Monday, August 24, 2015

In Pursuit of the Beasts of Putah Creek

Almost Perfect Flows At Putah Creek

Despite Putah Creek being a tailwater fishery that is relatively short and narrow, the water is cold all year-around, deep, and has ample cover. These factors are some of the reasons why Putah Creek trout grow to such immense sizes. Putah Creek trout that are 20''+ make up about 10% of the creek. 
The adult male rainbow trout, also known as a buck, of Putah Creek are what the local anglers refer to as "The Beast of Putah Creek" due to their dark colors, kyped (hooked) jaw, and huge body. These beast are elusive creatures that are not easily caught. Now that I am more familiar with the creek, I set out to find myself a monster.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Round Two At Putah Creek

High Flows At Putah Creek

When it was discovered that trout in Putah Creek were able to spawn successfully, a campaign was launched by local agencies, guides, and anglers to protect these wild self-sustaining fish. In 2010, Putah Creek was officially designated as a catch-and-release fishery and only barbless artificials can be used. Putah Creek remains the only wild and scenic fishery west of valley. Prior to these new regulations, the creek was once stocked with hatchery rainbows and brown trout.

The rainbow trout in Putah Creek are a bit of an anomaly because they can grow to huge sizes despite living in a 4.5 mile stretch. Many have theorized that these big rainbows are the genetic cross between steelhead trout and ancient coastal cutthroat trout that hybridize a long time ago. But who knows?
This trip was my second attempt in trying to catch a Putah Creek native.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Fly Fishing the Feather At Shanghai Bend

Shanghai Bend Rapids

Shanghai Bend is a well-known access to the Lower Feather River in Yuba City. This area was once known to have had several beautiful wide waterfalls that were form from clay deposits. However in 2012, heavy floods caused the falls to collapsed and in effect reshaped the falls into a narrow rapid. The fishing remains good despite the collapse and crowds of anglers continue to visit Shanghai Bend during the peak of the striper, shad, and salmon run.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Why You Shouldn't Eat Fish From Ellis Lake

North Ellis Lake

After a long day of fishing you bring home a cooler full of a bass, bluegills, and crappie. The fish look healthy, no sores or anything unusual. You fillet the fish, batter them up, and throw them into the frying pan. The aroma of fresh fish smells absolutely amazing. You've invited a few local buddies over for a good ole fish fry with plenty of fried fish and beer to go around. "These fish taste great! Where did you catch them?" asks a friend. "Oh, I caught them from Ellis Lake!" Everyone immediately stops eating and stares at their plate. Their faces in shock and a tingle of terror runs down their spines as they realize what they've just eaten.

You sir, are an asshole.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

#Droughtlife North Fork of the Yuba River

North Fork of the Yuba Duba

The North Fork of the Yuba River is a stream that carves its way from its headwaters down to New Bullards Bar. The NF of the Yuba is known to be full of wild rainbow trout along with a fall-run of spawning brown trout and kokanee. This was my first trip fly fishing the NFYR. 

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Riverfront Park Take Two

Feather River Riverfront Park Fun
This marks my second outing fly fishing the Feather River at Riverfront Park. The day was a bit breezy but the temperature was perfect for some good outdoor time. After doing a bit of thinking about what the fish liked and didn't the previous trip, I tied a few clousers and a couple of carp flies in hopes of hooking up big. Since I know where the fish are already, I set out to refish the areas where I found fish and made plans to explore the northern end of the park.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Riverfront Park's Feather River Access

Feather River At Riverfront Park
Riverfront Park is a recreational park below one of the bridges that connects Yuba City and Marysville with the Feather River separating both counties below. The park is maintained by Yuba County and is primarily used for soccer events. There is a small boat launch that was recently cleaned up and gives access to the Feather River upstream from Shanghai Bend. I set out to explore the banks of Riverfront Park in search for any thing that bites.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Feels Good To Be Home

Wild and Native

Two weeks of no fly fishing make Matt go something something. Go crazy? Don't mind if I do!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Wetting My Line On The 2015 Family Roadtrip

Indiana Walleye

Of all the states that we driven through during our epic family road trip I still believe California is the best state. We Californians pay a higher cost of living but we are blessed with the best weather, most varied terrain, and some of the best fly fishing waters. I was finally able to wet my line during the trip when my uncle took us out to do some fishing. The first trip was a small short one in Michigan and the second trip was an all-nighter in Indiana where I caught my first walleye and freshwater drum.