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American River Steel w/Guide Peirano
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Thanks for checking our Fishing Reports page. We update this as often as possible - garnered from input from our own fishing, our guides, and our customers. We hope it helps!

We are excited about spring fishing in Northern California. With less rain and snowpack - the rivers will be in great shape earlier than usual We will have a true "opener" this year. Easy wading, 100% of fish in 40% of water means superior spring fishing.

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Fishing Reports – 04-10-2014 - We are already seeing spring Steelhead on the American, Feather & Yuba Rivers. Shad run should be earlier this year. Get out there!

Lower American River - Guided Lower American River Fishing Trips - click here

General Conditions: Flows still hovering around 568 cfs. Reports of pretty big steelies being sighted. Recent rains are bringing in spring steel and stripers. American is closed from Nimbus Damn to Ancil Hoffman park until May 1st.

Fishing & Hatches: Steelies are on small nymphs and we expect there to be some dry fly action on overcast days..still hitting dark nymphs. Stripers are now throughout the river. Guides are hooking very good numbers of very nice Steelhead & Stripers to 10 lbs.

Guide Tip: Dead drift small nymphs.


Top 10 Flies: Nymphs: BH Pheasant Tail 14-20 * Two Bit Hooker 16-18 Gold Ribbed Hare's Ear 12-18 * BH Prince 10-16 * BH Caddis Poopah, tan,olive 14-16 * Bottom Roller Hydrop 12-14 * BH Z-Wing Caddis 14-18 * Unreal Egg Cluster – Brnt org 12 * Dries:E/C Caddis olive 14-16 * Phil's Pesquito - Mosquito Fly 16-18 * Elk Hair Caddis, Tan & Brown 14-16 * Stripers:Clouser in chart/wht & chart/yellow
Gear List: Lower American River Gear & Equipment List
Calaveras River - Guided Calaveras River Fishing Trips - click here

General Conditions: Flows are low at 26 cfs. Fishing is very good. Dry flies are on. 3 wt with dry flies - very fun. Getting good reports on small pmd nymphs and para adams on top.

Fishing & Hatches: Tight line nymphing with Sloans' Mighty Mite baetis, Flashback PTs, Caddis nymphs, Tan Poophah 16, Prince Nymph 16 or Soft Hackle 16.

Top 10 Flies: Nymphs: Mighty Mite-baetis, brn, tan-14-20 * Flashback Pheasant Tail Nymph-14-20 * Micro Mayfly Nymph-brn & olive 14-20 * Zebra Midge-blk & red-16-18 Dries: Parachute Adams- 16-22 * Parachute Mayfly-all colors- 16-22 * Elk Hair Caddis Tan, Olive, Brn 14-16
Gear List: Calaveras River Gear & Equipment List
California Delta - Guided California Delta Fishing Trips - click here

General Conditions: Good reports of Big Boys up to 17 lbs. The Delta is one of the best kept secrets in the West. Fishing the tides swings is best. It really is a great fishery. Look for structure.
Mark Pinto has been doing very well...clients are happy! Mark is one of the original guides in the Delta - Mark knows the Delta!

Fishing & Hatches: Think structure and tides. Strip slow with long pauses.

Stripers moving into Discovery Bay - lot's of bait showing in bays and stripers are chasing them. Top producer is chart/white Clouser, Gurglers & Stealth Bombers.


Top 10 Flies: Stripers: Flashtail Clouser(jigged)-brn/yel, chart-1/0, 2/0, 3/0 * Clouser Deep Minnow-char/wht, char/yel, silver shiner-6, 2, 2/0 * Flashtail Whistler(jigged)-brn/yel, char/wht-3/0 * Half & Half Clouser-blu/wht, char/wht, gry/wht-1/0, 3/0 * Reducer-shad, char/wht -2, 1/0 * Wiggle Minnow- char, baitfish-2/0
Gear List: California Delta Gear & Equipment List
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Lower Feather River - Guided Lower Feather River Fishing Trips - click here

General Conditions: Flows are around 680 cfs @Gridley. Guide Tom Peirano is reporting very good action on steelies. Action running hot and heavy .... still. Many adults and juniors being seen and caught. Lots of new Steel arriving daily.

Fishing & Hatches: Steelies being caught throughout the river.

Guide Tip - Egg patterns, Caddis Nymphs, Red Copper Johns & Caddis Dries.


Top 10 Flies: Nymphs: Unreal Egg Cluster – Brnt org 12 * BH Caddis Poopah–tan/olive-14, 16 * BH Prince Nymph-10-16 * Micro Mayfly-16, 18 * Guides Choice Hares Ear-Olive-16, 18 * Copper John-Red-16, 18 * Hot Wire Prince Tung-14, 16 * Flying Circus Caddis-Chartreuse-8 * Cannon’s Worm-tan/brn-12-16 .Streamers: Egg Sucking Leeches Dries:Elk Hair Caddis Tan, Olive, Brn 14-16 * Stripers: Clouser Deep Minnow-asst colors-2/0-6
Gear List: Lower Feather River Gear & Equipment List
Mokelumne River - Mokelumne River Guided Fishing Trips - click here

General Conditions: River is closed.

Fishing & Hatches:Beatis or Caddis nymphs are the ticket. Small BWO on top. Fishing should be very good with great flows and very few anglers.

Guide Tip: great dry fly fishing.


