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Baum Lake

Baum Lake is the bomb right now! Relatively light pressure has been the norm with fish coming up to eat up top on the warmer days. Look for Blue Wing Olives and midges in the mornings, fish your nymphs under a dry/dropper rig or tight line them in the seams. Definitely bring your dry rod and throw some small Adams, #18 and smaller, or your favorite BWO dry. Sinking lines with Wooly Buggers and ZT's Balanced Swimming Leeches are a great choice to get some big fish. Small nymphs under a dry dropper is the best way to get a high number of fish without scaring the trout in there. 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

- Courtesy of The Fly Shop

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Bucks Lake

No current report

Eagle Lake

Anglers are getting ready for the lake to turn over and the fish are still in deep water feeding on tule chubs in 25-40 feet of water while hanging on structured bottom and rockpiles.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

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Eagle Canyon Lake

Here is a report from the group that fished Eagle Canyon today: "On our annual return trip to the Eagle Canyon, we had another  great time chasing those huge rainbows that populate the two lakes. The  best bite took place from the time we arrived at 8:30 am to around 11:00  am. Both lakes were producing. The fish were taking leech patterns in  black or purple (size 6-10) and copper johns in sizes 10- 14 stripped in  slowly behind an intermediate line. The bite slowed down during midday  (perfect for our lunch break) but then picked up again in the evening.  Dark leech patterns and hares ear nymphs were the ticket during the  early evening bite. The fish caught yesterday ranged from 5-12 pounds  with several in the 7-9 pounds range. They were very fresh and put up a  very good battle when hooked. We look forward to another return  trip to Eagle Canyon in the future."

- Courtesy of:

Confluence Outfitters
Andrew Harris
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Fall River

Report: The California Dept of Fish & Wildlife has adopted the statewide changes to the fishing regulations. The good news is that Fall River is open as of yesterday to trout fishing. We have not been up there, but we will be checking it out and will update the report.

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

The flows are dropping back down after rising to 2400 cfs to assist the plant of 1,000, 000 salmon smolts to make their journey down the river into the main Sacramento from their release point at Boyd’s Pump. The flows were at 2094 cfs on Sunday, but they will drop precipitously. The rising water and the salmon smolts brought schoolie striped bass into the river, and trout patterned lures are effective when the schools are moving with the smolts. The majority of stripers are males with the larger females yet to arrive in numbers. If the flows are raised again this month, more linesides will make the trek into the river.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

https://www.wonews.com/

Hat Creek

Report: The California Dept of Fish & Wildlife has adopted the statewide changes to the fishing regulations. Hat Creek from the Powerhouse 2 Riffle down to Lake Britton is open to fishing all year, catch and release. We have not fished it, but there were some nice mayfly hatches yesterday. We will get up there to fish it and get the page updated as soon as we can.

If you do go and fish, please keep an eye out of the spawning fish in the Power House 2 Riffle area. That is the only place they can spawn.

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!

Iron Canyon Reservoir

Report: Iron Canyon Reservoir is usually a good option if you want to get away from crowds. Fish the areas around the water release and you will have current to make a drift in. San waun worms and small nymphs like pheasant tails and zebra midges will always produce a strike as well.

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

Report: Not much has changed here since the last report. Keswick is in good shape and fishing well. Look for smaller offerings up in the faster water towards the dam with S&Ms, Two Bit Hookers in black and olive producing well. Olive Wooly and Crystal Buggers work well too on sinking lines.

Stripping leeches and buggers on a type VII full sink line works great here. Fish going over 20" happen! Releases out of Shasta Dam have been stable. Good place to hire a guide though. Finding these fish requires some special knowledge and a boat.

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

- Courtesy of The Fly Shop

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Keswick Reservoir is known by the locals to be challenging, different and quite special.  It warrants a guided trip for the eager angler ready to catch trophy wild Rainbow and Brown Trout.  It consists of 9 miles of water and is located between Shasta Dam and Keswick Dam where its purpose lies in moderating the conditions in Shasta Lake and the Sacramento River as well as its demands to downstream irrigation and power commitments.  Due to the important role it plays in Sacramento River water management, the lake level can fluctuate throughout the day presenting challenging yet exciting fishing conditions. It is safe to say that this fishery gets very little fishing pressure due to its limited access.  Being a capable caster is essential to success, 30ft+ is recommended. Small Midges are the go-to here but we also fish leaches, caddis, small mayflies and bait fish imitations. The average trout is 16” and 25 inchers are not uncommon. Keswick Reservoir looks like a spring creek up on the top and a lake at the bottom. The season to fish this year-round fishery is best from February through July.

