Sunday, November 19, 2017

Northern California Fly Fishing Report Nov 17, 2017

Best Bets: Lower Sac or Putah – Trout, Delta - Striper, Feather, Klamath or Trinity - Steelhead, and Pyramid Lake - Cutthroat. 

American River Steelhead - Poor to Fair
 Flows – 2,000+ CFS at Natomas.  – high 50's to low 60. Water clarity – Good.

Flows are stable again this week at 2,000 and recently the middle river has had good numbers of half pounder steelhead and some larger adults are trickling in. Most adults right now are in the 5 to 7 lb range and should be coming in in better numbers with recent rains. 

Give us a call at the shop (916)722-1055 or Off the Hook fly fishing directly at (707)287-2939 to set up a Winter steelhead trip on the American.

Delta Striper- Good
 Water Temp - 66 deg. Water Clarity – Good. 

Captain Bryce put a happy guest on this fish this week.
Fishing has been exciting for Striper on the Delta this Fall. Again this last week we had some good days and some closer to what we consider great. There remains quite of bit of bait throughout the system. Catch rate numbers have fluctuated from decent to exceptional depending on casting ability and reactionary time when fishing around boils and feeding fish. There is a bit of variety too to keep things interesting. From striper and large mouth to even an occasional salmon! The Delta Grand Slam happened again this week. What's more the size of fish has jumped recently by leaps and bounds. Now is the time to go.


We are currently throwing everything and the kitchen sink at em. From floating and intermediate lines to lead, however the majority of the time, we are using heavy Type 7 sinking lines. Outgoing tides have been really clear water so we are using flies in Olive/White, Gray/White, and of coarse, Chart/White. When the incoming brings in the dirty water we have been switching over to darker patterns with rattles to elicit grabs. Don't forget to look for fish in shallow water. Some of the largest fish this week have come in inches of depth.  
Guide Tip : Look for diving birds to tell you where the the Stripers are pushing bait, fish heavy sinking lines when no birds are present in 7-15' water & use intermediate lines with large flies in shallow waters if you want to go pig hunting(quality over quantity)! 



Fly fishing Specialties owner Rick Anderson with a monster from this last week! Way to go boss.
Fall/Winter dates are just about booked up so if you are interested in reserving one of our guides, now is the time. Give us a call at the shop at (916)722-1055 or (707)287-2939 to get out with Maury, Bryce, Toby, Chuck and Bill for some memorable Winter Delta action.

For more on the Delta click here...

Feather River –  Great to Good. Flows – 800 through "low flow" and 7,000 in "high" and 
3,700 CFS out of Oroville. Water temps - low 60’s. Water clarity – clear.


The Feather has fished really well for our guides recently. The run is on in full swing. The last couple week the fish have gotten a lot bigger and some nice adults to 7+ lbs landed along with the typical half pounders. Salmon are in the low flow section and jockey around on the Reds. Both swinging and nymphing are producing but nymphing is most productive and eggs are the ticket right now. The river has been a bit busy recently but we're getting some good fishing regardless. 

Note: Please wade carefully and stay off the redds. 

Best flies continue to be eggs, worms and big attractors. Prince Nymphs, Fox’s Poopahs, Micro Mays, Copper Johns, Red Headed Step Childs, San Juan worms and Tungsten Salvations, and oh ya and did we mention lots of eggs! 

Guide tip: Jig head nymphs are sticking fish and keeping them on also try swinging leeches on sink tips has been good too". 

Give us a call at the (707)287-2939 or at the shop to reserve a trip for what should be a great Fall steelhead fishing on the Feather.

For more on the Feather River click here...

Klamath River – Good. Flows 1,100 cfs below Irongate 1,640 at Seiad. Clarity - Klamath river tea(perfect).



The Klamath has fished quite well recently. Our guides are finding several half pounders and 1 to 3 adult fish( 18" to 25" ) each day. Salmon numbers are down however steelhead numbers are up. We have been fishing Horse Creek to Seiad and each good run has produced at least one half pounder or adult on the swing which we consider very good fishing. Water is in good shape and what we like to call "Klamath River Tea". There is some color to it, however you can see all the way to your feet when wading deep. We honestly consider it perfect conditions.

As far as flies go traditional steelhead patters in dark colors have produced well. Purple Freight Trains have worked well and old school flies like the McGinty continue to be a productive fly up here. We have been swinging them exclusively on floating lines as fish are active, looking up and on the move. Get out now for some productive fishing and work on your two handed fishing as a "ramp up" to coastal fishing to come.

We still have a few dates available (Nov 28, 29, and 30 are open) Give us a call to get in on these last dates. 


Napa River – Good.  Flows – average, Water temps -  65. Water clarity – Fair.

