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Putah Creek Fly Fishing Report

Putah Creek Fly Fishing Report

Richard Loft Reports on 2.08.2020

Hey Everyone Just checking in with current Putah Creek; Flows and other fishy news 

Tailwater flows are still bouncing  between 44cfs and low 80s so I am just watching and waiting for weather to warm up when the flows will follow as things warm-up, Water temp around 56 deg, I was at Putah last week and saw really nice hatches of midges and the occasional BWO so I will be keeping a close eye on things and give more reports as things evolve; 

Also, I noticed that the fish have left the  spawning beds so I think the spawn has mostly finished but be careful when wadding so we don't step on those eggs or fry and think about joining https://putahcreektrout.org/fishing/ and get to know a few of the guys we do a picnic once a year plus there is always opportunities to help with conservation efforts on the creek

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Coastal Steelhead Fly Fishing Report

Coastal Steelhead Fly Fishing Report

Rick Cox Reports on 2.13.2020

We have chasing steelhead frantically since January and finding some very nice steelies. We’ve been on all over northern California and southern Oregon where conditions have been perfect and remain so. Swinging and bobber has produced with a lot of chromers coming to the net. Unlike last year when the rain was relentless the weather has been holding just enough and that steelhead green has prevailed on most rivers. We will continuing pursuing these bad boys the remainder of this month and March so if you got the itch give me a shout.

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Upper Sacramento River Fly Fishing Report

Upper Sacramento River Fly Fishing Report

Rick Cox Reports on 2.13.2020

The Upper Sacramento Report

Am getting a little worrisome as far as river conditions and snowpack but have to say up to now no complaints. The river has been running oh so sweet with flows right now just north of 400cfs. February started off with very high flows but has been dropping slowly. The entire river right now is very approachable and fishing is off the charts for big rainbows. Just about everyone who’s been out is finding fish in the 16-24 in range …. SERIOUSLY! It’s one of those winters where the planets have aligned and the fish gods are showing us love. Temps during the day this week have been in the 60’s from Dunsmuir down river and the 2 week forecast shows nada precip and warm temps. Fish are grabby for the Jimmy Legs, tungsten stones, and a variety of mayfly nymph patterns. We are starting to see the rainbows spawning so be cautious of their redds. I will impress one more time, the window is here and when it shuts you will kick yourself for not taking advantage of this very opportunistic time to get into one of these elusive beasts. We have the guides who can get you into them, give me a shout.

 

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Eastern Sierra Fly Fishing Report

Jim Stimson Reports on 2.13.2020

Brrr…… 17º on the thermometer this morning! This will make driving out to the Upper Owens considerably easier with the frozen ground BUT, beware of the afternoons. That deep muck will eventually thaw. I would recommend at the minimum using a high clearance truck, preferably with 4WD. With these frigid temps, make sure your fishing line has been cleaned with one of the many line cleaning solutions from Loon, Rio, Umpqua. A clean, slick line not only makes casting and mending easier, but also helps with the buildup of ice on your fly line. Also, you should put a smear of Loon ice off paste on your guides. Then as always, check and clear your guides of ice buildup with your fingers. It may be cold, but the trout are still in the stream waiting to eat. Be persistent, keep casting, and exercise some patience. They are there but sometimes it takes a drift that lands right in their face before they commit to a grab.

If the cold temps are something you don’t care for, drive down the hill and fish the Lower Owens. It is the “banana belt” down there and the fishing for brown trout is fabulous.

Enjoy!

East Walker

The East Walker is still flat lining and dribbling below 20 cfs. Until the river flows pick up, I recommend giving this fishery a rest….. 

Hot Creek

The creek is flowing through the canyon at roughly 41 cfs. Target your casts to the feeding lanes between the weeds and rocks, plus the overhanging grasses along the margins. You may not see fish, but they are there. Try a dry-dropper setup with a caddis above and a midge or small mayfly below. Hot Creek is always a fun place to fish especially now that the crowds have gone home. 

