Friday, March 24, 2017

Northern California Fly Fishing Report – March 24, 2017
                                      
Best Bets... Truckee, Pyramid and Delta!

American – Poor  Flows 4,200 cfs Water Temp high 50’s degrees. Water Clarity – slight color
Steelhead fishing continues to be challenging on the American due to high water. Our guides have been out this week and landed some fish but it has been scratching and clawing for them. Nymphing has fished best on the periphery. It is still not safe wading at this point. We don’t recommend wading above 3,500 cfs and even drifts can be a bit sketchy.
Steelheading would be tapering of even in ideal conditions so it may not come back in shape in time to fish this year. All the water is good for future fishing so we can’t complain.
Delta Stiper – Fair to Good Water Temp high 50’s degrees. Water Clarity – Muddy

Striper fishing continues to be challenging on the Delta although we’re still getting a dozen to 25+ fish per trip. Captain Bryce Tedford had nearly 30 fish in the boat this week! Most keepers have been 3 to 5 lbs with an occasional 6 to 9 lber. This recent rain will make the water cold and a bit muddy. A day or two after this rain stops the fishing will resume. Weather can be great one day and terrible the next. Watch the report and shoot for good weather after a couple rain free days. Our guides have been burning quite a bit of gas to get to fish but it’s been worth it. We have been running floating, intermediate and sinking lines recently with success on all.

Best flies have been clousers in Chartreuse/White or baby blue and white. Rattles can help fish find flies in muddy water.


With all the water it is going to be a good year on the Delta!

Call now to reserve your Spring days for April and May. Call the shop at (916)722-1055 or Off the Hook at (707)287-2939 to get out with Maury, Bryce and Toby for some memorable striper action this season

Napa River – Poor to Fair .  Flows – average, Water temps - 60’s. Water clarity – Stained

Some really good fish were caught this week on the Napa River. Recent rains will put things off for a little while. The river usually needs at least 3 to four days without heavy rain for fishing to pick back up. Move around to find cleaner water and pods of fish.

Stay hungry streamer or clouser type patters are working best but it is mostly about finding clearer water and pods of fish than anything.

We are looking forward to good Spring and Summer fishing in the Napa Valley. Stay tuned for updated reports, or give us a call at (707)287-2939 for current information.

Putah Creek – Poor to Fair Flows – 1,000 CFS. Temps - high 50’s. Water clarity – Green

Flows on Putah Creek are steady at around 1,000 cfs. Water is high as a result of the glory hole spilling over and will probably continue to do so for at least a few more days with this recent rains. This has been a welcome sight as it has blow out much of the heavy siltation caused by two summers of fires and the deposits from two subsequent heavy runoff years. We are catching some nice fish but not many and not in the normal areas due to high water.
Try fishing Pheasant tail nymphs, Blue Wing Olive nymphs under an indicator. Midges and San Juan worms are also a good idea. With higher water you should start with #14 and #16 instead of going straight to 18# and 20#’s
Good spring fishing should be just around the corner, so Reserve your Spring Putah trip today! Call us at (707)287-2939 or at the shop at (916)722-1055.
Guide tip: “Wait until the water is below 1,000 cfs and be careful when wading. A wading staff and inflatable life jacket would be wise this time of year… or go fish Pyramid.”
Pyramid Fair to Good. Temps - high 50’s. Water clarity – 6 to 8 feet
Pyramid season is in full swing. With the warmer weather the fish have become more active searching for that wanting water. The fishing has been fairly consistent but there have been some slower days but also some very good days mixed in with great numbers of large fish being caught. With the heavy crowds your best chance at a big fish would be to find beaches with less pressure your chances go down of catching the monster as the number of anglers goes up. Stripping and indicator techniques have both been equally productive depending on what beach you are at. Stripping Doug O's popcorn beetle or Sexton's boobies followed by a wooly, clouser, leech or favorite baitfish pattern have been very good for the sandy beaches. While the indicator bite has been fairly consistent all over the lake your best chance is paired Midges or midge nymph or balanced leech combo. The colors have been varying from day to day so start with basic blacks, reds, and wines for the nymphs and Midges. For the leeches olive, black, and white have been more effective in low light or heavy weather conditions. You can't catch fish unless your line is in the water so come out fish hard and you will be rewarded.


