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Hat Creek
FISHING REPORT
Updated - 2/8/24
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Current River Conditions: normal and clear

Fishing Report-Fair to Good: The Fly Shop in Redding https://www.theflyshop.com reports "Hat Creek has some nice weather coming up and the fishing can be good after storms with sunny days. You can expect a prolific Baetis/Blue Wing Olive hatch any winter day when there is plentiful sunshine, and with less than 5 mph winds forecast all weekend, and partly cloudy skies, this would be a good spot to go. Bring your Hackle Stackers, Griffith's Gnats, and a stealthy approach. Nymph-wise, the BP Weiss nymph, X-Mays in #18, or Sweet Peas are great to have along with some Peaches n' Green. Moving around and keeping your eyes peeled for hatches is the best tactic this time of year on Hat. And please remember to respect other anglers and spawning Rainbows."

There is more to Hat Creek than the popular section between Powerhouse #2 and the Lake Britton inlet barrier. Note that there are miles and miles of creek upstream that get regular fish plants.  The Cassel area and Baum Lake which are both quite close to Powerhouse #2 have some excellent fishing and many of the same bugs as the special regs section below PH #2. 

 

Great patterns for fishing down deep are #18 Red Copper Johns, #18 bead head flashback Pheasant Tails, #18 Micro Mayflies, #4 Black Rubber Legs, #14 Olive Birdsnests, #12 Poxy Stones.  For dries: #20 Trico Spinners, #16 Rusty Spinners, Quigly Hackle Stacker (or similar), Tent Wing Caddis, Little Yellow Sally (EH Caddis style). Click here if you need some:   https://bit.ly/2VjDpT3

Recommended General All Around Patterns
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Nymphs Click Here to Go To Our Fly Catalog

Bead Head Pheasant Tail #12, #14 & #16 & #18, Hot Bead San Juan Worm, #8, #10 & #12 Kiene's Golden Brown Stone Nymph , Copper John/red or copper #14, #16, #18, Bead Head

Prince Nymph (various sizes), Wooly Bugger/rusty, black, Black Rubber Legs #2, tungsten bead Zebra Midge/black, brown, red, Fox's Poopah #14 & #16. Scud/pink #14, Bird's Nest #14 & #16, Micro Mayfly, Little Sloan Stone #14, #16, Vinci's "Depth Charge Bird's Nest"/olive, black, or natural

Dries Click Here to Go To Our Fly Catalog

Stimulator #2-#12, Adams Parachute #14 & #16 & #18, Elk Hair Caddis #14 & #16, .Trico Parachute #20, Parachute PMD #16, Quigley Cripple/gray #14 & #16, and #18, Elk Hair Caddis #14 & #16, Cutter's EC Caddis #16, Rusty Spinner #16 & #18, Fat Albert #10


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