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  • Fly Fishing Specialties Aug 6, 2017 | 12:29 pm

    Northern California Fly Fishing Report – August 5, 2017Best Bets: American - Striper, Lower Sac - trout,                   Delta - Smallmouth or Oroville Smallmouth/Largemouth                                     American River Striper– Good. Shad – Fair Steelhead – Poor. Flows – 3,500 CFS at Fair Oaks. Temp.  – high 50's to low 60. Water clarity – GoodThe American continues to fish quite well for Striper. The shad are dwindling so striper are spreading out. Water is clear right now and this is making for some exciting fishing. Seeing a nice fish stock your fly before attacking it in a mad rush is awesome. This last week we had some real hogs follow 4 to 6 lb fish to the boat. Talk about getting your heart rate going!Best flies continue to be Byng’s Bait fish in white/chartreuse, Toby’s American River Rainbow Clouser,  Angels Smolt, Angels Chartreuse and White on sinking lines.In addition to striper there are some half pounders in the system and we have had a few adult steelhead sightings.Call the shop at (916)722-1055 or Off the Hook fly fishing directly at (707)287-2939 to set up a striper or shad trip on the American.Delta Stiper- Poor Water Temp 60. Water Clarity – Good to great. North Delta Smallmouth - Good Water Clarity[…]

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  • Fly Fishing Specialties Aug 6, 2017 | 11:21 am

    Northern California Fly Fishing Report – July 27, 2017Best Bets: American - Striper, Lower Sac - trout, Feather - Steelhead, Delta - Smallmouth                                     American River Striper– Good. Shad – Fair Steelhead – Poor to Fair. Flows – 3,500 CFS at Fair Oaks. Temp.  – high 50's to low 60. Water clarity – GoodThe American has fished quite well the last couple weeks for Striper and Shad. Things are changing right now though. First lets look at the shad fishing. Fish are thinning out a bit and the best fishing has been in the evening. Best fly has been Bloody Maria. Things are definitely on the decline and shad will begin heading back to the ocean soon. Now is the time to get out and hit them before they're gone. We continue to have good striper numbers here on the river. Every year we see an interesting phenomenon. The large fish have been feasting on the shad for weeks. We have seen some real pigs cruising around and swiping at smaller striper and shad that are hooked up. Once the shad leave, striper tend to spread out and go on a about a two week terror hitting flies with heightened. After the two weeks or so is over[…]

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  • Fly Fishing Specialties Jul 26, 2017 | 21:42 pm

    Northern California Fly Fishing Report – June 29, 2017Best Bets: American - Striper and Shad, Lower Sac and McCloud - trout, Feather - Steelhead, Delta - Smallmouth and Yuba - Shad!                                      American River Striper– Great, Shad – Good Steelhead – Poor to Fair. Flows – 5,000 CFS at Fair Oaks. Temp.  – 57 to 60 Degrees. Water clarity – Very clearThe American has fished quite well the last couple weeks for Striper and Shad. We have been having some awesome striper numbers on the lower river  and clients have been boating upwards of 50 fish per boat on guide days! Water is clear and this is making for some exciting fishing. Seeing a nice fish stock your fly before attacking it in a rush is awesome. It is time to go now as fish are on the move and will be heading up river soon. Best flies have been Byng’s Bait fish in white/chartreuse, Toby’s American River Rainbow Clouser,  Angels Smolt, Angels Chartreuse and White on sinking lines.Shad fishing continues to be good although things have been  a bit busy on the upper river.  Our guides have been doing Sailor to Sunrise and those in boats are catching most fish[…]

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  • Northern California Fly Fishing Report – June 17, 2017

    Fly Fishing Specialties Jun 18, 2017 | 13:26 pm

    Northern California Fly Fishing Report – June 17, 2017 Best Bets... American(shad/striper), McCloud, Hat Creek(trout) or Lower Yuba (shad!!!)American River  Striper – Great  Shad – Great  Flows 6,400 cfs Water Temp high 50’s degrees. Water Clarity – clearShad are everywhere on the American and striper are too. Both are being caught with good regularity. Flows are still high and wading can be difficult but those fishing out of a drift or jet boat are having good success. For striper stripping flies on sinking lines is the name of the game. Traditionally good flies for this time of year will be Byng’s Bait fish in white/chartreuse, Toby’s American River Rainbow Clouser and the Stay Hungry Streamer in gray/white. Shad have been taking Bloody Marias and Bernie’s Bangers along with Spasmodiam 335 and Reanimator Shaddis. Swinging sinking tips or 4 or 5 weight switch rod is our favorite way to get them. Stop by the shop for the complete list of striper and shad patterns that are currently getting it done. Fishing has been best early and late for shad and striper on most days but just because the light is on the water is not reason to leave especially for shad. If you find them they will usually eat and where you find one you[…]

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  • Northern California Fly Fishing Report – June 2, 2017

    Fly Fishing Specialties Jun 3, 2017 | 11:17 am

    Northern California Fly Fishing Report – June 2, 2017                                                                             Best Bets... American(shad/striper), McCloud, Hat Creek or Lower Sac(trout) or Lower Yuba (shad!!!)American River – Good  Flows 6,400 cfs Water Temp high 50’s degrees. Water Clarity – slight colorStriper and shad are a go on the American right now. Flows are still high and wading can be difficult but those fishing out of a drift or jet boat are having good success. For striper stripping flies on sinking lines is the name of the game. Traditionally good flies for this time of year will be Byng’s Bait fish in white/chartreuse, Toby’s American River Rainbow Clouser and the Stay Hungry Streamer in gray/white. Shad are being caught in the usual spots.  They will take flies that are swung or nymphed so there are options for how to get them. Stop by the shop for the complete list of striper and shad patterns that are currently getting it done.If you are looking forward to striper or shad fishing on the American and would like some professional help give us a call at (707)287-2939 916)722-8594 at the shop. We have some of the very best most patient and competent[…]

