Sunday, June 24, 2018

Been a while...

So it has been a while...I apologize. All these various digital things to update are hard to keep updated...That said I will give you a recap here and some reports to beat the heat.

Most of my fishing the last month has been fishing and guiding for stripers on the Lower Sac from Conring down to Butte City. Fishing has been good to fair most days. We have had some great days and some tough days....pretty typical for June. Water temps and Shad in the river moving around can really mess with the bite on a day to day basis. We have been experiancing a pretty significant heat wave the last few days so this should really solve the water temp issue warming up the water in areas that it has been colder and hopefully get the shad to move out or move on. River is in an interesting position this year as we didnt have super high flows over the winter so the weeds are coming up and we had a good shad run so fish will move into the shallows to feed but with shad in the river they are not foreced to move into the shallows yet. If I had to make an overreaching statement I would say the fishing is a bit late to get going with a good shad run...and that makes sense. That said there are some BIG fish around and good numbers of 4-8lb fish to fill in the gaps.

Other news...I am going to be locking up some new Yuba River access in the next month for the coming fall/winter trout and steelhead season so stay tuned for that. Going to be some big changes in access on the Ole'Yuba.

Lots of good music in the mix over the last month. The new American Aquarium Album is good...not great but good. I am not sure if I have just listened to them to much or what but the new album just doesnt connect with me as much as the older stuff and I couldnt tell you why. I have heard a few tracks off the new Lucero album coming out this summer and it sounds pretty damn good so far. I love this band and continue to connect and dig on all their music they have made throughout the years. Other good albums I have been listening to are The Dead Tongues "Unsung Passage", Brent Cobb " Providence Canyon", and The Harmed Brothers "self titled"

My band Royal Oaks has been playing around the north state as well so if you have made it out to a show thank you!!!! We have a local Chico, CA show coming up at Argus down town Chico, CA on July 13th if you wanna come out I'll buy you a drink!

Monday, May 14, 2018

14 may...its Monday so kill some time on the internet

Mid May Report - Summer Dates

June 4, 6, 7, 8, 14, 15,
July 3, 5, 6, 9, 14, 16, 19, 20, 21, 23, 27, 30
August 1, 2, 3, 9

Summer will be here VERY soon. Get your striper dates on the books!

Lower Sac Shad fishing - Shad are up through chico and fishing is good most evenings. Bit seems to be best between 1-5pm. As the days get warmer the bit may get later but as of now the late evening last light bite is not the best. There are some wading spots at Washout and off river road through Chico but as flows come up fishing from a boat will be best. 

hooked up on a sac herring

Lower Sac Striper Fishing - Fishing out of Colusa for migratory fish is still going fair with some good days and some slower days. Just depends on the water and air temps from what I have heard. A couple good buddies and guides have had good days and tough days so getting towards the end of the run but the cooler milder weather will keep it going for a bit longer I think. 

Lower Yuba Trout fishing - Yuba River is around 2700cfs which is a great flow. Great for wading various spots and fishing from the boat. Talked to a good buddy who guided it this last week and had a decent day even in the wind. As long as the temps stay mild fishing should be decent all day and hatches should be good. May and June can be great trout fishing on the Lower Yuba River. 

New Music - So I have purchased Apple Music and my level of new music consumption is insane...way to much to write about in a blog post based on the ease and freedom to download and listen to ANYTHING!!!! That said on the forefront of releases I am pumped for the June 1 American Aquirium Release and just purchased my Pre-Order of the new Lucero Album that will be coming out August 3. Lucero will also be playing with Frank Turner on fathers day in SF at the Warfield...Trying to see if I can pull that off as a Fathers Day Present to myself. 

My band Royals Oaks has a few shows coming up over the next few weeks if anyone wants to drink some domestic light lagers and watch us do our thing...

In other music news Steph and I went down to Harlows this weekend to watch the Built To Spill play. Built to Spill is one of the bands that we both LOVE and have for over a decade now to be honest. I have lost track how many times we have seen them play but this was not one of the best...Totally get every band has good and bad nights and the more you see a band the more you role the dice you may see an off night...well we saw and off night. That and I was a bit bummed they played as a three piece. Last show we saw them play at Harlows they played as  a 5 piece which was by far the best show of theirs we have ever seen so coming off that was tough. Still love the band and just stocked that they are still touring and making music and giving my wife and I the opportunity to see them. 
BTS doing their thing...

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Shad and Striper Dates, Reports, and some more randomness

So it has been a while and I apologize but updating blogs, emailing, posting on social media, and then just living can be tough...been really working on NOT stairing at a screen so much and living with my eyes up so to say. I am much better about sending out emails to my email list with reports and such then I am at posting on this blog so if you want more up to date info click the link below on over to my website and sign up for my mailing list.

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In other news check out my availabe dates for striper fishing and evening shad/bass trips. If the spring so far has been any indicator late spring and summer fishing is going to be GREAT!!!!

