Northern California Stream Report

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

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

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

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Fall River Report

Upated:  November 16, 2019

Report: Fall River is closed for the season. We'll post an update right before the season opens again.

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Hat Creek Report

Updated:  November 16, 2019

Report: Hat Creek is closed for the season. We'll post an updated right before the season opens again.

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Klamath River Report

Updated:  March 4, 2020

Report: The river below Iron Gate continues to fish well with good clarity, flows vary daily between 950 & 1,050 CFS. With all of this great weather some good Caddis and Mayfly hatches are happening. Salmonfly nymphs like black or brown Rubberlegs in #6, or Arlo's Jigged Stone in #8 are great flies. Don't be afraid to try some egg patterns. This weather system will drop some snow in and around the area and make things cool, but when the skies clear and the temps warm, fishing should be great.

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:  March 21, 2020

Report: The PMD show is on! Flows out of Keswick are steady at 4,750 CFS, the weather is great and the river is fishing exceptionally well. If you can get out and fish while practicing responsible social distancing, you should have a good day. It is still midges and BWOs in the morning, but towards noon look for the Pale Morning Duns to begin emerging and when they are coming off, the fish will look to them to the exclusion of everything else. Crack Back PMDs, Peaches 'n Cream and the new Mercer Jigged PMD are all good nymphs. If you are really lucky, and fortunate, and come across some fish taking cripples or duns up top, the PMD Challenged is the real deal. On a dead drift, a very dead drift. Caddis will come off in certain areas as well, so tie on an Amber wing Prince Nymph in #14 -18, black or cinnamon Poopahs . For a dry nothing beats a Missing Link. Look for runs below shallow, fast riffles or fish hopper/dropper in the fast stuff. Further down past Anderson Golden Stones are emerging and the Salmonfly nymphs are increasingly active, Rubberlegs in Black and Brown are a go to. We expect great things this coming week on the Sac!

While the shop is closed to walk in traffic, we are still open for online and phone orders. Give us a call (530)222-3555 and we can get your order to you in the parking lot.

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:  November 16, 2019

Report: The McCloud River is closed for the season. We'll post an updated right before the season opens again.

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Pit River Report

Updated:  March 26, 2020

Report: This is a great spot right now, the river is in great shape and there are some good hatches happening. Below Britton on Pit 3 there are some mayfly hatches with BWOs and PMDs popping. Go on a cloudy, rainy day to see the most bugs coming off. Some stones are beginning to emerge, fish are definitely eating the nymphs now. Dry-Dropper with a Chubby Chernobyl and a Peaches n' Cream or Micro May dropper is a good rig right now. Highsticking using a Rubberlegs will get you going in the pockets. Further down the system in Pit 4 & 5 you can catch some Caddis, Glossosoma and a few Hydropsyches are mostly what we are seeing. Bird's Nests, jigged and plain, Poopahs and Silvey's are all good nymphs. Stripping leeches also is a good tactic right now, it's a little early for crayfish, but a Woolly Bugger or a Balanced Leech can be very effective.

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:  March 14, 2020

Report: This river is at the top of our list of hot spots right now. The top end is loaded with fish, and the river down to Willow Creek has been fishing too. Our guides are reporting double digit hookups, and if you divide that by two, it is still a good day on the Trinity. The weather this weekend will bump the river gently, the cloudiness will encourage fish to move out of holding and you should get a crack at moving fish throughout the day. Golden Stones continue to be the top bug, black Rubberlegs are a close second. On warmer days look for some good March Brown or PMD action, Pheasant Tails, FlashBacks or the jigged versions work great. We have some new intruders, we hear the Olive & Black Mini Intruder is a great fly. What better way to practice responsible social distancing than getting outdoors to your favorite steelhead stream!

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:  March 4, 2020

Report: The Delta Fire ran through the lower end of the Sacramento River drainage above Shasta Lake. 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 Upper continues dropping and clearing, but is a great option right now with all kinds of insects coming off. At about 475 CFS, it is definitely an option all the way from the top down to the lake. Brachycentrus and Glossosoma are the dominant Caddis right now with some larger Hydropsyches coming off here and there. Watch the riffles and tailouts for risers and throw a Missing Link. Baetis are still hatching along with midges. Small black Zebra Midges and Sweet Peas are great droppers from a Chubby Chernobyl. Shake the bushes to see what stoneflies are coming off. Big fish will A good sculpin pattern to throw is an olive or brown Slumpbuster or a black Home Invader. Fish on!

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 5, 2020

Report: Fishing on Baum has been very good. Midge hatches in the mornings will have fish sipping them near the weed beds. Warmer days have the small black Caddis coming off. Smaller soft hackles and pupa imitations swung and or stripped in the current works great for these bugs. Some PMDs and Callibaetis are also beginning to hatch, so watch for those on warmer days. Have a good supply of Parachute Adams in different sizes, #14 - 18, and Missing Links for dry fly opportunities. When the PMDs get going, the Rusty Spinner and PMD Challenged are great flies for spinner falls and during the hatch. Stripped and suspended damsel nymphs are a good choice too.

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:  March 26, 2019

Report: The lake is fishing great and the road going in is good shape. Fish are keying on midges, small ones. Size #18 and smaller, TB Tube Midges will get you down fast if you are fishing the swirl. Stripped leeches in black and brown also are the ticket, nothing is a fun as that grab on the strip! Midges hatching will have the fish keying on that, try a Griffith's Gnat, Skittering Midge or a Midge Hanger. You'll need something small for these guys. Keep your eyes open in the shallows at this time of year, Callibaetis will be emerging with fish cruising to eat the emergers, and later in the morning the spinners. When you find the fish rising, watch for the cruisers and put a Pheasant Tail or a Zallibaetis in front of it and strip it in slowly.

