Northern California Fly Fishing Report – November 2016
Northern California Fly Fishing Report – November 1, 2016
American River – Fair Flows 1,200 cfs. Water Temp - Mid 60's. Clarity - Clear
The upper American from Hazel to Power Line is closed as of November 1st. Some fishing going on below for steelhead but reports have been hit or miss. Some half pounders caught this week on the swing with soft hackles. Nymphing also producing. Please wade carefully this time of year and watch for redds. May be time to give the Trinity, Feather and Klamath a go! Call (707)287-2939 or or the shop at (916)722-8594 for info on the other great options.
Delta Striper- Good Water Temp mid 60’s degrees. Water Clarity – Clear.
Striper fishing continues to be good on the Delta. We are catching amazing numbers of fish in the 12 to 18” range. The challenge has been to find fish 20” or bigger but there are a few big ones mixed in & more fish showing daily!
Key patterns include chartreuse/white clousers in various sizes. Gurglers & Pole Dancers also work if you wish to try your hand at topwater which can be really fun!” Bryce Tedford says "Although we have not been catching larger fish consistently it has been a blast to catch 20-30 schoolies per Rod & always have the chance at hooking a toad!" Maury guests have been experiencing an excellent Fall LMB bite in some locations with Bass from 2#-5# common on most outings.
Guide Tip: ”Try throwing a larger fly if you are only into chasing the larger fish. This will help target the bigger ones.”
Call now to reserve great Fall fishing before it is gone. 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 Fall action.
Fall River – Fair Flows – Average. Water temps – high 50’s. Visibility - Clear
Fishing on the Fall River has slowed with cooling temps. Sporadic PMD and BWO’s and are still hatching. Look for rings from larger fish and target them or try nymphing the deeper runs. Also you may want to give streamers a try. Experiment with a few different patterns and vary your retrieve to see what they want. Good nymphs include Pseudo’s, Hogan’s S & M, and Flagelators. As far as dries try Missing links, Lawson's PMD and BWO’s. For streamers try Halebopp leaches or small rabbit leaches.
The Fall River will continue to fish into October and even up to the close Nov 15. The best part about fishing it now is that the crowds are gone and you have this beautiful river virtually to yourself. Call the shop at (916)722-1055 or Off the Hook direct at (707)287-2939 for more info on how to experience Fall on the Fall.
Feather River – Good Flows – 800 cfs through low flow, 6,000 below Thermalito, water temps – Mid 50’s to Water clarity – clear
The Feather Right now it's all about getting on as early as possibly and fishing hard for the first 4 to 5 hours as this seems to be the best egg bite opportunity. The nicer sunny weather is causing the salmon to fall back into the buckets once the sun comes out, and pushing the steelhead out. You can still stick some chrome after that, but you will have to work a tad harder for them. On the other hand if you get the opportunity to fish with an overcast day, be ready for some epic fishing. If so the salmon will continue to spawn all day, never dropping back into the buckets, and the steelhead go egg crazy.
The feather should continue to fish well for at least the next month or even two. So if you are looking to get out, now's the time. So if you are looking to fish during the egg bite, call 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. Jordan Romney says “don’t forget about the San Juan Worms on days after a rain".
Call the shop at (916)722-1055 or Off the Hook direct at (707)287-2939. Dates are going fast!
Hat Creek - Fair to Good. Flows – 100 to 200 cfs Fluctuating. Temps - high 50's. Water clarity - Clear
Hat Creek continues to fish decent. Move around to find hungry fish. Nymphing continues to produce best although we have had some reports of dry fly action. For dries try stimulators and Parachute Adams. When all else fails go sub surface with Micro Mays, Solitude Stones, SF Rubber Legs, San Juan Worms, Sin City, and perhaps even a Bugger.
Klamath River – Fair Flows – 3,200 cfs at Seiad and dropping, 12,000 at mouth. Water temps – Mid 50’s. Water clarity – slight color
Klamath River in and around Horse Creek and Seiad Valley had been fishing poor although there are some adult fish all the way up near Iron Gate. Recent rains brought the flows above 3,500 cfs at Seiad and water clarity is a bit stained but dropping into shape as we speak. We have found some half pounders but only a few adults most coming on Rubber legs and eggs in this section. Swinging has been slow with lots of juvenile fish that at times won't leave your fly alone. We have covered a lot of water from Happy Camp up to the community of Klamath hunting for fish, but have not found the concentrations of half pounders or adults that we found last year at this time. The flow bump from recent precip and high tides should bring in more fresh fish. We are hoping that more fish are on their way. Pray for more rain…and more fish!
We still have some available dates for November and December, so give us a call at (707)287-2939 to set something up.
