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Fly Fishing Report for:

Russian River - Hacienda Bridge Nr Guernville - California

Hatch Chart - Best Access/Spots - Local Fish - About

Water Flow Chart

Using Water Flow Charts & Weather Reports: Begin with our water flow charts to grasp stream velocity and volume – look for stable or rising trends to pinpoint ideal fishing times. Learn to interpret sudden spikes or drops, which can indicate potential challenges. Next, consult our weather reports to understand ambient conditions. Pairing the two, you can anticipate fish behavior, choose the right gear, and select the best fishing spots. Use these tools together for a holistic approach to your next fishing adventure.

In-Depth Weather

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Hatch Chart

Month Hatch Time of Day Recommended Fly Sizes Popular Fly Patterns
January Midges Daytime #18-22 Black Beauty, Zebra Midge
February Midges, Blue Winged Olive Daytime #18-22, #16-20 Black Beauty, Zebra Midge, BWO Emerger
March Blue Winged Olive Daytime #16-20 BWO Emerger, Pheasant Tail Nymph
April Blue Winged Olive Daytime #16-20 BWO Emerger, Pheasant Tail Nymph
Caddis Evening #14-18 Elk Hair Caddis, Caddis Pupa
May Blue Winged Olive Daytime #16-20 BWO Emerger, Pheasant Tail Nymph
Caddis Evening #14-18 Elk Hair Caddis, Caddis Pupa
Stoneflies Daytime #8-12 Golden Stone, Pat's Rubber Leg
June Caddis Evening #14-18 Elk Hair Caddis, Caddis Pupa
Stoneflies Daytime #8-12 Golden Stone, Pat's Rubber Leg
Terrestrials Daytime #8-12 Ant, Beetle, Hopper Patterns
July Terrestrials Daytime #8-12 Ant, Beetle, Hopper Patterns
August Terrestrials Daytime #8-12 Ant, Beetle, Hopper Patterns
September Terrestrials Daytime #8-12 Ant, Beetle, Hopper Patterns
October Blue Winged Olive Daytime #16-20 BWO Emerger, Pheasant Tail Nymph
November Blue Winged Olive Daytime #16-20 BWO Emerger, Pheasant Tail Nymph
December Midges Daytime #18-22 Black Beauty, Zebra Midge

While we strive to ensure the precision of our hatch charts, some reflect broader river region insights. Through ongoing partnerships with local guides and fly shops, we’re committed to refining our data. Should you notice any inconsistencies or have feedback, we welcome you to reach out. 

Best Fishing Spots

The Russian River is a prime location for fly fishing, particularly around the area of Hacienda Bridge near Guernville. This stretch offers numerous opportunities for anglers to catch a variety of fish.

  • Steelhead Alley: Between Hacienda Bridge and Guerneville lies Steelhead Alley, notorious for winter-run steelhead. Fly fishers frequently catch medium to large sized steelheads in this area.
  • Driftwood Hole: Below Hacienda Bridge, Driftwood Hole is a well-known spot among fly fishers. It is famous for trout that are quite aggressive, making it an exciting location for fly fishing.
  • Newman’s Bar: Located downstream of Hacienda Bridge, Newman’s Bar is a preferred spot for those seeking bigger game like Chinook and Coho Salmon.
  • The Elbow: An exclusive spot that’s accessible from the west bank of the river. Here, anglers can catch both large and smallmouth bass along with steelhead.

These spots offer rewarding fly fishing opportunities and are a must-visit for any angler in the area. Always remember to observe local fishing regulations and respect the environment.

Best Access Points

The Russian River, particularly near the Hacienda Bridge in Guernville, offers spectacular fly fishing access points. Here are some of the best:

  • Johnson’s Beach: Known for its variety of species, it offers a good stretch of fishing spots reachable from the shoreline.
  • Monte Rio Beach: Located downstream from the bridge. You can fish from the banks as well as from boats in the middle of the river.
  • Hacienda Bridge itself: Can fish directly under the bridge, it’s a popular spot for steelhead during the winter.
  • Pee Wee Golf and Arcade: A surprising choice, but the nearby riverbanks present a peaceful spot for fly fishers.
  • Forestville River Access: Mainly trout and bass are found here, but note that regulations permit fly fishing only.

Remember to always adhere to fishing regulations and respect the local environment.

Local Fish

  • Chinook Salmon – Also known as King Salmon, these are one of the most popular species targeted by fly fishermen.
  • Coho Salmon – Another salmon variety, Coho Salmon, are also a major target, they are sought after for the challenge they provide during fishing.
  • Steelhead Trout – These are sea-run Rainbow Trout. Steelhead can be targeted almost year-round, making them a favorite among locals.
  • Rainbow Trout – These are the freshwater version of Steelhead Trout, often targeted in the spawning season.
  • Brown Trout – Although not as common as other species, Brown Trout present a rewarding challenge for experienced anglers.
  • California Roach – Usually a smaller catch, but still an exciting species to target on the Russian River.
  • Pacific Lamprey – Unique and somewhat unusual for fly fishing, they’re still a part of the local catch landscape.
  • Tidewater Goby – An endangered species, these fish may not be targeted directly but they play an important role in the ecosystem of the river.

About The River

Located in northern California, the Russian River Hacienda Bridge near Guernville is both a functional piece of infrastructure and a historic landmark. This charming structure, also known as the Old Guernewood Park Bridge, has a rich history dating back to its initial construction in 1922.

The bridge was built to replace a previous structure that was washed away during floods, making it part of the area’s resilience story. The Russian River Hacienda Bridge showcases a Pennsylvania Petit truss design, a popular bridge style in the early 20th century.

  • It’s a single lane bridge, enhancing the rustic feel of the area.
  • Its strategic location made it a crucial transportation link between Guernville and the Redwood Highway, promoting commerce and communication.
  • In 1984, this alluring bridge was added to the National Register of Historic Places, earning recognition for its distinguished craftsmanship and integral role in regional history.
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