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Click photos to enlarge California fishing reports, Sacramento California fly fishing
Guide Tom Peirano
California fishing reports, Sacramento California fly fishing
Guide Derek Hendrickson
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We are excited about spring fishing in Northern California. With less rain and snowpack - the rivers will be in great shape earlier than usual. We should have a true "opener" this year. Easy wading, 100% of fish in 40% of water means superior spring fishing.

Fishing Reports 04-22-2014 - We are already seeing spring Steelhead on the American, Feather & Yuba Rivers. Shad are being caught on the Lower American Rive! Get out there!

Lower American River
Guide Phil White: Fishing has been hit and miss. One day the fish are there and the next they're not, it's the story of my life. This is the time of year where you can fish 3 different fish runs on the same day. The flows are currently up to 1550 cfs but will reduce back to 800 cfs or less soon. This should bring in fresh runs. The river is currently closed from Ancil Hoffman to the hatchery at Nimbus but will reopen completely on May 1st - it should be wild.

Look for spring steelhead roaming through the upper river but don't forget they do have to move through the lower river first. Spring fish and half pounds also like to look-up with the warmer days. Caddis dries work really well in the evenings. During the day nymphing is most effective.

In the meantime we have found several stripers roaming the lower river. A few days back we came across several schoolies willing to take a fly near Gritsmill. Give them a shad buffet and chuck a grey-white Clouser Minnow their way.

Recommended Flies: Nymphs: FB Pheasant Tail 14-16, Two Bit Hooker 14-16, BH Olive Caddis Pupah 14-16, BH Olive Z-Wing Caddis 14-16, Copper John 14-16 & Good old fashioned BH Hairs Ear 14-16. Dries: EC Caddis 14-16, EZ Caddis 14-16, Elk Hair Caddis 14-16. Stripers: Clouser Dp Minnow in Chart/Wht or Grey/Wht in 2/0.

California Delta Report
Current Report: Guide Toby Uppinghouse: With warming water temps. and higher river flows, the spring migration of Stripers begins! March through May is the peak of the run, with fish heading up the valley rivers, they come to summer over in the cooler flows. This is also time for some of the best Large and Smallmouth fishing as they also spawn and feed heavily after the cold winter.

Delta has been fair to good. Due to pressure, full moon and winds, the fishing slowed last week. Cover water to find fish. We have been targeting areas such as Discovery Bay, San Joaquin & Franks track.

Recommended Flies: Nymphs: Prince Nymph 12-16, Copper Johns 12-16, Bird's Nest Brown 12-16, Two Bit Hookers Tan or Red 14-18, San Juan Worms Brown, Caddis Poopah 14-18, Sucker Spawn Oregon Cheese. Dries: EC Caddis, E-Z Caddis and Elk Hair in olive & brn 14-16. Stripers: Clouser Minnows in Chart/Wht, Grey/Wht in 2/0.

Lower Feather River
Guide Tom Peirano: Feather has been fishing fair to good. There are some big and wild fish in the system. We've been floating the low flow from Montgomery St. down to Thermalito Afterbay. The best part is these fish are eating an assortment of flies. Fish are not keying into any one particular fly. Flows 420 cfs at Gridley.

The lower stretch should hold stripers with Shad soon arriving. We'll keep you posted on the progress here.

Recommended Flies: Nymphs: Prince Nymph 12-16, Copper Johns 12-16, Bird's Nest Brown 12-16, Two Bit Hookers Tan or Red 14-18, San Juan Worms Brown, Caddis Poopah 14-18, Sucker Spawn Oregon Cheese. Dries: EC Caddis, E-Z Caddis and Elk Hair in olive & brn 14-16. Stripers: Clouser Minnows in Chart/Wht, Grey/Wht in 2/0.

Lower Yuba River
Guide Phil White: Yuba has been good to us the last few weeks. Fishing has been good to great, even picking up a few steelhead here and there. These fish are known for making heart stopping runs and aerials somewhere close to what you might see from the Blue Angels. During the day nymphing has been very effective.

From mid-day through the evenings, dries have been producing healthy fish on PMD's and E/C Caddis 16 or Missing Link Caddis 16. We even managed two 20" fish on Skawala dries. As the days get warmer it's not a bad idea to throw a Fat Albert or any hopper pattern. We've even gotten a few on the swing.

