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Fishing Reports and Open Dates
Open Dates: Dec 22, 23, 28, 31 Jan 2, 3, 5, 6, 14, 16, 21 Feb 20.
Lower Feather River: River is fishing fair. The quality of fishing really depends on finding fresh water...aka fish that haven't been caught or fished over. Tough to do during the weekends and on holidays. There are a few fresh fish but not many as fishing tends to taper off during the end of November. Highest concentrations of fish are in the Low Flow and swinging small alvin flies or nymphing with eggs and nymphs will catch fish.
Butte Creek: Flows are stable at 280 which is a great wade fishing flow. There are fish throughout the system and more are moving in with every storm. This is a tough creek though with limited public access and bush whacking, hiking, moderate trespassing. Swinging small steelhead flies and nymphing with eggs and attractor nymphs is best. Fishing will improve through December and January
Lower Yuba River: Clarity is about 1' with flows at 1240cfs and dropping as deer creek drops...YCWA is going to drop flows to 750-800 this saturday or sunday. Best fishing this time of year is with attractor eggs, baetis, smaller stoneflies, and swinging small olive bait fish or traditional steelhead flies in smaller "earth" tones.
So winter is here it seems like at least today. There was a
little frost this morning in Chico, Ca and the morning air temps were around
38. Haven’t seen really any rain in the last two weeks and we even saw weather
this last week in the 80s! CRAZY but CRAZY seems to be the new normal with
regards to weather. Here are some fishing reports and things that have been
going on…you know random stuff you can read to kill time on a Thursday.
Dec: 17, 21-23, 29-31
Jan: 2, 5-7, 14, 28
Lower Sac Stripers: Fishing has slowed dramatically
but the river is fishable and the big fish are the ones that are eating…I mean
really big. This is when you may fish all day for one grab but it will be a
true trophy. I fished last week when the weather was warmer and caught plenty
of 3-8lb fish and had one monster follow and tail slap a fly on an I-Line.
Winter striper fishing on the river can be good or bad just depends on the
weather and water
Lower Sacramento River Trout: December is
traditionally one of, if not my favorite, month to fish the Sac for trout. Most
of the guides and recreational anglers are gone…moving back down south or to
the Trinity and while numbers are not huge we do usually catch some of the
biggest rainbows of the year. Fishing small and deep is the key and with a poor
salmon return it seems this small and deep approach we use in December has
already started from what I hear.
Feather River Steelhead: Fishing is pretty workmen
like…good numbers no reports of monsters but steady fishing if you can get a
clean run and fresh water. Getting fresh water is the biggest issue on the
feather. If you are the first one to fish it you will get the fish…if not can
Lower Yuba River: Lower yuba slowed down with the
flow drop as the flows are back down to 775. I am really not a fan of fishing
the Yuba at these flows butgood
rain can push the flows back up to around a 1000cfs really quick so hopefully
we get some rain soon and that happens.
Butte Creek: Is open and flows are around 150cfs…a
good wade fishing flow. There should be some steelhead up in the creek with the
good rains we had in October. May get out and check it out this weekend.
Sports Reports....a lot has happened. Baseball season
was good…I am glad that the giants lost the way they did so they will be publicly
forced to spend some money on a closer/bull pen. The total embarrassment of the
way they lost game 4 is going to force them to spend some money.
Notre Dame is what they are…YOUNG. Expectations were way to
high this year. We are starting on average 14 freshman a game so you get what
you get with that. That said I support Coach Kelly and in no way blame him or
his staff or the losses…that said I am glad Van Gormer (d-cordinator) is
gone…His schemes were way to complicated and many times the kids looked lost.
Hopefully Kaiser stays and all this experience for these young kids helps next
year as pretty much everyone will be back.
Music: Been listening to a ton of Sturgill Simpson
sense the wife and I were lucky enough to go see him this last weekend at the
Cascade Theater in Redding, CA aka the Bakersfield of the North State.By far top 5 shows I have ever seen…the
musicianship was amazing. Plus Sturgill is just a bad ass…talk about the real
In other news my band Royal Oaks is heading into the studio
this weekend for two day of tracking for our upcoming album…always a fun yet
taxing experience. We will also be playing Dec 10th down at Slims in
SF with Chuck Ragan, Rocky Votolato, Reverand Peyton and the Big Damn Band, and
Travis Hayes for the Inagural Cast Hope Benefit Concert.
Simms Delta Day: This is a great Pro/Guide/Dealer
event that Simms, Hatch, Costa, Yeti all throw down in the delta…basicly my
good buddy and simms rep john Sherman throws a bad ass party event at sugar
barge in the delta…it started in his back yard but has turned into this multi
day fiesta. Super FUN! I went down with my good buddy and guide Chuck Ragan and
we worked the Costa pre party taco feed and fished Friday and then worked the event
Saturday speaking about Cast Hopeand going Plastic Bottle Free in our guiding.
