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.

We are open for business starting May 15, 2020!

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Fall River Report

Upated:  October 27, 2020

Report: Some Callibaetis are going on The Fall with a good spinner fall in the morning. Check out some of the slower stretches in the lower river for these guys. Mid mornings the PMD hatch comes on and lasts through mid day to the early afternoon. Zug Bug down are some good places to look for this action. These generation mayflies are smaller, size 14 & 16, so choose between the PMD Challenged or the Last Chance Cripple or Film Critic and time your presentation just right. Damsels and Dragons are present. Zug Bugs, Zack's Balanced Damsel or a plain old olive Crystal Bugger will get fish on the swing or strip back. In some of the deeper holes you can swap out your floating line with an intermediate sinking line. Who doesn't like some good dry fly action?

Hot Flies:  TB Drowned Rusty Spinner, PMD's, Norman's Wiggletails, Pheasant Tails, Mercer's Missing Link, Zug Bugs, and Leeches.

Hat Creek Report

Updated:  October 15, 2020

Report: Hoppers are on the menu on the lower riffle section, so the straight up hopper-dropper is a good setup to try. Up in the spring creek section, Tricos are falling in the mornings. Observe where the fish stack in to gulp these guys in seams and the small back eddies off of the current and feed a Trico Spinner to them. The Drowned Trico can be deadly under a small dry like a yellow Humph. Blue wing olives are keeping the fish looking up and the dry fly fishing has been consistent till noon on most days. These fish are shy and have seen a lot of artificial imitations, you'll have to get creative to fool them.

Hot Flies:  TB Drowned Rusty Spinner, Rubberlegs, Sweet Pea Jigged Baetis, Pheasant Tails, Mercer's Missing Link, and Green Drakes

Klamath River Report

Updated:  October 15, 2020

Report: The skies have cleared and the fishing is getting better and better in the upper section of the river. The top section below Iron Gate has some traffic now, but the fish numbers are beginning to bubild. Fishing on the Lower Klamath near the mouth has been exceptional. If you would like to see some of the beautiful wilderness that this region has to offer and get into some chrome bright steelies on the swing, take a look at Gold River Lodge on our private waters page. The Middle river has been fishing as well with good numbers of both half pounders and adults showing up. Nymphing tactics have produced with rubber legs and eggs. Swinging flies like the Ho Boh Spey or skating a muddler minnow will produce exciting grabs through out the system.

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:  October 27, 2020

Report: Fishing up top around Redding is still good with salmon continuing to spawn. Further down the river we are getting into some nice hatchery steelhead. Aside from the eggs the fish are keying on midge pupae in the morning. Baetis begin to emerge later in the day with some Glossosoma Caddis, the little black Caddis coming off later in the day. Small Zebra Midges in black and red, and your favorite Baetis nymphs in black or brown #16 - 18 S&M/Shot Glass/2 Bit Hooker/Twisted Tactical May all work right now. This is one of the best times to get up and and fish the Sac!

The Fly Shop does not offer a shuttle service. Kim at Sac River Shuttle can get your shuttle done seven days a week. You can reach her at (530)782-9090

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:  October 14, 2020

Report: This river always fishes well in October and this year has been no exception. Some big fish have moved up into the Nature Conservancy. The October Caddis are beginning to really emerge in numbers in the Ash Camp area just below Lake McCloud. Swing the October Caddis Pupae during the day, fish Mercer's Skating October Caddis during the evening for vicious grabs. Otherwise, it is still midges in the mornings with small Baetis nymph patterns like the 2 Bit Hooker, Twisted Tactical Mays, and the Glass Bead Micro May in Black working. Aquatic worms are abundant now, cream San Juan Worms are good patterns. Hoppers are around, swap your Chubby Chernobyl out for a hopper on your hopper-dropper rigs. October is great up on the McCloud!

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Pit River Report

Updated:  October 27, 2020

Report: Pit 3 flows, from Lake Britton down to the Pit 4 dam will be unseasonably high through December 7th varying from 800 CFS up to 2,800 CFS. Flows below in Pit 4 - 7 can likewise become higher than normal.

The fish on the Pit are still stacked up in the heavy riffle sections and fast pocket water. With continued cool nights, they will start to drop back into the slower runs for the fall. Until they do, break out those long Euro sticks and drop a dark colored jig fly of choice into some white water and hold on! There will still be some good dry fly action in the evening is you haven't already worn yourself out or have packed up and headed to the flats at Hat Creek, but going deep is still the name of the game under the midday sun.

