Northern California Fly Fishing Report - December, 2015

Northern California Fly Fishing Report – December, 2015

American River- Fair Flows are low and temps - high 50’s but fishable. (575CFS)

USGS reports flows are at 575 CFS and climbing. The recent rain should help continue this trend and bring fresh fish into the system.

Some reports of nice steelhead being caught recently. There are opportunities to swing flies early in the morning as well as nymph fish and fish beads under an indicator. Please avoid fishing the reds!

Call the Shop at (916)722-1055 for updates on current conditions. Or if you prefer email us at info@offthehookflyfishing and we will get back to you as soon as possible with hot flies and current conditions.

Delta Striper – Good to Great. Water temps - 50 Deg.

Flows in the Delta are cold and hovering at 50 degrees and the fishing is very good! Threadfin Shad are in the system and Striper are gorging on them. Our guides have been getting good numbers of fish all day as well as quite a few fish in the 10+ lb range. Fish to 15 lbs caught this week. Throw streamers in chartreuse/white, gray/white and follow the bait to find the big boys!

Striper fishing continues to produce.: Click the photo for more info on the Delta.Striper fishing continues to produce. Click the photo for more info on the Delta.

Call Off the Hook at (707)287-2939 or at the Shop at (916)722-1055 to get in on the striper fun. Or if you prefer email us at info@offthehookflyfishing and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Guide tip: Bryce Tedford says “throwing I lines in the shallows pulling Chartreuse over white is producing well but going deep with full sinking lines is what has been netting the bigger fish”.

Fall River – Closed The Fall River will re-open Saturday April 30, 2016.

The Fall River is a fantastic spring creek and the largest of its kind on the U.S.
Give us a call at (707)287-2939 or at the Shop at(916)722-1055 to book a guided day for this coming Spring. We have the certified cure for cabin fever! Or email us at info@offthehookflyfishing after hours and we will get back to you in a timely manner.

Feather River – Fair Flows - 180 CFS. Temp - low 50’s.

Jason R. with a nice wild feather fish.: Click the photo for more info on the feather River.Jason R. with a nice wild feather fish. Click the photo for more info on the feather River.

Recent rains have bumped the flows and guides are getting a few nice fish. Clients have landed fish in the 8 to 9 lb range this last week. Fair numbers are in the system, however more should be headed this way with the recent rain. Try fishing an egg pattern below and indicator in riffles and fast water. Best action has been first light to mid morning but clients have been catching fish all day.
Call Off the Hook at (707)287-2939 or at the Shop at (916)722-1055 now! Guided days are going fast! Or if you prefer, contact us via email at info@offthehookflyfishing

Klamath – Good to Great! Flows –low and clear (1,100 CFS) Temp - high 50’s to 60’s.

Fishing has been very good thanks to the cooler weather! Steelhead have been moving up, into the upper river and the fishing results have been productive with steelhead up to 5 lbs common Recent rains have brought more sweet water and bringing in fresh fish. Plenty of steelhead being caught to 6 lbs. Eggs have been the name of the game. Fishing egg patterns in orange, pink or champagne get's fly rods bent. Suspend your egg patterns under rubber legs or 3-D nymphs should produce. Try Glo bugs, beads, and Micro Spawn are all producing recently.

The canyon section has also been producing for folks on the swing using spey or switch rods as well as indicator nymphing. Try swinging marabou flies or articulated leaches. Give us a call at (707)287-2939 or at the Shop at (916)722-1055 for current conditions on the Klamath develop.
Guide tip: Try skating an October Caddis dry and hang on!

McCloud River – Closed It will re-open Saturday April 30, 2016.

Give us a call to reserve your opening day guide. Many of our guides are booked up a year in advance! Call Off the Hook at (707)287-2939 or at the Shop at (916)722-1055 to reserve your spring McCloud trip. It will be here shortly.

Napa River - Fair Flows – average, slightly off color. Temps - low 60’s.

Fishing has been good although most fish reported were in the 14 to 24” range. Reports of a few larger fish to 12 lbs caught recently in lower river. Throwing full sinking lines in the 250 to 400 grain range is producing most fish. Use chartreuse or white streamers as well as gray or olive over white on sinking lines in moving water. Watch the tide and focus on low incoming or outgoing water.
Guide tip: Don’t be afraid to stay until dusk fish to 8 lbs caught at last light this week.

The Napa River produces some nice fish for those in the know.: Click on the photo for learn more...The Napa River produces some nice fish for those in the know. Click on the photo for learn more...

Call us at (707)287-2939 or at the Shop at(916)722-1055 to book a guided day. Or to reach us after hours email us at info@offthehookflyfishing and we’ll get you hooked up!

Pit River - Fair. Water temps - 50's Flows - Pit #3-330cfs, #4-2,000cfs #5-1,400cfs.

The Pit River is a phenomenal tailwater stream that cuts through a remote canyon here in Northern. It produces some amazing rainbows and browns and has some lovely pocket water for those who are confident waders and some nice runs and deep pools as well.

If you are in good shape and looking to escape the crowds and fish for trout then the Pit is an interesting option.

Try high stick nymphing the fast water with plenty of shot and dark all purpose nymphs that imitate the clinger nymphs that call this river home. Black A.P. or even stonefly nymphs are a good choice.

Also try swinging streamers through the long runs and deep pools just for kicks.