Its been a while…sorry. Fall, hell winter seemed to be here
this weekend! I was in flip flops and short striper fishing on Monday and Tuesday
and waders, flannels, and jackets steelhead fishing on Saturday and Sunday.
Gotta love northern California…when the seasons change the pendulum can swing
as I will be back in flip flops striper fishing on Thursday with 83 degree
weather forecasted….here are the reports as I hear them and and have experienced
Open Guide Dates:
Nov 25, 26,
Dec 17, 21-23, 27-31
Jan 5-7, 14, 16, 21, 28
Lower Sacramento Striper fishing has been good if you can
really pick your day and time. With the weather swings of the last week I
wouldn’t say I would take anyones money to go out as the weather changes really
affect the fishing but if you can pick your day and hit right fishing can be
down right ridiculous. Last week Monday and Tuesday were really good fishing…big
fish, lots of fish, top water…all the good stuff one wants out of striper
fishing! Then the weather changed…I am going to get back out mid to late week
ounce the weather stabilizes again into that 75-85 degree fall weather.
Nice fall fish off the weed beds
Not all L. Sac species eat eggs in October
Lower Sac Trout Fishing – I spent Saturday in wind and rain
guiding the Lower Sac. Fishing was good until the wind came up after lunch then
it was tough to even fish but when we could find some shelter from the wind we
managed a few fish. I floated from Anderson to Balls Ferry and we caught most
our fish on nymphs in what I call “bug water” I didn’t see any spawning salmon
so that was a big concerning but it has been a really late run for the most
part but a late run can translate to a poor run if they don’t show up. That
said I am sure the guys floating up through redding are finding fish on eggs
and up on redds so who knows. I tend to avoid the egg bit madness and opt for
solitude and maybe a few less fish…I had the Anderson float all to myself Saturday.
Wind and Rain but fish gotta eat
Lower Feather River – Sunday I guided the feather from
Riverbend Park to Palm ave and there were spawning salmon thick from about hwy
162 to Mathews…with a few around Robinson and the Islands above. Salmon
spanwing was pretty inconsistent…We would hit one riffle where they were thick
and we would hook steelhead and then the next with none and no steelhead…kinda
was like this all the way to Palm. So the good news is fish are spread out and
not just concentrated up in the upper reaches of the Low Flow. We did see a lot
of pre spawn salmon moving up riffles and around the river so there are plenty
of fish that are yet to spawn so the egg bite and steelhead fishing should only
improve. We actually caught most of our fish on bugs so most fish weren’t even
keyed on eggs yet. All our fish were wild steelhead which is always a treat on
a hatchery based river like the feather and were in the 18-22” bracket. Typical
Lower Yuba River – Flows on the Lower Yuba are up over a
1000cfs which is GREAT for this time of year, giving both drift boat anglers and
wader fishermen room to fish. Deer creek came up to over 500cfs on Sunday so I
am not sure what the clarity fo the river is though. I talked to a buddy who
guided it on Saturday and did well but he did say the river was coloring up. I
am sure Deer Creek will drop fast and by mid week the river should be in great
Sports Report – Overall pretty damn tough few months for me…The
Irish are 2-5 and are just flat out a bad football team right now. They aren’t
getting blown out by any means, the are loosing by a touchdown here a field
goal there but they look bad…disheartening but I am a fan through thick and
thin, not a band wagon guy. I support Brian Kelly and have a hard time bagging
on the team and coach when I only watch the games on Saturday…no one outside of
the coaching staff is at practice every day and knows their personal like they
do. The bottom line is we are much younger then many people realized going into
this season and hopefully we can get a few wins here and build for next season.
Win or Loose it is a special place...
Giants – tough way to exit the season but to be honest very
fitting based on how the second half of the season went. I would be very
concerned if we made it farther as I think post season success would have diminished
the motivation of the management to address bull pen and hitting deficiencies. This
way there will be a TON of pressure to get a legitimate closer and a left
fielder that can swing the bat.
There are few things that I am as proud of as what Ryan Johnston and I have done with a crazy idea he shared with me at the Taco Bar in Tres Hombres nearly 10 years ago. He wanted to call it Cast Hope and he wanted to take what he had been given and share it with kids that hadn't been given such things. I jumped on and I don't think either of us have looked back. When you have an idea that you know is good, a problem you know needs solving, and you think you have the solution it is a powerful exciting thing.
Then when people start believing in your idea, supporting it, and as the years go by you see the affects it has it is humbling. I could go on and on, but this video does a much better job of explaining what Cast Hope is, what it does for kids in Northern California and Western Nevada, and more importantly why as anglers and outdoors people we must continue to share what we love. Share the outdoors my friends.
