Northern California Fly Fishing Report – Mar 3, 2017

Best Bets - Trinity Steelhead, Truckee River Trout, Pyramid Lake Cutthroats.

Delta Stiper - Poor to Fair Water Temp high 50’s degrees. Water Clarity – Muddy

Striper fishing continues to be tough on the Delta. Lots of rain and cold water have flooded the delta bringing brown water and very difficult conditions. Only the very hardiest of anglers have been going out right recently, but things can only improve. If you go use patterns that push water (1/0-2/0) with a rattle down low and slow.

Most days anglers are struggling to catch fish however Captain Bryce Tedford had a nice day this week with 20 fish to the boat including this fish above.

We will have to see what happens when the snow run off begins shortly however we are hoping/planning to be at it full tilt by mid March. With all the water it is going to be a good year on the Delta.

Call now to reserve your Spring days for March, April and May. Call the shop at (916)722-1055 or Off the Hook at (707)287-2939 to get out with Maury, Bryce and Toby for some memorable striper action this season

Napa River – Poor. Flows – average, Water temps - 60’s. Water clarity – Stained

We are thankful for all the rain we have been getting, but it is definitely having an effect on the fishing. There are opportunities for fishing in between the storms however it takes at least a week without heavy rain before things improve.

We had two reports of anglers catching a few fish last week. Nothing huge but it sure beats not fishing at all!

We are looking forward to good Spring and Summer fishing in the Napa Valley. Stay tuned for updated reports, or give us a call at (707)287-2939 for current information.

Putah Creek – Open Flows – 3,000 CFS. Temps - high 50’s. Water clarity – Green

Flows on Putah Creek are slowly dropping and are currently around 3,000 cfs. Recent rain caused a beautiful sight recently as heavy rains made history and water spilled into the glory hole on Feb 17 giving the creek a much needed flush. We are hoping that much of the heavy siltation caused by two summers of fires and the subsequent heavy runoff years will have been cleared out.

We are excited to see what all this water has done to the creek. There is still some rain to come but given the current rate at which the water is dropping it should be fishable by mid March. This will be just in time to celebrate all the water and greenery with some frosty green beverages!
Good spring fishing should be just around the corner, so Reserve your Spring Putah trip today! Call us at (707)287-2939 or at the shop at (916)722-1055.

Guide tip: “Wait until the water is below 1,000 cfs and be careful when wading. A wading staff and inflatable life jacket would be wise this time of year… oh and go fish Pyramid.”

Pyramid Lake Nevada - Great!!! Temps - high 50’s. Water clarity – 3 feet

During the closure many anglers and guides were getting stir crazy waiting for the re opening of the land of the giants. The closure actually provided a much needed break and things have reopened with a bang! The lake has come up almost two vertical feet of fresh water and the fishing has been very much worth the wait. The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe did a great job in doing all they can to get the lake back open early as possible and they have enacted a partial opening to accommodate anglers. The lake is currently open from North Nets to Shotdog and all the beaches are fishing tremendously with big fish coming from all beaches. We have over 30 reports of fish over ten pounds being caught since the re opening. Indicators and stripping have both been producing numbers and trophies equally. For the indicator Midges in black and wine sizes 10-6 then balanced leeches in black, olive, grey, and brown, sizes 6-2 have all caught big fish this last week. Vary your depth until you find fish. Each beach will be different. The strip bite with popcorn beetles or a boobie paired with your favorite wooly, clouser, Leech or baitfish pattern. Having one dark and one bright fly is always a great start. They haven't been particularly picky but don't be afraid to change colors and depths to find the fish it will be different day to day and beach to beach. With that said many of the beaches have changed from the flood and the quick rise of water so just be observant when driving, walking, and wading. Stay warm and dry the water temperatures are about 46.5 degrees. It may be a little chilly but the fishing has been plenty worth it. With all the new fresh water and high flows of the Truckee were are starting to anticipate the water staying a little cooler longer into the season. Hopefully prolonging the time of year we all love to fish. From now for the next couple months is the time to get out.

