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Nor Cal Fly Guides

  • January 2018 Fishing Report

    Nor Cal Fly Guides Fly Fishing Report Jan 17, 2018 | 14:53 pm

    January 2018 Fishing Report Happy New Years Everyone,What a crazy end of 2017 with the driest December on record and then to start the 2018 season out with a bang on the American, Yuba, Feather and Trinity Rivers. With spats of rain here and there things are slowly getting better, and with more rain in the near future fishing will only get better. Personally Im really looking forward to late winter early spring.TrinityFishing: Winter steelhead fishingClarity: clearFlows: Lewiston 300, DC 400, JC 530, Del Loma 930 flows on the dropDespite the lack of rain there is still some fishing be had. The fall fish are still swimming around, and are taking a bit longer than normal to make their way to the hatchery, while this is going on, the winter fish are slowly trickling in as well. We are seeing a few more wild winter fish over the last week, which is a site for sore eyes and with more rain over the next few weeks, they will continue to be in. The fishing is tough, hooking 2-5 fish a day, but this is your typical winter steelhead fishing conditions, but if you willing to work hard you will be rewarded with a few[…]

  • Nov Fishing Report, Special Treat......and a bit more

    Nor Cal Fly Guides Fly Fishing Report Nov 13, 2017 | 19:22 pm

    Nov Fishing Report, Special Treat......and a bit more Hello Ladies and GentsWell its been a while since my last report, my sincerest apologies, this was by far the busiest fall I have had since I started guiding in Feb 2009. From mid August to now its been non stop guiding all throughout Nor Cal, and the fishing this fall was the best we have seen in years. What I am hoping is that most of you were able to get out on the water and enjoy the fishing as much as we did. It was one to definitely remember and I really hope to see you on the water next fall, just remember to book well in advance if you are looking to book between August and Nov, this year I had nothing available in Oct starting the beginning of Sept.As I type the rain is coming down and with that bringing more fish (winter steelhead) into the system. Fishing continues to be fair to good across the North State and with small amounts of rain in the future forecast the winter fishing is going to be pretty darn good. The ReportFeatherFishing - GoodClarity - Low flow 3ft slightly brown High flow 6ft milky clearFlows- Low flow  High flow[…]

  • August Fishing Report ..... Its Almost Fall.....

    Nor Cal Fly Guides Fly Fishing Report Aug 11, 2017 | 19:15 pm

    August Fishing Report ..... Its Almost Fall..... Hello Fellow AnglersWow, what a crazy fishing season we have had this year, between crazy high flows and the above normal high temps, its been an interested one when getting out on the water, ones with an open mind and willing to put in the time, seem to be the ones into fish. Even now the flows on some Sac Valley rivers are making it tough for wading, but despite the temps and flows the fishing has been fair to good, and with fall knocking at our door the fishing is and will only get better. With that said, fall will be here sooner than you think, and if you are thinking of booking a fall trip, I still have some prime dates remaining for the "EGG BITE" as well as dates for some great fall swinging, if to swing is your thing.Here is your Nor Cal Fly Guides Fishing ReportAmerican River:Flows - 3600cfsClarity - ClearFishing - Fair to GoodThe shad are finally gone, YYEEEEESSSSSS!!!!! This means that its time for striper fishing again, and it has been getting better over the past few weeks. We are seeing the typically shakers, but a few bigger fish from 3-7lbs have been[…]

  • Spring Fishing Report and a bit more...(BAJA)

    Nor Cal Fly Guides Fly Fishing Report Apr 26, 2017 | 14:40 pm

    Spring Fishing Report and a bit more...(BAJA) Hello Everyone,WOW, what a start to the 2017 fishing season. All we can say is water, water and more water. Oh and more water to come. Hopefully the rainy season is behind us, and only good fishing to come.This year has been a bit challenging, especially on local water. The opener on the American was the worst in years, the Feather was brown due to the damage to the dam, the Yuba was high and brown as well, everything was high and brown, even the Lower Sac. The only fishable water that kept me busy was the Trinity, but even that is now flowing to high. So you may be asking, is there anything fishable right now, and  the answer is yes and thats soon to come. For those that typically book fall/winter trips, I would highly recommend booking well in advance, the sooner the better. This fall is going to be one to remember, and I hope to be able to experience it with you. With the amount of water that we have, with plenty more to come, we will have plenty of water for fall fishing, and the water temps are going to be very favorable for the fish.[…]

  • Febuary 2017 Fishing Report

    Nor Cal Fly Guides Fly Fishing Report Feb 9, 2017 | 13:41 pm

    Febuary 2017 Fishing Report Hello fellow anglers,This year has been a crazy wet mess so I hope all of you have stayed safe and dry while mother nature shows us her fury. With this wet season, most of you know it has left almost all of Northern California blown out and to high to fish. With more coming down, it doesn't look like the Sac Valley will clear up anytime soon. However, there has been a glimmer of hope, which I will talk about shortly. I will have to say, I am super excited and really looking forward to our spring to fall fishing with all the snow we have in the mountains. What this awesome snow pack means is a longer spring as well as a great summer and fall fishing with lots of cold water for the fish to thrive and for us to play. Even though things do not look so great right now, come late spring, summer and fall, its going to be great. So hang in there. If you are looking to get out now...........here ya go...............Fishing Report:Well this one is pretty easy, all rivers are blown and unfishable except for one.........Trinity River:The Trinity has been the saving grace[…]

