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:  December 11, 2018

Report: With general trout season coming to an end, fishing on the Fall River is done. We had an excellent season this year, and we are hoping for an even better season in 2019!

Hot Flies: 

Hat Creek Report

Updated:  December 11, 2018

Report: General trout season has come to an end, and so has the fishing on Hat Creek. We had another great season of fishing on this legendary spring creek. Come 2019, we are hoping for an even better season!

Hot Flies: 

Klamath River Report

Updated:  December 12, 2018

Report: Iron Gate releases have been between 900 & 1,000 CFS. The upper river by Iron Gate continues to fish well with larger fish moving in. We are expecting a storm to drop some snow above Dunsmuir on I-5 over the weekend. This is good news, we need the precipitation. However, it can make travel a little more difficult. The river will continue to fish well on warmer days. Good flies are black and brown Rubberlegs, egg patterns and Psycho Princes. If you are swinging, larger intruders like a Burnt Chicken or Hartwick's Hoser would be a good option.

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:  December 12, 2018

Report: Keswick flows are 4,000 CFS. The river is in great shape and fishing well from the top down past Bend. Clarity is perfect, not too clear and not blown. We are seeing some big fish being caught above Bonnyview. Above Bonny, clear mornings tie on a midge pupa, when it warms up you could see some PMDs and a few Caddis popping off. Below Bonny and down river, the salmonflies are moving around, so tie on a brown Rubberlegs. Cloudy days will see a lot of Baetis activity, so your favorite BWO nymphs will work. Come on up and get some Lower Sac rainbow love!

If you need a shuttle, you can contact Kim (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:  December 11, 2018

Report: It was yet another fabulous season on the McCloud River. We had some epic fishing days, with some absolutely giant trout being landed. We are looking forward to next years season!

Hot Flies: 

Pit River Report

Updated:  December 11, 2018

Report: Flows on Pit 3 are high and variable as they perform maintenance on the power house this month. Good news is you can usually fish further down on Pit 4 or 5 where there are a passel of large rainbows waiting to eat your fly. They aren't particular, an amber winged Prince nymph will usually get the job done. If not, try a Micro May in brown or black. Stripping sculpins also is an effective technique. You can hook up to some large browns in this watershed. Check out the link below to see what the flows are before you head up!

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:  December 12, 2018

Report: Again, we'll reiterate you should use an abundance of caution when traveling to and from the Trinity if you are driving west on 299 from Redding. With Winter storms bringing rain, you could be the first to encounter a slide. And, some reconstruction remains with localized control. Please be safe!

Releases out of Lewiston Dam remain at their winter time regime of 300 CFS. We are beginning to see some big fish move into the top reaches of the Trinity, so every cast could get you tied up to a personal best. The stoneflies are moving around, salmonfly golden stone nymphs and on warmer days some mayflies are popping off. Black Rubberlegs and Pheasant Tail nymphs are on the menu, later this month you should try out a Golden Stone nymph like the Solitude Stone or Mercer's Poxyback. If you are swinging, something big black and blue dangled in front of the fish will get them interested. This is shaping up to be a good winter on the Trinity!

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:  December 12, 2018

Report: Good news! The closure area has been moved and the upper river is now open from Pollard Flat to the north. We have some rain in the forecast, so be extra cautious if you go to stay upstream of the Slate Creek drainage as heavy downpours could cause slides and debris flows.

Regardless, the river looks great right now, and there are some bigger fish starting to show up in the lower stretches! Good flies to use right now are Black Rubberlegs, Two-Bit Hookers, Sweet Peas, and Dark Lords. It is also the time of year to start looking for big browns, so don't be afraid to dead drift a sculpin pattern or strip a big streamer through the deeper pools and runs!

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:  December 11, 2018

Report: We have heard reports that the lake is fishing good! It is getting into the time of year where you need to slow things down. Stick to the basics, fishing midges and leech patterns. Look for fishing feeding on midges and baetis on the surface!

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:  December 11, 2018

Report: We have not heard anything as of recent. You can expect a standard fall day! Look for damsel flies and dragon flies as well as calibaetis and midges. Also, you can expect to catch fish subsurface on woolly buggers, balance leeches, and nymphs. General trout season is coming to an end, so get out and explore!

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:  December 11, 2018

Report: Keswick is fishing well with fish up top in the current taking a variety of nymphs, midges, stoneflies and Baetis patterns. 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. With general trout season coming to an end, do not hesitate to get out and fish.

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:  December 11, 2018

Report: From recent reports, it sounds like the lake is a little tough to fish right now. The aquatic vegetation has grown thick, and fish are harder to get to. If you do head up, make sure you find more open water, and stick to the basic patterns; woolly buggers, balance leeches, and pheasant tails. With general trout season coming to an end, do not hesitate to get out and fish!

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 new 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, 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:  December 11, 2018

Report: We have not heard much from Lewiston, however it remains a good option right now. Find the edges of the old river channel and fish that drop off. Try stripping a Brown or Olive Woolley Bugger on an intermediate or sinking line. Better yet, tie on a Balanced Leech and fish it under an indicator. Brown is a good color on this little reservoir. General trout season is nearly over, so be sure to get out and fish!

