putah creek

Northern California Fly Fishing Report - April 30, 2016

Northern California Fly Fishing Report – April 30, 2016

American River – Fair Flows - 3,000 CFS at Fair Oaks. Temp. – 53 Degrees. Water clarity – Clear

Striper are already staging on the Sacramento and a few are into the Lower American. Some shad have been caught by conventional anglers at the confluence. Maury Hatch has begun his annual shift up from the Delta to target the striper that come up out of the Sacramento to spawn. Fishing is still a little unpredictable. One day is decent the next is slow. You have to keep moving to find fish. Fish Best flies have been Byng’s Bait fish in white/chartreuse, Toby’s American River Rainbow Clouser and the Stay Hungry Streamer in gray/white. We are looking forward to some more hot weather which will usher in the 2016 shad run. Stay tuned!

Call the Shop at (916)722-1055 for updates on current conditions or to schedule spring striper or shad fishing. We have a few weekend dates open but things are filling up fast.

Northern California Fly Fishing Report - March 28, 2016

Northern California Fly Fishing Report – March 28, 2016

American River – Poor. Flows - 3,000 CFS. Temps – 53 Degrees. Water clarity – Off color but clearing.

Northern California Fly Fishing Report - March 10, 2016

Northern California Fly Fishing Report – March, 2016

American River – Flows - high and flooded!(15,000+ CFS) Temps - Mid 50’s. Water clarity – Dark roast java

Currently the American is blown out! USGS reports 15,000 CFS at Fair Oaks, where normally they would be pushing 3,000cfs at this time. The river is probably done for steelhead now that the river flooded. Jordan Romney says “From here on out we are on shad watch. They should be here by April if not sooner.” This should be a great season for Shad, and Striper!

Northern California Fly Fishing Report - September, 2015

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Northern California Fly Fishing Report
September, 2015

Fall is right around the corner and despite drought conditions there are plenty of fly fishing options here in Northern California. Dates are booking up quickly so give us a call today to reserve your trip(707)287-2939.

Putah Creek - Fair to good. Flows - low and clear. Temps high 50’s to low 60’s, 400cfs. Best fishing has been first thing in the morning and again in the evening. Sporadic hatches of Blue Wing Olive caddis and some midges are the main items. Indicator nymphing with a two fly rig has been producing some a few nice fish. We’re still seeing quite a few smaller fish (6 to 10 inch range) being caught which is indicative of recent spawn success. Blue Wing olives have been hatching in the afternoon so fish BWO nymphs under a caddis or other attractor. Remember to go small and light with point fly with a Blue Wing Olive or midge down to 6x tippet. Fishing should only improve as water levels drop and fish begin staging for the spawn.

Guide Tip : Try using a San Juan Worm with a small Baetis dropper in deeper slots. Some nice fish landed last week on SJW’s. Also hesitate to throw on an egg pattern soon as fish will begin keying on them.

Fly Fishing Report - April, 2015

Fishing Report April, 2015

Summer is ending let's get ready for the Fall

Well this summer has been an exciting one. I hope you all have gone out and found some fish. Hopefully you have expanded your skills and targeted some new species of fish.

There is still good trout fishing right now even though the thermometer is reading 100. Being that water of Putah Creek is 51 degrees year round those fish will feed all throughout the day. Give us a call if you would like to learn how to fish the creek at its high flows.

Gettin' the Boot

So I caught a boot on Thursday. Seriously, a boot. A giant hip boot. It felt like I was in a Loony Toons cartoon. I drug it out of Putah Creek on 5x with a #20 Zebra Midge. It had obviously been there a while judging from the cased caddis that had made their homes on it. It tricked me for a second too. When I set the hook it moved just a bit, like a super jumbo trout that didn't really know it was hooked. Yeah. But I quickly realized it was a poor fighter. Here's my catch.

Anyway, I did actually hook a few trout. Nothing terribly large today, from what I could tell but a couple encounters were very brief. The water was up and a really kind of clearish-green that made me wish steelhead still ran up there. The graph said it was running about 175cfs but I'd guess more like 250-ish? Still wadable but pushy. So yeah, go capture your own. Maybe we'll host a boot catching contest soon. Like send in your best boot (or rock) photos and we'll pick a winner. Yeah, so...


Putah Report

Fished Putah yesterday with Mike. Though the fishing was sub par, it was a fun and pretty day. The Man cut the flows Tuesday night from 120-ish cfs to 67cfs. Not fun if you live in the water. So I think it kinda freaked out the fish a bit and maybe put them off. Or I can just fess up and admit I'm just a sissy and couldn't figure out what the fish really wanted yesterday.

Either way we did manage to hook a land a couple of pretty fish. And of course I didn't bring a camera, which usually means one of us would've roped a super tanker. But alas... We saw some jumbos for sure, like fish over 20", but they were either obviously post spawn or mega spooky.

Can't complain though, a pretty day in a pretty place with good friends. What more do you want? Oh, uh-huh, consistent water flow you say? Is that really too much to ask? No, but I'd like to own Hot Creek Ranch too. I mean, it could happen buuuut not too likely.

Northern California Fly Fishing Report Jan 28, 2012

Feather River
Table Mountain Bridge to High Flow
Current Fishing - Fair to good
Flows - Low clear 50’s f (600 cfs)
Prognosis – Good

Free fly fishing and wine event at Putah Creek - Canyon Creek Resort Feb 11, 2012

You are cordially invited to a fly fishing and wine event on Saturday February 11, 2012. The event will be hosted by Canyon Creek Resort located on Putah Creek near Winters CA from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

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