Evening Shad and/or Largemouth bass top water trips
May 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 18, 21, 24, 25, 28-30

Open Striper Dates
June 4, 8, 9, 12, 14, 15, 16, 18, 23, 24,
July 3, 5, 6, 9, 13, 14, 16, 19, 20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 27, 28, 30
August 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 11

Shad are on their way up the Sac, Yuba, and Feather and before the last big storm word was they were up to the mouth of the feather on the Sac. This high water from all the recent rain is really going to get the shad moving and if history is any indicator by the first week of May fish should be up around chico. Evening shad trips are a perfect way to target the best time to be on the water shad fishing.
Evening Top water bass trips or combo trips are also a great way to target the best fishing for river large and smallmouth bass.

Evening Trips are $250 for two anglers and include drinks, tackle, and use of rod and reel.

We are looking forward to another great summer on the Sacramento river chasing stripers.  If winter and spring is any indicator we should have another great year. I have alot of dates availalbe but they will book up as they do every year so get your dates while there are options. I also have 3 other captains available for multi boat trips this year so if you are looking for a group outing let me know.

Full day Striper trips are $475 and include lunch/drinks, tackle, and use of rod and reel.


Not much to report after the massive rain yesterday...sometimes it seems that the weather man is wrong all the time during the spring with the weather but this time they nailed it. It was a big rain yesterday and the rivers were rising even before the rain hit as DWR raised the flow on the Feather and Yuba to make room for what was forecasted as "atmospheric" river.

Feather River - was fishing well prior to DWR jacking up the flows through the entire river system. I had a few trips and we were hooking both adult and halfpound spring steelhead on the swing and nymphing. The afternoon caddis hatches started by the last day I was out there and fish were definatley keying on them swung and nymnphed.

Spring Feather Steelhead

Lower Yuba River - River has been raging for a few days now and continues to climb. It is up to 30k right now and while I am sure the river will be fine just sucks as it was just settling into a nice spring pattern with hatches. Should be a good late May and June on the lower yuba this year...May even take some time off from striper fishing and get out a few days in june.

Migratory Striper Fishing - I got a few days out with Captain Darrin Deel out of colusa fishing flies, bait, and swim baits...we caugth fish on all methods and I even got out a day with my dad and found some fish. This big push of water coming down the sac with the rain should pull up good numbers of fish up river and May should be great down out of Yuba City on the feather and Yuba and Colusa on the Sac.

Migratyory striper from the Sac
serious case of schoolie bass thumb

Oroville Spotted Bass Fishing - Fishing is getting good and the spotted bass are in pre spawn/spawn depending where you are in the lake. Fishing float and fly is catching the most fish.


Been listening to so much good music it is insane...I bought and signed up for Apple Music which is like a free pass to bev mo for a drunk...I have lost all control and will never go back. Couple of my favorite finds though are Gar Clemens New Album Full Buck Moon and ALL OF Travis Meadows stuff I highly recommend both. A band that has really gotten a ton of listening by myself and a few of my buddies who I shared them wih is Old Heavy Hands...they have new album coming out but their self titled debut album might just be my favotire album so far of 2018 I have found. Also steady rotation of John Moreland in all forms, the new Brian Fallon album, Turn Pike Troubadors whose new album A Long Way from Your Heart is amazing. Also all of Tyler Childers music is pretty steady rotation in the car and at home AND if you want to see Tyler he is playing in Chico CA April 20th.

Also if you havent yet check out my bands latest release Downs and Ups on Apple I tunes or here at Band Camp - LINK

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Reports and Upcoming Dates


Lake Orovillen and other Foothill bass fisheries - Winter and early spring are prime time for spotted bass on Lake oroville and other foothill lakes. Fishing has been pretty darn good and with stable weather in the forecast fishing should be pretty consistant. Fish on Oroville are averaging 1-2 pounds but some bigger fish in the 3-5lb range should start to be in the mix as we move into late winter and early spring. 
Winter Striper Fishing - it is no secret that the lower sac is an amazing year round striper fishery but winter rarely provides river conditions that allow fly anglers to get out on the water but with the mild winter we are having we have been getting out pretty frequently between storms. The river is in good shape and with steady weather forecasted for the foreseeable future. We are going to be getting out on the river ALOT. Winter is when we catch some of the biggest fish of the year and is truelly trophy hunting season for the anglers that have the patience. 

Upcoming Dates

Spring and summer striper dates are filling up!!! If you are looking to get out this spring or summer get your date booked soon! Prime dates will fill up over the next few months. March-Sept

Spring Steelhead Dates - Swinging flies on the Lower Feather is a great way to get your switch, trout spey, or light spey rod out...The Lower Yuba River below Daguerre diversion dam is also a great place to swing flies during the spring months. While most of the fishing requires the ability to wade we do access the river via drift and jet boat so hiking is minimal. March- Mid May. 

March 3, 17, 30, 31
April 2, 3, 5, 6, 14, 21, 
May 26
June 4, 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 19, 22, 23, 
July 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 30
August 1, 2, 3, 6, 8, 9, 11, 

Friday, January 12, 2018

You Tube Channel...

