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Fishing Report

Northern California Fly Fishing Report

Northern California Fly Fishing Report

Rick Cox Reports on 10.8.20

McCloud River

As of this moment the smoke from all the fires is finally leaving us. The McCloud River has been giving up some beautiful bows and brownies producing big smiles from our satisfied customers. With the onset finally of cold nights we are seeing more active fish, you can currently find them taking both nymphs and dries. The October Caddis are just beginning to get out and about in the mornings and late afternoon. The fish are just beginning to key in on them and it will only get better as we get deeper into October and early November. A recent outing found us some large browns. To find them you must be near the bottom in the mud, weighted sculpins with a smaller nymph as a teaser working best.

Upper Sacramento River

 
Hazy skies come and go from the Zogg Fire and the Upper Sac is starting to kick in with the mornings cooling. As I said the mornings are cold and the fishing has been on the slow side but as the afternoon kicks in the fish have been very grabby. The October Caddis are just making a showing particularly from Gibson up to Ney Springs. Our outings have had more success recently nymphing but the fish should be getting tickled enough any time soon by these big caddis so start thinking about these USDA choice morsels. The Chubbys and Stimmies with a dropper will serve you well. Lots of smaller Caddis out too so think Poopahs as a go to nymph.

Klamath River

 
Finally the Klamath has opened back up after the devastating  Happy Camp fire closures. We recently had a boat near there and can report the half pounders are definitely in. The river will only continue to improve as the heat waves are gone, days are cooling and the water temps drop. If you would like a fun day with these early steelhead think about hiring one of our excellent guides. We offer swinging or running nymphs, your choice. The fall on the Klamath offers some excellent fishing along with an explosion of fall colors.
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California Delta Fly Fishing Report

Capt. Steve Santucci Reports on 10.7.20

Delta Stripers showed a glimmer of what's to come.  Some new fish have entered the system as fishing has been a little slow for me the last couple of weeks.  We have been catching mostly smaller Stripers but fly fisherman are starting to experience some fresh fish entering the system..  We have experience some weather changes and we have some cooler temperatures and maybe some precipitation coming this Friday and Saturday. .  However, warmer temperatures are going to return Monday and Tuesday..
I am looking forward to Fall,, cooler temperatures and hard fighting Stripers in the upcoming weeks.  Contact me if you want to give it a go.
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California Delta Fly Fishing Report

California Delta Fly Fishing Report

Capt. Bryce Tedford Reports on 10.7.20

Fall is finally arriving on the Delta & change is in the air! Water temperatures are beginning to drop below 70 degrees & this will bring the bigger Stripers in! There are currently plenty of Stripers in the system but finding size can be a challenge. That said, if a person is willing to work for it & run around a bit then quality fish are there to be found.

Stripers will continue to ramp up as we get into Fall, October through December is prime Striper time & I am excited to finish out the year strong. I still have some prime Striper dates available in Oct.(next week), November is booked but Dec. dates are open as well. Remaining dates won’t last long so book your adventure soon

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Putah Creek Fly Fishing Report

Putah Creek Fly Fishing Report
Rob Russell Reports on 10.8.20 
    The creek continues to provide great opportunity for anglers as we enter the fall. The current flows of 300 cubic feet per second are very comfortable, safe, and great for fishing. The recent fire has also opened much of the bank access in areas previously inaccessible. Exploring areas further from access points is not only really fun, but can be extremely productive. 
     Fishing has been fair to good with many great fish caught on mostly nymphs and streamers. Streamers are rapidly becoming popular as the tug is indeed the drug here at the creek. The swung fly down and across, followed by a rapid retrieve, will often change the mind of the most devout nympher. For nymphs: the standard, cold tailwater fare of smaller bugs; i.e., midges, mayflies and caddis in size 14-22, will get eaten.
 
     A favorite time of the year with cooler weather and perfect flows, Putah Creek is a truly special place in the fall. Dates available now through the end of November. Contact below. Cheers folks!
Rob Russell Fly Fishing 
Santa Rosa, CA
707-888-2571
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Monterey and Bay Area Surf Fly Fishing Report

Monterey and Bay Area Surf Fly Fishing Report

Evan Praskin Reports on 10.6.20

Hey my salty surf charging fanatics! Fresh report from the Monterey Bay Area. The mass of salty bass have definitely made their way north from MB to SF Bay, though we always have some lingering around because let’s face it, our water is beautiful!

