Fishing is red hot on Clear Lake. One of our guides had around 30+ hookups. Most fish are 1-2.5lbs right now however there is potential for much larger fish. Shad are in big schools and getting drilled by bass on top. Seeing fish slashing shad and chasing them right on the surface is a sight to see.
August is the prime month for fly fishing here. Fish are really aggressive and boat traffic is lighter than July. This is the month where 50-60+ hookup days become a possibility stripping streamers. Look for fish boiling on the surface. The bass are really keying in on shad right now which is perfect for the fly rod. Small clousers with more realistic colors and allot of white are best. Anything from full intermediate lines to Type 6 shooting heads do the trick depending on the depth where fish are feeding.
Fishing is slow for on the Delta for striper as this is not prime time however prime Fall dates are beginning to book up. For now smallmouth and largemouth have fished better. Water clarity can vary dependent on how many boats are on the water on the Northern Delta. On busy weekend days the shorelines that we like to fish for SMB can be quite murky. However an average day is producing 20 to 30 fish or more. Targeting smalleys on topwater is our favorite. They have been pretty responsive on various sz 6 poppers in light & dark colors depending on the day. Some days it’s on fire some days it has merely been good. Regardless it is so much fun using 4-5 wt rods & seeing fish after fish come up to attack poppers on the surface! Also, to get bigger fish don't be afraid to use small clousers or Crawdad patterns such as "Papi Chulos" on sinking tip or full sinking lines! Bill Becket suggests fishing smaller poppers on the clearer sloughs and larger ones on the larger murkier water.
: Captain Bryce says ” If the fishing gets tough (for smallmouth) we add a dropper to the popper 12-16 inches below it such as a Carey Special, small Wooly Bugger, Crawdad pattern or other weighted nymph for good results."
For largemouth try topwater first thing and then again in the evening. Focus on areas where Tules end and there are some weeds and you will probably find largemouth. When topwater slows mid-day for largemouth we have been going subsurface with Clousers & Crawdad patterns or focusing on fishing early or late to beat the heat.
We will be fishing smallmouth through the end of September. This is ideal for introducing young anglers to fly fishing and those wanting to whack a bunch of fish. Give us a call at the shop at (916)722-1055 or (707)287-2939 to get out with Maury, Bryce, Toby, Chuck and Bill for some memorable Summer SMB action. Book now or miss out. Also, striper dates are filling fast. Reserve yours today.
Fall River – Good
. Flows – slightly above average. Flows - high. Water temps – high 50’s. Visibility - Clear
The Fall River is fishing pretty well again this week. Water is still a bit high but it is producing some handsome fish. Some sporadic hatches coming off but most consistent are PMD’s and Calibaetis. Anglers are starting the day nymphing but when adults begin to emerge we have been switching to dries. Don't rule out fishing a streamer as well.
Call us direct at (707)287-2939 or at the shop at (916)722-1055 to get tie in to some beautiful wild California rainbows.
Good flies nymphs include the Anatomay, Poxy back PMD, Mercer’s Swing Nymph. Good dries include any Calibaetis dries as well as Lawsons Thorax PMD.
Feather River – Fair
Flows – 1,500 through low flow. Water temps - low 60’s. Water clarity – clear
The Feather is fishing fair. We have been finding mostly half pounders (fish have been in the 12" range) to some larger adult steelhead. One of our guides landed 7 steelhead yesterday to 22 inches. The yearly salmon is coming on and more and more fish are moving into the low flow section so fishing should improve.
Best flies continue to be big Prince Nymphs, Fox Poopahs, Micro Mays, Copper Johns, Red Headed Step Childs, and Tungsten Salvations, but eggs should start to work once the Salmon start laying eggs.
Give us a call at the (707)287-2939 or at the shop to reserve what should be a great Summer steelhead action on the Feather.
Hat Creek – Good
. Flows – above average, Water clarity – Clear
Hat Creek continues to fish so so. Hat 2 powerhouse continues to be busy but once you get away from that you can still find some solitude. Anglers have been seeing some bug activity during the day including, PMD’s, a few caddis and tricos, but evening in the Carbon Flat area has been the best dry fly action. The river is looking great.
Best flies include; Stones, Sin Citys, Micro Mays, Flatulators, Squirmy Wormies and Streamers. Also for dries try Stimulators and Adams or Parachute PMD’s, Comparadun PMD, Para Extended Body PMD and trico duns and spinners.
McCloud River – Good
. Flows – 240 CFS at Ah-Di-Na , 270 cfs from McCloud Reservoir, Water temps - High 60’s. Water clarity – Good
The McCloud has fished well again this week despite warmer water temps. The dry dropper with a stimulator or other large attractor and smaller nymph below has produced best in pocket water and riffles through mid day. Trout in warmer water seek out well oxygenated areas below riffles or agitated water. Deeper pools have some nice fish but it is usually the first angler through that get them. Fishing early and late will be most productive going forward but there have been some hatches going on mid day.
Good flies include Birds Nests, Anatomays, Micro Mays, Red Copper Johns, Rubberlegs, and Stimulators. Caddis flies in the evening.
Napa River – Good
. Flows – average, Water temps - 60’s. Water clarity – Clear to Poor as you head down river.
Fishing continues to be good recently in the Napa Valley. The upper river in town has fished well for good numbers of schoolies. Most fish are in the 12 to 16 inch range with is common for this time of year but some nice fish in the 5 to 7 lb range landed down lower again this week. Still, a shaker striper on a 6 wt will put up a really good fight. The lower river has been dirty but some larger fish have been caught down there. Clouser style flies with some dark contrasted with white/olive, gray/white etc. in size 1/0 or 2/0 will work well. Fishing the sloughs looking for cleaner water can help. If the water is dark go darker with your flies.
Call Off the Hook Fly Fishing at (707)287-2939 or at the Shop at (916)722-1055 for current reports and conditions.
Putah Creek – Good Flows - 390 CFS. Temps - high 50’s. Water clarity – clear.