Friday, December 8, 2017

Best Bets: Trinity River or Feather - Steelhead, Yuba, Lower Sac or Truckee - Trout

American River Steelhead - Poor. Flows - 3,500 cfs at Natomas. Water Temps - Mid 50's Clarity - Clear



Not much new news to report. Fishing has been pretty slow but flows jumped last week from 2,000 to over 3,500 cfs so that should bring in some fresh fish. It has been just few half pounders and an adult fish here or there but not very exciting thus far this season. Rain and bump in flows should help.

Stay tuned...or call the shop for updates.(916)722-1055

Delta Striper - Poor. Water temp 50-53 deg., Clarity - Poor (Stained)



Things took a major turn for the worse on the Delta this week. Howling winds and freezing temps at night have things muddy and cold. Water temps dropped to 50 degrees first thing each morning this week so fish have been a bit lethargic. Hopefully the water will clear and fish will acclimate to the change or the prognosis will not be good for the foreseeable future. Some really good anglers this week struggled to put 5 or 6 fish in the net but we will have to see what happens in the coming days. We really can't complain as it has been a great season on the Delta.

With conditions a bit murky combine dark colors in your offerings and perhaps even a rattle to help fish find them fishing low and slow also helped at least get a few touches.

In addition to Striper fishing Bill has been finding some bass fishing in the back bays and sloughs in the warmer water given the mild winter we have had to this point. With temps dipping below freezing this week we will have to see how long it lasts. He guides out of a kayak allowing him to slip into very shallow water and deep into areas the rest of us can't go. If you haven't tried fishing from a Kayak you may want to give it a try. We have and it and its a blast!


One of Bill's favorite Delta bass magnets.
For more on the Delta click here...

Feather River - Fair  Flows -  1,000 cfs through low flow 1,800 below Thermolito. Temperature  Mid  50's Clarity - Clear.



The Feather had fished well recently for steelhead but things are slowing slightly here too. Some half pounders and a few adult fish to 6 or 7 lbs being the largest were caught again this week. Swinging flies as well as nymphing with bugs and eggs has produced but nymphing by far is the most productive. Water is a bit low and clear. This combined with fishing pressure a while back and not a lot of new fish into the system has led to picky fish and slightly more challenging fishing. We could use some more rain and it will be back on in a hurry. We're kind of in a holding pattern waiting for more storms.

This river does offer some decent steelhead fishing close to home this time of year so its definitely worth checking and even without the rain is probably the best valley river option right now.

For more on Feather steelhead click here...

Napa River - Fair Water Temps - High 40's and Low 50's. Water Clarity - iced late

Fishing has slowed here just like on the rest of the San Francisco Bay Delta due to heavy wind and freezing temps at night. Fish are going down deep and started to go into their winter feeding cycle. Fishing deeper holes and slowing down the retrieve will get them to eat. Larger patterns in 2/0 and 3/0 have worked best in natural colors.  

For more info on the Napa River click here...

Putah Creek - Poor. Flows - Just over 80 cfs. Clarity - Clear

Fish are in full blown spawning mode so we're done guiding and fishing Putah for the season. But what a season it was! It has been so good to see so many quality wild trout being caught by our guests. Putah is such a special fishery being this close to San Francisco, the Napa Valley and Sacramento and having such large wild fish. It is a California Heritage Trout Fishery which means it has much larger than average fish in it. It also means it will never ever be stocked again, so if fish aren't left alone to spawn, it will adversely affect subsequent generations of fish. There really is no way to catch fish from now on without fishing to spawning fish. In addition, with the flows so low it is very difficult to maneuver without walking on redds. So give em a rest! Go fish the Feather or Trinity or catch up on your tying. Spring will be here soon enough and future generations of trout and those who love to catch them thank you.

We will begin to fish and guide the creek on March 1st. We have quite a few Spring dates available. Give us a ring at (707)287-2939 or at the shop at (916)722-1055 to reserve yours.

For more info on Putah Creek click here...

Russian River Steelhead - Poor. Flows - 250 cfs and dropping. Temps - 60's. Clarity - Mud


So we got in one day of fishing on the Russian last week on December 1st.  We found a couple half pounders but that was about it but just nice to get out on the water. Unfortunately the low water caused a low flow closure on the 3rd. The river closes when flows drop below 300 cfs, so for now its a waiting game. We have our fingers crossed and are hoping for the best. As we've said before the Russian blows out first and clears up last but with the good water years the last two seasons we are hoping for a good fish return and the weather to cooperate. Stay tuned...

