Sunday, April 22, 2012

What is coming Up.

The heat is here!!! Who knows how long it will stay though as rain is forecasted for the North State again on Thursday but Spring Weather in the mid 70’s to low 80’s is forecasted through May 8th...though this time of year that can change on a daily basis. Late spring and summer fishing will be here shortly as the general season trout opener is next weekend. With a mild wild and less then normal snow pack in most places fishing in both the mountains and the valley is going to get started early this year. Here is what I will be booking over the next few months and where I will be fishing.

Full Day of fishing for 2: $395
Includes drinks, lunch, snacks, flies, tackle, and rod/reel use

Half Day of fishing for 2: $295
Includes drinks, snacks, flies, tackle, and rod/reel use

Evening Shad/striper/bass trip for 2: $225
Includes drinks, flies, tackle, and rod/reel use

Available Dates:
May 12, 13, 22 (evening), 25 (evening), 28, 29 (evening),
June 2-7, 10, 12, 14, 15, 17, 22, 25-27, 30
July 1-3, 9, 16-22, 26-27, 30, 31

Lower Yuba will see PMD, Caddis, Lil’Yellow Salley, and Golden Stone Fly hatches coming up. Run off this year should be much shorter then usual and May through July are going to be great this year on the Lower Yuba.

Lower Sac is fishing great right now and the lower river should fish really well this summer as less run off will allow us to get on the lower floats starting in June if not earlier.

Lower Feather has seen record returns of spring run steelhead and fish should be in the system for atleast another month. With the warm weather the caddis are popping and swinging flies and fishing dries along with nymphing are great ways to fish for these hot spring fish.

SHAD!!! It is going to be shad time very soon. I have caught shad on the Sac outside of chico as early as May 5 on low water warmer years. May through June is prime shad time. Low water years are typically great shad years as the fish get concentrated. Book now for best availability as these dates go quick

BASS - bass fishing is turning on as fish are moving into the shallows in various bodies of water around chico and on the lower Sac. Both small mouth and large mouth bass fishing should be getting really good really soon. Combo trips on the L. Sac for shad and bass are a great way to spend a day and see a new fishery.

Stripers - Striper fishing is just getting going with the first signs of the migratory run showing up around colusa and on the feather. Should be another great striper year on the L. Sac. Best time for stripers is May-August.

North Fork Feather - the North Fork opens this coming weekend and once run off subsides I will be doing float trips down various stretches. This is a raft trip and not for the faint of heart. Floating this river is the only way to access various spots and I truly believe this is one of the most under fished rivers in the state.

Chico Small Streams - there are tons of small streams directly east of chico, ca. I guide these perfect 3-4wt little guys all summer so if you are looking to get away and throw some dries on your small stream rod there is no better place.

Mountain Lakes - I will be doing some limited guiding on Lake Almanor and various lakes in that area during various hex hatches and such. All fishing is done from my new 17 foot boat. There are some amazing hex hatches and fish up in this area and over the last few summers I have gotten more and more fond of this area so it is time to share it.

Clearwater Lodge - as in previous years I will be working at the Clear Water Lodge out of Fall River Mills. I will guiding on all stretches of the Pit (including raft trips down #1), Fall River, Hat Creek, all the springs and lakes surrounding Fall River, and a few other secret spots. If anyone is interested in putting a trip together or just fishing for the day get in contact with me as Clear Water Lodge has some great deals right now on stays.

Thanks and I hope to hear from everyone soon.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Up Date

Been a while...I have been teaching all week along and coaching varsity baseball and then guiding on the weekends. Doesn’t leave much time for things like sitting around and writing blog posts, seeing your off spring, fishing for fun, tying flies....the list goes on.

Fishing wise here is a few reports...

Lower Yuba: has been coming and going with the recent spring storms as of late. Presently it is blown out and deer creek is raging as well. There is nice weather forecasted over the next week so it might come back into shape by mid to late week. Those that have caught the river when it has been fishable over the last few weeks have done well. Big attractor bugs like jimmy legs, Yuba stones, and Chubby cousins paired with dark colored caddis and PMD patterns has been catching the most fish. Look for fishing to get good to really good once the flows stabilize.

Lower Feather: There are a good number of spring steelhead in the lower feather river. Many are the traditional half pounders we see in the central valley this time of year but there are adults mixed in and most anglers are hooking at least one adult a day while out on the river. Fish are podded up between the hatchery down through Palm ave. Most fish are coming on caddis patterns, small olive mayfly nymphs, and attractor patterns nymphed under and indicator. A few fish are coming on swung flies when weather is warmer and the caddis start hatching. Once the weather gets around 75-80 the caddis should get going pretty good and swinging princes and caddis patterns will be GOOD.swinging flies on the feather for spring steel

Lower Sacramento River: I have not been on the lower sac for a while as it has been blown out then OK then blown out again pretty frequently. The upper float is clear down to the first trib on most days but the tribs will dump mud into the river with any significant rain. That said the river clears pretty quick even with the color. Flows are still low and afternoon PMD hatches have been pretty good if you hit it right in the upper stretches.

Trout Opener: Trout Season in the great bankrupt state of California opens the last Saturday in April. The only place that I know that ever fishes good on the opener is some of the states spring creeks, and they are packed! Most other bodies of water are blown out, to cold, or snowed in. I would recommend going to one of the various parking lot fairs held at various fly shops through out the state on the opener and save the gas money for cold, blown out, river fishing.

Striper and Herring (aka the shad) report: a few scattered reports of stripers being caught but nothing of significance. The Herring are still a few weeks away but I have caught them on the Sac outside Chico as early as May 5Th so they are coming.

I dropped my old Lowe motor boat off at Sutter Marine to get my Motor and electronics switched over to my new Lowe 1756 SC I got and will be rolling home with my new boat shortly. Right in time for the upcoming striper, shad, bass, and carp season.

Upcoming guiding opportunities:

- All the great Spring tail water fishing on the L. Sac, L.Yuba, and L. Feather is going on and if we can get a break from these springs storms fishing and hatches should be getting going.

- Trout season opens up soon and while nothing really fishes that great on the opener by Mid May to early June most rivers and creeks are going to be fishing well. I will be doing float trips and walk and wades on the North Fork of the Feather River, Pit River, Fall River, North Fork of the Yuba River, and many local Chico creeks.

- I will also be guiding on Lake Almanor and other Trout lakes in the Plumas Forrest area this summer.

- Of course I will spending a ton of time guiding for stripers, shad, carp, and big and small mouth bass all over the north state.

Available Dates:
May 12, 13.
June 2-7, 10, 12, 14, 15, 17, 27, 30
July 1-3, 9-12, 16-21, 25-27, 30, 31