- Courtesy of HarvestWild

HarvestWild
Aaron Grabiel
530-356-2189
info@harvestwild.com
www.harvestwild.com

Klamath River

The Klamath River at Weitchpec is flowing 9,284cfs. This is a decrease of 714cfs. Iron Gate Dam is releasing 1,059cfs. The Weitchpec area is still closed to the general public because of the COVID 19. Fishing in the Seiad Valley would possibly be good but one has to access the river from I-5 due to the slide on Hwy 96. Above I-5 the Klamath should be good fishing for down runners and trout.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

https://www.wonews.com/

Report: The steelhead season on the Klamath is probably on the way out. We'll be keeping our eyes open for the Salmonfly hatch later this spring. Good flies are always Rubberlegs, look to throw some smaller offerings like Pheasant Tails, Copper Johns and Psycho Princes. You can still get your Spey on in the winter. While most runs are not deep, a Skagit and sink tip combo will help you slow down your flies to give the fish a long look. Brett's Klamath Intruder is a great fly, if there is color or the visibility is lower the Black & Purple variation is perfect. Give us a call here at The Fly Shop if you would like to a great trip on 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

- Courtesy of The Fly Shop

The Fly Shop
800-669-3474
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Lake Almanor

John Crotty of Quail Lake Lodge said, “Boat traffic has been off the charts, and it will only increase over the next few weeks with numerous bass tournaments scheduled. The Canyon Dam boat ramp remains the only public boat ramp, and I counted 32 trailers in the lot on Saturday, and we have not heard of an official opening date for the USFS public ramp at Almanor West. There are reports of 50+ boat bass tournaments in the next few weeks which will make for crowded conditions at best. Bass boats are struggling to catch fish as are trollers. The Hamilton Branch remains your best shot at catching mature fish from shore. Trollers continue to catch more browns than bows, and the quality of fish is superb with browns approaching the double-digit mark. Rainbows remain elusive, but insects are hatching throughout the lake, and I would expect the rainbow bite to improve over the next few weeks. As boat pressure increases, our boat ramps are going to get crowded, and patience will run thin. Regretfully Saturday, I witnessed firsthand a complete disregard for posted USFS rules and boat ramp etiquette as a fellow fisherman set up camp in his cab over camper in the Canyon Dam parking lot and left his boat in the water over night attached to the only public boat ramp on Lake Almanor on perhaps the busiest day of the season this year. Please be prepared at the ramp, offer your assistance if needed and be courteous, don’t let a bad experience at the boat ramp ruin your day on the water! The water temperature raised another couple of degrees this past week and is quickly approaching the fifty-degree mark. Snow at lake level is melting quickly and our smaller creeks are depositing water into the lake. Lake level currently sits at 4481 approximately three feet less than last year, visibility has increased to 8 to 10 feet.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

https://www.wonews.com/

Lake Oroville

Oroville has been producing the largest grade of kings, and Rusty Chester of Topcoat Flashers landed a 10.2- pound king while trolling a white P-Line hoochie behind one of his custom double-sided flashers in fluorescent and Forest Green at 60 feet on a set back of 60 feet between 1.8 and 2.1 miles per hour. Craig Newton of Will Fish Tackle said, “Oroville has been kicking out quality, but the numbers are limited with a good score from 3 to 6 kings per boat. Trolling has been the better technique with pearl hoochies or a tube bait behind a 6-inch flasher as mooching hasn’t picked up yet. The bass are grouping up along the shorelines in small pockets, and the reaction bite has improved. Angler’s Press will hold the next large bass tournament on April 17th. The Bidwell Canyon, the Spillway, and Lime Saddle ramps are open with Loafer Creek remaining closed. Updated information available at 530-538-2200. The lake rose from 39 to 41 percent despite a brief period of water releases down the Feather River to push the salmon smolts out of the low water.


THERMALITO AFTERBAY: According to Sorensen, this shallow impoundment is very cold, causing the largemouth here to be lethargic and hard to catch. He doesn’t expect it will be worth the effort to fish it until the warmer temperatures of spring arrive.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

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Lewiston Lake

Report: With the Trinity and Lower Sacramento Rivers fishing well we haven't received any reports from this lake recently. However, this is the time of year Lewiston will fish really well, and with good weather in store and warming days, you should definitely give it a look. Callibaetis will begin to come off in the shallower sections. Bring your #14 Adams and look for the fish to chase down hatching insects at the intersection of the old stream bed. To keep yourself busy waiting for that action, throw a black or brown Crystal Bugger, stripped in you can have a stellar day. Midges fished under an indicator or stripped slowly with an I-Line is always an effective method.
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

- Courtesy of The Fly Shop

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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

https://www.wonews.com/

Manzanita Lake

Report: Manzanita Lake is closed to any wading, swimming, or soft sided watercraft due to a dangerous otter.