Note: Fishing the Pit is not for the faint of heart especially in winter, due to its remote nature and rugged terain. We recommend that anglers not fish here alone. Winter brings another dynamic. Plan on the worst case scenario and you will be prepared regardless. We suggest 4x4 with chains, extra fuel, shovel, food and warm sleeping bag in case you get stuck and are forced to spend the night.

Give us a call at (707)287-2939 to reserve the certified cure for cabin fever.

Putah Creek - Flows are low and clear (120 CFS.) Temps - mid 50’s.

The fish on Putah Creek have begun there critical spawning cycle. Fish and game stopped stocking it several years ago and this is now a catch and release wild trout fishery. In other words if Putah’s wild rainbows aren’t able to spawn successfully there will be no fish next year! We at Off the Hook have decided to stop guiding Putah during this sensitive period. We quit fishing Putah from Dec 1st and begin guiding it again March 1st. There are plenty of other fisheries this time of year that are not as fragile and susceptible to improper management as this beloved stream. Avoid fishing the redds. There is camera surveillance on them and snagging fish is illegal!

Guide Tip: Jordan says please don’t be that guy, don’t fish the redds…go fish somewhere else”.

Call Off the Hook at (707)287-2939 or at the Shop at (916)722-1055 reserve your guided day this spring or discuss other great options.

Pyramid Lake - Good. Water is clear. Temps - mid 50’s.

Pyramid Lake continues to produced some BIG fish, including a few 20+ pounders in recent weeks, however the numbers of fish have improved. Most anglers have been able to get several fish each day. Look for storms pushing through to trigger a good grab. This is the time of year to get on the water and work for fish. Be ready for a big one!

The most productive method is retrieving flies like balanced and unbalanced minnow patterns, popcorn beetles, and buggers. Best patterns are: Olive Stanley Streamers, ZT Pyramid Chub, Clousers in White/ Chartreuse – White/ Olive, and the Original Popcorn Beetle.

Indicator fishing with snow cones has also produced some fish.

Pyramid will continue to fish well this winter into Spring. Give us a call at (707)287-2939 for current conditions or to check available dates.

Pyramid Lake Cutthroat often top double digits. Click on the photo to learn more about this great winter fishery.Pyramid Lake Cutthroat often top double digits.: Click on the photo to learn more about this great winter fishery.

Lower Sacramento - Fair to Good . Flows – 4,250 CFS clear. Temps - mid 50’s.

The lower Sac has fished well for some, poor for others without much rhyme or reason. The “egg bite” is tapering off and fish are beginning to move back to their normal lies and look for insects. Time to add BWO nymphs into the mix especially in and below riffles. Overcast days have been bringing the small slate colored mayflies to hatch. Fish to 20” are still being caught daily.

Lower water conditions are allowing for more wade fishing than normal this year. However, please remember to NOT wade or anchor on redds to protect the next generation that is waiting in the gravel.

For those interested, swinging soft hackles and other sub surface insects can be a fun way to spend a day on the water. Spring will be here soon enough. Call (707)287-2939 to reserve your boat or send us an email.

If you are in the area and simply must fish, you might want to head up and fish the upper Sac. Water is still low and cold. We’ve seen good Baetis hatches on overcast or rainy days. If no Baetis are hatching, try fishing small midges such as a WD 40 or Zebra Midge below a Stimulator or October Caddis.

Truckee River – Fair to Poor. Flows are low but climbing and water temps - in low 50's.

Water is finally flowing out of Lake Tahoe after over a year! It's only at 5 cfs but we are happy to see this for Matt and our Truckee friends.

Fish are moving into their normal winter patterns of holding in deeper water especially on the Big T. Small baetis, dark stones and midges are all producing as usual for this time of year.

Water is low and clear on the Little Truckee however there are some dry fly fishing opportunities if you can brave the cold and pry your way from the ski hill. If you will be in the area or are looking for somewhere to ski and fish over the holidays, give us a call at (707)287-2939 and we will get you out fishing.

Click the photo for more info on fishing the Truckee River this winter.Click the photo for more info on fishing the Truckee River this winter.

Trinity River – Fair to Good Flows - Clear one day off color the next depending on storms.(300 CFS at Lewiston) Temps Low - 50's.

Fishing has been so-so recently however recent rains has brought fresh fish into the Klamath and subsequently the Trinity as well. Some fish being landed by our clients this week. Stay tuned for updates to follow and expect for things to improve.

Click on the photo for current release data and more info on Steelhead fishing on the Trinity River.Click on the photo for current release data and more info on Steelhead fishing on the Trinity River.

Or you can call (707)287-2939 for more info.

Yuba River – Fair Flows – clear and low (584 CFS). Temps - mid 50’s.

The Yuba has been un crowded recently. This is partially due to the recent opening of the area above the Highway 20 bridge to walk and wade fishing. Salmon are all but done dropping their eggs, however trout can be still found milling around near reds. Pegging beads is still getting some nice rainbows, however there are also opportunities to target small pods of rising trout in the slick water. Spring creek techniques are needed for success. Set up up stream and use a fly first down stream presentation using Blue Wing Olive dries or even emergers. Another great way to fish this time of year is swinging a small BWO soft hackle.

Look for fish to begin switching over from eggs to insects. Skwalas will begin to hatch in January, yet fishing the appropriate stonefly nymphs should begin to produce during this period of transition. Also consider having some fry patterns in your box as soon smolt will hatch and begin their march to the salt.

Guide tip: Swing a BWO soft hackle
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