Now is the time to go fish Pyramid! Call today to reserve one of our top guides on this amazing fishery. The fish of a lifetime awaits… Call (707)287-2939 (916)722-1055
Russian River Poor Flows – Too high but dropping. Temps - high 60’s. Water clarity – 1 foot of visibility but clearing.
The Russian was just coming into shape again last week when it blew out again due to this storm. We are hoping for a crack at this rivers steelhead this season, but are not sure if it is going to happen.
Regardless, all this water has allowed many steelhead to spawn in peace and will also provide some great summer smallmouth fishing.
For more on the Russian click here...
Two years ago they told us to say a prayer or do a rain dance… and we did. Now it’s time to dance and pray for chrome!
Guide tip - in higher, early season flows, swing weighted Intruders on ten feet of T-14 to get your flies down to the fish. Also use black blue and purple flies with large silhouettes in the often colored water...  
Give us a call at (707)287-2939 for more info on getting on the call list for when the Russian is firing.
Coastal Steelhead Fair to Good Flows – in shape or just coming in. Water conditions – Steelhead green
There are several coastal rivers that are in shape or coming into shape this week and we are hooking some nice fish. If you are interested please call us for updates or to book your dance with destiny. Some folks say wild California steelhead are rare like white unicorns. We can agree that seeing and cradling a wild steelhead briefly before watching her swim away is definitely memorable. We would love to make memorable happen for you. Call (707)287-2939 and we will do our best to make it a reality.
For more on chasing coastal steelhead click here...

Lower Sacramento – Poor Flows – 10,000 CFS and climbing. Temps - Low 50’s. Water clarity – fairly clear
Fishing on the Lower Sac continues to be non-existent on a fishery that normally provides a reliable option when everything else is blown out. We have had reports from those in the know that current high flows should subside soon after this current storm subsides. Fish should come out of this high water winter hungry and on the chow.

All the usual spring flies will be in order once water subsides. Caddis, caddis, caddis!



Haven’t seen the Lower Sacramento like this in years!!! Click here for more on the Lower Sac...

We love April and May on the Sac. Book your Spring days now by calling (707)287-2939 or (916)722-1055.
                      
Trinity River Fair  (True steelhead fishing) Flows – 320 cfs  out of Lewiston, 1,900 cfs at Douglas City. Temps – Low 50’s. Clarity – Good

This year has been about quality over quantity. We are happy to say that our guest are hooking some nice fish and almost everyone is getting at least a fish or two in the net each day. Water spiked in the last few days to 1,900 at Douglas city so the upper river near Lewiston may be the only option. Things are winding down for us up here anyways with only a few guide days left.

Traditional stonefly rubber legs, golden stones, psycho prices, and Copper Johns have been best. March Browns’ Jimmy Legs and Copper Johns have been best producers.


For more on fishing the Trinity click here...

Give us a ring to give Trinity Steelheading a go before they’re gone. (916)722-1055 or at (707)287-2939.
Truckee River   Fair to Good  Flows – 1000 +cfs in town, 3,600 at Boca. Water Temps. – Low 50’s. Clarity – clear to murky

This winter has been one of the best fishing winters on the Truckee in recent memory. The weather has been cold, but fishing on the river recently continues to be good.  It is snowing as we write this report here on Friday morning. Access to the river has gotten better recently now that some of the snow has melted with the last storm’s warmer rain and this recent snow should melt off soon. Decent numbers of rainbows, browns and whitefish are being caught with chances at some really nice fish.

Nymphing and streamers continue to be the ticket. There isn’t much dry fly action right now. Hopefully in a month or so the Skwalas will kick in, but for now it’s down and dirty. Get your flies down and fish them slow. Big and small stoneflies, SJ’s Princes, Birds Nests and midges are working well. Remember to fish “Winter water” (water that is slower than walking speed).  Fish continue to stay close to be close to the bank.


For more on the Truckee click here...

Call the shop at (916)722-8594 or OTH direct at (707)287-2939 for current conditions or to schedule the cure for common cabin fever.       

