Northern California Fly Fishing Report

Northern California Fly Fishing Report - November 19, 2017

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

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

Flows are stable again this week at 2,000 and recently the middle river has had good numbers of half pounder steelhead and some larger adults are trickling in. Most adults right now are in the 5 to 7 lb range and should be coming in in better numbers with recent rains.

Give us a call at the shop (916)722-1055 or Off the Hook fly fishing directly at (707)287-2939 to set up a Winter steelhead trip on the American.

Delta Striper - Good Water Temp - 66 deg. Water Clarity – Good.

Captain Bryce put a happy guest on this fish this last week.

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 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 – 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!

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!

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