Saturday, April 22, 2017

Northern California Fly Fishing Report – April 22, 2017
                                      
Best Bets... Delta, Truckee or Pyramid

American – Poor  Flows 14,200 cfs Water Temp high 50’s degrees. Water Clarity – Off color
Striper should be showing up in the American soon. We're not exactly sure how all this rain will affect the timing of their migration this season. However judging by how things are really picking up on the Delta, it shouldn't be too long. When they do arrive stripping flies on sinking lines is the name of the game. Traditionally good flies for this time of year will be Byng’s Bait fish in white/chartreuse, Toby’s American River Rainbow Clouser and the Stay Hungry Streamer in gray/white. 
We are looking forward to shad fishing this season as well. Stay tuned in late May for things to get going. Shad will take flies that are swung or nymphed.
If you are looking forward to striper or shad fishing on the American and would like some professional help give us a call at (707)287-2939 916)722-8594 at the shop. We have some of the very best most patient and competent guides around. Let us assist you in getting the most out of your time on the water.
Delta Stiper – Good to great! Water Temp high 60-62’s degrees. Water Clarity – Clear in some areas, murky in others.

Photo Credit : Toby Uppinghouse

Striper fishing has improved from fair to good with opportunities for a really great day on each trip out. Water temps have warmed to 60 to 62 and will continue to warm going forward. Water is clear in some areas and still quite murky in others. You have to move with the tides to find clear water. Our guides have been having some good days and even some occasional great ones. Most keepers have been 3 to 5 lbs with an occasional 6 to 9 lber.  Recently weather has great one day and terrible the next. Watch the report and shoot for good weather with manageable rain and without tons of recent rain.We have been running floating, intermediate and sinking lines recently with success on all. 

The guides are booked solid through the end of May with only a day here or there available but we are taking fall bookings now. Also Captain Bill Beckett has some availability to chase striper and bass out of kayaks. He says that dark flies with rattles have been fishing well for him for largemouth bass. Best bet has been at the ends of the dead end sloughs. We will still need some more warm weather without cold rainwater coursing in for largemouth to be a thing. Smallmouth fishing on the Northern Delta is still not doable as the Sacramento is still blown hard. For now we suggest focusing on striper. Best flies for them have been clousers in Chartreuse/White or baby blue and white. Rattles can help fish find flies in muddy water.

Now is the time to be thinking about targeting smallmouth on the Delta. Catching these marauders on topwater poppers and light rods is a hoot for kids of all ages. Our calendar is booking up for June already. Please give us a call (707)287-2939 to reserve your summer smallmouth, largemouth or striper fishing.

Guide tip: Find clean water and you will find fish.


Napa River – Good.  Flows – average, Water temps - 57-60. Water clarity – Stained

Some really good fish were caught again this week on the Napa River. The middle and upper sections of the river are fishing well. Water below Los Brazos Bridge is still of color but is fishable. Any smallclouser style flies in olive/white, gray/white size 1/0 or 2/0 will work. Our favorite is the Stay Hungrys in above color/size/

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 – Fair Flows – 1000 CFS. Temps - high 50’s. Water clarity – Green

Photo Credit : Rob Russell

Putah has improved recently with some nice fish being caught like this one from yesterday. Water is still double where it should be this time of year.  It is still the "Green River" and nowhere near the Gin clear conditions we are used to but we'll take it.  Water continues to spill over the glory hole has been for over two months at this poing. The recent slightly clearer water warrants use of the normal smaller Putah bugs in your box. Think sizes 16-22.  BWO's, midges and SJWs have been working.

