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Fly Fishing Kettle Creek Pennsylvania
Kettle Creek is one of the better trout streams in
Northern Pennsylvania. It starts out as a small
freestone stream and ends as a rather large stream.
From its Billings Branch tributary downstream to the
433 Bridge, the stream has plenty of wild brown and
brook trout. The lower section of the creek has some
wild trout but according to the state of Pennsylvania,
needs additional fish and has supplement stocked
trout. There are about twenty miles of stocked
water. Altogether there are sixty-seven miles of class A
Several small tributary streams help keep the water
cool. Billings Branch, Sliders Branch, Germania Branch,
Cross Fork Creek, Hamersley Fork and Little Kettle
Creek are the major ones.
Kettle Creek has a delayed harvest fly fishing only
section that starts 500 feet below SR 144 Bridge and
extends upstream for 1.7 miles. This keeps plenty of
fish in the creek during the hot summer months.
Some wild trout and plenty of stocked trout exist below
the delayed harvest water down to Kettle Creek Lake.
Trout Unlimited and the Kettle Creek Watershed
Association have planted trees to provide shade and to
help stabilize the banks of some parts of the stream.
This will also help keep the water temperatures lower.
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Recommended Tackle & Gear
4, 5 or 6 weight
Dry fly: 9 to 12 ft., 5 or 6X Nymphing:
71/2 ft., 3 or 4X, Streamers 0-2X
Dry fly: 5 or 6X, Nymphing: 3 or 4X,
Best Fly Rod:
Perfect Fly Supreme Four, Superb Five
or Ultimate Six
For 4/5/6 fly line
Fly Floatants and Misc Items:
Loon Floatants, KISS Strike Indicators
Tools & Accessories:
Nippers, forceps, retractors, etc.
Trout can be caught year-round.
Springtime is the best time to fish the creek.
Some sections of the stream can get too
warm during the hottest part of the summer.
Fly Fishing Guide to Kettle Creek
The methods, techniques and strategies you should
use for fly fishing Kettle Creek depend on the section of
the stream you are fishing. The upper part of Kettle
Creek is a brook trout fishery. Access to the
headwaters is best using SR 3001. The upper section
can be reached via 44 east that leads from the town of
Oleana. Pine Hill Road, or 44 East crosses over the
stream not far from Oleana. You must hike upstream
from this point. Both wild browns and native brook trout
can be taken from this area.
You can access the stream below Oleana from Route
144 South. This is where Little Kettle Creek converges
with it and almost doubles its size. From Little Kettle
Creek downstream past Ole Bull Park to the regulated
water, the water is a mixture of fast riffles and runs with
plenty of long slow runs.
The stream also receives the cool water from Cross
Fork Creek, a good trout stream itself. From its
confluence with Kettle Creek downstream the stream
slows down and has longer, slower moving runs and
pools. Hamersley Fork is the next downstream tributary
stream. It too has cool water that helps keep Kettle
Creek cool and is a fairly good trout stream itself. It
adds some more wild brown trout to the mix. Hamersley
Fork is also a great little brook trout stream with plenty
of native trout. Fish holdover in this stream during the
summer months. From Hamersley Fork convergence
south to Kettle Creek Reservoir the stream is a mixture
of fast and slow water with decent fishing.
The water ranges from fast sections of riffles and runs
to slow long runs and large pools. The method you use
depends a lot on which type of water you are fishing.
This best procedure is to try to match the hatch or what
is about to hatch and most available for the trout to eat.
The stream has excellent hatches, especially in its
upper sections. It has a huge variety of mayflies,
caddisflies, some stoneflies and plenty of midges. It is
very clear most of the year and requires good
presentations and flies.
Use short, upstream cast in the fast water sections to
avoid having a lot of fly line in the water. This helps
keep a drag free drift. The wild brown trout aren't easily
fooled and you need very good presentations to stand
a chance to catch them. The stocked trout are much
easier to catch, of course.
Kettle Creek Hatches and Trout Flies:
Our information on aquatic insects is based
on our stream samples of larvae and
nymphs, not guess work. We base fly
suggestions on imitating the most plentiful
and most available insects and other foods
at the particular time you are fishing. Unlike
the generic fly shop trout flies, we have
specific imitations of all the insects in the
Kettle Creek and in all stages of life that are
applicable to fishing. If you want to fish
better, more realistic trout flies, have a much
higher degree of success, give us a call.
We not only will help you with selections,
you will learn why, after trying Perfect Flies,
92% of the thousands of our customers will
use nothing else. 1-800-594-4726.
Kettle Creek is a very long stream with lots
of different water types and aquatic insects.
