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Northern California Fly Fishing Report

Northern California Fly Fishing Report

AC Flyfishing Reports on 10.22.20

We're entering the heart of our Fall fishing season here in Northern California. We've had some exceptionally good fishing taking place on our local rivers and the weather has been fantastic. From the Lower Sac to the Upper Sac, McCloud, Fall River, etc. There are so many excellent options this time of year. 

The Lower Sac has been one of our main rivers of focus over the past few weeks and will continue to be through November and even into December. There are good numbers of Salmon spawning in the river and this annual event makes for some very fun, fast paced fishing. Too many great fish stories to recall recently. The weather has been unseasonably warm but it's tough to complain when we get to wear shorts and sandals to the river most days. The extended forecast shows really nice weather heading our way with temperatures dropping into the 70s. We are expecting the fishing to stay good and the trout to remain on a steady egg and bug diet for the foreseeable future. There are decent numbers of Steelhead around in the Lower River, making a float south of Anderson a great option. As we get into November and December, we should continue to see more of these Steelhead trickle into the system. This is a wonderful time of year to come and experience both Trout and Steelhead fishing on the "Lower Sac".
STEELHEAD FISHING 
By late October we begin to turn our attention to the Trinity and Klamath Rivers. Steelhead are already beginning to show up in both of these systems and we are looking forward to a good November and December this year of targeting Steelhead here. You should typically expect to find larger numbers of fish in the Klamath but these fish, on average are going to be smaller than Trinity River Steelhead. You can expect to find larger fish in the Trinity but typically fewer than the Klamath. Both rivers are great options in late Fall and Winter. The Trinity will pickup as soon as we get a few small wet weather systems move through the North State. Now is a great time to plan your next Steelhead adventure. 
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Northern California Fly Fishing Report

Northern California Fly Fishing Report

AC Fly Fishing Reports on 9.20.20

Lower Sacramento River 

The Lower Sac - As many of you know, Fall is one of our favorite times of year to fish the Lower Sacramento River. We've had a very productive season on the "trout factory" and we are looking forward to a great upcoming Fall season.   


October and November is one of the most desirable seasons to be on the river.

The Egg bite is coming..

For those of you that are unfamiliar with the "Egg Bite" - It is an event that we experience almost every year in October and November on the Valley Rivers of Northern California. This event is most famous on the Redding to Red Bluff stretches of the Lower Sacramento River. As anglers and guides - we hit the river each day and seek out these specific sections that the Salmon are spawning in. We are targeting the Rainbow trout (and Steelhead) that are tucked in behind the salmon, ferociously devouring Salmon eggs as they get kicked loose from the gravel beds. We are fishing both egg imitations and bugs. As the Salmon "dig" their nests in the gravel beds - they kick out a lot of bugs and eggs from the river bottom, creating a feeding frenzy. Actively spawning Salmon are known to get the attention of some of the biggest trout in the river.

Fall Fishing Outlook:
CA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife is projecting a big return of Fall Run Chinook Salmon this year..  nearly 500,000 adult spawning fish are projected to make it back to the system this year. This is great news for our Fall trout season. As many of you know, an abundance of Spawning Salmon can contribute to some excellent Fall fishing and obese rainbow trout.. The famous "egg bite" usually begins in late September and runs through November. As Fall is one of our more popular seasons - you might want to consider setting up your Fall fishing dates soon before our guide availability gets thin.  

 

Fall River:

The Fall River has been excellent this Summer and has handed many of our guests memorable days on this big Spring Creek. Do not expect the fishing to slow down until the season closes in November. 

For those looking for a smaller venue and walk and wade option this Fall, The McCloud River, Pit River and Upper Sacramento River offer a great change of pace. All 3 of these rivers are great options during our Fall season. Inquire for more details. 

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Northern California Fly Fishing Report

Northern California Fly Fishing Report

AC Fly Fishing Reports on 7.12.20

Lower Sac - 

We're in full summer mode on the big river. Caddis hatches have been the main jam along with a few PMDs still lingering. The best windows out here are early and late. We've had good fishing from Reding down through Cottonwood recently. Don't let the warm temps shy you away.. evenings can produce some awesome fishing during those Caddis hatches. Typically, the warmer the day - the better the bugs come off. Summer can produce some of the most underrated fishing of the year on the Sac. A reminder that the upper portion of the river reopens on August 1.. This can be a very good time to get after some fish that have had a long break from angling pressure.

Fall River - 

Has been exceptionally good this summer. Quantity and quality of fish has been as good as we've seen in a long time. The Hex hatch is still rolling in the evenings making for a very fun, short window of dry fly fishing. Expect the fishing here to stay strong through September. 

McCloud River - 

The McCloud has been a very good walk and wade option as well. The big stoneflies have tapered off and it's more of a Mayfly and Caddis game out there. Again, early and late in the day can produce the best fishing. Expect to have rising fish that last hour or two of light.. Big Brown trout start to make their migration up from Lake Shasta this time of year.. this can be a really fun bonus to plug into one of these brutes. 

Upper Sac - 

The Upper has been solid this summer as well. Expect smaller fish on average this time of year.. The mornings and evenings are the timeframes to target during these "Dog Days" of summer.. Wet wading here is a very good way to escape the heat..

Pit River - 

The trusty Pit has been a great option all summer. No real surprise here.. primarily a nymph game but you can still expect great numbers of opportunities during these hot Summer days. This is a great river to wet wade and cool off this time of year.

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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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