Guide tip: “Rob Russell says to try Squirmy San Juan Worms in Pink, red or tan.”
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.
Pyramid Lake Nevada - Good. Temps - 48’s. Water clarity – 6 to 8 feet
Photo Credit : Austin Leonard
Pyramid is on rise, and in more ways than one. The Truckee River is continuously on cranking fresh water at a rapid rate into pyramid and we are seeing the rising of the lake daily. The lake is averaging a vertical inch a day with much more water to come through summer. That being said the surface water temps are still much cooler than the past seasons during mid-April. Right now we are looking at right around 48 degrees. Which is on average 5 degrees colder than normally for this time of year. We are still only seeing a fraction of the cruising fish we are used to for mid April. The hot calm sunny days that used to be the days where the bite was tough are now the most productive. On a hot day the water warms up shallow beaches just enough to get fish moving in and actively feeding. Stick to your guns and wait for the fish to come in. During certain parts of the day you will notice the bite moving in and out in distance. So be sure to try fishing far out and in close and see where cruising lanes are. And when we say "in close" we mean at just past your rod tip. Some of your biggest fish will be within 25ft off your rod tip. As far as flies and techniques the indicator and "no cator" bite has been the most productive of the fishing. Midges and nymphs in black, wine, and red have been great.  A very close competitor has been the balanced leech in black olive and grey. Vary your depths through the day to find the feeding fish with the rising water making the ledges farther out and cold water temps don't be afraid to fish shallow under your indicator, you will be surprised. Stripping has been good with darker flies in the lower light and brighter flies during the day.  A contrast of a black and a white fly combo is the best start. The beaches are changing fairly rapidly so please be careful wading even in the familiar spots. Again, fish hard with confidence and you will be rewarded. Don't get discouraged, wait for the schools of fish to come and take advantage of every opportunity. We have had some outstanding trips recently with great numbers and more fish over 10lbs than we could of imagined. Most importantly bigger than the fish are the smiles we are seeing from all the anglers on the beaches.  Now is the time to come out!  

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 or (916)722-1055


Lower Sacramento – Fair. Flows – 30,000 CFS. Temps - Low 50’s. Water clarity – 2 feet of visibility “Brownish green”

The Lower Sac is fishing, albeit not excellent. Flows are 30k so wading is out of the questions. Even drifting should be left to the pros as currents are strong and there is new debris in the river that can ruin your day.

Not much in the way of hatches right now unfortunately. Most fish being caught are on egg patterns and some are pretty good size. Fish are in totally different places than normal due to high water. We're fishing in tight to the banks against willows and trees. Mostly an egg thing, but some stones and larger dark mayflies under an indicator instead of dry droppers which we like to use int he shallows. Oh well the Sac will be back to normal soon. For now what we're doing is working fine. 

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

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Truckee River  –  Good Flows – 1,600 cfs in town, 4,300 cfs at Boca. Water Temps. – Low 50’s. Clarity – Steelhead green.

Photo Credit : Chris Maher

The Truckee continues to fish well although not entirely a numbers game. Our guides have been catching some nice sized fish. The fish are still there, you just have to get creative. 
 There is more water than we normally see this time of year but the additional water hasn't put the fish down. Chris Maher says that nymphing has produced best recently but it pays to think outside the box. "These fish are educated". There are some BWO and Skwala hatches coming off right now and so these are good bugs to have in your setup. Also don't forget about midges too. Streamer fishing is also not a bad idea.

Guide Tip "Those who are committing to streamer fishing are being rewarded."

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.

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Little Truckee River  - Good.  Flows 1,181 (huge!)  Visibility - Clear/light tea                                                    
The Little Truckee continues to fish well despite the fact that it is flowing at over 1,000 cfs. These aren't the normal flows and fish are up in the willows, tucked in deep buckets and in slow side seams. The fish are still here you just have to adjust where you fish and get the depth right and you may have to go small when it comes to flies. BWO's midges, eggs and San Juan worms have been working lately. There has been a mid day blue wing olive hatch which has gotten things going. Czech nymphing and indicator nymphing both worked last week as did streamer fishing, but you have to work hard to get them on the big uglies. The inlet at Boca has produced fish for those in boats as well as on foot. The trout opener is upon us and this will take a great deal of the pressure off of the Truckee in the near future. 

Guide Tip "Think outside the box. These fish are educated."

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Northern California Fly Fishing Report – April 4, 2017
                                      
Best Bets... Truckee, Pyramid and Delta!

