Friday, June 30, 2017

Northern California Fly Fishing Report – June 29, 2017

Best Bets: American - Striper and Shad, Lower Sac and McCloud - trout, Feather - Steelhead, Delta - Smallmouth and Yuba - Shad!
American River Striper– Great, Shad – Good Steelhead – Poor to Fair. Flows – 5,000 CFS at Fair Oaks. Temp.  – 57 to 60 Degrees. Water clarity – Very clear

The American has fished quite well the last couple weeks for Striper and Shad. We have been having some awesome striper numbers on the lower river  and clients have been boating upwards of 50 fish per boat on guide days!

Water is clear and this is making for some exciting fishing. Seeing a nice fish stock your fly before attacking it in a rush is awesome. It is time to go now as fish are on the move and will be heading up river soon.

Best flies have been Byng’s Bait fish in white/chartreuse, Toby’s American River Rainbow Clouser,  Angels Smolt, Angels Chartreuse and White on sinking lines.

Shad fishing continues to be good although things have been  a bit busy on the upper river.  Our guides have been doing Sailor to Sunrise and those in boats are catching most fish however bank anglers who are ok with busy water are catching some fish too.

Best shad flies have been Bloody Marias, Reanimator Shaddis and Spasmodium 235. Indicators and swinging sink tip lines both working. Stop by the shop for the hot flies.

There are some half pounders in the system and we have had a report or two of possible steelhead sightings. We’ll confirm that and update shortly.

Guide Tip: “Shad are throughout the system so if you prefer less crowds move away from Sailor Bar area. There may be less fish but less crowds can be a good thing too”

Call the shop at (916)722-1055 or Off the Hook fly fishing directly at (707)287-2939 to set up a striper or shad trip on the American.

Delta Stiper- Poor Water Temp 56-60 degrees. Water Clarity – Good to great.  North Delta smallmouth/largemouth - Good Water Clarity – Good to cloudy depending on time of day.

Fishing is good with lots of topwater opportunities for smallmouth & largemouth Bass. When topwater slows mid-day for Largemouth we have been going subsurface with Clousers & Crawdad patterns to beat the heat.
Smallmouth fishing is pretty hot right now. Some days it’s on fire some days it’s just good. Regardless it is so much fun using 4-5wt rods & seeing fish after fish come up to attack poppers on the surface! We had fish this week “hit the popper several times before finally hooking themselves” says Kayak guide Bill Beckett. You gotta love their enthusiasm! Captain Bryce Tedford says “hit the steep rocks walls with size 6 poppers”  

Guide Tip: Captain Bryce” a small crawdad pattern or size 6 to 8 Carey Special 12 inches below a popper makes for some crazy good fun.”

We will be fishing smallmouth all summer. This is ideal for introducing young anglers to fly fishing and those wanting some great fishing. Give us a call at the shop at (916)722-1055 or (707)287-2939 to get out with Maury, Bryce , Toby, Chuck and Bill for some memorable Summer SMB action. Book now or miss out!

Fall River – Good to Great. Flows – slightly above average. Water temps – high 50’s. Visibility - Clear

The Fall River continues to fish well this week. The hex hatch is going and PMD’s and Tricos are coming off as well. Anglers are starting the day nymphing until adults start to emerge and then have been switching to dries. Mid day and before the hex hatch dredging the deep holes with streamers has worked well. Try throwing Hale Bopp or other leaches  in olive or black or gray/ yellow to mimic the emerging hex nymphs.  If you haven’t ever tried this, come fish for giant trout crushing these giant mayflies at sunset! It’s a blast! Call us direct at (707)287-2939 or at the shop at (916)722-1055 to get in on this evening magic.

Good flies nymphs include the Anatomay, Poxy back PMD, Mercer’s Swing Nymph. Good dries include any Trico adults or spinners as well as Lawsons Thorax PMD. For fishing the Hex hatch the pattern isn’t as important as finding one that will float well in the surface film and that produces a silhouette that both anglers and fish can see in the fading light. We have even had success swinging a gray Hale Bopp Leach in the afternoon in the lower river before the hex hatch.