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:  September 12, 2019

Report: With higher 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:  December 5, 2019

Report: We have good news for anyone who likes to fish for large trout busting shad on the top! Think Nat Geo, open ocean, anchovy or sardine ball frenzies. This is happening right now, a stripped shad minnow streamer or Float 'n Fly under an indicator are both great methods right now. Spotted Bass are also getting in on the action and some of these fish are quite large. With the rain moving in, this should only improve the action. Look for birds and surface disturbances, that where the action is!

Hot Flies:  Hot Flies Coming Soon!

Lewiston Lake Report

Updated:  February 15, 2019

Report: Lewiston has turned on and is fishing well. If you are fishing the drop offs down towards the ramp, small midge pupae are the ticket. #18-20 black, red or brown Zebra Midges under an indicator. Brown Woolley Buggers or Balanced Leeches are some good options too. Up top near the Trinity Dam, releases in the afternoon are topping 1,400 CFS beginning around 3 or 4 p.m. and ending near midnight. These flows will draw fish up top, it is a river and you will need a powered craft to fish it. Dead drifting midges and black Micro Mays will get you hooked up.

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:  November 30, 2019

Report: Manzanita Lake is frozen over, you should check out Baum Lake or one of our Private Waters like Sugar Creek Ranch for some good still water action.

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:  December 5, 2019

Report: McCloud Reservoir is receiving very little attention right now, which is a shame. Trout are eating midges by the bucket load, fish Zebras under an indicator or slowly stripped in on an I-line. Good sizes are #16 & 18 in black and brown. If things slow down, fish Zach's Balanced Damsel with or without an indicator, these fish won't leave it alone. If you are looking for a monster brown you will have to go with a large streamer, something that looks like a 10 - 12" rainbow trout. Fish it erratically near drop offs or under the timber piles.

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 5, 2019

Report: The past weekend was good until the wind died down and the lake went to glass on Monday with very few fish caught through today. Of the fish that came to net, a went over 10lbs. Fish are not concentrated at any single beach, and moving around is key. Northern and mid-lake beaches are fishing better than southern beaches right now. Early mornings and late in the evening will see the most action, with almost nothing happening mid-day. Smaller midges (size 12 or 14) under the indicator, stripping chartreuse and white popcorn beetles and black Wooly Worms are what's working.

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, 2019

Report: Another great season at Antelope Creek Lodge has come to a close! If you are looking for some great still water rainbow trout action, you can check out Sugar Creek Ranch.

Hot Flies: 

Bailey Creek Lodge Report

Updated:  November 16, 2019

Report: Bailey Creek has closed for the season.

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

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

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

Battle Creek Report

Updated:  November 16, 2019

Report: Battle Creek Ranch is closed for the season. We'll post an updated right before the season opens again.

Hot Flies: 

Bollibokka Report

Updated:  November 16, 2019

Report: Another great season at Bollibokka has officially come to a close! Check back with us in April for an update on the conditions.

Hot Flies: 

Circle Seven Guest Ranch Report

Updated:  November 16, 2019

Report: Another great season at Bollibokka has officially come to a close! Check back with us in April for an update on the conditions.

Hot Flies: 

Clear Creek Ranch Report

Updated:  November 16, 2019

Report: Clear Creek is closed for the season. We'll post an updated right before the season opens again.

Hot Flies: 

Gold River Report

Updated:  December 5, 2019

Report: We've got storms lined up and this weekend's rain will definitely help bring some fish into the Klamath. The bigger winter run steelies will begin to make their way into the system from here on out. It is still a little early for the coastal rivers, but right after Christmas start looking at the forecasts. The scenery is spectacular on the coast!

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

Hat Creek Ranch Report

Updated:  November 16, 2019

Report: Hat Creek Ranch is closed to fishing for the season. We'll post an updated right before the season opens again.

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:  March 5, 2019

Report: The trout fishing on Luk Lake this season has been improving over the past month. Fish are keying on emerging midges, red and brown Zebra Midges are the most effective patterns in #16 & 18. The fish are schooled up and will make circuits of the lake. Lead them with your fly as the cycle past. Damsel nymphs, both regular and jigged, fished under an indicator can improve your ability to hook fish if you are having refusals. Slowing down that retrieve can work wonders.

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 9, 2019

Report: The South Fork of Battle Creek is looking really good right now. Hoppers! Grasshoppers! You have to throw big flies, does this disappoint anyone? Not us! Caddis are also coming off, so a dry/dropper setup with a Chubby Chernobyl or your favorite hopper with a Poopah, Silvey's or Bubbleback is what you should take on your hike up the canyon. Streamers are also very effective. These fish are not large, but they are strong and the occasional 18" fish will take your flies and won't look back. This is a great venue for those who want the best of both worlds, wild fish and comfort.

Hot Flies: 

Pedrotti Ponds Report

Updated:  May 21, 2019

Report: Closed until further notice.

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:  March 5, 2019

Report: We are getting ready for the season and the lake is in great shape. The fish fared well over the winter, the warm weather has some mayflies hatching and they can be seen taking emergers. We're looking forward to a great year on Rock Creek Lake!

Hot Flies: 

Sugar Creek Ranch Report

Updated:  March 5, 2020

Report: The insect activity on the ponds has been increasing daily along with the warming days the past couple of weeks. Callibaetis on the south pond have been coming off providing for some great sight fishing to cruising fish with nymphs and dries. The north ponds are fishing well with midges and damsel nymphs fished under indicators being the top method. Stripping Pheasant Tail nymphs or your favorite Callibaetis nymph pattern is equally effective. Never forget the olive Crystal Buggers, these are hands down the all time most productive and fun pattern for Sugar Creek 'bows!

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