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  • Truckee River Fly Fishing Report

    Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop Apr 20, 2017 | 23:35 pm

    Truckee River Fly Fishing Report Matt Koles reports on 4.20.17Shitty spring weather, but good fishing. We broke the all time Nor Cal precip record from 82-83 this week. Crazy.The Truckee River watershed has a ton of water. The Truckee River hasbeen hovering between about 3,500-4000 cfs here in the Hirsch. Big, bigwater. We’ve been getting some big, big fish though. Fish of peopleslifetimes really.So be careful out there. No need to wade deep. Fish are right off thebanks. Get enough lead to get your files in the zone. You will loose alot of rigs in the bushes and wood and things. You are fishing the oldbanks.The Little Truckee River is raging too. The whole meadow is essentially all water. The LT has been right around 1000k for a few months now. It isnot easy getting to the river in there. Be careful. If you do get inthere, you will crush.So big water years equal big healthy fish. The size and strength of these fish are unreal right now

  • Eastern Sierra Fly Fishing Report

    Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop Apr 20, 2017 | 23:18 pm

    Eastern Sierra Fly Fishing Report Jim Stimson reports on 4.20.17April is amonth of cool, unsettled conditions and so far it has lived up to itsreputation. The ski area, Mammoth Mountain, just passed the 600 inchmark for snow accumulation this season, over 50 feet of snow! When youfish the Upper Owens the view is amazing, the Sierra is blanketedin white to the base of the valley floors. The run off will be amazingthis spring. I am looking forward to seeing the waterfalls in YosemiteValley this year. The question in everybody’s mind is when are thepasses going to open this season?Again,beware. The ground is saturated from the snow and rain of a long winter. Just assume that anything off road is questionable.Hot CreekThe creek is on the bony side right now as runoff from the high countryhas not quite begun. With the low, clear water, the fish are very spooky yet lethargic from the cold water. There is a nice lunch time hatch ofBWO’s, sized 18’s. Zebra midges, Barr emergers, juju baetis, and scuds will usually elicit a bump. Lower Owens RiverThe flows are above 700cfs and have been for several weeks. The river isspilling its banks and there are sections between Chalk Bluff Road andthe river[…]

  • North Sierra Fly Fishing Report

    Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop Apr 20, 2017 | 23:12 pm

    North Sierra Fly Fishing Report Jon Baiocchi reports on 4.20.17Lake Davis, Frenchman’s Reservoir, Middle Fork FeatherReportLake Davis is about 80% iced out and access is very limited.The Taylorsville – Beckwourth road on the eastside is not plowed past theintersection where Lake Davis road meets. You’ll need snowshoes, cross country skis,or a snowmobile to reach areas like Coot Bay and Mallard Cove. Forget aboutlaunching a boat anytime soon, still nowword on when the main boat ramp,Honker Cove will be plowed. There is still 3 to 5 feet of snow at the lake, andthe current capacity is 109%. The lake is currently flowing out the high waterspillway. If you do plan on fishing, try a blood midge pupa under an indicator,or stripping buggers and wiggle tails in black, brown, and olive. Access on thewestside with a vehicle is totally out of the question at this time.Frenchman’s Reservoir is also in the same condition as LakeDavis but an angler can put a float tube in near the dam, using the same fliesand techniques as described above. There is less snow at Frenchman’s so accesswill be available a little sooner than Lake Davis. The capacity of the lake is 104%, and the spillway has been flowing for a while[…]

  • Deschutes River Fly Fishing Report

    Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop Apr 20, 2017 | 23:01 pm

    Deschutes River Fly Fishing Report Cory Godell reports on 4.20.17Deschutes RiverIt’s that time of year again.As of Saturday all 100 miles of the Lower Deschutes will be open forbusiness. The sections that have already been open have been fishinggood, despite the higher water we’ve had this spring. Out of the dams the flows have dropped to around 6200cfs in the past week, which hasopened up several more spots. Most days starting with a big stone flynymph, trailed by your favorite attractor pattern is your best bet. Then around 1:00pm start watching for fish rising in back eddies or riffles. Most days we have been seeing good March Brown hatches, especially onthe cloudy days. Don’t forget, the start of the salmonfly hatch is just a few short weeks away. The great thing about the bigwinter we’ve had is that it will most definitely extend the length ofthe salmon fly hatch this season well into June. The longer the big bugs are around the better in my opinion.We have just a couple openings left for day trips and one slot left for an over night trip during the salmon fly hatch. So if you don’t want to miss out on the mother of all hatches give a[…]

  • Lower Sacramento Fly Fishing Report

    Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop Apr 20, 2017 | 22:57 pm

    Lower Sacramento Fly Fishing Report Ryan Johnston reports on 4.20.17Right now the Lower Sac is really the only viable option in the NorthValley. The river is currently flowing at 30,000 cfs and has about 2.5feet of visibility. The name of the game is to find soft water and throw whatever your favorite color of egg down the soft edge. If you are willing to work hard then you will be rewardedwith a decent day of fishing. Right now it seems like you can hook about 25+ rainbows a day as you bounce around fishing all of the soft edges.As a guide it is a fun change of pace as we are fishing water that is similar to fishing the Rockies during runoff.The top water bass fishing has finally started with the warmer weatherthat we have had the last couple of weeks. Expect the top water bite tocontinue to improve as we get into May. If you are into the top watergame, and who isn’t, then you need to come check out Luk Lake. This is a cool pay to play fishery in Corning that hassome amazing top water fishing in the late spring. Some of the best topwater fishing that I have encountered.Current Openings:May 2Top[…]