The park has received substantial snowfall, the highway through the park has been closed for the season. It may be a good time to look for alternatives. Luk Lake has trout in it and fishes great all winter.


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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https://www.theflyshop.com/

McCloud Reservoir

This gem of a lake is full of opportunity and trout, both Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout call this river home.  There is a strong hatchery program for Rainbow Trout and a healthy wild population.  Sight cast to cruising trout or stripping streamers while blind casting to the bank can produce both trout species that McCloud Reservoir homes.  Nymphing can be productive as well as dry fly fishing Callibaetis and terrestrials.  This river fishes well year-round and can be a great fall back option as well as a destination all to itself.  The Lake has a beautiful blue green hue that takes your breath away.  The mouth of the McCloud can be very good and fishes like a spring creek.

- Courtesy of HarvestWild

HarvestWild
Aaron Grabiel
530-356-2189
info@harvestwild.com
www.harvestwild.com

Report: The forest is open again and McCloud is one of the good places to chase trout in a stillwater. Go up to the river inlet and fish a Balanced Leech under an indicator and you will be hooked up quickly. Stripping streamers near log rafts can be effective this time of year. It's a popular place, but worth it!

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

he California Dept of Fish & Wildlife has adopted the statewide changes to the fishing regulations. The McCloud River is open to fishing year round, catch and release. The river is fishing well, fish are eating anything you put in front of them, they aren't picky right now. Good bets would be Rubberlegs, Green Drake and PMD nymphs. Take some Missing Links in the #14-16 sizes, fish are eating up top when the hatches are strong.

- Courtesy of The Fly Shop

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Modoc County Fisheries

Report provided by Modoc Outdoor Recreation and Tourism:

For anglers fishing close to home and following pandemic-mitigation recommendations, the arrival of spring weather has turned on the bass bite at Modoc County lakes on the Devil’s Garden and elsewhere. Just choose your lake, throw a weedless rig and be patient. There are so many great bass and crappie options in Modoc County it is impossible to list them all. The early trout opener at the end of April will let Big Valley residents try their luck on Ash Creek. There is nothing like a walk through the wildlife refuge to a hole that might hold a lunker brown trout. Please do your part to help Modocers stay healthy. Fish in your local community only. Do not travel to rural communities until shelter-in-place orders are lifted. Many of us need to fish, but small rural hospitals just cannot keep up as they can in larger communities. Please do your part and save your trip for later.


Northern California: by Luke: Walk & Wade Options in Northern California

Of the many things I love about fly fishing in northern California, the diversity of both fisheries and techniques has to be two of the stand outs. Dry fly? No problem. You want to use a spey rod and swing flies? Sure thing. Tight line nymphing? We got you covered. Indicator nymphing? Of course. The opportunities abound and no matter what technique gets you excited or what type of water you want to fish, there are plenty of options to make it happen. From tailwaters to spring creeks to freestones, you can find the perfect escape. And what's more is that there are options throughout the year, with some of the *best* fly fishing happening in the spring! The insect hatches start to get pretty crazy and there are still plenty of big fish to be caught. Guests on a number of fisheries have had chances to catch some great fish on just about every method available. One day due to the massive caddis hatch, we were able to throw double dries for a couple of hours and caught a bunch of fish up top. On another day we were swinging soft hackles and hooking nice trout using trout spey tactics. Northern California has incredible options and you just can't beat the weather right now! Book a trip today on one of our many options and don't forget that walk and wade trips can be extremely effective and you can catch some really big fish.

- Courtesy of:

Confluence Outfitters
Andrew Harris
888-481-1650
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Pit River

Winter on the Pit can be touch and go. With the recent rain snow the tributaries will be adding water to the river and some color. The turbidity gage above Lake Shasta is showing lower visibility, so if you plan to go we would recommend going to Pit 3 or 4. Flows from Lake Britton on Pit 3 have been hovering around 400 CFS for the past week or two, you should expect to see some variable releases over the next month. As the days become longer, look for the springtime hatches to commence. March and April are great months to fish the Pit. Good flies are Rubberlegs in Black and Brown, and the Amberwing Prince Nymph. Find the pocket water and high stick everything you can reach. Sculpins stripped in the deeper pools this time of year can find some bigger fish.