Recommended Flies: Nymphs: Two Bit Hookers 14-16, Rubber Legs Brn/Olive 6-10, San Juan Worm brn, Sucker Spawn Oregon Chees, Mighty May March Brown 14-18, Caddis Poopah 14-18, Guides Choice Hares Ear Tan 16-20, Copper Johns 14-18. Dries: March Brown 14-16, PMD 14-16, any Caddis dry 14-16 (afternoon/evening).

Lower Sacramento River
Guide Joe Vasquez: Fishing has been good to epic here the past few weeks. Mid-day is prime for Caddis and PMD dries. A Comparadun #16 or Missing Link Caddis #16 is the meal ticket. Fishing under an indicator is the best way to fish these waters. From the Posse Grounds down to Bend there are fish throughout the system. We still are seeing fish over 20" to the net.

The bigger fish are going to be found in the upper stretch's of the river (Posse Grounds to Bonneyview) as you get lower in the river you play the numbers game but the fish average out in size (16-18 inch's). If you really want to experience the river without the city for a background, venture lower in the system where cows become your friend, bald eagles make an appearance and you get the feel of seclusion. Water is easily fishable at 4750 cfs - AWESOME FLOWS!

Recommended Flies: Nymphs: Two Bit Hookers 14-16, Rubber Legs Brn/Olive 6-10, San Juan Worm brn, Sucker Spawn Oregon Chees, Mighty May March Brown 14-18, Caddis Poopah 14-18, Guides Choice Hares Ear Tan 16-20, Copper Johns 14-18. Dries: March Brown 14-16, PMD 14-16, any Caddis dry 14-16 (afternoon/evening).

Middle Fork American River
Guide Derek Hendrickson: It's finally time to get out on the water! The watershed awakes from its long winter slumber as well as the wild trout. The bright green foliage is a magnificent back drop for an 8-10 hour trip. Egg patterns work behind spawning sucker fish. Little yellow stoneflies nymphs under an indicator can be deadly as well as Yellow Sallies. We've already done several trips and the water is excellent for early season. We will concentrate on the middle section, currently the best section of river.

Under the indicator we are throwing Yellow Sallies 14, Caddis Brown or Olive 14-18, Mighty Mite and Mighty Mays Tan/Brown 14-20. Late in the evenings BWO have been around and we have been picking up fish in the tail-outs just where the foam line starts to gather. If you want the bigger fish here the only way to do it is to commit to streamer fishing and the "chuck n duck." A small Hale Bopp Leech's or the larger Sculpzilla will work for times like this (both of these flies should be black, brown or olive in color).

Recommended Flies: Nymphs: Little Yellow Sloan & Yellow Sallies 12, Two Bit Hookers 14-16, Rubber Legs Brn/Olive 6-10, San Juan Worm brn, Sucker Spawn Oregon Cheese, Mighty May March Brown 14-18, Caddis Poopah 14-18, Guides Choice Hares Ear Tan 16-20, Copper Johns 14-18. Dries: March Brown 14-16, BWO 14-18, PMD 14-16, any Caddis dry 14-16. Streamers: Wool-head Sculpins in blk 7 olive 4-6, Sculpinzilla 4-6, Super Bugger in Brn, Blk, Olive 4-8.

Truckee River
Guide Phil WHite: We concentrate our efforts in the "middle section", from the town of Truckee to Floriston. This section of the river is fairly flat and has an abundance of pocket water, deep pools, long runs and tail-outs. We'll walk 'n' wade this water.

The Truckee is home to a growing population of Browns and Rainbows with a few Cutthroats and Brookies thrown into the mix. You'll come across a number of fish in the 15" to 20" range. That being said, fish pushing 30 inches are not unheard of but landing these terrific trout is a challenge unlike any other. If you're looking for a big boy - fish streamers.This year may be the best opener that we have seen in many years. Flows are very, very good at 200 cfs!

Recommended Flies: Nymphs: Two Bit Hookers 14-16, Rubber Legs Brn/Olive 6-10, San Juan Worm brn, Crayfish in org & brn, Mighty May March Brown 14-18, Golden Stone patterns in 8-12, Guides Choice Hares Ear Tan 16-20, Copper Johns 14-18. Dries: Chernobyl Juicy bug 8-12. Streamers: Wool-head Sculpins in blk 7 olive 4-6, Sculpinzilla 4-6, Super Bugger in Brn, Blk, Olive 4-8.

We will be adding additional rivers/streams/lakes in the near future

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