Yosemite are Trout – Poor to Fair 

Run off is here but there are narrow windows of opportunity so get out and enjoy while you can. As always check before you go, fish the edges of streams with caution. Here are some shots of the Kings River above Pine Flat ushering in a great bloom and time to fish.





Mokelumne -  5,000 CFS- Too big to fish, best to stay away. 

Stanislaus - 1,140 CFS - Too high to float but fish cautiously from shore .

Tuolumne - 1,100 CFS - High flows, hard to access both banks. 
      
Merced- 4,000 below Briceburg, 6,000 Crocker Huffman- still too high to drift.

Stay tuned for updates or call us for more info.                                           

Yuba River Trout – Poor  Flows – 2,100 cfs  Water Temps – Mid 50’s. Clarity – Slight color


We have nicknamed the Yuba the Newba recently! It has totally changed with the high flows. Water is dropping into shape and we have had guides out exploring but only a few fish to hand.  The last time the Yuba blew out like this it took months to come back and didn’t quite fish the same for a couple seasons. We are optimists by nature as fly fishers so we are hoping for the best and not getting to fish the Yuba for a while is a willing trade for excess water and what it means for the state as a whole. The river has changed drastically so we will have to wait and get reacquainted with this beloved fishery once she comes back to us.
Nymphing with Skwala stones, march browns, and San Juan Worms should produce best.

Guide tip: “wait until the Yuba drops below 1,000 cfs or go fish the Truckee or Pyramid!”
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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Northern California Fly Fishing Report January 27, 2016

We are thankful for all the rain we have been getting here in Northern California and what it means in the long run. It has unfortunately had an adverse affect on current fishing conditions, however this is all temporary. Lots of water in California is a welcome change to the drought conditions that we experienced in recent memory. Enjoy this wet fishing report everybody!

Best Bets - Trinity River Steelhead or Truckee River trout.

American River – Poor   Flows – 9,000 cfs out of Natomas but dropping. Water temps – Low to Mid 50’s to Water clarity – brown.

The American is still a no-go. The rains have stopped but like so many of our rivers the dams above filled with muddy water and are now spilling it onto the rivers. Folsom lake is adding water the color of a latte into the river and releases have it coursing beyond the safe limits for wading and boating. We suggest not fishing it until things clear up a bit and the flows are down around 3,500. This should happen in the next one to two weeks.

Call (707)287-2939 or the shop at (916)722-8594 to check on current conditions or to reserve a trip on one of the other great options this time of year.

Delta Stiper Poor Water Temp mid to high 50’s degrees. Flows - very high. Water Clarity – Mud.

Striper fishing continues to be tough on the Delta. Lots of rain and cold water have flooded in bringing brown water and very difficult conditions which is common for this time of year. Only the very hardiest of anglers are even going out right now. If you go use patterns with Chartreuse/White around 1/0-2/0 with a rattle and fish down low and slow.

We are taking Spring reservations for March, April and May and the calendar is filling up. Give us a ring at the shop at (916)722-1055 or (707)287-2939 to get out with Maury, Bryce and Toby for some memorable Spring striper action.

For more on timing your Spring trip click here...

Feather River – Poor   Flows – 4,600+ cfs through low flow and dropping 10,000+ below Thermalito, water temps – Low to Mid 50’s to Water clarity – chocolate.

We are hopefully a few days away from guiding the Feather again. We have guides fishing it this weekend to check things out. Check back here for updates or give us a call at (707)287-2939 or (916)722-8594.

               
Napa River – Poor.  Flows – 420 cfs. Water temps - high 50’s. Water clarity – muddy.

There are opportunities to possibly get out in between the storms however it takes at least a week without heavy rain before things really improve. This week fishing has been tough with only a few fish caught.Try fishing larger dark flies that push water. Also try some serious sparkle in your flies and perhaps a rattle or maybe two.

We are looking forward to Spring and Summer fishing in the Napa Valley. Stay tuned to the reports or give us a call at (707)287-2939 for updated  information.


Putah Creek – Open Flows – very low (65 CFS.) Temps - high 50’s. Water clarity – greenish.