Fishing continues to be good on the Napa River this week. The middle and upper sections of the River continue to fish well with fish averaging 20". Bait fish patterns tied in 1/0- 2/0 on a type 7 will get your fly down to where the fish are quickly and will keep in in the zone longer. Always be on the move, they are where you find em.

From now until Thanksgiving is prime time on the Napa River. Now is the time to go!

Call Off the Hook Fly Fishing at (707)287-2939 or at the Shop at (916)722-1055 for current reports and conditions.

For more on the Napa River click here...     

                        
Putah Creek – Great! Flows - 87 cfs. Temps - high 50’s. Water clarity – clear.
Putah Creek has produced some healthy fish recently for our guests. We have a few dates available... call us.

Fishing on Putah has been very good this year and will continue through December 1st when we stop guiding it to allow for these amazing fish to spawn. This last week produced some quality healthy fish for our guests. Flows jumped from 75 to 87 but that should't adversely effect things much. As we have said Putah is a very challenging fishery with big fish on small flies so don't expect big numbers but rather quality fish. They are really looking chunky this season and we are happy to be seeing more caddis which had all but disappeared in the last 5 to 6 years.

Putah's wild Rainbows are still grabbing small, dark nymphs under an indicator however eggs and San Juan worms are also working well. Flies to try are all small sized caddis, mayfly, and midge nymphs 16-22. Dead drifted flies get the most attention. Small midges and baetis patterns including Tungsten Zebra Midge(black), Mighty Mite Baetis, Hogan’s S & M Nymph (olive), Craven's Ju ju Baetis and Mercer’s Micro May are good along with small caddis. Egg's are coming on strong and will be the majority of what we fish from now until Dec 1st.
Hiring a guide on Putah is more important than many of our other waters as they will be indispensable in helping to "crack the code" so to speak and catch fish on this challenging but fantastic tail water.

Call Off the Hook at (707)287-2939 or at the shop at (916)722-1055 for current conditions or to reserve a guided day. 

For more on Putah's big wild rainbows click here...

Russian River - Poor. Flows - 170 CFS at Healdsburg. Temps - high 60’s. Water clarity – 5 to 6 feet.


The Russian is open although the river is very murky. Flows spiked back on the 15th with all the rain we had last week but are currently dropping back into shape. We are keeping our fingers crossed that we will be able to fish soon. This river blows out first and clears up last during Winter and Spring rains. While we love getting as much rain as possible here in California we are hoping for some lulls between storms to get after some chrome. 

Both swinging traditional flies and nymphing are productive when fish are in and water clarity allows us to fish.  If you are in the Santa Rosa, Napa Valley or San Francisco areas over the holidays and would like to give the Russian a go give us a call to get on the waiting list at (916)722-1055 or at (707)287-2939.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife can close or open the Russian as needed depending on stream flows. Please call before you go to ensure the river is open to fishing.(707)944-5533 

To learn more about the Russian River click here...

Lower Sacramento Trout – Great.
 Flows – 5,000 CFS at Keswick. Temps - low 50’s. Water clarity – clear (5 ft visibility)



The Lower Sac continued to fish well this week from Redding to Anderson for trout. Some Steelhead hooked on the Lower River below Anderson too. Flows dropped last week to 5,000 cfs. Baetis and midges are the only hatches right now. Almost no Salmon on reds but some eggs have been effective.


Best flies have been Mercer’s Micro May in green and browns, Hogan’s S& M, Mercer’s Missing Link and Birds Nests, and midges and eggs.

  
Guide Tip: "Find a boat and get in it"

For more on the Lower Sac click here....

Trinity River – Good. Flows –300 at Lewiston dam, 400 cfs at Douglas City. Temps – Low 50’s. Clarity – Good to fair.



Jon Baiocchi recently fished the Trinity with Brian Clemens.
It is go time on the Trinity. Recent rains have fish pushing into the lower and middle river. Water dropped last week to winter low flows of 300 from Lewiston but fishing has been good throughout the river. The guys have been finding half-pounders and 1 to 5 adults are possible per day with things looking to get even better. 

Best flies this week were, Silver Hilton's, Tiny Dancer, Hobo Spay and Anderson’s Euphoria in Chartreuse or Brown or a Copper Assassin. Peter says "Nymphers should try eggs, rubber legs, PT's and Hares Ears". October Caddis, Copper Johns, Psycho Princes, other stonefly patterns and eggs will also work. 


November and December are prime time so give Trinity Steelheading a go call at (916)722-1055 or at (707)287-2939 to get your guide reserved.


For more about Trinity River steelhead click here...

Truckee River – Good.  Flows – 105 cfs at Truckee,150 cfs at Glenshire bridge, 331 cfs at Boca confluence, and 463 cfs in the Canyon. Water Temps. – 44-47 depending on location. Clarity – a little color but still quite fishable. 



