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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Saturday, December 17, 2016

Northern California Fly Fishing Report Dec 16, 2016

Northern California Fly Fishing Report - December 16, 2016

                                     
Best bet - Pyramid Lake Cutthroat, Lower Sac trout or Trinity Steelhead

American River – Poor   Flows –1,250 cfs out of Natomas. Water temps – Low to Mid 50’s to Water clarity – cloudy

The American is closed from Ancil Hoffman power line to Hazel Avenue bridge.  Scattered adult fish are moving in with each storm and swinging traditional flies below Hoffman for winter steelhead has produced some fish. Things will really kick in to gear in late December and fish well through January and February so stay tuned.

Swung flies as well as nymphing are both producing. Perhaps it may be good to give the Trinity or Klamath a try or perhaps head over the hill to Pyramid and wait until the fish get in a little thicker. Remember the middle/upper section open up Jan 1st and things will be a go! Call us at (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 50’s degrees. Water Clarity – Dirty!

                                                    
Last week the water temps in the Delta went up a few degrees and with it the bite improved a bit. We had a couple of 25-30 fish days with a decent Dink to Legal size ratio. Then on Tuesday of this week the Sacramento and Mokelumne rivers poured a bunch of mud and debris into the system. The central area of the Delta is "Chocolate Milk" There is still some clear water on the south so we will target those areas next week. Time to use some rattle flies in dark colors to get bit.

Bryce says "A few warm days in a row could help to bring the catch rate up and as long as we don't get to much rain, all at once, we should be able to get after them in January and February."

With cooling water temps getting the flies in their noses will be important. Bryce Tedford says "There are still some quality fish for those willing to fight the cold & work for the fish but some days are quite challenging if the weather doesn't cooperate."

Guide Tip: Maury Hatch says” There is still some clear water on the south so target those areas. Time to use some rattle flies in dark colors to get bit."


We are also taking Spring reservations for March, April and May. 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 Spring striper action.


Feather River – Fair   Flows – 800 cfs through low flow, 2,000 below Thermalito, water temps – Low to Mid 50’s to Water clarity – Green tint

The Feather is off color right now but should come back in a week or so. It may be the only game in town in the Sacramento area if you are looking to get out around New Years. Recent storms have undoubtedly gotten fish moving again. The river should drop into shape hopefyully soon. For nymphing try mayfly nymphs, eggs, and worms. Swinging flies should also work but will require more patience.


Guide tip: "Try swinging an egg sucking leach to cover more water"
                                                         
Call the shop at (916)722-1055 or Off the Hook direct at (707)287-2939 to get out on the water 


Klamath River – Poor Flows – 4,500 below Irongate Dam, 8,000 below Seiad Valley and dropping. Water temps – Mid 50’s to Water clarity - Cloudy

Fly fishing guide trip on the Klamath River in California

The Klamath is off color and blowing hard right now like the rest of Northern California. Prior to the rain steelhead fishing on the Klamath had finally picked up. Adult fish we're being caught along with half pounders form Horse Creek to Sciad along with some reports from Irongate as well. What's more were finding fish on the swing in the lower floats. The flow bump from recent rain is probably will make it unfishable for at least a week. Once water color improves fishing will hopefully still be good. Swinging traditional stealhead flies and leaches is our favorite way to get these anadromous beauties. Small dark traditional flies in dark purple, black and blue seem to be preferred. Silver Hiltons, Brindle Bugs swung on floating and I-lines are what has worked. Nymphing is also productive however not as much fun in our book. Steelhead fishing 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. Hopefully the Klamath won't remain blown for long.

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


Napa River – Poor.  Flows – high, Water temps - Low 60’s. Water clarity – Murky

Fishing has slowed to a halt with with the recent rain we have had. Prior to this most fish average 2-6lbs with adult fish scattered throughout the system. When the river clears all delta baitfish patterns should be effective if you can find clear enough water; clousers, FT clousers and Stay Hungry minnows sizes 1/0-3/0 depending on water clarity. Primary color being white over chartreuse, white over pink&grey and white over red being second and third respectively. Full sink, t-11 or t-14 for depths ranging from 6-15 ft. Topwater: Crease flies and Poledancers size medium. 

Incoming and outgoing tides have both been productive with the best water clarity being on the outgoing. Big tides and dropping water temps have begun to ball the bait up. Find clear, moving water and you will find the fish.

Guide Tip: "Look for the cleanest water possible and fish dark patterns low and slow"


Call us at (707)287-2939 or at the Shop at (916)722-1055 for current reports and conditions or to get out and fish.