Flows on Putah Creek spiked to almost 700 then have dropped over the last couple days to well below the yearly averages for this time of year. They are currently around 65 cfs. The fish still trying to spawning. Our guides have chosen to give the fish a break again during this time of year. Several great groups including Putah Creek Trout, TU and California Fish and Wildlife have worked to help protect and preserve this gem of a fishery. Since it is now a California Heritage Trout Fishery and will never again be planted it is critical that spawning fish be left alone to spawn or subsequent fish populations could be adversely affected. From December 1st to the end of February we stop guiding Putah. Spring will be here soon and we will get back out to fish. If you would like to reserve a Spring date please call us soon.

If you do choose to fish December to February please leave the spawner’s alone and don’t walk on any gravel as 99% of visible gravel is in fact potentiall spawning beds (even if fish are not visible when you go tromping through those areas) Perhaps consider going over to fish the Yuba, Feather or Truckee Rivers or give Steelhead a try!

If you are interested in conservation we have some up-coming opportunities to get out and help these fish. Call Steve Karr at (530)400-1171 for more information.


Spring is coming, so reserve your Spring Putah trip today! Call us at (707)287-2939 or at the shop at (916)722-1055.

Guide tip: “Go fish the Trinity or Truckee”.

Pyramid Lake - Closed Temps - high 50’s. Water clarity – 6 to 8 feet.

Pyramid which is usually a stalwart for being open and fishable has fallen victim to the heavy rains. Flows on the Truckee spiked along with everything else and dumped lots of dark water into the lake. On top of that the road washed out so only locals are being allowed in. Things should clear up shortly and we will be updating the blog as things come back into shape.


We are booking trips in March and April and tentatively in February. Call (707)287-2939 or (96)7228594 today to reserve your Pyramid Lake dance with the giants.

Russian River - Poor Flows – Too high(3,500 cfs at Healdsburg) but dropping. Temps - high 50’s. Water clarity – Chocolate.

The Russian was coming into shape before recent rains blew things out. Flows spiked to flood stage, but water is dropping so we will see... Stay tuned. Good news is the Coastal fisheries should be dropping into shape sooner.

Flies (once things clear and drop) - All Intruders, Pick yer pockets, Noah Leaches, Squidros, Prom Dresses, Marabou Volcanoes, General Practitioners, Egg Sucking leeches... etc.

Guide tip - In higher flows, swing weighted Intruders on ten feet of T-14 to get your flies down to the fish. Also use black blue and purple flies with large silhouettes in the often colored water... 


Give us a call at (707)287-2939 for more info on getting on the call list for when it is firing. If we have another wet winter like last year tings could be looking up for the Russian. Also give us a call if you would like a phone call or email when and if things open up.

Lower Sacramento Poor Flows – 36,000 CFS!!! Temps - Low 50’s. Water clarity – clearing.


Flows out of Keswick are a whopping 36,000 cfs and off color making for tough fishing. It will take a couple more days before we start fishing it again. Once we do wading will be out of the question. Even drifting should be off limits for all but the highly experienced. Focus on the edges of the river. It may be best to float further out and cast in towards shore to find fish trying to seek reprieve from the the high flows behind any structure. Fish dark stonefly nymphs or eggs for now.


Book your Spring days on the Lower Sac now by calling (707)287-2939 or (916)722-1055.

Upper Sacramento – Poor.  Flows – very high (1,725 cfs at Delta) Temps - low 50’s. Water clarity – cloudy.

Recent rains blew out the Upper Sac at 8,500+ cfs on Jan 22. and with it the gage at Box Canyon Dam. Water is dropping into shape and currently 1,725 at Delta. Travel has been difficult recently above Redding with closures of I-5. Consult road conditions before venturing north and it may be best to wait a while before heading to fish the Upper Sac. Once the water clears you will want to have some Bird’s Nests, Prince Nymph or Superfloss Rubberlegs in the mix. Other good bets are Poopahs, Pseudo Mays, Poxyback PMD’s, Midges, Hogan’s, Mercer’s, Speroni’s Baetis. Try fishing up near Cantara Loop for clearer water and lower flows.

Guide Tip: “If the River is rising stay home, if it is dropping go fish.Try fishing up near Lake Siskyou for easier wading conditions”

Please give us a call (707)287-2939 for more info and updates on the Upper Sac and other Nor Cal options.

