Shasta Cascade Fishing Report

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Baum Lake

5/28/22

The lake is now fishing very well. A big turn around in the past week now has some very large fish being brought to the net. Midges in the morning are a definite staple here, fish the red or black Zebra Midges and make sure you have all of the sizes from #14 - 18. Some BWO's are also coming off on the cloudy days, so the smaller black Two Bit Hooker or the Jigged Micro May work well. There have been ants and termites falling in this neck of the woods, the Carpenter Ant and Flying Ant patterns are good patterns, but the dark Missing Link in #12 & 14 can be a key offering when it's going down. Bring all of your smaller Adams and Parachute Adams, you should get a chance to cast over some noses here. 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

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Bucks Lake

No Current Report available. Here is some information about Plumas County lakes and current contact information.

https://plumascounty.org/Camping-Bucks-Lake

Plumas County
info@plumascounty.org | 530-927-5180

Eagle Lake

6/1/22

The opening weekend was challenging with high winds throughout the lake, but trollers that were able to get out found great action near the Ronald McDonald Campground with orange trolling flies, Thomas Buoyants in copper/red, or orange grubs. The store at the Eagle Lake Marina will be closed until a new concessionaire is located. All campgrounds with the exception of Christie will be open. The bathrooms at the Gallatin Marina will only be open during Memorial Day Weekend. The ramp has been extended 20 feet, and large boats can be launched, but with the lake’s historic evaporation, the launch will be problematic by late August.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

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Eagle Canyon Lake

4/6/22

Here is a fishing report from longtime Eagle Canyon guest Rocky: "Eagle Canyon fished really well. Had a few lulls, but steady fishing  throughout the day. The highlight of my day was catching fish on dry  flies. I think in all the years I've been fishing there, I only caught  one fish on a dry. Monday it was multiple fish. Was fishing a dry  dropper at the end of the day (#18 PT under a 14 Parachute Adams).  Really was just using the Adams as an indicator. Low and behold, they  start smacking the dry. Landed dozens of fish throughout the day.  Balanced Leeches, Squirmy Wormies, Zebra Midges all caught fish. Thanks  again for your great guides and great locations. Can't wait to do it again."

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Fall River

4/13/22

Stripers continue to trickle in with the Tisdale area between Star Bend and Beer Can Beach holding some of the better fish.  Water flows at Gridley down from 3618 to 3108 cfs.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

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5/27/22

A small weather system will be moving through the area this weekend with some west winds up in the Fall River valley. Despite the wind, this should really get the mayflies hatching. Look for some residual Green Drakes and a ton of PMDs to come off. Look for a spinner fall in the morning followed up with the hatch coming off mid day. The Rusty Spinner #14, Mercer's Missing Link in PMD and the PMD Challenged should have you covered for now. For nymphing, the Crystal HBI, Mercer's PMD Jigster and a plain ol' Pheasant Tail in #14 - 16 will get the fish eating your fly. Swinging and stripping scuds and leeches is also a good technique in the deep holes. We have some windy weather in the offing, but the Fall is fishing!


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

6/9/22

Art Teter and Mike Wright are ready to guide you on northern California's biggest and best spring creek this summer.  Fish nymphs, streamers and dry flies for big wild trout in the shadow of Mt. Shasta.  Our guides fish multiple techniques and are great instructors.

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Confluence Outfitters
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6/1/22

Shad fishing has been decent, but the larger schools have yet to show. This fishery starts later than the American but should pick up in June-July, and last through August. The flows at Gridley are 2685 cfs.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

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Hat Creek

5/23/22

Brian: Over the past three weeks, I’ve had several trips on Hat Creek, the McCloud, and the Upper Sac. The flows are very wadable, the water temps are in the low-mid 50’s, and all three rivers have fished very well for my guests. Euro nymphing has been the most productive technique for my guests, but we’ve also done very well fishing dry-dropper rigs, and you will always catch fish on an indicator rig. The dogwood trees are blooming along the McCloud, which always makes this a special time of year. If you’re interested in learning a new technique, or perfecting what you have already learned – let’s book a walk-wade trip on any of our amazing rivers!