American – Poor  Flows 8,500 cfs Water Temp high 50’s degrees. Water Clarity – Off color
Steelhead fishing continues to be challenging on the American due to high water. Our guides were out two weeks ago and landed some fish but it has been scratching and clawing for them. Recent rains have the flows even higher than last report. 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 is tapering off and it may not come back in shape in time to fish again this year. All the water is good for future fishing so we can’t complain. Shad and striper should be showing before long. Key dates are opening up for both. Call the shop at (916)722-1055 or Off the Hook directly at (707)287-2939 to reserve yours.
Delta Stiper – Fair Water Temp high 50’s degrees. Water Clarity – Muddy


Striper fishing continues to be a little challenging on the Delta although we’re still getting enough fish each trip to keep things interesting. Captain Bryce Tedford had nearly 30 fish in the boat recently! Most keepers have been 3 to 5 lbs with an occasional 6 to 9 lber. This recent rain will again make the water cold and a bit muddy. A day or two after this rain stops good 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. Bill Beckett says that dark flies with rattles have been fishing well for him for largemouth bass. Best bet has been at the ends of the dead end sloughs. We will need some more warm weather without cold rainwater coursing in for largemouth to be a thing. Smallmouth fishing on the Northern Delta is still not doable as the Sacramento is still blown out. For now we suggest focusing on striper. Best flies for them 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!

Guide tip: Find clean water and you will find fish.

Call now to reserve your Spring days for April and May with Maury, Bryce and Toby.

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

Some really good fish were caught again this week on the Napa River. Recent rains will put things off for a little while though. 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 – 900 CFS. Temps - high 50’s. Water clarity – Green


Flows on Putah Creek dropped to 750 two days ago but are back up to 900 cfs due to recent rainfall. 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 blown 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 fishing is not red hot by any means due to high water.
Try fishing larger 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: “Wade carefully and a wading staff and inflatable life jacket would be wise this time of year.”

Pyramid Good. Temps - high 50’s. Water clarity – 6 to 8 feet
It has been a strange year at pyramid. From fires and floods, to newly formed points and bowls around the waters edge; a lot has changed this year but we are on the uphill climb and the future is looking bright. With the big influx of freshwater the lake is continuously on the rise. The lake is averaging a vertical inch a day with much more water to come through summer. That being said, the surface water temps are still much cooler than the recent past seasons during this time of year, occasionally reaching a 3-4 degree difference. Which may not seem like much to us but it is the fish. Usually this time of year we start to see the big pods of cruisers in the shallows at most of the beaches getting into spawn mode. As of recent these visible cruisers have been few and far between in comparison again to the past seasons. We can take that thought too far and think the fish aren't close, because they are. During certain parts of the day we notice the bite moving in and out. So be sure to try fishing far out and in close and see where cruising lanes are.

As far as flies and techniques the indicator and "no cator" bite has been the most productive of the fishing. Midges and nymphs in black, wine, and red have been great.  A very close competitor has been the balanced leech in black olive and grey. Vary your depths through the day to find the feeding fish. Stripping has been good with darker flies in the lower light and brighter flies during the day.  A contrast of a black and a white fly combo is the best start. The beaches are changing fairly rapidly so please be careful wading even in the familiar spots. Again, fish hard with confidence and you will be rewarded. Don't get discouraged, wait for the schools of fish to come and take advantage of all opportunity. The right attitude makes all the difference. John Gierach was just recently out at the lake for a week with us at Pyramid Fly Company and saw how much having the right attitude makes a difference when fishing pyramid. We believe the fish have a keen sense for bad attitude. So leave your problems behind and come have a blast chasing monster fish dreams are made of. On one of our recent trophy pursuit guide trips this week, our clients had 5 fish over 10lbs. It's been great fishing and time to get out!


