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  • Northern California Fly Fishing Report August 17, 2018

    Fly Fishing Specialties Aug 18, 2018 | 10:49 am

    Northern California Fly Fishing Report August 17, 2018 Summer isn't even quite over yet but we are already thinking about great Fall fishing. From trout and bass to steelhead and striper. Great fishing awaits.Best Bets: McCloud River, Putah Creek, Upper and Lower Sac - Trout, Lower Yuba River - Trout and Striper, Sierra Foothill Lakes and Clear Lake - Bass, Lake Almanor - Trout and Bass, Napa River - StriperAmerican River Striper - Fair. Steelhead -  Poor Shad - Poor. Flows - 5,500 cfs at Natoma. Water Temps - Mid 50's. Clarity - 12 ft. visibility.The AR had a great push of shad this year and the fishing was pretty darn good. recently after the shad left striper fishing was really good. Currently the shad are all gone and striper fishing has slowed a bit in correlation. Don't get this wrong fishing is still decent, but it is mostly about trophy hunting. We are getting mostly 3 to 6 lb fish with a few to 10 or 12 lbs but this is not the numbers game that we are finding here earlier or are experiencing now the Western Delta and Napa River. For now you will want to start at first light and things have slowed by noon so we are often off the water by 1:00[…]

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  • Northern California Fly Fishing Report July 27, 2018

    Fly Fishing Specialties Jul 29, 2018 | 09:44 am

    Northern California Fly Fishing Report July 27, 2018 Summer is here full blast and along with it good fishing and the dreaded California fire season. There are some specific areas that are affected but the vast majority of the state is experiencing good fishing right now. Keep reading for the skinny on what is going on.Best Bets: McCloud River,  Putah Creek - Trout, Lower Yuba River - Trout and Striper. American River - Striper, Sierra Foothill Lakes and Clear Lake - Bass. - Bass, Lake Almanor - Trout and Bass. American River Striper - Fair to good. Steelhead -  Good Shad - Fair. Flows - 5,500 cfs at Natoma. Water Temps - Mid 50's. Clarity - 12 ft. visibility.The AR had a great push of shad this year and the fishing was pretty darn good. Currently the fishing continues and while you can still get out and hook a good number of them, things are on the down hill slope. We expect the shad fishing to hold out for another 2 maybe 3 weeks and then it will be all but over.Striper fishing has been good on several Nor Cal waters, and we are seeing larger than average fish to the boat as of late. The AR stripers are best chased from sun up till about noon,[…]

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  • Fly Fishing Specialties: Northern California Fly Fishing Report June 21, 20...

    Fly Fishing Specialties Jun 25, 2018 | 17:24 pm

    Fly Fishing Specialties: Northern California Fly Fishing Report June 21, 20...: Summer is here in Northern California and with it some warmer weather but also some great fishing opportunities. Time to take advanta...

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  • Northern California Fly Fishing Report June 21, 2018

    Fly Fishing Specialties Jun 23, 2018 | 10:12 am

    Northern California Fly Fishing Report June 21, 2018 Summer is here in Northern California and with it some warmer weather but also some great fishing opportunities. Time to take advantage of all the variety that the Golden State offers.Best Bets: Upper Sacramento, McCloud River,  Putah Creek - Trout, Lower Yuba River -Shad. American River - Shad and Striper, Sierra Foothill Lakes - Bass, Lake Almanor - Trout and Bass. Clear Lake Bass, Yosemite - TroutAmerican River Striper - Good. Steelhead -  Poor. Shad - GREAT!. Flows - 3,500 cfs at Natomas. Water Temps - Mid 50's Clarity - 5 to 6 ft. visibility.Not much has changed recently on the American. Flows are hovering around 3,500 and should remain around this level throughout the Summer. A few straggler Spring run steelhead and half pounders are around and are being taken on the swing as well as nymphing but our attention is now shifted to two perennial returnees to the American, Striper and Shad. Striper or Morone Saxatilis have moved up out of the San Joaquin River Delta and are here in the river to spawn. As opportunists and ambush predators they are more than happy to pounce on smaller baitfish that happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Subsequently they will also waylay[…]