- Courtesy of:

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

5/27/22

The weather this weekend is looking good for some rain on Saturday and some wind as well. The good thing is it should not affect the creek to a large extent. The last of the Green Drakes will be emerging or ovipositing and you can throw Harrop's Last Chance Cripple or the Comparadun for the adults. Make sure you have Adams or Parachute Adams in #18 & 20, Rusty Spinners, and a crippled PMD pattern like Zach's Milla Time May. On the Powerhouse 2 Riffle, #16 - 18 Dark Missing Links, and the Lower Sac LaFontaine will work well. The Salmonflies are beginning to come off, so bring your dries to plop on your favorite riffle, they should be going gangbusters north of Hwy 299.

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

4/8/22

If the visibility is decent, this could be a good destination to hook a ton of rainbows. We have not had any recent reports, most anglers are chasing steelhead right now. We'll keep you posted when we do get eyes on the lake.

Hot Flies:

Dry Flies:
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

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(Image: Nor Cal Fish Reports)

Keswick Lake

5/21/22

No recent reports on Keswick, the clarity should be much improved from the past two months. Keep an eye out for the submerged bedrock as this will eat your lower end up. A dark Olive Woolly Bugger is a good fly. San Juan Worms under an indicator or your favorite Baetis nymph pattern. if you are dead drifting for fish works wonders.

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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Klamath River

5/23/22

The lower Klamath is green and in great shape. The river was rising slightly Sunday and there should be some steelhead around. Most have made their way down after spawning. Springer season on the lower Klamath opens July 1. Flows on Sunday were 10,800 cfs at the mouth of the Klamath, 6,600 cfs at Orleans, and 2,300 cfs further upstream in the Seiad Valley.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

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No current report  

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Marble Mountain Guest Ranch
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4/21/22

No recent reports on the upper Klamath, the flows from Iron Gate have been ramped up and are coming back down. Currently the releases are 2,000 CFS. We'll be keeping our eyes open for the Salmonfly hatch which should be coming up shortly and will report that when it happens.

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

The Fly Shop
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Lake Almanor

6/1/22

John Crotty of the Almanor Fishing Association said, “The water temperatures ranged between 59 and 60 degrees and clarity is unchanged at 8 to 12 feet.  The trout bite has been inconsistent good one day not so good the next. I have been mixing up speeds and presentations as dictated by the weather/winds. Slow trolling plastics and crawlers at 1 mph, flies at 1.7 and hardware at 2.5-3 mph. I vary setbacks based upon conditions and presentations 60- to 80-foot setbacks when slow trolling and 130 feet when fast. White or Olive Arctic Fox trolling flies, red/gold & red dot frog Speedy Shiners and part of a mini crawler on a size 8 bait hook are my favorites. The trout remain scattered throughout the lake with the largest concentration of fishing pressure taking place in the north/west section of the lake between the Peninsula to Prattville north. The bass bite remains good with reports of smallies over 5 lbs. Hamilton Branch remains your best shot at catching quality fish from shore. We are still a couple of weeks away from the Hex Hatch on Almanor, if you want to get a jump start on the Hex fishery, we typically see hatches on Butt Lake a week or two prior to Almanor. Road construction is ongoing on all roads leading to Almanor with controlled traffic and delays. The USFS opened the public ramp at Almanor West on Friday which will alleviate congestion at Canyon Dam.”

Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

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Lake Oroville

6/1/22

Joseph Orozco of Bass Union reported 50 to 60 fish days remain the rule, but the bass are thin in post-spawn stage. Top water lures along with moving baits such as spinnerbaits, jerkbaits, or underspins are working. The best quality of bass are coming on the Bass Union Finesse Football Heads paired with twin-tailed grubs. King salmon action is starting to head up, and kings from 18 to 25 inches are being found at depths from 60 to 80 feet in the dam area by rolling anchovies anchovies or white hoochies behind an 8-inch green/chrome 360 Tornado Flashers. Loafer Creek is the best launch, but the Spillway is back open with 6 to 7 lanes and plenty of parking. Lime Saddle launch is another option as there is plenty of access on the lake. The lake dropped to 55 percent.

THERMALITO AFTERBAY: No Current report.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

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Lewiston Lake

5/21/22

This could be the go-to lake in the next few weeks. The early spring is the time to find the fish working the edges of the flats looking for emerging mayflies. It may be a little early for Callibaetis, but don't forget to take several sizes of Adams from #12 - 16 just in case. Balanced Leeches and Wooly Buggers in brown, black and olive will get you a lot of action, there are a ton of dragons and damsels here. Stripped slowly, or under an indicator, this will be you go to method to hook up. If you have a motor, head up and fish the dam outflow, it can be spectacular.

