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:  September 21, 2021

Report: We've got clear skies! What a difference a rain storm can make! The river continues to fish well with a great Callibaetis spinner fall happening just about every morning and the hatch begins around ten or so. Fish will key on a very specific size, #14 , the Last Chance Cripple in Callibaetis has been a good fly, also fishing a #14 Flashback Pheasant Tail has worked very well under an indicator or Big Head Moth. The fishing will usually be good until the early afternoon when the debris brings some chaos. Watch out for the small white mayflies hatching, the Canis can have the fish keying on a #22-24 white pattern. Midges and BWO patterns will also be effective along with stripping Zug Bugs and Damsel Leeches.

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:  September 21, 2021

Report: Clear blue skies and no smoke! The rainfall from the storm this past weekend has put out most of the remaining active areas on the Dixie Fire which was contributing to most of the smoke in the area. The fishing has remained very good. Early Mornings and late evenings are very good and with the smoke, mid day hatches can occur. There are still some Tricos hanging around in the mornings near the Power House 2 riffle. Look for micro caddis in the late evening just before dark. The riffle section below 299 has had some fish still eating little Yellow Sallies, but the stoneflies are all but finished for the year.

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

Klamath River Report

Updated:  September 21, 2021

Report: Fires in and around the Trinity Alps continue to bring a lot of smoke in the mid to upper river sections. The McCash fire continues to burn south and west of Happy Camp. While the forests have been opened up, the McCash Fire closure order begins just west of Seiad Valley and extends all the way west to just east of Weitchpec. Keep an eye out for highway closures if you are headed to Klamath Glen on the coast or up on the top end.
We have had solid reports of fish below Weitchpec. It is only a matter of time before they make their way up above into the middle river.

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:  September 21, 2021

Report: The air quality is great! The storm dropped enough rain in the surrounding areas to tamp down the fires enough so we are experiencing little smoke.

Releases are steady at 6,800 CFS and wading is a real possibility. Please make sure you stay off of the salmon redds. Rubberlegs can be a good fly, with the Perdigon in different colors and the the Olive Hotspot great options below. Baetis and midge pupa patterns in the morning followed by your favorite Caddis pupae in the afternoons will generally keep you in the game all day. In the evening look for the big fish to move onto the shallow riffles to take the meager Hydrosyche Caddis emerging nightly. We are seeing the Spring Run Salmon spawning right now, we're not saying a full-on egg bite is happening. Not saying that. The Fall Run fish are rolling all over the place downstream, so it's just a matter of time. And more and more hatchery steelhead continue to show up every day. Fall is good on the Sac!

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

Access To the Lower Sacramento
The Lower Sacramento has many publicly accessible areas with good wading opportunities when the flows are below 7,500 CFS. Stop by the shop and we'd be happy to point you in the right direction.

Fishing Large Rivers Can be Frustrating
There are many great places you can get in and wade this blue ribbon tail water. Having said that, the absolute best method to fish the Sac is from a drift boat. Aside from being able to access all of the water, you can fish the long runs on a dead, perfect drift which is deadly on these legendary wild rainbows. And who would be a better oarsman than one of our Professional Guides? They know every nook and cranny of the river, what insects are and will be hatching, and the setups and methods that will get you onto the fish of a lifetime.

Recommended Equipment & Setups
Most of our fishing, whether from a drift boat, or wading when the releases are low enough, is done dead drifting nymphs. The Fly Shop's Signature Indicator Rod is nine and a half feet of indicator nymph fishing perfection designed by our professional staff right here on the Lower Sac. Teamed up with a 6 or 7 weight Scientific Anglers Amplitude Anadro Floating Fly Line or a Rio Intouch Xtreme Indicator Fly Line it will put a center pin rig to shame.

Hot Flies: 
Dry Flies:
Mercer's Missing Link, #18 Dark
Mayfly Cripple - Limestone #18
Norman's Loopwing - BWO

Nymphs/Wet Flies:
CB Birds Nest - #14
Mercer's Micro May - #14-16 Brown
Mercer's Poxy Back PMD - #16
Bubbleback Caddis, - Olive #16
Pat's Rubber Legs - #4-8

Eggs:
Micro Spawn - Peachy King, Shrimp Pink
Boles Bazookas - Shrimp Pink, Peachy King

McCloud River Report

Updated:  September 21, 2021

Report: Good news! The national forest closures will end tonight at midnight. Check on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest's website for any additional closure and restrictions. Having said that, the McCloud is still blown for the most part. We would recommend other rivers to fish at this time.