It has some very large aquatic insect
hatches in some areas of the stream. The
first hatches of the year are usually the Little
Black Early Stoneflies. They start hatching
in March. There will also be some Little
Brown Early Stoneflies. They hatch for
about a month. Also in March, you will find
the first Blue-winged Olives starting to
hatch. The many different species will hatch
off and on until early Fall. There will be a
peak in the blue-winged olive hatches again
in June and then again in late September
Blue Quills and Quill Gordons hatch in April.
Both of these mayflies start to hatch about
the same time the water reaches about 50
degrees. The Quill Gordon hatch last for
about a month but the Blue Quills can
continue to hatch for up to two months.
Hendricksons hatch the first three weeks of
May. These include the Red Quill, of course.
About the same time the larger American
March Browns will begin to hatch. They will
continue through the first week or two of
Sulphurs start hatching about the middle of
May. The hatch can last until the middle of
June. Light Cahills and Pale Evening Duns
both start to hatch in the fast water
sections around the first of June and
continue until the second week of July.
In the slower to moderate flowing sections
of water, there will be some Brown Drakes
that start hatching in mid May. They hatch
for about three weeks at the longest.
Green Drakes hatch from the same water
as the Brown Drakes. It too starts in the
middle of May and last as long as a month.
Slate Drakes start to hatch about the first
of June. This hatch can last for a long time
but not in any large quantities at any one
time. Tricos will hatch in the slower water
sections in July. The hatch last on into
Caddisflies are also very plentiful in Kettle
Creek. Spotted Sedges and Cinnamon
Sedges are very plentiful in the moderate
to slow sections. The different species start
hatching around the first of May and
continue until early Fall. Green Sedges are
also found in the fast water sections. There
are several other species of caddisflies.
Imitations of terrestrial insects will catch
trout from about the middle of June
through the month of September. Ants and
beetles are the most plentiful but inch
worms and grasshoppers can be just as
We recommend our "Perfect Fly"
imitations. They are the most realistic
imitations you can purchase to match the
hatches on Kettle Creek. We have specific
imitations of all the important insects. If you
haven't already tried them, please do. You
will be glad you did.
Fall is a great time to catch the big brown
Fish can be taken on all but the coldest
days of Winter.
Kettle Creek Fly Fishing Report:
01/13/14 Warmer weather brought some
anglers off the couch but high stream levels
are hampering the catching.
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09/16/2020 Updated Fishing Report
(see bottom of page)
01/20/14 Stream levels are back near normal
and typical winter weather is prevailing. No
reports of anyone fishing but conditions are
such they should give it a try. The PF winter
stonefly nymphs should work.
01/27/14 Good stream levels and good
winter weather conditions should give
anglers an opportunity to fish.
02/03/14 The water is in good shape, but
cold, of course. This week's weather
forecast is much better and anglers may
want to try it.
02/19/14 Water levels are good and the
weather is normal for wintertime but no
reports from anyone fishing.
02/17/14 Much warmer weather and rain
is on the way. Watch the discharges. No
reports from anyone fishing this past
02/24/14 Stream levels are a little high
and the weather turning colder this
coming week. No reports from anyone
fishing this past week.
03/03/14 It is still cold wintertime but the
stream levels are back down. It should
warm up a little throughout the next week.
03/10/14 The water is warmer and
flowing near a normal level. Except for a
fast moving cold front mid week,
conditions should be better this coming
03/17/14 No reports from anglers fishing.
One customer ordered BWO patterns
getting ready. Conditions should improve
by the end of this week.
03/24/14 Two customers ordering BWOs
and Little Brown Stoneflies. They should
start hatching any time now. Lower water
that should warm up some later this week.
03/31/14 Water has been high recently
and we have not received any reports
from anyone fishing. Currently 1140 cfs.
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04/14/14 Hendrickson and Red Quills
should start hatching any day now.
Stream is in good shape and some good
reports should begin to come in.
04/21/14 No signs of Hendricksons yet
but there's plenty of Blue-winged Olives
hatching. Stream levels and weather
conditions are looking good.
04/28/14 One customer reported seeing
the first Hendricksons/Red Quills and
this should continue. Rain is on the way
and that will help the stream levels and
increase the temperature a bit.
05/05/14 Quill Gordons, Blue Quills,
Hendricksons/Red Quill and Little Black
Caddis are hatching. Stream level is
currently a little high.
05/12/14 Warmer water will change the
hatches. There's rain forecast everyday
for the next week. Plenty of trout are
being caught at the present time.
05/19/14 Stream is flowing at 852 cfs and
2.92 feet which is high. It is falling fast
and should be back in good shape soon.