  • Dec/Jan Fishing Report

    Nor Cal Fly Guides Fly Fishing Report Dec 19, 2016 | 16:01 pm

    Dec/Jan Fishing Report Happy Holidays Everyone,Well as most of you know, we have received a ton of rain over the past week or two and it has done some good things as well as some not so good things to the our rivers, lakes and streams. The good: The reservoirs are filling up nicely, the snow pack is looking pretty good, and with more water flowing down the rivers, the winter fishing is looking to be pretty good after the beginning of the year.The not so good:As of right now, most of the Sac Valley Rivers are blown out, but don't worry, in a few short weeks, they will be back to fishing level as well as fishing clarity.Here is your local fishing reportTrinity River:Clarity: Good to getting perfectFlows:Lewiston - 300cfs steadyBucktail - 500cfs and droppingDouglas City - 775cfs and droppingJunction City - 1600cfs and droppingWow, the past few weeks on the Trinity have been extremely good to Nor Cal Fly Guides clients. While others have been working hard to find fish, we have consistently hooked a half a dozen adults on a daily basis, with my last 2 days up there hooking 16 adults and landing 8 of them, this being right after the[…]

  • Fall Fishing Report and a bit more

    Nor Cal Fly Guides Fly Fishing Report Oct 5, 2016 | 19:41 pm

    Fall Fishing Report and a bit more Hey FolksA real quick info update, if you are looking to email me please use the following email address: is the new email address for Nor Cal Fly Guides and I look forward to hearing from you.On to the fishing report:Well, over the past few weeks, the fishing in Nor Cal has really turned on. The salmon are showing up in good numbers, some are starting to spawn and you know what that means, its "EGG BITE TIME". With cooler temps to come, the fishing will only get better, which is hard to believe as the fishing is pretty darn good right now.Feather RiverRating: Good to GreatFlow: 800cfs in Low FlowTemp: mid 50'sClarity: ClearThe Feather has really turned on in the past week, and that's mainly due to the large push of salmon over the past few weeks. With many redds being built, and even a few salmon paired up and more salmon showing up, its only going to get better. We are seeing some quality steelhead spread throughout the Low Flow Section, and the majority of them are taking an egg imitation. While the "egg bite" isn't on fire yet, they are eating the egg on a regular basis, give it another week and the fish will be egg[…]

  • June Nor Cal Fishing Report

    Nor Cal Fly Guides Fly Fishing Report Jun 9, 2016 | 18:41 pm

    June Nor Cal Fishing Report Happy June Everyone,Wow, where has this year gone, April was EPIC, May was here and gone with some more great fishing, now we are in June and the fishing is really good too. I know I say this a lot, but you should really be out on the water and enjoying some great fishing.Here is your Local June Fishing Report:Feather:Man when things started to look dim, the Feather comes back and shines like it always does, and it continues to give us some really nice days on the water. If you want to get into some late spring and early summer run steelhead, well look no further than the Feather. We are seeing good numbers of half pounders up to 18" as well as a good handful of adults up to 26". Hooking 10 to 12 fish a day is the daily scene, and not hard to do, and if you are not careful you can hook many many more. Just recently we had a day where we hooked 20+ fish, can you say sign me up. Dont know how much longer this will last, but with the low flow at 1700cfs and running cold, salmon showing up daily, and[…]

  • May 2016 Fishing Report and a bit more

    Nor Cal Fly Guides Fly Fishing Report May 5, 2016 | 18:35 pm

    May 2016 Fishing Report and a bit more Hello Fellow Anglers,Boy, April was one crazy month, the fishing on the Lower Sac was and still is absolutely EPIC, the Feather had some great fishing at the beginning of the month, then when the word got out, the fishing tightened up a bit, but that's fishing pressure for you. With rain still coming down every now and then, and the snow pack still needing to melt, May as well as June and even the late summer months are going to be great.                                                                                                         Lower Sac:Even though its a bit of a drive, it is well worth it. I have been spending a good amount of time on this river because the fishing is almost to good to believe. Hooking 25 to 35 fish a day is the norm, with fish ranging from 16 to 26". Nymphing with rubberlegs, caddis, pmds and other mayfly patters has been the main game, but if[…]

  • March/April 2016 Fishing Report

    Nor Cal Fly Guides Fly Fishing Report Mar 11, 2016 | 15:19 pm

    March/April 2016 Fishing Report Hello Everyone,This is the first time doing a blog, so bare with me while I get things up and running. Well it looks like the weather has finally come in, mainly the rain and the snow, but some wind as well, and it has been dumping a bunch all throughout Nor Cal. The reservoirs are filling up fast, and things are really looking up for this years water/fishing season. The tough part with all of this is the ever fluctuating river flows, river clarity and over all fishing conditions. It hasnt given us a big number of fishing days this year, but when it has been time to get out and fish, the fishing has been good. With these rains, comes the fish, really looking forward to April, May, June and the remaining season.American:Currently flowing at 15k , and with more rain in the forecast, I think its only going to get higher. Folsom is over 60% full, and with that, what ever flows in must flow out. A law that was created over 30 years ago is still in place, and once Folsom reaches 60% during winter months, the flood gates open up to help with flood control. Right now[…]