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:  June 15, 2021

Report: The cooling pattern this week slowed the insect hatches a little. As temps return to normal and begin heating up later this week we should see some epic emergences once again. The river continues to fish well in the upper end below Spring Creek bridge. There are a lot of larger fish this year. When there are no noses poking up tie on a leech or scud pattern and swing it. Midge pupas also work wonders, think larger than you would on the local stillwaters going as large as #14 isn't wrong here. Good flies to bring along are black, red and brown Zebra Midges, the Nugget series can be a good choice. For the PMD hatches, any crippled or emerger pattern will get it done during the hatch. Getting out early on the spinner fall it is tough to beat a Rusty Spinner, bring #14s and #16s. It is a little early for the full on Hex hatch, we're keeping our eyes and ears open here and will pass along to you when it's on.

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:  June 15, 2021

Report: The lower end of Hat is beginning to see some good Caddis and Golden Stonefly hatches. The Tricos will begin in earnest as the weather really warms up later this week. PMDs are still coming off on some days, look for spinner falls in the mornings. If you are fishing the section north of the 299 bridge always, always fish a dry or hopper / dropper set up as these fish will still be looking to eat large stoneflies as the Goldens are beginning to come off.

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

Klamath River Report

Updated:  March 11, 2021

Report: The steelhead season on the Klamath is probably on the way out. We'll be keeping our eyes open for the Salmonfly hatch later this spring. Good flies are always Rubberlegs, look to throw some smaller offerings like Pheasant Tails, Copper Johns and Psycho Princes. You can still get your Spey on in the winter. While most runs are not deep, a Skagit and sink tip combo will help you slow down your flies to give the fish a long look. Brett's Klamath Intruder is a great fly, if there is color or the visibility is lower the Black & Purple variation is perfect. Give us a call here at The Fly Shop if you would like to a great trip on the upper Klamath!

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:  June 13, 2021

Report: The section of river above the Highway 44 bridge is closed to fishing and will open again on August 1st.
The river continues to fish well through this unstable weather we've been having. Releases from Keswick remain stable at 7,100 CFS allowing the fish to camp out in all of their favorite spots. This past week the weather cooled significantly and we saw clouds providing some epic PMD hatches. Yellow Sallies are on the wane, they hatched a little early this year, but be prepared to see some through the end of the month. Over the next week the warming weather will have the Caddis coming off in earnest toward evening. Good flies to have right now are midge pupa patterns in the morning, #18 Zebras will do it, any of the newfangled Euronymph or Perdigon doodads, brown Rubberlegs and Peaches 'n Cream. Smaller Bird's Nests and Poopahs in olive and cinnamon are beginning to be players. Some larger fish are coming to the net up top!

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:  June 15, 2021

Report: The McCloud continues to fish well with the summer pattern fixing to set in later this week. Look to downsize your flies in the morning and through the day to #16 & #18 black Baetis patterns like the Two Bit Hooker, Micro May or an olive S&M. For those high sticking or Euronymphing Perdigons & Olive Hot Spots are good patterns along with the Alt Rockers in PMD and Black. And bring Rubberlegs, Poopahs and Bird's Nests. The evenings are seeing some good Golden Stone ovipositing with some emerging during the day. Chubby Chernobyls are hard to beat. And the October Caddis pupas are moving around. So much bug life.

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Pit River Report

Updated:  June 15, 2021

Report: The Pit is fishing well now. Fish are still pretty spread out on Pit 3 & 4, but the temps are beginning to warm up. Expect the fish to get into the oxygenated sections and in the cold seeps. The Golden Stones are coming off now. Daily hatches include Baetis, the larger Hydropsyche Caddis, and Pale Morning Duns. Great flies are any of the small Euronymph jobbers, Mercer's Jigster nymphs, Rubberlegs and #14 Cinnamon Poopahs. Highsticked or on a Dry-Dropper rig, or using an indicator. Find those seams and pockets and you will have as much catching as you can handle.

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 23, 2021

Report: The spring releases from Lewiston have begun. Flows will fluctuate over the next couple of months. We look forward to this summer when we will be looking for the early returning fish to chase. If you are looking for some great fishing right now you should take a look at the Lower Sacramento.

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:  June 15, 2021

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.

Keep your sights set on the upper stretches of this classic freestone as we move forward. Flows at the Lakehead are below 240 CFS and up towards 70 degrees in the afternoon, With the weather on the way you should stay up in the system towards Dunsmuir to be in healthy fish water temperatures. Golden Stones are on the menu for the next week or two, October Caddis pupas are moving around with fish grabbing them off of rocks and in faster water. Small black flies, Sweet Peas, Zebra Midges, S&Ms are working well in the mornings. Some fish will chase sculpin patterns too. Your best chances for the dry bite comes towards evening. With caddis beginning to show in numbers at dark, dark #14 & #16 Missing Links along with Chubby Chernobyls, and yellow Stimulators in #8 & #6 for the stonefly bite.

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:  March 11, 2021

Report: Baum Lake is the bomb right now! Relatively light pressure has been the norm with fish coming up to eat up top on the warmer days. Look for Blue Wing Olives and midges in the mornings, fish your nymphs under a dry/dropper rig or tight line them in the seams. Definitely bring your dry rod and throw some small Adams, #18 and smaller, or your favorite BWO dry. 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. Our guides have this place wired if you are looking for some tactical advice on fishing a great spring creek fishery with an expert!