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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800-669-3474
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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. 

https://www.theflyshop.com/adventures/private.html

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!

https://confluenceoutfitters.com/destination-map.aspx

Harvest Wild

HarvestWild offers guided fly fishing, gear fishing and instructor led clinics. HarvestWild is based in the heart of the west coasts most abundant fishing. In Northern California, we have bountiful rivers, lakes, reservoirs, and streams which collectively offer fishing 365 days a year in some of the most picturesque settings.

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Sacramento River - Lower

The Lower Sacramento River is firing off. Fishing is great! It was snowing 2 weeks ago and its now high of 72 this week! Spring time caddis should pop.  If that happens this can be some of the best dry fly fishing of the year.  These warmer days are making it good for caddis hatches with fish getting up into the riffles and holding in the tail outs and snacking on hatching bugs. For the Caddis, the go-to flies are olive Poopah and Lower Sac LaFontaine. Baetis patterns are still working well, like Two Bit Hookers and S&Ms, in black and brown should do the trick. Also, try small Tan Birds Nest, and Rubberlegs. Get out and fish this place. Winter is an overlooked time to fish the Lower Sac. Send us an email or call to book!

- Courtesy of HarvestWild

HarvestWild
Aaron Grabiel
530-356-2189
info@harvestwild.com
www.harvestwild.com


Report: Really quick update to the report. The. Fishing. Is. On. Fire.
Big PMDs have been coming off with some small black Caddis emerging up near the Sundial Bridge. A lot of good nymphs are working, Mercer's jigged nymphs, the PMD Jigster in particular. Peaches n' Cream, Sweet Peas, Yellow Sucker Spawn, and at times the smaller Jigged Bird's Nest. I don't think it matters too much as long as you put your flies in front of the fish, they are hungry and on the chow. We are feeling a little bit ill as we type this, may have to call in sick tomorrow. If you see heads poking up taking emerging PMDs make sure you have a cripple pattern, the PMD Challenged in #14 & #16 work wonders. Baetis patterns still in the mix are Two Bit Hookers. We expect to see stonefly shucks on the pilings soon. Give us a call if you would like to practice some social distancing on our favorite river!

- Courtesy of The Fly Shop

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Some days it feels like the stars are perfectly aligned and everything goes as planned – well today was one of those days for my guests Ron and Steve. Not only was the weather perfect, but the fish were chowing their flies all day long! It’s always fun when there is friendly banter between fishing partners, and I had a front row seat for some great razzing today. Ron and Steve both hooked a TON of really great fish – some made it to the net, some broke their hearts, but it was simply an amazing day of fishing that will be hard to forget for all of us! The fishing should continue at this level through May, so if you’re thinking about booking a spring trip – there’s no need to wait any longer!

- Courtesy of:

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

Sacramento River - Upper

Report: The Delta Fire ran through the lower end of the Sacramento River drainage above Shasta Lake in 2018. Any time there is any rain in the forecast be extra cautious if you go to stay upstream of the Slate Creek drainage as heavy downpours could cause slides and debris flows.

We are seeing some nice fish and good water to fish on the Upper. The longer days are helping push some mayflies to begin coming off in good numbers. In addition to the Blue Wing Olives, we are seeing Callibaetis, Pale Morning Duns and March Browns when the conditions are right. Keep your eyes peeled for the Golden Stones, larger emergences will be happening soon. With some rain in the forecast, you should not let this slow you down. We haven't seen the river blow out completely for weeks, but the cloud cover and additional color in the river will allow you to get closer to the fish. Dry dropper rigs will work great in the shallower water, and keep your eyes peeled for rising fish, bring your smallest Adams for this. Swinging in the lower river has been getting some solid results with the rainbows moving up out of Lake Shasta. Sculpin and shad patterns are equally effective.