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:  October 27, 2020

Report: The fish continue to arrive from into the mid and upper sections of the river. The largest concentrations of fish will be from Junction City down thorough Willow Creek. Some salmon are spawning, if you find them throw eggs and a Rubberlegs to get hooked up. While nymphing will usually produce some action on the Trinity, the Fall is the time to get out the long pole and do some swinging. Skating muddlers will produce some exciting surface action, while a small poly leader will get your fly down into a better strike zone for these migrators. Skate the shadows all morning with a muddler or Hoody's Hanger and fish the high sun with a dark traditional wet or Hobo Spey in black and blue. We expect to have a good November this year on the Trinty! Give Bryan or Chris a call if you would like to book a guide.

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

Access To the Trinity River
The Trinity has many publicly accessible areas with good wading opportunities during the steelhead season. Stop by the shop and we'd be happy to point you in the right direction.

Steelhead Fishing Can be Frustrating
These anadromous rainbow trout are known as the 'Fish of a Thousand Casts.' For good reason! The learning curve can be quite steep learning when and where to go, and what type of water to target. Our Professional Guide Staff has decades of experience guiding the Trinity River for steelhead. A day spent with one of our guides will get you up to speed much more quickly.

Recommended Equipment & Setups
Early Summer Run Steelhead on the Trinity River will take swung flies readily. Spey rods are becoming an increasingly popular method to swing flies. The Fly Shop's Signature Spey Rods are an economical way to get into a great Spey rig. Add a Ross Cimmaron II Fly Reel and a Scandi shooting head, a leader, tippet and fly and you'll be in business.

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:  October 27, 2020

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.

The entire Upper Sac is fishing well right now! The October Caddis are still coming off around Dunsmuir. The river is skinny, but you can tight line or use a dry-dropper rig to put your favorite October Caddis Pupa pattern in front of fish. In the evenings fish a stimulator in yellow or orange in the soft edges when fish will take the ovipositing adults. Midge pupas and Baetis are still the staple on this river if you are dead drifting nymphs. 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

Baum Lake Report

Updated:  October 16, 2020

Report: There has been some dry fly activity in recent days with blue wing olives coming off mid morning. 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. Go to dry's are the Parachute Adams, Mercers Missing Link, and Griffith's Gnat. As a dropper put on a small pheasant tail or zebra midge.

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:  October 16, 2020

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.

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

Keswick Reservoir Report

Updated:  October 16, 2020

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

Lake Shasta Report

Updated:  October 16, 2019

Report: Lake Shasta will be getting ready to do its late summer flip as we move into Fall. As the Bass follow the warm water to the depths, the trout and shad will make their way up to the surface. With cooler nights in our future, look for some bait balls to produce some great trout action stripping streamers like a Clouser minnow or hang a jigged shad pattern under a float and fly rig.

Hot Flies:  Hot Flies Coming Soon!

Lewiston Lake Report

Updated:  October 16, 2020

Report: The forest is open again and the air quality has improved dramatically. This time of year you will see fish keying on midges and chasing stripped leeches and Crystal Buggers, olive and brown are to great colors. Baetis hatches along with some lingering Callibaetis can get you some dry action on warmer days. Fish the drop offs from the main channel, you can spot cruising packs of hungry rainbows for sight fishing action.

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:  October 16, 2019

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

The park is open and the lake should be fishing well. Look for diminishing hatches as the fall progresses. Mahogany Duns have been coming off all summer and you will see the fish rising when the hatches are occurring. Bring size #14 - 20 Parachutte Adams to target these rising fish. Damsel flies and midges are abundant on this lake, so stock up on those to throw and strip during slack times. For the big browns, and there are a few, an intermediate sinking line with a big, black leech is a good offering.

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:  October 16, 2020

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!

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:  October 21, 2020

Report: Pyramid Lake will open to fishing on November 2nd. We'll get you a report as soon as we hear from some anglers.

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:  October 16, 2020

Report: We have wrapped up another great, but challenging season! We look forward to opening the ranch up again next season. Check with us for the 2021 season's availability if you would like to experience some great still water and stream fishing in safe, secure environment.

Hot Flies: 

Battle Creek Report

Updated:  October 16, 2020

Report: Late October through the end of the season is THE time to fish this ranch! Flows are great, the days are cooling off and the fish are eating preparing for winter and the spawn. We see some salmon and a few steelies make their way past the weir, so you got that going for you. Battle Creek fish are a sucker for small dark nymphs and flies like the Dark Lord or a black Pheasant Tail nymph are deadly. As the days get shorter and cooler, keep this gem on your radar... it fishes best in October and November. If you would like to seal your fate with a wild rainbow trout this fall, give Chris or Bryan a call in Outfitters to get on this wild creek!