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

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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

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Manzanita Lake

5/28/22

The lake is quickly warming up and the fish can be found cruising the shallower areas near the shore. Don't forget to check out the shallow areas of the lake. If you spend time observing, you will see them rising to take emerging mayflies and ants. The Mahagonies and Callibaetis are not really coming off in droves as of yet, but it would be a good idea to have some duns in your box in size 14. Zebra Midges, Balanced Damsels and #14 - 16 PTs fished under indicators or on an I-Line are good methods right now.

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

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McCloud Reservoir

5/27/22

A lot of people are fishing the lake right now. Visibility is right around four to five feet. Fishing Balanced Leeches under an indicator always works up near where the river enters the lake, black and brown seem to be the best colors. Zebra Midges stripped slowly on an I-Line is a time honored tactic on this lake.
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 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

6/8/22

I had a great day on the McCloud with my guests Rusty, and his brother Paul.  Rusty and Paul hooked multiple fish in each of the spots we fished. They both landed a bunch smallish fish (8” – 10”), but they also landed several in the 12” – 14” range. We were focusing on indicator nymphing today, but euro nymphing is also highly effective. We saw lots of salmonflies in the bushes and a few flying around, but there was no surface activity where we were fishing. The McCloud is an amazing fishery and should be considered a “bucket list” destination for every fly angler!

- Courtesy of The Fly Shop

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Modoc County Fisheries

Report provided by Modoc Outdoor Recreation and Tourism:

The drought is hitting Modoc hard. Some lakes that are at the basis for great fishing in Modoc County are low enough to challenge boaters at the launch and the river has not run high all year. Surprisingly though, the fishing has not suffered… yet. As a mater of fact, low lake levels have made targeting bass and other warm water species like, well, shooting fish in a barrel. A fly angler recently landed a 5.5 pound largemouth from shore on a Devil’s Garden lake. Kids get hooked on the lifestyle when 20-fish days are common, as they are right now. Trout are kegged up in deeper holes in rivers and streams making them almost too easy to target. All in all, it is a great time to be an angler in Modoc County. Just pray for rain before it all goes away…

Here are a few tips for low-water fishing:

•Please remember fish do not do as well when released in warmer water, especially trout and other cold water species.


•Play fish intended for release as quickly as possible, wet hands and keep fish in the water to maximize survival after release.


•Think about keeping a few smaller fish where regulations allow to lessen the drought’s impact on others left behind.


•Remember fuels are dry! Don’t start a wildfire that could impact all kinds of habitat, including already-stressed fisheries.


•Always leave an area better than you found it. Increased visitation means increased trash and other waste. Public servants cannot always keep up due to declining budgets and soaring demands. Please do your part!


Northern California: May 23, by Brian: Intermountain Streams Report

5/23/22

Over the past three weeks, I’ve had several trips on Hat Creek, the McCloud, and the Upper Sac. The flows are very wadable, the water temps are in the low-mid 50’s, and all three rivers have fished very well for my guests. Euro nymphing has been the most productive technique for my guests, but we’ve also done very well fishing dry-dropper rigs, and you will always catch fish on an indicator rig. The dogwood trees are blooming along the McCloud, which always makes this a special time of year. If you’re interested in learning a new technique, or perfecting what you have already learned – let’s book a walk-wade trip on any of our amazing rivers!

- Courtesy of:

Confluence Outfitters
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Pit River

5/28/22

PG&E will be performing maintenance on the bridge over Lake Britton Dam from April 18th through September 2nd. You will have to go around on Clark Creek Rd to the north, or access Pit 3 from Big Bend in the meantime.

Meanwhile, flows on Pit 3 remain high and will for the foreseeable future overtopping the dam. Flows below the Pit 4 dam and through Big Bend on Pit 5 are high, but doable in some places. If you want some fantastic fishing you should check out the Upper Sac or the McCloud in Ash Camp.
As always, the flows on the Pit can and will change without notice, so definitely check before you go! And be prepared to get out when the river begins to rise.


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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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. 

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Reports from The Fly Shop Private Waters:

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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!

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Sacramento River - Lower

6/12/22

We have been picking up fish from mid morning-on. The flows from Keswick Dam are at 4080 cfs and staying consistent now. This means more hook ups, with an average of 25 to 30 fish a day.
Now that the days are hotter,  the fish are holding in the deep runs/holes and riffles.
We are hooking up under our custom made Invisible Strike Indicators. With dead drifting and swinging in the riffles and tail-outs it's a really productive way of hooking fish!


