Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Still Murky and High

Crazy High Flow Below NF Trinity
The rivers are dropping but still too murky to be in optimal fishing conditions. The Trinity trip was turned into a day trip after seeing that the flows were way too high and murky to fish. It hasn't been the greatest time for fishing rivers and streams for me.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Storm After Tomorrow

Well it was fun while it lasted. I watched as the "Storm of the Century" passed through and blow out all the valley rivers and streams. I kept track of the flows and it was pretty fun watching them reach such high flows in such a short amount of time. Looks like there is some snow up in the mountains and my family that's in Quincy said they got over 9'' of snow. It doesn't show signs of stopping as the rains continue to fall every other day until next week? I should probably learn how to fish for winter bass or get more confident at fishing muddy streams because it'll probably be like this for a while.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Just One More Before The Storm

Just one more please?
So tonight the storm of the century is suppose to roll in. Winds over 60 MPH and over 1-2 inches of rain is forecast. As I write this there is very little excitement going on outside as the weather is currently just wet and cold in Chico. Hopefully this storm will live up to its media hype.This storm of course means that a lot of rivers will be blown out the whazoo and the fishing will be on hold for at least a week or maybe two. D-:

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Steelhead Report Card Statistics and Updated Fly Box

2014 Steelhead Report Card

To fish for steelhead in California you need to purchase a Steelhead Report Card for around $7. It's not much and is more of an entry ticket to fish for one of the greatest freshwater gamefish in the world than a fee. You have to "BEFORE YOU FISH" enter where you are fishing and date it. Once you're done fishing, you indicate how many you caught and kept (if you kept), what kind you caught (hatchery or wild), and worst of all, how many hours you fished.

First Winter Storm Blowout, On a Lighter Note The Christmas Spirit

Feisty Lil Hatchery Half-Pounder

After a few days of solely tying flies I decide it was time to get out and wet my line. I recently received a new St. Criox Imperial rod to replace the one I broke and I wanted to "break" it in. The weather for the day called for thunderstorms and the previous day was more overcast than rain. I was hoping for more of the same but got a crap ton of water dumped on me while I was out instead. Figures.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Butte Creek Silver

Beautiful Wild Winter Steel
This Saturday I landed my first Butte Creek steelhead. A nice 20'' fish on a 3wt. It just goes to show that there are steelhead that run through Butte Creek and if you work the river hard enough you just might strike silver. Steelhead can be very hard to find in this creek so I'm sure a lot of anglers who know where to look keep the locations top secret.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Winter Is Coming

Its starting to get cold and the fishing is in a weird transitional late fall early winter limbo. I've been finding that sometimes the fishing is good and other times its really poor. I've spent some time on the Feather, Yuba, and Butte creek chasing trout and steelhead. Finding and hooking into a fish isn't too hard, its the playing and landing that I've had the worst luck with.

Yuba River Bow

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Tug Is The Drug... If you can find it.

With a broken 6 wt I've started using my new switch rod outfit.

Switch Rod Outfit
Redington CPX 7wt  11'3''
Redington Surge 7/8/9
Rio Switch Chucker Line

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Exploring The Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve

Big Chico Creek in Fall Colors

Fishing and exploring local waters is always fun but sometimes the effort just isn't worth the fish. I'm a strong advocate of a do-it-yourself angler, going out and exploring creeks, rivers, and streams not knowing what to expect and fishing to my best abilities. Today I found that the Ecological Reserve section of Big Chico Creek isn't the best place to go to if you need to wet your line.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Eureka! My First Broken Fly Rod

Beautiful North Coast
This past weekend Amanda and I went on a camping trip for our 5th year anniversary. We left Friday afternoon and stayed the night in the car at Big Flat campground. We woke up the next morning to drive and camp at Patrick's Point State Park near Trinidad. After a day of adventuring, hiking, and driving we left Sunday morning to fish the Trinity River on the way home.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Yuba Fly Fishing Weekend

I had a nice Yuba River and pond weekend. Hook a few but lost most of them.

Yuba River
On Saturday I fished a rainy and windy day out on the Yuba. I never have much luck in the rain but I managed to land one nice 17'' trout after fishing a tough day. It fought like an 8# fish just sitting in the current making a few headshakes now and then. Strong and fun fish to land. Definitely one of my better fish out there this year.