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Bollibokka Report

Updated:  September 5, 2020

Report: Conditions are perfect on the club right now. The warm days make wet wading a joy, but keep an eye out for poison oak! The main mayfly hatch are Baetis, make sure you have a variety of Adams sizes from 14 - #18 on hand to take advantage when you see fish working the top. Lots of caddis around in the afternoon and evening as well. Shad patterns down by the lake will elicit some vicious takes, you can also fish the slower water with a Float 'n Fly under an indicator. Evening is the time to look for fish working the surface!

Hot Flies: 

Circle Seven Guest Ranch Report

Updated:  September 5, 2020

Report: Conditions are perfect on the club right now. The warm days make wet wading a joy, but keep an eye out for poison oak! The main mayfly hatch are Baetis, make sure you have a variety of Adams sizes from 14 - #18 on hand to take advantage when you see fish working the top. Lots of caddis around in the afternoon and evening as well. Shad patterns down by the lake will elicit some vicious takes, you can also fish the slower water with a Float 'n Fly under an indicator. Evening is the time to look for fish working the surface!

Hot Flies: 

Clear Creek Ranch Report

Updated:  August 14, 2020

Report: Clear Creek has been fishing well with the bulk of the fish holding in the many deep pools on the ranch. Try a slow retrieve with sculpin patterns of woolly buggers and keep your rod tip low to detect the subtle takes. Dry dropper techniques have been producing on the riffle sections as well. Its been hot out there so leave the waders at the cabin and enjoy some wet wading this time of year.

Hot Flies: 

Gold River Report

Updated:  September 5, 2020

Report: River temps continue to drop and after this latest heat wave will be steadily dropping throughout September. Once the daily temps average solidly below 68 degrees we will see steelhead piling into the estuary and beginning their journey up the river. We have some availability in September and October during prime time. If swinging for steelhead on a gorgeous river is your thing, give Chris or Bryan a call to visit this unique and special river.

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

Hat Creek Ranch Report

Updated:  August 14, 2020

Report: The season has begun again with higher flows and hungry fish! The water is a little cloudy from the runoff, but there are plenty of Yellow Sallies and PMDs coming off right now. Some Salmonflies are making their appearance as well. Right now fishing a UV Sally below your favorite sofa pillow fly will work wonders. Stripping and swinging Wooly Buggers through the pools is also effective getting these fish to chase. Give us a call if you would like to check availability.

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:  October 16, 2020

Report: Luk Lake is fishing as well as it ever does. There are weeds to deal with, but this is where the bass are hiding. A well placed dragonfly dry plopped next to a weed line or in a hole is working great. Top water action can be had all day. Otherwise, stripping leeches or Woolly Buggers is working too. Balanced Damsels are perfect under an indicator especially when there is some chop. The topwater game is going early morning and in the evening. Make sure you brought your nitroglycerin tablets if you do... Give us a call if you would like to check availability.

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

Updated:  October 16, 2020

Report: The South Fork fishes great in the autumn right up to the close of the season. Fish will grab swung Bird's Nests, this creek was mad for highsticking and Euronymphing. Hopper Dropper is also another great method here. There are a ton of Caddis in this creek along with Baetis coming off every day. Small black mayfly nymph patterns, Black Micro Mays, Brown S&Ms, Two Bit Hookers, etc. work great. We have some availability at the lodge in early November, give Chris or Bryan a call if you would like one last trip!

Hot Flies: 

Rock Creek Lake Report

Updated:  October 16, 2020

Report: Hatches on the lake are diminishing, but fish will still grab terrestrials fished near the edges. Conditions are getting better every day with the lake beginning to cool. Midges are hatching in the morning and of course you should always fish the cool water creek channel deep when the sun is up. An I Line with a #16 red or black Zebra Midge is your ticket for success on the bigger fish. When the wind blows, ply the edges with your beetles and ants. Some caddis hatching towards dark will have fish launching themselves a couple feet into the air. Keep your eyes peeled for the Mahogany Duns and make sure you have some dries. We have some availability through the end of the season in this great mountain getaway. Give Chris or Bryan a call if you would like to secure your trip!

Hot Flies: 

Sugar Creek Ranch Report

Updated:  September 5, 2020

Report: The ponds will just get better as we roll into the fall. These fish have been feasting all summer on all the insects in the weeds; midges, caddis, mayflies, dragons and damselfly nymphs. With the majority of hatches having already emerged, and with the impending winter these fish know they will have to prepare for leaner times opening up opportunities to fish for rainbows who have their guard down. For now, sneaking up on these fish will give you the best results when the sun is high and the ponds are glassy. Beetles, ants and midges all work placed correctly. We have a lot of availability for large and small groups who would like to get out for a day or more in a setting where you can practice social distancing easily.

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

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 or Chris. They will get you all set up to get on the water with just one, sometimes two phone calls (800) 669-3474