The is too much snow on the Pit River to allow for any good fishing

The Fly Shop

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Current River Conditions:
Nothing new to report this week. As it stands: Snowy, muddy and blown out describes the Pit River. We need to see the weather stabilize for at least a week before better conditions prevail. Expect too much snow everywhere. The Pit is not an option for now. Look for an update by the end of next week.

Bring the wading staff! We highly recommend wearing a PFD (Personal Flotation Device) too. The Pit River is a demanding river to wade thanks to slippery, bowling-ball like boulders and rocks. Keeps the crowds down!

The Fly Shop's  Tips: A #14-16 Pheasant Tail Nymph is a very consistent fly on the Pit. Under a medium sized indicator, fish a #6-8 Pat's rubber Legs and a #14 pheasant tail nymph or #14-16 prince nymph. Mercer's #16 black Micro-Mayfly is another great fly. High-stick and short line angling techniques are very, very effective on this stream.

Be ready for supremely tough wading conditions when fishing the Pit. Flat ground DOES NOT exist here! A wading staff really makes a difference for every angler who fishes here. Pack some dry clothes, snake kit and don't forget to dry out your fly-box at the end of the day! 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.

Water Flows:
Pit #3 Flows
Pit #4 Flows
Pit #5 Flows

Suggested Fly Patterns:

Dry Flies:

• Adams #14-18
• Elk Hair Caddis - Tan #12-16
• Mayfly Cripples - #12-16

Nymphs/Wet Flies:
• Dark Lords #12-16
• Tungsten October Pewpah
• Eng Thing #12-16
• Zack's Pseudo May
• Skip's BH October Caddis
• Deceptive Cray
• CB Black Bird's Nest - #10-16
• Sexy Souka - #6
• GB Black A.P. - #10-12
• Micro Mayflies - #14-18
• Red Copper Johns - #16-18
• Zebra John - #16-18
• Pat's Brown Rubberleg - #6-8
• GB Half-Flashback PT - #12-20
• Amber Wing Prince - #14-18
• GB Bird's Nest #10-16

• Beaded Lite Brite Bugger - #6
• Zack's Swimming Leech - #8

Fly Fishing Gear:
• The Fly Shop's  Landing Nets
• Pit River Hardwood Wading Staff
• Simms  Headwater Stockingfoot Waders

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