sinking line. Size #18 or #20 parachute adams has also had some success for top water above the bridge on Hamilton Branch.

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). 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).

Fishing pressure during the week is light with some pressure on the weekends at Hamilton Branch. Boat access only available at canal dam. CDAG pg 43. Road work on Hwy 32. Check Cal Trans for conditions.

Carson River, E.F. (Along Hwy 89 downstream to Nevada)

Slight tint, mid to high 50s F, low flows (34 cfs).

Fishing is fair to good. Best fishing is above Hangman’s Bridge in the put and take section due to aggressive stocking. Nymphing with October caddis and stoneflies will produce fish in pools and pocket water. In the afternoon a dry with a nymph dropper is a deadly combination in pocket water. An attractor dry with a beadhead nymph will produce fish. For wild trout, fish below Hangman’s Bridge in the catch and release area. Fish will hold out well for the next few weeks.

Grasshopper patterns Dave’s hopper, Burk’s spent hopper, bullethead hopper, parachute hopper, kingfisher foam hopper (#8-14). Attractor dries irresistible adams, parachute light cahill, Rio Grande trude, Pink & lime trude, yellow humpy, parachute adams, indicator fly, paralyzer, royal coachman, crystal stimulator, renegade, royal wulff, sierra bright dot, grey wulff (#10-18). River woolly buggers/streamers (listed elsewhere). Attractor beadhead nymphs (listed elsewhere). Caddis pupa/ emergers (listed elsewhere).

Moderate fishing pressure on the weekends. Access at Hangman’s Bridge and along Hwy 89. NCDAG pg 90. New CDAG pg. 67.

Davis Lake (near Portola off hwy 70)

Clear, low to mid 40s F.

Fishing is fair to good. Cooler evening temps are bringing lake water temps down and bringing fish into the shallows. Best fishing is in the morning until about 1pm when temps are still cool and pods of fish are feeding in the shallows sipping callibaetis. Best game ever- sight fishing to cruising trout. Using a long leader with a callibaetis nymph is sufficient to get the fly down. Be sure to fish with a slow, methodical, retrieve. If trout are rising, switch to a emerger or dry. In the afternoon, strip streamers in deeper water to find trout when no hatches are present.

Lake woolly buggers/streamers (listed elsewhere). Midge pupa (listed elsewhere). BWO/Baetis emerger/dries (listed elsewhere). Midge pupa (listed elsewhere).

Moderate fishing pressure. NCDAG pg 70.

Deer Creek (Along Highway 32)

Slight tint, mid to high 50’s F, low flow (87 cfs).

Fishing is fair to good. Best fishing is in the morning and evening when temps are cooler as fish are more active. Nymph the fast moving oxygenated water and cool, deep pools with enough weight to get your fly down. A caddis dry fly with an attractor beadhead nymph  dropper in deep pools has been producing trout. Another productive method during the day is to fish streamers in pocket water or through pools. As temps get cooler, October caddis may be spotted. Fishing October caddis at dusk will rise trout. Look for hatch to increase within the next week or two. Most trout run 8-13 inches here.

Attractor dries irresistible adams, parachute light cahill, Rio Grande trude, parachute adams, paralyzer, royal coachman, crystal stimulator, renegade, royal wulff, para wulff, (#10-18). 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). Caddis pupa/emergers 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.

Feather River (Hwy 70 bridge to Gridley)

Slight tint, 800 cfs in low flow, high flow below the Afterbay (4,000 cfs) at Gridley.

Fishing is good. Best fishing is in the low flow section from Oro-dam Boulevard (HW 162) to outlet. The high flow section is still high and difficult to fish. On overcast days, drift birds nest, prince nymphs, x-mays, and attractor nymphs under an indicator. Be sure to use enough split shot to get flies down and adjust weight in order to match depth and speed of water. Reports of swinging wet flies through riffles and tailouts where steelhead are holding. No salmon on beds yet but they are starting to move into the riffles. Green caddis pupa will be the hot ticket when salmon start digging redds followed by eggs. Best fishing is on cloudy and rainy days when steelhead will stay in riffles and tailouts throughout the day.

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). Steelhead wet flies/streamers Mossback, assassin (natural, copper), Herniator (silver, copper), gray hackle yellow, chappie, burlap, bleeding prawn (chart/orange) , cone sucking bunny, egg sucking crystal leach, general practitioner (black, orange), comet, green butted skunk, freight train, sedge spey purple, red headed boss, coal car, skykomish sunrise, prism, purple peril, silver hilton, winters hope, Gareth’s fire fly, red ant (#4-8). BWO/Baetis nymphs and Attractor beadhead nymphs (listed elsewhere). Egg patterns for salmon (listed elsewhere).