Trinity River – Fair to Good (True steelhead fishing) Flows – 300 cfs out of Lewiston, 380c cfs in Douglas City. Temps – Low 50’s. Clarity – Steelhead green



Flows on the Trinity rose slightly to 370 below Lewiston and 400 at Indian Creek last week and turned murky. The river has currently dropped back into shape and is fishing surprisingly well. Again this year has been about quality over quantity. Don’t believe all the bad reports as our guest are hooking some nice fish and almost everyone is getting at least a fish or two in the net each day. The next few weeks should be good and we do have some last minute availability.

Traditional stonefly rubber legs, golden stones, Psycho Prices, and Copper Johns have been best. Look to fish eggs only if there is a major flow spike.


Call now to give Trinity Steelheading a go before there gone. (916)722-1055 or at (707)287-2939.

Truckee River  –  Great!!!  Flows – 100 cfs in Town, 420 at Boca, 500 cfs in the Canyon. Water Temps. – 39 deg. Clarity – clear to murky.


The Truckee weather has been cold, but fishing on the river is red hot. May people don't know that it fishes almost better in the Winter than any other time. Fish need to eat even in winter and the snow and cold temps keep all but the hardiest of anglers from fishing. But this does not keep the fish from being hungry and on the prowl. 

Winter fishing requires that anglers be in good shape and have the right gear and mentality for success. Always remember to have a full tank of gas, bring gear as if you were planning to spend the night (incase you get stuck and are forced to). Always have chains, a shovel and a tow strap and come along in your rig along with a 4 seasons sleeping bag. Also having food, water and a small stove to make meals or at least a hot drink are essential. Layering is key and remember to pay special attention to your feet and hands. We recommend Goretex outer wear, polypropylene undergarments and fleece, a good wading belt and access is improved with a pair of show shoes.

Jordan says that fish tend to pod up in slow water during winter months. This causes some competition for the less prolific bugs that remain. Fish spread out he says spread out the other 3 seasons of the year. Feeding is predictably in the warmest parts of the day and the bite has been from 10:00 to 3:00 p.m. however you will need to get to the river early to be able to hike to the river while the snow is still solid enough to walk on.

The menu includes Midges, Baetis and San Juan Worms. The big bugs just aren't around yet and there hasn't been any dry fly action, although this may change if the weather warms for a week or so. For now try nymphing the aforementioned 


Guide tip:  Jordan Romney says "Try dead drift a Halebopp Leach with a small beatis behind it."

More on the Truckee here...

Call the shop at (916)722-8594 or OTH direct at (707)287-2939 for current conditions or to book some good fishing and a great cardio workout on the Truckee.
   
Yuba River Trout – Poor Flows – 4,550 cfs at Englebright Dam above Highway 20 bridge.Water Temps – Mid 50’s. Clarity – muddy.

The Yuba is very high and muddy as the water spilling from Engelbright is still chocolate. The course of the river changed dramatically with flows that were above 80,000 cfs back on January 9th. The last time this happened the river didn't fish well for months. It is good to have the river bottom scoured from time to time but it has an impact on the insects and the fish. It may be up to a month or perhaps more before we get back to fishing the Yuba.

Call the Shop at (916)722-8594 or (707)287-2939 or check back for updates.


Thanks for checking out the report. Feel free to share it and email your own personal reports to info@offthehookflyfishing.com. (877)228-2477 (707)287-2939 www.offthehookflyfishing.com

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Northern California Fly Fishing Report December 29, 2016

Northern California Fly Fishing Report – Dec 29, 2016
                                     
Last report of 2016!

Best Bets - American River (after the 1st) Truckee River, Trinity River or Pyramid Lake 
               
American RiverPoor   Flows –5,000 cfs out of Natomas and dropping. Water temps – Low to Mid 50’s to Water clarity – clearing.

The American is closed from Ancil Hoffman power line to Hazel Avenue bridge. Fish are moving in with each storm and swinging traditional flies below Hoffman for winter steelhead had produced some scattered adult fish before the last rains. We have had reputable reports that the plan is to have the river down below 5,000 cfs by the opener on January 1st. Fishing should start with a bang although it will probably be quite busy on the water. Anglers should start early in the morning if at all possible. Swinging traditional steelhead flies and dark leaches should produce well again. Nymphig with egg patterns and nymphs should also work if one can find good water.