Flies Used
#16, #18 Gold Beaded Black or Brown Expoxyback Pheasant Tail Nymph.
#16, #18 TLC’s Gold Beaded & Nonbeaded, Crackback-Green or Orange.
#16, #18 TLC’s Gold Beaded Steelblue Caddis Nymph.
#18 Gold Beaded Peaches & Cream.
#16, #18 Black or Brown Birds Nest w/Black Bead & Non beaded.
#16, #18 Bubble Back Caddis
#16, #18, Beaded head CDC Dun.
#12, Black Beaded head Golden Stone.
#8, Brown Rubber Legs..

Eggs Used
#10, Pettis Unreal Egg, Peach and Salmon Egg Colors.
#10, Glow Bugs, Peach and Salmon Egg Colors.

- Courtesy of:

Tightline Connection
Randy Doughty
(530) 339-2281
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6/2/22

Kevin: Ben Thompson, Tom Mahan, and I hosted a great group of guys from the Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club.  They were good and both angling and casting so lots of fish were put in the net.  Group trips are lots of fun for clubs, families, coworkers, or just about anybody.  Plan a trip today!

Additional info 6/9/22

Flows are anticipated to stay low, which basically extends our excellent spring fishing conditions indefinitely.  Right now you can catch plenty of fish on a dry/dropper rig and indicator nymphing remains the top producer.  Dry fly opportunities abound on the lower river.

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Confluence Outfitters
Andrew Harris
888-481-1650
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5/27/22

The river continues to fish well particularly below Bonnyview through Jellys Ferry. We are still seeing PMDs coming off, but the Caddis are definitely becoming the dominant bug. Mercer's Poxyback PMD & Jiggy PMD, Peaches N' Cream, and the Crackback nymphs are still working day to day. Dominant offerings are the Jigged Bird's Nest, regular Bird's Nest, #14 - 16, brown Rubberlegs in #8 & 6, and the black Perdigon. As hatches intensify you will be able to head hunt towards the evening, definitely break out the soft hackles because there is nothing like the grab on the swing!

- Courtesy of The Fly Shop

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Sacramento River - Upper

5/28/22

While it was windy down here in the valley, anywhere north of Simms was definitely calm enough to fish. We have seen some major ant emergences in the past week. If you see any around, and big splashy rises, chances are they are eating ants. Any winged ant pattern should work well as long as it is the correct size, bring #12 - 16 offerings like the Flying Ant, Carpenter Ant, and Schlotter's Ant. And the dark Missing Link in #14 - 16 is always effective and during ant falls can be deadly. Oh, and there are a bunch of Salmonflies coming off in and around Dunsmuir from Prospect up through Cantara. Otherwise, PMDs and midges are hatching. Good nymphs now are Mercer's PMD Jigster, #18 Zebra Midge, the Perdigon, and the #18 Olive Hotspot. Also Rubberlegs. Bring some Adams #14 - 18s to cover your bases. Some of these fish are pretty aggressive, so swung and stripped Sculpin patterns are definitely a good idea now.

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

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5/5/22

The Trinity River is in spring flush now with high flows to clean out river and spawning habitat. Flows will drop to fishable flows by mid month and to summer flows of 450cfs in third week of May. The fly only section above Lewiston bridge will have some wade fishing opportunities for half pounder steelhead and possibly brown trout. You can dry fly fish or nymph, swing. This section can be fun on light rods. Maybe you will get lucky and find a spring/summer run steelhead. I am also thanking all the clients that fished with me in the 21/22 season. It was an epic season! One of the best seasons I have had on the Trinity with 400 plus adult steelhead released by my clients. I offer nymph and swing trips or combos of both methods. Now is a good time to start making plans for fall/Winter 2022/23! Get on the books for next season and don't miss out! Thanks and good fishing, Peter

- Courtesy of:

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

6/1/22

The bass are post-spawn, aggressive, and will devour just about anything that you throw at them. Main body bass will hit topwater lures, crankbaits, spinnerbaits, plastics, or jigs. There is a good topwater bite in the mornings and evenings. Anglers fishing the trees have done very well using surface baits like the Whopper Plopper or Berkley Choppo.  Trout action remains very good trolling at a depth of 15 to 20 feet with light pressure. Many anglers have shifted over to the kokanee bite at Whiskeytown. The water temperatures are coming up and the warmer water is bringing the shad down into the lower lake. The kokanee bite remains slow. The lake held at 40 percent.

