Northern California Stream Report

There are several hundred miles of rivers, creeks, lakes and streams within easy striking distance of The Fly Shop® in Redding.

It’s not surprising that quite a bit of water is set aside as fly fishing only, catch-and-release, with special closures and regulations designed to help ensure that the fishing around here will stay good for generations. The Fly Shop staff will custom-tailor the day and guide to your ability and interests, putting you on the best local water.

Trout and steelhead fishing here isn’t a season; it’s a way of life at The Fly Shop®, and we’ve got fine fishing nearly 365 days of the year. Whether it’s a beautiful spring or fall day, blistering hot mid-summer afternoon, or snow-covered winter morning, we’ve got the staff and the guides that can handle it. We’ll also help with flies and equipment, lodging, and transportation if you need it.

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Fall River Report

Upated:  November 16, 2017

Report: The Fall River season has ended. Check back with us in April for a preview of the opener. In the meantime, have you heard of the Pit River? There is some great fishing on the Pit in the fall through the winter.

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Hat Creek Report

Updated:  November 16, 2017

Report: Hat Creek has closed for the season. Check back before the opener in April and we’ll get you up to date on what you can expect.

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Klamath River Report

Updated:  March 25, 2018

Report: Iron Gate releases are up, currently the flows are 1,900 CFS, a little high. We expect that the river will continue to give up an adult steelhead or two for those who will brave the drive up. With this much water, the fish may be a little more difficult to touch, but as long as the river clarity holds you should be able to hook an adult. Later, in late April, we'll be looking for signs the Salmonfly hatch will be beginning.

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

Lower Sacramento River Report

Updated:  April 18, 2018

Report: The flows have been steady for the past few weeks at 3,250 CFS from Keswick. On Friday, April 20th, they will increase releases to 3,750 CFS. This is a small increase and shouldn't have a huge effect on the fishing. It has been fishing great, we are continuing to see some big PMD hatches along with some BWOs, midges and small black Caddis. Some Salmonflies have been hatching, so a Rubberlegs wouldn't be a bad fly to tie on below big riffles. Another point we should make is we are seeing some newcomers to the lineup vis-a-vis our insect menu, keep your eyes peeled on sunny days for some of the bigger Hydropsyche Caddis that usually come off during the summer. The Yellow Sally Stonefly hatch is right around the corner.
Swinging Olive Leech or Sculpin patterns can work well in the riffles. Make sure you look for rising fish in riffles and back eddies where the insects pool up. The top bug for PMD hatches up top has been the PMD Challenged.

Access To the Lower Sacramento
The Lower Sacramento has many publicly accessible areas with good wading opportunities when the flows are below 7,500 CFS. Stop by the shop and we'd be happy to point you in the right direction.

Fishing Large Rivers Can be Frustrating
There are many great places you can get in and wade this blue ribbon tail water. Having said that, the absolute best method to fish the Sac is from a drift boat. Aside from being able to access all of the water, you can fish the long runs on a dead, perfect drift which is deadly on these legendary wild rainbows. And who would be a better oarsman than one of our Professional Guides? They know every nook and cranny of the river, what insects are and will be hatching, and the setups and methods that will get you onto the fish of a lifetime.

Recommended Equipment & Setups
Most of our fishing, whether from a drift boat, or wading when the releases are low enough, is done dead drifting nymphs. The Fly Shop's Signature Indicator Rod is nine and a half feet of indicator nymph fishing perfection designed by our professional staff right here on the Lower Sac. Teamed up with a 6 or 7 weight Scientific Anglers Amplitude Anadro Floating Fly Line or a Rio Intouch Xtreme Indicator Fly Line it will put a center pin rig to shame.

Hot Flies: 
Dry Flies:
Mercer's Missing Link, #18 Dark,
Mayfly Cripple - Limestone #18,
Norman's Loopwing - BWO

Nymphs/Wet Flies:
CB Birds Nest - #14,
Mercer's Micro May - #14-16 Brown,
Mercer's Poxy Back PMD - #16,
Bubbleback Caddis, - Olive #16,
Pat's Rubber Legs - #4-8

Eggs:
Micro Spawn - Peachy King, Shrimp Pink,
Boles Bazookas - Shrimp Pink, Peachy King

McCloud River Report

Updated:  November 16, 2017

Report: The McCloud has closed for the season. What a season we had! Come check this section out in April for the season forecast. In meantime, you should check out the Upper Sacramento or Pit Rivers. Both of these freestones fish great in the winter!