McCloud River– Fair. Flows – Excellent - 250 at Ah-Di-Na Water temps - High 50’s’s. Water clarity – Good
The Mac continues to fish well and water is still in great shape. Our guides reported good visibility in the conservancy section still with lots of willing participants bending our client's rods. PMDs, BWOs and other mayflies are still coming off with a continued presence of caddis are what you can expect to see. Some Yellow Sallies and other stones have been on the menu even though they aren’t hatching. Nymphing has been the best producer however streamers are also a great idea. Time to go fish! Remember the McCloud closes Nov 15, but the Upper Sac and Lower Sac remain open year round.
Give us a call to reserve a really great fly fishing get away weekend in the Redding area. Call direct (707)287-2939 or at the shop (916)722-1055.
Napa River – Fair to Good. Flows – average, Water temps - 60’s. Water clarity – Fair
Fishing continues to be decent despite rain. Most fish are in the 16 to 24 inch range with is common for this time of year however fish seem to be getting a bit larger. Some nice ones to 8 lbs were caught in the last couple weeks. Fish chartreuse and white streamers on sinking lines in fast moving water is producing plenty of fish to keep things interesting. This is the time to get out the trusty 8 or 9 weight to handle the larger fish. Watch for larger tides and fish the moving water on outgoing or incoming tide.
Great Fall fishing is here! From now through the end of November is the prime time to be chasing striper on the Napa River on fly rods. Call us at (707)287-2939 or at the Shop at (916)722-1055 for current reports and conditions.
Putah Creek – Great Flows - 50 CFS. Temps - high 50’s. Water clarity – Green
Flows on Putah Creek had dropped to 50 to work on the diversion ditch below Lake Solano. Fish are still being caught. Focus on the heads of deep pools and deeper runs right below riffles. October and November are our favorite time to be on the creek and fish are already into their pre spawn aggressive behavior. Now is the time to use egg patterns. Try a Glow Bug, Micro Spawn or San Juan Worm above a pattern like a Baetis or small midge. Tungsten Zebra Midge(black), Mighty Mite Baetis, Hogan’s S & M Nymph (olive), Craves Juju Baetis and Mercer’s Micro May all work well. Try fishing Putah during mid week to avoid weekend crowds.
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. We stop fishing on December 1st and do not start guiding again until the end of February. This is to allow these wild fish time to spawn un-molested. Putah Creek is of course catch and release only, but it is also now a California Heritage Wild Trout Fishery. In other words it isn’t stocked and never will be ever again in the future, so if these wild fish aren’t able to spawn on their own without being harassed then subsequent years the fishing will suffer greatly. If you do choose to fish Dec to February please leave the spawners 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)
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.
Call us at (707)287-2939 or at the shop at (916)722-1055 for current conditions or to reserve a guided day. November dates are going fast, so Reserve your Fall Putah trip today!
Guide tip: “make sure you have enough weight on this time of year to get to the bottom. If you’re not hanging up from time to time, you’re not catching fish, and don’t forget your wading belt and wading staff”.
Pyramid Lake - Fair to Good Temps - high 50’s. Water clarity – 5 to 6 feet
Now is the time to begin thinking about heading over the hill to visit our friends at Pyramid Lake. Doug and the crew have been doing pretty well recently. Storms are cooling water temps and opening weekend produced many fish in the 17 to 25 inch range. Both strains of Cutthroat, the Pilot Peak and the Pyramid strain were grabbing flies readily this week. Fish were caught at all available beaches from the far North end of the lake to the far South. Recent storms have disrupted Tui Chub bait balls, so fishing has slowed a bit.
Productive patters include Clouser Minnows, Stanley Streamers and Popcorn Beetles. Wade fishing has been best. An 8 weight shooting head style line in 350 grain variety is best although fishing a floater with a nymph under an indicator is also producing. Lodging is available at Crosby Lodge right on the lake. If you have ever wanted to try your hand at catching some large Pyramid Cutthroat now is the time to go. Call (707)287-2939 for more info.
Russian River Poor Flows – 2,500 CFS at Guernville. Temps - high 60’s. Water clarity – Murky
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.
Lower Sacramento – Fair to Good Flows – 5,400 CFS Temps - Low 50’s. Water clarity – fairly clear (2 to 3 ft visibility)
Fishing has been fair to good most days and weather has been cool and wet. Clarity has remained good even with all the rain for those floating above Anderson. Below Anderson can get dirty with heavy rains. Unfortunately the salmon run has been virtually non-existent so far. We are hoping that fish are just late, but several years of drought may be catching up with us. We need another wet winter. Caddis flies and mayflies continue hatch sporadically, so small mayfly nymphs and caddis pupa patters are still working. Rubberlegs stone and egg patters are also doing damage. Crowds are an issue on bad weather days, as wind and dirty water keep boats from venturing downriver.
