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Lower American River: 1,819.00 CFS – Half Pounders are throughout river

The Bureau of Reclamation has scheduled flow releases to 1,819.00 cfs, for Wednesday, September 19, 2018.

Striped bass fishing on the Lower American River has been decent here and there but continues to slow as we move into the fall fishing season. The lower sections of the river have seen numbers of Chinook salmon making their way up the river to their spawning grounds and also final destination. Fishing throughout the river has been pretty good lately as half pounders are holding everywhere and can be fished to with just about every fly fishing technique known to man.

In the upper stretch’s of the river (Sailor Bar – Rossmoor areas) both guides and anglers have been targeting half pound steelhead. The best fishing is happening mid-day and again in the late afternoon-evening. During the day fishing under an indicator has been extremely productive but as the sun starts to lower in the west be sure you’re either throwing caddis drys or swinging soft hackles.

Guide Tip: Make sure your fly box contains a caddis fly arsenal

Feel free to drop by our shop anytime to talk about the Lower American River, it’s in our backyard literally and no one knows it better. We’re a bunch of local guides that have a lifetime of experience fishing these waters and are here to serve our local community. Local guides for local waters for local people. We call it
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Nypmhs: Red Copper John 10-14, Bird’s Nest, Blk/Grn Caddis Poopah 14-18, Prince Nymph 14-16, Blk/Grn Micro May 14-18, Blk/Brn Rubberlegs 6-12, Eggs (Peachy King, Roe, Tangerine)
Swinging: Caddis soft hackles

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Lower Yuba River: 700.00 CFS  Fishing above Highway 20 Bridge is Closed

Guides have been floating from the Highway 20 bridge downstream to Sycamore Ranch. The best fishing is happening under an indicator at about 5-6 feet in depth, indicator to split shot. Our team has been lightening things up a bit using smaller split shot and targeting the banks; try running 1 AAA with 14-16 inch’s between flies and make sure to change indicator depth constantly to be successful. Mayfly patterns have been playing a role in determining how successful we’ve been on the river and it seems like black Micro May 16 and red X-May 16’s have been a favorite recently.

Dry Fly Fishing: Hunting the banks will be you meal ticket for this time of year, but make sure you take the time to fish visible flats, drops and tail outs for success when hunting the river with dries. We’ve been using most 4x and 5x leader and tippet materials. We like to use a 4x – 12 foot leader and few feet of 5x tippet material, but often and depending on the flies will drop to a 6x tippet material.

Nymphs: Blk-Brn Rubberlegs 8-14, Olive Bird’s Nest 16-20, Brn-Grn BH Pheasant Tail 14-18, Blk-Grn Micro May 14-22, Sucker Spawn, San Juan Worm
Dries: Extended Body PMD 16-20, Hackle Dun Beatis 22, Loop Wing Midge 22
Swinging: Partridge Hackles, Tungsten Caddis soft hackle

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Feather River: – 5,967.00 CFS Feather River below Thermalito Diversion Dam

Montgomery Park continues to be closed for restoration and maintenance. Use River Reflections R.V. Park launching facilities to access the Low Flow area. Launching fee’s average $20.00

Fishing has been fair depending on the day that you fish and how much of the crowd has walked in. There have been a few half pounders and even a few spring run adult steelhead in the 2-4 pound range hooked daily, but on most days we’ve had to cover a lot of water to find fish. Best fishing is under an indicator with a yellow egg (sucker spawn) and San Juan Worm at about 5 feet from indicator to split shot; also, red Copper Johns in sizes 14 and 16 can be an extremely effective meal ticket for fishing the Feather at this time of year and your fly box should reflect this.

Guide Tip: High stick the shallow water. The biggest mistake we overly see anglers make is when entering the stream, as they walk out several feet into the riffles path of travel; often fish lay within these shallows, resting and holding. Invading the fishes area will surely spook him into another area of the river and your chance at catching that fish will be gone. Before walking into that knee deep and lightly flowing water take a few minutes to cover your basis; enter the water patiently working your way into the riffle. You might be surprised at what you’ll find hanging in the shallows, add this tip to your fishing arsenal and you’ll become more successful the next time you visit the water.

Nypmhs: Red Copper John 10-14, Bird’s Nest, Blk/Grn Caddis Poopah 14-18, Prince Nymph 14-16, Blk/Grn Micro May 14-18, Blk/Brn Rubberlegs 6-12, Eggs (Peachy King, Roe, Tangerine)


Putah Creek: 373.0 CFS

This is the time of year were fish become increasing likely to start bedding up for their annual spawn. Generally we also start thinking about observing nature rather then harming a life cycle, for this reason we begin to target other fisheries and let these fish have their privacy and do their thing.

Guide Tip: If you’re thinking small, think smaller. The name of the game here is small and anglers should be well stoked with flies ranging from 16-24 and 5-7x tippet materials.



Lower Sacramento River: 7,630.0 CFS – Large fish – Rubberlegs, Mayflies and Eggs.

Fishing remains excellent!! A decrease in flows has really livened things up around here, fish and bugs alike. As flows continue to drop walking and wading opportunities within the upper section of the river continue to give anglers access to waters that cannot be fished extensively from a boat. A lot of the action has been downstream at the Barge Hole, this is also where many of the rivers larger bows have been gorging themselves on any loose eggs carried by the current. The fish have been on and off the light bite which can make things tougher with the size of the flies we’ve been using. Fishing downstream has given use the most productivity recently but the best walking and wading opportunities are in the upper stretch of the river and through the Turtle Bay Exploration Park area. Many of our team members have been targeting this area and have had more success fishing bugs under an indicator than eggs. We’ve only been running 5 feet between the indicator and split shot (AAA Dinsmore).

Guide Tip: The Lower Sacramento Rivers trout are skilled tricksters and will lightly bite at your flies making you think it’s just the bottom… wrong. Our suggestion is to set on everything, as hook sets are free and most of the time it’s the largest fish in the river having a nibble at you flies… Bring your hook set, watch for those subtle bites and Set!

Nymphs: Blk-Brn Pat’s Rubberlegs 6-12, Blk-Red Copper John 16-18, Olive BH Pheasant Tail 14-18, Olive S&M Nymph 16-20, Brn-Grn X-May 14-18, Amber Wing Prince 16, Iron Lotus 16-18, Blk-Red Zebra Midge 18-22, Eggs (Peachy King, Tangerine, Peach Pearl) and Glo Bugs (Fire Orange-Oregon Cheese)
Dries: Missing Link Caddis 16-18, Loop Wing Midge 18, Hackle Stacker PMD 16-18, Hackle Dun Beatis 18-22

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Trinity River: Lewiston: 700 CFS

Guide Tip:

Nymphing: Blk-Brw Pat’s Rubberlegs 6-10, Poxyback Golden Stone 6-8, Blk-Red Copper John 12-14, Brwn-Blk Micro Mays 14, Prple Psycho Prince 14, Oct. Pupa

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California Delta

Fish Habit Outfitters guides have been out on the water on finding fish. Guides are finding a mix of schoolie striped bass (1-6 pound range) and large adults. These fish are here to eat and any cast can turn into a fish of a lifetime. Availability for the California Delta is extremely limited and reservations often have to be made at least 5 weeks in advance.

Streamers: Clouser, Flash Tail Whistler, Deceiver, Bait Buster, DB Flashtail, Toby Teaser

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