Things are in flux up on the Truckee. Flows spiked back on the 15th from 100 cfs to over 1,100 on the 16th. Flows have dropped back to more normal levels. With colder temps most bug activity has been in the afternoon but the morning has still fished well too. Captain Chris has found that most of his fish have been caught in "walking speed water". Water that is going about as fast as you can walk though requires good presentation as fish will have longer to look at your offerings so a drag free drift is essential.

Hatches have included BWO's, Midges predominantly. Best fishing has been nymphing midges under an indicator or fishing streamers. Jordan says "Go small or go big"


Best flies include stone like Mercers Micro May, Poxyback Stone, Hogan's S&M, Solitude Stone, larger dark mayfly nymphs and midges. For streamers try brown buggers, balanced leaches or small articulated streamers in black, olive or white.


Guide Tip:

With the transition into winter streamer fishing really comes into its own. You can even drop a small baetis 10 to 12 inches behind a streamer and be prepared for a big grab.

For more on the Truckee click here...

Little Truckee River – Good  Flows – 200 cfs at Boca. Water temp. 60’s Clarity – Clear

The Little Truckee flows bumped form 200 on the 15th to almost 800 and back down. Fishing should return to normal soon. We have guides on the water today so we will have an update soon. Recently small dark flashy nymphs with a red or natural San Juan Worm had produced well before the storm on "indo rigs" and will likely fish well again soon. Trout have keyed on Midges in the morning and then shifting their attention to PMD's and even BWO's on cloudy days. There have some Caddis in the evenings to round things out but with cooler temps and recent higher flows this should be dwindling. The Browns are spawning so please do not fish for them if they are on reds. 

For flies try Hogan's S&M in olive or other BWO under a Adams parachute, Stimulator or Caddis. Also try Midges or caddis pupae or other the insects mentioned above under dry dropper.


For more on the Little Truckee click here...


Yuba River Trout – Poor Flows – 1,00 cfs at Marysville. Water Temps - 60’s. Clarity – Clear


The Yuba is is in flux right now. Flows spiked to 7,078 cfs on the 17th and Deer Creek jumped from 17.5 to 1,200 cfs. Fortunately with a break in the weather flows are back down to 1.300. It may take a few days for fishing to resume where it left off so it may be best to wait a while before giving it a go.

Steak and eggs would be a great place to start; dark rubber let stones and mottled yolk eggs proved effective last week before the rain came in. Look for soft side waters and BWO hatches to occur on overcast days. Most recent fish have been in the 8 to 14 inch range but are hard fighters.

Bump edges and drop offs with stones and your choice of #18 or #16 beadhead nymphs. S&M's, Mercer's, CJ's, PT's, etc... Small swung streamers in olive, rust or black have produced some fish as well recently but eggs are probably the most productive thing to be fishing.


To learn about the Yuba's potential click here...


Northern California Lake Reports 

Lake Almanor - Great. Water Temps - 50 Deg. Water clarity - 10 ft


Lake Almanor has turned over and fishing is hot. Warmer days in the last couple weeks had small insects hatching, however recent bad weather put a damper on that. Regardless fishing has been good using nymphs and leeches. Muddy bottoms with weed and shallow sloping shoreline will produce better fish. Lots of rainbows at Canyon Dam. Larger browns have been taking streamers recently. 

Guide Tip: 12 ft 4x leaders on floating Line or Camolux for Leech patterns. Deep 5 or 24' 200 gr for Cloudser. Look for rising Fish and water flowing into the Lake.

Lake Englebright - Fair to Good.
 Water temps - 64-66. Clarity - Gin clear

If a peaceful and serene setting is your goal then look no further. Englebright is void of jet skiers and water skiers now and the fishing can be incredible. Numbers are down compared to the past few weeks but quality is up. Beautiful Spotted and Smallmouth bass are the target here as well as trout if you’d like to hone your Stillwater skills.  Trout have been active most of the morning and late in the evening. Bass have been fairly active throughout the day with 8am-2 pm being the prime time. 

Guide Tip : Fish streamers in bluegill patterns, white pond smelt patterns tight against the rocks, brush or trees to trigger reactionary strikes. Float n’ fly methods have been exceptional out there as well. Bites are very subtle so ease into the strip or the shake and look for changes before a sharp and high set. Stay focused, keep fishing. 

Frenchman's Lake - Good. Water temps 52 to 54 deg.Water clarity- clear to a tad of color.

Frenchman's: Water temps have dropped to the mid to high 40's, and ice is beginning to form on the edges in the morning. Guide tip: Fish during the warmest time of day.
Light hatches of midges and a few callibaetis are out. Shorter leaders and heavier tippets will work now as the trout are on the Fall grab, their greed in fattening up for winter is their downfall, and an advantage for fly anglers looking for a bent rod. Big buggers and wiggle tails in fiery brown and rust, sheep creek specials, Hare’s Ears, and Flashback Pheasant tails have been the most productive. Mornings have been really cold so focus on fishing the middle of the day. If you want a great stillwater experience, you better get up to the lake as soon as possible".

