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Northern California Fly Fishing Report - May 13, 2018

Things are really jumping off right now throughout the Golden State for those of us who love to pursue fish with a fly. A myriad of exciting species are coming into range. Options include shad and striper which are entering the rivers to spawn, trout fishing opening up at the higher elevations and continued success on many central valley rivers. Largemouth and smallmouth fishing is taking off in our beloved Delta and Sierra Foothill Lakes and there are a few more days of swinging for Spring run steelhead to be had. There is something out there for everyone right now. From dries, nymphs and streamers to poppers and swung flies what ever your pleasure it's go time! Don't forget to like and share and email us with your fishing reports and photos for inclusion in the next report.

Bets: Lower Sacramento, Upper Sacramento, McCloud River, Putah Creek - Trout, Yuba River -Shad and Striper, American River - Striper, Sierra foothill Lakes - Bass, Lake Almanor - Trout and Bass.

American River Striper - Good to Great. Steelhead - Poor. Shad - Fair to Good. Flows - 3,500 cfs at Natomas. Water Temps - Mid 50's Clarity - 5 to 6 ft. visibility.

Flows are back up to 3,500 as of May 10 and should remain around this level throughout the Summer. A few straggler Spring run steelhead and half pounders are around and are being taken on the swing as well as nymphing however our attention is now shifted to two perennial returnees to the American...Striper and Shad.

Getting started in fly fishing

Fly fishing can become a true passion for many folks however it can be a fairly steep learning curve for many getting started. Here is an article Ultimate Guide to Fly Fishing which covers quite a bit of the "need to know" stuff and is a good resource if you are getting started and just not sure where to begin.


Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor VII: The Double Haul

Tis the season for striper fishing here in Northern California. With that in mind this is a helpful video on the double haul which is critical for long casts and covering water necessary to get the big-uns! Check it out.

Northern California Fly Fishing Report, September 25, 2017

Fall arrived in the high country this week... Best Bets, Hat Creek or Pit River – Trout, Delta - Striper, Swinging on the Trinity or Feather – Steelhead.

American River Striper - Poor. Steelhead - Poor but improving. Flows – 3,500 CFS at Natomas. – high 50's to low 60. Water clarity – Good.

Cooler weather signals the end of striper fishing on the American at least for the larger non resident fish. It has been a good year here for striper so we can’t complain.

The Fight - Atlantic Salmon on the fly.

Fly fishing for atlantic salmon...and the result. The Fight!

The Fight from Black Fly Eyes on Vimeo.

Catch Magazine October/November, 2015 - Issue #43

Click on the cover below to feast your eyes on the very latest from Todd Moen and the folks at Catch Magazine! Your brain will thank you.

Micro Management - fly fishing for baby tarpon.

Here is a great film on chasing baby tarpon on the fly by Dan Decibel. Enjoy!

Micro Management by Dan Decibel from DAN DECIBEL on Vimeo.

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