Recent Fall River Fishing Reports
9/18/16 by Andrew Harris
: This report is by Scott Saiki: Although Fall officially begins in just a couple of days, the Fall River seems to be a little unsure of which path to take. Cool mornings lead to temperatures in the mid 80's, and the bugs seemed to be a little unsure of the season as well. Bug activity was extraordinarily diverse which made the puzzle even more of a challenge. Baetis, PMD's, Tricos, Callibaetis, and even terrestrials at every life stage were all in play with short windows of opportunity throughout the day. Stan Jr., Bob, and parents Stan Sr., and Lucy came from San Francisco and Wisconsin respectively to try to sort out the puzzle. Dry fly, nymph, swinging, and going deep all paid off at various times this weekend. We worked hard for what we got, but there were some very memorable fish landed. Thoughtful fishing and careful presentations are currently the order of the day, but when you "work hard," you are rewarded. Generously!
9/6/16 by Andrew Harris
: I spent a beautiful day on Fall River with Christine and Doug from Larkspur. The weather was cool so we had to wait a while for the callibaetis hatch to really get going. Our best fishing was from 1pm to 4:30pm when the fish were chowing down on callibaetis nymphs and dries. We landed fish up to 18" and hooked quite a few fish in the 16-19" range. River conditions are great - this is my favorite time of year to be on Fall River.
8/28/16 by Andrew Harris
: Fall River is fishing really well right now. This is my favorite time of year to fish the river because of the intense callibaetis hatches. When the wind doesn't blow, you can have dry fly fishing from 8am to 6pm as the fish rise to a mix of callibaetis spinners and duns. The nymphing can be great, but this is prime time for catching a really big rainbow on a dry fly. Bring an assortment of duns, cripples, and spinners and your A Game.
Fall River Guide Availability
The Hex Hatch on Fall River
The hex hatch is one of the most popular events during the season on Fall River.
It starts in mid-June and goes through the end of July.
Hexes hatch right at dusk, often waiting until 9pm to emerge.
During hex season, we typically do a split-day program.
We fish in the morning from 8:30am to 2pm or so and then meet again after dinner for the hex hatch.
Sometimes we'll even do the morning session on the Pit, McCloud, Burney Creek, or Hat Creek, then finish off the day with the hex hatch.
Gear Recommendations for the Fall River
Rods, Reels & Lines:
Four, five, and six-weight nine-foot rods are ideal on Fall River. We typically have two rods rigged at all times, one with a floating line and another with a sinking line. Four- and five-weights are perfect for dry fly fishing. Five weights are ideal for nymphing. Five- and six-weight rods are great for sinking lines. We use clear intermediate sinking lines (also called sly lines) and full-sink fly lines on Fall River on a daily basis.
Leaders, Tippet & Indicators:
We frequently use 6X and 7X tippet on Fall River. Come prepared with 9' 6X leaders for dry fly fishing and 7.5' 5X leaders for nymphing. We prefer "Corkie" indicators in the 1/2inch size for Fall River. We use split shot in sizes 6, 4, and 1 on Fall River.
Waders & Boots:
All fishing on Fall River is done from boats.
Waders and boots are not necessary.
Sometimes we bring waders if it looks like rain is possible.
Hatches & Seasons
Fall River is open from the last Saturday in April through November 15. Some of the most popular hatches include the PMD, Hex, and Callibaetis.
• Mercer's Micro Mayfly, all colors, size 14-18
• Hogan's S&M Nymph, Olive, 16
• HBI, 16-18
• Pheasant Tail, curved shank, 16-20
• Pheasant Tail, straight shank, 16-20
• Zug Bug, 16-18
• Parachute Adams, 14-18
• PMD parachute, 14-20
• PMD spinner, olive, 16-18
• Quigley Cripple, olive, 16-18
• Comparadun, olive, 16-18
• Water's Foam Hex, 6
• Quigley's Hex Paradrake, 6
• Nealley's Hex Adult, 6
• Umpqua Hex Crippler, 6
• GB Hale Bopp Leech, all colors, 8
• Glass Bead Gee Leeches, dark colors, 8
• Rickard's Seal Buggers, all colors, 8
Meeting Time & Place:
We typically meet our clients at their lodge or hotel at 8:30am. On some trips we may arrange to meet at the CalTrout public access.
We typically have our clients ride with us in our vehicles. However, be prepared to follow us in your own vehicle.
All fishing on Fall River is done from boats.
We use small flat-bottomed boats with electric motors and small gas engines.
No waders are necessary.
Multiple Fisheries in one Day:
Although Fall River is close to Hat Creek and the Pit River, we usually spend all day on Fall River. Occasionally we will fish Fall River until 2pm and then hit another destination in the afternoon. Sometimes we might even start at Hat Creek fishing the trico spinner fall and then head over to Fall River.
Length of the Day:
Most full days conclude around 5:30pm. Half days end around 12:30pm. On many full days we take a break around 2pm and reconvene around 7pm to fish the evening hatch, especially during the Hex hatch.
Lodging & Travel Info
Please visit our Fall River Mills
page for hotel and restaurant recommendations and ideas about other things to see and do while you're in the Fall River Valley!