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 or (916)722-1055

Russian River Poor Flows – Too high but dropping. Temps - high 60’s. Water clarity – less than 1 foot of visibility.
This may sound familiar…”the Russian was just coming into shape again last week when it blew out again due to this recent storm.” Arghh! It happened again! We are hoping for a crack at the Russian's steelhead this season, but looks like it isn't going to happen.
Regardless, all this water has allowed many steelhead to spawn in peace and will also provide some great summer smallmouth fishing.
Give us a call at (707)287-2939 for more info on getting on the call list for when the Russian is firing or to fish smallmouth this spring and summer.
Coastal Steelhead Fair Flows – in shape or just coming in. Water conditions – Steelhead green

There are several coastal rivers that are in shape 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.
Lower Sacramento – Poor Flows – 10,000 CFS. Temps - Low 50’s. Water clarity – “Brownish green”

The Lower Sac is fishing, albeit not excellent. Flows are 10k so wading is out of the questions. Even drifting should be left to the pros as currents are strong and there is new debris in the river that can ruin one’s day.
Water clarity (pre storm) was about 20-22" and brownish-green however we are expecting 3+ inches of rain this weekend. Sunday should be nicer weather, but not sure the fishing conditions will be on the same page with this new system coming in to dump so much more water. We’re really just not sure what will happen but have our fingers crossed.

Fishing on Thursday (4/6/17) guide Shane Kohlbeck had a single angler, half day with 15+ hooked.  Almost all on egg patterns. He says “this is not the time of year for 'dry fly' purists.....as hatches are almost non-existent." We're seeing a PMD here, a Caddis there.  Stonefly shucks are visible on bridge pillars and streamside brush, but hatching at dusk/dark so zero dry action right now. 
It is fishing, but if I were to only fish it a day or two all Spring on the LSAC, now wouldn't be that time. Give it a week or so following this rain and things should be good to go. Also remember once the water comes down and fish get on the spawn to please leave the spawners in the shallows alone to do their thing.


Book your Spring days now by calling (707)287-2939 or (916)722-1055.
                                                                                                                         
Trinity River Poor (True steelhead fishing) Flows – 1,500 cfs  out of Lewiston, 2,500 cfs at Douglas City. Temps – Low 50’s. Clarity – stained



With high flows all the way up through Lewiston the Trinity is all but done for the season. It was a good one when rain allowed us to fish. While it wasn’t about numbers (as steelheading rarely is) we definitely had guests on some really good sized fish this year. We will be looking forward to the Summer Salmon fishing and then Stealhead showing up in September.


Give us a ring to set aside your fall dates to chase steelhead on the Trinity. Call (707)287-2939 or (916)722-1055.
Truckee River   Good Flows – 1500 +cfs in town, 5,000 cfs at Boca. Water Temps. – Low 50’s. Clarity – clear to slightly 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. Access to the river continues to be good as some of the snow has melted with the last storm’s warmer rain. Decent numbers of rainbows, browns and whitefish are being caught with chances at some really nice fish. Recent water spiked the flow but it should plateau soon and drop back into shape. 

Nymphing and streamers have been the ticket. There isn’t much dry fly action right now. Hopefully in a couple weeks or so the Skwalas will kick in, but for now it’s down and dirty. Get your flies down and fish them slow.  San Juan Worms, squishy worms, skwalas and stones should be best. Fish continue to stay close to be close to the bank.


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 Area

This weekend’s storm is expected to drop 4” of rain in some parts of the Yosemite Area.' of rain expected, narrow windows of opportunity so get out and enjoy when you can. As always check before you go, fish the edges with caution. Here are some shots of the Kings River above Pine Flat ushering in lots of cold muddy water into the river. Pinecrest Lake is a great still water opportunity with some hungry brood stock. For now it is a waiting game for things to drop back into shape. We are hoping to get back out and fish in the next couple weeks. Stay tuned…


Mokelumne-  4,980 CFS- Too big to fish, best to stay away.

Stanislaus- 1,900 CFS - Too high to float.

Tuolumne - 10,000 CFS - Stay out of the current- VERY High flows, hard to access both banks.

Merced- 4,300 below Briceburg - 4,660 Crocker Huffman- still too high to drift.

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 was at 4,100 but recently spiked today(4/7/17) to 4,500.  Our guides have been 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.

Once the water drops into shape in a week or so 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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