Well, winter has definitely begun to settle in up here in the Sierra. We haven't been getting too many reports on the river lately, mainly due to the fact that there's not too many anglers coming up to fish it. The flow rate is about 25 cfs or so, this is pretty typical for the river this time of year. The lake is filling up a little every week so I'd expect that at some point this winter when the lake is full the flows will increase, possibly Feb or March. Of the few reports we have been getting the fishing has been pretty darn good. There's been quite a number of really good fish being caught, some in the 7 and 8 pound class.
There's been some decent streamer action but mostly this time of year it's gonna be small midges baetis type nymphs. Patterns to try include: zuddlers, moal leeches, double bunnies, buggers, flashback emergers, pt's, silver streaks, wd-40's, san juans and zebra midges. The best time of day to fish this time of year, mainly due to the colder temps, is from about 10am to 3am or so, this can change from day to day, but these hours are a good time to get after it!
Pretty much the same story on the ranch as on the Cali side of the river, it does warm up......