Fly Fishing is Great on the Pit River

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Current River Conditions:
Fishing great! Pit 3,4,5 all are in good shape and generating good fishing. October Caddis dries and nymphs should be in your fly box along with small caddis patterns and a few mayfly nymphs. Wading this river is a chore though! Read on to find why. Bring the wading staff! We highly recommend wearing a PFD too.

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Some changes have occurred over the past two years. All anglers should be aware of the new increased flows in Pit reaches 3, 4, 5. Pit 3 now has a minimum flow of 280 to 350 cfs which is up from 150 cfs. Pit 4 now has a minimum flow between 350 and 450 cfs which is up from 150 cfs. Below Pit 5, minimum flows are between 350 and 450 cfs which is up from 100 cfs. Be smart, be cautious and think about where you are wading. The old favorite run is now chest deep and full of swift water. When you go, look for a new spot to fish. They are there. Lots of new spots.

The Fly Shop's  Tips:
Be ready for tough wading conditions when fishing this river, especially with higher flows scheduled from now on. Flat ground DOES NOT exist here! A wading staff is is necessary for most anglers. Move slow, and keep solid footing while in the water. (But just in case... pack some dry clothes, snake kit and don't forget to dry out your fly-box at the end of the day!). To get the hook ups, knowing where and when is everything. The Pit River rainbows will eat all day most of the time. These feisty fish can be found holding in fast bubbly water and in slower, smooth flowing water as well. High-stick and short line nymphing techniques are the key to finding the biggest rainbows on this river. Have plenty of BB, AAA and SSG split shot in your vest pocket. Feed lots of line and go for long drag free drifts, using an indicator and suspending flies 3 - 6 feet deep, in the long smooth glides between boulders and broken riffles. An there is no shortage of boulders, riffles, runs and pockets.

River Fact:
The Pit, the Klamath and the Columbia are the only three rivers in the U.S. that cross the Cascade Range.



• Morrish's Adult Oct Caddis
• Elk Hair Caddis Tan #12-16
• Yellow Stimulator #8-16
• Mayfly Cripples #12-16
• Skating October Caddis

Nymphs/Wet Flies:
• Glass Bead Poopah
• GB Black A.P. #10-12
• Micro Mayflies #14-18
• RK Sin City #16
• Red Copper Johns #16-18
• Zebra John #16-18
• San Juan GB Worm
• Pat's Brown Rubberleg #6-8
• BH Half Flashback PT #12-20
• Olive Zaddis #14-16
• Amber Wing Prince #14-18
• Lightning Bug #16
• GB Bird's Nest #10-16
• Olive Fox's Poopah #14-16

• Beaded Lite Bright Bugger
• Zack's Swimming Leech
• Dead Drift Crayfish

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