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Fishing Report

Central Valley Fly Fishing Report

Central Valley Fly Fishing Report

Valley Striper Fishing -

With stable and hot normal summer weather the last two weeks fishing has really hit its stride. Fish are eating and up in the feeding zones most days. We are seeing trophy fish most days but if we get them to eat or a smaller fish beats them to the fly is a crap shoot. Bottom line is they are there and up in the feeding zones. Our shots at the trophy fish only increase as we move forward from here on out. We are catching fish on heavy sink to lighter intermediate lines just depends on the day. 



Lower Yuba River Trout Fishing -

I got a few days on the Yuba the last month and fishing has been decent. Flows came up July 1 to between 1800-1600cfs depending on the day. My clients have had the most luck throwing nymphs under an indicator but we have gotten a few fish each day to come up to a caddis, golden stone dry, or hopper pattern. With the good flows hopper fishing should be good this summer assuming last weeks heat did not bake them on the rocks. The bottom line is that as long as the water stays up summer fishing should be good on the Lower Yuba...if they cut the flows it can get tough. 

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Northern California Fly Fishing Report

Northern California Fly Fishing Report

AC Fly Fishing Reports on 7.1.20

We are smack dab in the middle of a great Summer of fly fishing here in Northern California. Conditions on all of our favorite rivers are as good as they get and fishing has been good to great for our guests. Our main Summer haunts include the Lower Sac, Fall River, Pit River, McCloud River and Upper Sac. From the smaller streams to the bigger rivers there are some excellent opportunities to get out this Summer. Continue reading below for a more in depth report and forecast on these rivers. 

The Lower Sac - Those of you who have experienced it know just how awesome an evening spent on the Lower Sac can be. July and August can offer some phenomenal trout fishing on the big tailwater. The warmer the day, the stronger the Caddis hatches can be.. a strong hatch of Caddis can equate to a very aggressive trout bite. Checkout the short video above and get psyched for some Summer fishing! 

The Pit River - This is our favorite time of year to fish the Pit. July and August can be AWESOME and can offer a great cool down from the Valley heat. Wet wading here in the summer is a nice reprieve from the heat while staying busy with those scrappy Pit River trout. For those who want to test their wading skills and get into a mess of healthy, wild rainbows - this might be a venue you'll want to explore with us. 

The McCloud River - One of our favorite walk and wade streams in the area.. by mid-summer we can start to see pushes of migratory Brown trout move up the river from Lake Shasta. It's not a guarantee you'll run into them every day, but when you do - it can be quite rewarding. The McCloud will remain a great walk and wade option from now through October. There are very few rivers in the country that provide the beauty that the McCloud does. 

The Fall River - The largest Spring creek in the country has been fishing EXCELLENT since the trout opener back in April and is showing no signs of slowing down. The evening Hex hatch is starting and adding another very cool element to the fishing here. If you have any desire to checkout Fall River - this is the year you want to jump on it. We are always thrilled to get good feedback from our guests. Below is kudos to Jay and testament to how good the Fall River has been this year. Put it on your list!! 

The Upper Sac - We had a great Spring on the Upper Sac. Flows are excellent right now on the Upper and wade fishing has been good. During these hot summer days, our best fishing usually happens early and late in the day. The evenings usually give up some pretty good dry fly opportunities as well.. 
 

 

 

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Northern California Fly Fishing Report

Northern California Fly Fishing Report

AC Fly Fishing Reports on 6.20.20

We are smack dab in the middle of a great Summer of fly fishing here in Northern California. Conditions on all of our favorite rivers are as good as they get and fishing has been good to great for our guests. Our main Summer haunts include the Lower Sac, Fall River, Pit River, McCloud River and Upper Sac. From the smaller streams to the bigger rivers there are some excellent opportunities to get out this Summer. Continue reading below for a more in depth report and forecast on these rivers. 

