american river

Northern California Fly Fishing Report - January 18, 2018

Best Bets: Lower Sac, Truckee or Yuba - Trout, Trinity, Klamath or Coastal - Steelhead, Sierra Foothill Lakes

American River Steelhead - Poor. Flows - 2,000 cfs at Natomas. Water Temps - Mid 50's Clarity - Clear.

Northern California Fly Fishing Report - January 4, 2018

Best Bets: Lower Sac or Truckee - Trout, Trinity or Klamath - Steelhead

American River Steelhead - Fair. Flows - 2,000 cfs at Natomas. Water Temps - Mid 50's Clarity - Clear.

Northern California Fly Fishing Report – March 24, 2017

American – Poor Flows 4,200 cfs Water Temp high 50’s degrees. Water Clarity – slight color

Steelhead fishing continues to be challenging on the American due to high water. Our guides have been out this week and landed some fish but it has been scratching and clawing for them. 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 would be tapering of even in ideal conditions so it may not come back in shape in time to fish this year. All the water is good for future fishing so we can’t complain.

Delta Stiper – Fair to Good Water Temp high 50’s degrees. Water Clarity – clear to muddy

Striper fishing continues to be challenging on the Delta although we’re still getting a dozen to 25+ fish per trip. Captain Bryce Tedford had nearly 30 fish in the boat this week! Most keepers have been 3 to 5 lbs with an occasional 6 to 9 lber. This recent rain will make the water cold and a bit muddy. A day or two after this rain stops the 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.

Best flies 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!

Northern California Fly Fishing Report - March 10, 2016

Northern California Fly Fishing Report – March, 2016

American River – Flows - high and flooded!(15,000+ CFS) Temps - Mid 50’s. Water clarity – Dark roast java

Currently the American is blown out! USGS reports 15,000 CFS at Fair Oaks, where normally they would be pushing 3,000cfs at this time. The river is probably done for steelhead now that the river flooded. Jordan Romney says “From here on out we are on shad watch. They should be here by April if not sooner.” This should be a great season for Shad, and Striper!

Northern California Fly Fishing Report - December, 2015

Northern California Fly Fishing Report – December, 2015

American River- Fair Flows are low and temps - high 50’s but fishable. (575CFS)

USGS reports flows are at 575 CFS and climbing. The recent rain should help continue this trend and bring fresh fish into the system.

Jeff Putnam fly fishing school has one spot open!

Spey casting class with the incomparable Jeff PuthamSpey casting class with the incomparable Jeff Putham
Casters, I have one space left for this weekends Spey Casting Camp. Its a 2-Day, spey filled school taught on the American River that will allow you to immerse yourself in "everything spey", both double handed and single handed rods. We'll even cover fishing and maybe even catch a shad or two. Cost is only $350 for both days including lunch and gear if needed. Check the following link for more info (or call me at 916-366-7554 for the last reservation):

Thank you, Jeff Putnam

God Bless America(n)

You know, when I moved down to the Bay Area from Seattle people told me there wasn't much fishing around here, especially steelheading.

Now, being from Seattle, I have steelheading flowing through my veins. The history, the fish, the rivers and uh,well, see, umm... The reality is, I grew up fishing steelhead but most of the rivers within a day's striking distance from Seattle are bogus. Yeah, there's certainly some good fishing to be had but over all, due to human influences, the Puget Sound fisheries are mere shadows of their former romantic histories. Not to mention the fact all Puget Sound streams are closed during the best part of the season. The Olympic Peninsula and Columbia/Snake tribs. in Eastern WA have some stellar fishing but (unless you enjoy falling asleep at the wheel) require all overnight trips.

This all brings me to today, the 7th of March, when I drove and hour and fifteen minutes from my front door to feet in the American River, swinging a two-handed rod for steelhead. And, I landed my first California steelhead. It wasn't huge, it didn't make a bunch of blistering runs but it was wild and it was steelhead. That's something you cannot do this time of year while living in Seattle. The point of all this is, YES, there's plenty of fishing near The Bay. Anybody who believes otherwise hasn't done their homework, the plethora of fishing available is astounding. And YES, there are legitimate steelhead opportunities close to The Bay Area too. Get some!

As for a report, the American is LOW, running at 1100cfs, very clear and low fifties water temps. A few people around but not crowded and yes, a few steelhead around too.

The following photos are for all the haters. I love fishing in California!


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