To get on our wait list for a guided steelhead trip on the Russian please call (707)287-2939. We will add you to the list and guests will be called in the order that they are added to it once fishing commences.

Note: The Russian and other coastal rivers open and close from time to time throughout a season. The Dept. of Fish and Wildlife number is (707) 944 5533 and is a good resource to call before you go.

Lower Sacramento Trout - Good. Flows 5,000 cfs out of Keswick. Water Temps - Lower 50's. Clarity - Clear (7 to 8 feet visibility)


Fishing has been pretty good again this week for trout. Small flies have been the ticket. Blue wing olives are hatching on overcast days and there are even some fish are looking up at times seeking dries. These fish tend to be smaller and require anglers bring their A game. Plenty of fish around eating nymphs as well.

Best flies have been Mercer's Micro May and Hogan's S& M in green and brown, Bird's Nests, midges and egg patterns.

For more on the Lower Sac click here...

Trinity River Steelhead - Good. Flows - 300 cfs at Lewiston, 400 cfs at Douglas City. Clarity - clear

This past November was a good one on the Trinity and we are looking forward to a good December too. Fish counts so far are looking good and recent mild weather and rain fall has provided some good fishing. We are hoping for more rain though now as water is clear and low.

Despite this decent numbers of half pounders along with 1 to 5 adult fish can be expected on most days. Swinging is still producing a few fish but not as many as nymphing with eggs and bugs. Were getting one to two grabs per day swinging and 2 or 3 times that on nymphs. Right now you have to take advantage of every grab you get and make every set count. You "gotta work a little bit harder for em given the conditions." 

Best swinging flies have been Tiny Dancers, Hobo Speys, Silver Hiltons, Copper Assassins and Anderson's Euphoria in Chartreuse or Brown. As far as nymphing goes, Hare's Ears, Rubber Legs, Copper Johns, Psycho Princes, or other stoneflies and egg patterns have been working well.

For more on Trinity steelheading click here...

Truckee River - Great. Flows 1,000 cfs in Town Water Temps - Mid 40's. Water Clarity - Clear



Fishing has been great on the Truckee for those willing to brave the cold snap that came in last week. Despite this our guides have been finding fish pooled up in some of the deeper holes. Focus on fishing the "walking speed" water.  Doing so is helping us catch good numbers of smaller fish and some hogs mixed in.

You definitely want to plan for cold and dress appropriately, however for those of us die-hards, a chance to tangle with a nice brown or two is worth the price of admission. In light of the cooler temps best fishing has been during the warmest part of the day say 11 a.m. to 3 or 4 p.m.

Best fly patterns have been eggs, worms, Baetis and Midges fished under an indicator on the bottom. Specific patterns include size 16 or 18 JuJu Baetis, Hogan's Military May and size 10 Pats Rubber Legs.
A sweet recent Truckee double!
This coming weekend and next week should be epic winter fishing. Captain Chris, Jordan and the guys have spots where they're getting 10 to 15 fish out of one run and with mild temps and no rain in the forecast it should be awesome. 

Give us a ring at (707)287-2939 or at the shop (916)722-1055 to get out and make it happen.  

For more on the Truckee River click here...

Yuba River Trout - Good. Flows 1,123 cfs and stable. Water Temps - Mid 50's. Water Clarity - Clear with slight tinge of color.


Perfect trout weather again this past week with mild cool nights and fairly warm days. With recent stable flows guests have had some killer dry fly fishing casting to selective risers in the calm flats both in the foam line and on the edges. One day the hatch may happen in the afternoon, and the next day it could happen in the late morning. An angler needs to be flexible, and having two rods set up for both surface and sub surface presentations will be an advantage.

Please stay off shallow gravel and redds as little eggs are hiding in the gravel and are easily crushed. With such a small return of salmon this year every smolt counts. 