Lake Oroville - Great. Surface temps 60-61 deg. Clarity - 4+ ft.



Fishing on Oroville continues has gotten even better recently. With cooler temps surface action is slowing a but but still good to start with surface flies. Once the TW bite slows, fish a weightless streamer on a floating line. Bass should come to the surface to grab flies 1' down until around 2:00 or so. The float & fly rig has been producing well and we will use this technique and sinking lines in the coming weeks now that topwater is slowing. Most fish are in the 12 to 13 inch range but opportunities for larger ones. The good news is 40 to 50+ fish days are being had by our clients.

Look to this fishery to be a great option this winter for a getaway and escape from crowded local steelhead rivers. We love fishing Oroville during this time and often fish all day without encountering another angler. Give us a call to get out for some catching!

For more about fishing Oroville click here...

Pyramid Lake NV* – Good. Water temps - 60's Clarity - clear


Big fish season is just around the corner and we are starting to see more 10+ fish showing their faces! Prior lake turn overs have settled, colder night temps are cooling down the water, winter storms are starting to bring wind and clouds and the list goes on. If you are on the hunt for your trophy Lahontan Cutthroat then you better start planning your next trip to the salty oasis and wet a line. Mild winter storms have started bringing in big fish this past week and continuing into the weekend. The high pressure blue bird days can be a occasionally be battle and the numbers may not be extreme this time of year even with great fishing conditions. Though the odds of one of those grabs being a 10+ pound fish are getting better and better. It seems as though the Pilot Peak (particularly the males) thrive in slightly colder temperatures than the pyramid strain. This meaning cold temperatures in the shallows allows for longer periods of time for the larger fish to come close to shore to party and gorge themselves.

As far as flies go Popcorn Beetles, Boobies, and Balanced Leaches in black,olive and white under indicator along with other Tui Chub patterns are all working well. A few fish caught on midges as well but Beetles and leaches have produced best by far. Some really nice fish have already found the net this season. You simply must experience this fishery to believe it. Don't miss out give us a call today (707)287-2939 or (916)722-1055.

* While we are aware that Pyramid Lake is not in Northern California we feel fortunate to have it right over the hill from the shop and are glad to have such a great fishery with great guides this close.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Northern California Fly Fishing Report Nov 10, 2017

Best Bets: Lower Sac, Truckee or Putah – Trout, Delta - Striper, Feather, Klamath or Trinity - Steelhead, and Pyramid Lake - Cutthroat. 

American River Steelhead - Fair Flows – 2,000+ CFS at Natomas.  – high 50's to low 60. Water clarity – Good.

Fishing hasn't been all that good up until now on the American. Conversely fishing has been good on some other fisheries like the Feather, Trinity Klamath etc. so our guides have been busy other places, however we do have an updated report for you this week. Water is still stable at 2,000+ cfs and recently the middle river has had good numbers of half pounder steelhead and larger adults are trickling in. A nice adult fish was caught yesterday down on the lower river as well. With the recent rain and what is projected for today and in the coming weeks things will definitely be improving and be very promising by the end of the month. We're looking forward to having good numbers of steelhead here in our back yards before long. 

It will be time to hit the American soon if not right now. Give us a call at the shop (916)722-1055 or Off the Hook fly fishing directly at (707)287-2939 to set up a Winter steelhead trip on the American.

Delta Striper- Great! Water Temp - 60-62 deg. Water Clarity – Good (clear to slightly off color depending on where you're fishing). 
Friend and client Jon E. with a typical Fall Delta fish.
Fall Striper fishing has been going really great on the CA Delta! This week water temperatures are in the low 60's throughout much of the Delta & Fall fishing is in full swing. Maury and the guys noticed lots of larger "pinkies" showing up the last two days. These are not resident Delta fish but fresh fish in from the ocean. This is great to see and is what we have been hoping for. The fish are biting well most of the days but some days have been a tougher bite. We have been seeing more & more legal fish(18"+) each week and this week we have had several toads in the boat including several fish over 10 lbs on Tuesday and Wednesday this week. If you can get out on the water then now is the time, this is a special time of year with cooler mornings, beautiful days & fish to be found, get your Striper on! Go now its hot!

We are throwing everything from floating and intermediate lines to lead, however the majority of the time, we use heavy Type 7 sinking lines. Outgoing tides have been really clear water so we are using flies in Olive/White, Gray/White, and of coarse, Chart/White. When the incoming brings in the dirty water we have been switching over to darker patterns with rattles to attract our quarry. One of our guides said that some of the largest fish this week were caught in real shallow water so don't forget to try those areas as well.

