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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 – 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 – November 2016

Northern California Fly Fishing Report – November 1, 2016

American River – Fair Flows 1,200 cfs. Water Temp - Mid 60's. Clarity - Clear

The upper American from Hazel to Power Line is closed as of November 1st. Some fishing going on below for steelhead but reports have been hit or miss. Some half pounders caught this week on the swing with soft hackles. Nymphing also producing. Please wade carefully this time of year and watch for redds. May be time to give the Trinity, Feather and Klamath a go! Call (707)287-2939 or or the shop at (916)722-8594 for info on the other great options.

Delta Striper- Good Water Temp mid 60’s degrees. Water Clarity – Clear.

Striper fishing continues to be good on the Delta. We are catching amazing numbers of fish in the 12 to 18” range. The challenge has been to find fish 20” or bigger but there are a few big ones mixed in & more fish showing daily!

Key patterns include chartreuse/white clousers in various sizes. Gurglers & Pole Dancers also work if you wish to try your hand at topwater which can be really fun!” Bryce Tedford says "Although we have not been catching larger fish consistently it has been a blast to catch 20-30 schoolies per Rod & always have the chance at hooking a toad!" Maury guests have been experiencing an excellent Fall LMB bite in some locations with Bass from 2#-5# common on most outings.
Guide Tip: ”Try throwing a larger fly if you are only into chasing the larger fish. This will help target the bigger ones.”

Call now to reserve great Fall fishing before it is gone. 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 Fall 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.

Northern California Fly Fishing Report - March 28, 2016

Northern California Fly Fishing Report – March 28, 2016

American River – Poor. Flows - 3,000 CFS. Temps – 53 Degrees. Water clarity – Off color but clearing.

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!

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