Putah Creek – Poor Flows - 50 CFS. Temps - high 52’s. Water clarity – clearing

Flows on Putah Creek had been steady at 80 cfs until the rain hit. It spiked to near 200 but is back down and up to 55 at the writing of this report. Fish are spawning in earnest all over the Creek. Time to give her a break and let them be about their crucial business. Spring will be here soon and we will get back out guiding this treasured fishery.

If you do choose to fish Dec to February please leave the spawner’s alone and don’t walk on any gravel as 99% of visible gravel is spawning beds (even if fish are not visible when you are tromping through those areas) Perhaps consider fishing for steelhead on the Trinity or Feather, trout fishing on the Lower Sacramento or there is always Pyramid!!! 

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. 

If you would like to read more about Putah Creek, click here...

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 - Good to Great Temps - high 50’s. Water clarity – 5 to 6 feet

Cold stormy weather has continued to produce some good results this week. Time to head over the hill to visit our friends at Pyramid Lake. Doug and the crew continue to put guests on some nice fish. The numbers of 15 pound plus Lahontan cutthroat trout last month(November) at Pyramid Lake Nevada has been the biggest numbers of big fish since their extrapolation in 1939. Several double digit fish were recorded in November and December. These monster trout continue to be caught on a daily basis. Although the numbers of fish per angler hours are a bit low, the numbers of BIG fish are very good. These fish are the reintroduced native species known as the Lahontan Cutthroat (Black Spotted Trout) or as the Tribe called them “Hoopa Agi”. They now are referred to as the “Pilot Peak” strain which were discovered in 1978 and reintroduced on 2006. The other strain of cutthroat trout in Pyramid Lake are known as the “Pyramid” strain which were developed by the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe and the Federal biologists. The “Pyramid” strain is a combination of Independence Lake, Summit Lake and Walker Lake cutthroat blood. They are often incorrectly called the “Summit” strain which is wrong, the Summit Lake fish are native to Summit Lake, Nevada and are a pure, clean strain in to themselves. Summit lake is a closed system (Endorheic System).


Retrieving Popcorn Beetles, Midnight Cowboy Buggers and Tui Chub patterns continue to produce this week. Fishing under indicators with 49ers, Chan’s Bomber, CBR midges and Jerry Mc Bride’s balanced leeches/minnows in black/red and Tui Chub colors have also been good.

Things are only getting better at Pyramid. Call today to reserve your guided day on Pyramid this Winter and Spring.


Russian River - Poor Flows – 2,261 CFS  Temps – mid 60’s. Water clarity –  Chocolate

We are still about a month away from the best chances at steelhead on the Russian and it is high and dark. Keep checking back. We generally fish nymphs for our guests, but guides like to swing em up on our days off on the Russian. Give us a call at (916)722-1055 or 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. Give us a call at (707)287-2939 if you would like a phone call or email when and if things open up.


Lower Sacramento – Fair to Good  Flows – 5,000 CFS Temps - Low 50’s. Water clarity – fairly clear (2 to 3 ft visibility)

Fishing continues to be fair to good most days but just not great up in town. It is one of the few options available right now so may become crowned in the next few days. Water is blown out below Redding, however should come back in to shape soon. Weather has been cool and wet. Salmon have come and gone and clarity has remained good even with all the rain for those floating above Anderson. Nymphing is the best way to put fish in the net, however there has been some dry fly action on overcast days as a bonus. 

Best bug activity remains BWO's, midges, and with some caddis activity on warmer days. Key patterns include patterns like Zebra Midges, Mercers Micro May, Hogans S&M in olive, Speroni's Baetis, Bird’s Nests, Princes,  Poopahs, and Pseudo Mays and S.F. Rubberlegs.

This is a great option for winter trout fishing if cabin fever has you restless. Give us a call at (707)287-2939 or at the shop at (916)722-8594 for more info.





Trinity River – Fair to Good  Flows – 320 cfs  out of Lewiston, 460c cfs in Douglas City and 800 cfs above North Fork. Temps – Low 50’s. Clarity – Perfect

This year has been about quality over quantity. Rigth now the river is fishable but waiting until after the weekend would be best. Our guest are hooking some nice fish and almost everyone is getting at least a fish or two in the net each day sometimes several more than that. Even swinging has produced some surprisingly numbers this week for those in the right boats. Being on the right float has been key to our success. We have some tricks up our sleeves that have been putting some nice fish in the net!

Traditional dark patters are working on the swing and stonefly rubber legs, golden stones, psycho prices, and Copper Johns have been best under an indicator. Look to fish eggs since there was another flow spike. From now to March should continue to fish well. In Feb to mid March should be good swinging/ dry fly fishing.