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Pit River Report

Updated:  April 8, 2018

Report: We were hoping to see this river drop into shape soon, but we'll have to wait a little longer now. Flows on Pit 3 remain high at 515 CFS, and in Pit 5 through Big Bend they are over 1,500 CFS. Clarity isn't, the turb gages tell us it's still dirty. Check back next week for an update, we're just as anxious to get up there and fish for these footballs as anyone else!

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

Trinity River Report

Upated:  April 8, 2018

Report: The season is just about done over on the Trinity. There are still some opportunities to go after the smolts and some of the last adults up in the fly only section above the Old Bridge in Lewiston. The atmospheric river dumped some warm rain onto the snow pack, so the river blew below Rush Creek yesterday. It is dropping back into shape today and should be in down to Steel Bridge Campground by tomorrow if not this afternoon.
The BOR will be releasing some pulse flows this month, so check out the flows and the flow schedule before you head over to the Trin.

Trinity River Flows:
Trinity River Releases from Lewiston
Trinity River Flow at Pigeon Point

Shuttle Services:
• Bill & Caryl Dickens (Gold Coast Shuttle) at 530-623-1905 or through their website at goldcoastshuttles.com

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

Upper Sacramento River Report

Upated:  April 8, 2018

Report: The little Pineapple Express made it's way through the north state and left some much needed water in it's wake. The flows on the Delta gage bumped way up past 5,300 CFS yesterday. It is dropping down through 2,500 CFS today with the turbidity gage showing it is clearing. If you go, try up above Castella, you'll find safer water to fish up there. Throw some Dark Lords, Black Rubberlegs, Golden Stones and Zebra Midges.
By the way, the Lower Sacramento is fishing very well. Hatches. Dry fly. Just sayin'.

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

Baum Lake Report

Updated:  April 8, 2018

Report: Baum Lake continues to fish well. The Callibaetis are beginning to come off consistently. Tie on a Parachute Adams if you see that happening and throw to the risers. Otherwise, Griffith's Gnat will entice these to bite. Zebra Midges, Woolley Buggers and Pheasant Tails will always get the job done up on Baum. If you are doing some pre-season scouting in the area, this is a great place to check out.

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

Iron Canyon Reservoir Report

Updated:  April 8, 2018

Report: Iron Canyon Lake would probably be a good place to avoid for now, the road getting in and out is probably pretty muddy. We haven't checked it out lately. Give it a couple of weeks to dry out and it should be a great place to get some warm up action prior to the general Trout Opener.

Hot Flies: 
Dry Flies:
Para Spinner - PMD or Trico, 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

Keswick Reservoir Report

Updated:  March 22, 2018

Report: Keswick continues to fish well with fish falling to midges and small mayfly patterns under an indicator. Fish are grabbing Woolley Buggers and streamer patterns. Shasta Dam releases have fluctuated between 0 and 15,000 CFS daily over the past two weeks. This doesn't affect the fishing, but can make it sketchy if you aren't prepared. Keep your wits about you!

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

Lake McCumber Report

Updated:  March 22, 2018

Report: Lake McCumber is pretty cold right about now. Shingletown received quite a bit of snow recently. Next week things will begin to warm up again, so we'd wait until then.

The fish are not really big. Comprised of planted rainbows, some brown trout.

Lake McCumber is surrounded with tall conifers, enveloped in clean crisp air and watched over by soaring eagles with sharp talons. A medium sized impoundment, the lake is considered "just right" for tubers, prams and Goldilocks.

Access To Lake McCumber
This lake is just east of Shingletown north of Highway 44. Take Ritts Mill Rd and follow the signs to the public access. This little reservoir is best fished using a float tube or small pram. If you'd like the details, please stop by the shop on your way up and we can help with directions.

