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:  May 20, 2019

Report: Fall River is fishing typical for early season. There are a lot of 10 - 14" fish being caught with the occasional 16 plus incher thrown in. A lot of the larger fish are still up in the springs and tributaries spawning. There aren't many insects popping off yet, but if you pay attention you can see some bigger fish poking at the surface on spinners. Once the river starts developing bigger weedbeds, the bugs will start coming around. Good tactics in the morning are to fish Baetis, midge and PMD nymphs in front of a holding pod of fish. When the action slows, fish the deeper runs with leeches and buggers.

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Hat Creek Report

Updated:  May 20, 2019

Report: We've had good reports from Hat Creek this week. The creek is a little high, and with a little color, is fishing very well. Salmonflies haven't been hatching in earnest yet, so throw those big Rubberlegs! Other flies that are catching fish are some red Two Bit Hookers and Olive S&Ms. Get ready to tie on Peaches 'n Cream when the PMD's start to hatch. As we get deeper into May the Salmonflies and golden stones will draw strikes on big Chubby Chernobyls and Rogue Foam Stones. These are great dries to use with droppers, once they start taking the dry you can pull the dropper off.

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Klamath River Report

Updated:  May 8, 2019

Report: The flows from Iron Gate Dam on the Upper Klamath are around 2,500 CFS, which is big. The last time we took a look the visibility was somewhat poor. With the warming weather there should be some Salmonflies popping, so you might be able to get a fish to eat up top.

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:  May 20, 2019

Report: Releases from Keswick are hovering around 9,000 CFS. The river is clearing pretty quickly, the visibility is right around 3 - 3 1/2 feet today. We will see what this next shot of rain does, but we expect it to continue clearing relatively quickly! Be sure you have a Rubberlegs tied on when you are on the water, the salmonflies are out and about.

The Fly Shop does not offer a shuttle service.

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:  May 20, 2019

Report: Releases from the Lake McCloud dam are right around 700 CFS. This will make wading more difficult up at the top. Fish the edges, the pockets and concentrate on the glassy, slow water along the banks. There has been a killer Golden Stone hatch going on with some Green Drakes coming off. Throw on a Chubby Chernobyl, brown, and slap it down for some good blow ups. Otherwise, Rubberlegs in brown and black will still work wonders on these fish. Balanced Leeches, GB Poxyback Green Drake, Red X-Mays, Gordon's Amberwing Prince and the Dark Lord are all good choices as well. Access to Ash Camp will be a little trickier this season. The road is closed just past the cutoff down to the McCloud Lake Dam road. It is about a 3/4 mile hike down to Ash Camp from there.

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Pit River Report

Updated:  May 20, 2019

Report: Pit 3 flows are down to a manageable 500 CFS, and are a little higher through Pit 4 & 5. However, the fishing has been very good with Rubberlegs, Gordon's Amber Prince and Beadhead PT's all working well on fish throughout the system. Clarity is around two to three feet of visibility. We have sen the PMDs begin coming off, the next day with some good sun should see a big hatch along with some good chances at dry fly fishing. The salmonfly hatch should begin in the next week or two, dry-dropper with a big, brown Chubby Chernobyl would be a good rig to throw.

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:  May 8, 2019

Report: While you can still legally fish The Trinity River, for now it will be a little unsafe as the releases will vary widely from 2,000 CFS all the way up to around 10,000 CFS over the next month. For now, we have ended guided trips on The Trinity. Although the fish showed late, we had some great days over there with the best in the past month.

In the meantime, you can check out The Lower Sacramento River, it is dropping into great shape right now!

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

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:  May 20, 2019

Report: Good news! The closure area has been moved and the upper river is now open from Pollard Flat to the north. 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 storm yesterday afternoon brought the river up quite a bit, but the flows are now at 3500 CFS at Delta. Fish are eating....Rubberlegs! Throw them under an indicator, tight line them, or drop one beneath a Chubby Chernobyl. Other good bugs would be Golden Stones, PMDs, and San Juan Worms. You can swing some leeches in deeper pools for good grabs. Sucker Spawn in the lower river this time of year is always a good option.

Please feel free to give us a call for more updated information about the fire.

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:  May 8, 2019

Report: Baum Lake continues to be the hot spot with large fish still coming to the net. Look for increasing numbers and intensity of PMDs and Baetis hatches to occur as the days get longer and warmer. If your favorite stream is blown, you can count on some good days on Baum. Baetis, damsel nymphs and midges are all targets of Baum's fish. Small Red X-Mays, Zebra Midges and Zach Balanced Damsel Nymphs in Black are all working. Stripping black or olive Wooley Buggers on an I Line in the deeper pockets will get grabs. With the lengthening days and some warming, you will see some bigger bugs coming off, so make sure you have them in your box. With warming weather, travel up to the lake is becoming easier and don't miss out on the cloudy, rainy day. You will experience some of the best hatches under low lighting.