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


Truckee River  –  Good  Flows – 215 cfs below Boca, 30 cfs in Truckee. Water Temps. – High to mid 50’s. Clarity – a little color.

Winter has arrived on the Truckee River and recent drops in temperature have slowed things a bit. Fishing still continues to be good despite the weather however fish seem to be less aggressive. We have been finding fish in the deep pockets and slower water.  With the flow being a bit off color, take more time to cover the water effectively and thoroughly.  The dry fly action has slowed however nymphing continues to produce. Try Baetis, dark heavy stones and zebra midges. Don't be afraid to fish shallow either, tight line nymphing with tungsten bead-headed nymphs is a nice change of pace from an indicator. Hope for cloud cover to get Baetis poppin' and fish keying on dries. “Ham and eggs also works says” Dan LeCount.


Jordan Romney says “the fishing has been the best in the last three weeks that it has been all year.” And although it is cold, it is “worth getting out.”

Guide Tip: Fish are in slower water now so don’t rush past the frog water to get to the riffles because you may be missing the best fishing.

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.


Little Truckee River  Fair Flows – 28 cfs. Water temp - Low 60’s. Clarity – good

The Little Truckee is way low and cold, but there are some fish to be had. With the cloudy cold weather the baetis and midges have been popping. There has been pretty good dry fly fishing as long as the wind stays down.  The best set up with the conditions and flows is a dry dropper. Sight fishing is a possibility if you know where to look.  If you have the determination to snow shoe, cross country ski, or hike in on the LT the rewards could be epic. The other option is to head down to fish the main river instead.

Yuba River Trout – Poor   Flows – 8,000 cfs at Highway 20 bridge and rising. Water Temps – Mid 50’s. Clarity – Chocolate milk

The Yuba is totally blown out as of this recent rain. It will be at least a couple weeks before the Yuba is fishable again. Muddy water is coming from the bottom of the dam as well as from feeder creeks so expect to give the river time to get back. When it does good patterns will include Dark Lords, CDC Princes, San Juan Worms and Stoneflies.  Stay tuned!



Depending on the flows the Skwala fly hatch will be happening in late January into February. If you are interested on being kept in the loop please call (707)287-2939 or call the shop at (916)722-1055

Guide tip: Jordan Romney says ”We are waiting to see what is going to come of the next strom. This will tell us if the river will be fishable again. It may be a while"


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Friday, December 9, 2016

Northern California Fly Fishing Report - December 9, 2016

                                     
Best bet - Lower Sacramento Rainbows, Pyramid Lake Cutthroat or Trinity Steelhead!

American River – Fair   Flows –1,250 cfs out of Natomas. Water temps – Low to Mid 50’s to Water clarity – clear


The American is closed from Ancil Hoffman power line to Hazel Avenue bridge. Scattered adult fish are moving in with each storm and swinging traditional flies below Hoffman for winter steelhead has produced some fish. Things will really kick in to gear in late December and fish well through January and February so stay tuned.

Swung flies as well as nymphing are both producing. Perhaps it may be good to give the Trinity or Klamath a try or perhaps head over the hill to Pyramid and wait until the fish get in a little thicker. Remember the middle/upper section open up Jan 1st and things will be a go! Call us at (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 - Fair Water Temp mid 50’s degrees. Water Clarity – stained.


                                                    
Over the past two weeks the water temperatures have dropped into the high 40s in the mornings and only reaching 54 in the afternoon. Bad news is that the daily average has gone way down but the good news is we are finally getting more keeper size fish and less rats. Still tough to find fish over 10# but but we are getting 8-15 fish per rod a day. With the cold water the bite is a little more subtle and you need to adjust your strip accordingly. Slower strips with longer pauses have been the ticket to get the stripers to eat. Maury Hatch is "still using mostly Chartreuse/White flies but don't be afraid to try other colors when fishing is slow. Last week a Yellow/Grey as well Yellow/Purple fly was working also. The fish are in the system and will be here all winter. A few warm days in a row could help to bring the catch rate up and as long as we don't get to much rain, all at once, we should be able to get after them in January and February."

With cooling water temps getting the flies in their noses will be important. Bryce Tedford says "There are still some quality fish for those willing to fight the cold & work for the fish but some days are quite challenging if the weather doesn't cooperate."

Guide Tip: ” Key patterns include Chartreuse/White cloisters 1/0-2/0, go smaller if fishing clear water areas & larger in off color water. 


Call now to reserve your day. We are also taking Spring reservations for March April and May. 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.


Feather River – Fair   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 slowed a bit this week and with it things are less crowded. We have had some ok days and some fairy rough ones too recently. There are still some fish in the system just not a lot. Swinging has not been nearly as productive as nymphing but has netted fish as recent as yesterday. Eggs are still producing well along with mayfly patterns and San Juan Worms after a storm.

