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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 – Mar 3, 2017

Best Bets - Trinity Steelhead, Truckee River Trout, Pyramid Lake Cutthroats.

Delta Stiper - Poor to Fair Water Temp high 50’s degrees. Water Clarity – Muddy

Striper fishing continues to be tough on the Delta. Lots of rain and cold water have flooded the delta bringing brown water and very difficult conditions. Only the very hardiest of anglers have been going out right recently, but things can only improve. If you go use patterns that push water (1/0-2/0) with a rattle down low and slow.

Most days anglers are struggling to catch fish however Captain Bryce Tedford had a nice day this week with 20 fish to the boat including this fish above.

We will have to see what happens when the snow run off begins shortly however we are hoping/planning to be at it full tilt by mid March. With all the water it is going to be a good year on the Delta.

Call now to reserve your Spring days for March, April and May. Call the shop at (916)722-1055 or Off the Hook at (707)287-2939 to get out with Maury, Bryce and Toby for some memorable striper action this season

Napa River – Poor. Flows – average, Water temps - 60’s. Water clarity – Stained

We are thankful for all the rain we have been getting, but it is definitely having an effect on the fishing. There are opportunities for fishing in between the storms however it takes at least a week without heavy rain before things improve.

We had two reports of anglers catching a few fish last week. Nothing huge but it sure beats not fishing at all!

We are looking forward to good Spring and Summer fishing in the Napa Valley. Stay tuned for updated reports, or give us a call at (707)287-2939 for current information.

Putah Creek – Open Flows – 3,000 CFS. Temps - high 50’s. Water clarity – Green

Flows on Putah Creek are slowly dropping and are currently around 3,000 cfs. Recent rain caused a beautiful sight recently as heavy rains made history and water spilled into the glory hole on Feb 17 giving the creek a much needed flush. We are hoping that much of the heavy siltation caused by two summers of fires and the subsequent heavy runoff years will have been cleared out.

We are excited to see what all this water has done to the creek. There is still some rain to come but given the current rate at which the water is dropping it should be fishable by mid March. This will be just in time to celebrate all the water and greenery with some frosty green beverages!
Good spring fishing should be just around the corner, so Reserve your Spring Putah trip today! Call us at (707)287-2939 or at the shop at (916)722-1055.

Guide tip: “Wait until the water is below 1,000 cfs and be careful when wading. A wading staff and inflatable life jacket would be wise this time of year… oh and go fish Pyramid.”

Pyramid Lake Nevada - Great!!! Temps - high 50’s. Water clarity – 3 feet

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 – October 2016

Northern California Fly Fishing Report – October, 2016

American River – Fair Flows – 1,500 CFS. Temp. – Mid to low 50’s. Water clarity – Perfect

Northern California Fly Fishing Report – October 2016

American River – Good Flows – 1,800 CFS. Temp. – High 50’s to low 60’s. Water clarity – Very clear

We are still seeing good numbers of shaker stripers, but also some bigger ones too on the American. The striper fishing will start to slow down in the next few weeks as the water temps drop, so get out now while the fishing is good. The salmon are slowly coming in, not in great numbers yet, but they are making their way in. The good news is there are a good amount of half pounders in the system, which makes for a fun day on the water. Between the stripers and steelhead, you couldn't ask for a better time. If the flows stay higher than it did last year, the American should be a good place to get away for a few hours, especially below the power lines after the upper closes. Mid river has been holding a few more fish over the past few years, shhhhhhh! This is nice to see, so come mid October to mid December give this section a try. Also, don't forget, the upper section closes November 1st, and reopens up January 1st, we already have a few dates booked around the opener, so don't miss out.

Best flies for striper have been Byng’s Bait fish in white/chartreuse, Toby’s American River Rainbow Clouser and the Stay Hungry Streamer in gray/white. For steelhead/half pounders try caddis pupae or small clinger type mayfly nymphs or eggs.

Delta Stiper - Good Water Temp 68-70 degrees. Water Clarity – Good. Delta smallmouth – Good to Fair Water Clarity – Good to great depending on how many boaters are on the water.

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