We have been getting out all over this past week catching halibut and Stripers toward SF and handfuls of perch down in MB. Plenty of action to be had this time of year and now is the time to connect with some of our awesome local surf species. As we climb further into winter, the perch should become more frequent and larger fish will start showing up(MB area). If your closer to SF bay you have great fishing all the way until thanksgiving, so dust off those rods, tie on your favorite Adachi clouser, and go get em. We’ll see you on the beach!

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Monterey Bay Fly Fishing Report

Evan Praskin Reports on 10.1.20
Can you feel it in the air? Actually can you smell it in the air? Seems like smoky air for our area is the new normal. Anyways the fishing down in Monterey Bay has been pretty good with lots of perch in the mix with a few ray species making and appearance.  Striped bass are still being caught here and there but the majority of fish have made their move north towards SF Bay. Ocean Beach Baker Beach and Crissy Field have been good places to spend your time tossing feathers for the line siders. We will be hosting clinics starting this weekend October 3 and fourth as well as the following weekend October 10 and 11th. If you haven’t done so and are interested contact the shop to see if there’s any spots available. Stay tuned because we are just starting to kick off clinics again and there will be plenty more to come! Hope everyone is staying safe and finding time to get out, we’ll see you on the beach!
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Central Valley Striped Bass Fly Fishing Report

Central Valley Striped Bass Fly Fishing Report

Photo by: Dominic Anthony Bruno

Chuck Ragan Reports on 9.27.20

Our Central Valley Rivers are continuing to produce great days for clients on the hunt for a Striper on the fly. Waters have been in the early 60’s and aside from some of the Smokey days we’ve had recently it’s been rather pleasant weather and conditions out there.  Steve Adachi style clousers are the ticket as usual along with persistence and endless focus. Fish hard, take care and revive the big girls and please be safe out there! Angler Tim Buys with a solid 24lb and change specimen that put up one heck of a fight.

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Eastern Sierra Fly Fishing Report

Eastern Sierra Fly Fishing Report

Jim Stimson Reports on 9.30.20

Thank you firefighters! 

The Inyo National Forest remains closed until a revaluation of conditions occurs on October 8th, hence, any fishing on USFS land is prohibited. This goes for any activity: fishing, hiking, biking, sight seeing, etc….Until the extreme fire conditions (heat, wind, drought, not enough fire fighting personnel) disappear, expect and respect the temporary closures. This means no campfires, no campfires, no campfires! Each day is a nail biter with local residents poised and ready to evacuate as the Creek Fire burns out of control just 15 miles from Mammoth Lakes. Mono and Inyo Counties are requiring the use of face masks with the pandemic. Please respect local businesses, each other, and be good stewards of the land. Thank you!

East Walker

The flows are in the low sixties along with the water temperatures. The fishing now is tough. The Bridgeport Reservoir is very low from the drought winter and is kicking a lot of mud and algae into the river, meaning, the water is off color. The bigger fish are hunkered down and tight lipped. There are trout to be had but it is a grind-a-thon. Keep in mind it is fun being on the water and whiling away the hours. The fishing will eventually improve!

West Walker

I believe the West Walker has reopened (it flows thru a different National Forest). That said, having recently driven thru the canyon the conditions are low, boney, and clear. Seek out the deeper, longer runs and go into stealth mode as the water is gin clear. Walk quietly as you approach the river, maintain a low profile, use a longer rod, and wear some camo. Think invisible.

San Joaquin

Closed

Hot Creek

Closed

Upper Owens River

Well heh! Looky here! There is something that is actually open, flowing, and has trout. 

The flows sit at about 60 cfs high in the river system. Once Hot Creek dumps into the mid-section the flows are closer to 90 cfs. There are some big fish beginning their journey back into the river system from the reservoir. Be patient and persistent….. dredge those deeper, slower buckets and you may get rewarded with a bruiser. You can get some top water action with elk haired caddis and tricos, but generally for smaller trout. I have had the best success nymphing with small pheasant tail or a soft hackled flies. 

Lower Owens River

The river is raging along at roughly 438 cfs. Beware of the high water levels, do not even think about wading across the river unless you enjoy swimming down the Owens Valley.

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

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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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California Delta Fly Fishing Report

California Delta Fly Fishing Report

Capt. Bryce Tedford Reports on 9.19.20

We are just seeing the first hints of Fall on the Delta & change is in the air! This is an interesting time on the Delta where it can be tough to decide what to do; Stripers, Largemouth & Smallmouth are all on the table right now.

That said, as the water cools the Largemouth & Smallmouth Topwater will begin to taper off & the Stripers will ramp up into Fall. October through December is prime Striper time & I am excited to finish out the year strong. I still have some prime Striper dates available Oct.-Dec but dates won’t last long so book your adventure soon!

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