Upper Owens River

The flows are dropping and sit at about 94 cfs high in the river system. Once Hot Creek dumps into the mid-section the flows are closer to 150 cfs. More and more trout are pushing up into the river system from the reservoir. There are some really nice fish to be had with SJ worms, small baetis, and balanced leeches. Work the deeper buckets relentlessly…. they are in there. Currently, the driving approaches to the river are doable, though muddy, with only a few icy puddles to worry about. Beware of any new snow or precipitation.

Lower Owens River

The river is cruising steady at roughly 148 cfs and is fishing well with all of the traditional patterns; PT’s, Hare’s Ears, midges, Frenchies…. Thank God for Bishop. It is a nice break from winter when you need to see some dirt again and feel some warmth.

Get out there! You cannot catch fish if your line isn’t in the water.

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California Delta Fly Fishing Report

Captain Steve Santucci Reports on 2.11.2020

Delta Striper fishing dropped off last week with the sudden cold snap and violent North Winds.  The fishing is improving with the warmer days and a stable weather pattern.  The Striper's that we are catching are super fat and strong.  Medium and Large size Clousers are catching the bulk of the fish.

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Truckee River Fly Fishing Report

Matt "Gilligan" Koles Reports on 2.10.2020

Mild weather on the Truckee River.

Looks like this month may stay dry and mild. Hopefully, we can get some storms in March. Reno hit 70 last week. Most ski resorts are at about 80 percent of average on the upper mountains. We will need a good end of this month, or March to get back somewhat closer to average. There is water stored in the lakes and reservoirs, but it would be nice to top them off.

Why do I talk so much about the weather? Well, this time of year the fishing is greatly influenced by how warm, or cold it is. Last week I saw skwallas out on the lower river. That’s pretty early. I didn’t see them until April last year, but it did snow almost every day last February.

So the good news is you will see fish looking up. Flows are down and there are bugs out. Much different than our last 3 springs. Not only was last winter/ spring cold, flows were way up from release out of Lake Tahoe. They were the in ’17, and 18′ too. That won’t be the case this year. We will have dependable good spring fishing.

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Central Valley Fly Fishing Report

Captain Hogan Brown Reports on 2.12.2020
Valley Striper fishing has slowed down - clear, cold, and low water has the fish a bit spooky and feeding in very short bursts. Fishing should improve with some warmer weather but rain and flows are needed to really get fish moving and feeding. Migratory fish should start showing up in the Lower section of our rivers by the first week of March. These fish will usually start to show themselves around Verona, Yuba City, and up to Colusa in March. On high water years they will move up farther but I don't think this year will be a high water year. 
Valley and Foothill Lakes and reservoirs spotted bass fishing...fishing is getting good with some warmer weather and higher sun angles. Fish are starting to really eat in preparation for the spawn. I am not sure it is true pre spawn yet but the dead of winter vibe has gone and fish seem to be more active. Main food source for most lake and reservoirs spotted, large, and smallmouth bass this time of year is minnows...wakasagi minnows, shad (small), and on occasion goby minnow. Fish on certain lakes will start eating smaller crawfish as well. Fishing the float n fly is catching the most fish but moving the fly/float a bit is starting to pay off which means dragging or stripping flies is not far off. 
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Local Surf Fly Fishing Report

Local Surf Fly Fishing Report

Ben Engle Reports on 2.7.2020

It's a great time of year to be perch fishing.  Big fish have pushed up on the beach and are starting to spawn so the large females and males are extremely aggressive.  A couple of the grabs I had out there made me think it was striper season all over again. 

I found that fish weren't everywhere but when we found them we really found them.  One of the approaches I try to always teach is that you NEED to cover water out there.  If you have gotten 5 solid retrieves through a bucket or trough without a grab you probably should move (whether that's 200 feet or 2 steps is up to you).  

