5/29/20: The river is currently running around 150 cfs. That's a pretty good flow for the bulk of the river although the Miracle Mile can be a little boney with a few exceptions. As a result, most of the fishing pressure has been below the Hwy 182 bridge and for good reason. If you can find some open water, the fishing is good with nymphs and small streamers. Try Euro nymphing or indicator nymphing for the most action but don't forget the dries. With the low flows you'll find the trout more willing to eat something off the surface, especially during the morning and evening hours. Hatches consist of midges, BWO's, caddis and just a few PMD's.
RECOMMENDED FLIES: Blowtorch 14-16, Red Dart 14-18, Thread Frenchie 14-16, Perdigon 14-18, Rainbow Warrior 14-16, Sexy Walt 12-14, GTI Caddis 12-14, Squirmy Wormy 10-12, W.D.'s 20-22, Juju Midge 18-22, Diving Baetis 18-20, Darth Baetis 18-20, Slim Shady 18-20, JuJu Baetis 18-20, Mercer's Poxyback Baetis 18-20, Graphic Caddis 16-18, Caddistrophic Pupa 14-16, Sprout Baetis 16-18, Para Adams 16-18, Thorax Dun 16-18, Sparkle Dun 16-18, Chubby Chernobyl 10-12, Stimulator 10-12, Designated Hitter 10-12, Sculpzilla 6-10, MOAL 6-10, Zuddler 6-12.
5/29/20: Conditions on the Ranch are similar to the California side except the stonefly action is picking back up with the Golden Stones becoming active. We haven't seen too many adults yet but the nymphs are starting to migrate to shore and the fish have noticed! If you're heading to the Ranch be sure to have some Rubberlegs and Poxyback Stones in #8.
RECOMMENDED FLIES: Sexy Walt 12-18, Blowtorch 14-16, Frenchie 14-18, Perdigon 16-18, Rainbow Warrior 14-16, GTI Caddis 12-14, Rubberleg 8, Poxyback Golden Stone 8, Squirmy Wormy 10-12, W.D's 18-22, Zebra Midge 18-20, Juju Baetis 16-18, Loopwing CDC Emerger 16-18, Mercer's Poxyback Baetis 16-18, Slim Shady 16-18, Fox's Poopah 16-18, Sparkle Pupa 14-18, Graphic Caddis 16-18, Caddistrophic Pupa 16-18, Rogue Foam Golden Stone 8, Chubby Chernobyl 8, Para Adams 16-18, BWO Sparkle Dun 16-18, Thorax Dun 16-18, Sculpzilla 6-10, MOAL 6-10, Home Invader 8-10.
4/13/20: We haven't had a chance to get on the pond this spring but it should be open and fishing great. Contact Ken's Sporting Goods for the latest info and to book a day.
6/4/20: Hot Creek is fishing great for most anglers. This bug factory is kicking out some of the best PMD activity we've seen in years as well as caddis, little yellow stones and BWO's. We're also starting to see a few hoppers along the stream so it won't be long before the trout get on 'em. Your best bet is to fish a dry/dropper/dropper in the AM until you start to see consistent feeding on top, then you can cut off the nymphs if you want. The PMD's get going around mid morning and last for about two hours and can get some nice fish feeding on the surface. Afternoons are all about the caddis and little yellow stones.
RECOMMENDED FLIES: Perdigon 16-18, Thread Frenchie 16-18, Peaches n' Cream 14-16, Duracell 14-18, GTI Caddis 14-16, Sexy Walt 14-16, W.D.'s 18-22, Juju Midge 18-22, Zebra Midge 18-20, Micro Mayfly 16-18, Juju Baetis 16-18, Slim Sady 18-20, HBI 16-18, Fox's Poopah 16-18, Graphic Caddis 16-18, Caddistrophic Pupa 16-18, Poxyback Little Stone 14-16, PMD Sparkle Dun 14-16, X Caddis 18-20, E/C Caddis 18-20, Lawson's Yellow Sally 14-16, Yellow Stimulator 14-16.
5/9/20: The road is closed for the season.
5/9/20: The Upper river is fishing ok right now. The Cutties have started moving into the system to spawn so the fishing should pick up over the next week or two. The best tactic is to walk the banks and look for spawners, then fish the pool below to the trout eating eggs. We know it's tough, but please leave the active spawners alone to do their thing.
RECOMMENDED FLIES: Squirmy Wormy 10-12, Beads 6mm-8mm, Glo Bug 14-16, Micro Mayfly 16-20, Bird's Nest 16-20, Juju Baetis, 16-18, W.D.'s 18-20, Deep Blue Poison Tung 18-20, Juju Midge 18-20, Graphic Caddis 16-18, Fox's Poopah 16-18, Sparkle Pupa Emerger 16-18, Parachute Adams 16-18, Sparkle Dun 16-18, Missing Link 16-18, E/C Caddis 16-18, Griffith's Gnat 16-20, Sprout Midge 18-22, Meat Whistle 6-8, Double Bunny 6-8.
6/4/20: The lower river continues to fish extremely well with light to moderate angling pressure most days. The best fishing has been from the Wild Trout section upstream to P.V.R. The dry fly fishing is sporadic but nymphing is great throughout most of the day. Look for trout eating PMD's, little yellow stones well as caddis and BWO's. This is a great place to fish!
RECOMMENDED FLIES: Sexy Walt 12-14, Duracell 14-16, Thread Frenchie 14-16, Rainbow Warrior 14-18, Perdigon 16-18, GTI Caddis 12-14, Juju Midge 18-22, W.D's 18-22, Zebra Midge 18-22, BTS 16-18, Radiation Baetis 16-18, Micro Mayfly 16-18, H.B.I. 14-16, Poxyback Little Stone 14-16, Graphic Caddis 16-18, Fox's Poopah 16-18, Caddistrophic Pupa 16-18, Stimulator 16-18, PMD Sparkle Dun 14-16, Para Adams 16-18, BWO Sparkle Dun 16-18, E/C Caddis 16-18, Missing Link 16-18.