Wild rainbows from 8 to 14” are keying in on Blue Wing Olives (baetis) #18, and tiny Blue Wing Olives (pseudocloeons) #20-22. Sparkle Duns, Hackle Stackers, and Loop Wing Parachutes have been getting the most attention. We have been getting a few rainbows on the swing as well using Alevins, and salmon fingerlings. Remember to strip your fly after your initial swing is done, most of the fish came on the strip. There is a few female Stub Wing stone flies drifting among the currents ovipositing, we saw two bigger fish that were out of reach hammer the floating prime rib dinners.

We have also had some good days recently down below Daguerre Dam with 20 to 30 fish in the net. We have exclusive access to drift this section of the river. This next week looks like nice weather again so good fishing should continue on the Yuba. Give us a call to get out and connect with some really good winter fly fishing.(707)287-2939 or (916)722-1055

Guide Tip : It’s best to make just a few casts to a specific rising fish, and if you don’t get a take, rest them a while or move to another target. 5X tippet is working just fine, but you may need to make a fly first downstream presentation to get a grab.

For more on the Yuba click here...

Almanor Trout - Fair. Surface temps. 40's. Water clarity - slight green tinge but 6' visibility


Guide Mark showing off a local native.
Fishing continues to be pretty decent on  Almanor. Water temps are dropping quickly however fishing will continue to be good through mid January. Water levels are stable and with weather is looking mild for the next week at least so fishing will be very good. Bank fishing has improved recently and it is mostly rainbows finding the net with an occasional brown. 

Recently we fished with Mark and it was great by our standards but Mark called it Fair for this fishery. Action has started recently at around 10:00 and been steady all the way until just before dark. Fishing on Almanor right now in not exactly been easy as pinpoint casts are required and although we are getting some refusals and anglers scare our fair share, fish often grabbed flies even before any action was imparted on them. These are hard fighting fish that can test your skills with hard head shakes, jumps and line peeling runs. The weather this time of year can be challenging so dress as if you were going skiing or snowboarding if you decide to go. Be careful driving as roads ice up at night and thaw during the day. The boat ramp at Canyon Dam is open and will remain so all year however the West shore dock is slated to be pulled out any day. 

Mark says from now until mid January there can still be good decent fishing and then things start picking up again in March and April. For those of you wanting to avoid the crowds and experience great fishing into winter keep this gem in mind.

Midges, small sparsely tied damsels, leaches and calibaetis nymphs are working best right now but Calibaetis and even streamers will give way shortly to mostly midges. If you would like to get out and give this a try call (707)287-2939 or (916)722-1055

Guide tip: Look for muddy bottoms with weeds or old stream channels. Try a Red Headed Step Child in a size 15 or a midge.

Lake Oroville bass - Poor. Surface Temps - 55 Deg. Water Clarity - 4 to 6'

The Lake turned on like a light switch in November and has absolutely on fire! With great weather and 60 to 70 fish days we have been having the lake to ourselves and what a blast it has been. 
Well...apparently someone forgot to pay the electric bill and fishing has switched off big time. We are now getting 5 to 10 fish per day. This is common this time of year and normally by late December and early January, when fish get acclimated to the new colder water temps, fishing takes off again. 

To be honest some of the best days of the year will be coming in mid to late January where anglers will see both quality and quantity on our float and fly technique. We have the cure for cabin fever so give us a call (707)287-2939.

Guide tip: Keep in mind when all the rivers are blow out in Jan, February and March it will be prime time on Oroville.

For more on fly fishing Lake Oroville click here...

Pyramid Lake NV* Cutthroat - Fair to Good. Surface Temps - COLD


A happy guests contemplates success while enjoying a moon rise.

Nothing much has changed since last week.  Per usual for this time of year we really had to put in some effort and hours in to get the grabs we wanted. The numbers game wasn't the main focus, it was the larger winter ledge lurkers. The bite was about the this week but we did manage to pull some real quality fish again. The good news is the whole lake at this time is seeing noticeably larger fish being caught throughout the day. Like we said earlier, the fishing requires a little more effort this time of year but a more and more common occurrence is days where your fish range from 5-10 pounds and not much anything on the smaller size. The time starts now for shore fisherman to start seeing some large fish being caught and from now into the winter. Still, we have not found one beach to out preform another the fish seem to be spread out so find your favorite beach or two and fish it out. We also want to make sure we are fishing the ledges. Now is the time of year when O'l Red likes to come cruise in the shallower ledges using them as excellent ambush points.