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:  December 11, 2018

Report: 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 this time of year. 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. General trout season is nearly over, so be sure to get out and fish.

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:  December 11, 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. General trout season is coming to an end, so do not hesitate to get out and fish!

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:  December 11, 2018

Report: Pyramid is picking up from shore, with some days providing solid numbers of fish including reports of 10-15lb plus Cutts being landed. Guys are fishing fast sinking lines with a combination of the Popcorn Beetle, Midnight Cowboy, or Zack's Pyramid Minnows, as well as large midges and Balanced Leeches under the indicator. Blue Bird days have been typically slower recently. Fish have been found all the way from the north to the south end, with the deeper/steeper drop offs fishing the best. Also to note the road in from the north is now open.

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:  December 11, 2018

Report: That is a wrap on another great season up on the ranch! We thank everyone who spent time with us at the lodge look forward to seeing you again next season. In the meantime, if you are looking for a place to get out and fish we still have some openings at Rock Creek Lake and Oasis Springs this season,

Hot Flies: 

Bailey Creek Lodge Report

Updated:  December 11, 2018

Report: Winter is in the air and Bailey Creek is looking great! The lakes have a daily midge hatch keeping fish looking up through most of the day. 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:  December 11, 2018

Report: With general trout season coming to an end, we are looking forward to next years season. We are anxious to see what 2019 has planned, and hoping for an even better fishing year!

Hot Flies: 

Bollibokka Report

Updated:  December 11, 2018

Report: What an incredible and tumultuous season we had this year. Everything from giant fires to massive trout, 2018 was nothing short of remarkable. With general trout season coming to an end, we are looking forward to next year, and are hoping for an even better fishing season in 2019!

Hot Flies: 

Circle Seven Guest Ranch Report

Updated:  December 11, 2018

Report: What an incredible and tumultuous season we had this year. Everything from giant fires to massive trout, 2018 was nothing short of remarkable. With general trout season coming to an end, we are looking forward to next year, and are hoping for an even better fishing season in 2019!

Hot Flies: 

Clear Creek Ranch Report

Updated:  December 11, 2018

Report: This was an absolutely crazy trout season. Despite all the fires and smoke, Clear Creek had a great 2018 season. With general trout coming to an end, we are looking forward to an even better season in 2019!

Hot Flies: 

Gold River Report

Updated:  December 11, 2018

Report: The fish are in! Pushes of salmon and steelhead are entering the estuary every day on the high tide. 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. With the flows from the Trinity cooling the lower river, now is a great time to get on this fabled river.

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

Hat Creek Ranch Report

Updated:  December 11, 2018

Report: The season for Hat Creek Ranch has been great! The creek is in great shape, but the high temperatures make it a challenge to fish. You can find Tricos, PMDs, and Caddis throughout the day. With two great places to choose from to stay on the ranch and right in the heart of some of the best public waters in the north state, this is a great location base your California fishing expedition!

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:  December 11, 2018

Report: The lake is in prime condition and the trout are chasing Woolly Buggers. Even with the storms that rolled through we are seeing some good action stripping small Pheasant Tails slowly or under indicators. When we get cold, still, clear mornings midges will be your best bet. There are a ton of damsels and dragon flies in this lake, so fishing a Balanced Leech under an indicator always is a good bet for the trout. The bass are on their winter pattern, so this technique is proven for them as well.

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:  December 11, 2018

Report: It was a remarkable season this year up on Battle Creek. With general trout season coming to an end, we are anxious to see what 2019 has in store for us!

Hot Flies: 

Pedrotti Ponds Report

Updated:  December 11, 2018

Report: The bass bite is on! Clousers & streamers are working well during the day. Now would be a good time to get after the fish if you would like some top water action. Fall is in the air, and the temperatures are starting to cool!

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:  December 11, 2018

Report: Callibaetis continue to boil off in the late afternoons on the lake. Fish will take emerging nymphs, cripples and dries. Look for them coming off near the weed beds around the lake. Otherwise, beetles in the breezy afternoons and stripped buggers will keep you tight when the fish aren't looking at mayflies. Midges in the morning are a staple here. Come test your wits with these big bows in a great still water venue. Not to mention, brown trout well over 4-5lbs make this lake their home too!

Hot Flies: 

Spinner Fall Lodge Report

Updated:  December 11, 2018

Report: It was another great season on the Fall River this year, and we are looking forward to seeing what 2019 has in store for us!

Hot Flies: 

Sugar Creek Ranch Report

Updated:  December 11, 2018

Report: The ranch has really come alive this fall! We are seeing increasing numbers of small mayflies coming off, Callibaetis and some PMD's. The fish are cruising the weed beds looking for damsel nymphs and midges and emerging nymphs. Good flies are #16-18 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. Also, look for fish chasing water boatman! 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:  December 11, 2018

Report: The topwater bite is slowing down. Mid day, go sub-surface with Crystal Buggers and Balance Leeches. The bigger fish are going to be targeting the bluegill, so have a few bluegill-like baitfish patterns on hand as well. A great pattern is Low Fat Minnow in Bluegill color!

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