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Lower American River: 1,752.00 CFS – SHAD are Here! Perfect flows for wading! We have SHAD FLIES in Stock!!

The Bureau of Reclamation has scheduled flow releases to 1,752.00 cfs, for Wednesday, May 23, 2018.

Spring is in full effect and the cottonwood has started falling from the tree’s which means one thing… it’s shad time for the upper reaches of the Lower American River. Our fly shop will be open for all your spring and summer fishing needs, feel free to stop by for any fishing reports, gear and flies!

In the upper stretch’s of the river (Sailor Bar – Rossmoor areas) both guides and anglers have been targeting shad. The best fishing is happening mid-day and again in the late afternoon-evening. Our team continues to catch fish using WF floating lines and adding 10 – 15 foot sink tips that drop 4 – 8 inches per second. We’ve been keeping things on the lighter side lately (gear and tackle) due to the decrease in flows; even so, there’s still plenty of fish here and arriving daily!

Guide Tip: Hunting shad? Shad are free spawners and hold in walking to jogging speed water from 4-12 feet in depth.

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
local for local.

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: Wet Pinky, Jack Frost UV, Shad Darts – (Chartreuse, Pink, Orange, Red), Clouser Minnow

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Lower Yuba River: 2,209.00 CFS

Guides have been floating from the Highway 20 bridge downstream to Sycamore Ranch. On one of our last reservations, our guest said they couldn’t keep the fish off the line and they weren’t interested in eating anything else but rubber legs. 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.

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, Natural/Olive Zonker, Woolly Bugger

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Feather River: – 2,226.00 CFS Feather River below Thermalito Diversion Dam

Fishing has been fair to good depending on the day that you fish and how much of the crowd has walked in. There have been plenty of 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: 458.0 CFS

Fishing has been fair to good depending on the day you visit Putah. There’s been a lot of off and on fishing pressure here over the last month, which makes it difficult to navigate this intimate little creek sometimes. Guides have been having much of their success using small black stones and glass bead micro may’s under a indicator set at 4-5 in depth to split shot. Spring and summer will bring higher flows, so use caution when navigating the stream; also, keep those flies clean as fish may pass on salads.

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: 9,656.0 CFS – Large fish – PMD & Caddis dries.

Fishing remains excellent!! An increase in flows have really livened things up around here, fish and bugs alike. It’s the time of year where our team frequents the water hunting larger fish on caddis flies and sucker spawns. This is also the time of year for catching numbers of fish on the Lower Sacramento River and throwing dries to rising trout in the evening. The fish have been on a extremely light bite which can make things tougher with the size of the flies we’ve been using. Our team has been up and down the river and it seems that there is not one section that is fishing better than the other, although the best walk 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:  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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Klamath River: Iron Gate: CFS

Guide Tip:

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

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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