Guide Tip : "The key to finding more fish has been moving around to various areas in the Delta to find fish willing to bite".

Winter dates are just about booked up so if you are interested in reserving one of our guides, now is the time. Give us a call at the shop at (916)722-1055 or (707)287-2939 to get out with Maury, Bryce, Toby, Chuck and Bill for some memorable Fall Delta action.
Fall River – Fair. Flows – slightly above average. Flows - high. Water temps – high 50’s. Visibility - Clear

The Fall River season is coming to a closed on the 15th. Hatches have been a bit sporadic but include PMD's, Calibaetis and BWO's. Midges are also productive this time of year. Fish are heading up river towards gravel spawning areas and trying to put on a little weight to get through the winter. continues to fish so so but some reports of things improving. Part of the problem has been that hatches of Calibaetis and BWO's had been sporadic. Anglers are seeing some insects begin to hatch in the morning leading to some dry fly potential. Cooler and over cast days should bring out more Baetis. 

Try swinging nymphs in the runs or dredging the pools with a leech or other streamer. 
Good flies nymphs include, Zebra Midges,  Anatomay, Poxyback PMD, Mercer’s Swing Nymph. Good dries include any Calibaetis dries as well as Lawson's Thorax PMD and BWO. 

Call us direct at (707)287-2939 or at the shop at (916)722-1055 to get tied into some beautiful wild California rainbows.

Feather River –  Great. Flows – 800 through "low flow" and 7,000 in "high" and 3,700 CFS out of Oroville. Water temps - low 60’s. Water clarity – clear.


There are a mix of wild and hatchery fish on the Feather. Hatchery specimens like this still get the hear rate going!

The Feather has fished really well for our guides recently but this last weekend it was VERY crowded. Last week the fish gotten a lot bigger and some nice adults to 7+ lbs were landed along with the typical half pounders. The word got out and so even during the week there were quite a few anglers on the water. Salmon are on reds and numbers are increasing daily with fish moving into the low flow section and beginning to jockey for gravel real estate. Both swinging and nymphing are producing but nymphing is most productive and eggs are the ticket right now. 

Best flies continue to be big Prince Nymphs, Fox’s Poopahs, Micro Mays, Copper Johns, Red Headed Step Childs, and Tungsten Salvations, and oh ya and did we mention lots of eggs! 

Give us a call at the (707)287-2939 or at the shop to reserve a trip for what should be a great Fall steelhead fishing on the Feather.

Hat Creek  – Good.  Flows – 160 CFS at Old Station, Water clarity – Clear

Flows have maintained steady at 160 cfs again week and fishing continues to be good throughout the whole river. Hat closes on Nov 15 so things are winding down here. Irregardless of that, hatches at Hat #2 power house riffle include baetis and small midges, and also good fishing is being had on the slicks below all the way to Lake Britton as well. Having a stonefly in your setup above highway 299 is a good idea. On the slower slick areas a variety of May flies and even some caddis are hatching sporadically. Matching the hatch is critical. 

Best flies continue to be Micro Mays in brown and black, Zebra Midges, Rubber Legs.  Also for dries try Stimulators, Parachute PMD’s, Comparadun PMD, Para Extended Body PMD BWO's and Elk Hair Caddis. If things slow and you want a change of pace try a leach pattern, it may be just the ticket.

Klamath River – Good to Great. Flows 1,100 cfs below Irongate, Water clarity - Steelhead green
Mike with a Klamath trophy!
Things definitely kicked into gear recently on the Klamath two weeks ago. Lots of half pounders, some salmon and good numbers of "tweeners" (18 to 22" fish) being caught. Even more exciting are the larger adults coming up river!  Reports of more adult fish being hooked from Happy Camp up river. Rain this week has helped and more is in the forcast. Now is a great time to get out and swing on the Klamath.
Good news is we have some prime Fall dates available. Give us a call to reserve your trip with Mike and J.Z.

McCloud River – Great.  Flows – 350+ CFS at Ah-Di-Na, 900 cfs above McCloud Reservoir, 280 cfs below McCloud Dam 350 cfs at Lake Shasta. Water temps -  High 60’s. Water clarity – Good

Fall is our favorite time here in Nor Cal and the McCloud is one of our favorites during this season. Temps cooled off again this week and we had our first dose of real precipitation causing the river flows to spike at Ah-Di-Na from 240 to 350 cfs starting on noon on Wednesday.

Fishing was great last week but we have not had any guides on it since Wednesday's flow bump (everyone is on the Trinity, Lower Sac or Upper Sac). Recently though, running an October Caddis dry with a O.C. nymph suspended 24" below has produced good numbers of fish. On top of that streamer fishing has produced some nice fish recently. Right now you have a chance to hook into big browns as they are migrating up river form the lake. But if you don’t get a big brown, the rainbows are there to fill in and keep ones attention. Worth a try one more time before things close for the season.

