Wednesday, July 23, 2014

North Yuba Report 7-23-14

 Wyatt with his first trout on a fly rod

Joe is all grins after landing this nice wild rainbow

 Wyatt with another sweet wild rainbow

The release...

Fishing on this gem of a freestone river remains good for small wild rainbows. Flows are still good and water temps are ranging from 64-68 degrees. Not too many bugs hatching during the day but there is a solid caddis hatch in the evenings. Rubber leg crystal stimulators (10-16), golden stoneflies(8-10), Turk’s Tarantula(10-14), EC Caddis(12-16) and Thalkans Double Dutch Bug (8-10) are all working. Nymphs such as jigged PT’s, G6 caddis, pink mallard and purple mallard hung under a big dry are also working. Concentrate on riffles , runs and pocket water from Downieville up to Bassets Station. The fishing above Bassets is stellar but the nature of the river is more of a brush choked small stream. Pressure is fairly light along the entire river. One word about etiquette; it is unnecessary to stop and fish at a pull out where another angler is already fishing as there are miles and miles of access on this river.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014


With water temps on the MF Feather getting too warm to safely catch and release trout, another fly fishing opportunity arises. Carp and bass. The river through Portola is absolutely loaded with big carp and small bass. The carp are spooky and require stealth, precise casts and patience but the rewards for these skills are tremendous. The cool thing is carp eat small nymphs readily so if you can present the fly to a tailing fish there is a good chance to hook a large fish. Call me at 530 414 1655  to book your carp adventure!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Northern Sierra Fishing Report 7-11-14

A small Truckee River wild rainbow being released

North Yuba wild rainbow

 Milton Lake wild brown trout

Andy with one of many wild browns  he caught at Milton

Guy with his first trout on a fly rod at Milton

Fishing has been pretty good over the 4th of July holiday. I was all over the place from Lake Davis to the Truckee with stops at Milton and the North Yuba as well. The rivers are starting to look like mid August with fairly low flows and higher water temps. Lake Davis was 70 degrees at 10 am on July 3rd and in my opinion too warm to safely catch and release trout at this time. I am pulling off Davis until the fall.

The Truckee continues to fish well. Ive been concentrating on the pocket water with dry dropper rigs and getting plenty of action on small wild fish. Most of the action has been on the dropper(caddis, mayfly and little yellow stones) but have moved some fish to the dry. Flows are decent around town (221cfs) and water temps are in the low to mid 60's in the am to upper 60's in the afternoon. Below Boca flows are a bit bigger (474cfs) but water temps are a bit better due to influx of water from the LT. If you are looking for bigger fish nymphing is the way to go. Tight lining with caddis, stones and crays are getting hook ups. Concentrate on the faster deeper runs and pocket water and cover the water thoroughly. Due to warming waters please land your fish quickly and and try to minimize the amount of time the fish is out of the water.

It is time to start targeting warm water species such as bass and carp.