Fishing Still Waters Can be Intimidating
At first. Knowing where and when to go as well as what setups and presentations will work at any new location can be difficult to figure out. For many, this is part of what makes fishing ne locations a lot of fun. For those who would like to get ahead of the learning curve, we have a professional guide staff that excels on still waters and push you over the hump.

Recommended Equipment & Setups
Getting around on a lake or small pond in one of the Outcast Fish Cat 4-LCS really puts you in touch with the environment and is small enough that you can put one in the trunk of a small vehicle so you'll never have an excuse for not going. For the Cadillac experience and a craft nimble and large enough for small rivers, the Outcast Fish Cat 9-IR pontoon will get you just about anywhere you would ever want to go in style.
Of course, you won't be out on the lake just for a thigh or upper back workout. To begin with, The Fly Shop's Signature H2O Fly Rod/Reel/Line Outfit is one of the best deals on the west coast. The 6 wt. with a weight forward, floating line will tackle most situations you will encounter on the still waters up here in and around Redding whether you are throwing dries to rising fish, suspending midges or a Balanced Leech under an indicator or stripping a Damsel Leech. An additional Fly Shop L2A Reel with an Intermediate Sinking fly line will have you covered when you want to fish deeper on those blue bird days.

Hot Flies: 
Dry Flies:
Parachute Adams - #16-18, Galloup's Cripple Callibaetis, Quigley's Cripple - Callibaetis

Nymphs/Wet Flies:
Hula Damsel - #16, Zack Attack Damsel, Skip Nymph, BK Laser Midge - #18-16, Mercer's Midgeling - #18, Burk's Sierra Damsel, Zack's Zallibaetis, Hogan's S&M - Brown #16-18, GB Half-Flashback PT - #16-20

Streamers & Leeches:
Freshwater Clouser - Olive/White #6, Zonkers - #4, Beadhead Mini Leech - Any, Beaded Micro Buggers - Any

Lewiston Lake Report

Updated:  April 8, 2018

Report: Lewiston remains a good option right now. More Callibaetis will come off when it's sunny. Find the edges of the old river channel and fish that drop off. The dragon fly nymphs are very active right now, so to take a break from fishing midges, try stripping a Brown or Olive Woolley Bugger on an I-Line. Better yet, tie on a Balanced Leech and fish it under an indicator. Brown is a good color on this little reservoir.

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

Manzanita Lake Report

Updated:  April 8, 2018

Report: Manzanita Lake is now Ice Free! Yay! However, we haven't fished it or heard any reports yet. When we do, we'll let you know what's going on. This lake can fish pretty well right after the ice melts. Throw some midge patterns or a Balance Leech under an indicator and you should do just fine.

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

McCloud Reservoir Report

Updated:  April 8,2018

Report: We haven't heard any recent reports from McCloud Lake, but we will get up there and fish it soon. The log piles near the dam are a great place to look for cruising ‘bows, throw streamers to get them chasing from underneath. Fish San Juan worms near the river inlet, this system is lousy with aquatic worms.

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

Pyramid Lake Report

Updated:  April 8, 2018

Report: The lake is getting good reports right now. A lot of fish are being caught with a few large ones coming to the net. All of the good flies are working, Balanced Leeches, Popcorn Beetles, Chrinomid Bombers, etc. Beware that the bite turns on and off for no apparent reason, so plan to spend some time on the ladder to be there when it's on!

Hot Flies:  Pyramid Beach Leech - #8, Zack's Cut Bait Midge, Rich's Moo-Midge - #8, Mahalo Nymphs, Popcorn Beetle, Midnight Cowboy, Zack's Pyramid Minnow

Antelope Creek Lodge Report

Updated:  April 9, 2018

Report: We are excited getting ready to open the lodge for the 208 season! This winter has been relatively mild, but the precipitation we've had has done wonders for the entire ranch. The lakes and creek are in great condition. We have some openings in the early season, so if you've been waiting for an opportunity to experience this premiere lodge, great fishing and food in a beautiful location in early May, give us a call.