Yuba Bow

Monday, October 20, 2014

Boulder Hopping Son Of A Gun and Yuba Fun

Typical North Fork Pocket Deep Pool

After fishing the Feather a day every week, I felt like I needed a change in scenery. Thus to start my week I fished the North Fork of Feather River. I also had a few things I needed to pick up from Marysville so I spent some time on the Yuba river and at the ponds with my brother on Saturday as well.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Monday Morning Football

A small one?

The Valley Steelhead... here are some of their characteristics:
1. Football Shaped
2. Run around 16" - 24"
3. Weighing 4 - 8 pounds

Catching anything bigger than that I would considered a rare and trophy. I've caught a nice 22'' but I'm a greedy bastard. I know there's a bigger fish out there just waiting for me to land it.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Yuba Goldfields Gill Fry

Didn't take pictures of the fish...
Just some thugs

The weekend was planned to meet in Marysville for my Mom's birthday day. I decided that I wanted to get her some fish for a fish fry and the best place to fish was the Yuba Goldfields. Fly rods and spin rod at hand Manda, Nick, and I set out to catch some panfish for an epic fish fry.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Is It Prime Time?

I recently fished the Feather River for steelhead and didn't have much luck despite waking up at 5am and being the first on the river.

There is quite a bit of pressure throughout the river with salmon fishing still open until the 15th and "prime-time" steelheading throughout the low flow. I talked to the other anglers that were out and they said they weren't doing too well either. The weather has also made it difficult with temperatures in the 90s and high sun no clouds at around 10:00. And I thought summer was over...
I didn't get skunked because of the pike minnows but I didn't get any steelhead.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

With Rain Come Chrome

Literally the 2nd cast

For some reason I decided it was a good idea to fish during the first rain of the fall. I didn't get anything but a pair wet waders and jacket. Lesson learned. The rain is like shuffling a deck of cards for steelhead. Rainy weather is like shuffling a deck of cards, the steelhead are moving around throughout the system and you'd be lucky if you found one. Once the rain has passed the shuffling is over. Game on.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Line Ripping Steelies

Fat Feather River Hen

My last outing before a small fishing break was hitting the Feather River this morning. Its getting pretty close to the egg bite and fishing pressure is going to surge up on the Feather soon. The more pressure, the more difficult it will be to hook into chrome.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

The Yuba River and its Goldfields

17" Largemouth power

The Yuba River is very unique in its geography. During the decades of mining after the discovery of gold, the river was turned into a chalky off color mess that was virtually uninhabitable. When gold became more difficult to find, mining dredgers were used to remove thousands of rocks from below the Earth's surface to find the precious metal. The famous ponds of the Yuba goldfields were the results of such practices. Much of the ecosystem was lost as man ripped apart the mountains to find the precious element. To this day the remaining remnants of the past can still be found throughout the river. Concrete pillars, pieces of bridges, mounds of rocks, and endless fields of stone are some of the objects you will find when exploring this river. The Yuba river has recovered quite well since the turn of the century with many native species returning to call the river their home.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Thoughts On Steelhead Fishing

I was out on the Feather today after checking the weather report on some clouds and possible rain. The weather was a lie. I was almost skunked for the day until I caught a small trout on some awesome technical midge dry fly fishing. No steelhead were caught today but the trip really got me thinking.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Solo Trout Bum On The Trinity

Trinity River Fishing Stop #1

The Trinity River boasts some of the biggest steelhead in California with 10+ pounders being caught occasionally during the season. I had some CSET testing to do in Redding and at the time, was thinking about doing a day trip fishing the Upper Sacramento River. After paying a visit to the local fly shop I decided to go big or go home. This would mark my first overnight solo yolo camping trip to an area that I've never been to. With my fly rod, fishing vest, camping supplies, and a pillow and blanket I was off.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

A Bit of The Feather River's Middle Fork

Middle Fork Carp

This weekend Amanda and I went home to check on her parent's place while they are vacationing across seas. I had planned out the weekend for the Middle Fork Feather River for Saturday evening and Lake Davis for Sunday morning. After reading some of the reports I opted out of Lake Davis for a different section of the Middle Fork near Portola where there were reports of good carp fishing. I figured I can fish and catch trout year around so lets try the warm-water fishing before its starts to slow down.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Exploiting the Drought at Hamilton Branch