Moderate fishing pressure. Access from Oroville State Wildlife Area. The stretch above Hwy 70 is closed until Jan 1. Be sure to have your steelhead card signed and dated before fishing. NCDAG pg 68, 78.

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

Slight tint, 487 cfs below Rock Creek. 250 cfs below Grizzly Creek, and 72 cfs below Poe Dam. Check flows at WWW.Dreamflows.com.

Fishing is fair to good. Reports are best where water temps are cooler closer to Beldon. Trout are keying on golden stones, caddis pupa, and midges. Use heavy split shot to get flies down in deep water around the boulders where trout are lurking. Use 3x tippet to hold those girthy rainbows on the line with plenty of split shot to get the fly down around the boulders. Stripping streamers are also getting some action. Cooler weather is bringing out hatches of midges and baetis mid morning and late evening with a few trout rising to them.  Hatches will improve with rain or overcast skies. Cover water to find trout and improve chances of getting that strike.

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), 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). BWO nymphs Hogan’s S&M nymph, Hogan’s better baetis, berry nymph in gooseberry, Burk’s crystal hunchback, Hogan’s olive military may, Mercer's BWO trigger nymph, Kyle's beerhead baetis, tailwater tiny, flashy pheasant tail, Sloan’s mighty may. PMD emergers/cripples/dries and Attractor beadhead nymphs and Midge pupa and Golden stonefly nymphs.

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

Frank’s Tract & San Joaquin Delta (including Mildred, San Joaquin River, and nearby sloughs)

Clear to slightly off color (3-6 ft visibility, mid to high 60s F.

Fishing is fair to good. Lots of rats (6-12 inch stripers) are throughout the delta. Some nice 5-10 lb fish are starting to arrive in the west delta below the Antioch Bridge and along the San Joaquin River. Best action is early and late in the day. Trick is to get days when the wind is not blowing.  Small to medium clousers are producing with a fast strip. Fish are very strong with the warm water temps. Good topwater early and late around the weed beds with gurglers and crease flies when the wind is down. Wind will slow action considerably, but expect it to die down later this month. Fishing will continue to improve in coming weeks.

Striper patterns Flashtail clousers and whistlers in chartreuse/white, pink/white, all white, and black (2/0-3/0), pearly poppers (red/yellow, green/yellow), gurglers, crease fly.

Boat needed - rentals are available at Sugar Barge Marina on Bethel Island. Moderate to heavy fishing pressure. NCDAG pg 96 and 106. New CDAG pg. 72, 73.

Klamath River (mouth to Iron Gate)

Clear, low to mid 60s, good flow (3530 cfs at Orleans).(1120 cfs below Iron Gate)

Fishing is good. Pulse flows and recent rains are allowing the fresh salmon and the steelhead to move up the river.  Fishing is best in the morning and late evening using a 2x leader on a floating line and swinging a #6 silver Hilton, herniators, small assassins or green butt skunks. When the sun is on the water midday, use a sink tip to target fish holding in deeper, cooler runs. Fishing pressure is waning with rainy weather and steelhead moving through Orleans. As steelhead move through the system, fishing will be good below Iron Gate. Fish the runs with egg patterns, stoneflies and BWO nymphs on rainy days. Best bite is during cloudy and rainy weather.

Steelhead wet flies/streamers Mossback, assassin (natural, copper), Herniator (silver, copper), cone sucking bunny, egg sucking crystal leach, general practitioner (black, orange), comet, green butted skunk, coal car, skykomish sunrise, prism, purple peril, silver hilton, winters hope, Gareth’s fire fly, red ant (#4-8). Egg patterns for salmon Sucker spawn oregon cheese, Fox's fertilizer (shell pink, fire orange, flo red), glow-bug (peach, pink, champagne, light yellow, cheese, chartreuse), micro egg (flo fire orange, flo orange, flo red, shell pink), Leeson's crystal egg (chartreuse, orange) Pettis’ Unreal egg clusters (gold nugget, burnt orange, dark roe, light row), clown egg, Pettis’ unreal single egg, unreal egg cluster (dk roe, burnt orange) (#8-16).