05/26/14 Stream levels are still high but
falling fast. Kettle should be in good
shape within two or three more days.
Some rain is in the forecast.
06/02/14 Three customers called this
last week to order more flies. The
stream is back just above normal and
several hatches underway.
06/09/14 More good reports from Kettle.
There's currently a little rise in the levels,
so make sure you check them.
06/16/14 High water has slowed the fishing
but the stream is back near normal. Watch
06/23/14 Kettle Creek is actually running
a little low for a change but the fishing
has been and still is very good. Several
hatches are underway.
07/07/14 Stream levels have been high for
the past few days but back down just
above normal. Trout are being caught on
LIttle Yellow Stoneflies and Light Cahills
07/21/14 Two customers reporting catching
several trout this past week. Water levels
have been up and down but all things
considered, the creek is fishing well.
07/28/14 Slate Drakes have started hatching
and trout are being caught on the nymphs
and spinners. Watch the water levels.
08/11/14 Water levels are in good shape
and trout are being caught. Two good
reports from the past week.
08/18/14 More good reports from
customers using our Japanese Beetles
and other terrestrials. Flows are still good
but rain is in the forecast.
09/01/14 Stream levels are still high
but fishable. The levels should drop
down by the end of this week.
09/15/14 There are no more good excuse
for not catching plenty of trout. Stream
levels and lower water temperature is
about as good as it is going to get.
09/22/14 Two good reports from customers
this past week. Cooler weather has really
helped the "catching"/
10/06/14 One local customer reported good
conditions and fishing. Water levels have
been up a little but back down in good shape.
10/13/14 Two good fishing reports from
customers came in last week. Conditions
remain good. BWO's should be the main
focus for the next few weeks.
10/27/14 Kettle Creek is still in good shape
and anglers are catching plenty of trout. Two
good reports from customers using BWOs.
11/09/14 No reports from last week but
conditions are very good. It will be cold
near the end of next week.
12/03/13 Fishing has been mostly tough for
the past three weeks with high water levels
and cold water temperatures. The
conditions are currently much better. Use
cream Midges and size 20 BWOs.
12/14/14 Two good reports. Customers were
using BWO nymphs, size 18 and Midges,
12/22/14 Stream levels are good and the
weather is fairly good, so let us hear from
12/28/14 Water levels have been up but the
rain is about over and the delayed harvest
section should be back in good shape.
01/04/14 One good report came in the past
week. Snow and a big drop in the
temperature is on the way. Now is the best
time to fish.
01/25/15 No reports from the past week. It has
been cold but the levels have been good.
02/02/15 Still no reports from anyone fishing
but the water has been very cold. We still
have a few more cold fronts to go.
02/15 We received one not so good report
about a week ago and none the past week.
We don't recommend fishing Kettle Creek
this coming week due to very cold weather..
02/22/15 No reports due to very cold weather
this past week.
03/01/15 Still now reports from anyone fishing
this past week but conditions will improve this
03/08/15 We have some customers planning
on fishing the stream this coming week. The
water and weather is warming us some, but
still has a ways to go.
03/15/115 Customers reported catching a few
trout but water levels are currently high. The
water is warming up nicely.
03/22/15 No reports from anyone fishing last
week. The steam levels are back down and
03/29/15 Stream levels are a little low but
otherwise, in good shape. Still no reports
from the past week.
04/05/15 BWOs, Little Black Caddis, Little
Brown stoneflies, Quill Gordons and Blue
Quills should hatch soon.
04/12/15 The stream is still flowing high but
otherwise in good shape. There is some rain
in the forecast but hopefully, not much.
04/19/15 Stream levels have fell down and in
good shape and two good reports came in as
a result. Quill Gordons/Blue Quills and Little
Black caddis have started hatching.
04/26/15 No reports from anyone fishing but
stream conditions remain good. The weather is
going to be cooler but shoudn't hurt the fishing
05/02/15 A good report from Kevin K.
Hendricksons/Red Quill are hatching and
conditions very good.
05/17/15 More hatches underway, Sulphurs
coming soon. Three good reports from last
05/23/15 No reports but good conditions
continue. Rain forecast for the next few days.
05/31/15 Two good reports from the past
week. Lots of hatches and spinner falls taking
place. Lots of caddis. Some heavy rain on the
06/07/15 Low water levels is making it a little
tougher than normal but otherwise great.
06/14/15 Stream levels back in good shape
with lots of insects hatching. Two good
reports from the last two days.
06/21/15 Water is up slightly and in great
Shape. More good reports from customers.
07/05/15 Stream levels at 639 cfs and
that's too high to wade. Hopefully, the levels
will drop and fishing improve soon.
