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San Joaquin River - October 15th, 2005
supplied by: Sierra Drifters - Guide Service
FISHING: Good
Fly fishing continues to be good here as the flows are sweet in most sections of the river.  Dry dropper bead head nymph combos are a sure bet in the deeper pools and runs, with the wild trout still active on the warmer afternoons on surface imitations such as caddis and mayflies #16-20.  Get away from the campgrounds 20 minutes hike or so for better quantities of wild fish and a shot at the “Sierra grand slam”!

San Joaquin River - September 20th, 2005
supplied by: Sierra Drifters - Guide Service
FISHING: Great
Super conditions here for both dry fly and subsurface action.  The flows are ideal for smaller wild trout that whack most dry fly patterns in the #16-18 range.  This is a great time of year to fish here as the crowds of summer thin out.  You may now drive your own vehicle in.

San Joaquin River - August 31st, 2005
supplied by: Sierra Drifters - Guide Service
FISHING: Great
Ideal flows coupled with some excellent weather provided the stage for some great caddis hatches and the wild fish went bonkers for dries fished on top.  The river is being planted with rainbows in the campgrounds once again this season and this has taken the pressure off the wild trout allowing the more ardent fly fishers plenty of opportunities if they do a little hiking away from the crowds.  You may drive your own vehicle in before 7 am and after 7:30 pm. A shuttle bus will take you in otherwise. There is a $7.00 charge for each person entering the area. Tom McCray from Irvine, CA fished with us recently on the San Joaquin which is in perfect shape as you can see from this picture….

San Joaquin River - August 25th, 2005
supplied by: Sierra Drifters - Guide Service
FISHING: Great
Ideal flows coupled with some excellent weather provided the stage for some great caddis hatches and the wild fish went bonkers for dries fished on top.  The river is being planted with rainbows in the campgrounds once again this season and this has taken the pressure off the wild trout allowing the more ardent fly fishers plenty of opportunities if they do a little hiking away from the crowds.  You may drive your own vehicle in before 7 am and after 7:30 pm. A shuttle bus will take you in otherwise. There is a $7.00 charge for each person entering the area. Tom McCray from Irvine, CA fished with us recently on the San Joaquin which is in perfect shape

San Joaquin River - July 17th, 2005
supplied by: Sierra Drifters - Guide Service
FISHING: Fair
Be cautious when wading.  This place is ripping.  The campgrounds will be planted this season by the DFG we are told so this may spare some wild fish for sure.  It will be a while before the flows subside and make wading possible in other than the flats. 

The hot ticket down here is tubing Sotcher and Starkweather Lakes.  The Alpers truck has dumped some fatties here as well as a double shot of DFG rainbows.  Most streamer patterns will take these fish with a moderate full sinking or sinking tip line.  Keep moving until you locate the “herd” These fish have a tendency to pod up and school together.  Hatchery fish have “softer mouths” try to strip set when you get a grab by pulling your line until you load the rod.  Keep your tip slightly under the water for better feel to the fly.  


San Joaquin River - October 13th, 2004
supplied by: Sierra Drifters - Guide Service
FISHING: Poor
Very low water and very small fish.  Great scenery if the “catching” is not important to you. 

San Joaquin River - September 28th, 2004
supplied by: Sierra Drifters - Guide Service
FISHING: Fair
San Joaquin: Fair I do not care to fish the Middle Fork when the flows get this low.  The recent snow last week has brought the creek up a little but you will find very little area in the riffles, pockets and flats, with most of the fish being stacked in the deepest pools.  If you want some solitude and a gorgeous background then this is a perfect spot.  It is beautiful here this time of year and crowds are light.  You may drive your own vehicle in without restrictions.

San Joaquin River - September 4th, 2004
supplied by: Sierra Drifters - Guide Service
FISHING: Good
San Joaquin River: Good 

Do not get discouraged if you do not get into fish within 20 minutes walking of the campgrounds here.  The fish in this area have been hit pretty hard all summer and with the water flows becoming low and gin clear it will be tough to get into aggressive fish in the pounded sections.  Plan on doing some hiking and you will find eager wild trout that take most dry fly imitations #16-20.  I like a #18 elk hair caddis trailed 16 inches behind a #16 stimulator this time of year.  Use 5x or lighter tippet for best results and make upstream presentations whenever possible.

San Joaquin River - August 21st, 2004
supplied by: Sierra Drifters - Guide Service
FISHING: Good
San Joaquin River: Good 

Do not get discouraged if you do not get into fish within 20 minutes walking of the campgrounds here.  The fish in this area have been hit pretty hard all summer and with the water flows becoming low and gin clear it will be tough to get into aggressive fish in the pounded sections.  Plan on doing some hiking and you will find eager wild trout that take most dry fly imitations #16-20.  I like a #18 elk hair caddis trailed 16 inches behind a #16 stimulator this time of year.  Use 5x or lighter tippet for best results and make upstream presentations whenever possible.

San Joaquin River - August 10th, 2004
supplied by: Sierra Drifters - Guide Service
FISHING: Good
San Joaquin River: Good 

You will not find good “catching” in or around the campgrounds this season.  This is due to a lack of planted fish from the DFG which has been hit with budget cuts.  The wild fish are eager to take most dry patterns #14-20 in the pocket water and below the riffles.  Dry dropper combos with our Drifters crystal tigers and zebras work well in the pools also.  The key to success here is “take a hike”!  Sotcher and Starkweather Lakes are being planted with Alpers and some DFG fish, but you may need to take a number and blinders to fish here with the crowds.


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