Expect heavy fishing pressure in the lower part of the river. Access at Orleans and Somes Bar along hwy 96. NCDAG 33, 34. New CDAG pg. 30, 31

McCloud River (below McCloud Reservoir)

Good clarity, low to mid 50's, normal flow (168 cfs at Ash Camp, 230 cfs at Ah-Di-Na)

Fishing is good. Best fishing is subsurface using October caddis pupa, small black nymphs, and stoneflies either under an indicator or high-stick nymphing. Expect better action of October caddis as the hatch progresses. Best action is on over cast or rainy days, with trout feeding on midges and baetis. Good number of browns migrating from Lake Shasta. Strip streamers through pools and deep runs with a heavy fly or sink tip to get the fly deep. As the October caddis hatch progresses, fish will be rising to them near dusk on warm days.

October caddis pupa Mercer’s October caddis pupa, Morrish October deep caddis pupa, Morrish WMD (#6-8). 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). Caddis cripples/dries (listed elsewhere). Attractor beadhead nymphs (listed elsewhere).

Some fishing pressure on the weekends at Ah-Di-Na Access below McCloud Reservoir. NCDAG 36.

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

Green to brown tint, 309 cfs Pit 3, 421 cfs on Pit #4 and 382 cfs on Pit #5.

Fishing is good. Best fishing is occurring from morning to noon and again from mid afternoon to dusk. Sporadic hatches of BWO’s in the morning on cloudy days in the flats and riffles, and evening hatches of smaller caddis on sunnier days. Nymphing pocket water at Pit 3 with Black AP’s, tan birds nest, and tan caddis pupa have been producing nice rainbows. Best fish are being hooked using a rubberleg stone and dark beadhead nymph dropper in the fast, oxygenated waters under an indicator.

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), bunny leech (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 Golden stonefly dries and 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.

Pyramid Lake outside of Reno)

Clear, good lake level.

Fishing is hit or miss. Current name of the game to hook the big Lohanton cutthroat is to find the baitfish. The easiest way to locate is to scan for surface activity. The birds and larger fish chasing smaller ones are also another way to track down the baitfish. Once located, streamers that match the color and size of the baitfish, particularly the brown, olive, and white streamers, have been most productive. Tip: Productivity is best between 5 and 30 ft of water with a fast sinking line. Strip line in with a slow, twitchy retrieve and changing speed of retrieve can increase chances of a strike.

Pyramid Flies woolly worms, Pyramid buggers (black/purple, chartreuse/white, Olive, black), Pyramid snail (black/purple, chartreuse/white, Olive, black). (#8-12)

Expect moderate fishing pressure. Fishing from a float tube or pontoon boat is an option. Note: Day permit required.

Sacramento River, Lower (below Keswick Reservoir to Butte City)

Green tint, low to mid 50s, moderate normal flow 7,250 cfs.

Fishing is good. Best fishing is in Redding, where anglers are landing big rainbows over 20”. In the morning, small black nymphs are producing big fish. On sunny days, look for caddis hatching in the afternoon. A stonefly nymph with a caddis pupa dropper will produce fish. Below Bonneyview, fish rubberleg stones and egg patterns where there are salmon redds. On cloudy and overcast days, trout will be feeding on blue-wing olives and midges in riffles and tailouts. Salmon are starting to move into the riffles and should be digging redds in the next few weeks.

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 edible emerger (#12-18). Golden stonefly nymphs and Attractor beadhead nymphs and BWO nymphs (listed elsewhere). Egg patterns for salmon (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

Sacramento River, Upper (Lake Siskiyou to Lake Shasta)

Slight tint, high 50’s to low 60’s. Low flow (206 at Delta).

Fishing is fair to good. Best fishing is in afternoon and evening with reports of trout being caught throughout river. In the morning, look for midges and mayflies on cloudy days and caddis hatches on sunny days. Hot rig is an October caddis pupa with a beadhead dropper. Fishing the north side of Dunsmuir is producing some nice fish. Predicted upcoming showers are expected to increase fishing productivity and bring out good hatches of BWO’s. October caddis should start hatching within the next two weeks.

October caddis pupa Mercer’s October caddis pupa, Morrish October deep caddis pupa, Morrish WMD (#6-8). Pale morning dun nymphs Hogan’s military may (brown), Beadhead flash back pheasant tails, Morrish pick pocket, Mercer's micro mayfly (brown), Black AP nymph, dark lord, Burk’s crystal HBI, flashy PT (#14-18). Caddis pupa/ emergers and Attractor beadhead nymphs and Attractor dries and Midge pupa (listed elsewhere).