Now is the time to drop everything and beat feet for Pyramid! Call today to reserve one of our top guides on this amazing fishery. The fish of a lifetime awaits…
Russian River Poor Flows – Too high but dropping. Temps - high 60’s. Water clarity – 1 foot of visibility but clearing.
The Russian was just coming into shape in January when it blew out. It has been high and swift ever since but the river is currently dropping and with fingers crossed we are hoping to get a crack at fishing it in March. It looks like it could be a good Spring on the Russian!!
Regardless all this water has allowed many steelhead to spawn in peace and will also provide some great summer smallmouth fishing.

They said to say a prayer or do a rain dance and we did. Now it’s time to dance and pray for chrome!

Guide tip- in higher, early season flows, swing weighted Intruders on ten feet of T-14 to get your flies down to the fish. Also use black blue and purple flies with large silhouettes in the often colored water...

Give us a call at (707)287-2939 for more info on getting on the call list for when the Russian is firing.

Coastal Steelhead - Fair to Good Flows – in shape or just coming in. Water conditions – Steelhead green

There are several coastal rivers that are in shape and we are hooking some nice fish. If you are interested please call us for updates or to book your dance with destiny. Some folks say wild California steelhead are rare like white unicorns. We can agree that seeing and cradling a wild steelhead briefly before watching her swim away is definitely memorable. We would love to make memorable happen for you. Call (707)287-2939 and we will do our best to make it a reality.

Lower Sacramento – Poor Flows – 50,000 CFS but dropping. Temps - Low 50’s. Water clarity – fairly clear

Fishing has been non-existent on the Lower Sac on a fishery that normally provides a reliable option when everything else is blown out. We have had reports from those in the know that current high releases are going to be scaled back shortly. It shouldn’t take too long for things to come into shape once the water drops. Fish should come out of this high water winter hungry and on the chow.

We love March, April and May on the Sac. Book your Spring days on the Lower Sac now by calling (707)287-2939 or (916)722-1055.

We haven’t seen the Lower Sacramento it like this in years!!!

Trinity River – Fair (True steelhead fishing) Flows – 310 cfs out of Lewiston, 890c cfs in Douglas City. Temps – Low 50’s. Clarity – Good

This year has been about quality over quantity. Don’t believe all the bad reports, as our guest are hooking some nice fish and almost everyone is getting at least a fish or two in the net each day. The next couple weeks will be decent s, beyond that it will be mostly nymphing. Our motto this year for the trinity has become “be the report don’t believe the report”. We feel fortunate to have been doing much better than what many have reported.

Traditional stonefly rubber legs, golden stones, psycho prices, and Copper Johns have been best. March Browns’ Jimmy Legs and Copper Johns have been best producers.

We have a handful of remaining dates available. Giver us a ring to give Trinity Steelheading a go at (916)722-1055 or at (707)287-2939.

Truckee River – Fair to Good Flows – 1000 +cfs at Boca Water Temps. – Low 50’s. Clarity – clear to murky

This winter has been one of the best fishing winters on the Truckee in recent memory. The weather has been cold, but fishing on the river recently continues to be good. It is supposed to snow tomorrow and Sunday so this may make conditions challenging. There aren’t many options right now in California and despite higher flows than normal, we are catching some nice fish. Access to the river has gotten better recently now that some of the snow has melted with the last storm’s warmer rain. Decent numbers of rainbows, browns and whitefish are being caught with chances at some really nice fish. Nymphing and streamers have been the ticket. There isn’t much dry fly action right now. Hopefully in a month or so the Skwalas will kick in, but for now it’s down and dirty. Get your flies down and fish them slow. Big and small stoneflies, SJ’s Princes, Birds Nests and midges are working well. Remember to fish “Winter water” (water that is slower than walking speed). Fish are going to be close to the bank as well.

Call the shop at (916)722-8594 or OTH direct at (707)287-2939 for current conditions or to schedule the cure for common cabin fever.

Yuba River – Don’t Go Flows – Ridiculous Water Temps – Mid 50’s. Clarity – Clear

The Yuba absolutely is blow the heck out! While water is dropping we are setting our sights on other fisheries for now. The last time the Yuba blew out like this it took months to come back and didn’t quite fish the same for a couple seasons. We are optimists by nature as fly fishers so we are hoping for the best and not getting to fish the Yuba for a while is a willing trade for excess water and what it means for the state as a whole. The river has changed drastically so we will have to wait and get reacquainted with this beloved fishery once she comes back to us.

Guide tip: “Go fish Pyramid!”

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