So I have been feeling some pressure over the last year to get a youtube channel going...not like pressure from a company or anything just internal pressure...The internal voice that says "hey everyone is doing this get your shit together and film some videos"...So I did. I got a go pro and am starting to work on filming some tying videos and will do some other rigging videos as well. Go check it out, follow the channel, and let me know what you think...if there are any flies you want me to tie or topics you want covered comment here or shoot me an email

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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

2017 in Review...Fishing, Family, Music, Sports...normal blog post but longer and more reflective.

2017 in review…

So it is Dec 26th as I start this and my boys are building legos and watching cartoons and still have not gotten out of their PJ’s at 4pm…PERFECT for the day after Christmas. As for myself I have set up my new Nespresso coffee/Espresso machine thing, justified my second piece of pie that I am eating while typing by going to the gym, played around with my new Go Pro my wife got me for Christmas, AND now I am going to be productive…well atleast try…and lets be honest I am starting this on Dec 26th but no promises I am going to finish.*editors note...who is me...finished on Dec 27th.

A few days ago as I blindlessly thumbed through one of the many social media sources I follow for work and pleasure and was bombarded with “year end” and “year in review” posts…so in that theme I am going to review my year, in true hgb fly fishing blog fashion…


For the most part due to the huge winter we had this year my fishing year didn’t really get started until May’ish…I had a few trout days here and there in the spring and even some bait slinging striper days in April with Captain D. Deel, but I didn’t get on the water regularly until May….I would say the highlight of this fishing season was my striper season. Striper fishing this year was by far the best I have ever had. More big fish, more good fish, and bigger fish then any other year….Not sure if it was the winter, a cycle in the fishing, or just the fact I am getting better and better as a guide out on the river…learning, observing, and just plain figuring the fish out. Who knows but as fishing highlights go it was epic…

I also got to fish a bunch with my boys this year and that is always a high light. Both are getting to the point where they can functionally fish with the fly rod and the spinning rod so it is a ton of fun getting them out on the water. No big fish for them but fish they caught on their own and that is more important then catching a “big one” to me.

Also starting to fish more winter bass has been a big high light for me this winter and will continue into 2018 through Jan and February. I have been fishing Lake Oroville with clients and on my own and figuring out a fishery that is 30 minutes from my house that I have always over looked over the 16 years I have lived in chico is some what sad but at the same time rewarding and exciting. Ryan Williams ( and Chuck Ragan ( have been a ton of help learning and figuring out the lake as well as my buddies and my boys when I drag them out there.

My family – my wife Stephanie and boys Oliver and Beckett are by far the high light on any year – That said a few things that have been extra special .... watching my wife grow her business Sweet Tangerine ( and .  She has really grown her whole sale business around Northern California and her online sales this year…For a better part of our lives together my business and carrear has taken precident and she has been working to raise our boys and keep the wheels on the bus at home so to say, but to see her with some free time now with our boys in school to work on her business and seeing it grow and be a success is huge.

Taking my boys to Notre Dame this year with my dad was a huge moment for me and my dad. Notre Dame holds and incredibly special place in my life and my relationship with my own father and to finally share it with my own sons I can not began to express the importance and significance of it. Also got to go see the Irish play at Stanford with whole family. 

My oldest son Oliver had his First communion this spring which was a big deal for our family and an event that really hammered home how fast time goes by and how quickly this whole thing goes by. I think that has been an over all theme this year for me .... realizing how quickly time goes by and how important it is to live in the moment and appreciate everyday with my boys, parents, and family.

Another fun trip with my dad and boys was skipping school and going to the NCAA tournament at the new Kings Arena in Sacramento – we went both Thursday and Saturday seeing a total of 6 games. The first day was saint patricks day and my youngest son beckett was determined to wear his leprechaun costume from Halloween.

Number one would be completing an album with Royal Oaks…We put a TON of work into this thing and are really happy with how it turned out. Though we won’t be having our “Album Release” Party until Jan 2018 it was complete this year and so I am saying it is an achievement of highlight from this year. The album will be up and out on band camp and I Tunes Mid Jan 2018 (

Best Albums – I got this year…may not have been released this year

John Moreland “Big Bad Luv”
Arliss Nancy “Greater Divides”
Arliss Nancy “Wild American Runners”
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit “The Nashville Sound”
Hot Water Music “Light it Up”
War on Drugs “A Deeper Understanding”
Blizen Trapper “Wild and Reckless”
Turnpike Troubadours “A Long Way from your Heart”

Best live show this year was seeing Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit  with Frank Turner (who I got meet and hang with a bit) at the Fox Theater in Oakland with my wife and getting to play a few shows with my good buddies in Royal Oaks and Chuck Ragan around Northern California.

Cast Hope

Another great year for Cast Hope and throwing some crazy events from benefit concerts to dinners and such...AS well as a great fishing tournament to honor our buddy Gabe Duran. 


Lots to look forward to...I am getting a new jet boat and am building a youtube channel full of fly tying videos and such...I am sure my boys will continue to grow and present challenges and fun like nothing else life can provide. Royal Oaks will promote the new record and we are even looking at June as our next trip to the studio. Stay tuned...