Lot's of great fishing right now on the Pit River

The Fly Shop

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Current River Conditions:
Water conditions are great and so is the fishing. Pit river rainbows are after #8-6 Pats Rubber Legs, #16 Zebra Johns, Black Bird's Nests. Bring the wading staff! We highly recommend wearing a PFD too. The Pit is a delightful choice at this time of year. We know solitude is found here.

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.

Up to date Pit River flows:

Pit #3 Flows
Pit #4 Flows
Pit #5 Flows

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.



• Elk Hair Caddis Tan #12-16
• Yellow Stimulator #8-16
• Mayfly Cripples #12-16

Nymphs/Wet Flies:
• Black Bird's Nest #10-16
• Sexy Souka
• 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
• Amber Wing Prince #14-18
• Lightning Bug #16
• GB Bird's Nest #10-16

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


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