Feather River –  Great  Flows – 1,700 through low flow but dropping, 10,000 below Thermolito. Water temps - low 60’s. Water clarity – clear

The Feather had fished really well recently for those willing to put in the work to get on the water.  Boat access is a little limited for the Low Flow due to Riverbend park being closed due to damage by high water. We have been finding everything from half pounders and some larger adult steelhead, to striper and shad. Now is a great time to get on this river.

Best flies have been Big Prince Nymphs, Fox Poopahs, Micro Mays, Copper Johns, Red Headed Step Childs, Tungsten Salvations and Sucker Spawns and eggs have been working.
Stop by the shop for confirmed killer shad and striper bugs for the Feather.
Give us a call at the (707)287-2939 or at the shop to reserve what should be a great Summer steelhead action on the Feather.

Guide tip: “Fishing is good ”

Hat Creek  – Good.  Flows – above average, Water clarity – Clear

Hat Creek looks better than it has in years with all the water. It is about a foot higher than it is normally this time of year and warm weather is bringing extra water from Mt. Lassen’s North East Slope. Hat 2 powerhouse has been busy but once you get away from that you can have the river more to yourselt. Anglers have been seeing some decent bug activity including, PMD’s, a few caddis, some larger Stoneflies and some Tricos coming off. Fishing has been good but not great. Look for rising fish or fish and set up with a down stream slack line presentation. (stand up stream and cast down to fish to spook less fish and get a drag free drift. If the fish refuse let the fly swing out of their feeding lane before you retrieve and re cast.  Best fishing has been early and late but some nice fish caught mid day on dries again this week.

Best flies include; Stones, Sin Citys, Micro Mays, Flatulators, Squirmy Wormies and Streamers. Also for dries try Stimulators and Adams or Prachute PMD’s, Comparadun PMD, Para Extended Body PMD and trico duns and spinners.

McCloud River – Good.  Flows – 235 CFS at Ah-Di-Na , 250 cfs from McCloud Dam, Water temps -  High 50’s’s. Water clarity – Good

The McCloud has been fishing well. Water clarity has been decent. Arron Grabiel says that dry dropper with a stimi or other large attractor and smaller numph behind has produces best in pocket water and riffles through mid day. Deeper pools have some nice fish but it is usually the first angler through that get them Temps are warming. Focusing early and late will be most productive going forward but there have been some hatches going on mid day.

Good flies include Birds Nests, Anatomays, and Red Copper Johns under, Poxyback PMD’s and Stimulators.
Napa River – Good to Great.  Flows – average, Water temps -  60’s. Water clarity – Clear to Poor as you head down river

Fishing has been good recently in the Napa Valley. The upper river in town has fished well for good numbers of schoolies. Most fish are in the 12 to 16 inch range with is common for this time of year. A shaker striper on a 6 wt still put up a really good fight. The lower river has been dirty but some larger fish have been caught down there. Clouser style flies in olive/white, gray/white size 1/0 or 2/0 will work well. Fishing the sloughs looking for cleaner water can help. If the water is dark go darker with your flies.  
Call Off the Hook Fly Fishing at (707)287-2939 or at the Shop at (916)722-1055 for current reports and conditions.

Putah Creek – Good Flows - 535 CFS. Temps - high 50’s. Water clarity – Slightly off color

Flows on Putah Creek have dropped from 600+ cfs down 535 cfs which is low for this time of year. Summer flows are generally higher and flows have correlated with improved fishing this year over last at this time.  Focus on the slower edges instead of right out in the middle of the current. Also remember to use plenty of split shot or you will just fish over their heads and not hook much. For patterns use small midges and baetis patterns including Tungsten Zebra Midge(black), Mighty Mite Beatis, Hogan’s S & M Nymph (olive), Craves Juju Baetis and Mercer’s Micro May. With higher flows you can get away with slightly larger flies.  Hiring a guide on Putah is more important than many of our other waters as they will be indispensible in helping to break the code and catch fish during the summer season.

