Lower Sacramento

Northern California Fly Fishing Report – April 22, 2017

Best Bets... Delta, Truckee or Pyramid

American – Poor Flows 14,200 cfs Water Temp high 50’s degrees. Water Clarity – Off color

Striper should be showing up in the American soon. We're not exactly sure how all this rain will affect the timing of their migration this season. However judging by how things are really picking up on the Delta, it shouldn't be too long. When they do arrive 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.

We are looking forward to shad fishing this season as well. Stay tuned in late May for things to get going. Shad will take flies that are swung or nymphed.

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 – Good to great! Water Temp high 60-62’s degrees. Water Clarity – Clear in some areas, murky in others.


Photo Credit : Toby Uppinghouse

Northern California Fly Fishing Report – April 22, 2017

Best Bets... Delta, Truckee or Pyramid

American – Poor Flows 14,200 cfs Water Temp high 50’s degrees. Water Clarity – Off color

Striper should be showing up in the American soon. We're not exactly sure how all this rain will affect the timing of their migration this season. However judging by how things are really picking up on the Delta, it shouldn't be too long. When they do arrive 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.

We are looking forward to shad fishing this season as well. Stay tuned in late May for things to get going. Shad will take flies that are swung or nymphed.

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 – Good to great! Water Temp high 60-62’s degrees. Water Clarity – Clear in some areas, murky in others.


Photo Credit : Toby Uppinghouse

Northern California Fly Fishing Report – Jan 28, 2017

We are thankful for all the rain we have been getting here in Northern California and what it means in the long run. It has unfortunately had an adverse affect on current fishing conditions, however this is all temporary. Lots of water in California is a welcome change to the drought conditions that we experienced in recent memory. Enjoy this wet fishing report everybody!

We're finding some quality fish on theTrinity.: Another happy guest.We're finding some quality fish on theTrinity.: Another happy guest.

Best Bets - Trinity River Steelhead or Truckee River trout.

American River – Poor Flows – 9,000 cfs out of Natomas but dropping. Water temps – Low to Mid 50’s to Water clarity – brown.

The American is still a no-go. The rains have stopped but like so many of our rivers the dams above filled with muddy water and are now spilling it onto the rivers. Folsom lake is adding water the color of a latte into the river and releases have it coursing beyond the safe limits for wading and boating. We suggest not fishing it until things clear up a bit and the flows are down around 3,500. This should happen in the next one to two weeks.

Call (707)287-2939 or the shop at (916)722-8594 to check on current conditions or to reserve a trip on one of the other great options this time of year.

Northern California Fly Fishing Report – Dec 30, 2016

Our last report of 2016!

Best bets - American River(after the 1st) Truckee River, Trinity River or Pyramid Lake

American River – Poor. Flows – 5,000 cfs out of Natomas and dropping. Water temps – Low to Mid 50’s to Water clarity – clearing.

The American is closed from Ancil Hoffman power line to Hazel Avenue bridge. Fish are moving in with each storm and swinging traditional flies below Hoffman for winter steelhead had produced some scattered adult fish before the last rains. We have had reputable reports that the plan is to have the river down below 5,000 cfs by the opener on January 1st. Fishing should start with a bang although it will probably be quite busy on the water. Start early in the morning if at all possible. Swinging traditional steelhead flies and dark leaches should produce well again. Nymphig with egg patterns and nymphs should also work if one can find good water.

Will all the water we have had this should be a good year on the American. Call (707)287-2939 or the shop at (916)722-8594 to book a trip on the American or one of the other great options this time of year.

Delta Stiper - Poor Water Temp mid 60’s degrees. Water Clarity – Muddy.

Striper fishing continues to be tough on the Delta which is common this time of year. Lots of rain and cold water have flooded in bringing brown water and very difficult conditions. Only the very hardiest of anglers are even going out right now. If you go use patterns with Chartreuse/White around 1/0-2/0 with a rattle and fish down low and slow.

Call now to reserve your day. We are also taking Spring reservations for March, April and May and the calendar is filling up. 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 striper action.

Feather River – Fair to good Flows – 800 cfs through low flow, 6,000 below Thermalito, water temps – Low to Mid 50’s to Water clarity – clear.

Fishing on the Feather has been slow since heavy rain came in two weeks ago. Fish seem to have pushed through with all this water and are most likely in the upper portion of the low flow which is currently closed. Swinging has not been nearly as productive as nymphing. Eggs are producing well along with mayfly patterns and San Juan Worms after a storm.

