Fishing at Iron Canyon Reservoir is not bad & not great!

Iron Canyon Reservoir - Deadlun, CA (Shasta County)


by The Fly Shop
7-28-2013
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Current Lake Conditions: Stripping leeches or retrieving buggers on full sinking type VII lines can work really well. Retrieving nymphs like #16 Pheasant Tail Nymphs on an intermediate sink line is just another way to find rainbows, browns and possibly a Brook Trout? We have heard of stranger things coming out of this remote lake. Best fishing happens in the early AM hours. Once the sun is high, it's over. You know what I'm saying.

When you go, bring Clouser Minnows, Crystal Buggers in an assortment of colors and a sinking line. Don't forget to bring a float tube and enjoy some solitary fly fishing. The nearby Pit River, offers excellent fishing for rainbows!!

The Fly Shop's Tips: The rainbows and browns will clobber nymphs stripped on floating lines or suspended under indicators. Bring a motorized boat, and fish near the inflow at the NE end of the lake. Try stripping buggers on a Type 7 full sinking line. Retrieving or stripping buggers and leech patterns seems to be the best, most productive method of fly fishing Iron Canyon at this time. Look for rainbows and browns along the edges of the lake.

You can fish this lake either one of two ways, indicator and nymphs or sinking lines and streamers. The midge hatches are usually strong in the AM hours, fishing a Blood Midge with a Black Midge Pupa dropper is deadly. For those who want to cast and retrieve flies, Leeches and Bugger style flies work great. Clouser Minnows are a fantastic fly on Iron Canyon, fished on a RIO Deep 7 sinking line, plan on finding the aggressive fish that hang in the depths! Use an intermediate sinking line along the shallower edges of the lake when fishing streamers. Fishing a #16 BH PT Nymph on the end of a tapered leader attached to a floating line is an all time best way to find fish here or any still water. Once flies are cast, use a very slow retrieve, just move the line enough to stay tight to the fly and feel the thuds of the take!

Lake Level:
Iron Canyon Lake Level

Suggested Fly Patterns:

Dry Flies:

• Para Spinner PMD or Trico
• Scum Duns - Callibaetis #14
• D&D Cripples - Callibaetis #16

Nymphs/Wet Flies:
• Licorice #16
• Pheasant Tail Nymph #14-16
• San Juan Worm - Fire #8-14
• CB Frostbite - #16-18
• Chromies - #16-18
• Zebra Midge - #16-20
• Micro Mayfly - #14-18
• Tungsten Beaded JuJu #16
• Blood Geyser Midge - Red #10-16
• GB Half-Flashback PT - #16-20

Streamers/Leeches:
• Beaded Micro Buggers
• Freshwater Clouser - Olive/White
• Lite Brite Buggers - #6
• Zonkers - #4
• Zack's Zuggers - Yellow/Brown #8

Fly Fishing Gear:
• Outcast Super Fat Cat-LCS Float Tube
• Rio Deep 7™ Full Sink Fly Line
• Simms WaderWick™
• The Fly Shop's X-Country Jacket
• Nautilus FWX Fly Reels
• R.L. Winston Boron IIIx Fly Rod 4-5 wt
• The Fly Shop's Fresh H2O Fly Rod 4-6 wt
• Simms Solar Sombrero
• Simms ExStream™ Socks
• Angling Evolution's™ Foam Indicators


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