Call Off the Hook at (707)287-2939 or at the shop at (916)722-1055 for current conditions or to reserve a guided day. 
Guide tip: “make sure you have enough weight on this time of year to get to the bottom. If you’re not hanging up occasionally you’re not going to be catching fish.”
Russian River - Good Flows - 300 CFS at Healdsburg. Temps - high 60’s. Water clarity – 5 to 6 feet
Fishing continues to be good on the Russian for smallies although water level recently spiked form 200 to 300 cfs. Clousers and crayfish patters are producing best although top water continues to produce some fish first thing in the morning or late in the evening soon. The Russian continues to produce some nice fish this last week. Being on the water early is important not to beat the fishermen as there aren’t really any. It is more about beating the “splash and giggle crowd” of rafters and swimmers. This is not as much a topwater fishery like the Delta, however if you are in the Santa Rosa or San Francisco area it is a good close option. Give us a call at (916)722-1055 or at (707)287-2939 for more info or to book a trip.

Lower Sacramento – GREAT! Flows – 1,050 CFS at Keswick. Temps - low 50’s. Water clarity – clear (4ft visibility)

Our guides and guests continue to have great fishing on this fantastic tailwater despite really hot weather. First thing in the morning we are finding fish on all the drop offs. Water is high, cold and fishing has been great from 299 bridge all the way to Jelly’s Ferry despite triple digit air temps. Lots of fish are in the area above 299 bridge although fishing is closed so we’re looking forward to the opener. The PMD hatch is pretty much over however Hydropsyche caddis are going strong. Having PMD nymphs in your set up is still a good idea. Shane Kohlbeck form the Fly Shop says ”fishing has been consistent all day long with a little bit of dry fly activity the last 30 minutes of daylight. If you spot rises throw on a caddis. Some days the hatch will start sooner, some days it is the last half an hour of daylight. Aaaron Grabiel says fish a PMD emerger behind a larger caddis late in the day for some dry fly grabs. We still have open dates the weekend of the opener at the beginning of August with Peter Santley. Fishing that weekend can be silly good.
Guide tip: “Wear lots of sun block and long sleeve breathable clothing. Also bring a bandana and dip it in the ice water in the cooler. Then wrap it around your neck and go hook another football!

Upper Sacramento – Good .  Flows – low (525 – cfs at Delta)  Temps - low 50’s. Water clarity – clear

Fishing on the Upper Sac has been good despite warm temps. Pools have fished better than riffles for us recently. Try fishing a Chubby Chernobyl dry with a small stone beneath it.  As temps go up during the day consider heading up river to fish Dunsmuir to Cantara Loop. There has been reports of some decent dry fly action in the evening so that may be worth sticking around for.

Good flies include Chubby Chernobyl, Mercers Poxyback Stone, Solitude Stone, Amber Prince, CDC Prince, Hotwire Prince or Birds Nest.

Guide Tip: “A jig prince is a good fly right now. It has a tungsted head to get down in the riffles and rides point up so it doesn’t hang us as much as some bugs.”
Truckee River Fair  Flows –1200 at Truckee, 1,000 CFS at Lake Tahoe. Water Temps. – low 60’s. Clarity – a little color.  

The Truckee has been fishing decent despite high flows. Down below Grey Creek there has been a land slide and the river is chocolate below that. Up in Truckee and down to the top of the canyon it continues to fish well. Fish are still on the edges and not in the rushing fast water. Hatches are mostly caddis and yellow sallies. Our guides and guests continue to land a few really handsome fish. It is great to see so many good fish being caught after the drought of two year ago.
Best flies include stone like Mercers poxyback Stone, Solitude Stone, larger dark mayfly nymphs and Caddis patterns.