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  • Fly Fishing Specialties May 10, 2017 | 15:02 pm

    Northern California Fly Fishing Report – May 9, 2017                                                                            Best Bets... McCloud, Hat Creek or Lower SacAmerican River – ?  Flows 14,200 cfs Water Temp high 50’s degrees. Water Clarity – Off colorStriper should be should be up in the American although no good reports yet. We're not exactly sure how all this rain will affect the timing of their migration this season. However judging by how things are really picking up on the Delta, it shouldn't be too long. When they do arrive, stripping flies on sinking lines is the name of the game. Traditionally good flies for this time of year will be Byng’s Bait fish in white/chartreuse, Toby’s American River Rainbow Clouser and the Stay Hungry Streamer in gray/white. We are looking forward to shad fishing this season as well. Stay tuned in late May for things to get going. Shad will take flies that are swung or nymphed so there are options for how to get them.If you are looking forward to striper or shad fishing on the American and would like some professional help give us a call at (707)287-2939 916)722-8594[…]

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  • Fly Fishing Specialties Apr 23, 2017 | 07:18 am

    Northern California Fly Fishing Report – April 4, 2017                                      Best Bets... Truckee, Pyramid and Delta!American – Poor  Flows 8,500 cfs Water Temp high 50’s degrees. Water Clarity – Off colorSteelhead fishing continues to be challenging on the American due to high water. Our guides were out two weeks ago and landed some fish but it has been scratching and clawing for them. Recent rains have the flows even higher than last report. Nymphing has fished best on the periphery. It is still not safe wading at this point. We don’t recommend wading above 3,500 cfs and even drifts can be a bit sketchy. Steelheading is tapering off and it may not come back in shape in time to fish again this year. All the water is good for future fishing so we can’t complain. Shad and striper should be showing before long. Key dates are opening up for both. Call the shop at (916)722-1055 or Off the Hook directly at (707)287-2939 to reserve yours.Delta Stiper – Fair Water Temp high 50’s degrees. Water Clarity – MuddyStriper fishing continues to be a little challenging on[…]

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  • Fly Fishing Specialties Apr 23, 2017 | 07:18 am

    Northern California Fly Fishing Report – April 22, 2017                                      Best Bets... Delta, Truckee or PyramidAmerican – Poor  Flows 14,200 cfs Water Temp high 50’s degrees. Water Clarity – Off colorStriper should be showing up in the American soon. We're not exactly sure how all this rain will affect the timing of their migration this season. However judging by how things are really picking up on the Delta, it shouldn't be too long. When they do arrive stripping flies on sinking lines is the name of the game. Traditionally good flies for this time of year will be Byng’s Bait fish in white/chartreuse, Toby’s American River Rainbow Clouser and the Stay Hungry Streamer in gray/white. We are looking forward to shad fishing this season as well. Stay tuned in late May for things to get going. Shad will take flies that are swung or nymphed.If you are looking forward to striper or shad fishing on the American and would like some professional help give us a call at (707)287-2939 916)722-8594 at the shop. We have some of the very best most patient and competent guides around. Let us[…]

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  • Fly Fishing Specialties Mar 25, 2017 | 11:37 am

    Northern California Fly Fishing Report – March 24, 2017                                      Best Bets... Truckee, Pyramid and Delta!American – Poor  Flows 4,200 cfs Water Temp high 50’s degrees. Water Clarity – slight colorSteelhead fishing continues to be challenging on the American due to high water. Our guides have been out this week and landed some fish but it has been scratching and clawing for them. Nymphing has fished best on the periphery. It is still not safe wading at this point. We don’t recommend wading above 3,500 cfs and even drifts can be a bit sketchy. Steelheading would be tapering of even in ideal conditions so it may not come back in shape in time to fish this year. All the water is good for future fishing so we can’t complain.Delta Stiper – Fair to Good Water Temp high 50’s degrees. Water Clarity – MuddyStriper fishing continues to be challenging on the Delta although we’re still getting a dozen to 25+ fish per trip. Captain Bryce Tedford had nearly 30 fish in the boat this week! Most keepers have been 3 to 5 lbs with an[…]

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  • Northern California Fly Fishing Report January 27, 2016

    Fly Fishing Specialties Jan 30, 2017 | 19:47 pm

    Northern California Fly Fishing Report January 27, 2016 We are thankful for all the rain we have been getting here in Northern California and what it means in the long run. It has unfortunately had an adverse affect on current fishing conditions, however this is all temporary. Lots of water in California is a welcome change to the drought conditions that we experienced in recent memory. Enjoy this wet fishing report everybody!Best Bets - Trinity River Steelhead or Truckee River trout.American River – Poor   Flows – 9,000 cfs out of Natomas but dropping. Water temps – Low to Mid 50’s to Water clarity – brown.The American is still a no-go. The rains have stopped but like so many of our rivers the dams above filled with muddy water and are now spilling it onto the rivers. Folsom lake is adding water the color of a latte into the river and releases have it coursing beyond the safe limits for wading and boating. We suggest not fishing it until things clear up a bit and the flows are down around 3,500. This should happen in the next one to two weeks.Call (707)287-2939 or the shop at (916)722-8594 to check on current conditions or to reserve a trip on one of the other great options[…]

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