From our time on the water and other reports the fly selection and techniques have not changed much in the last couple weeks. Your baitfish patterns will still be the go to, either stripping or under an indicator with and occasional midge bite on the calmer and warm days. The boobies and popcorn beetles of all colors have brought some larger fish, when paired with your favorite wooly bugger or your favorite baitfish patterns. Blacks, whites, olives and chartreuse are great starting points for color.  Changing the cadence in your retrieve will be beneficial on finding how active fish are and what speed will get them going. As water begins to really cool down try fairly slow pace then pick up speed as time goes on (say 10-20 minutes) and then repeat until we find the bite. When the wind comes in it doesn't hurt to try an indicator rig with a balanced leech or baitfish. Fly colors for both techniques should also be interchanged through the day. Good starting points will be black olive and white and mixtures of all. Don't be afraid to throw some flash into your baitfish patterns. We hate to repeat but incase you missed last weeks report, holiday seasons have been bringing in a larger number of anglers so trying new or hard to get to areas (within the legal boundaries) can turn out to be very productive and it will get you away from the beaches with larger crowds.  The big are fish are coming into play and we would love to see you out on the water holding one of the leviathans that cruise the lake. Dress in layers and prepare for some chilly weather. 

To read more on Pyramid Lake click here...

* Yes were aware that Pyramid Lake is in Nevada not California, but it is close and such a great fishery that we included it in our report for your benefit.

If you enjoyed this report please like and share it. if you have comments or to share your own personal fishing report email me at mike@offthehookflyfishing.com. (707)287-2939 C (530)242-4122 O. 

Thanks and have a great weekend!

Friday, December 1, 2017

Best Bets: Trinity River - Steelhead, Delta - Striper

American River Steelhead - Poor. Flows - 3,600 cfs at Natomas.

Not much new news to report as all our guides are busy elsewhere. Fishing has been pretty slow but flows jumped today from 2,00 to over 3,600 cfs so that should bring in some fresh fish. It has been just few half pounders and an adult fish here or there but not very exciting thus far this season. Rain and bump in flows should help.

Stay tuned...

Delta Striper - Good. Water temp 66 deg., Clarity - Good

Sam Y. gettin it done on the Delta.
It has been a great season on the Delta this year. Good numbers of bait have been in the system making for some pretty epic fishing. Catch rates continue to fluctuate slightly from good to great depending on casting ability and reaction time when fishing near boils or feeding fish. Still some variety with bass and salmon as bycatch to go with plenty of striper.

We continue to pull out all the stops. We are throwing everything from floating lines to Intermediate as well as fast sinking type 7 lines. We are predominantly using sinking lines currently but being able to adapt to what ever the conditions require helps a great deal. Some quality fish caught in the shallows again this week so don't forget to look in skinny water. We are hoping the good fishing continues well into mid or late December. This will be dependent on bait and water temps.

Best flies have been clouser style streamers in 1/0 or 2/0. In cleaner water go with white or chartreuse flies. If conditions are a bit murky combine dark colors in your offerings and perhaps even a rattle to help fish find them.

Feather - Fair  Flows -  1,000 cfs through low flow 2,000 below Thermolito. Temperature  Mid  50's Clarity - Good

Photo credit: Brian Clemens
The Feather has fished pretty well recently for stealhead but things are slowing slightly. Lots of half pounders and some adult fish to 6 or 7 lbs being the largest. Swinging flies as well as nymphing with bugs and eggs has produced recently as well. Most trips average 5 or more fish to the net depending on the day, how many boats are on the water, casting and fishing ability of guests along with and a number of other external factors. Speaking of...on a recent trip we came across a family of otters part way through the day who were going to town on the fish. They followed the boat down river and made for some pretty poor fishing the rest of the day. Some days you just have to scratch your head!

The Feather does offer some decent steelhead fishing close to home so its definitely worth a go right now.