Guide tipFish a 9 ½ to 10 foot rod to high sticking and mending easier.
Little Truckee River Fair to Good  Flows –100 CFS Water temp. high 50’s Clarity – good

The Little Truckee has been fishing pretty well too although it is cold and clear. The only thing keeping it from fishing great is the wild fluctuation of water releases. Focus on fishing after at least a day of constant flows. As far as insects it has been mostly PMD’s, Midges, A few Drakes and some Caddis in the evenings.
For flies try Poxyback PMD’s under a Adams parachute, Stimulator or Drake. Also try Midges or Caddis pupae or Drake emerger under a dry.
 Give us a call to escape the Sacramento heat and catch some nice wild fish! (707)287-2939

Yosemite Area Fair

Things are starting to shape up finally after the highest water year in as long as anyone can remember. The recent heat wave has melted things down and our guides are finally able to get out and fish. Water is still high but things are shaping up and fish are being caught by our guests. Right now the Stan is your best bet. Focus on the small tributaries of the rivers below and wait until things drop a bit more before fishing the main rivers.

Mokelumne -  Snags are taken care of and drifting is good.

Stanislaus- Hell's Kitchen, and small streams are your best bet.

Below Goodwin Dam - 2,800 CFS - Too high to float. 

Tuolumne - 1,400 @ Merals Pool. Some Tribs are fish-able South Fork is off color.
Lower T below La Grange 1,700 CFS today.
Merced- Tribs are your best bet!!!  4,500@ Pohono Bridge - Some tributaries are open

Below Crocker Huffman things are still too high to drift.
Good fishing is right around the corner on the big 4! Stay tuned.

Yuba River Trout – Fair to Good, Shad - Good, Striper - Good. Flows – 3,800 at Highway 20 bridge, 650 CFS at Marysville. Water Temps - 60’s. Clarity – Clear

The Yuba is fishing ok for those with a boat. Wading is still dangerous and so wade with care. Those really in the know could catch half a dozen fish if they know what they are doing but a good drift boat is the preferred method. Some PMD’s and Caddis in the evening. Try nymphing if no hatches are visible. We should be getting out on the Yuba more in the next few weeks so will have an updated report that will be more favorable. 

We're still having some good days below the diversion dam for Shad and Striper. Not the 100+ fish days we were having a three weeks ago but still very good. There is limited access to this part of the river but we have the key so to speak. Give us a ring at (707)287-2939 before they're gone!

Sierra Foothill lakes - Great

There are several Sierra foothill lakes that guides Chuck Ragan and Ryan Williams fish that are fishing really well. 20 to 50 fish days are possible right now. Call (707)287-2939 for more info.

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

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Northern California Fly Fishing Report – June 17, 2017

Best Bets... American(shad/striper), McCloud, Hat Creek(trout) or Lower Yuba (shad!!!)

American River  Striper – Great  Shad – Great  Flows 6,400 cfs Water Temp high 50’s degrees. Water Clarity – clear
Shad are everywhere on the American and striper are too. Both are being caught with good regularity. Flows are still high and wading can be difficult but those fishing out of a drift or jet boat are having good success. For striper 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. 
Shad have been taking Bloody Marias and Bernie’s Bangers along with Spasmodiam 335 and Reanimator Shaddis. Swinging sinking tips or 4 or 5 weight switch rod is our favorite way to get them. Stop by the shop for the complete list of striper and shad patterns that are currently getting it done. Fishing has been best early and late for shad and striper on most days but just because the light is on the water is not reason to leave especially for shad. If you find them they will usually eat and where you find one you will find several.

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 – Poor Delta Largemouth/smallmouth – Good to Fair Water Temp high 64 to 70 degrees. Water Clarity – Clear in some areas, murky in others.
Fishing has gotten more difficult in the last 1-2 weeks for striper. Water temps vary from 64to 70 degrees depending on where you are. We’ve been scratching some days of 5 to 10 fish with few quality fish in the 2 - 9lb range but the recent success will be short term. Things are definitely on the decline however the good news is that with warmer temperatures the largemouth and smallmouth bass will start looking up. We should see some great topwater in the coming weeks.