These storms have brought in a few fresh fish but the Salmon are done spawning but they should still work once the water subsides. The good news is that the upper portion above the highway 70 bridge opens Jan 1st and we still have a few dates available. Give us a call to reserve your trip 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. It is still a good idea to fish the San Juan Worm with all this rain.

Call the shop at (916)722-1055 or Off the Hook direct at (707)287-2939. Dates are going fast!

Northern California Fly Fishing Report – December 16, 2016

Northern California Fly Fishing Report - Dec 16, 2016

Best bet - Pyramid Lake Cutthroat Lower Sacramento Rainbows, or Trinity Steelhead!

American River – Fair Flows –1,250 cfs out of Natomas. Water temps – Low to Mid 50’s to Water clarity – clear

The American is closed from Ancil Hoffman power line to Hazel Avenue bridge. Scattered adult fish are moving in with each storm and swinging traditional flies below Hoffman for winter steelhead has produced some fish. Water is still a bit off color and blown out. Things will really kick in to gear in late January and fish well through February so stay tuned.

Swung flies as well as nymphing are both producing. Perhaps it may be good to give the Trinity or Klamath a try or perhaps head over the hill to Pyramid and wait until the fish get in a little thicker. Remember the middle/upper section open up Jan 1st and things will be a go! Call us at (707)287-2939 or the shop at (916)722-8594 to book a trip on the American or one of the other great options this time of year.

Delta Stiper - Poor Water Temp mid 50’s degrees. Water Clarity – Dirty!

Last week the water temps in the Delta went up a few degrees and with it the bite improved a bit. We had a couple of 25-30 fish days with a decent Dink to Legal size ratio. Then on Tuesday of this week the Sacramento and Mokelumne rivers poured a bunch of mud and debris into the system. The central area of the Delta is "Chocolate Milk" There is still some clear water on the south so we will target those areas next week. Time to use some rattle flies in dark colors to get bit.

Bryce says "A few warm days in a row could help to bring the catch rate up and as long as we don't get to much rain, all at once, we should be able to get after them in January and February.

Guide Tip: Maury Hatch says” There is still some clear water on the south so target those areas. Time to use some rattle flies in dark colors to get bit."

We are also taking Spring reservations for March, April and May. 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 Spring striper action.

Northern California Fly Fishing Report – August 17, 2016

Northern California Fly Fishing Report – August 17, 2016

American River – Fair to Poor Flows – 5,000 CFS at Fair Oaks. Temp. – 57 to 60 Degrees. Water clarity – Very clear

Northern California Fly Fishing Report – July 15, 2016

Northern California Fly Fishing Report – July 15, 2016

American River – Good Flows – 5,000 CFS at Fair Oaks. Temp. – 57 to 60 Degrees. Water clarity – Very clear

Northern California Fly Fishing Report - June 16, 2016

Northern California Fly Fishing Report – June 15, 2016

American River – Fair to Good. Flows - 4,000 CFS at Fair Oaks. Temp. – 57 to 60 Degrees. Water clarity – Very clear

Northern California Fly Fishing Report - June 1, 2016

Northern California Fly Fishing Report – May 1, 2016

American River – Fair to Good Flows - 4,000 CFS at Fair Oaks. Temp. – 53 Degrees. Water clarity – Very clear

Northern California Fly Fishing Report - April 30, 2016

Northern California Fly Fishing Report – April 30, 2016

American River – Fair Flows - 3,000 CFS at Fair Oaks. Temp. – 53 Degrees. Water clarity – Clear

Striper are already staging on the Sacramento and a few are into the Lower American. Some shad have been caught by conventional anglers at the confluence. Maury Hatch has begun his annual shift up from the Delta to target the striper that come up out of the Sacramento to spawn. Fishing is still a little unpredictable. One day is decent the next is slow. You have to keep moving to find fish. Fish Best flies have been Byng’s Bait fish in white/chartreuse, Toby’s American River Rainbow Clouser and the Stay Hungry Streamer in gray/white. We are looking forward to some more hot weather which will usher in the 2016 shad run. Stay tuned!

Call the Shop at (916)722-1055 for updates on current conditions or to schedule spring striper or shad fishing. We have a few weekend dates open but things are filling up fast.

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