07/12/15 The river has dropped to 319 cfs at
1.80 but that's still too high to safely wade. It
should continue to drop..
07/19/15 The river is staying high at 2.34 cfs
and 1.54 ft. or too high to wade. Surely it will
drop this week.
08/02/15 Finally have good stream levels again
and cooler weather forecast. LIttle Yellow
stoneflies are hatching.
08/09/15 One report from a customer that
caught several this past week. Conditions are
excellent right now.
08//23/15 Conditions remain very good with
cooler weather and good stream levels.
Mahogany duns are starting to hatch.
08/30/15 Great conditions with stream levels
back normal and wadable. It will be warmer but
all in all, excellent conditions.
09/06/15 Customer reported catching two
large browns over 17 inches on the Brown
Sculpin streamer this past week.
09/13/15 The stream level is high right now,
too high to wade, but it is falling and should
be back in good shape very soon.
09/27/15 Great conditions, both stream levels
great for wading, and the weather. Great
Autumn Brown sedges are starting to hatch.
10/25/15 Sorry for the lack of reports. Except
for when the water has been high, which has
been often, fishing has been great.
Blue-winged olives are hatching again in size
20 and 16. Great Autumn Brown sedges are at
the peak of their hatch. Stream levels are
currently high, so be sure and keep a close
look at them if you plan on fishing.
11/01/15 Stream levels are high right now but
no rain is forecast after today and they will fall
out fast. The Delayed Harvest area will be in
good shape by the end of this week.
11/15/15 The stream levels have been very
high the past few days. It is falling but there is
some more rain in the forecast. You will just
have to keep a check on the levels.
11/29/15 Excellent conditions exist right now.
Good steam levels, midge hatches, rain coming
Tues. through Wed. Fish size 20/18 BWO
nymphs, cream and red midge larva/pupa in
tandem, Brown Sculpin streamers..
12/13/15 Finally stream levels are in good
shape for wading. Lot of trout being caught.
The weather is unbelievably warm with some
rain coming tomorrow and later next week.
Winter stoneflies are hatching.
12/20/15 The water is at 38 degrees now but
should warm up the next few days. The
levels are a little high, so watch them. There
is some rain in the forecast.
12/26/15 The stream is at 708 cfs at 2.61 ft.
or high right now with lots of rain on the way
from today through Thursday. That's too high
to fish except maybe from the banks.
01/10/16 The river is flowing at 496 cfs at 2.20
feet, or very high. It should drop back down to
wading levels within two or three days. There is
snow forecast through Wednesday.
01/17/16 The flows are still rather high, too
high to wade but falling. They need to be
down close to 120 cfs for good wading
opportunity. The water is only 36 degrees.
01/24/15 The stream is back to near a normal
level and can be waded in most areas. The
weather is going to be a little warmer. These
are good conditions for mid-January.
01/31/16 Stream levels are down to a normal
level good for wading and the water should
warm up a little this coming week. Conditions
are looking much better.
02/17/16 The stream is flowing at 380 cfs and
1.94 feet. Normal is about 121cfs and 1.0
foot. It will be two to four days before the
stream can be waded safely.
02/21/16 Stream levels are still to high to
wade safely and the water off color. Snow is
forecast Tuesday through Friday.
02/28/16 The flows are at 526 cfs and
normal is about 170 cfs. It is going to take a
while for this to clear up. More rain and snow
03/06/16 Flows are down to normal and good
to wade most places. The water is a little
warmer and conditions much improved.
03/13/16 Right now the stream levels are fine
but it is raining and there is a good chance of
rain for the next week. Expect higher levels.
Blue Quills, Quill gordons, little Black caddis
and little Brown stoneflies will start hatching
about the first of April. BWO are hatching now.
03/20/16 The stream levels are still fine for
wading and should remain that way through
the middle of the week, maybe longer.
03/27/16 The stream levels are down and
can be waded anywhere. The water is getting
warmer and when the water hits 50 degrees
for 3 days or more, look out for Blue Quills,
larger BWOs, Quill Gordons, Little Black
Caddis and Little Brown stoneflies.
04/10/16 The stream level is a little low but
great for wading. The cold spell has ended
and the water should begin to warm back up
and the hatches mentioned above will be
starting very soon. There is a couple days of
rain but no expected heavy amounts.
04/24/16 Blue Quills, little Black Caddis,
little Brown stoneflies, BWOs, Amer. March
Browns, and Hendricksons are hatching.
Stream levels are in good shape.
05/01/16 The stream has been low but in
good shape with customers catching a lot of
trout. It is on the way up now, with more rain
coming. Good dry fly action should continue.