We are finding good largemouth fishing and the bite improves when you find 70+ degree water. Focus your flies along rock walls where the weeds and rocks meet. Throwing frog poppers in these areas can be very fun and productive this time of year.  Also try throwing a clouser minnow variation or bluegill patterns on sinking lines along drops near weeds. 

We have had some fun recently chasing bass in the back bays in Kayaks the last few weeks. If you are interested in a fun adventure let us know and we can set something up. Captain Bill Beckett says a "size 10 Foxee red Clouser is still producing the most fish".

Additionally we will be looking forward to chasing smallmouth on the Delta soon. Consistent fishing for them is still a ways off. Water in the North Delta where they live is still only 65 degrees and water is still murky due to all the high water. Bryce Tedford says “persistent anglers are finding some action in the evenings after a warm day on small poppers.” Small poppers tend to work well. Stay tuned as the fishing should improve soon. Dates are booking up fast for July. Give us a ring to get out and experience this fishery for yourself. If you like fast action and surface grabs on poppers at point blank range than this could be just the ticket for you. This is an ideal fishery for young anglers and lasts throughout the end of summer. Captains Bryce, Maury, Toby and Chuck have this thing dialed. Give us a ring to reserve an SMB trip for you and yours!

Guide Tip "Look for 70 degree water and you will generally find smallmouth"
Fall River – Good.  Flows – still a little high. Temps 50’s. Clarity – Clear

With all the rain this winter the Fall River is very full and looks to be in great shape. Fishing has been good but not great. Best hatches have been PMD’s but nymphing and streamers are also working when hatches are sparse. Reports of some quality fish being caught this week by our guests, but just not the numbers that were used to.

Best Nymphs include Pseudos, Hogan’s S&Ms, Nose Pickers, Red Copper Johns, Sin Citys, and  Zebra Midges. Best dries have been Missing Links, PMDs, BWOs,Parachute Adams, and Elk Hair Caddis. Don't neglect leaches and damsels too!

Feather River Steelhead Good to Fair Shad Good Striper – Fair Flows 2,500 CFS Clarity- Clear

Fishing has been pretty good overall on the Feather. Steelhead have fished best with a few adult fish mixed in with the half pounders. We have had 6 to 15 fish in the net most guided days. The Feather is definitely worth doing right now. Additionally there are some striper in the system and shad are in the low flow too. This is definitely enough to keep things interesting and add some variety to the standard steelhead day.

Best flies are Copper Johns, large prince nymphs, Red Headed Step Childs, Bird or Prey and Sucker Spawns. For info on Striper and shad flies call the shop at (916)722-1055

Hat Creek  – Good.  Flows – above average, Water clarity – Clear

Hat Creek continues to fish well and the water levels look better than it has in years. It is about a foot higher than it is normally this time of year and warm weather is bringing extra water from Mt. Lassen’s North East Slope. Hat 2 powerhouse has been busy but once you get away from that you can have the river pretty much to yourself. Anglers have been seeing some decent bug activity including, PMD’s, Little Yellow Stones, a few caddis, some large Stoneflies although fish don’t really seem to be keying on the adult stones. As far as fishing dries look for rising fish or fish and attractor dry and see what pops up.  Try fishing early and late but some nice fish caught mid day on dries again this week.

Best flies include; Stones, Sin Citys, Micro Mays, Flatulators, Squirmy Wormies and Streamers. Also for dries try Stimulators and Adams or Prachute PMD’s, Comparadun PMD, Para Extended Body PMD/BWO.

McCloud River – Good Flows – 328CFS, Water temp 50’s. Clarity – Clear

The river below Lake McCloud has dropped considerably with flows at 328 CFS now. It is fishing well and you can finally get in to your favorite riffles, runs and pockets. Hatches are picking up and with improving clarity the fish are grabby. Expect to see some salmonflies and yellow stones coming off soon. Dries, nymphs and streamers are all working well. Try fishing a small mayfly nymphs below a rubberlegs. Brian Theriot says “Indicatorless high stick nymphing is a great technique for this river but indicators work just fine too”.  Otherwise, the good mayfly and caddis hatches are just around the corner.

