California Fly Fishing
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Trinity River: A few bright fish showing
up below Junction City, but most of the Steelhead
being caught are half-pounders, or downers. The
fishing for Steelhead and Browns on the upper runs,
above Douglas City has been fair to good using: Dry
Fly Fishing: March Browns - #12 to 14,
Callibaetis - #14 to 16, BWO - #16 to 18, and Stonefly
- #10 to 12 dry fly imitations. Nymphing: Golden
Stone - #8 to 12, Assorted color Stones - #10 to
14, PT's - #12 to 16, Bird's Nest - Black, Hare's
Ear - #12 to 16, AP Nymph - Black, Hare's Ear and
Olive - #12 to 14, Micro Mayflies - Assorted colors
#14 to 18, Caddis Pupa - Assorted #12 to 16. Streamer Fishing: Swinging small smolt patterns,
Pimps, Woolly Buggers and Bunny Leeches - #4 to
8 have been producing some nice Brown Trout and
a few adult Steelhead. Full Sinking Line: Intermediate/clear,
Type 2 or 3 with 15' sink tip.
Lewiston Hatchery will soon be starting their annual releases
of Salmon and Steelhead smolt. The "Fly
Fishing Only" section opens April 1st and
is a good time for beginners and kids to learn the
fundamentals of fly fishing! Don't forget, it's
barbless hooks, and "Catch and Release Only."
Lake: The fishing has been slow, due to dirty water released from Trinity Lake. The following are fly selections for the lake. Dry
Fly Fishing: Midge
adult and Emerger patterns - Black #14 to 20, Blood
Midge - #16 to 18, Olive #18 to 20, Griffith Gnat
- #14 to 18, Callibaetis - Emergers, Loopwing, &
and Paradun - #14 to 16, Black Ant - #12 to 14,
Beetles - #12 to 16, Adams - #14 to 16, Callibaetis
Spinner - #14 to 16, Midge Pupa/Black, Red, Olive
- #14 to 20 fished in the film on floating lines
with 12-14' leaders, and 4X-5X tippets. Nymphing: Wiggletails
- Peacock and PTs - #14 to 18, Callibaetis - #14
to 16, Scuds - Olive, Amber, Olive/Brown, Olive/Tan
- #12 to 16, Bird's Nest - Olive, Tan - #14 to 16,
Black - #16 to 18. Full Sinking Line: Intermediate/clear,
Type 2. Streamer Fishing: Bunny Leeches - Olive,
Black, Brown and Blood - #8 to 12, Pimps - Peacock,
Olive - #6 to 10, Crystal Buggers - Black, Olive,
Brown, Peacock, Tan and Blood - #6 to 12. Full Sinking
Line: Intermediate/clear Type 3 or 4.
Lake: Has been fishing well with Midge
and Blue Wing Olive activity, and a few Callibaetis
are hatching, mid-morning to mid-afternoon. Working small Nymphs on a floating line, or
Intermediate/clear sinking line will always produce
some action. Working a Nymph, Leech, or Woolly Bugger
deep on a Type 3 or 4 sinking line is always good
for a few serious grabs when there isn't alot going
on the surface.
River: The season opens on the last Saturday
of April (30th.) I'm expecting it to open with a
bang! The Dry Fly Fishing should be good, right
out of the box! I'll keep you updated, as we get
closer to the opener.
Creek: Opens on April 30th, I think the riffle
section is going to fish well.
I'm not sure what to expect from the meadow section, due to restoration construction.
Reservoir: Is very sensitive to the lake level
and flows. I will be fishing Keswick in the next few weeks, and will have an update.
River: Or, should I say, the NEW PIT RIVER!
With the new flows allocated for the river, nothing
is, as it was. This is a totally new piece of water
that will need to be learned, all over again. If
you thought the river was tough to fish before,
the flow changes have made some of the runs Dangerous!
Approach the river, and fishing with Caution! Wade safely, and Good Luck!
River and Upper Sacramento River: Are blown
out, at the moment, and the shape they will be in
at the end of April is going to depend on the amount
of snow coming out of these storms. I will do a
report on these rivers, as we get closer to the
regular fishing season.