05/08/16 The levels are a little high. Lots of
new hatches including Green sedges,
Cinnamon Caddis, Amer. March Browns, and
getting very near Sulphurs.
05/15/16 The levels are down to a normal level
and the water clear. Lots of hatches are taking
place. In a nutshell, it is as good as it gets.
05/22/16 The stream levels are at a normal
level as I am writing this. There is some rain
and they may go up a little but conditions
should remain good this coming week.
05/29/16 The stream levels are in good
shape and customer reporting catching a lot
of trout. Slate Drakes, Sulphurs, Little Yellow
Stoneflies, Cinnamon and Green caddis.
06/05/16 The stream levels are currently low,
so stealth is required. Stay low and blend in
with the surrounding. There are some very
good hatches taking place.
06/19/16 Lots of sulphurs are hatching, along
with Little Yellow sallies, and two species of
caddisflies. The water is very low. Wear
clothing to match the background, mostly
green. Stay as low to the water as possible.
Move slowing and stay behind something as
much as possible. If you stay hidden and
match the hatch, you will catch plenty of trout.
07/03/16 The creek is quite low right now
and a little on the warm side. Watch the
water temp. and if over 68, I wouldn't fish.
The trout will be lathargic and you can stress
them if you catch them. Rain is on the way
and this should change very soon. Fish early
and late in the day near dark.
07/10/16 The river is very low and the water
very warm. You may try fishing early in the
morning but it is marginal.
07/24/16 We suggest waiting until conditions
improve. Low water that's too warm exist.
The trout do not need to be stressed.
08/07/15 Stream levels are very low, so stay
hidden from the trout. Fish early and very
late. Tricos are hatching good.
08/14/16 The stream level is back low again
and still worm. Fish morning Tricos. You
shouldn't fish water over 68 degrees.
08/21/16 The stream levels are a little low
but currently rising. The weather is little
cooler. Lots of Tricos and Caddisflies.
09/11/16 The stream levels are still very low,
at 11 cfs, at 0.30 ft. The water temperature
is reaching about 70 during the day, or too
warm. The weather is cooling off some this
week and conditions should improve.
09/18/16 The stream is still very low at 14 cfs
and 9.34 ft. The water is a little cooler but
conditions far from good.
09/25/16 The stream levels are normal and
the water much cooler. There are a few
hatches taking place and the overall
conditions much improved.
10/02/16 We are getting some good reports
of catches from customers fishing up until the
last two days. Stream levels are okay and the
water about 56 degrees, which is good.
10/23/16 The stream level is 2.90 and
flowing at 168 cfs which is high but falling. It
is better than the low conditions and should
be getting in very good shape, maybe by
the weekend. There's a change for more
but maybe not a lot. Check the levels.It is
too high to wade at this time.
10/30/16 The creek is blown out at this time.
It should start falling, so keep a check on the
11/13/16 Stream levels are a little below
normal but the water is much cooler and the
trout active and eating. Fish are being
caught in good numbers.
11/27/16 Stream levels are very low and the
water cold, averaging about 40 degrees.
Rain in on the way and it will be a little
warmer this week. We think conditions will be
good by the weekend or before.
12/11/14 Stream levels are at a normal level
in good shape but the water is cold, near 34
on the average. Fish Cream and Red midge
larva/pupa in tandem and Winter stonefly
12/25/16 Stream levels are down to just a
little above normal. The weather is going to
be warm. Sculpin streamers, Winter stonefly
nymphs and Cream and Red midges are
the flies you need. Conditions are good.
01/08/17 The stream levels are a little high
and the water very cold. It is possible to
catch trout on midges. There is more rain
forecast, so watch the stream levels. It is
going to be a little warmer this next week.
01/15/17 The river is too high to fish at this
time. You will just have to watch the stream
levels. Currently they are 2.89 ft at 830 cfs.
01/22/17 The flows are at 524 cfs, or way to
high but the water is warm, reaching 44
degrees. It needs to drop back down.
01/29/17 Flows are 506 cfs at 2.26 ft. or too
high to wade. Keep checking the USGS link.
02/05/17 The stream levels are down near
normal but the water is barely above the
freezing mark. It is possible to catch trout
on midges but may be a slow go.
02/12/17 The levels are up to 618 cfs, at
2.50 feet, or very high. Watch them and fish
as soon as it gets down below 200 cfs/
02/19/17 The stream levels are still high,
flowing at 336 cfs. It is falling and should be
back in good shape in another day or two.
The weather is going to be warm and nice.
02/26/17 The stream level is still high, too
high to wade safely anywhere. It is falling
again. You can fish from the banks.