These storms have brought in a few fresh fish, and there are still some Salmon spawning so eggs are still being eaten. A few available dates remain between now and the end of December. So if you are looking to fish during the remainder of the egg bite, book 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.
                                                         
Call the shop at (916)722-1055 or Off the Hook direct at (707)287-2939. Dates are going fast!    


Klamath River – Fair to Good Flows – 1,000 below Irongate Dam, 2,000 below Seiad Valley and dropping. Water temps – Mid 50’s to Water clarity – ideal

Fly fishing guide trip on the Klamath River in California

Steelhead fishing on the Klamath has finally picked up. Adult fish are being caught along with half pounders form Horse Creek to Sciad along with some reports from Irongate as well. Whats more were finding fish on the swing in the lower floats. The flow bump from recent rain is probably the reason. Swining traditional stealhead flies and leaches is our favorite way to get these anadromous beauties and continues to produce this week. Small dark traditional flies in dark purple, black and blue seem to be preferred. Silver Hiltons, Brindle Bugs swung on floating and I-lines are what has worked. Nymphing is also productive however not as much fun in our book. Steelhead fishing 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.

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


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

Fishing has slowed with the recent rain we have had and the fact that all the bait has been scattered. Most fish average 2-6lbs with adult fish scattered throughout the system. All delta baitfish patterns are effective if you can find clear enough water; clousers, FT clousers and Stay Hungry minnows sizes 1/0-3/0 depending on water clarity. Primary color being white over chartreuse, white over pink&grey and white over red being second and third respectively. Full sink, t-11 or t-14 for depths ranging from 6-15 ft. Topwater: Crease flies and Poledancers size medium. 

Incoming and outgoing tides have both been productive with the best water clarity being on the outgoing. Big tides and dropping water temps have begun to ball the bait up. Find clear, moving water and you will find the fish.

Guide Tip: We have been avoiding the upper river as there is a dredge that has been churning up the river making fishing tough. Best fishing has been from Cuttings Wharf out to the Vallejo.


Striper fishing on the San Francisco Bay Delta


Call us at (707)287-2939 or at the Shop at (916)722-1055 for current reports and conditions or to get out and fish.




Putah Creek – Open Flows - 80 CFS. Temps - high 50’s. Water clarity – Green

Flows on Putah Creek are still steady at 80 cfs and fish have begun their spawning in earnest. 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 and as unpopular as it may be and as much work as we turn away, we feel it is the right thing to do. Spring will be here soon and we will get back out guiding this treasured fishery.

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

If you would like to read more about Putah Creek, click here...

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 - Good to Great Temps - high 50’s. Water clarity – 5 to 6 feet

Cold stormy weather has continued to produce some good results this week. Now is the time to begin thinking about heading over the hill to visit our friends at Pyramid Lake. Doug and the crew continue to put guests on some nice fish. The numbers of 15 pound plus Lahontan cutthroat trout last month(November) at Pyramid Lake Nevada has been the biggest numbers of big fish since their extrapolation in 1939. Several double digit fish were recorded last month. These monster trout continue to be caught on a daily basis. Although the numbers of fish per angler hours are a bit low, the numbers of BIG fish are very good. These fish are the reintroduced native species known as the Lahontan Cutthroat (Black Spotted Trout) or as the Tribe called them “Hoopa Agi”. They now are referred to as the “Pilot Peak” strain which were discovered in 1978 and reintroduced on 2006. The other strain of cutthroat trout in Pyramid Lake are known as the “Pyramid” strain which were developed by the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe and the Federal biologists. The “Pyramid” strain is a combination of Independence Lake, Summit Lake and Walker Lake cutthroat blood. They are often incorrectly called the “Summit” strain which is wrong, the Summit Lake fish are native to Summit Lake, Nevada and are a pure, clean strain in to themselves. Summit lake is a closed system (Endorheic System).

Fly fishing in Nevada for Cutthroat Trout


Retrieving Popcorn Beetles, Midnight Cowboy Buggers and Tui Chub patterns continue to produce this week. Fishing under indicators with 49ers, Chan’s Bomber, CBR midges and Jerry Mc Bride’s balanced leeches/minnows in black/red and Tui Chub colors have also been good.


Things are only getting better at Pyramid. Call today to reserve your guided day on Pyramid this Winter and Spring.



Russian River - Poor Flows – 200 CFS  Temps – mid 60’s. Water clarity –  Chocolate
We are still about a month away from the best chances at steelhead on the Russian. Keep checking back. We generally fish nymphs for our guests, but like to swing em up on our days off on the Russian. Give us a call at (916)722-1055 or 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. Give us a call at (707)287-2939 if you would like a phone call or email when and if things open up.