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  • Northern California Fly Fishing Report May 11, 2018

    Fly Fishing Specialties May 12, 2018 | 10:28 am

    Northern California Fly Fishing Report May 11, 2018 Things are really jumping off right now throughout the Golden State for those of us who love to pursue fish with a fly. A myriad of exciting species are coming into range. Options include shad and striper which are entering the rivers to spawn, trout fishing is beginning to open up at the higher elevations and continued success on many central valley rivers. Largemouth and smallmouth fishing is taking off in our beloved Delta and Sierra Foothill Lakes and there are a few more days of swinging for Spring run steelhead to be had. There is something out there for everyone right now. From dries, nymphs and streamers to poppers and swung flies what ever your pleasure it's go time!.Best Bets: Lower Sacramento, Upper Sacramento, McCloud River,  Putah Creek - Trout, Yuba River -Shad and Striper, American River - Striper, Sierra foothill Lakes - Bass, Lake Almanor - Trout and Bass, American River Striper - Good to Great. Steelhead -  Poor. Shad - Fair to Good. Flows - 3,500 cfs at Natomas. Water Temps - Mid 50's Clarity - 5 to 6 ft. visibility.Flows are back up to 3,500 as of May 10 and should remain around this level throughout the Summer. A few straggler Spring run steelhead[…]

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  • Northern California Fly Fishing Report April 27, 2018

    Fly Fishing Specialties Apr 27, 2018 | 13:00 pm

    Northern California Fly Fishing Report April 27, 2018 Ok, so Spring has officially sprung (for real this time) and there is quite a bit of fishing to be had. Here is the skinny on whats going on here in Northern California.Best Bets: Lower Sacramento, McCloud River,  Putah Creek - Trout, Feather River - Steelhead, Sierra foothill Lakes - Bass, Lake Almanor - Trout and Bass, Pyramid Lake - Giant Cutthroat American River Steelhead - Fair. Flows - 2,500 cfs at Natomas. Water Temps - Mid 50's Clarity - 2 ft. visibility.Flows are back down to manageable levels and fishing is decent right now. Spring run fish are being taken on the swing as well as nymphing and there are some chances to swing up a smaller striper or two as well. Don't expect huge numbers but some quality fish being caught. The up side is it is close to home for many Sacramento area anglers. Nymphs: Birds Nests 10 -14, Copper Johns, Black or Olive Poopahs and Princes 14 -16. Micro Mays 14 to 18, Brown or Black Rubber Legs 6 - 10 and eggs ( Peachy King, Roe and Tangerine)Swinging: Silver Hiltons, Anderson's Classic, Fly Fishing Specialties Alevin, Anderson Euphoria, Heisenberg, Green Butt Skunk, Falken's Tiny Dancer, Hartwick's Purple Hilton, Hobo Spey, Intruders, Perpetrators, Beach[…]

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  • Northern California Fly Fishing Report April 6, 2018

    Fly Fishing Specialties Apr 27, 2018 | 12:52 pm

    Northern California Fly Fishing Report April 6, 2018 Best Bets: Lower Sac, McCloud, Putah Creek or Truckee - Trout,  Sierra Foothill Lakes, Lake Almanor - Trout. Pyramid Lake - Cutthroat.Spring has sprung...or so we thought. The North State received quite a bit of rain over the last 24 hours and rivers are on the rise all across the state. This will adversely affected the fishing on the short run on virtually all our rivers, but be a very good thing come summer. Instead of fishing come join us Fly Fishing Specialties for our free barbecue from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00. Ten to 50% off and top reps from your favorite fly companies will be on hand.  See you there!American River Steelhead - Poor. Flows - 25,000 cfs at Natomas. Water Temps - Mid 50's Clarity - 2 ft. visibility.Flows spiked from around 9,000 to over 25,000 cfs on the American in the last 24 hours! This has put the skids on things and it is anyone's guess as to when things will come back into shape and if it will be before the end of the run. this river isn't really worth fishing unless it is down closer to 3,500. Time to do some tying or binge watch Monster truck videos on[…]

