Fly Fishing Report
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The fall Salmon & Steelhead are arriving! Super reports from the Feather, Yuba and Lower Sacramento. Great weather too! Go while you can!
Fishing Reports – 09-03-2014
Lower American River
Flows are 1400 cfs. AFFC guide: Phil White The days are getting shorter, nights are getting cooler and steelhead are arriving. There's a few salmon too. Joe and I have been spending our evenings poking about the river searching, finding, chasing steelhead holding in the riffles. The payoffs have been big at times. The Sailor Bar to Upper Sunrise float have been producing the best numbers and most action.
Flies that are producing on the American River: 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
Recommended Flies: Stripers: Clouser Minnows: Grey/White, Chartreuse/White. Flash Tail Clouser Chartreuse/White. Gurgaler, The Stealth Bomber. Steelhead: 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
Guide Toby Uppinghouse: 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. 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, Bubbleicious Frog in 2.
Lower Feather River
Flows are 1500 cfs at Gridley.Guide Tom Peirano: We've been hooking big fish while targeting Steelhead Salmon have been heavy and hot. Think about hooking a 35 pounder.
Guide Phil White: Take a river, split it in half and what do you get? The Low and High Flow, Feather River.... A fish factory and fabled Salmon River which is best described as the second largest water by volume in the state. Here's a fun fact; Oroville Dam is the tallest Dam in the United States, standing at 770' this Embankment (Earth-Wing) Dam feeds the Low Flow, Feather River. Additional flows are released from Thermalito Afterbay to feed the High Flow, Feather River. Joe and I recently fished both low/high flows in the same day and had tremendous results. We had the feather slam consisting of salmon, steelhead and squallies (yellow steelhead haha). The steelhead were both in upper and lower river, dime bright and whacking flies with authority while we managed up several salmon in the lower stretches. The squallies must have had there Wheaties because they too were showing themselves as being steelhead houdinis or at least they had a case of mistaken identity..... man we thought we had steel several times.
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
Flows are 610 cfsGuide Phil White: The water is gin clear, cold and full of wild trout.... 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 ninja.
Hey it's the Yuba! Nymphing has still been the most productive. The river has been fishing the best mid-morning to early afternoon, slowing a bit through mid-day and again picking back up towards the late afternoon/evening. With the heat of the day we have been finding a majority of the fish nestled tightly into the bush/tree lined banks, tail outs at the end of riffles and deeper/slower holes.
It’s hopper time!
Guide Tom Peirano:Trout fishing has been decent. Nymphs in the morning and hoppers in the afternoons. It's starting to get very crowded.
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! 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. As the bead falls to meet the fly it seems to excite the fish. Vary the bead color and fly. Do something different.
These have been my go to flies on the Lower Sac:
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!
Recommended Flies:Nymphs:Rubber Legs 4-8, Micro May Brown/Black, Spring Time Caddis Black, Amber Wing Prince Nymph, Pheasant Tail 14-20, Two Bit Hooker Tan, Psycho May Brown/Black, Birds Nest Brown/Black, Tobinator Nymph Brown/Black, Dark Lord 14-18, A.P. Nymph 16-18, Hogans S&M, Brown 16-18, Sucker Spawn Oregon Cheese. Dries: Missing Link Caddis 16-18, Comparadun PMD 16-18, Spent PMD 16-18
Middle Fork American River
Guide Derek Hendrickson: The Middle Fork continues to fish well. Large hopper patterns have been working as well as dark colored streamers especially when the flows come up. Derek had AFFC clients out on Sunday and they had a blast. This is a wonderful drift with no people around! The month of September floatable water will be released Thursday through Sundays(the last day being September 28th).
Recommended Flies: Nymphs: Mercers Micro May Yellow and Black 16-18's....Two Bit Hooker 16's....Pats Rubber Legs 10....Lighting Bugs 16-18's....Mighty May 16-18's...Mercer's Pyshco Prince 16's Dries: PMD's -18-20's....BWO's 18-20's.....Parachute Adams 18-20'sStreamers: Slumpbusters, Olive Hale Bop Leech, Scuplzilla, Haddons Crawdad.
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. Weather has been good to us on the Truckee. 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 season that we have seen in many years.
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.
Please be smart during the heat of the day. Try not to stress the fish. Land them fast or take an afternoon nap.
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.
Guide Phil White:
Pleasant Valley is a great place to get away for the day and not have to fish with the crowds. Some very large fish reside in this stream and throwing dries can be very productive during morning and evening. Keep your feather chucking simple here, patterns such as Elk Hair Caddis, Adams, Royal Wulff and Humphy's should all be present in your stream box. During the mid day heat, making your way to the dam can pay off by tight line nymphing or high sticking a single barbless fly and a shot through the deep pools and down into the runs just below. Keep it simple and just throw a PT, Birds Nest or Prince Nymph. Remember Pleasant Valley is a fly fishing preserve that is very well maintained, it also holds a healthy population of rainbows with the chance at shots to brownies and brookies. It's pay to play. Fees here run $100 a day, per angler, per rod.
Guide Phil White:
East Carson has been fishing very well. I have been focusing on only throwing dries here. A down stream to up stream presentation is very effective for ruining a few fish's day. I have been keeping it very basic here and only using a handful of flies. Elk Hair Caddis, Royal Wulff, Yellow Humphy, Stimulators, Adams and Dave's Hopper. Something new? Swing a soft hackle, it's often an over looked technique that is very effective and I see very few doing. Caddis and Mayfly Emergers are "Totally Awesome!" ....They catch fish too... Tools of the trade are one 5X 7.5' Leader, 5X-6X Tippet at 24" add to leader, Soft Hackle Fly & BB Shot just above tippet knot. Cast 90° across stream, mend and get chewed. Pretty simple and no excuses, go swing yourself up some water dwellers.
AFFC guide Tom Peirano
Dry action in Alpine County is fantastic right now. Fish are rising to caddis and hoppers. The streams are starting to get rather low so there's no better time than the present to get up there.
We will be adding additional rivers/streams/lakes in the near future
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