Fly Fishing Report
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The fall Salmon & Steelhead are arriving! A word of caution – tomorrow we expect 5 inches of rain in 2 days. That will impact almost all rivers in Northern California. It may be a great time to tie some flies and get your Holiday shopping done. We are on the rivers today (and Delta) to get our last minute fishing before we need to get out Noah’s Ark patched up. On the bright side – When January 1 comes it should be super fishing in Northern California. Book your trip today for January.
Fishing Reports – 12-09-2014
Lower American River
Flows are 960+ cfs. AFFC guide: Phil White American River is closed from power line @ Anchil Hoffman to the hatchery. Right now we have been hitting half pounders with a few big Steelies to 8 lbs. All that will change this week-end with projected heavy rains – we need it! Remember, all those big steelies have to go up river to get to spawning beds. That means there are holding areas in the lower river for the big ones. You just need to be there when they are passing through. It's egg time!
Flies that are producing on the American River: Eggs, Copper Johns (Copper, Red) 12-16
Two Bit Hookers (Tan, Red) 14-18
Caddis Poopah (Tan, Green), 14-16
Bird's Nest (Tan) 12-16
S&M (Brown) 14-18
Amber Wing Prince Nymph 12-16
California Delta Report
The Delta is producing many fish right now. Lots of smaller fish. There are a few big ones in the mix and it's only going to get better this fall. Right now we have been fishing some top water for largemouth and some top water for the stripers. One of our best customers, Ray, hooked many striper up to 12 lbs on December 5th – a great sign. Mostly fishing subsurface for the Stripers.
Don't miss out on the Delta Striper fishing, book early.
Recommended Flies: Streamers: Clouser Dp Minnow Chrt/Wht, Red/Wht,Chrt/Yel in 2/0, Flash Clouser Jig Brn/Yel, Chrt/Wht in 2/0. Topwater: Gurgler & B&M Bomber size 2.
Lower Feather River
Flows are 723 cfs at Gridley.Guide Tom Peirano: Steelheading has been excellent. Lot's of them and pretty good sizes too. Check out the pics on our FaceBook pages…you will be surprised.
Guide Phil White: Had a very strange week on the Feather – no fish on upper stretch – middle stretch we had lots of hookups – lower part of drift was dead. The river should jump into high gear with rains…yippee!
Guide Tom Peirano: Fishing on the Feather is fair. More fish have moved into the upper river but visibility in only about 18". Patience is the key. Probably unfishable until next Monday. Stay tuned.
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:
None right now
Lower Yuba River
Flows are 750-800 cfs - With new rains due tomorrow it will be unfishable for a period of at least 4 days. When it clears, if you fish it – fish the edges…close to shore.... Always the same thing that one hears when talking about the Yuba. Easier then is sounds. The Yuba can be a tough river to not only learn but fish.... The fish have seen everything, techniques, flies, anglers, they see you before you see them and yes they're also educated to some degree. Not to worry you have a few options; either hire a guide or start thinking like a fish.
Recommended Flies:Nymphs: Phil's Hefty PT Brown, Micro May Brown,Tungsten Psycho May Brown, Burks Hunchback Two-Tone, Two Bit Hooker Tan/Red, Tobinator Nymph, BH Caddis Poopah, Spring Time Caddis, Birds Nest Tan/Brown, Rubber Legs, Amber Wing Prince Nymph Dries:Hoppers, Missing Link Caddis 16-18, Spent PMD 16-20, Sprout PMD 16-20
Lower Sacramento River
Guide Joe Vasquez: Lower Sacramento water flows are super at 6500 cfs! It’s a little off color with recent rains and will remain or get worse tomorrow. The lower areas will clear first so think Balls Ferry or lower for awhile. There is ample food in the Lower Sac to keep fish happy and on the bite. Try to change up your offerings. For example: use a poohpa and slide a pink bead on the line. Beads are on! Can't tell you the numbers for recent guide trips but it is off the chart!
Recommended Flies:Nymphs: Two-Bit Hooker 18 – Red, Micro May 16 – Brown, Yellow & Green, Guide Choice Hares Ear – 12 – Tan, Bird Nest 12-14 - Tan & green, Foxes Poopah 14-16 – tan, Psycho Prince – 14-16 - yellow with orange belly, Pats Rubber Legs – 8-10 – brown.
In the afternoon switch to Caddis on top…when you see fish rising..now that is fun!
We’re going to take a pass right now on the Truckee. It should be really wild weather this week.
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
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, BWO 14-18, Para Adams 14-16, Royal Wulf 14-16. Streamers: Wool-head Sculpins in blk 7 olive 4-6, Sculpinzilla 4-6, Super Bugger in Brn, Blk, Olive 4-8.
Trinity River: Joe Vasquez is now guiding on the Trinity. He has many years of experience on the Trinity. Call the shop to set up your fall trip to this special river.
Putah Creek: Joe Vasquez & Phil White are now guiding on Putah Creek. Both have many years of experience on the Putah and will do an excellent job for you. Call the shop to set up your fall trip to this special river.
We will be adding additional rivers/streams/lakes in the near future
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