With all this water it should be a good year on the American. Call (707)287-2939 or the shop at (916)722-8594 to book a trip on the American or one of the other great options this time of year.

Delta Stiper - Poor Water Temp mid 60’s degrees. Water Clarity – Muddy.

Striper fishing continues to be tough on the Delta. Lots of rain and cold water have flooded in bringing brown water and very difficult conditions which is common for this time of year. Only the very hardiest of anglers are even going out right now. If you go use patterns with Chartreuse/White around 1/0-2/0 with a rattle and fish down low and slow.

Call now to reserve your day. We are also taking Spring reservations for March, April and May and the calendar is filling up. We can be reached at the shop at (916)722-1055 or (707)287-2939 to get out with Maury, Bryce and Toby for some memorable striper action.

For more on timing your Spring trip click here...

Feather RiverFair to good   Flows – 800 cfs through low flow, 6,000 below Thermalito, water temps – Low to Mid 50’s to Water clarity – clear.

Fishing on the Feather has been slow since heavy rain came in two weeks ago. Fish seem to have pushed through with all this water and are most likely in the upper portion of the low flow which is currently closed. Swinging has not been nearly as productive as nymphing. Eggs are producing well along with mayfly patterns and San Juan Worms after a storm.

Each storm has brought in a few fresh fish but the Salmon are done spawning. Eggs should should still work once the water subsides since high flows tends to knock eggs loose from the gravel and wash them down stream. The good news is that the upper portion above the highway 70 bridge opens January 1st and we still have a few dates available. Give us a call to reserve your trip now!

Guide tip: Any egg pattern will work, but also fish a Prince, Fox Poopahs, Micro Mays, Copper Johns, Red Headed Step Childs and Sucker Spawns. It is still a good idea to fish the San Juan Worm with all this rain.

Click here to read more on the Feather...
               
Call the shop at (916)722-1055 or Off the Hook direct at (707)287-2939. Dates are going fast!
               
Klamath RiverFair Flows – 3,640 at Sciad Valley and dropping. Water temps – Mid 50’s to Water clarity – 3 ft visability.

Steelhead fishing on the Klamath started slow this year, however things have slowly improved. Weather has been cold recently and the river is high yet dropping. We have been out in the last couple days and had success on adult fish both days. All the tributaries are flowing strong so by this weekend the river should be fishing well with fresh fish on the move. 

Fly fishing for steelhead is not for the faint of heart and wearing the appropriate foul weather gear and having four wheel drive and carrying chains is a must. However for those willing to put in the time the rewards can be amazing. If you like to swing like we do try swinging 5 inch per/sec versa tips with big dark winter flies like Intruders. 



We still have some available dates in January, so give us a call at (707)287-2939 to set something up.

Napa RiverPoor.  Flows – average, Water temps - 60’s. Water clarity – muddy.

We are thankful for all the rain we have been getting, but it is definitely having an effect on the fishing. There are opportunities to possibly get out in between the storms however it takes at least a week without heavy rain before things really improve.

We are looking forward to Spring and Summer fishing in the Napa Valley. Stay tuned to the reports or give us a call at (707)287-2939 for updated  information.


Putah CreekOpen Flows – 100 CFS. Temps - high 50’s. Water clarity – Green.

Flows on Putah Creek are holding at 100 cfs and fish are in the middle of the spawning. Our guides have chosen to give the fish a break again during this time of year. Several great groups including Putah Creek Trout, TU and California Fish and Wildlife have worked to help protect and preserve this gem of a fishery. Since it is now a California Heritage Trout Fishery and will never again be planted it is critical that spawning fish be left alone to spawn or subsequent fish populations could be adversely affected. From December 1st to the end of February we stop guiding Putah. Spring will be here soon and we will get back out to fish.

If you do choose to fish December to February please leave the spawner’s alone and don’t walk on any gravel as 99% of visible gravel is in fact potentiall spawning beds (even if fish are not visible when you go tromping through those areas) Perhaps consider going over to fish the Yuba, Feather or Truckee Rivers or give Steelhead a try!

