Tim Rajeff shares a cool trick cast

A Great Day of Fishing

I had the pleasure of fishing Joe and Kristin B from Chicago Il. on Putah last week. They had fished a bit before and were brand new to fly fishing. They were great and their let’s do it attitude made the day a real pleasure. Flows were still very high (600+) as they typically are during the summer. We started off the day with casting instruction and some brief insect study. We saw some insects, rock worm caddis, tons of midges, and some small baetis. Kristin hooked a couple of fish and used the long line release technique.

Better late then never...

Well it's been a funky summer to say the least. With the incredible amount of rain and snow we had this year we were starting to think that the summer would never start. Now that water levels have settled the fishing is on fire.

Fly fishing the Feather River for Steelhead

Glen Jonas from LA joined me for a day on the Feather River June 29th for spring steelhead. Beautiful day and hot fish, what more could you ask for??

Glen's personal best: A nice Feather River SteelheadGlen's personal best: A nice Feather River Steelhead

Putah Creek fish still on the bite

I fished with David from Dallas, TX on July 31st who was in town for a wedding and only had a half day free to chase fish, so we went to Putah to maximize his time on the water. david was a good fisherman, and after he got back into the rythm of fly casting, he began hooking fish. We found the fish in the fast water and had best success tight line nymphing with flashback pheasant tails in sz 16 and a LOT of weight, as many as 6 BB size shot at times. Daviud managed to let all the big fish go early in the fight, but still landed several nice rainbows.

Putah Pays Off

This morning I was treated to taking out a 15 year old kid named Jack. Jack told me that he had done quite a bit of fly fishing already though neverbecause in "Northern California. I could tell by the way he said it that he was already afly fishing addict.

After the first five minutes of watching him roll cast, mend, and read the water I could tell that he was a stud. I told him what a challenge Putah Creek can be but if you get technical you can do pretty well. I took us a couple of hours to find the fish but once we did we caught fire.

The Yuba River is on!

The Yuba River is finally down to just over 3,000 cfs. The guys have been hooking good numbers of fish to 22 inches on both dries and nymphs. This is a great time to get out and give the Yuba a go!

Glen's personal bestGlen's personal best

The Shad are in!

Guide Dave Barbieri has been fly fishing recently with clients and finding good numbers of Shad on the lower Yuba River. He has had trips with double digits on Trout and Shad despite high water. Dave has private access to the lower river and has this area figured out.


When I received an invitation to fish the Deschutes River in Eastern Oregon with an old friend Greg Schuerger I was very excited to say the least.

Deschutes River RedsideDeschutes River Redside

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