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  • Northern California Fly Fishing Report March 9, 2018

    Fly Fishing Specialties Mar 10, 2018 | 22:38 pm

    Northern California Fly Fishing Report March 9, 2018 Best Bets: Lower Sac or Putah Creek - Trout, Trinity and Klamath- Steelhead, Lake Almanor - Trout. Pyramid - Cutthroat.Big Lake Almanor trout are one of the hot options right now!American River Steelhead - Fair. Flows - 2,000 cfs at Natomas. Water Temps - Mid 50's Clarity - 3 feet visibility.Fishing continues to be fair on the American. Well, we were hoping for rain...and rain is what we got! Recent precipitation has some late winter and early Spring run fish in the river at the same time. Flows are fairly stable at 2,000 cfs at Natomas although there have been periodic spikes but then flows have been stabilizing back to 2,000. We are hoping for some more rain to bring in some more Spring fish.In all honesty right now we are staying away from the American as fish are almost exclusively on reds in shallow water where targeting them is not a good idea. If you simply have no other option please stay off the reds and don't fish them. Nymphing under an indicator will work best but swinging is what we love most. For better numbers try dropping a nymph and split shot 4 to 6 feed below and indicator. If swinging is your deal,[…]

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  • Northern California Fly Fishing Report Feb 23, 2018

    Fly Fishing Specialties Feb 22, 2018 | 18:18 pm

    Northern California Fly Fishing Report Feb 23, 2018 Best Bets: Yuba or Lower Sac- Trout, Trinity and Klamath - SteelheadAmerican River Steelhead - Fair. Flows - 3,000 cfs at Natomas. Water Temps - Mid 50's Clarity - 3 feet visability.Fishing continues to be fairly slow on the American. Last month the upper river above Ancil Hoffman Park opened and although not a lot of fish are in the system we are getting a fair amount of half pounders and chances each day at larger fish. The low water conditions here in the North State are part of the problem. Some adult fish being found in the middle to lower river and thus the fishing is fair although it has been slow up top.Flows jumped up from 2,400 to 3,000 back on the 20th but seem to be holding steady for now. People are definitely working hard for the fish we're getting. Most fish have been half pounders in the 14 to 17" range however on each trip we have hooked fish into larger specimens in the 20" to 28" range (5 to 7 lbs). Oh and did we mention we sure could use some rain!Nymphing has been most productive but swinging is what we love most. For better numbers try dropping a[…]

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  • Northern California Fly Fishing Report Feb 15, 2018

    Fly Fishing Specialties Feb 22, 2018 | 14:33 pm

    Northern California Fly Fishing Report Feb 15, 2018 Best Bets: Yuba, Lower Sac, - Trout, Trinity and Klamath - SteelheadAmerican River Steelhead - Fair. Flows - 3,000 cfs at Natomas. Water Temps - Mid 50's Clarity - 3 feet vis.Fishing has been fairly slow on the American. Back on January 1st the upper river above Ancil Hoffman Park opened and although not a lot of fish are in the system we are getting a fair amount of half pounders and chances each day at larger fish.  Flows are steady at about 3,000 cfs however we are definitely working hard for the fish we're getting. Most fish have been half pounders in the 14 to 17" range however on each trip we have hooked fish into larger specimens in the 20" to 28" range (5 to 8 lbs). We could use some rain!Nymphing has been most productive but swinging is what we love most. For better numbers try dropping a nymph and split shot 4 to 6 feed below and indicator. If swinging is your deal, focus on shallower runs and fish the water well before moving on. The upper river will see some pressure now that it is open. Expect it to be productive however a bit busier. The middle and Lower[…]

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