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Northern California Fly Fishing Report - September 2015

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Northern California Fly Fishing Report
September, 2015

San Francisco fly fishing guide

Many people are unaware that there is great fly fishing right here in the the Bay Area. We can help you find a San Francisco fly fishing guide and a fly fishing trip within an hour drive of San Francisco. Your guide will have you fishing for beautiful wild rainbow trout, striper, largemouth or small mouth bass and you will forget that you are near the city. We feature the very best local fly fishing guides that love the opportunity to take anglers fly fishing. No experience or personal gear is required.

Napa Valley Fly fishing guide report - Putah Creek, California, Rob Russell

Napa Valley Fly fishing

We are excited to have Rob Russell as our newest Putah Creek guide. Rob is an outstanding fly fishing guide and one of the "fishiest guys" we've ever met.

Napa Valley Fly fishing on Putah Creek: Rob Russell with a nice Putah Creek bow. Welcome to the team hombre!Napa Valley Fly fishing on Putah Creek: Rob Russell with a nice Putah Creek bow. Welcome to the team hombre!

Winter Fly Fishing Stoke!

This is a cool video segment about how much fun it is to get out doors to ski and fish(I would add snowboard to the list). While most of the East Coast is beginning to thaw from a brutal winter, out West we are doing our rain dance and praying for water!

Lower Sac wine maker's weekend trip report

Recently we fished a great group of guys from VIP Wealth Management of Southern California. They enjoyed two days of fly fishing on Lower Sacramento up in Redding. Two day drifts were the bookends on a great wine maker’s dinner on Saturday night. Fun fishing was had along with Lots of good laughs and stories told over great food and superb wines. This was definitely a trip to remember.
The group at The Fly Shop in Redding: Group shot!The group at The Fly Shop in Redding: Group shot!
Most of the guys had never fly fished before, although as life-long conventional anglers they would pick fly fishing up very quickly.

New issue Florida Fly Fishing Magazine Online Vol 3 # 4

The new issue of Florida Fly Fishing Magazine is hot off the presses. If you are not familiar with this magazine and enjoy fly fishing especially in the South East then you don't want to miss this.

Enjoy!

Hogan says it is time to wet a line...and we agree!

Fly fishing with Off the Hook and guide Hogan Brown: fly fishing photo from the Lower Sacramento RiverFly fishing with Off the Hook and guide Hogan Brown: fly fishing photo from the Lower Sacramento River
With June 3 weeks away summer is nearly officially and un-officially here. Many rivers are coming into shape as run off subsides but with reservoirs feet from being filled I imagine there maybe a second wave of run off when we get some consistent HOT weather and the night time temps stay hot as well. Here is what is happening and what is coming up.

Lower Yuba has dropped into shape and is stable at 2337 cfs with good clarity. Fishing has been good. Hatches should pick up over the next few weeks as the river settles into the new flow. We are entering prime time on the Lower Yuba for spring/early summer hatches. The weeks following run off see PMD, caddis, stoneflies, and all sorts of mixed hatches kicking into gear. Fish will be on the grab coming off high and off color flows and fishing will only get better as we move through June and July.

Nice Lower Sac BowNice Lower Sac Bow

Lower Sacramento River is still fishing consistent for trout up through redding but I have began to turn my attention to the lower river looking for shad, stripers, bass, and carp. Shad fishing is picking up as people are starting to catch a few here and a few there down around Princeton up through chico. Flows have been hovering around 10,000cfs coming out of Keswick but drop down to around 7000cfs around Ord Bend as we are in the middle of Rice Irrigation season. Once that is over here shortly the river down by Chico/Ord Bend should jump up moving fish up the river. This will also help move the migratory stripers up river and give the resident fish a bit more water making them a bit more comfortable. Smallies and Big mouth bass are waking up in the sloughs and I have seen a few fish up on beds and cruising the shallows. It is going to be getting really good really soon out there.

Got blown off the Yuba yesterday!!!

I met my two clients yesterday to fish the Yuba and what a soggy rainy morning it was. The cdec.water.ca.gov site said flows were 720cfs for Yuba at Smartsville and Deer Creek was flowing at 17cfs. Got there and it had to be flowing at at least 2000cfs and chocolate! We wouldn't have hooked a single Trout were we to have fished. (Update: they fixed their meters and it turns out Deer Creek was up to 3470cfs at 3pm!) So we loaded up the rig and headed to Oroville. The low flow of the Feather looked great. We hooked some decent fish, including this Steelhead. Thanks, Brian and Chris for being so flexible!

This rain may have things blown out for a while. There looks to be some decent rain in the forecast for the next few days. Stay tuned for updates.

Thanks,

Dave

Lower Sac is on!

The lower Sacramento has been fishing really well lately! It doesn’t hurt that there have been lots of Caddis, Blue Wing Olives and PMDs hatching.
Caddis season is in full swing!Caddis season is in full swing!
John Dietz at The Fly Shop in Redding encouraged us to pick up a few dries when we were in the shop this week! And right he was! Small dark winter Caddis were hatching in the morning along with some PMDs followed by Mothers day Caddis with the green egg clusters came off starting around 2:00 p.m.
A colorful Lower Sac Rainbow!A colorful Lower Sac Rainbow!

Yuba River dry fly fishing

Here are a few photos from a recent Off the Hook trip on the Yuba River on Feb. 12. Fishing has been consistently good recently and with mild winter weather we have had some amazing days!

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