Good flies again this week include October Caddis dries and nymphs, Birds Nests, Poopahs, Anatomays, Black Micro Mays, Brown S&M's, and Stimulators. Zonkers, buggers and articulated sculpin streamers are all producing. Time to go now! Call us to get in on the fun.

Napa River – Good.  Flows – average, Water temps -  65-67’s. Water clarity – Fair.

Fishing continues to be good on the Napa River this week. Fish are spread out throughout the whole river. The average fish is around 20" however some much larger ones hooked this week. Recent rains have muddied the river however things should clear after a full tide cycle pretty good. Bait fish patterns tied in 1/0- 2/0 on a type 7 will get your fly down to where the fish are quickly and will keep in in the zone longer. Always be on the move. If water is off color go with a rattle. 

From now until Thanksgiving is prime time on the Napa River. Now is the time to go!Call Off the Hook Fly Fishing at (707)287-2939 or at the Shop at (916)722-1055 for current reports and conditions.

For more on the Napa River click here...                                

Pit River – Good to Great. Flows – 1,500 cfs at Pit #1. Water clarity – Milky

Flows from Lake Britton have finally stabilized at 1,500 since last week. October Caddis are hatching and there is some streamer opportunities on the lower river. Pit #3 has been very good, however everything down to Pit #4 has fished pretty well also. Fish are eating Stonefly and Mayfly attractor nymphs presented on the dead drift. 

Expect some really tough wading conditions. There is no flat ground what so ever here. Instead there large holes and drop offs that are virtually invisible. We recommend that anglers not fish the pit alone and bring long a wading belt, wading staff and possible a CO2 personal flotation device. 

Best flies last week were Stimulators, and October Caddis patters like Mercer’s Tungsten October Caddis, Moorish October Pupae, S&M's, and Foam October Caddis.

Putah Creek – Great! Flows - 200 cfs. Temps - high 50’s. Water clarity – clear.
It is go time on Putah Creek. This is another one of Rob's happy clients with a slab.
Fishing on Putah has been very good this year and will continue through December 1st when we stop guiding it to allow for these amazing fish to spawn. This is a very challenging fishery with big fish on small flies so don't expect big numbers but rather quality fish. They are really looking chunky this season and we are happy to be seeing more caddis which had all but disappeared in the last 5 to 6 years.
Fishing has been great again this week and we are thankful for the rain. Clients have been having opportunities to hook up to a dozen or so fish a day with chances to catch a big fish almost every trip.

Putah's wild Rainbows are still grabbing small, dark nymphs under an indicator.  Flies to try are all small sized caddis, mayfly, and midge nymphs 16-22. Dead drifted flies get the most attention. Small midges and baetis patterns including Tungsten Zebra Midge(black), Mighty Mite Baetis, Hogan’s S & M Nymph (olive), Craven's Ju ju Baetis and Mercer’s Micro May are good along with small caddis. Egg's should be producing shortly as fish are getting closer to the spawn. Hiring a guide on Putah is more important than many of our other waters as they will be indispensable in helping to "crack the code" so to speak and catch fish on this challenging but fantastic tail water.

Guide Tip: "On rainy days or within a day or two of rain add a San Juan worm to your set up"

Call Off the Hook at (707)287-2939 or at the shop at (916)722-1055 for current conditions or to reserve a guided day. 

Russian River -? Flows - 360+ CFS at Healdsburg. Temps - high 60’s. Water clarity – 5 to 6 feet.

The Russian is closed due to a low water closure back on October 1st to allow for Salmon to spawn. Water came up from last week big time to over 360 cfs and they are supposed to open the closure once flows reach 300 so this should be a forgone conclusion. 

We are keeping our fingers crossed that we will be able to target steelhead on the Russian this season. The Russian blows out first and clears up last during Winter and Spring rains. While we love getting as much rain as possible here in California we are hoping for some lulls between storms to get after some chrome. If you are in the Santa Rosa or San Francisco and would like to give the Russian a go give us a call to get on the waiting list at (916)722-1055 or at (707)287-2939.

Lower Sacramento Trout – Great. Flows – 5,700 CFS at Keswick. Temps - low 50’s. Water clarity – clear (5 ft visibility)
A guest this week in Shane's boat happily keeping things in perspective.
The Lower Sac continued to fish well this week from Redding to Anderson for trout. Some Steelhead hooked on the Lower River below Anderson too. Flows dropped recently from 8,000 to 5,700 and baetis, midges and some small caddis are the hatches right now. Salmon are in the river thought not as thick as any of us would like, however it has created a bit of an egg bite finally if you know where to look. 

This last week we have found quite a few hatchery steelhead to add to the mix. This is a great time to be on the Lower Sac.

