Friday, February 27, 2015

The Feather River. Quality over quanitity?

Feather River Hatchery Steelie

The number of steelhead that have returned to the hatchery this year is less than half of what it was last year in 2014. Here are the numbers from an article from the Fishsniffer website: 677 adults this year (2015) compared to 1472 adults last year (2014). On a good note though these fewer fish are bigger. Three fish that were captured and returned to the hatchery were over 17+ pounds. Amazing.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Fly Fishing For Bass: Entry #3 - It Has Begun

Location: Ellis Lake and Yuba Goldfields
Time: Afternoon
Weather: Warm with dailies around 65-70 degrees
Water Temp: High 50s Low 60s

Saturday, February 21, 2015

First Timer On Putah Creek and Beating The Skunk

Nymphing Putah Creek

Putah creek is a tailwater below Lake Berryessa. The water is diverted for the agriculture fields below the creek. This creek is known to hold big 18''+ finicky trout that are uniquely more darker in color than most other rainbows. The "creek" is fairly small and has a slight green tint with a bottom that is full of brown algae covered boulders. Putah Creek is also a unique fishery in that it is a constant battle between agricultural water usage and fish habitat. Due to the creek's proximity to several urban areas, there is a lot of illegal poaching that happens here. Putah Creek is a wild trout stream meaning zero limit C&R fishing all year around. DFG make frequent visits to the creek in order to enforce a wild-trout fishery.

Today I made my first trip to try to catch and photograph a Putah Creek trout.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Closer To The First Greens of Spring

I've been out a few times the past month and haven't had much luck on the winter bite. With the good amount of rainfall passing last weekend and a warming trend of 70 degrees, a lot of the plant and wildlife have woken up. It's been quite beautiful out there and I'd be punching myself in the face if I didn't spend sometime outdoors.

Fish On!