  • Redding Area Fly Fishing Report

    Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop Apr 20, 2017 | 22:36 pm

    Redding Area Fly Fishing Report Wild Waters Fly Fishing reports on 4.20.17Our local waters are still under theinfluence of a wet wet, wet winter and early spring. Our definition offishability has changed a bit. We can’t wait any longer, its time to gofishing. Our best bets in and around Mount Shasta are the LowerSacramento, McCloud Reservoir, and Lake Siskiyou.Also,With the most celebrated holiday of theyear “Opening Weekend” of the McCloud River just over a week away, itstime to get ready for that annual pilgrimage.The Lower Sacramento inRedding is  running at 30,000 cfs, with some greenish brown water. Itlooks pretty rough out there… but its spring and springtime on the Lower Sac is as good as it gets. Regardless of the flows and color change,its fishing as good as can be expected. Chuck has been out there mostdays this week and reports plenty of fish being caught.The McCloud Reservoir is seldom showcased on ourfishing reports but is always a surprising underdog. This place is avirtual fish factory and a wonderful place to not only catch a bunch offish, take kids fishing, but even a great place to harvest a coupletrout for dinner. We had some grand fun with these kids and were able to bring our[…]

  • Pyramid Lake Fly Fishing Report

    Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop Apr 20, 2017 | 22:29 pm

    Pyramid Lake Fly Fishing Report John Fochetti reports on 4.20.17Fishing has been really good one day and sucked the next. The weather does not seem to be making that much of a difference. Onething I can say for sure is that it’s crazy crowded out there. Mostpeople are fishing just a few spots. My advice would be to try a beachthat doesn’t have 100 anglers on it. You will have a better chance ofcatching that 20 plus pounder if there are only a few rods on the beach. Nymphing with midges in sizes 8-12 has been the most effective. Color seems tochange on a daily basis. Some days red, others are black, and some daysbrown. Experiment with your colors including the bead. the colors havebeen making a difference lately. Another thing to mess around with is your depth, the lake has come up a good5-6 feet in the past few months. So places you were fishing at 6 feetdeep you may need to try a bit deeper. Moving over ten feet to your left can make a huge difference. If you get borednymphing or it isn’t working, try stripping some buggers and beetles.The old standards are working just fine; midnight cowboy wooly worms and popcorn beetles.–[…]

  • Surf and Bay Fly Fishing Report

    Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop Apr 14, 2017 | 01:01 am

    Surf and Bay Fly Fishing Report Lost Coast Outfitters reports on 4.16.17Steve Hegedus landed this beauty this am in Marin. The Bay continues to slowly clear and improve. The water clarity will vary day to day and the fish roam everyday too. Find bait and you’ll find stripers. The bigger fish from the Delta are on their way out to the ocean now so don’t be too shocked if you find a couple 5+ pounders in between the schoolies. Tip of the week: Not all beaches are created equal. Some fish better incoming, some outgoing. You’ll learn more about structure walking a beach at low tide but often need to return at high tide to find fish pushed up and feeding over previously dry ground.Haven’t heard much from the surf lately. Too much wind I’d say. Plenty of surf perch to be had and the beginnings of big stripers hunting in the waves. When you get a calm day with low swell get out. Don’t be afraid to hit up Monterey Bay…

  • Delta Fly Fishing Report

    Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop Apr 13, 2017 | 21:54 pm

    Delta Fly Fishing Report Bryce Tedford reports on 4.13.17The fishing has been steadily improving but weather has been creatingchallenges. The striper bite has been improving & we are seeing more fish in the 4-6# range which is a lot of fun! Clarity in the main Delta has greatly improved as well & we are seeing water temperaturesaround 60 degrees. My guests have been fishing chartreuse/white clouserminnows in the 4-6" range & rattle flies seem to help when clarityis an issue. Most stripers caught this week were found in central Deltaarea in 5-15’ of water & 10’ is what I target the most with type 6sinking lines. We seem to be in a classic spring weather system of oneday rain & the next sunny, if you can find a day with decent weather & lower winds then get out & enjoy. The Delta is beautiful this time of year & the potential is always there for some great fish!

  • Putah Creek Fly Fishing Report

    Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop Apr 13, 2017 | 20:10 pm

    Putah Creek Fly Fishing Report Richard Loft reports on 3.11.17Hey everyone its really good to be back on the water again and now theflows are at a level I can wade at last! The flows were at about (751cfs) today so overall a great day to be on the water. I had 2clients for almost 8 hours so I was excited to have these guys for afull day as that it gives me an opportunity to help them work on theircasting accuracy and drifting the fly right in that slot where I suspect a fish might be holding. We started at the bridge just working oncasting and not casting in the overhanging trees. The water is stillvery high at 751cfs and that puts most of us on the edges i.e.-under a tree,so it takes a few to get your groove on and not in a bush every cast.We stayed for an hour and moved down a few spots, and started getting afew grabs here and there- some grabs bigger than others.  I want to talk about leaders and really paying attention to leader length. I want toemphasize this: too short and not long enough to drag bottom, you’regoing to drift right over the heads fish[…]