Tuesday, January 17, 2017

more rain...

Just when the Lower Yuba was dropping and Butte Creek may be fishable by the end of the day....it is suppose to start pouring again tomorrow.

Good news is the International Sportsmans Expo is in Sacramento this week from Thursday to Sunday. I will tying there in the fly fishing hall on Sunday from 10-2pm and then walking the boat all drooling after that. Come by and say hi. I will have some flies for sale, free stickers, and a few hats for people that have bad hair cuts. 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Reports, Winter Bass Fishing, Appearances, and Stripers...

2016 has moved out and 2017 is roaring in with a huge week long storm (thats what they are saying)...Most rivers are blown out and heavy flooding rampant. The second to last storm that hit a a week or so ago was incredibly cold with LOTS of low elevation snow...that last storm that hit this week not only dumped a TON of rain it melted much of that low elevation snow...

The Lower Yuba River was fishable for a few days at most, but with all the rain there has been massive amounts of water coming down the Lower Yuba...flows reached over 80,000cfs this last week. Check out John Baiocchis blog http://jonbaiocchiflyfishingnews.blogspot.com for some great pictures of the high water. Who knows when the river will be fishable again...My best guess is it will take a good month for flows to drop to anywhere near fishable and then any storm will blow the river out again so who knows consistent flows may not come until May/June. No matter when it is going to be a completely different river when the flows do drop.  

The Lower Sacramento River was kicked back up to 15,000cfs only after being down around 5500cfs for only a week at most and then the rain came....and flows are now up over 21,000cfs out of Keswick with flooding throughout the water shed down river. The Sac outside of chico reached over 100,000cfs cresting at about 115,000cfs on Jan 10th....flows over 20,000cfs out of Keswik are not unfishable but I am not sure what the clarity coming out of Shasta is...I can't imagine it is very clear. Not sure when flows will clear and drop 

Butte Creek is blown out and will need a week or so of dry weather to be fishable again. May get a week or two of fishing in before it closes Feb 15

Feather River...I have not heard any reports sense the upper stretch above Hwy 70 opened Jan 1 but I did  drive over the river this afternoon (Jan 7) and the river was starting to color up meaning that lake oroville was getting muddy. 

Winter Bass Fishing  
Fellow Guides Ryan Williams and Chuck Ragan have been doing some winter spotted bass fishing on Lake Oroville and having some pretty epic days. Ryan is really one of the pioneers of this winter spotted bass fishing as he has developed a system fishing indicators and suspended bait fish patterns. Very similar to the Float'n Fly method many conventional bass anglers use. It is not summer or spring bass fishing where fish crush stripped flies, but it may be the only game around for a while....Spotted bass fight much like smallmouth bass and make up for what they may lack in size  with their fight. Average fish is about 1-3lbs.

email: chuck crguideservice@gmail.com or Ryan rwguideservice@yahoo.com

UpComing Appearances
Lots of stuff happening over the next few months...Here are some events that I will be at if you wanna stop by and say hello.

Jan 22 - I will tying flies at the ISE Show in Sacramento in the Fly Fishing Building. Come by I'll tie you a fly.

Feb 18 - Yuba River Jubilee at Hamond Grove Park in Browns Valley - I will be there with the "Hogan Brown Fly Fishing" Booth as well as the "Cast Hope" booth. Chuck Ragan will be there helping me with both. I will tying, selling some flies, talking guiding, cast hope, and all things yuba and fly fishing.

Feb 25 - I will at the Cast Hope booth at the Pleasanton Fly Fishing Show and Cast Hope will be hosting our 3rd annual "After Party at Gastros Pub" that evening! Come to the show, stop by the booth, and then head over to the after party for beer, food, auction, raffle, and more!

Striper Season
While storms are hitting the North State Spring and Summer Striper season will be here before you know it. Last season I was booked up through Sept by April so this year I have added two additional Licensed Coast Guard Captains to take my over flow and accommodate 2-3 boat trips. I had to turn away a lot of people last season so hopefully this will help get more people out. I will be releasing my March-Sept Trout, bass, shad, and striper dates here in the next month so keep an eye on your email or the blog for dates if you would like to get on my calendar for striper season. 

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Fly Tying 101

Loon is hosting a four part live streaming event on beginning fly tying starting Jan 6 and will run every thursday. I think this is in place of the usual "Loon Live" hosted by the alway entertaining and enlightening Matt Callies. Great way to learn if you get a fly tying kit for Christmas or have one sitting around you got years ago and have never used. 

Check it OUT!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Last minute opening, Winter Dates, Fishing Reports

Last minute opening, Winter Dates, Fishing Reports

Last Minute Opening: Dec 20th 

Open Winter Dates:
Dec 28
Jan 2, 14, 21, 

*These dates are first come first serve so call 530-514-2453 or email. 
Hope everyone is ready for Christmas and have all their shopping done and are getting ready to travel to be with family or have family over. We are hosting Christmas this year I have a few days of guiding this week and then some cooking and cleaning to do. The last storm that went through really did a number on the rivers though there is still some fishing to be had and lets be honest no one is complaining about rain at this point! I have a few winter dates open still and a last minute opening this week.

Lower Sacramento River is fishable down to Cow Creek which means floats down to Anderson are fishable. Fishing has been pretty typical winter trout fishing on the Lower Sacramento which means good fish but not huge numbers on most days...that said there can be periods of really good numbers if the conditions are right.

Lower Yuba River is blown out right now but dropping. Dropping Slowly at that...it is at 7057 and is dropping a few hundred cfs a day out of Englebright. Deer Creek is at 265 and not dropping very fast...on about 30cfs today (monday dec 18th). Based on how the river and creek are dropping and all the water that is coming down the SF Yuba I can't imagine the river will be in shape to fish any time in the coming week. 
Butte Creek is dropping and is down to 1160cfs and with no rain in the forecast until early next week it should come into shape in the next day or two. Air temps are cold so make sure to get out during the warmer part of the day. Swinging flies and nymph fishing will both catch fish.

Feather River is blown out as well all the way up as Lake Oroville is completely colored up. When this happens it usually takes a while for the river to clear.

Hope everyone has a great holiday and spends time with family as well as out on the water!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Tuesday...quick report.

So the rain is back...The Lower Yuba WAS dropping and around 5000cfs but I am sure will rage again very soon and in the end sense the South Fork has been ripping Lake Englebright should be blown so the river will be mud for a while but I can not confirm this...I am hoping the river is fishable by Sunday/Monday but that may be wishful thinking.

The Lower Sacramento River is fishing so that is good as much of the creeks that blow it out have dropped and supposedly clarity is good down to Bend bridge but I find that hard to believe...I would feel comfortable making the assumption fishing down to Cow Creek is going to be decent. I think fishing on the Sac is going to be a good option the coming few weeks but who knows based on the rain that is forecasted over the next few days.

Butte Creek was dropping into shape getting below 550cfs today but should pop back up with the rains but again I am hoping this should drop back down into shape by sunday/monday.

Feather River is fishable through the low and high flow and has a few fresh winter fish in it from what I have heard.