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Northern California Fly Fishing Report, Dec 3, 2018

Winter arrived this last week and with it some much needed rain fall and snow in the high country. This new moisture is sure to get our anadromous friends moving in our Northern California rivers. After reading the report if anything hits your hot button, give us a call at (530)242-4122 or (707)287-2939. We will be happy to help set up some productive winter fishing.

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We want to say thank you to those of you who fished with us this year. We are already looking forward to 2019. There is still some good fishing to be had between now and then. Wishing you all the best.

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Best Bets: Trinity, Klamath, Upper and Lower Sac, Yuba, Feather and Pyramid Lake NV

American River Steelhead - Poor to Fair. Striper - Poor. Shad - Poor Water Temps - mid 50's. Flows 1,900 at Fair Oaks. Clarity - Fair

Still not much to report here. Some half pounders and adult fish pushed up into the hatchery with this rain but not many. It is still a little early as Late December January and February are usually best on the American. It is nice to have this fishery in our back yards during upcoming holiday season.

Steehead Nymphs: Birds Nests 10 -14, Copper Johns, Black or Olive Poopahs and Princes 14 -16. Micro Mays 14 to 18, Brown or Black Rubber Legs 6 - 10 and eggs ( Peachy King, Roe and Tangerine)

Striper Flies: Stay Hungry Streamers, Byng's Baitfish, Angel's Chartreuse and White, Angels Delta Danger and Angel's Smolt, Toby's Rainbow Clouser 4/0, Toby's A.R. Rainbow 4/0, American River Special 3/0, Clousers - chartreuse/white, gray/white

Delta Striper - Good. Largemouth - Fair Smallmouth - Poor. Water temp 50 to 55 degrees. Clarity - Good.

Captain Bryce with a young anglers personal best!Captain Bryce with a young anglers personal best!

Striper fishing in the Delta has been pretty good. Some rain & wind can create challenges but for the most part the weather has been manageable. The season will likely wind down over the next month or so but for the time being it’s holding strong. Most fish we have been finding are smaller “schoolies” but 3-5lb fish are mixed in & the occasional larger fish can be found as well! Water temperatures are 50-55 degrees in different spots within the Delta depending on where you fish. For Stripers sub surface I continue to use 1/0-3/0 Clouser style flies in various color combinations.

Northern California Fly Fishing Report - August 18, 2018

Best Bets: McCloud River, Putah Creek, Upper and Lower Sac - Trout, Lower Yuba River - Trout and Striper, Sierra Foothill Lakes and Clear Lake - Bass, Lake Almanor - Trout and Bass, Napa River - Striper

Summer isn't even quite over yet but we are already thinking about great Fall fishing. Truth be told there is great fishing going on right now in California for everything from trout and bass to steelhead and striper. Read on for the scoop...

American River Striper - Fair. Steelhead - Poor. Shad - Poor. Flows - 5,500 cfs at Natoma. Water Temps - Mid 50's. Clarity - 12 ft. visibility.

The AR had a great push of shad this year and the fishing was pretty darn good. recently after the shad left striper fishing was really good. Currently the shad are all gone and striper fishing has slowed a bit in correlation. Don't get this wrong fishing is still decent, but it is mostly about trophy hunting. We are getting mostly 3 to 6 lb fish with a few to 10 or 12 lbs but this is not the numbers game that we are finding here earlier or are experiencing now the Western Delta and Napa River. For now you will want to start at first light and things have slowed by noon so we are often off the water by 1:00 on our guide trips.

The trout/steelhead fishing has been pretty slow recently. Given the warm temperatures if you have the ability it may be best to target trout elsewhere in the Sierra where water temps are cooler.

Steehead Nymphs: Birds Nests 10 -14, Copper Johns, Black or Olive Poopahs and Princes 14 -16. Micro Mays 14 to 18, Brown or Black Rubber Legs 6 - 10 and eggs ( Peachy King, Roe and Tangerine)

Striper Flies: Stay Hungry Streamers, Byng's Baitfish, Angel's Chartreuse and White, Angels Delta Danger and Angel's Smolt, Toby's Rainbow Clouser 4/0, Toby's A.R. Rainbow 4/0, American River Special 3/0, Clousers - chartreuse/white, gray/white

Give us a ring at (707)287-2939 or (916)722-1055 to give the American a whirl.

Delta Striper - Fair. Largemouth - Good Smallmouth - Fair to Good. Water temp 70 to 72 degrees. Clarity - clear in most areas.

Northern California Fly Fishing Report July 27, 2018

Summer is here full blast and with it good fishing and the dreaded California fire season. There are some specific areas that are adversely effected but the vast majority of the state is experiencing good fishing right now. Keep reading for the skinny on what is going on.

Best Bets: McCloud River, Putah Creek - Trout, Lower Yuba River - Trout and Striper. American River - Striper, Sierra Foothill Lakes and Clear Lake - Bass. - Bass, Lake Almanor - Trout and Bass.

Northern California Fly Fishing Report - June 21, 2018

Summer is here in Northern California. Along with it comes warmer weather and great fly fishing opportunities. Time to take advantage of all the variety which the Golden State offers.

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 - January 29, 2018

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

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

Fishing has been slow on the American recently. 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 - 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, 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.

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