The end is were the lake starts

California is without a doubt in a drought and the fish are really feeling it the most. Hamilton Branch at Lake Almanor is an outlet that releases cold water to the lake. In late summer to fall the fish are literally stacked at the mouth of Hamilton Branch. I was told by two people that the fishing was awesome and like anyone else I was excited to check it out and catch some big fish. This trip was not what I was expecting.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Yet More Fun On The Feather

Hot Steel

A buddy of mine had the day off of honey-dos so we decided to fish the Feather in the morning. Although he didn't have as much luck as I did he was able to fish new waters with steelhead potential.
Weekends must be combat fishing days at the Feather River Outlet because there were at least 20+ people out casting hardware at holding salmon. Its always pretty much a shitshow.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Eagerly Awaiting Fall

Native Feather Trout

There is an odd transition time between seasons that makes fishing a bit unpredictable. Now is that time when windy fronts begin to turn over the water allowing the fish that have survived this hot summer to become comfortable again. I am hoping for rain and a successful steelhead season this fall. I can't wait.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Spring In The Summer

Feather River
It was reported from Fish First Fly Shop that spring-run steelies were still in the low-flow of the Feather River. They were said to be eating midges and caddis pupa. My new waders and boots were delivered yesterday and steelhead fishing the Feather was the best way to test them.

Late Season Chromer

I hooked three but only landed one. Amazing how chrome these fish are despite being in the water since spring. My waders and boots worked great. They fit a little tight but unless fishing for steelhead, I won't be wearing them too often. Today was a fun little excursion.

Monday, August 25, 2014

ECHO Carbon 2wt 7'3" Review

How Cool Is That Logo?

Now I don't own a lot of fancy and expensive things especially when it comes to fly gear. When "the best" is priced at a three hundred dollars and up I opt out and get something that is a few hundred dollars less.
Just like being on the water you have to be smart and simply get what you need for how you fish. To make the most out of your money, time, and love for the sport you need to do your homework and look for the rod that will do what you need it to do.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Go All-in Or Go Home

Yuba River
Casting all day and not catching anything can be pretty frustrating, especially if you feel like your making all the right presentations and fishing in all the right places. The Lower Yuba River thins out the casual anglers versus anglers that are willing to cover water all day risking a day without a single take.
This river will make you drop your rod and ask yourself what am I doing wrong? Am I using the right fly? Are there even fish here? That was the perfect drift! And with a few curse words finally come the words. I'm done. Keep your confidence up and enjoy the scenery because the fishing will be difficult.

I started on the other side

Monday, August 11, 2014

Sometimes You Win and Sometimes They Win

Yuba River Bow 16''

Summer is coming to an end and fishing has been pretty good. I've been fishing here and there catching some and losing some. I often never get skunked but I will admit that I enjoy it when I do. Fly fishing is challenging and each aspect of your presentation is important. If the fish aren't taking then your doing something wrong and need to adjust your presentation. If you go all day without a single take then the fish have won for the day. That is one of the reasons I keep coming back to bodies of waters that are difficult to fish.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Small Fish Up. Big Fish Down

Yellow Creek

As July becomes the hottest month of the year a lot of the big fish have disappeared leaving the smaller fish the dominant catch of the summer. This past week I've taken the time to explore some new water and while my results were pretty disappointing, its always nice to have an adventure.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Holy Summer it's Hot!

Chico has been in the high 90s to 100s this past week and its looking like there is more hot weather to come. With California in a drought this heat wave is going to wreck havoc on everyone. Fishing is still good if your brave enough to try and beat the heat. To Deer Creek, Big Chico Creek, Yuba River, and Ellis Lake we go!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Shad, Hex, Frogs, Smallies, and Great Memories

Summer has arrived and with that comes the legendary hex hatch. I've been fishing a lot since graduation and have gotten into some pretty nice fish these past few weeks. Even in a drought the fishing has been pretty nice, I hope it stays this way until we get some water. Here is a huge report of what I've been up to!