Best flies have been Mercer’s Micro May in green and browns, Hogan’s S& M, Mercer’s Missing Link and Birds Nests, and midges.  Guide Tip: "Find a boat and get in it"

Upper Sacramento – Good.  Flows – 240 cfs at Delta. Temps - low 50’s. Water clarity – clear.

Fishing on the Upper Sac is fishing pretty good throughout the whole river again this week. The October Caddis are coming off and laying eggs late in the day on the upper river above Dunsmuir. 

Dry droppers rigs with a Caddis adult and either a Caddis pupae, dark stonefly, midge or mayfly will work. Often one must dance the surface fly around to entice takes. Even skating an over sized Goddart's Caddis has elicited strikes this week.

Fall run fish are coming up from the lake too so it may wise to pay attention to that portion of the river and have some streamers tucked in with your gear just in case. Shad patterns or large articulated streamers are not easy to throw but are producing some really nice fish for those with the patience and skills to make it happen.

Good flies include Mercer's TB October Caddis, Stimulators, Parachute Adams, dark stonefly nymphs, Gordon Princes, midge nymphs like a Zebra Midges and birds nests. Don't forget a zonker or some buggers or balanced leaches.

Trinity River – Fair and improving. Flows –300 at Lewiston Dam, 400 cfs at Douglas City. Temps – Low 50’s. Clarity – Good.

Things are a changin' on the Trinity. Quite a bit of rain in the last couple days has fish on the move. Good numbers of fish are being hooked throughout the whole river and flows are low but very doable .The guys have been finding half-pounders and 1 to 5 adults possible per day recently. Fish counts are going to spike with this new water coming into the system and fishing will simultaneously improve as well.

More rain is coming tonight and more next week so things are fixing to jump off! November and December is prime Trinity season. 

Best flies again this week were, Silver Hilton's, Tiny Dancer, Hobo Spay and Anderson’s Euphoria in Chartreuse or Brown or a Copper Assassin. Peter says "Nymphers should try eggs, rubber legs, PT's and Hares Ears". October Caddis, Copper Johns, Psycho Princes and other stonefly patterns will also work. Eggs are now also very much a thing. 
November and December are prime time so give Trinity Steelheading a go call at (916)722-1055 or at (707)287-2939 to get your guide reserved.

Truckee River – Great.  Flows – 60 cfs at Truckee,150 cfs at Glenshire bridge, 370 cfs at Boca Bridge, and 400 cfs at Farad. Water Temps. – low 50's. Clarity – a little color. 

The Truckee is into winter fishing conditions. Flows are low but fishable. A stealthy approach is best on the upper and middle river while not as critical down in the canyon. Expect things to be good this weekend and coming weeks but dress warm and plan for snow. It hasn't been all that important to get there super early as temps are cold so bugs are not active until later in the day. Most bugs activity has been in the afternoon but the morning has still fished well too. Experienced anglers are having most success due to technique dependent conditions says one of the guides. 

Hatches have included BWO's, Caddis, Midges and even some October Caddis skittering about. Best fishing has been nymphing midges under an indicator or fishing streamers. Jordan says "Go small or go big" Dan says that BWO's have been effective in the middle and upper river and there has even been some dry fly opportunities.

Best flies include stones like Mercers Poxyback Stone, Solitude Stone, larger dark mayfly nymphs, brown woolly buggers, and Caddis patterns BWO dries and nymphs and Parachute Adams.

Guide Tip: "Throw on a rabbit leach or other streamer and hang on!"

Little Truckee River – Great!  Flows – 40 cfs above Boca. Water temp. Low 60’s Clarity – Clear

The Little Truckee continues to fish well this week but water is very low and borderline unfishable. Please avoid wading on or fishing to the spawning beds if you simply must go. Try fishing BWO dries.

For flies try Hogan's S&M in olive or other BWO under a Adams parachute, Stimulator or Caddis. Also try Midges or caddis pupae or other the insects mentioned above under dry dropper.

Yuba River Trout – Good Flows – 1,063 cfs, Water Temps - 60’s. Clarity – Clear
Yuba rainbows fight pound for pound harder than virtually any other trout we know of.
It’s been great to see the Yuba back into shape. Salmon have been entering slower than normal for this time of year but we’ve been seeing better numbers and along with them, better trout behind them. Egg patterns have been turning them on as well as Hogan’s S&M’s, PT’s, Black or Coffee Rubber Legs, and Red Copper Johns.  Don’t be to quick to run to your favorite stretch and pass up slow moving pools where you may find rising Opportunities. The dry fly action has been pretty great if you find an active pod of fish. Pinkies, EC Caddis, Hackle Stackers have all produced. Find the fish before worrying too much about the fly. The pods when active haven’t been very picky.

Guide Tip: Pack out what you pack in, please don’t walk on top of salmon reds, stay focused, stay safe and Fish hard. Hope to see you on the water! 