Top 10 Flies: Nymphs: Micro May-brn, olive-14-18 * Two Bit Hooker-brn, lt.olive-16,18 * Cannon’s Worm-brn -16 * BH Caddis Poopah-tan, olive-14-16 * Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear-14-18 * Hunchback-14-18 * Flashback Pheasant Tail-14-20 * Copper John-red, black-14-18 * Caddis Larva-14, 16 * BH Prince-12-16 * Dries: Very Small Mayflies (20-24)
Gear List: Mokelumne River Gear & Equipment List
Stanislaus River- Guided Stanislaus River Fishing Trips - click here

General Conditions: Flow's are now 240 cfs at Orange Blossom Bridge.

Fishing & Hatches: Lots of small, native Bows on this river! Think Caddis, Baetis and eggs.

Top 10 Flies: Nymphs: Micro May-brn, olive-14-18 * Two Bit Hooker-brn, lt.olive-16,18 * Cannon’s Worm-brn -16 * BH Caddis Poopah-tan, olive-14-16 * Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear-14-18 * Hunchback-14-18 * Flashback Pheasant Tail-14-20 * Copper John-red, black-14-18 * Caddis Larva-14, 16 * BH Prince-12-16 * Dries: Parachute Adams 14-18, BWO 16, Caddis in PM
Gear List: Stanislaus River Gear & Equipment List
Truckee River - Guided Truckee River Fishing Trips - click here

General Conditions: Truckee River flows are around 100 cfs in Truckee. Very good flows guys! We are seeing Big Brown to 10lbs being hooked and release...TRUE. Dry flies are working well. Crayfish, Golden Stones & Baetis - nymphs are working well.

Fishing & Hatches:Bottom line is guides do make fishing the Truckee a great experience. Nymphing has been productive with small stones.

Top 10 Flies: Nymphs: Burk's Hunchback Infrequens-14-18 * Dead Drift Crayfish - Brown & Olive 8 * Mighty Mite-baetis, brn, tan-14-20 * BH Pheasant Tail Nymph-14-18 * Flashback Pheasant Tail Nymph-14-20 * Micro Mayfly Nymph-brn & olive 14-18 * Micro Stone Nymph- 14-16 Streamers: Wool-head Sculpins-black,olive- 4 * Matuka- olive- 6 Dries:Chernobyl Juicy Bug
Gear List: Truckee & Little Truckee River Gear & Equipment List
Little Truckee River - Guided Truckee River Fishing Trips - click here

General Conditions: Flows are 143 cfs. Fish like a spring creek - stealth is important. This can be a year round fishery if you can get there. Road is not plowed.

Fishing & Hatches: Small wet flies, soft hackle, midges. Big Browns coming up from Boca. Fishing has been really good on the LT.

Guide Tip: Time for Two-Bit Hookers & small midges with BWO on top! !


Top 10 Flies: Nymphs:Mighty Mite-baetis, brn, tan-14-20 * Flashback Pheasant Tail Nymph-14-20 * Micro Mayfly Nymph-brn & olive 14-20 * WD 50-gry & olive 18-20 * Zebra Midge-blk & red-16-18 * Dries: Blue Wing Olive - 16-22 * Parachute Adams- 16-22 * Parachute Mayfly-all colors- 16-22 * Rusty Profile Spinner-16-18
Gear List: Truckee & Little Truckee River Gear & Equipment List
Lower Yuba River Guided Lower Yuba River Fishing Trips - click here

General Conditions: Flows 550 CFS. Recent rains have muddied up the river. It is projected to rain through Saturday and will probably be tough fishing. River should begin to clear next Tuesday along the edges. Fish the edges...that's where the fish will be. This river is best fished from a boat & with a guide. Our guides Phil & Joe report good action.

Fishing & Hatches: Nymphing mostly during the day.

Guide Tip: Skwala time! BWO occassionally is on. Next will be Caddis hatches. Good numbers of native bows grabbing flies!


Top 10 Flies: Nymphs: Unreal Egg-Orange-12 * Micro Mayfly-14-18 * BH Caddis Poopah-tan&olive-14-16 * Mighty Mite-brn-14-18 * Copper John-Copper-14-20 * Little Sloan Stone-yellow-12-16 Dries: Blue Wing Olive-14-18 * Sloan’s Payalyzer-all colors-12-16 * PMD 14-18 * Chernobyl Juicy Bug Tan 6, 8, 10
Gear List: Lower Yuba River Gear & Equipment List
Lower & Upper Sacramento, Trinity, Klamath, Pit, McCloud, Fall & Hat Creek

Link to TFS report: Northern California Fishing Report

Book your guide services on these waters: Book your guide date on these great waters – click here

Give us a call: We have fished these waters extensively and would be happy to discuss your needs. Call us at 800-410-1222
East & West Carson, East & West Walker, Little Truckee, Heenan Lake & Pleasant Valley Preserve

Link to Eastern Sierras report: Eastern Sierra Report/Blog

Book your guide services on these waters: Book your guide date on these great waters – click here

Give us a call: We have fished these waters extensively and would be happy to discuss your needs. Call us at 800-410-1222
Private Waters: Antelope Creek Ranch, Bailey Creek Lodge, Clear Creek Ranch, Riverside on Fall River, Rock Creek Lake, Clear Creek Ranch, Hat Creek Ranch, Battle Creek Ranch & Lake Christine

Link to Private Waters fishing report: Northern California Private Waters Fishing Report

Book your next private waters trip: Book your next trip – click here

Give us a call: We have visited all these great private waters - big fish, no crowds. How does that sound? Call us at 800-410-1222

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