Hexagenia Limbata

Monday, May 5, 2014

Warmwater Mayhem

Ellis Lake Mama Bass

I've been chasing warm-water species with a main focus on carp of course. I've been fishing locally at Horseshoe Lake in Chico, Ellis Lake in Marysville, and Paradise Lake in Paradise. Here are some of my catches and reports.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Trout Opener 2014

After a spring storm I was reluctant to go out for the trout opener. The weather went from 80 degrees to 60 degrees within a day and I had mix feelings about how the fishing would be. But seeing as I had an open schedule, I decide to get out there on one of my favorite streams. This was my first time fishing around snow and I was thrilled to see how beautiful everything was.

Snowy Trial

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Buying Cheap Flies Online

Fill Up The Fly Box

Before I started tying my own flies I would often go to different websites to find cheap flies that I could fish with. I just wanted to pick up as may flies as I could so I could get out on the water and catch some fish.

There were endless amounts of websites online that sold flies for very cheap  but how quality was their product? Was the pattern the in the right proportion?  Was the pattern tied with the right materials? What was the quality of the hook? How durable was the fly? These were some of the dilemmas that I faced when buying flies online for less than a dollar a fly versus buying them at the local fly shop for two dollars a fly.

Here is some advice on how to start collection flies that will catch you fish while being cost-effective:

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Exploring the Feather River

Wild Feather River Beautiful Coloration

My long weekend has come to an end and my last adventure was exploring the Feather River Low Flow at White Gate. The road to White Gate wasn't as bad as it looked. My old Camry did pretty well despite some ups and downs of the road. I had originally planned to go to Paradise Lake but I opted out because it was suppose to be windy. I'm glad I didn't go.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Beautiful Spring

First Crappie of 2014
Spring is in full fling as my allergies have been killing me this last week. Regardless, I am still out doing what I love to do; fly fishing. Its been really windy and warm which basically means I feel miserable which therefore means that I am not really enjoying being out as much as I would like to. I'm still chasing carp at Horseshoe Lake and managed to hook a few but no landing as of recently. I'm currently on sort of a mini vacation at home and fished Ellis Lake and the Yuba river.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Chasing Carp in the Spring

Ellis Lake Carp

There is nothing better than chasing big fish that you can see. Carp are my favorite fish to catch because you are playing their game not your own. They eat when they want to and they do nothing when they want to; It's often a hit and miss. I've hooked a few and landed less than I would like but it's all fantastic fly fishing.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Wind Is Not My Friend

First float tube fish

The rain and cold is finally gone and the spring warming has begun. Last week was a pain. It was windy, rainy, stormy, snowy, and all of the above. Its going to be sunny and warm for the next few weeks, hopefully that means the warm-water fish will turn on and local fishing will get better. The sun and wind has brought a lot of activity with people everywhere outdoors. The wind is not my friend and has been frustrating to fish with. I will conquer this fear and catch fish but its always more comfortable to fish without the wind blowing my hats off.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April Is My Spring Fishing Peak

Bigger Feather River Chome

I'm hoping to start posting more often to keep track of my awesome adventures. This weekend was a three-day weekend for CSU Chico and I found some time here and there to wet the line and the results were fantastic.
I fished Ellis Lake and the Feather and had some great takes.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Spring Time Fun Time

Feather River Football Spring

Most of the rain has stopped and the weather is starting to warm up as it is officially spring today. The fishing has been great on rivers and streams and the lakes and ponds are beginning to warm up a bit turning on the warm-water species. Spring is going to be a great time to get out there and catch some fish. Being on spring-break has helped me put more time getting my line wet and its been worth it.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Ends of February

Yuba River Hen

Rain has arrived and we got quite a bit of it. With that a lot of good fishing happened and I was lucky enough to get a few here and there. The water is starting to clear now and later this week there will be more rain to change the color and rise our rivers to make it fishing excellent again. Let it rain, let it rain. Lets go Sac River, Feather River, and Yuba River!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Waiting For Rain

Big Yuba Steelhead

We need rain. Despite the lack of any falling water, I've been able to somewhat catch fish here and there. It's been pretty slow but now that its been warming up (a lot near 70s for the past few weeks) spring is fast fowarding. Although I believe there won't be any rain soon I'm hoping the spring turnover will happen quicker this year.