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5/21/22

More and more bass are looking up! You can begin to throw topwater patterns with confidence you will get some grabs on the surface. Fish back toward the shore for sure, but don't forget to chase the fish down if you see a shad ball boiling. The Float 'N Fly under an indicator is the go-to method for now. Any color pattern is working. If you would like to fish on the bottom, a good sinking line fished back towards the bank bouncing a crayfish pattern will work very well in the shallower dropoffs and banks. The Warpath Whammy Craw in olive or orange is a good pattern for this. Fish will eat Clousers as well, don't forget those. And we'll keep on you about going up into the tributaries where you can fish dry dropper setups with your favorite dropper, keep your eyes peeled and match the hatch.

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Siskiyou Lake

For informational purposes:

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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Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association

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(800)474-2782

Trinity Lake

No current report.

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6/1/22

Bass and kokanee action is still good, but lake levels continue to fluctuate. The lake dropped to 30 percent.

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Trinity River

5/5/22

The Trinity River is in spring flush now with high flows to clean out river and spawning habitat. Flows will drop to fishable flows by mid month and to summer flows of 450cfs in third week of May. The fly only section above Lewiston bridge will have some wade fishing opportunities for half pounder steelhead and possibly brown trout. You can dry fly fish or nymph, swing. This section can be fun on light rods. Maybe you will get lucky and find a spring/summer run steelhead. I am also thanking all the clients that fished with me in the 21/22 season. It was an epic season! One of the best seasons I have had on the Trinity with 400 plus adult steelhead released by my clients. I offer nymph and swing trips or combos of both methods. Now is a good time to start making plans for fall/Winter 2022/23! Get on the books for next season and don't miss out!Thanks and good fishing,Peter

- Courtesy Confluence Outfitters

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

5/28/22

The Lewiston Dam releases have subsided to 450 CFS which is where they will remain until October 15th. There are fish in the system right now, and while the water temps remain below 65 degrees, you can go try to latch onto one of these seafaring trout!

Hot Flies:
Dry Flies:
• Harrop's Last Chance Cripple - #18

Nymphs/Wet Flies:
• Pat's RubberlegsBrown and Black, #4-8
• Mercer's Poxyback GB Hares Ears - #8-14
• TB Solitude Stone - #8
• Lance's X-May - #16, Brown
• Mercer's Gold Bead Biot Epoxy Golden Stone - #8-10

Eggs:
• Clown Egg - #4-10
• M.C. Redd Reapers
• Micro Spawn Eggs - Pink & Salmon Egg
• Boles Bazookas - #8

Streamers & Leeches:
• Beadhead Crystal Buggers - Any
• CH Kiwi Muddlers
• Freshwater Clouser - Any

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The Fly Shop
800-669-3474
info@theflyshop.com
https://www.theflyshop.com/

6/1/22

Flows are dropping slowly on the lower Trinity following light rain last week. Fishing conditions are good, and they should continue to improve this week. There are some trout being caught in the Willow Creek area. As of Sunday, flows were 2,850 cfs on the Hoopa gauge.

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Whiskeytown Lake

6/1/22

The kokanee bite remains incredible with few changes to techniques or baits as trollers using Trinidad Tackle’s T-PEX with chartreuse and gold black dot willow blades behind a small blue/white Fish Bone Sling-Blade dodger, on short 8– to 14-inch leaders continue to score near the Whiskey Creek mouth or Oak Bottom. Paulina Peak Tackle’s Spinner Micro Hoochies in pink/blue with gold or silver blades also working.

The bass bite remains very good with plenty of big fish holding shallow and both males and females on the beds. Work the shorelines with larger crankbaits, plastics, or bump along the shoreline using crawfish patterns with a skirt. The lake level is 97 percent.

- Courtesy of Western Outdoor News

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Northern California: Intermountain Streams Report

5/23/22

Over the past three weeks, I’ve had several trips on Hat Creek, the McCloud, and the Upper Sac. The flows are very wadable, the water temps are in the low-mid 50’s, and all three rivers have fished very well for my guests. Euro nymphing has been the most productive technique for my guests, but we’ve also done very well fishing dry-dropper rigs, and you will always catch fish on an indicator rig. The dogwood trees are blooming along the McCloud, which always makes this a special time of year. If you’re interested in learning a new technique, or perfecting what you have already learned – let’s book a walk-wade trip on any of our amazing rivers!

- Courtesy of:

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

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