So here we are in the early parts of September…Fall is definitely
here. The sun is setting earlier and coming up later as well the hottest part
of the day while still warm only lasts about 2-3 hours. Some people really like
fall…I am not a big fall person to be honest. Personally I am more of a spring
summer person but fall and winter have their positives…
I have had a pretty light guide schedule as Cast Hope and
life in general have been taking up a lot of time. I have made it a point the
last month to get my two boys out on the river as much as possible and in many
cases taking them out in lieu of guiding or fishing myself. They are both
really at a point where they are starting to functionally fish, both with the spinning
rod and the fly rod. They can throw a popper/dropper rig for small bass, pike
minnows, and blue gill and chuck a swim bait on a spinning rod so fishing with
them is really starting to be fun. I have really committed myself to sacrificing
personal fishing time in the hopes of creating future fishing buddies and more
fishing time down the road…I shouldn’t even say “sacrificing” as I don’t feel I
am sacrificing much as taking them fishing is pretty darn fun and I get throw
the fly around a bit as well. In the end they don’t have to like fishing they
just have to like the outdoors more then they do TV, Video Games, IPads, and
things with screens…If they get into kayaking, mountain biking, camping,
hiking, gardening, golf…I don’t really care just that they appreciate the
outdoors and are in touch with it.
Lower Sacramento River Striper – I have been guiding
and fishing the sac outside of chico for stripers and bass exclusively. I will
focus on stripers and bass through October for the most part. Fishing has been
good. There are plenty of small stripers and fish in the 4-8lb range to be
caught. Traditionally this time of year is when we start to see a decline in
numbers of smaller fish and increase in numbers of bigger fish but that hasn’t
happened this year. My theory is usually that the large pods of chinook salmon
and the anglers chasing them push many of the larger fish to the banks pushing
out the smaller fish and increasing the chances that we have to catch thes
fish. The bigger fish traditionally come to the banks and shallows to feed but
with the deeper water occupied by salmon and trafficked by large boats usually
in the fall these bigger stripers move to the banks to live AND feed. More and
more salmon are showing up each day and I imagine the bigger fish will move out
of the deeper holding water as they do so it is only a matter of time.
Lower Yuba River – Flows have dropped to 756 which is pretty standard this time of year as that is the “low flow” of the fall that the river gets dropped to. I have heard over the last few days that fishing has been pretty darn good. I imagine as the salmon move up river and into the riffles to cut reds the fishing will continue to improve. The fishing over the summer has been pretty up and down and I think with the lower flows and huge food source of the egg hatch here coming up we will really get a good idea of how many fish are in the lower Yuba. I am thinking the next few weeks into October could be some pretty epic fishing on the Lower Yuba.
***Upcoming Guiding…I have a few late fall and winter dates open for the Lower Yuba, Lower Sacramento, and Feather for Trout and Steelhead. If anyone is interested shoot me and email or phone call to get on the calendar.
Nov 23, 25, 26, 27
Dec 3, 17, 19, 21-23, 27-31
Been listening to some really great new music. The new BJ Barham solo record I got on vinyl and is really good. Just a simple album about his home and growing up, nothing fancy but this guy cranks out some pretty relatable good tunes……Also got some more commercial music in the Newest Lumineers album and the Chris Stapleton Album. The Lumineers album has some good tunes on it but hasn’t really grabbed me like the last album. That said I haven’t given it a huge chance so I am going to keep listening…Chris Stapleton while a pretty commercial success is a great song writer and a really interesting story. Basicly a guy who wrote songs in Nashville for all sorts of acts and stars fairly namelessly decided to record is own album of his own personal songs and ended up winning album of the year at the CMT Awards I think. The songs are solid and really heartfelt good country/Americana….
Sports Report: The Giants are brutal to watch…Casilla kills me and our playoff hopes. Amazing downward spiral post all star break but I rest on the fact that we have won the world series as a wild card so never loose hope. Just has the feeling this year that we are barely hanging on to relevance in September. The Irish…tough loss this last week to Texas. That said Texas is a much better team then anyone gave them credit. I had not designs on a blow out win and knew the game would be close. Charlie Strong is a great coach and quality human being so I knew he was going to turn the Long horns around. That said I think we played well enough to win just didn’t come up with it. I think we are a lot younger then I thought…especially on defense. Hard to overlook that that was 17 players first major college start. From Defensive line back we are all new and all of our receivers except Tory Hunter Jr. are starting for the first time. The QB debate seems to have been ended with Coach Kelly announcing Kaiser as the starter this week and giving him most of the snaps last week…feel bad for Malik but that is the breaks I guess. I didn’t feel he got a chance to do much last week but he had all spring and early fall to shine and end the debate as the upper classmen and he didn’t so may the best man win I guess. Hopefully he can graduate this year and transfer to play another year somewhere.