The Lower Sac -

Those of you who have experienced it know just how awesome an evening spent on the Lower Sac can be. July and August can offer some phenomenal trout fishing on the big tailwater. The warmer the day, the stronger the Caddis hatches can be.. a strong hatch of Caddis can equate to a very aggressive trout bite. Checkout the short video above and get psyched for some Summer fishing! 

The Pit River -

This is our favorite time of year to fish the Pit. July and August can be AWESOME and can offer a great cool down from the Valley heat. Wet wading here in the summer is a nice reprieve from the heat while staying busy with those scrappy Pit River trout. For those who want to test their wading skills and get into a mess of healthy, wild rainbows - this might be a venue you'll want to explore with us. 

The McCloud River -

One of our favorite walk and wade streams in the area.. by mid-summer we can start to see pushes of migratory Brown trout move up the river from Lake Shasta. It's not a guarantee you'll run into them every day, but when you do - it can be quite rewarding. The McCloud will remain a great walk and wade option from now through October. There are very few rivers in the country that provide the beauty that the McCloud does. 

The Fall River -

The largest Spring creek in the country has been fishing EXCELLENT since the trout opener back in April and is showing no signs of slowing down. The evening Hex hatch is starting and adding another very cool element to the fishing here. If you have any desire to checkout Fall River - this is the year you want to jump on it. We are always thrilled to get good feedback from our guests. Below is kudos to Jay and testament to how good the Fall River has been this year. Put it on your list!! 

The Upper Sac -

We had a great Spring on the Upper Sac. Flows are excellent right now on the Upper and wade fishing has been good. During these hot summer days, our best fishing usually happens early and late in the day. The evenings usually give up some pretty good dry fly opportunities as well.. 


 

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Central Valley Fly Fishing Report

Central Valley Fly Fishing Report

Capt. Hogan Brown Reports on 6.21.20

Valley River Striper fishing has been really turning on with the stable hot weather. We have been having a great time out on the river! Lots of fish, some swimming, and fishing hard to find the trophies. Fish are actively eating throughout the day and we are seeing good numbers of quality size fish and even some of the true trophies. Most fish are coming on heavy sink lines but there is opportunity to throw some lighter type III and Intermediate lines at times. Fishing will only continue to improve over the next 2 months and we should see an incredibly good summer on all rivers for striped bass. With some cooler weather next week but still stable hot weather fishing should only get better. 
Lower Yuba Trout Fishing has been GOOD! I spend a day out there last week and found quality trout throughout the day. Average size fish was a bit smaller then a few weeks ago but fish ate nymphs through out the day and when the wind died down we could find some fish willing to come up to a dry. The river is coming up July 1 to around 1800cfs which is a GREAT flow for wading and floating, plenty of room for everyone. I would imagine with some cooler weather next week fishing should be pretty decent. 

 

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Central Valley Fly Fishing Report

Central Valley Fly Fishing Report

Capt. Hogan Brown Reports on 6.20.20

Valley Striper fishing is heating up. The weather has been a little screwy this last week and we have had 20-30 degree temperature swings which can throw the fish for a bit of a loop, but we have been finding fish daily. Wind has been a bit of issue as well but starting tomorrow the summer heat looks to be settling in and that is GREAT for striper fishing.
River stripers like hot, stable, weather so things should really be getting going with some good stable weather. Shad runs are thinning out and with stable weather the bigger fish should start looking to the shallows for food. Late June - Sept is the best time to be on the water for these fish. 
Open Dates
June 26, 29, 
July 6, 9, 13-15, 17, 20, 25, 29, 30, 31 
August 5, 22, 
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Central Valley Fly Fishing Report

Central Valley Fly Fishing Report
Hogan Brown Reports On 6.8.20
Happy June! Hopefully most graduations are out of the way and school is out
for the kiddos AND people are planning or getting outdoors. Aside from a few days of apocalyptical heat here it has been a mild and down right gorgeous summer so far. Last few days haven't even turned on the A/C. Even with the heat spells we have had the night time lows have been in the high 50s to Low 60s so even if the day time high is 105 it is only hot for an hour or so. 