We have a great selection of perch flies here in the shop at LCO.  My personal favorites are the LCO Perch Shrimp, the FM Sand Flea, and the LCO Mole Crab

Use a wingspan (around 5-6 feet) of 25lb tippet for a leader.  These fish aren't tippet shy at all and this is a great size for striper as well in case you do luck into one of the resident Stripers.  Always remember that anything can happen out in the surf so throwing heavier tippet can help to potentially land a fish of a lifetime.

Remember to look at tides, wind, and waves before you get out there but conditions this weekend look pretty solid! I've been doing the best fishing around high tide and particularly the fall right after high tide.  Low light also is beneficial out there so if you can get out in the morning or late afternoon I highly recommend it.   

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Truckee River Fly FIshing Report

Truckee River Fly FIshing Report

Matt "Gilligan" Koles Reports on 2.6.2020

Record weekend temps and now single digits. 

We set some records over the weekend for daytime temps. Today, it’s in the single digits with an East wind, brrrr.

We had a great streamer clinic, still some spots for this Saturday’s clinic.

The fishing has been good out on the East side on the lower Truckee River in Nevada. I haven’t really been messing with the river around here. Getting a decent streamer bite, and the dry fly fishing has been good too. The 2 funnest ways to fish in my opinion. Streamer first, dry fly second. Some days are better than others on the bug front. If you have some overcast and not too much wind it will go off. If you have sunny, no wind, it will kinda go off. Super fun if you time it right. It seems like every day the timing of the bugs have been different.

Of course if you want to catch big fish, you streamer fish. The biggest fish don’t eat bugs, they eat fish.

If you just want to catch fish then you should be nymphing. Baetis nymphs will be the go to from here on out through spring.

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Eastern Sierra Fly Fishing Report

Eastern Sierra Fly Fishing Report

Jim Stinson Reports on 2.6.2020

Brrr…… 2º on the thermometer this morning! This will make driving out to the Upper Owens considerably easier with the frozen ground BUT, beware of the afternoons. That deep muck will eventually thaw. I would recommend at the minimum using a high clearance truck, preferably with 4WD. With these frigid temps, make sure your fishing line has been cleaned with one of the many line cleaning solutions from Loon, Rio, Umpqua. A clean, slick line not only makes casting and mending easier, but also helps with the buildup of ice on your fly line. Also, you should put a smear of Loon ice off paste on your guides. Then as always, check and clear your guides of ice buildup with your fingers. It may be cold, but the trout are still in the stream waiting to eat. Be persistent, keep casting, and exercise some patience. They are there but sometimes it takes a drift that lands right in their face before they commit to a grab.

If the cold temps are something you don’t care for, drive down the hill and fish the Lower Owens. It is the “banana belt” down there and the fishing for brown trout is fabulous.

Enjoy!

East Walker

The East Walker is still flat lining and dribbling below 20 cfs. Until the river flows pick up, I recommend giving this fishery a rest….. 

Hot Creek

The creek is flowing through the canyon at roughly 43 cfs. Target your casts to the feeding lanes between the weeds and rocks, plus the overhanging grasses along the margins. You may not see fish, but they are there. Try a dry-dropper setup with a caddis above and a midge or small mayfly below. Hot Creek is always a fun place to fish especially now that the crowds have gone home. 

Upper Owens River

The flows are dropping and sit at about 102 cfs high in the river system. Once Hot Creek dumps into the mid-section the flows are closer to 150 cfs. More and more trout are pushing up into the river system from the reservoir. There are some really nice fish to be had with SJ worms, small baetis, and balanced leeches. Work the deeper buckets relentlessly…. they are in there. Currently, the driving approaches to the river are doable, though muddy, with only a few icy puddles to worry about. Beware of any new snow or precipitation.

Lower Owens River

The river is cruising steady at roughly 148 cfs and is fishing well with all of the traditional patterns; PT’s, Hare’s Ears, midges, Frenchies…. Thank God for Bishop. It is a nice break from winter when you need to see some dirt again and feel some warmth.

Get out there! You cannot catch fish if your line isn’t in the water.

 

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