03/05/17 The stream levels are down near
normal and wading possible. The water is
getting a little warmer and conditions much
improved. Fish Midges and Sculpin
03/12/17 The stream levels are in good
shape but the water is getting very cold.
Fish midges, Creams or Reds.
03/19/17 The stream levels are a little low
but clear and in good shape. The water is
cold, about 37, but will be warming up all
week. Conditions should be good very soon.
03/26/17 The stream levels are in good
shape and the water clear. The water is
about 44 degrees and needs to get up to
about 50 degrees for a few days and the
spring hatches will start.
04/09/17 The stream level is a little to high
to wade right now, but falling. This coming
week should be good with Blue Quils, Quill
Gordons, little Brown stoneflies, little Black
Caddis and BWOs starting to hatch.
04/16/17 Stream levels are down below
normal and wading easy about anywhere.
There are lots of hatching insects and
anglers are catching trout on dries.
04/23/17 There are several hatches taking
place and Hendricksons/Red Quills could
start anytime now. Conditions are good.
04/30/17 Stream levels are a little below
normal and the water warmer.
Hendricksons/Red Quills are hatching.
05/07/17 Stream levels are very high and
the water highly stained. You can fish from
the bank, but that is it until the levels drop.
05/14/17 The levels are down to just a little
above normal and safe to wade in most
places. There are lots of hatches taking
place and more will be starting soon.
05/21/17 The stream levels are running low
and the water clear. Lots of trout are being
caught and lots of hatches are taking place.
05/28/18 Conditions are still good.
06/04/17 The stream levels are high at
301 cfs at 1.74 ft. but falling. This is too
high to wade safely in most places. Lots of
insects are hatching.
96/11/7 Stream levels are still a little high
but should fall some more. More hatches
have started. Sulphurs, Light Cahills,
Cinnamon Caddis, and more.
06/25/17 It is currently a little high but
falling fast. Lots of hatches are taking
place. It is good when down low enough to
07/09/17 The stream levels are down in
good shape. There are some good hatches
taking place such as Light cahills and
sulphurs and terrestrials are working.
07/16/17 Stream levels were up some but
back down in good shape. We received two
good reports from customers this past week.
07/23/17 Stream levels are low. Stay low
and hidden. Slate drakes, Cream cahills,
and Tricos are starting to hatch.
07/30/17 Stream levels are still low and
wading easy. Be careful to not spook the
trout. Terrestrials are working as well as
the flies listed just above here.
08/06/17 The stream levels are normal for
this time of the season but that's low.
There is some rain in the forecast. We
received two good reports from customers
this past week.
08/13/17 The stream levels are back down
to near normal and the water clear. There
are some good hatches and terrestrials are
also working good. Good conditions.
08/27/17 The stream levels are normal and
in good shape. There are lots of Tricos,
Cream cahills, Slate drake and other
hatches taking place. Good condtions.
09/10/17 Stream levels are a little low, so
use caution and stealth. We are getting
some good reports from customers.
09/24/17 The canyon or wild trout section
is turning out some nice trout for our
customers. Conditions are very good.
10/15/17 The creek is in good shape with
good stream levels and some good
hatches. Good numbers of trout are being
caught by our cusomers.
10/22/17 The creek is very low. You have
to stay hidden and use stealth to catch
trout. There is rain in the forecast and it is
likely to be back up in a couple of days.
11/15/17 The stream levels are still a little
high but falling. I think it will be fine and safe
to wade very soon. BWOs, Sculpin
streamers and Cream and Red midges are
the flies you need. ,
11/21/17 The creek still running high and
cold, with water temperature at 39 degrees.
Cream and Red (blood) midges are the only
hatches. We had one good report this past
12/05/17 The stream levels are still low but
on the way up some as I write this. We
received two good reports this past week
from customers. Midges and Sculpins.
12/12/17 The stream levels are fine and
wading easy and safe. The water is in the
thirties and Cream and Red midges are tje
most impotant insects to imiitate.
12/19/17 The stream is still low and you
need to stay hidden as best you can.
Winter stoneflies have started to hatch.
01/02/18 The water is very low and very
cold, with lots of slush ice and deep snow
on the banks. Midges & Winter stoneflies
are the only hatches.
01/30/18 The stream levels are a little
high, too high to wade most places. Midges
and Winter stoneflies are still hatching
02/13/18 The stream levels are down to
near normal. The water is very cold but free
of ice. Midges will catch trout - creams, light
greens and blood midges are hatching.
02/20/18 The stream is very high and likely
to be high for a few more days.
02/27/18 Flowing at 882 cfs at 2.99 ft.
