Napa River Fly Fishing Guides

The Napa River here in California's sunny Napa Valley offers Spring, Summer and Fall fly fishing for striped bass right here in wine country.

Allow us the pleasure of providing some memorable fly fishing to your Napa Valley vacations plans. No prior experience or personal gear is required.

Napa River striper are hard fighting fish sure to put a smile on your face.Napa River striper are hard fighting fish sure to put a smile on your face.
Along with wild trout on Putah Creek, guests in the Napa Valley have access to some great fly fishing for Steelhead on the Russian River striped bass right here on the Napa River.

The Napa River flows through the heart of the Napa Valley. In its lower reaches it is a tidal influenced river with a healthy population of stripped bass. They run from 14 to 28" and vary from a pound or two all the way up to 10 to 15 lbs.
If you would like to escape and experience great fly fishing here in Napa then keep reading... or Call (530)242-4122 during business hours or (707)287-2939 any time for a current fishing reports, river conditions and information. Dates fill up quickly so don't delay. You may also send us an email at, or fill out our Online Trip Request Form.

We look forward assisting in helping you escape to the outdoors right here in the Napa Valley's Napa River.

Seasons on the Napa River

March, April and May - Early Spring in Napa can be quite wet with much of the yearly precipitation coming in January, February and March. These increased spring flows along with tidal influences can leave the river very murky and not ideal fly fishing conditions. By May however river flows have slowed and the river begins to clear. Spring is not the peak season by any means however as long as river clarity is conducive we generally can still find some of the smaller resident fish (14 to 20" range).

June, July and August- Starting in June fishing conditions and weather begin to produce good conditions for fishing which continue all Summer long. We generally don't find many of larger Fall fish (6 to 10 lbs)however we frequently find good numbers of the smaller and medium sized "schoolies". All through the dog days of Summer we have fun targeting these hard pulling line siders on 6 and 7 wt rods. There are opportunities for top water fishing at the beginning and end of the day.

Summer striper are a blast on the fly1Summer striper are a blast on the fly.

September, October and November - Beginning in September fishing begins to improve and builds all the way through the end of November. Larger concentrations of big fish are caught as we get closer to Thanksgiving. Most years the first heavy rain which happens around the end of the month slows everything down. This is the time to target both good size and numbers of fish. November is our favorite month to fish for striper on the Napa River.
Fall fish are fat and strong and will test your tackle and skill.Fall fish are fat and strong and will test your tackle and skill.

December, January and February - December, January and February are generally less productive than September to November. There are fish in the system and we do get out this time and catch a few however the high murky waters due to rain make it hard for fish to see our flies. As long as the weather and water clarity allow we fish!

The Fishing

As far as fishing on the Napa River goes our guides are Coast Guard approved captains. They have put in the hours that it takes to learn a fishery like this. They generally fish from outboard boats equipped with a center console and modern electronics. This allows us to maneuver the labyrinth of canals, sloughs and bays safely in search of fish and have room for our clients to cast. We utilize fish finders to locate fish, schools of bait and equally important to search for the right structure and depth where fish are likely to be. Fly fishing for striper involves lots of casting and stripping. Anglers intent on fishing them should be proficient at casting or at least willing to learn and aware that there will be lots of it involved.

Most of our fishing is done from The Oxbow Public Market in downtown Napa all the way to the southern sloughs and main channel near Mare Island, Vallejo.

Napa River striper Charter Rates

Full Day ChartersConsist of 8 hours of guided fishing and instruction with lunch and drinks provided - $550 (1 or 2 anglers)

Half Day Charters available upon request $425 but do not include lunch (1 or 2 anglers)

If you would like to book a Napa River striper experience for yourself call 707-287-2939. We are also available via email at should you prefer to correspond in this way. We will be happy to reserve some fly fishing to break up the wine tasting and good eats in Napa.

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