Hot Flies: 

Pit River Report

Updated:  September 21, 2021

Report: The forest closures will be lifted tonight at midnight. Please check out the Shasta-Trinity National Forest's website for any restrictions which remain in place. Smoke is not a factor as of now with the Dixie Fire nearly extinguished. Whew! The river clarity and temperatures should be perfect, now would be a good time to plan a trip to this great freestone river!
We will keep you in the loop when we hear about the closures ending.

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:  September 18, 2021

Report: There are closures that will remain in effect through October due to the Monument Fire. These include national forest lands downstream of Dutton Creek on Steiner Flat Road, above Sky Ranch BLM access including Evans Bar, and areas downstream of Junction City. Everything above Douglas City for sure is open. Check on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest site for the latest information and closure updates.

We are still looking for some reports on the numbers of fish in the upper river above Doulas City. Good numbers of adult fish have definitely made their way into the lower Klamath, it stands to reason there could be decent numbers in at least the lower Trinity. We will be posting a report once we have heard about the upper river.

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:  September 21, 2021

Report: The forest closures will be lifted. Please check the Shasta-Trinity National Forest's website for any remaining restrictions. Also keep in mind the water temps will be higher the further south you go on the river.
Air quality is good right now! The river is low, but cool up above Simms for sure. The Octobers are all pupating now and should begin to hatch up top in three weeks or so. In the meantime, 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:  September 14, 2021

Report: While it is smoky, the fishing has been very good with fish sipping midges in the morning and caddis later in the day. Size #16-18 red and copper colored pupa patterns work well, like Zebra Midges. With more Caddis coming off don't forget to bring Bird's Nests, Poopahs and Bubble Back Caddis to dead drift or swing. Soft Hackles work great here too. Damselflies are abundant and Zach's Swimming Damsel is a good pattern. 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:  August 31, 2021

Report: The national forests are all under a closure area until September 17th. You can fish on Lake Shasta, and if you would like to fish Private Waters, Rock Creek Lake has some nice trout.

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 14, 2021

Report: No recent reports on Keswick, this is usually when the streamer bite picks up. A dark Olive Woolly Bugger is a good fly. San Juan Worms under an indicator or your favorite Baetis nymph pattern. if you are dead drifting for fish works wonders.

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:  September 14, 2021

Report: There is a lot of smoke on the lake, and while the national forests have been closed through September 17th, the Jones Valley, Digger Bay, Bridge Bay, Centimudi and Antlers ramps are all open. Fishing should be good, the lake is cloudy towards shore and the fish are in shallow water. Float n' Flies under and indicator and crayfish patterns bumped down the rocks on cloud seams should have you in fish all day.

Hot Flies:  Hot Flies Coming Soon!

Lewiston Lake Report

Updated:  August 31, 2021

Report: Smoke is definitely impacting the Lewiston area at this time. This little reservoir receives little attention from fly anglers during the summer months due to the availability of all the smaller trout streams. However, don't overlook this great little lake. The flows from the dam into the lake have been at least 2,500 CFS over the past week making the upper end fish like a small river. Dragons and Damsels are always good choices to throw, stripping a brown or olive Crystal Bugger is always a good bet and any of the good Damsel Leeches are a must have. The Callibaetis and Mahogany Duns should have a daily hatch, stripping a good ol' Pheasant Tail in slowly on an intermediate line is a good tactic.

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:  August 31, 2021

Report: Lassen National Park has been closed due to the proximity of the Dixie Fire. Check back as we are monitoring the situation closely.

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:  September 14, 2021

Report: The national forests are all under a closure area until September 17th. You can fish on Lake Shasta, and if you would like to fish Private Waters, Rock Creek Lake has some nice trout.

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:  August 17, 2021

Report: The lake will open in October this year for trout. We will keep you posted as soon as we have a report to pass along.

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:  August 9, 2021

Report: The Antelope Fire has caused the closure of Antelope Creek Ranch at this time. You can read more about the fire Here

So, what is the plan for Antelope Creek Ranch? The plan is simple: We will be open for business again in the spring of 2022 (opening is generally around May 10). ACR will be back, with a bit of a facelift, and better than it was. That’s Mike’s promise to each and every guest. Although there are tough times ahead and a lot of work to be done, he and Bertha are eager to get started on the cleanup and rebuilding.

The ash should spark an abundance of spring wildflowers, and we expect our meadows to explode with lush growth this next spring and summer. We’re going to dedicate the remainder of the summer and fall to restoring the beauty of Antelope Creek Ranch, implementing an aggressive re-planting of the forest where necessary and finalizing some lake enhancement and stream restoration. The ranch house and guest suites look just as beautiful as they ever have, and with the “bad” will come new improvements.