Summer fishing is here by all means and there is so much to do right now it can be hard to decide. Personally, I spend nearly all my summer chasing river stripers around Nor Cal and fishing for these brutes is really starting to get going. As Shad runs move up river and spawn, rivers warm, and weather stabilizes these fish get on a very predictable pattern and fishing gets good. Not to say we don't have tough or slow days but June - October is prime time for these fish. 

June 12, , 25, 26, 27, 29
July 1, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, 17, 20, 24, 25, 29, 30, 31
Aug 5, 22, 



Valley Striper fishing has been getting better every week it seems and as long as the wind is not blowing 20-30mph like it has been a few days last week and this weekend fishing is good. Fish are spread out in all the water sheds and all our rivers offer a HUGE variety of styles of fishing so it is hard to decide where to go and how to fish for them this time of year. We have started to see some larger fish but most fish are still in the 6-15lb range that we are seeing come to the fly but it is only a matter of time before the big ones get shallow and start eating regularly. 

Lower Yuba River Trout Fishing is fair with the summer flow "drop" settling the river at 1300-1400cfs. This is a great flow and keeps the fish happy I think as there is enough deep slots and holes to move in and out of feeding lanes and not get to spooky. I have not been on the river in the last few weeks but June is traditionally a great month for fishing on the Yuba until the scorching heat of July and August show up. 



Valley Reservoir Bass and Carp fishing has been good as bass are well into their post spawn mood and holding in catchable depths with streamers, float n fly, and even some top water fishing has been working. Carp are up in the shallows in a lot of spots on the reservoirs and for the stealthy angler there can be some good shots at fish. 

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Northern California Fly Fishing Report

Northern California Fly Fishing Report

Dave Neal Reports On 6.8.20

The time is right, right now… you outta be fishing or planning a fishing trip
in the immediate future!


Everything is firing in Northern California. Flows on all the rivers and smaller
streams are either in or near prime-time range. The weather is classic CA
right now - it has the potential to be warm/hot (wet wade) or it may also
rain (thundershowers). We can experience temps from 95 in the valley to
70’s in the Shasta region or Intermountain region. Be prepared for anything
and adjust your clothing as needed.


I’ve been fishing all over these past two weeks from the Lower Sac to Fall
River to the Pit River and Upper Sac. Variety is the spice, baby.
You might experience the summer pattern developing where best fishing is
early and late in the day. The days are LONG right now with first light
before 6am and dark after 9pm… we cannot expect the fish to chow all day
long and they don’t. Fish when the bugs are active and when the bugs
ain’t… just chill out, read a book, explore or take a nap when the river is
quiet. Evenings are always a good bet and there is no fly better than the dry
fly.


When it comes to fly patterns this time of year stick with the usual
suspects: PMD’s, golden stones, salmonflies, and especially the little yellow
stones which are everywhere, tan caddis and basic midges. Typically, we
will see these hatches begin first during springtime on the Lower Sac and
then work their way upriver into the Upper Sac, McCloud, Pit, etc, as we
move into early summer.


Everyone has their favorite fly patterns but my go-to box right now consists
of: nine different variations of the Pheasant Tail nymph #12-16 from soft
hackle versions to BH and non-BH and flash to no flash, etc. Yvon Chounaird
is right…LOL. You can fish this fly exclusively forever. Other than that it’s
Hogan’s S&M or Lance’s XMay, copper CJ’s, RL in brown, yellow and blk,

Fox’s Poopah!, Bird’s nests, Mercer’s Poxyback PMD… I like all these
patterns in Tungsten bead versions, and some flashy too.
For dry flies it’s a Parachute Adams #12 all day long!! Mercer’s Missing Link
in every color and size, some parachute yellow Sally stones (with the red
butt) and yellow and orange Kauffman’s Stimulator, big foam Salmonfly
patterns just in case and some big drake patterns on the rainy days.
Don’t forget your Dry Shake powder, wading staff, cleats in your boots,
stash away Gore-Tex, water filter, and Buff.


