Putah Creek begins in descent from the coastal mountains but it’s the section between Lake Berryessa and Lake Solano near the town of Winters that we find most productive for large rainbows.
This portion of the creek consists primarily of deep pools, productive runs and tail-outs. We’ll walk ‘n’ wade during this trip and it’s always a good idea to bring a wading staff.
Putah Creek is a catch and release fishery and supports a robust population of wild rainbows. Trout to 30 inches roam this small stretch of stream. And to say that these fish are wily is truly an understatement. Our guides know Putah and where the big boys live.
If Teddy Roosevelt had ever fished Putah during the spring and summer, he might have coined the phrase, “Wade slowly and carry a big stick.” Flows out of Berryessa peak during this time of year, making wading a challenge. Despite the high water, the lunkers from beneath continue to lay in wait.
It’s trophy time! The flows have dropped and the fish have settled in, eager to forage on any number of aquatic insects. Know-how, stealth and proper presentation are essential to entice these benevolent ‘bows to drag down your indicator. Now the real test comes as you try and land one of these Putah pugilists.
Putah Creek Gear & Equipment List
Basic Walk & Wade for $365Premium Walk & Wade for $415All rates based on 2 anglers
We offer a variety of fishing packages on the Putah Creek:
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