Hot Flies: 

Battle Creek Report

Updated:  September 21, 2021

Report: Water temps are dropping and the ranch is in good shape, the fishing is very good now. We should see some fall run salmon showing up in a little while with the large rainbows right behind them. If you're up for some hiking and scrambling, this is a great place to get hooked up with many wild rainbow trout!

Hot Flies: 

Bollibokka Report

Updated:  September 21, 2021

Report: The river turbidity has been on a rollercoaster all summer, some days the water is clearer than others. The groups that have had the best luck are paying attention to the tributary creeks. Large, dark flies are working best. The secret fly is the EMB Rubberlegs, it's black, has white legs and a flash tail. When the river does drop all the way in, 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 black and white Dolly Llama is also something to throw in your box, the tailouts hold fish willing to play.

Hot Flies: 

Circle Seven Guest Ranch Report

Updated:  September 21, 2021

Report: The river turbidity has been on a rollercoaster all summer, some days the water is clearer than others. The groups that have had the best luck are paying attention to the tributary creeks. Large, dark flies are working best. The secret fly is the EMB Rubberlegs, it's black, has white legs and a flash tail. When the river does drop all the way in, 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 black and white Dolly Llama is also something to throw in your box, the tailouts hold fish willing to play.

Hot Flies: 

Clear Creek Ranch Report

Updated:  September 21, 2021

Report: The ranch has been fishing well, although the creek is low this season. Look for fish to camp out in the deeper holes with moving water. They will also suck up underneath the plunge pools. This creek is loaded with sculpins, so bring your olive Crystal Buggers and get ready for some streamer action. Beetles and other terrestrial patters are also great, small hoppers are a must have item. For nymphs, we can't recommend a good stonefly pattern enough. Bring lots of them as well as some Cinnamon Poopahs. For the evening hatch, Missing Links or olive Elk Hair Caddis will get you tight with one of these feisty rainbows. As we get further into September, the creek will continue to cool and come up a little bit. We have plenty of availability this fall if you are looking for a great place to get away and fish a small creek!

Hot Flies: 

Gold River Report

Updated:  August 31, 2020

Report: Good news is the lower Klamath has remained relatively smoke free this summer. The river has seen some significant cooling in the river drainage and the water temps are now below 70 degrees for the most part. Early season has seen some nice fish landed and a lot of half pounders showing up as well to keep you entertained. We expect to see the fish continue to steadily push in from the ocean through the next couple of months. We have some late September and October openings if you would like to get out onto this wild steelhead river!

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

Luk Lake Report

Updated:  Augus 25, 2021

Report: Due to the low water and encroaching weeds, we will be resting the lake this summer. Check back with us in late September for an update when the levels should come back up.

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:  September 21, 2021

Report: We are happy to report most of the smoke is gone! Fishing wise, the creek has a fair amount of water for this time of year, it is cool and the fish are biting. The grasshopper bite is on, fish will come up and crush your Chubby Chernobyls, Dave's Hoppers and anything put through correctly. Small black Caddis are also coming off in the evenings, fish a #18 or #20 Missing Link. This is a great place to high stick or use your Euronymph rod, small, dark Baetis offerings work best here like the Two Bit Hooker, Olive Hotspot or black Micro May. Dry Dropper can be a great system to land a bunch of these feisty wild rainbows!

Hot Flies: 

Rock Creek Lake Report

Updated:  September 21, 2021

Report: The rains this past weekend have all but put the Dixie Fire out eliminating most of the smoke. With clear skies and cooling weather, this is a great place to go right now. Fishing has been consistently midges in the morning, damsels and dragons during the day, and Caddis in the evening. Patrol the shoreline with a black beetle pattern. The wind knocks them into the lake from the bushes and these fish learn fast. Zack's Balanced Damsel under an indicator is deadly here. Beetles during the day fished near the shore wil always pick up cruising fish. The evening Caddis hatch will have you either tying on a Missing Link or Adams, or wishing you had some to throw. Sizes to pack include #16 - 20. We've got availability this October, give Chris or Bryan a call to see which dates are available.

Hot Flies: 

Sugar Creek Ranch Report

Updated:  September 21, 2020

Report: The River Complex Fire was halted a few miles south of Callahan, the closure order area has been moved further south as a result. The ranch is experiencing some smoke due to the fires to the southwest. The fishing is very good though. The beetles are being blown into the ponds and the fish are waiting for them. This is good. The savvy stillwater trout fisherman will bring midge pupae to fish in the mornings, some fish will sip adults, so a Griffith's Gnat is a good fly to have. Keep your eyes open for fish cruising weed bed edges, they are looking for mayfly an Damselfly nymphs. A good supply of Damsel Leeches is a must. The afternoons will have fish looking to eat beetles and other terrestrials knocked off of the surrounding shrubs. 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