Median is 179 cfs. In other words, blown out.
03/06/18 The stream is still a little high,
but clear and falling fast, By the time you
read this it should be in good shape.
03/20/18 The stream levels are low and the
water clear. it is a little colder and Midges
and Winter stoneflies the only hatches.
03/27/18 Stream levels are in good shape
with good hatches of Blue-winged olives.
Starting anytime now, Quill Gordons, Blue
Quills, Little Grannon (Apple) Black caddis
and Little Brown stoneflies.
04/03/18 Stream levels are still good with
midge and Blue-winged olive hatches. The
water needs to come up just a few more
degrees for the big hatches to start.
04/18/18 The stream levels are very high
again, far too high to wade safely. It is
falling and hopefully, will be down soon.
Check back with us.
04/25/18 The stream levels are down to
normal and the water clear. Several good
hatches are taking place.
05/02/18 Levels are a little below normal
and wading safe with caution. Blue-winged
olives, Hendricksons/Red Quills, Blue
Quills, Quill Gordons, Litle Black Caddis
and LIttle Brown stoneflies are hatching.
05/09/18 American March Browns are
starting to hatch. Conditions are good.
05/16/18 The stream levels are high, too
high to wade safely in most areas. There
are lots of hatches taking place. Fish our
Sculpin streamers during the high water.
05/30/18 The stream levels are down but
still a little high. There are lots of hatches
and clear water. It should improve this week.
06/06/18 The stream is in good shape
with good levels and lots of hatches
06/20/18 The stream is running a little low
but otherwise, in good shape, There re
multiple hatches and terrestrials are also
starting to work well.
06/27/18 The stream is just a little above
normal level with lots of hatches and lots
of trout being caught.
07/04/18 The stream is still a little above
normal level and in good shape. Wading
is safe most places with caution. Good
hatches are still taking place.
07/18/18 The stream levels are down a
little below normal and good hatches
continuing. Conditions are good.
07/25/18 The river is blown out flowing at
531 cfs. It is falling fast and should be
back in good shape soon.
08/02/18 The stream levels are still high,
too high to wade safely.
08/08/18 It is still high but can be waded
in places and continues to fall. Good
hatches are still taking place.
08/22/18 The stream levels are still a
little higher than normal but safe to wade
in some sections. Slate drakes are
starting to hatch.
09/05/18 The stream is a little high but in
good shape otherwise. There are some
good hatches taking place. Trout are
being caught in decent numbers.
09/19/18 Flowing at 758 cfs at 2.77 ft, or
very high, too high to wade anywhere.
Hopefully, it will fall back down very soon.
09/29/18 The stream is still very high,
flowing at 542 cfs but falling back down
and should be in shape to fish very
10/16/18 The stream is still 429 cfs, or
high, too high to wade most place. You
can fish parts of it from the bank with
Sculpin streamers and catch trout.
10/23/18 The stream is still a little high,
flowing at 176 cfs at 1.33 ft. It can be
waded in many sections.
11/06/18 The stream is still high, too high
to wade safely most places. Sculpin
Streamers are catching trout fished from
the edges of the stream and banks.
11/16/18 The stream levels are still a little
high. There are a few places you can
wade near the edges of the stream.
Sculpin streamers are catching some nice
12/09/18 The stream levels are down in
good shape but the water is about 36
degrees. Fish cream or red midges rigged
12/23/18 The stream is very high but
should fall back out in two days. Midges
and BWOs are hatching. Send us an
email for a fly list.
01/01/18 The stream is flowing at 1220
cfs at 3.38 ft., or very high. Needs to get
down to 300-400 range to start fishing.
01/08/19 The stream levels are down and
some sections can be waded. There are
trout being caught on Sculpin streamers,
Midges with larva and pupa rigged in tandem.
01/22/19 Flows are at 1220 cfs, which is
blown out. Sorry, check back soon.
02/12/19 Flows are at 570 cfs at 2.40 ft. It
is down but still a little too high to wade
some places, okay in others.
92/19/19 The stream is down to just a
little above normal. Trout are being
caught in good numbers. Send us an
email for a fly list.
02/28/19 Stream levels are a little below
normal level. Trout are being caught in
good numbers. Lots of winter stoneflies.
03/07/19 The stream level is a little below
normal. The water is fairly cold so fish
slow, near the bottom out of the fast
03/14/19 The stream is a little below
normal level with some good BWO and
midge hatche. We received two good
reports from the past week.
03/24/19 The stream levels are down to
a good normal level and clear. BWO
and Midges are hatching but get ready
for spring hatches coming very soon.