Putah Creek - Poor. Flows - Just over 80 cfs. Clarity - Clear

Fish are in full blown spawning mode so as far as we're concerned we're finished guiding and fishing it for the season. But what a season it was! It has been so good to see so many quality wild trout being caught by our guests. Putah is such a special fishery being this close to San Francisco, the Napa Valley and Sacramento and having such large wild fish. It is a California Heritage Trout Fishery which means it has much larger than average fish in it. It also means it will never ever be stocked again, so if fish aren't left alone to spawn, it will adversely affect subsequent generations of fish. There really is no way to catch fish from now on without fishing to spawning fish. In addition, with the flows so low it is very difficult to maneuver without walking on redds. So give em a rest! Go fish the Feather or Trinity or catch up on your tying. Spring will be here soon enough and future generations of trout and those who love to catch them thank you.

We will begin to fish and guide the creek on March 1st. We have quite a few Spring dates available. Give us a ring at (707)287-2939 or at the shop at (916)722-1055 to reserve yours.


Russian River Steelhead - Poor. Flows - 350 cfs and dropping. Temps - 60's. Clarity - Mud


Not much to report on the Russian unfortunately. Looking on the bright side flows are coming down which is a good. Still too muddy to fish at this point. Keeping our fingers crossed. The Russian blows out first and clears up last of any of our coastal rivers however with the last two good rain years we are hoping for a good return of fish. Only time will tell.

To get on our wait list for the steelhead fishing on the Russian please call (707)287-2939. We will add you to the list and guests will be called in the order that they are added to it once fishing commences.

Note: The Russian and other coastal rivers open and close from time to time throughout a season. The Dept. of Fish and Wildlife number is (707) 944 5533 and is a good resource to call before you go.

Lower Sacramento Trout - Good. Flows 5,000 cfs out of Keswick. Water Temps - Lower 50's. Clarity - Clear (5 feet visibility)

Fishing has been pretty good for trout and even some steelhead on the Sac recently although things have slowed sightly since last month. Expect things to slow a bit more mid to late December however for now things are still good. Blue wing olives are hatching on overcast days and there are even some fish taking dries. These fish tend to be smaller and require anglers bring their A game. Plenty of fish around eating nymphs as well.

Best flies have been Mercer's Micro May and Hogan's S& M in green and brown, Bird's Nests, midges and egg patterns.

Trinity River Steelhead - Good. Flows - 300 cfs at Lewiston, 400 cfs at Douglas City. Clarity - clear

Photo credit: Peter Santley
November was a good one on the Trinity and we are looking forward to December. Fish counts so far are looking good and recent mild weather and rain fall has provided some good fishing. In December the crowds thin a bit and the weather gets a little more challenging but worth it for those who plan and dress for cold weather.

Decent numbers of half pounders along with  1 to 5 adult fish can be expected on most days.  Swinging is still producing a few fish but not as many as nymphing with eggs and bugs.

Best swinging flies have been Tiny Dancers, Hobo Speys, Silver Hiltons, Copper Assassins and Anderson's Euphoria in Chartreuse or Brown. As far as nymphing goes, Hare's Ears, Rubber Legs, Copper Johns, Psycho Princes, or other stoneflies and egg patterns have been working well.

Yuba River Trout - Good Flows 1,123 cfs and stable. Water Temps - Mid 50's. Water Clarity - Clear with slight tinge of color.

Photo credit: Jon Baiocchi
Perfect trout weather the past week with mild to warm air temperatures and clouds. With recent stable flows guests have had some killer dry fly fishing casting to selective risers in the calm flats both in the foam line and on the edges. One day the hatch may happen in the afternoon, and the next day it could happen in the late morning. An angler needs to be flexible, and having two rods set up for both surface and sub surface presentations will be an advantage. Jon saw a few more salmon in the river this week, and a few more redds, but there should be more in the system.

Wild rainbows from 8 to 14” are keying in on Blue Wing Olives (baetis) #18, and tiny Blue Wing Olives (pseudocloeons) #20-22. Sparkle Duns, Hackle Stackers, and Loop Wing Parachutes have been getting the most attention. We have been getting a few rainbows on the swing as well using Alevins, and salmon fingerlings. Remember to strip your fly after your initial swing is done, most of the fish came on the strip. There is a few female Stub Wing stone flies drifting among the currents ovipositing, we saw two bigger fish that were out of reach hammer the floating prime rib dinners.