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:  May 8, 2019

Report: Iron Canyon is fishing on Fayah!!! Although it is a little low, if you can find steady current in water that isn't too deep, you can hook as many fish as you want. Be careful if you are looking to launch a boat, the mud on the ramp is deep and once you are stuck it is a seven mile hike to Big Bend. Pontoons and kayaks are great here. There has been very little attention paid to this great fishery and it shows with fish eating steadily all day once you are in the right spot with the right fly. Be sure to have a selection of beadhead nymphs, aquatic worms, and leeches.

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:  May 8, 2019

Report: With high flows, Keswick is much like a river up top. Find the seams and fish small, dark patterns like Zebra Midges and Dark Lords are the ticket. Water clarity is perfect, not too clear, not too cloudy. Stripping leeches has been a good tactic, olive Wooley Buggers can do the trick. If you are looking for big browns, fish the big stuff deep, Dali Lamas, Sculpzillas and other similar big patterns on full sinking lines are what's required.

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:  May 8, 2019

Report: Bass are still a good option right now on Shasta! Fish are keying on shad prior to the spawn, so the Float 'n Fly under an indicator has been the go-to method. Otherwise, crayfish are moving around and finding some clay and throwing a sink tip with a crayfish imitation like the Creek Crawler or Great Basin Drifter can work well. Otherwise, olive and white Clousers, Pyramid Minnows in Tui Chub or Ultimate Worms in olive and white are good options. A few fish are coming on top water, so bring some light or shad colored poppers definitely. Bass! They're fun!

Hot Flies:  Hot Flies Coming Soon!

Lewiston Lake Report

Updated:  May 17, 2019

Report: With the Trinity River flows up, this like is fishing like a river. We are hooking some really nice fish over twenty inches. These fish are game and definitely strong. Good reports of some micro Caddis coming off with some Callibaetis and PMDs happening mid-morning through the afternoon. Look for the roving bands of rainbows to tip you off. Flows through the lake are slow, so find the channel and fish the drop offs. Smaller Baetis and midge patterns fished under an indicator will help you find fish during lulls. Damsel and dragonfly nymphs are working too, so pick you poison. Good fishing can be had right now on Lewiston!

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:  May 8, 2019

Report: Manzanita Lake is ice free and fishing! The midge bite should be on, but don't worry about what flies you are throwing, these fish are hungry. Parachut Adams, Humpys and Missing Links will all get it done as long as you can lead the fish sufficiently. Think permit fishing. Grab your float tube and get out for a good time!

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:  May 8, 2019

Report: We haven't heard of any recent reports on the lake, but the reservoir should be fishing. With a 1,300 CFS inflow you should definitely head up towards the inlet. The rainbows will congregate where the river enters the reservoir in good numbers. Fishing Balanced Leeches works here. Targeting the wood rafts with streamers or Woolley Buggers is a time tested tactic on this lake. You never know when that monster brown will crush 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:  May 8, 2019

Report: Nice weather and blue bird days does not bode well for good fishing on Pyramid. The season will be ending soon next month. You can still pick up some fish if you decide to go. Good flies right now are Moo Midges, Popcorn Beetles, Midnight Cowboys and Pyramid Minnows. Some are using Balanced Leeches to good effect. The most important thing to remember here is that your flies have to be in the water to catch fish! Your next cast could hook you up to a Lahontan monster who will spool you.

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:  May 8, 2019

Report: The opener on the ranch was fantastic! Fish are already on Chubby Chernobyls in the creek and chasing down Crystal Buggers in the lakes. High sticking the creek with Rubberlegs in coffee and black has been working well. PT's, Hare's Ears, and Zebra Midges in size 14 & 16, are all hot flies. With midges coming off in the morning, ZT's Jumper Cables in #14 & 16 are good choices in the lakes. Mike has done a ton of work over the off season to get the lodge and ranch ready for this season - come see what it's all about!

Hot Flies: 

Bailey Creek Lodge Report

Updated:  May 8, 2019

Report: Spring has sprung and the lake has Callibaetis coming off right now along with the midges. Fish a Missing Link or Parachute Adams in #14. A #18 Parachute Adams or Griffith's gnat will get you hooked up most of the time. For even more finesse, tie on a #16-18 Zebra Midge and suspend it under an indicator. Crystal Buggers in Olive and Black Crystal Buggers are working well. Balanced Leeches fished under an indicator will get you through the slow times.

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:  May 8, 2019

Report: Flows are still a little big on the creek, but they are starting to drop down day by day. The water is definitely fishable! Be sure to take your time and scope out safe wading lanes. Battle Creek is riddled with Stones, so be sure to have a selection of Rubberlegs in brown and black. Chubby Chernobyls are a good dry to be fishing, and you can always throw a beadhead nymph on as a dropper. As we progress through May, the water will continue to drop in and only get better. Be sure to go check out this little gem!.