Shane Kolbeck says” Dry/dropper isn't out of the question here. One day last week, before the storms arrived, we had a 20 hook-up session in about 15 minutes. Nothing over 18", but a blast on a 5 wt. No bobber. No lead.” Sounds like fun to us Shane!
Give us a call at (707)287-2939 to get a day reserved with some of the best guides around.
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. Water is crystal clear with decent mayflies and caddis hatches popping throughout the system. 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: “Don’t leave the river early this time of year as October Caddis are pooping in the evening and some anglers miss them because they leave before things get going. Some days they are hatching in better numbers than others, however if you aren’t there you won’t know.”
We love the Fall here in Nor Cal. Let us know if we can help get you pointed in the right direction. Call (707)287-2939 for more info.
Trinity River – Good Flows 1000 below the canyon and dropping Cfs. Temps – Low 50’s. Clarity – Slight color
Before the rains our guests reported 2 fish landed per boat per day, however recent rains have brought larger hot fish into the system. Try swinging traditional steelhead flies or egg sucking leaches, but nymphing with stoneflies and eggs is the go to. If you are looking to do a multi day trip, this is the place to be. November is always a great time on the Trinity, especially if you like to swing. This year has been more about quality than quantity, but enough fish to 15 lbs are being caught to keep us coming back.
Best flies have been Stones, caddis, mays, psycho princes and copper johns. If you prefer to swing try Ho-Bo Speys, Morgan's tiny dancer, Rick's Euphoria fall classic, Hartwick's October hilton, anything black/blue and flesh flies.
Guide tip: Cover a lot of water, the fish are throughout the system, so fish a run hard, but don't spend too much time in one hole. Swinging is best later in the day, and same thing, fish it hard, but not slow.
Things are shaping up for a great Fall/Winter on the Trinity River. Our guides are booking up fast! November and December are prime time to give Trinity Steelheading a go! Call at (916)722-1055 or at (707)287-2939 for more info and to set aside your fall trip.
Truckee River – Good Flows –500 and dropping. Water Temps. – High to mid 50’s. Clarity – a little color.
Fall is in full swing on the Truckee River with Winter on its heels and fishing has been good. Light snows blanketed town this weekend. Fishing has been good despite the weather, especially around the Hirschdale area. Fall is the time to catch a "trophy" brown trout of a lifetime. We have been finding fish in the deep pockets and the fast water. With the flow being a bit off color, take more time to cover the water effectively and thoroughly. Make sure you have plenty of weight to get your flies down. There has been some dry fly action mid-day to evening with a few selective fish eating BWO's. Mid to late Fall, I like to fish BWO's and midges. Nymphing has been the most productive means for a tug. 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.
With the arrival of Fall comes some good streamer fishing as browns become aggressive and the rainbows will respond well trying to fatten up for winter. Nymphing continues to produce best although streamers have picked up some quality fish.
Guide Tip: Chris Maher says "Look for water that most anglers would walk right by. Explore some new areas and don't be afraid to get your nymphs down deep.”
Call the shop at (916)722-8594 or us direct at (707)287-2939 for current conditions or to book some R&R on the Truckee.
Little Truckee River – Poor Flows –35 cfs. Water temp - Low 60’s. Clarity – good
The Little Truckee is way low, but there are some fish to be had. The brown trout are still spawning in several areas so please be careful. It is pretty easy to tell where these areas lie at the low flows with the dark bottom of the river. If you see any clear spots there is a reason the gravel is clean. Avoid wading on these and fishing near them.
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. With some snow on the ground and roads be careful driving. If you see snow on the ground while driving back there you could be in for a long day if you get stuck. Hopefully the snow comes and that road gets packed with snow to give those fish a break for a while. 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 – Fair to Good Flows – 1100 cfs at Highway 20 bridge Water Temps – Mid 50’s. Clarity – Clear
The egg bite is in full swing, fish behind the spawning salmon to find some trout and steelhead focusing on eggs. General bug attractors have been fooling some fish too. I have been having great results on a sweat pea. Caddis pupae has been nailing some fish too, even know this has not been the season for the hatch they are getting kicked out of the salmon beds.
Slow water and tailouts have had a decent amount of fish rising to emergers. Try a dry dropper or swinging a soft hackle and be rewarded.
Guide tip: The river is closed above the highway 20 bridge but there is plenty of good water below it.
Call the shop at (916)722-1055 or Off the Hook at (707)287-2939 for more info or to reserve a guided day.
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