Photo credit: Jon Baiocchi


We have had some good days recently down below Daguerre Dam with 20 to 30 fish in the net. We have exclusive access to drift this section so if you would like to give this a whirl give us a call. (707)287-2939 or (916)722-1055

More rain coming in Sunday through Monday morning, an inch is expected to fall. We’ll see what that does to the river, if anything adding a little color from Deer Creek would be an advantage to the fly angler as those rising trout were extremely skitterish yesterday. We've got some dates open for December, if you would like to learn more about the river, and increase your chances with technical dry fly presentations, or how to cover water effectively swinging, give us a call, and let’s get a date on the calendar. See you out there…

Guide Tip : It’s best to make just a few casts to a specific rising fish, and if you don’t get a take, rest them a while or move to another target. 5X tippet is working just fine, but you may need to make a fly first downstream presentation to get a grab.

Almanor Trout- Fair to Good. Surface temps. 56 degs. Water clarity - slight green tinge.



We had a very nice time recently on Almanor with guide Mark Antaramian. Fishing was great by our standards but Mark called it Fair. I guess everything is relative. We had close to 20 fish in the boat up to 25" and there was action from about 10:00 all the way until just before dark. Fishing was not exactly easy as pinpoint casts were required and although we had some refusals and spooked our fair share, fish often grabbed flies even before any action was imparted on them. These are hard fighting fish that can test your skills with hard head shakes, jumps and line peeling runs. The weather this time of year can be challenging so dress as if you were going skiing or snowboarding if you decide to go. Mark says from now until January there can still be good decent fishing and then things start picking up again in March and April. For those of you wanting to avoid the crowds and experience great fishing into winter keep this gem in mind.

Midges, small sparsely tied damsels, leaches and calibaetis nymphs are working best right now. If you would like to get out and give this a try call (707)287-2939 or (916)722-1055. 

Pyramid Lake NV* Cutthroat - Fair to Good

Marcus H. with his first Cutthroat!
This last week as per usual for this time of year we really had to put in some effort and hours in to get the grabs we wanted. The numbers game wasn't the main focus, it was the larger ledge lurkers of November. The bite was a little slower this week but we did manage to pull some real quality fish out. For example we were able to help client Marcus H. of Incline Village into an 18 pound, 12 ounce Pilot Peak. Which was also Marcus's first fish at Pyramid Lake and caught on an olive balanced leech near Rawhide. That was on the larger end of the fish spectrum caught this week but there were rumors of others around that very size. The good news is the whole lake at this time is seeing noticeably larger fish being caught throughout the day. Like we said earlier, the fishing requires a little more effort this time of year but a more and more common occurrence is days where your fish range from 5-10 pounds and not much anything on the smaller size. The time starts now for shore fisherman to start seeing some large fish being caught and from now into the winter. Still, he have not found one beach to out preform another the fish seem to be spread out so find your favorite beach or two and fish it out. We also want to make sure we are fishing the ledges. Now is the time of year Ol' Red likes to come cruise in the shallower ledges using them as excellent ambush points.

From our time on the water and other reports the fly selection and techniques have not changed much in the last couple weeks. Your baitfish patterns will still be the go to, either stripping or under an indicator with and occasional midge bite on the calmer and warm days. The boobies and popcorn beetles of all colors have brought some larger fish, when paired with your favorite wooly bugger or your favorite baitfish patterns. Blacks, whites, olives and chartreuse are great starting points for color.  Changing the cadence in your retrieve will be beneficial on finding how active fish are and what speed will get them going. As water begins to really cool down try fairly slow pace then pick up speed as time goes on (say 10-20 minutes) and then repeat until we find the bite. When the wind comes in it doesn't hurt to try an indicator rig with a balanced leech or baitfish. Fly colors for both techniques should also be interchanged through the day. Good starting points will be black olive and white and mixtures of all. Don't be afraid to throw some flash into your baitfish patterns. We hate to repeat but incase you missed last weeks report, holiday seasons have been bringing in a larger number of anglers so trying new or hard to get to areas (within the legal boundaries) can turn out to be very productive and it will get you away from the beaches with larger crowds.  The big are fish are coming into play and we would love to see you out on the water holding one of the leviathans that cruise the lake. Dress in layers and prepare for some chilly weather.

* Yes were aware that Pyramid Lake is in Nevada not California, but it is close and such a great fishery that we included it in our report for your benefit.

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.

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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. 

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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 

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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"

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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.


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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.

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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.


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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.