Northern California Lake Reports 


Lake Almanor - Fair. Water Temps - 58 Deg. Water clarity - 9 ft


Most of the Lake has turned. Due to warm and clear days small insect hatches have resumed. Leeches and Midges are the most productive patterns. Muddy bottoms with weeds and shallow slopping shoreline will produce better fish. Rainbows are on a good bite trend. Brown bite is still slow. Salmon are taking Mark's Almanor Clouser at 20ft. Lots of Rainbows at Canyon damn. Lake Almanor is turned over and Smelt have moved into the shallows. Midges have been working for the Rainbows and Smelt patterns for Browns. It is a blast to see big fish cruising in shallow water sipping midges. Fish are cruising around on the surface. If you find fish on the Sonar they are not feeding fish. Look for fish that are cruising.

Guide Tip:  "Using a12 ft 4x leaders on floating Line or Camolux for Leech patterns. Deep 5 or 24' 200gr for Clouser.  Look for rising Fish and water flowing into the Lake."

Lake Englebright - Fair to Good. Water temps - 64-66. Clarity - Gin clear

If a peaceful and serene setting is your goal then look no further. Englebright is void of jet skiers and water skiers now and the fishing can be incredible this time of year. Numbers are down compared to the past few weeks but quality is up. Beautiful Spotted and Smallmouth bass are the target here as well as trout if you’d like to hone your Stilwater skills.  Trout have been active most of the morning and late in the evening. Bass have been fairly active throughout the day with 8 a.m.-2 pm being the prime time.

Guide Tip : Fish streamers in bluegill patterns, white pond smelt patterns tight against the rocks, brush or trees to trigger reactionary strikes. Float n’ fly methods have been exceptional out there as well. Bites are very subtle so ease into the strip or the shake and look for changes before a sharp and high set. Stay focused, keep fishing. 

Frenchman's Lake - Great! Water temps 53 to 56 deg.Water clarity - clear to a tad of color.

Colder wet weather has stormed into the Sierra recently. Wind on Frenchman can be a challenge but now is the time to go. Most of the trout are in the upper water column with many of them right on the bank in skinny water, you’ll also find the rainbows in deeper open water rising in the middle of the day. Areas with flats and weeds are the most productive when fishing the shoreline. Water temps are 52 to 54. Light hatches of blood midges, a much smaller creamy midge, and a few callibaetis are out. Shorter leaders and heavier tippets will work now as the trout are on the fall grab, their greed in fattening up for winter is their downfall, and an advantage for fly anglers looking for a bent rod. Big buggers and wiggle tails in fiery brown and rust, sheep creek specials, Hare’s Ears, and Flashback Pheasant tails have been the most productive. Mornings have been really cold, but as of late the days are nice and warm if the north wind does not howl. If you want a great stillwater experience, you better get up to the lake as soon as possible".

Guide tip: "When fishing from the bank, start close and work your way out while fan casting from side to side. If you're not getting takes, then move. Once you find the fish stay put, Don't leave fish to find fish."

Lake Oroville - Good. Surface temps 60 - 62 deg. Clarity - 3 ft.

Float and fly is the way to go now right now and is what we'll be doing from now until February now that temperatures are dropping. The bite has started pretty strong and is consistent throughout the whole day right now. We're hooking around 20+ fish per day. Expect fish numbers and fish sizes to increase into the Winter. Try to fish a fly that resembles the wakasagi pond smelt, otherwise standard balance leeches will work as well. Typical float & fly water to look for consists of big vertical drops. Fish shaded areas and the most rugged of structures. Keep the indicator tight to the bank.

Look to this fishery to be a great option this winter for a getaway and escape from crowded local steelhead rivers. We love fishing Oroville during this time and often fish all day without encountering another angler.

Guide Tip: The lake isn't seeing much pressure at all right now. With recent rains, allot of the tributaries will be coming into the lake. Fishing the tributaries before the lake becomes more pressured can be a good move.

Pyramid Lake NV* – Good. Water temps - 60's Clarity - clear

Pyramid is fishing well this week but mixed reports on size. Most people landing fish in the 18 to 24" range but some larger fish to 10 pounds reported. Winter weather advisory for next week should only improve the action. The lake is just about to flip over and freezing temps at night will help a great deal.

Popcorn beetles, Boobies, and balanced leaches in black, olive and white along with other Tui Chub patterns were all working well. A few fish caught on midges as well but Beetles and leaches have produced best by far. Some really nice fish have already found the net already this season. You simply must experience this fishery to believe it. Don't miss out give us a call today (707)287-2939 or (916)722-1055.

* While we are aware that Pyramid Lake is not in Northern California we feel fortunate to have it right over the hill from the shop and are glad to have such a great fishery with great guides this close.