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  • 05/12/11--06:22: yuba river
  • Yuba report

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  • 07/19/11--15:04: Putah Pays Off
  • This morning I was treated to taking out a 15 year old kid named Jack. Jack told me that he had done quite a bit of fly fishing already though neverbecause in "Northern California. I could tell by the way he said it that he was already afly fishing addict.

    After the first five minutes of watching him roll cast, mend, and read the water I could tell that he was a stud. I told him what a challenge Putah Creek can be but if you get technical you can do pretty well. I took us a couple of hours to find the fish but once we did we caught fire.

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  • 09/29/11--12:48: Putah Becoming Prime
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  • 02/16/12--10:30: 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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  • 02/24/12--23:09: 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!

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    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.

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    Off the Hook Fly Fishing
    Northern California Fly Fishing Report
    September, 2015

    Fall is right around the corner and despite drought conditions there are plenty of fly fishing options here in Northern California. Dates are booking up quickly so give us a call today to reserve your trip(707)287-2939.

    Putah Creek - Fair to good. Flows - low and clear. Temps high 50’s to low 60’s, 400cfs. Best fishing has been first thing in the morning and again in the evening. Sporadic hatches of Blue Wing Olive caddis and some midges are the main items. Indicator nymphing with a two fly rig has been producing some a few nice fish. We’re still seeing quite a few smaller fish (6 to 10 inch range) being caught which is indicative of recent spawn success. Blue Wing olives have been hatching in the afternoon so fish BWO nymphs under a caddis or other attractor. Remember to go small and light with point fly with a Blue Wing Olive or midge down to 6x tippet. Fishing should only improve as water levels drop and fish begin staging for the spawn.

    Guide Tip : Try using a San Juan Worm with a small Baetis dropper in deeper slots. Some nice fish landed last week on SJW’s. Also hesitate to throw on an egg pattern soon as fish will begin keying on them.

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    American River– Good Flows – 1,800 CFS. Temp. – High 50’s to low 60’s. Water clarity – Very clear

    We are still seeing good numbers of shaker stripers, but also some bigger ones too on the American. The striper fishing will start to slow down in the next few weeks as the water temps drop, so get out now while the fishing is good. The salmon are slowly coming in, not in great numbers yet, but they are making their way in. The good news is there are a good amount of half pounders in the system, which makes for a fun day on the water. Between the stripers and steelhead, you couldn't ask for a better time. If the flows stay higher than it did last year, the American should be a good place to get away for a few hours, especially below the power lines after the upper closes. Mid river has been holding a few more fish over the past few years, shhhhhhh! This is nice to see, so come mid October to mid December give this section a try. Also, don't forget, the upper section closes November 1st, and reopens up January 1st, we already have a few dates booked around the opener, so don't miss out.

    Best flies for striper have been Byng’s Bait fish in white/chartreuse, Toby’s American River Rainbow Clouser and the Stay Hungry Streamer in gray/white. For steelhead/half pounders try caddis pupae or small clinger type mayfly nymphs or eggs.

    Delta Stiper - Good Water Temp 68-70 degrees. Water Clarity – Good. Delta smallmouth– Good to Fair Water Clarity – Good to great depending on how many boaters are on the water.

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    Northern California Fly Fishing Report – October, 2016

    American River– Fair Flows – 1,500 CFS. Temp. – Mid to low 50’s. Water clarity – Perfect

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    Best Bets... Delta, Truckee or Pyramid

    American – Poor Flows 14,200 cfs Water Temp high 50’s degrees. Water Clarity – Off color

    Striper should be showing up in the American soon. We're not exactly sure how all this rain will affect the timing of their migration this season. However judging by how things are really picking up on the Delta, it shouldn't be too long. When they do arrive stripping flies on sinking lines is the name of the game. Traditionally good flies for this time of year will be Byng’s Bait fish in white/chartreuse, Toby’s American River Rainbow Clouser and the Stay Hungry Streamer in gray/white.

    We are looking forward to shad fishing this season as well. Stay tuned in late May for things to get going. Shad will take flies that are swung or nymphed.

    If you are looking forward to striper or shad fishing on the American and would like some professional help give us a call at (707)287-2939 916)722-8594 at the shop. We have some of the very best most patient and competent guides around. Let us assist you in getting the most out of your time on the water.

    Delta Stiper – Good to great! Water Temp high 60-62’s degrees. Water Clarity – Clear in some areas, murky in others.


    Photo Credit : Toby Uppinghouse

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    Best Bets... Delta, Truckee or Pyramid

    American – Poor Flows 14,200 cfs Water Temp high 50’s degrees. Water Clarity – Off color

    Striper should be showing up in the American soon. We're not exactly sure how all this rain will affect the timing of their migration this season. However judging by how things are really picking up on the Delta, it shouldn't be too long. When they do arrive stripping flies on sinking lines is the name of the game. Traditionally good flies for this time of year will be Byng’s Bait fish in white/chartreuse, Toby’s American River Rainbow Clouser and the Stay Hungry Streamer in gray/white.

    We are looking forward to shad fishing this season as well. Stay tuned in late May for things to get going. Shad will take flies that are swung or nymphed.

    If you are looking forward to striper or shad fishing on the American and would like some professional help give us a call at (707)287-2939 916)722-8594 at the shop. We have some of the very best most patient and competent guides around. Let us assist you in getting the most out of your time on the water.

    Delta Stiper – Good to great! Water Temp high 60-62’s degrees. Water Clarity – Clear in some areas, murky in others.


    Photo Credit : Toby Uppinghouse

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