There are plans for a more permanent repair to the road in to Ah-Di-Na & the Nature Conservancy section. There is a temporary fix in place now which they plan to keep it open as much as possible.

Guide tip: "The McCloud is a good river to throw streamers on. Try a Sculp Zilla or other large offering and hang on".

Give us a call to get out on this storied fishery. (916)722-1055 or (707)287-2939

Napa River – Fair.  Flows – above average (42 cfs), Water temps - 57-60. Water clarity – Stained
School may be out, but the striper schoolies in the Napa river are in! Some good fun being had on 6 or 7 weights but don't expect a ton of monsters right now.  Good numbers of fish out balances out that most fish are small.
Any small clouser style flies in olive/white, gray/white size 1/0 or 2/0 will work. Our favorite is the Stay Hungry Streamer in Chartreuse.

Pit River – 
Good  Flows – Pit 3 - 345 CFS, Pit 4 - 580, Pit 5 – 2,100 cfs

Flows on the Pit are down a bit and fishing is good at access 3. Recent high water this Spring have scoured things a bit but it is fishing well. Below Hat 4 the water is a bit high so be cautious if you go.

Best flies continue to be PT's, Stones, Red Copper Johns, Zebra Midges, Psudo and Micro Mays, Poopas and E. Caddis.

Again fishing will improve as water levels drop below #4 and become more manageable for fish and fishers. Remember to watch for Rattlesnakes!

Putah Creek – Fair  Flows –400CFS. Temps - high 50’s. Water clarity – Green

Water is at 400 cfs on Putah and fishing has been fair. One or two quality fish to hand is about all to be expected right now. Flows have been fluctuating a bit too. The good news is we are hooking some really big fish. As usual landing them has been a challenge as many are heading straight for the moss. It is critical to put lots of pressure on these big ones to land them quickly. Rob Russell says “you may want to leave your 4 wt at home”. “BWO's, midges, Caddis and SJWs have been working best” he says. Bugs on Putah don’t fluctuate much like other streams. Some days there are more baetis present than midges, but at Putah, fishing a midge during a baetis hatch often brings better results...  Get your flies near the bottom with plenty of weight.  Start with a AAA.  If you are not cleaning moss of your flies, you are not deep enough.  Bring a wading staff and wade carefully.

Good Summer fishing is here. Reserve your Summer Putah trip today! Call us at (707)287-2939 or at the shop at (916)722-1055.

Russian River  – Good   Flows – 300 CFS at Guernville. Temps - 64 to 70. Water clarity – 2 to 3 feet of visibility “ clear green”

Shad fishing is mostly done as water temps have finally come up to 70 degrees.  Fortunately Smallmouth are getting more and more active. You can find them early in the morning as they are chasing and boiling on bait.  This only happens during ideal conditions in the Spring as the bass are fattening up from the spawn and recovering from a long Winter.  Toss a clouser minnow to boiling bass and you will most likely get bit.  Clousers are great this time of year, as are crayfish and leech imitations.  Stripping flies on Intermediate or type 3 lines is a great way to spend the day.  Fish the morning and evening on hot days.

Lower Sacramento Rainbows – Fair.  Flows – 10,000 CFS. Temps - Low 50’s. Water clarity – normal 3 to 4 ft visibility.

The lower Lower Sac is fishing fair. Some days it's good some days just fair. Hatches are not going off like usual due to the intense scouring that took place this winter. As a result there are no weeds or moss on rocks.  Clarity is finally back to normal. Caddis and PMD nymphs are currently working best. 
Shane Kolbeck says "It's getting hot in here" Temps in Redding are slated  to hit 107 by Sunday.
The upper section above highway 299/44 will be closed in the next week or so until August 1st to help with the dwindling numbers of Chinook Salmon. This only affects the short section from Posse Grounds down to the highway bridge. There are still 38 miles of fishable water full of big wild rainbows below this to take advantage of. OTH and FFS support the efforts to try to help support our native Salmonids. Don’t let the closure keep you from one of the best pieces of fly water anywhere in the West.