If you are interested in conservation we have some up-coming opportunities to get out and help these fish. Call Steve Karr at (530)400-1171 for more information.


Spring is coming, so reserve your Spring Putah trip today! Call us at (707)287-2939 or at the shop at (916)722-1055.

Guide tip: “Go fish the Trinity or Pyramid”.

Pyramid Lake - Good to Great Temps - high 50’s. Water clarity – 6 to 8 feet.


It’s time to head over the hill and tangle with some giants. But don' forget to grab the stocking cap, put the gloves and anything with Goretex in the name. This time of year is when it really pays off for the dedicated and hardcore trophy hunters. The ones who fish through the colder temps and storms have been paid off with some great trophies. Mixed in are the really good days that aren’t so uncommon as of recent where anglers are getting multiple fish over the ten pound mark. With the recent abundance of rain and snow the Truckee River is blowing out the south end of the lake making the visibility low. This past week, the indicator bite has produce a good number of big fish. It is the most effective type of fishing in the nastier weather for staying in the strike zone longer when grabs are harder to get. Wine, red and black midges along with balanced leeches in black, olive and brown are the most effective colors. Captain Rob and Casey Anderson were fishing with Animal Planet's “Fish or Die” and GEOBASS's, Jay Johnson. They had a good day landing fish up to 12 lbs. The white balanced leech stood out as the fly to fish on that cloudy day. Don’t limit yourself to colors based upon cloudy/sunny situations. You just never know. Think outside the box sometimes.


Now is the time to go. Call today to reserve your Pyramid Lake trip.

Russian River - Poor Flows – Too high but dropping CFS  Temps - high 60’s. Water clarity – 1 foot of visibility but clearing.

The Russian is coming into shape, but for now there is only about a foot of visibility. This will change soon. Water is dropping quickly and we should be fishing next week and well into the New Year! We have availability starting next week so let’s fish! We will be swinging ideally but nymphing will also work. Bait guys have been hooking up and some nice fish were even caught this morning. It looks to be a good year on the Russian!!



Flies - All Intruders, Pick yer pockets, Noah Leaches, Squidros, Prom Dresses, Marabou Volcanoes, General Practitioners, Egg Sucking leeches... etc.

Guide tip - in higher, early season flows, swing weighted Intruders on ten feet of T-14 to get your flies down to the fish. Also use black blue and purple flies with large silhouettes in the often colored water...  


Give us a call at (707)287-2939 for more info on getting on the call list for when it is firing. If we have another wet winter like last year tings could be looking up for the Russian. Also give us a call if you would like a phone call or email when and if things open up.

Lower Sacramento Fair Flows – 10,000 CFS but dropping. Temps - Low 50’s. Water clarity – fairly 
clear.


Fishing has been fair most days and weather has been cold. Clarity has remained good even with all the rain for those floating above Anderson. Below Anderson can get dirty with heavy rains. Flows are above 10,000 cfs however they are dropping. It should be down to 6,000cfs soon. Some small mayflies will hatch sporadically through mid February. By late February small dark Caddis will get going and it will be game on. Fish small bwo mayfly patters or dark stonefly nymphs for now.


Book your Spring days on the Lower Sac now by calling (707)287-2939 or (916)722-1055.

Upper Sacramento – Poor.  Flows – very high (1,800 cfs at Delta) Temps - low 50’s. Water clarity – cloudy.

Recent rains blew out the Upper Sac with over 3,200 cfs. Water is dropping into shape.  For the rest of the winter when flows are manageable there will be some good midge activity as well as some BWO’s on overcast or rainy days.  You will want to have some dark midge patterns like Zebra Midges under a Bird’s Nests, Prince Nymph or Superfloss Rubberlegs. Other good bets are Poopahs, Pseudo Mays, Poxyback PMD’s, Midges, Hogan’s, Mercer’s, Speroni’s Baetis. Try fishing up near Cantara Loop for easier wading conditions.

Guide Tip: “If the River is rising stay home, if it is dropping go fish.Try fishing up near Lake Siskyou for easier wading conditions”

Northern California has some good winter fishing. Please give us a call (707)287-2939 for more info.