Hot Flies: 
Dry Flies:
Adams - #18-20, Hackle Winged May - BWO, Harrop's Last Chance - All, Griffith's Gnat, Mercer's Missing Link - #14-18, Light Cahill - #18

Nymphs/Wet Flies:
Red Copper John - #18, Ultra Scuds, GB Flashback PT - #14-20, Black A.P. - #14-16, Beaded Zebra Midge - #18-20, Mercer's Gidget, Mercer's CB Micro Mays - Ruby Red #16-18, GB Flashback PT - Olive #18, Beaded Zebra Midge - #16-20, Chromie - #18

Steamers & Leeches:
JGF Translucent Wiggle Tail - #10, Beaded Micro Buggers - #12, Zack's Damseleech - #14

Iron Canyon Reservoir Report

Updated:  October 16, 2020

Report: Warm weather in spring means Iron Canyon should be fishing great! Look for Callibaetis coming off in the shallower areas if you would like to target rising fish. The swirl is always money, fish a San Juan Worm under an indicator in that area. When you become bored catching fish, the Baetis should still be thick, so tie on a Sweet Pea. These fish will become more and more aggressive as the lake warms, so bring lots of Woolly Buggers in different colors for some great stripping action.

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:  February 25, 2021

Report: The bass bite is on right now with the shad colored Float 'n Fly bin emptied on a regular basis. This is also a great fly for the trout in the lake. The lake is low, if you are on foot you should find good places to fish near Jones Valley if you would like to get away from the crowds. Stripping Wooly Buggers and suspending Float 'n Flies under an indicator are good techniques for now. If you are lucky and in a boat, watch for the birds and go investigate. There are some nice trout being caught right now in Shasta!

Hot Flies:  Hot Flies Coming Soon!

Lewiston Lake Report

Updated:  February 25, 2021

Report: With the Trinity and Lower Sacramento Rivers fishing well we haven't received any reports from this lake recently. However, this is the time of year Lewiston will fish really well, and with good weather in store and warming days, you should definitely give it a look. Callibaetis will begin to come off in the shallower sections. Bring your #14 Adams and look for the fish to chase down hatching insects at the intersection of the old stream bed. To keep yourself busy waiting for that action, throw a black or brown Crystal Bugger, stripped in you can have a stellar day. Midges fished under an indicator or stripped slowly with an I-Line is always an effective method.

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 23, 2021

Report: The webcam is still on the fritz, but the lake is now open. It is way early to chase trout in this great mountain lake, the water is somewhat cloudy for now. Look for the lake to clear and insect life to begin waking up over the next month. If you do go, we'd suggest throwing some leeches or Wooly Buggers. Stripped slowly. The water is cold.

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:  March 11, 2021

Report: The reports from the lake are that the numbers are down, but the size of the fish being caught is large. There isn't a lot of pressure, so this would be a good time to go for that PB Lahontan. The usual flies fished on the dropoffs will suffice; Tui Chub patterns, Popcorn Beetles and Balanced Leeches in pick-your-color color. Don't be afraid to tough out some windier conditions as this can be when you will have consistent action.

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 a safe, secure environment.

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Battle Creek Report

Updated:  May 4, 2021

Report: The ranch is in great shape and the creek is fishing well. Creek levels are perfect at 300 CFS. We have seen some great stonefly hatches with Goldens coming off right now. Caddis are becoming a daily hatch with some great action near dusk. If you're up for some hiking and scrambling, this is a great place to get hooked up with many wild rainbow trout!

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Bollibokka Report

Updated:  November 17, 2020

Report: We've wrapped up another great season at the Bollibokka Club. We wish you all a great winter and look forward to seeing you again next year!

Hot Flies: 

Circle Seven Guest Ranch Report

Updated:  November 17, 2020

Report: We've wrapped up another great season at the Bollibokka Club. We wish you all a great winter and look forward to seeing you again next year!

Hot Flies: 

Clear Creek Ranch Report

Updated:  November 17, 2020

Report: The fishing season on the ranch has come to a close. We're looking forward to next season!

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:  November 17, 2020

Report: Hat Creek Ranch is closed for the season.

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 2, 2020

Report: The lake is a little low and clear, but the trout are biting. Look for he deeper water to find fish eating midges and damselfly nymphs. Good flies are Red Copper Johns in #14 & 16, red and black Zebra Midges in #14 - 18 and San Juan Worms in cream and red. It's a little early for hatches, but this lake has a ton of damselflies and dragonflies, olive and brown Balanced Leeches stripped or fished under and indicator are a mainstay. Check out Zack's Damseleech offerings as well, sometimes these can be the trip maker. If you would like to get out on Luk Lake, give Chris or Bryan a call in Outfitters.

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:  November 17, 2020

Report: We have wrapped the season up at Oasis Springs Lodge. If you would like to check in on availability for some great small, freestone trout fishing in a secluded lodge setting, please give Chris or Bryan a call in the Outfitters department.

Hot Flies: 

Rock Creek Lake Report

Updated:  November 17, 2020

Report: We have closed the cabin for the winter at Rock Creek Lake. We have availability for next season for this cozy cabin and great still water rainbow trout fishing. Call Chris or Bryan in the Outfitters department if you would like to check availability.

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Sugar Creek Ranch Report

Updated:  March 30, 2020

Report: The ranch is warming for the spring, the days are getting longer and the insects on the ponds are beginning to come to life. This has the rainbows at Sugar Creek Ranch on the hunt! Baetis will still be hatching on cloudy days, but early mornings have a giant midge hatch. Red #16 Zebras under an indicator or stripped in slowly match these insects well. Don't forget to bring some Olive Crystal Buggers, these always work with the prevalent Dragonfly nymphs in the ponds. Look for emerging Callibaetis in the mid day to late afternoons. Fish will cruise the shallower parts of the ponds looking for them, a #14-16 Adams/Parachut Adams can be a lot of fun. We have a lot of availability in the next two weeks if you would like to get out and fish!

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