Lower Sacramento – Fair to Good  Flows – 5,000 CFS Temps - Low 50’s. Water clarity – fairly clear (2 to 3 ft visibility)

Fishing continues to be fair to good most days but just not great. Weather has been cool and wet. Salmon have come and gone and clarity has remained good even with all the rain for those floating above Anderson. Nymphing is the best way to put fish in the net, however there has been some dry fly action on overcast days as a bonus. 

Fishing has actually been good from Redding all the way down to barge hole. Best bugs have been BWO's, midges, and with some caddis activity on warmer days. Key patterns include patterns like Zebra Midges, Mercers Micro May, Hogans S&M in olive, Speroni's Baetis, Bird’s Nests, Princes,  Poopahs, and Pseudo Mays and S.F. Rubberlegs.

Guide tip: Shane Kohlbeck says "It is still a good idea to have a stonefly in the mix especially on the lower river." 

This is a great option for winter trout fishing if cabin fever has you restless. Give us a call at (707)287-2939 or at the shop at (916)722-8594 for more info.

Fly fishing trips on the Lower Sacramento River in Redding


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

Fishing on the Upper Sac has been good. Fall weather has fish on the chow and with most every other local river closed this is all you have.  Water levels and clarity are fluctuating based on storms so timing is key.  Hatches have slowed however mayfly and caddis continue to be on the menu. There has been some good midge activity as well so 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, October Caddis nymphs and dries.

Guide Tip: “If the River is rising stay home, if it is dropping go fish.”

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

Trinity River – Fair to Good  Flows – 320 cfs  out of Lewiston, 460c cfs in Douglas City and 800 cfs above North Fork. Temps – Low 50’s. Clarity – Perfect

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. Even swinging has produced some surprisingly numbers this week for those in the right boats. Being on the right float has been key to our success. We have some tricks up our sleeves that have been putting some nice fish in the net!

Traditional dark patters are working on the swing and stonefly rubber legs, golden stones, psycho prices, and Copper Johns have been best under an indicator. 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 should be good swinging/ dry fly fishing.

Trinity River fly fishing guide trips.

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


Truckee River  –  Good  Flows – 215 cfs below Boca, 30 cfs in Truckee. Water Temps. – High to mid 50’s. Clarity – a little color.

Winter has arrived on the Truckee River and recent drops in temperature have slowed things a bit. Fishing still continues to be good despite the weather however fish seem to be less aggressive. We have been finding fish in the deep pockets and slower water.  With the flow being a bit off color, take more time to cover the water effectively and thoroughly.  The dry fly action has slowed however nymphing continues to produce. Try Baetis, dark heavy stones and zebra midges. Don't be afraid to fish shallow either, tight line nymphing with tungsten bead-headed nymphs is a nice change of pace from an indicator. Hope for cloud cover to get Baetis poppin' and fish keying on dries. “Ham and eggs also works says” Dan LeCount.

Fly fishing for trout on the Truckee River near Lake Tahoe

Jordan Romney says “the fishing has been the best in the last three weeks that it has been all year.” And although it is cold, it is “worth getting out.”

Guide Tip: Fish are in slower water now so don’t rush past the frog water to get to the riffles because you may be missing the best fishing.

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.


Little Truckee River  Fair Flows – 28 cfs. Water temp - Low 60’s. Clarity – good

The Little Truckee is way low, but there are some fish to be had. With the cloudy cold weather the baetis and midges have been popping. There has been pretty good dry fly fishing as long as the wind stays down.  The best set up with the conditions and flows is a dry dropper. Sight fishing is a possibility if you know where to look.  If you have the determination to snow shoe, cross country ski, or hike in on the LT the rewards could be epic. The other option is to head down to fish the main river instead.

Yuba River Trout – Fair   Flows – 800 cfs at Highway 20 bridge Water Temps – Mid 50’s. Clarity – Clear

The Yuba is fishing so-so most days right now with 3 to 6 fish in the net on average. Watch for spikes in flow with recent rains as it may take a day or two to clear up after heavy rain. Small winter stones are still in the mix. Try swing dark soft hackles for some fun grabs. There are still a few salmon still around, so nymphing and eggs is still productive. In addition fish legs, Mayflies and Caddis will do as well. Good patterns include Dark Lords and CDC Princes.  As long as water levels stay where they are it will continue to fish well. Cream pmd's we're hatching today along with Baetis. Jordan Romney says that guest got fish Swinging flesh flies recently for good results.


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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