Northern California Fly Fishing Report

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 - October 2nd, 2018

Fall is already "in the air" in the Northern California high country. This signals the approach of our favorite time of year. From trout and bass to steelhead and striper. The best fishing of the year is knocking on the door. We are really looking forward to making some great memories this Fall with you. After reading the report if anything hits your hot button give us a call at (530)242-4122 or (707)287-2939.

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Best Bets: McCloud River, Pit River, Putah Creek, Upper and Lower Sac - Trout, Lower Yuba River - Trout, Lake Almanor - Trout and Bass, Delta and Napa River - Striper

American River Striper - Poor, Steelhead - Fair to Good. Striper - Fair. Water Temps - High 50's to low 60's. Flows fluctuating daily from1,800 to 2,200 cfs from Lake Natoma. Clarity - Good (10 to 12 ft)

Still not much to report here. Some half pounder action and a few adults along with a few straggler few striper around. Our sights will be set on Steelhead going into Fall and Winter. It is nice to have this fishery in our back yards during Fall and 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: Clouser style flies like Byng's Baitfish - 1/0, Angel's Chartreuse and White, Angels Delta Danger and Angel's Smolt. Surface wise it has been hard to beat a Crease fly in 1/0 - 2/0 sizes.

Delta Striper - Good. Largemouth - Good Smallmouth - Fair. Water temp 68 to 70 degrees. Clarity - Good.

One of Captain Bryce's guests with a slabOne of Captain Bryce's guests with a slab

Striper fishing has kicked in to high gear this week. There are still opportunities for largemouth and smallmouth but it has been hard to leave feeding striper to go get them. This time of year can be a fun challenge to chase the "slam" of all 3 bass species on the same day! Water temps have dropped below 70 degrees in much of the Delta with recent cooler weather. Looking ahead to the weather report it looks like more cooler weather setting in next week. For Largemouth fishing it’s hard to beat size 2 topwater frogs or 1/0-2/0 crease flies when they are keying on baitfish. For Largemouth & Stripers sub surface we are using 1/0-2/0 Clouser style flies. For topwater Stripers I like 1/0-2/0 Crease flies with silver bellies when they are visually eating on top & the birds will show you where they are feeding. Prime Striper fishing is just about here, October & November are 2 of the better months & will of course book quickly so reserve your spots soon!

Striper flies: Clouser style flies like Byng's Baitfish - 1/0, Angel's Chartreuse and White, Angels Delta Danger and Angel's Smolt. Surface wise it has been hard to beat a Crease fly in 1/0 - 2/0 sizes.

Largemouth: Diving Frogs, Stay Hungry Streamers - Chartreuse, Perch or Shiner colors, #2 Byng's Baitfish, 1/0 Angel's Chartreuse and White, Angels Delta Danger and Angel's Smolt, Angel's Bluegill - 4/0.

Smallmouth Flies: Small poppers in a variety of colors such as green, white, yellow, brown etc. #2 - 4 Pultz Poppers Brown, black or Olive Wolly Buggers.

Guide Tip: Prime striper fishing is here. Sept 15 - Dec 15 are 3 of the best months and will of course book up quickly so reserve your spots soon!

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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 - 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 - 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.

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