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  • Northern California Fly Fishing Report May 16, 2019

    Fly Fishing Specialties May 16, 2019 | 19:18 pm

    Northern California Fly Fishing Report May 16, 2019 Water water everywhere...Good fishing to be had despite higher than normal flows. It is going to be a great Summer and Fall as a result. Time to get out and take advantage of all the opportunities. Best bets; Lower Sac, Pit River or McCloud, Fall River - Trout,  American and Yuba River - Shad, Lake Berryessa, Oroville and Clear Lake - Bass. Lake Almanor - Trout and Smallmouth Bass - Good to GreatRating:Good to greatFlows: NaWater Temps: 55 to 60 DegClarity: 8 to 20 ftFishing Report: It is finally warming up!! Smallmouth are on a tear!! there are lots of reds already but plenty of pre-spawn bass. Please stay away from those spawning fish. Clouser minnows and crawdad patterns have been best. The Chironomid hatch is also in full swing. Rainbows are taking them in open water. Lots of rising fish in areas where the hatch is heaviest. Best flies have been #14 to 16 Mercury Midge however just about any midge will do.Guide Tip: Look for the Rising Bows when you're looking for Trout the Pre-Spawn Bass have been Hanging near the areas there planning on Spawning. If you see Spawning Bass just go to the nearest Drop off.American River - Shad -[…]

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  • Northern California Fly Fishing Report - April 12, 2019

    Fly Fishing Specialties Apr 12, 2019 | 15:29 pm

    Northern California Fly Fishing Report - April 12, 2019 Spring seems to have finally arrived here in Northern California. With it some much needed fishing time for us and our guests. Several waters are still closed however the general trout season opener is right around the corner! For now there are a few good year round trout options to go with good striper and red hot bass fishing!Best bets; Delta - Striper, Lake Berryessa, Clear Lake - Bass, Truckee - Trout, Trinity -Steelhead, Pyramid - CutthroatsAmerican River- SteelheadRating: FairFlows: 10kClarity: Gin on the rocksAnglers are surprisingly catching a fair number of steelhead.  Fresh chrome fish are still entering the system.  This is abnormal but no one is complaining about steelhead fishing in April. The fish are reacted well to swung flies.  Classic flies have been producing.  Try a Anderson’s Euphoria or a Thalken's Tiny Dancer. Shad season is just around the corner.  The end of the month the river should be full of fish.  High water years make really good shad runs.  On their tails are the stripers.  This is going to one heck of a shad/striper year in the Sacramento valley.Guide Tip: Make sure to be in a boat at 10k. There isn’t a lot of on foot access right[…]

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  • Northern California Fly Fishing Report - Dec 1, 2018

    Fly Fishing Specialties Dec 6, 2018 | 14:51 pm

    Northern California Fly Fishing Report - Dec 1, 2018 Winter arrived this last week and with it some much needed rain fall and snow in the high country. This new moisture is sure to get our anadromous friends moving in our Northern California rivers. After reading the report if anything hits your hot button, give us a call at (530)242-4122 or (707)287-2939. We will be happy to help set up some productive winter fishing. Click here to see what some of our recent guests have said... Our gift certificates for guided trips make great Christmas presents. Perhaps a not so subtle hint is in order? For more info on giving and receiving the gift of fly fishing click here...We want to say thank you to those of you who fished with us this year. We are already looking forward to 2019. There is still some good fishing to be had between now and then. Wishing you all the best.Merry Christmas from our Family to yours!Best Bets: Trinity, Klamath, Upper and Lower Sac, Yuba, Feather and Pyramid Lake NVAmerican River Steelhead - Poor to Fair. Striper - Poor. Shad - Poor Water Temps - mid 50's.  Flows 1,900 at Fair Oaks. Clarity - FairStill not much to report here. Some half pounders and adult fish pushed up into the hatchery[…]

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  • Northern California Fly Fishing Report Sept 28, 2018

    Fly Fishing Specialties Oct 2, 2018 | 20:37 pm

    Northern California Fly Fishing Report Sept 28, 2018 Fall is already "in the air" in the Northern California high country. This signals the approach of our favorite time of year. From trout and bass to steelhead and striper. The best fishing of the year is knocking on the door. We are really looking forward to making some great memories this Fall with you. After reading the report if anything hits your hot button give us a call at (530)242-4122 or (707)287-2939. Click here to see what some of our recent guests have said...Best Bets: McCloud River, Pit River, Putah Creek, Upper and Lower Sac - Trout, Lower Yuba River - Trout, Lake Almanor - Trout and Bass, Delta and Napa River - StriperAmerican River Striper - Poor, Steelhead - Fair to Poor. Striper - Fair. Water Temps - High 50's to low 60's.  Flows fluctuating daily from1,800 to 2,200 cfs from Lake Natoma. Clarity - Good (10 to 12 ft)Still not much to report here. Some half pounder action and a few adults along with a few straggler few striper around. Our sights will be set on Steelhead going into Fall and Winter. It is nice to have this fishery in our back yards during Fall and upcoming holiday season. Steehead Nymphs: Birds Nests 10 -14,[…]

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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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