Guide Tip: “Wear a wide brimmed hat and a buff and dunk it in the cooler or river for some reprieve from the heat”.

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

Upper Sacramento – Good. Flows – High! 2,000 CFS at Delta. Temps - Low 50’s. Water clarity – Clear

Water is high on the Upper Sac making for tough wading. Hot weather will keep flows high due to melting snow. Wet wading is a good way to cool off. We also recommend a wading staff and a CO2 inflatable hip pack or suspenders may not be a bad idea either. Best fishing has been above Dunsmuir. Salmon flies and Golden stones have been flying around. Best flies continue to be small nymphs fished behind a rubberleg stone. Princes, Dark Lords, Copper Johns, Birds Nests, Fox’s Poopahs, Mercers’ Micro Mays etc.

Fishing will improve as the water drops and this will develop into a good place to escape the Valley heat this summer Give us a call to set up some good summer fishing.

Truckee River  –  Good  Flows – 1,800 cfs in town, 2,500 cfs at Boca. Water Temps. – Low 50’s. Clarity – some color.

Fishing on the Truckee has slowed a bit with increasing snow melt due to warmer temps. Our guides have been catching some nice sized fish however. They’re still here, you just have to work a bit harder. There is definitely more water than we normally see this time of year but the additional water hasn't put the fish down entirely. It has been all about quality not quantity this season so far. There are still some bwo's and pmd's hatches right now so these are good bugs to have in your setup. Streamer fishing is also not a bad idea right now either.

Good flies include Peaches and Cream, Sweat Pea, Stonedaddy, Jimmy Legs, San Juan Worms and streamers. Stop by the shop or call in for the complete list of Truckee flies.

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

Little Truckee River  - 
Good.  Flows fluctuate from 400 to 650 each day = big!  Temps – Cold! Visibility - Clear                
The Little Truckee continues to fish fairly well despite the fact that it is flowing at over 900 cfs. These aren't the normal flows and fish are up in the willows, tucked in deep buckets and in slow side seams. They're 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.

This will be a great spot to beat the heat as water drops in the next few weeks and temps soar in the valley. Give us a ring to get up out of the heat and hooked up. 

Yosemite Area – Poor

Two words... BLOWN OUT! This is just a waiting game at this point, but it is going to be a good Summer and Fall of fishing in the Yosemite area. It is still a little early. We hope to be at it soon! Check back for updates or call current info. There are some opportunities 2 hours away from Twain Harte, call us if you would like to come out to the Yosemite high country.

Mokelumne-  20,048 CFS- Too big to fish, best to stay away. 

Stanislaus- Hell's Kitchen, and small streams are your best bet.Below Goodwin Dam - 5,200 CFS - Too high to float. 

Tuolumne - 13,500 @ Merals Pool. Some Tribs are fish-able South Fork is off color. Lower T below La Grange 7,400 CFS - Stay out of the current- VERY High flows, hard to access both banks.       Merced- CLOSED by Park Service - 7,500  below Briceburg- Some tributaries are open3,000 below Crocker Huffman- still too high to drift.

Yuba River Trout – Fair  Flows – 3,800 cfs?  Water Temps – Mid 50’s. Clarity – Slight color
Lower Yuba River Shad - 

The Yuba is still very high but has dropped to 3,800 and is fishable although not very wadeable. We had guides on it in the last few days. Nymphs are producing a few trout thought nothing to get excited about. Trout have also been smacking at stimulators and other attractor dries so that is a good sign. The river has changed drastically so we are going to enjoy getting reacquainted with this fishery.

If you are venturing out nymphing with PMDs BWO's under a medium size stone works best, although with increased interest in dries fishing on the surface should improve soon.

The Lower Yuba for shad is fantastic right now. We are having guide days with 100+ fish. Our best day last week netted 120 fish! We are the only one's with a key to the Lower area below Daguerre Dam. If you like shad fishing you simply must go now! 
Best flies have been what ever you tie on but Bloody Maria's and anything Bernie ties are also safe bets.

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