Fly Fishing Report
By AmericanFly Staff
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Check out this fishing report posted by the local newspaper….Sacramento Bee Fishing Report
The Steelhead are here! Today the rivers are perfect. January 1 comes it should be super fishing in Northern California. Book your trip today for January.
Fishing Reports – 01-8-2015
Lower American River
Flows are down to 920+ cfs. The opener was slower than expected, but good numbers of half pounders were caught, and a few adults landed. In the coming weeks we expect to see more of the larger winter run steelhead head up the river. Continue drifting egg patterns and caddis poopahs.
Flies that are producing on the American River:
Copper Johns (Copper, Red) 12-16
Micro Mayfly (olive 16)
Caddis Poopah (Tan, Green), 14-16
Bird's Nest (Tan) 12-16
Hot Bead Prince Nymph 8-10
Water temperatures have dropped on the delta so finding clear water is a priority to finding any fish. Decent numbers of 1-8lb fish can be taken using subsurface baitfish patterns, in 4-12 feet of water. Striper lines are recommended. Using slower stripping, action with long pauses.
Clouser Deep Minnow - Chrt/Wht, Red/Wht, Chrt/Yel in 1/0 - 2/0, Flash Clouser Jig black in 2/0.
Topwater: Gurgler & B&M Bomber size 2.
Lower Feather River
Flows are 700 cfs at Gridley.
No current report for the Feather River. All our guides are fishing the American River steelhead run. Steelheading is usually good on the Feather. conditions are good, so fish should be able to be found.
Guide Tom Peirano:
Guide Phil White:
Prince Nymph 12-16, Copper Johns 12-16, Bird's Nest Brown 12-16, San Juan Worms Brown, Beads, & Glo Bugs
EC Caddis, E-Z Caddis and Elk Hair in olive & brn 14-16. Stripers:
None right now
Lower Yuba River
Flows are around 560 cfs - The Yuba can be a tough river to not only learn but to 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.
Phil's Hefty PT Brown, Micro May Brown,Tungsten Psycho May Olive, Burks Hunchback Two-Tone, Stone Fly Nymphs, Red Copper Johns, San Juan Worms 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. Beads are on! Can't tell you the numbers for recent guide trips but it is off the chart!
Recommended Flies:Nymphs: Micro May 16 – Olive, Hares Ear – 12 – 16, Bird Nest 12-14 - Tan & green, Foxes Poopah 14-16 – olive.
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:
Pheasant Tail Nymphs 14-18, San Juan Worm brn, Crayfish in org & brn, Golden Stone patterns in 8-12, Guides Choice Hares Ear Tan 16-20, Copper Johns 14-18.
Dries: BWO 14-18, Para Adams 14-16. Streamers: Wool-head Sculpins in blk 7 olive 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.
Lake Amador: 6-8 lb trout. Fish from a boat or from shore. Look for points and drops. Strip Wooly Buggers and small Leeches.
Pyramid Lake: 20lb trout are not uncommon! Strip Beatles & Buggers. Drift Midges and worms under an indicator. Fish from a ladder or float tube. Have fun!
We will be adding additional rivers/streams/lakes in the near future
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