Trinity RiverFair  (True steelhead fishing) Flows – 305 cfs  out of Lewiston, 380c cfs in Douglas City and 600 cfs at Junction City. Temps – Low 50’s. Clarity – Good



This year has been about quality over quantity. Don’t believe all the bad reports our guest are hooking some nice fish and almost everyone is getting at least a fish or two in the net each day. The next couple weeks will be decent s, beyond that it will be mostly nymphing.

Traditional stonefly rubber legs, golden stones, psycho prices, and Copper Johns have been best. Look to fish eggs only if there is a major flow spike. From now to March should continue to fish well. In Feb to mid march will be good swing/ dry fly fishing.


To give Trinity Steelheading a go call at (916)722-1055 or at (707)287-2939.

Truckee River  –  Great!!!  Flows – 250 cfs in Town, 420 at Boca, 480 cfs in the Canyon. Water Temps. – 39 deg. Clarity – clear to murky.



The Truckee weather has been cold, but fishing on the river is red hot. This has to be without a doubt one of the best weeks of fishing on the Truckee in years. Recent rains have recharged the river and things are firing on all cylinders.

Flows are absolutely perfect and the river fluctuating between 250 and 420cfs between town and the canyon. The river has been clear in the morning then with warm temps water has been getting darker in the afternoons. This has made for great fishing. Water temps are cold and make sure you're concentrating on winter holding water. Go with "slow and low". Find slow water, and fish it near the bottom.

Fish have been eating a little bit of everything but baetis have been the main stay. Most of our fish have been on 18s in black, olive or brown. Other flies working are zebra midges, PTs, winter stones and worms. Slow stripping streamers has also produced a few nice fish though not as many as nymphing.

After this week we'll be back to having the river to ourselves until the next winter break. If you're looking for solitude and big fish the next two months will be hard to beat.

Guide tip: Capt Chris Mahre says "If your rod guides are freezing up put a little Pam (cooking spray) on them and it will help reduce them icing up."

More on the Truckee here...

Call the shop at (916)722-8594 or OTH direct at (707)287-2939 for current conditions or to book some R&R on the Truckee over the upcoming holidays.
               
Yosemite Area Poor to Fair

The 2017 Steelhead and Trout Season opening next Sunday. Here is the scoop.

Mokelumne-

Flows - the Mokelumne has sustained flows of over 1,400cfs for the past couple of weeks and should remain high on the opener. It will be real pushy and 1,400 is unfishable for the fly guys and very tough for the bait anglers.

We have done some preliminary scouting and as expected, there are several large trees down along the reach between Comanche Dam and Stillman Magee Park. Be careful! Unless you have a metal drift boat and a big saw, I would avoid floating the Moke for a while.

Stanislaus - Upper Stan has been producing but high country lakes have been best. Beardsley,  Pine Crest are good  options.

Lower Stanislaus - Fish counts coming in with water at 200cfs. Flows are a bit low for a drift boat so expect to get out and slog the boat through shallow water if you decide to float. Be extra careful walking so as to not walk on the Redds!

Tuolomne River - Counts are low. Water is at 170cfs which is also low. Be extra careful walking and avoid the Redds!!!!



Merced River- Fishing below El Portal is open and flows are 650cfs but flows are best below 300. Keep an eye on things and once they drop it will be go time.

Crocker Huffman Dam - notice new parking restrictions all along the river to discourage illegal fishing practices. Fish and game is writing tickets so pay attention to the regs and fish ethically.

Yuba River TroutPoor to Fair Flows – 1,700 cfs at Englebright Dam above Highway 20 bridge.Water Temps – Mid 50’s. Clarity – Clear.

The Yuba is high yet clearing. Small winter stones had been working prior to the rain. It will be back in shape by tomorrow or Saturday. Try swing dark soft hackles for some fun grabs. In addition fish stonefly rubber legs, Mayflies.  

The Skwala stonefly hatch will begin most likely in mid January and by February should be in full swing. January and February can be fun swinging with soft hackle Skwalas. On the other be able to throw dry flies in January and February in California is really amazing. You need to get out and give this a try. Call (707)287-2939 or stop by the shop to reserve your Skwala trip.



Guide tip: “The river is open above the highway 20 bridge as of December 1st and don’t forget to bring a San Juan worm if there has been any recent rain!”


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