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Northern California Fly Fishing Report - May 13, 2018

Things are really jumping off right now throughout the Golden State for those of us who love to pursue fish with a fly. A myriad of exciting species are coming into range. Options include shad and striper which are entering the rivers to spawn, trout fishing opening up at the higher elevations and continued success on many central valley rivers. Largemouth and smallmouth fishing is taking off in our beloved Delta and Sierra Foothill Lakes and there are a few more days of swinging for Spring run steelhead to be had. There is something out there for everyone right now. From dries, nymphs and streamers to poppers and swung flies what ever your pleasure it's go time! Don't forget to like and share and email us with your fishing reports and photos for inclusion in the next report.

Bets: Lower Sacramento, Upper Sacramento, McCloud River, Putah Creek - Trout, Yuba River -Shad and Striper, American River - Striper, Sierra foothill Lakes - Bass, Lake Almanor - Trout and Bass.

American River Striper - Good to Great. Steelhead - Poor. Shad - Fair to Good. Flows - 3,500 cfs at Natomas. Water Temps - Mid 50's Clarity - 5 to 6 ft. visibility.

Flows are back up to 3,500 as of May 10 and should remain around this level throughout the Summer. A few straggler Spring run steelhead and half pounders are around and are being taken on the swing as well as nymphing however our attention is now shifted to two perennial returnees to the American...Striper and Shad.

Northern California Fly Fishing Report - April, 2018

Best Bets: Lower Sacramento or Putah Creek - trout, Sierra Foothill Lakes and Lake Almanor - Trout. Pyramid Lake - Cutthroat.

Northern California Fly Fishing Report - February 16, 2018

Best Bets: Yuba, Lower Sac, - Trout, Trinity and Klamath - Steelhead

American River Steelhead - Fair. Flows - 3,000 cfs at Natomas. Water Temps - Mid 50's Clarity - 3 feet visibility.

Fishing has been fairly slow on the American. Back on January 1st the upper river above Ancil Hoffman Park opened and although not a lot of fish are in the system we are getting a fair amount of half pounders and chances each day at larger fish.

Northern California Fly Fishing Report, October 27, 2017

Best Bets: McCloud, Upper/Lower Sac, McCloud, Truckee or Putah – Trout, Delta - Striper, Feather, Klamath and Trinity - Steelhead, and Pyramid Lake - Cutthroat.

American River Steelhead - Poor to Fair but improving. Flows – 2,000 CFS at Natomas. – high 50's to low 60. Water clarity – Good.

Northern California Fly Fishing Report, September 25, 2017

Fall arrived in the high country this week... Best Bets, Hat Creek or Pit River – Trout, Delta - Striper, Swinging on the Trinity or Feather – Steelhead.

American River Striper - Poor. Steelhead - Poor but improving. Flows – 3,500 CFS at Natomas. – high 50's to low 60. Water clarity – Good.

Cooler weather signals the end of striper fishing on the American at least for the larger non resident fish. It has been a good year here for striper so we can’t complain.

Northern California Fly Fishing Report, September 1, 2017

Fall is just around the corner... Best bets, Upper and Lower Sac - Trout, Delta - striper and smallmouth, Clearlake or Oroville - Largemouth and Swinging on the Trinity - Steelhead.

American River Striper - Fair. Steelhead - Poor. Shad - Poor Flows – 3,500 CFS at Fair Oaks Temp. – high 50's to low 60. Water clarity – Good.

Northern California Fly Fishing Report August 20, 2017

Dog days of Summer are here... Best bets - Clearlake - Largemouth, Delta or Oroville - Smallmouth/Largemouth, Lower Sac, Fall River or Hat Creek - Trout, Swinging on the Trinity - Steelhead

American River Striper - Fair. Steelhead - Poor. Shad - Poor Flows – 3,500 CFS at Fair Oaks Temp. – high 50's to low 60. Water clarity – Good.

Northern California Fly Fishing Report August 20, 2017

Dog days of summer here... Best bets - Clearlake - Largemouth, Delta or Oroville - Smallmouth/Largemouth, Lower Sac, Fall River or Hat Creek - Trout, Swinging on the Trinity - Steelhead

American River Striper - Fair. Steelhead - Poor. Shad - Poor Flows – 3,500 CFS at Fair Oaks Temp. – high 50's to low 60. Water clarity – Good.

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

Northern California Fly Fishing Report – April 7, 2017

Best bets, Truckee, Delta or Pyramid Lake.

American Steelhead – 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.

Delta Stiper – Fair Water Temp high 50’s degrees. Water Clarity – Muddy

Striper fishing continues to be 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!

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