San Joaquin River Fish Report

San Joaquin River - Stockton, CA


by The Trout Fitter Staff
7-24-2008
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The Fish Report - July 24, 2008



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Water Conditions:Good
Good flows from confluence of Minaret Falls creek and the S.J. Starting to get a little skinny above this point but still fishable. In general, very wadable. Water temps are upper 50's in the am to low 60's mid day.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:Good
Fishing is good for both wild and stocked fish. There is more holding water below minaret creek now than up higher due to the higher flow. Hatches are sporadic with large light color and smaller Caddis, some Mayflies, (sporadic large Drakes), and small and larger Stoneflies. Look for pocket water and start with a dry/dropper setup. When the fish ignore the dropper, switch to a single dry. Move laterally in the water to get the best drift. The areas in and between the upper campgrounds are starting to show the effect of heavy pres sure. You are best off hiking a bit.

Recommended Flies:
Some large stoneflies are showing up, Sporadic large Drakes, and caddis too.
Dries: #10-14 Yellow and Orange Stimulators, #12 yellow or orange Humpy's, #12-18 Elk Hair Caddis, #12-18 Royal Wulff's, #12-18 Parachute Adams, black ant patterns and #16 -18 PMD and light cahill. Nymphs: #18 zebra midges, #18 PT's, #18 Micro Mayflies, #14-16 Barr's PMD Emergers, #16 Black AP nymphs, Mercer's Stonefly Nymphs, #16-18 Caddis pupa.

Guide's Hint:
If you are getting fish rising on your fly but you keep missing them, they really aren't eating it, just bumping it, (a refusal). When this happens, switch to a smaller fly or pattern.


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