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Bailey Creek Lodge Report

Updated:  November 27, 2017

Report: While the creek is closed for the season, you can still get on both lakes for some great still water action. Midges, leeches and small mayfly nymphs are the ticket. Fish them on an I-line, floating line stripping them in, or under an indicator. These tactics all work. You can't go wrong at Bailey Creek.

Hot Flies: 
Upper Lake (Bass):
Whitlock's Swimming Frog, Beaded Micro Buggers #12, Wiggle Minnow, Mini Popper - Any #12, Crystal Buggers - Any #4

Lower Lake (Trout):
Dry Flies:
Fat Albert - #14, Ant Misbehavin', Norman's Loopwing - Callibaetis, CDC Dun - Callibaetis & BWO, Midge Hanger

Nymphs/Wet Flies:
Rainy's Water Boatman, Crystal Buggers - Any, BH Halebopp Leech - #8, Freshwater Clousers, GB Flashback PT - #16-20, Mercer's CB Micro May - #16-18, Chromie - #16-18, Beaded Zebra Midge, BK Lazer Midge - #16-18, Mercer's Gidget

Battle Creek Report

Updated:  November 27, 2017

Report: Battle Creek has closed for the season. We had a fantastic season once the runoff subsided with a great hopper hatch. We're looking forward to next year, so check back in April for a preview of next season.

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Bollibokka Report

Updated:  November 27, 2017

Report: Bollibokka is closed for the season, and what a season it was! We saw some large fish caught in the last half of the season and an awesome October Caddis hatch. We are all looking forward to seeing what is in store next year!

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Circle Seven Guest Ranch Report

Updated:  November 27, 2017

Report: Bollibokka is closed for the season, and what a season it was! We saw some large fish caught in the last half of the season and an awesome October Caddis hatch. We are all looking forward to seeing what is in store next year!

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Clear Creek Ranch Report

Updated:  November 16, 2017

Report: Another great season is in the books at Clear Creek Ranch! If you are hankering for a chance to wet your line in solitude you should check out Sugar Creek Ranch. We hear there are some bruisers cruising the ponds there.

Hot Flies: 

Gold River Report

Updated:  January 11, 2018

Report: The last storm bumped all of the north coast rivers and added some color. The Smith is a little low and clear, but this next storm should bring it into great shape. It's that time of year, the winter run fish will be coming now no matter what. Now's the time to go if you want to touch a chrome bullet.

Hot Flies:  #2 Burnt Chicken in Black, Pink or Purple

Hat Creek Ranch Report

Updated:  November 16, 2017

Report: While the general trout season has closed, did you know that you can still fish the ponds on Hat Creek Ranch? No? Well, it's open all winter. Check with us if you'd like to get away to this cozy little cabin for a winter retreat.

Hot Flies: 
Dry Flies (Lake):
Bionic Ant, Carl's Foam Ant, Barr's Dropper Hopper, Dave's Foam Hopper, Adult October Caddis - #8, Foam October Caddis - #8, Potter's October Caddis - #8, CDC Dun - #20 BWO, Mercer's Parachute Profile Spinner - BWO, Mercer's Missing Links - #16-18, Tilt Wing Dun - PMD, Yellow Stimulators - #8-16

Nymphs/Wet Flies & Streamers (Lake):
GB Flashback PT - Olive #14-18, Mercer's CB Micro May - Black #14-18, Beaded Zebra Midges - Black #18, Burk's Crystal HBI, Mercer's Glass Bead Micro Mayflies - Any, Chromie - #18, Mercury Black Beauty - #20

Luk Lake Report

Updated:  January 24, 2018

Report: Luk Lake continues to fish well. We’ve had best luck fishing midges and red Copper Johns under an indicator. But, don’t let that stop you from fishing Crystal Buggers in Olive, Black and Brown. The bite has been good on these patterns. And a Balanced Leech under an indicator is deadly. We’ve seen some big fish in the net!

