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Burney Area Fly Fishing Report

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Dave Neal Reports on 9.3.2015

The first week of September is finally upon us. We will soon turn the slow corner into fall season!

I’ve spent most of my guide days this past week fishing out of Clearwater Lodge on nearby waters of the Fall River Valley, Hat Creek and the Pit River along with a couple days floating the Lower Sac in Redding. We had a wonderful time at the Lodge with Chef Noelle outdoing herself each night cooking up some incredible meals. If you have never visited this part of California, it’s worth a trip right now.

We had solid fishing each morning with slower periods in the afternoon. When sun dropped low in the sky and the shadows grew taller, the good fishing returned with a bit of dry fly fishing on the days we committed to it.

Typical of late summer, bug hatches are not particularly intense this time of year (compared to the spring and early summer) however; careful observation will expose opportunity during a spinnerfall event or egg-laying caddis migration.

Fishing midges and terrestrial patterns will also get attention from trout. I don’t know what I would do without my collection of midges in every size, shape, and shade of black. When the fish don’t seem interested in anything… a size #20 black zebra midge usually changes their mind. Other files I would have in my box consist of: Fox’s Poopah #12-18 brown, Gordon’s Prince #14-16, H’s S&M #16 olive, brown, Mercer’s GB Micro Mayfly #18 black, olive, Bird’s Nest natural #14-16. For dry flies the usual suspects like Cutter’s EC Caddis, Mercer’s Missing Link, para Adams, along with variety of small (#18- 22) mayfly patterns and some terrestrial patterns.

Now that the kids are back in school, various hunting seasons have begun, and salmon season (and steelhead) is in underway… the trout streams are probably the least crowded places right now. September is a great month to get out and go fishing with your buddies or your family. Explore some new water and get after it!!

I still have a few days open this month… September 9,10, 21, 22, 23 - while my October & November are completely booked-up – steelhead are coming!

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