Hot Flies: 

Bollibokka Report

Updated:  May 8, 2019

Report: Flows coming into the lake on the McCloud are a little high at 1,200 CFS, but are dropping daily. Access will be a little challenging, but get in to the softer water on the edges, there are a lot of fish! Through the lower reaches you can get some great action with the spotted bass coming up out of the lake. Fish a Balanced Leech or Float 'n Fly under an indicator. For the trout, it's all about the Rubberlegs for now. Black & brown, small and large, they are all good. Aquatic worms in cream and red, and Zebra Midges will work as well. Keep your eyes peeled for PMDs as the days get warmer.

Hot Flies: 

Circle Seven Guest Ranch Report

Updated:  May 8, 2019

Report: Flows coming into the lake on the McCloud are a little high at 1,200 CFS, but are dropping daily. Access will be a little challenging, but get in to the softer water on the edges, there are a lot of fish! Through the lower reaches you can get some great action with the spotted bass coming up out of the lake. Fish a Balanced Leech or Float 'n Fly under an indicator. For the trout, it's all about the Rubberlegs for now. Black & brown, small and large, they are all good. Aquatic worms in cream and red, and Zebra Midges will work as well. Keep your eyes peeled for PMDs as the days get warmer.

Hot Flies: 

Clear Creek Ranch Report

Updated:  May 8, 2019

Report: Clear Creek Ranch will be open this season, but sadly, the Upper Cabin was taken from us in the Carr Fire. However, the ranch is recovering and the firefighters went above and beyond to save the creek and the Middle and Lower Cabins. The water, as elsewhere, is a little high and this should make for a great season through June. Once the flows come down and the flows clear, we'll have fantastic water to fish. We have availability in the Lower and Middle beats beginning in June.

Hot Flies: 

Gold River Report

Updated:  May 8, 2019

Report: The fishing has been pretty decent, and with the recent rains, more fish are expected to moving in. Good numbers of half pounders are being caught every day up river on the swing with a few adults thrown in for the mix. A hot bug right now is the Copper Bead Assassin with Brett's Klamath Intruder in Orange a close second. The fish are bright and hot.

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

Hat Creek Ranch Report

Updated:  May 8, 2019

Report: Hat Creek Ranch is in fine shape and looking really fishy! As elsewhere, the water is a little high and will take some creative wading to fish everything in the creek. With just a touch of color, it should fish very well come opening day. You can expect PMDs, little black Caddis and just about every stonefly know to Northern California to be coming off through May. Stripping Buggers when it's high can be one of the most effective methods in early season. This is a great little place right in the center of some of the best fishing up here.

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:  May 8, 2019

Report: Unfortunately, Luk Lake has a large algae bloom right now, just about every still water in the valley is suffering from this right now. We will be checking regularly and will update this report when it has cleared.

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:  May 8, 2019

Report: The South Fork of Battle Creek is just a little higher than normal this year, but nothing that will affect fishing. A little color in this creek is a good thing. Early season fish are about the grabbiest you will find on the South Fork, they eat big, brown Rubberlegs. Once you have some visibility, a dry-dropper setup will become effective using a Salmonfly dry. These fish are not large, but they are strong and the occasional 18" fish will take your flies and won't look back. Evening dry fly can be some of the best in the spring. This is a great venue for those who want the best of both worlds, wild fish and comfort.

Hot Flies: 

Pedrotti Ponds Report

Updated:  February 4, 2019

Report: The bass bite is slowing down but you can still get into some fish! Clousers & streamers are working well during the day. With the colder temperatures, the fish are slowing down, and so will your retrieve. This time of year can produce some of the biggest bass of the season, so do not let the slow times discourage you.

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:  May 8, 2019

Report: Rock Creek Lake continues to pump out quality still water fishing. Stormy, cloudy weather really turns these fish on. When it's sunny and calm, fish deep with leech patterns, streamers and midges. Look for termites and carpenter ants soon. We'll have beetles and grasshoppers in a month or two, but midges and small mayfly nymphs are a good choice here either under a indicator or stripped in slowly. Balanced Leeches fished slowly using an indicator works very well too. Rock Creek is a solid choice right now.

Hot Flies: 

Sugar Creek Ranch Report

Updated:  May 8, 2019

Report: The ponds on Sugar Creek Ranch are producing some great fishing days right now. Midges and crayfish are the main menu items for now, but the warming weather coming with the lengthening days has the Callibaetis dance kicking off. Fish a #14 Pheasant Tail on a floating line stripping it in slowly and you will get grabs all day long. When you see the duns throw a #14 Parachute Adams or Dark Missing Link to cruising fish. Balanced Leeches under an indicator will fill in the slow times for some great action.

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:  May 8, 2019

Report: We have some solid reports of some early topwater action on Wilk's pond. As the weather improves we will see the top water bite get better. Look for the fish to hang near the edges for now, they will chase streamer patterns down as well as hit small poppers and frog patterns. There are a couple of seeps you should check out and the largest fish seem to hang up on the north east corner of the pond. Now is the time to get a spot reserved for the post-spawn bite!

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