Hot Flies: 
Dry Flies:
CDC Duns - BWO, Adams - #12-20, Humpy - Yellow, Purple Para Wulff

Nymphs/Wet Flies:
Chan's Chironomid Bombers - #12, Mercer's CB Micro May - #14-18, Black A.P. - #14-16

Streamers & Leeches:
Zack's Zallibaetis - #14-16, Zack's Swimming Leech - #8, Beadhead Crystal Buggers - Any

Bass Flies:
Mini Poppers - #12, Beadhead Crystal Buggers - Any

Oasis Springs Report

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Hot Flies: 

Pedrotti Ponds Report

Updated:  November 28, 2017

Report: The top water bite is pretty much done for the season and with a storm bringing cloudy skies and cooler temps, it should put the last nail in the coffin. However, the fish are stacking up on ledges and ambush points eating fry and small baitfish. Find the spots and you will have fun stripping streamers.

Hot Flies: 
Poppers & Topwater Flies:
Mini Popper - Any, Mr. Hankey - #4-6, Silver Shiner Popper - #6

Streamers & Leeches:
Meat Whistle - Black or White, Crystal Bugger - Black #4, Mercer's Poxyback Crayfish - Any, Beaded Micro Buggers - #12, Foam Tail Werm - #2/0, Mercer's Poxyegg Leech - #4, Egg Sucking Bunny Leech - Black #2, Freshwater Clousers - Black & Chartreuse #6

Rock Creek Lake Report

Updated:  April 9, 2017

Report: We are happy to report that Rock Creek Lake continues to look better an better every year. The oaks and manzanita continue to fill in. The fish weathered the winter in great shape with a few making their way up into the creek to spawn. We see fish cruising for Callibaetis and midges, we're sure the termite bite will happen soon, so if you're heading up to the lake in May make sure you're packing some ant patterns.

Hot Flies: 

Spinner Fall Lodge Report

Updated:  November 16, 2017

Report: The Fall River season has ended. Check back with us in April for a preview of the opener. In the meantime, have you heard of the Pit River? There is some great fishing on the Pit in the fall through the winter.

Hot Flies: 

Sugar Creek Ranch Report

Updated:  April 8, 2018

Report: The ranch is really beginning to come alive this spring. We are seeing increasing numbers of mayflies coming off, Callibaetis and some March Browns. The fish are crusing the weed beds looking for damsel nymphs and midges. Good flies are #14-16 Red Zebra Midges and Olive & Brown Balanced Leeches. Stripping a Zack Attack Damsel with an I-Line will work well too. As early as it is, black beetle patterns are a go-to pattern especially in the afternoon hours when the breeze picks up. Come explore this great little gem!

Hot Flies: 
Dry Flies:
Parachute Adams - #14-16, Cathy's Super Beetle, Norman's Loopwing - BWO, Tilt Wing Dun - BWO, Mercer's Missing Link - #14-18

Nymphs/Wet Flies:
Black A.P. - #14-16, Mercer's Glass Bead Micro May - #22, Zack's Zallibaetis - #14-16, Mercer's CB Micro May - Black #14-18, Chromie - #16-18

Streamers & Leeches:
JGF Translucent Wiggle Tail, Zack Attack Damsels - #14, Burk's Sierra Damsel - Olive #12

Wilk's Pond

Updated:  November 28, 2017

Report: The top water bite is pretty much done for the season and with a storm bringing cloudy skies and cooler temps, it should put the last nail in the coffin. However, the fish are stacking up on ledges and ambush points eating fry and small baitfish. Find the spots and you will have fun stripping streamers.

Hot Flies: 
Poppers & Topwater Flies:
Mini Popper - Any, Mr. Hankey - #4-6, Silver Shiner Popper - #6

Streamers & Leeches:
Meat Whistle - Black or White, Crystal Bugger - Black #4, Mercer's Poxyback Crayfish - Any, Beaded Micro Buggers - #12, Foam Tail Werm - #2/0, Mercer's Poxyegg Leech - #4, Egg Sucking Bunny Leech - Black #2, Freshwater Clousers - Black & Chartreuse #6

Booking a Guide for Local & Private Fisheries

To book a guided trip on one of our private waters or regional lakes or streams you can call us or send us a message here info@theflyshop.com. Call us and we will connect you to Bryan, Zach or Nick. They will get you all set up to get on the water with just one, sometimes two phone calls (800) 669-3474