Expect heavy fishing pressure. Be careful when wading. NCDAG 36, 46. New CDAG pg. 33

Trinity River (near Lewiston)

Clear, low to mid 50s F, low flow (450 cfs).

Fishing is fair and improving. Salmon are starting to move into the system. Reports of a few steelhead around Deloma and Junction City. Swinging silver Hiltons, assassins, October caddis, and green butted skunk on a scandi with a 5 or 6 weight switch rod. Change tips to match the depth and speed of the water. Nymphing under an indicator is productive with October caddis pupa, golden stones, and flashy bead head nymphs. Skating October caddis dries on the flats can be productive in the afternoon. Fishing will improve as more steelhead move through the system.

Steelhead wet flies/streamers Mossback, assassin (natural, copper), Herniator (silver, copper), cone sucking bunny, egg sucking crystal leach, general practitioner (black, orange), comet, green butted skunk, coal car, skykomish sunrise, prism, purple peril, silver hilton, winters hope, Gareth’s fire fly, red ant (#4-8). Golden stonefly nymphs (listed elsewhere). Attractor beadhead nymphs (listed elsewhere). Egg patterns for salmon (listed elsewhere).

Moderate to heavy fishing pressure below Lewiston dam. Fly only section below Lewiston is closed. NCDAG pg 45. New CDAG pg. 31, 32, 40.

Truckee River (Trout Creek to CA Stateline)

Clear, low to mid 50’s. Low to moderate flow (8 cfs near Truckee, 131 cfs below Boca).

Fishing is fair to good. Fall weather is bringing hatches of midges and baetis. Look for bigger hatches on rainy days. Wading access is more pleasant above Boca where the flows are lower. Swing and strip wooly buggers or streamer patterns through pools, pocket water, and tailouts. Reports of good action high tick nymphing baetis, October caddis, and stoneflies. Another productive method is using a dry dropper with a baetis nymph as the dropper.

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). Little yellow stonefly nymphs poxy back micro stone tungsten hotwire prince, Morrish’s iron sally (#14-16). River woolly buggers/streamers (listed elsewhere). Caddis cripples/dries (listed elsewhere). Golden stonefly nymphs (listed elsewhere).

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

Yuba River, Lower (from Englebright dam to Marysville)

Clear, low flow, 941 cfs below Englebright.

Fishing is fair. Best fishing is mid-morning to afternoon swinging soft hackles in riffles, off ledges, and tailouts. Be sure to move around to find pods of eager fish. Look for trout rising to caddis, and the remainder of the PMD’s in the afternoon. A long leader with a stealthy presentation is key for success. A few salmon are in the system, with trout eating the eggs. Fishing will improve with salmon and steelhead moving into the system, and colder temps will bring on hatches of baetis.

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 and BWO/Baetis nymphs and Midge pupa and BWO/Baetis emerger/dries (listed elsewhere). Egg patterns for salmon (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.

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

Clear, mid to high 60’s, low flow 128 cfs below Goodyears Bar.

Fishing is fair to good. Best fishing is on overcast and rainy days with trout feeding on baetis and October caddis pupa. Best fishing is in Downieville and Sierra City where water temperatures are cooler and fish are more active. In the morning, fish a dry dropper. When fish start rising, switch to an attractor dry. On warm sunny days, high stick-nymphing in pocket water with tandem bead head nymphs will find trout seeking relief from the sun. Fishing will improve with more rainy, over cast days.

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.

Other Reports

Other Reports Baum Lake Weeds are thick around the edges. Fish the channel where fish are rising to BWO’s on cloudy days and callibaetis in the afternoon on sunny days. Trout are not too picky. Present a dry with a good drift and there is a good chance for action. Add a small baetis or midge dropper to increase chances of a strike. Hot Creek Fishing is poor to fair. Water temperatures are cooling down, and water is clear. There is an abundance of weeds and small fish under 15”. Fish small stimulators, and Elk Hair Caddis dries, and nymph midge pupas. Little Truckee (Between Stampede and Boca Reservoirs) Dropping evening temperatures has helped fish to stay in good shape and hungry. A double set up with a caddis dry and copper john has been productive as well as crayfish patterns. Putah Creek (below Lake Berryessa) Fishing has been improving last few weeks due to lower water levels. Fish have primarily been taking micro mayflies, caddis, midges and attractor nymphs.

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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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