Sacramento River: The Rainbow Trout are in
the peak of their spawning season. I have
heard from reliable sources that the Caddis and
Mayfly hatches have been good. I, personally,
like to give the fish a bit of
a break this time of year, during spawing season.
DATES for prime time on these waters can fill rapidly.
If you have specific dates in mind to fish this
Summer...contact me, so we can get them booked!
Just got back from
a great Steelhead trip in BC. The weather wasn't the
greatest...lots of rain and snow melt...the rivers
blew out...but we did manage a few days of productive
fishing...Here's some photos! Also, here is a couple
of photos from trips on the Fall River...just before
going to BC.
This is the latest
update on where and when I will be fishing for Trout
on the Fall River and when I will start fishing
for Steelhead on the Trinity River...
here. If you have some dates in mind or want to know
what's available...CALL ME...let's get them on the
books!! The Trinity River is having a good
run of King Salmon this season and from the reports
I have been hearing, we are looking to have a good
run of Steelhead, also.
Fall River: August
fished Great!! and September has been fishing very
good, also...Dry fly and nymphing. I still have several
days open in October...and many of you know, October
is a great time to fish and spend time on the Fall
for Fall River and Trinity River: I will be guiding
on the Fall River until October 21st. I will
then be focused on Steelhead fishing the Trinity
River until March.
Now until the third
week of October: I will spend most of my time
on the Fall River with a few trips on the Trinity,
in early October. If you have questions about fishing,
gear, flies, or booking a fly fishing trip, do not
hesitate to call or e-mail me.
As always, I am looking
forward to fishing together, again.
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UPPER FALL RIVER:
The Spinner Fall is going on the upper river from
Fish Camp to above Spinner Fall Lodge. This starts
about 7:30 PM, lasting for 2.5 - 3 hours, depending
on the wind with Brown or Olive Quill Spinners #16
& 18, Rusty Spinners and Brown or Olive Loopwings
working well. Mid morning to mid afternoon, BWO #18
& 20, and PMD's #16 & 18 are hatching in the
areas of the river with weed beds. A few caddis are
starting to show in late after noon and evenings with
Olive, Tan or Black Emergers and Dries #16 & 18
most productive. Dead drifting nymphs during the day
using PTs, Caddis Pupa, Hare's Ears and black APs,
swinging small, soft hackles on sink-tip and full
sinking lines. Stripping streamers and leeches in
the deeper holes and runs can be productive.
MID FALL RIVER:
Dry Flies: Brown or Olive Quill body and Rusty
Spinners #18, 20 & 22; BWO Paraduns, Loopwings,
Cripples and Emergers size 18 & 20; Light Cahill
#20 & 22; Duns and Emergers, PMD Paraduns, Loopwings,
Cripples and Emergers #16 & 18. Nymphing:
Dead drift PTs, Olive and Brown Hare's Ear #16, 18
& 20 or swing Wiggletails, soft hackle PTs; Olive,
Black & Tan Hare's Ears #14, 16 & 18 on sink-tip
and sinking lines. Streamer fishing is productive
in the deeper runs, also.
LOWER FALL RIVER:
The "Hex" hatch should be starting any
time, being a evening grab with alot of action. The
daytime hatches have been very sparse; best bet is
to fish sinking lines with streamers, leeches and
HAT CREEK: Some
dry fly fishing in the morning: Spinner Fall, Brown
& Olive Quill #18 to 22; evening hatches of small
PMD, Creamy Orange Mayflies, Caddis and Little Yellow
Sallies, Mayfly dries, Paradun, Cripple and Emergers
#14 & 16; Nymphs, small PTs, Caddis Pupa and Emergers,
small Yellow Stone Nymphs.
TRINITY RIVER: High
and clear...too high for fly fishing. The river is
slowly dropping and should be fishable by the end
of the month. There are a few Salmon in the lower
RIVER & MCCLOUD RIVER, UPPER SACRAMENTO RIVER,
LEWISTON LAKE and KESWICK RESERVOIR: No report.