I have a few days open to book during end of June and early July. In the
sage advice of the late, Bill Lowe… “Stop messin’ get a lesson” If you want
get a tune-up and a clinic on effective techniques and strategies in order to
confidently hook trout in our Nor Cal waters and beyond.
View my availability calendar online at
www.ReelAdventuresGuideService.com

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Northern California Fly Fishing Report

Northern California Fly Fishing Report
Dave Neal Reports on 5.28.20
Drop everything and go fishing right now. Throw a dart at the map of NorCal and hit the closest blue line. Everything is fishing well!!
I’ve been mostly fishing the Lower Sac - hard to get away from this river right now. Flows are at 9k and the PMD’s, little yellow stones and caddis hatches are driving the late morning - afternoon fishing. The evenings are also turning on.... the pm sessions should only continue to get better as we enter summer time. Dry fly fishing during caddis events can change the way you look at this river. 
Also of note, the Upper Sac, Pit and McCloud River are all fishing well and flows are perfect post runoff. Goldens, salmonfly and the usual suspects of mayflies, midges, small caddis are on the menu. Epic dry fly fishing in the evenings can happen this time year. Get on it soon!!
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Northern California Fly Fishing Report

Northern California Fly Fishing Report
Aaron Grabiel Reports on 5.28.20

Lower Sacramento River

One word: Troutopia. We have been lucky enough to get them on streamers, dry flies, nymphs and swung soft hackels. If you're lucky enough to be here on a rainy day the fishing will likely be phenomenal. Get out and fish this place. June traditionally is an extremely good month to be on the river. Come social distance with us. Size 8-10 Pat's Rubber Legs Brown and Black, Size 12-16 tan poopahs, peaches and cream, size 16-18 black micro Caddis, various May fly patterns. On top the Mercer’s missing link in black size 16 has been great.

The Small Water

It’s small stream time. I have to say that I’ve had better fishing so far this spring than the last few years.  It’s been a blast poking around the off the beaten path places getting bit by great fish. There should be a couple more weeks of the no hold bar bite, so get out there and explore. This time of year a large stimulators or other stone fly dry with a dropper 24-48” below is the ticket to cover water quickly and get big bites. Contact us for a guided trip to learn the tricks and tactics of small free stones.

Shasta Lake

Shasta is at the tail end of the consistent big bass bit. It will fish well the rest of summer but bigger fish will get harder to find on the fly.  Some of the river mouths are stacked with trout so it a great time to hit the lake and get a mixed bag.  Shasta is kicking out some 30” browns right now for the guys that are in to working for one big bite.

Pit River

This pocket water dream is fishing as good as it gets, so if you like to wade and bleed let’s go.  This place is so worth the effort and we would love to bleed with you.  Black flies, rubber legs, copper johns, caddis.... it all works and after a day of slipping and sliding around the Pit we recommend Beer and Ibuprofen
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Lower Sacramento River Fly Fishing Report

Lower Sacramento River Fly Fishing Report
Ryan Johnston Reports on 5.28.20
Fishing on the lower stretches of the Lower Sac has been really good as of late. The lower river is a place that not many people have experienced. Fishing the river below Cottonwood in May and June can make for some awesome fishing. It is a great time to bring out family members as the fish are plentiful and the drift is amazing. The Lower Sac "canyon" is by far the prettiest drift on the river. You take sure beauty, minimal boat traffic, and lots of healthy rainbows and you get lots of happy family members. Don't miss out on the next few weeks as prime time will be over before you know it.
 
Openings:
 
June 3-4, 8, 10, 13, 16
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