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

The Fly Shop
800-669-3474
info@theflyshop.com
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Shasta Lake

Jeff Goodwin of Jeff Goodwin’s Guide Service reported good action most days for rainbow trout, brown trout, and Kokanee salmon.  I’ve been targeting big browns mainly, but the rainbows and kokanee salmon are showing up in the mix. The big news is that we’re catching kokanee salmon daily now, and they are 13/14 inches and as clean as they get.  We’ll see 18/19-inch kokanee before summer ends this year for sure. The plankton in Shasta is very abundant, and the kokanee are stuffed. The water temperatures have dropped to around 56 degrees, but with more warm weather on the way combined with lower-than-normal lake levels, we’ll see Shasta warm up quickly. John Boitano of JB Guide Service said, “The bass are migrating to the banks to spawn, and they are cleaning beds. There are shallow fish in 2- to 5-feet of water as they are cruising to make beds. Plastics are still working best, but there are also bass taken on steep rock walls with glide baits. The minnow bite has also been outstanding with Phil’s Propellers selling as many as 5500 minnows per week. The public docks of Centimudi, Sugar Loaf, Jones Valley, and Packer’s Bay are open. The lake rose slightly to 53 percent.

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If you haven't fished Shasta Lake before but you still want to fish for trout on the big river then book 2 days!   One day on the Lower Sac and one day on Shasta Lake, odds are you wont be disappointed.  So fun!  The lake should turnover soon if this happens fish should get up shallow and there will be some big bites out there.  The Bass are schooling at Shasta now so fishing is great once you find them.  These Spotted bass are one of our favorites to target and they are great table fare. It’s a no brainer for a fun day of catching.  Don't forget the Tapatio for the fish tacos afterward.  Give these line rippers a chance to wear you out.

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Aaron Grabiel
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Report: The bass bite is on right now with the shad colored Float 'n Fly bin emptied on a regular basis. This is also a great fly for the trout in the lake. The lake is low, if you are on foot you should find good places to fish near Jones Valley if you would like to get away from the crowds. Stripping Wooly Buggers and suspending Float 'n Flies under an indicator are good techniques for now. If you are lucky and in a boat, watch for the birds and go investigate. There are some nice trout being caught right now in Shasta!

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Siskiyou Lake

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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Trinity Lake

There are a few Summer fish adults hanging around the Douglas City area as well as some reports of the elusive Trinity River brown trout being caught around Lewiston. The Fly water below the dam is a great spot to find juveniles ready to make their migration down stream. Every day the reports have been slowly getting better so give Chris or Bryan a call to book a trip with the Trinity River Experts.

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Small swimbaits and soft plastics are still dominating and there have been good numbers of quality largemouth and smallmouth bass being caught consistently through the past week.

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Trinity River

Trinity River has been picking up after this past storm, getting the winter-run moving.  There are adults and half pounders throught the system and the March Brown hatch is just begining so its a great time to enjoy this breath taking river.  We do expect to see a push of fish in the coming weeks with the weather changes. Similar to other drought years this place will fish best late February through early April.  If you miss the Trinity and want to visit this picturesque river, we would love to take you out. Our go-to flies are Black or Brown Rubberlegs with a may fly nymph below it.  Contact us for a guided trip. Group trips welcome!

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Aaron Grabiel
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After a good week guiding the Trinity and Lower Sac I spent my last two days on the Trinity with Phil and Leann. We had a great time fishing the Trinity in beautiful weather with decent fishing. Leann was able to land one of the few she hooked and it was her personal best for steelhead. Still some nice fish around. Phil got some nice fish also as we enjoyed our days in good weather after a stormy week. Phil and Leann met on a fishing trip and the rest is history with numerous fishing adventures. I can't wait until we get out again sometime. Clients can make your day. Spring fishing is ahead get out and play! Dates available!

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Andrew Harris
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Fish are still to be had in the top sections down to Junction City, for sure. Top flies will become more varied as spring rolls around, good Callibaetis and March Brown hatches are happening with some smaller fish coming up to eat at the surface, take some Parachute Adams and a dry rod for some fun Fish Golden Stones and your favorite dropper like a Psycho Prince. The #10 TB Solitude Stone is a good one. The Jigged Psycho Princes are excellent. The two-handed rods should get some fun now with the increased flows, you'll want to use tips to get your flies down. Give Bryan or Chris a call if you would like to book a guide.

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The lower Trinity is green with flows holding steady at around 3,200 cfs on the Hoopa gauge as of Sunday. Like the Klamath, fishing pressure has been light. Reportedly anglers fishing from the South Fork to Willow Creek are finding quite a few half-pounders. There should be plenty of hungry, spawned-out steelhead making their way down as well. Should be in prime shape all week.

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Whiskeytown Lake

Anglers working the weed lines are catching bass. Topwater is effective early and late according to John Boitano of Phil’s Propeller. He said anglers who know the weed lines are doing well with finesse baits, cranks and spinners.

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