November 9th, 2015
Well the weather is finally here, seems like mother nature is giving us break from the heat as well as the drought. With these past few rains, it has made fishing a bit better, and with a few storms in the near future its only going to get better.
As always this is where I am spending most of my time. The fishing is a bit more consistent than a few weeks ago with the recent rains, but the fishing pressure is still there. The steelhead should keep pouring in, well should I say trickle in over the next few weeks, which will set up for some great winter fishing. We have been seeing bigger fish over the past few weeks, which is a great sign for future things to come. The egg bite is in full swing, and will also continue for a few more weeks as we are still seeing fresh salmon coming in. Hooking 6-8 fish in the norm right now, with some days producing double digit hook ups, most fish being the spunky 20-24″ Feather River Steelhead that we all have fallen in love with. If you are not fishing the Feather, you need to be. If you are looking to fish the winter or spring run, I would recommend booking now, before its to late.
Flies: Eggs, Caddis, Mays
Streamers: Egg Sucking Leech, Flesh Flies
Here is another river that I have been putting some floats down, and while it is a bit slower than normal due to the lower than normal flows, the fish are in, and the are eating the normal routine of bugs. Expect this place to only get better with the next few storms, and hopefully not only bring up some more chrome, but also spread them throughout the entire upper stretches of the river. Right now most fish are being caught from JC down to Bagdag, however that’s where most of the boats are. If you are willing to put in the time and hard work, you can do just as well in the upper stretches above JC, less boats, less fish, but the hard work does pay off, and this is where I have been spending most of my time, with a drift or two down low.. This is another river that if you are not out there fishing it right now, you are definitely missing out. Swinging is really good right now too.
Flies: Eggs, October Caddis, Copper Johns, Stones
Streamers: Ho bo Speys, October Caddis patterns, Lady Caroline type patterns
Good things happening with NCFG and Indian Creek Lodge, check out the other info stated below.
Once again the Red Truck 10′ 7wt Diesel
shines like no other, its the go to rod in my arsenal to fish for these elusive fish. The other sleeper rod that does double duty on my boat is the phenominal 11′ 7wt Red Truck Diesel Switch
, so smooth, yet does great at both nymphing and swinging, and does it with ease.
The egg bite is just starting to pick up, and that’s due to the really low water conditions this year. The salmon are on a snails pace getting up the Yuba, but the number of fish spawning has tripled over the past two weeks, so now is the time. Over the past few trips, I have noticed that the fish are not sitting in the normal fishy locations, which is usually the norm towards the end of September, when the salmon start to spawn. So you can say the Yuba is a month behind the norm. However, find some redds, and that’s where you will find the fish. Getting a good presentation still seems to be key. With the salmon slowly making their way in, and many salmon still pre-staging, the egg bite should go for at least a few more weeks. After that, it will be back to the normal bugs, and soon after dry fly fishing with Skwala Stones and March Browns. Definitely one of my go to rivers right now.
Flies: Eggs, Stones, Caddis, Mays, Worms
Streamers: Sculpin patterns, tan soft hackles
Been doing a trip here and a trip there, and the Lower Sac is fishing pretty good right now. The big fish are out and in full force gorging themselves on eggs, legs, mays and a few other flies that don’t rhyme. There are even a few steelhead in the system, and if you find yourself with one of those on the end of your line, you are in for a reel screaming treat. If you are not on the Lower Sac right now, you are truly missing out. The fishing will continue to be pretty good for the next few months, and with salmon still on their way in, the egg bite will continue for a few more weeks as well. This is really the place to be right now.
Flies: Eggs, Legs, Mays, Caddis, BWOs
I havent touched the Truckee since the end of August, so no report to tell you here. However, winter is here, and some of the best fishing that I have done on the Truckee is during the winter months. Get out there, bring your a game, small flies and have some fun. Oh ya and bundle up cuz its cold.
Flies: Stones, Mays, Midges
Streamers: Big and ugly
Its that time of year where I say farewell to the creek until the spawn is over. I will start guiding it again in February if anyone is interested. Until then, Ill be chasing down the elusive Steelhead on all the Sac Valley Rivers as well as the Trinity River.
Once again I look no further than the 10′ 5wt Leland New Zealand
, it handles everything I through at it, big fish or small, heavy rigs to streamers and even dry flies, its that good.
Not worth your time, water is extremely low and warm. Wait till January to start fishing this river.
Refer to all the steelhead sticks.
10′ 7wt Red Truck Diesel
11′ 7wt Red Truck Diesel
12′ 6wt Leland Sonoma
If you are interested in demoing any of these rods prior to purchase, please feel free to give me a call. Best way would be to book a trip, full or half day, and fish it the entire time. If I dont have one that you want try, I will give the guys a call and Lelands and make sure I have it before our trip.
There you have it folks, the current Nor Cal Fly Guides fishing report. Hope you enjoyed it, and hopefully it gets you thinking about getting out and fishing, or possibly booking a trip in the near future.
November – NONE
December – 1,2,3,4,7,9,10,11,14,15,28,29,30,31
January – 2,3,4,6,7,8,9,18,25-31
These dates can also be booked on the Trinity as well
Also due to the addition of a second guide, additional dates may be available. Please inquire if none of the dates above work for you.
My Available Trinity River Dates
November – 24,25
December – 16,19,20,21
January – 10,11,12,13,16,17
February – 7,8,9,10,11,12,13,28,29
March – 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,13,14
Additional Trinity River dates may be available upon specific requests. Also, due to the addition of a second guide, these dates can be available for local waters. Please inquire if you are interested in booking any of these dates on local waters.
Other additional NCFG Info:
With the Trinity River becoming so popular and most of my clients staying at Indian Creek Lodge, I am able to offer a special that only Indian Creek Lodge offers their clients, to my clients as well. Biggest thing is that this offer through NCFG will be available weekdays and weekends, not just weekdays. The offer is this:
2 Day Dine, Drift and Stay Package
Its $1050 for up to two anglers
2 night stay at the lodge with either one or two beds
2 full day guided trips with yours truly
As well as a $100 Dinner voucher to either the Cafe at the Lodge (great food) or the local golf course.
Price includes tax on the room, your 2 days of guided trips, and the $100 dinner voucher. Doesn’t include gratuity for the drift trip or the dinner.
If you are interested in this package, please contact me and let me know.
There are two ways of purchasing this deal:
1) you pay me in full, and I pay the Lodge directly and take care of all the details
2) you pay the lodge 50% up front, then the remaining amount when you check in, then they take care of all the details
Some other news, come January 1st 2016 our rates will be $425 for full day guided trips and $325 for half day guided trips for new and repeat clients. If you are interested in booking a trip in 2016, repeat clients can book any trips past 2016, from now till December 31st 2015 for the current repeat rate of $375 for a full day and $300 for a half day. Come January 1st, 2016, the rates will increase to $425 and $325.
If you book your date post 2016 between now and December 31st 2015, all bookings will require a $200 deposit as well as a date on the calender.
As always, I hope you are all enjoying the fishing and the awesome fishing weather. I wish you all a happy holiday season, and hope to see you on the water soon.
Any questions feel free to call or email.
Looking forward to hearing from you
NorCal Fly Guides