04/09/19 The creek is in great shape
with clear water and some good hatches
taking place. Good numbers of trout are
being caught. Quill Gordons, Blue
Quills, Little Brown stones, Little Black
caddis, Amer. March browns and BWOs.
04/23/19 Good numbers of trout were
being caught before the high water
levels. It is still too high to wade but
falling. It is stained most places and
some good hatches are taking place.
05/04/19 Stream levels are in good
shape and trout are being caught.
There are some very good hatches
05/18/19 The stream is just a little
above normal levels and the water
lightly stained to clear. There are Slate
Drakes, Sulphurs, Cinnamon and Green
caddis hatching. .
06/05/19 Good reports were coming in
before the levels came up. It should drop
back out soon. There are several good
hatches taking place. .
06/13/19 The stream levels are still high
but can be waded with caution in most
places. Good numbers of trout are being
caught and lots of insects are hatching.
06/20/19 The creek is blown out from
heavy rain. It was turning out good
numbers of trout with good hatches and
willl again as soon as it falls back out.
06/29/19 The stream is still a little high
and lightly stained. Wading isn't safe
many places. Some areas coudl be
waded wtih caution. Lot of hatches are
07/06/19 The stream is a little above
normal level but can be waded most
places. Good hatches are taking place
and good numbers of trout being causht.
07/13/19 Stream levels are barely
above normal and can be waded safely
most anywhere. Lots of trout are being
07/21/19 The stream levels are a little
above normal with wading tough in some
place and okay with caution in others.
Fish early and late in the day.
07/30/19 The stream levels are still
flowing a little above normal. You can
wade most places with caution. Trout are
being caught in good numbers.
08/08/19 The stream is in good shape
and good numbers of trout are being
caught. Good hatches continue.
08/15/19 The stream is flowing at a
normal level. There are trout being caught
in good numbers by our customers.
08/30/19 The stream is near a normal
level and clear. We are getting some
good reports from customers. Fish early
and late in the day.
09/10/19 The creek is just a little above
normal levels, and that is good. There
are trout being caught in good numbers,
good hatches and terrestrials work.
09/21/19 The stream level is down to
normal, there are some good hatches
and we are getting good reports from
10/02/19 The stream levels continue to
be just a little below normal and wading
safe and easy most places. We continue
to get good reports.
10/20/19 The stream levels are down to
normal levels and in good shape. Our
customers are giving good reports.
Midges, BWOs, are hatching very good.
Our articulated streamers are getting the
10/28/19 The stream levels have gone
back up to above normal, but it is in
good shape at this time. Rain later in the
week could bring levels up further. There
are good hatches taking place and
Sculpin patterns are working as well as
Midges rigged in tandem.
11/24/19 Stream levels are a little below
normal and our customers are catching
lots of trout. Excellent condition currently
02/01/2020 The stream is flowing just a
little below normal level and in good
shape. We are getting some good
reports from customers.
02/24/2020 The stream levels are
normal and the creek in good shape.
Our customers are catching some nice
trout.Send us an email for a fly list.
03/09/2020 Stream levels are just a little
above normal and the water clear. We
continue to get good reports.
03/24/2020 The creek is running a little
above normal level but our customers
are still catching good numbers of
04/13/2020 Stream levels are normal
and the water clear. There are good
hatches taking place and our customers
are reporting some good catches.
04/24/20 Stream levels are a little above
normal but otherwise in good shape.
Trout are being caught in good numbers.
05/08/20 Stream levels are just a little
above normal and clear. There are
multiple hatches taking place and you
should be able to catch plenty trout.
05/25/20 The stream levels are in great
shape and the water clear. There are
lots of hatching insects and trout are
being caught in good numbers.
06/06/20 The creek is in very good
shape with lots of insects hatching. Dry
fly fishing is excellent. We continue to
get some very good reports from
06/20/20 The stream levels are down
to a normal level. There are still plenty
of hatches taking place and you should
be able to catch good numbers of trout.
06/30/20 the stream levels are quite low
and you need to use extra caution to
stay low and hidden from the trout as
possible. Trout are still being caught.
07/10/20 The stream levels are low and
you have to use caution to stay hidden
from the trout. There are still some good
hatches and terrestrials are working.
07/24/20 The stream levels are just a
little below normal. We received two good
reports from the past week. There are
still some good hatches taking place.
08/11/20 The stream levels are still low
and stealth in required to be successful.
We still are getting some good reports
from customers. Rain would help.
08/29/20 The creek is very low but there
is rain forecast and it should come back
up. We were getting good reports from
customers. There are some good hatches.
09/16/20 The stream levels are very low
and the water fairly warm. Trout can be
caught if you can stay hidden from them.