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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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  • Northern California Fly Fishing Report February 4, 2018

    Fly Fishing Specialties Feb 5, 2018 | 23:47 pm

    Northern California Fly Fishing Report February 4, 2018 Best Bets: Lower Sac, Yuba or Truckee - Trout, Trinity or Klamath - SteelheadAmerican River Steelhead - Fair. Flows - 3,000 cfs at Natomas. Water Temps - Mid 50's Clarity - 3 feet vis.Fishing has been slow on the American recently. 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). With intermittent rain over the next two weeks things should only improve. Steelhead love fresh water that comes from rain run off and the predicted precip should bring even more fish up out of the Sac and into target range. 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,[…]

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  • Northern California Fly Fishing Report Jan 26, 2018

    Fly Fishing Specialties Jan 29, 2018 | 13:02 pm

    Northern California Fly Fishing Report Jan 26, 2018 Best Bets: Lower Sac, Truckee or Yuba - Trout, Trinity or Klamath - SteelheadAmerican River Steelhead - Fair. Flows - 3,000 cfs at Natomas. Water Temps - Mid 50's Clarity - 3 feet vis.Fishing has been slow on the American recently. 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. We are definitely working hard for the fish were gotten. On a trip we did a few weeks back we only had one measly salmon for three boats! Fortunately we have had better success this week. 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). With intermittent rain over the next two weeks things should only improve. Steelhead love fresh water that comes from rain run off and the predicted precip should bring even more fish up out of the Sac and into target range. Nymphing has been most productive but swinging is what we love most. For better numbers try[…]

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  • Northern California Fly Fishing Report Jan 16, 2018

    Fly Fishing Specialties Jan 18, 2018 | 17:21 pm

    Northern California Fly Fishing Report Jan 16, 2018 Best Bets: Lower Sac, Truckee or Yuba - Trout, Trinity, Klamath or Coastal - Steelhead, Sierra Foothill LakesAmerican River Steelhead - Poor. Flows - 2,000 cfs at Natomas. Water Temps - Mid 50's Clarity - Clear.The good news for Northern California is that rain is on the way! The American is one of many steelhead rivers that need water to bring on some new chrome. Back on January 1st the upper river above Ancil Hoffman Park opened, but fishing has been hit or miss due to not many fish being in the system. We are definitely working hard for the fish were getting we even got skunked on one recent trip. 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). With intermittent rain over the next two weeks things should only improve. Steelhead love fresh water that comes from rain run off and the predicted precip should bring even more fish up out of the Sac and into target range. Nymphing has been most productive but swinging is what we love most. For better numbers try dropping a nymph and split[…]

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  • Northern California Fly Fishing Report Jan 4, 2018

    Fly Fishing Specialties Jan 17, 2018 | 01:08 am

    Northern California Fly Fishing Report Jan 4, 2018 Best Bets: Lower Sac, Truckee or Yuba - Trout, Trinity or Klamath - SteelheadAmerican River Steelhead - Fair. Flows - 2,000 cfs at Natomas. Water Temps - Mid 50's Clarity - Clear.Fishing has been decent on the American recently. 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 ammount of half pounders and chances each day at larger fish. 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). With intermittent rain over the next two weeks things should only improve. Steelhead love fresh water that comes from rain run off and the predicted precip should bring even more fish up out of the Sac and into target range. 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[…]

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