Saturday, March 26, 2016

Spring Bassin'

A Bass That Found Some Bugger Fun

Fly fishing for bass is seasonal for me. As a fly angler who lives near some of the best trout rivers in California I can target trout all year around; therefore a bass on a fly is something special that only comes once a year in the spring and summer. Spring is finally here and I can now begin to successfully chase America's favorite gamefish, the largemouth bass.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Spring Breaking On Putah Creek

The Prettiest Spot On Putah Creek

Spring has sprung and today officially marks my first day on spring break; the teaching profession definitely has its pay-offs. The Yuba is still high at 4,000 CFS, the Feather is getting cranked up to 6x it's normal flow, and the Truckee is fishing well but is two hours away. Not a lot options at the moment but I do love Putah Creek...

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Let It Ride

Having Fun In Brown Rivers

After a huge surge of water pushed through California's rivers and streams, reservoir levels are now at the highest they've been in over five years. It's been about a week since the storm event and many rivers are still running high and brown. Water clarity isn't a big issue for me, it's high or low flows that will generally dictate whether I head out or not. The Yuba is currently sitting at 9,000 CFS which means that my local go-to is out.
The Feather River, Putah Creek, and a few stillwaters were my best options this week.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

How Do I Fish This: North Fork Feather River

The North Fork of the Feather River is comprised of a series of dams and powerhouses starting from below Lake Almanor at it's highest elevation to its lowest dam, Poe Dam. The NFFR system provides a major source of electrical energy to the valley. Several important tributaries that feed the NFFR are: Spanish Creek, Indian Creek, Yellow Creek, Chips Creek, Rock Creek, Bucks Creek, and Grizzly Creek. The NFFR is easily accessible along HWY 70 and is my second favorite river to fish.

The Upper North Fork of the Feather River above Lake Almanor will not be mentioned in this post.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Keeping The Yuba Goldfields A Secret

The Yuba Goldfields

The Yuba Goldfields is a controversial area that I've been thinking a lot about lately. My dilemma with this particular area is that I want to share it with the world but at the same time I don't want the world to disturb the limited natural resources that are there. There are very few ponds in the public lands and if everyone started showing up to fish these ponds it would ruin the Goldfield experience.

After thinking long and hard about this, I have decided that I will no longer post anything related to fishing the Yuba Goldfields.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

St. Criox Imperial 6wt 9' Review

St. Criox Imperial

The St. Criox Imperial was the first fly rod I've ever held and fished with. I've come to know this rod very... intimately. All creepiness aside, this rod has helped me catch carp, bluegill, largemouth, smallmouth, spotted, striped, rainbows, browns, steelhead, suckerfish, hardhead, shad, and the list continues to grow. This was my go to gal until I got bought my 3WT, 7WT switch, 2WT, and 5WT. I'd like to share what I think about her.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

March Megastorm Madness

Super Storm Saturday

El NiƱo strikes again with another super storm that ravaged California. We are currently in the eye of the storm and will receive more stormy weather as the month progresses. If this rain keeps up through the entire month of March, California will be much closer to ending the drought. The rivers are roaring and the reservoirs are filling up.

The fishing will most likely be nonexistent for this month but think of it as insurance for the next following years.

Like an excited kid jumping in puddles, I went out to check the destruction of last nights storm.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Putah Creek Post Spawn Adventure

Access 4 Riffles

Putah Creek rainbow trout are unique in that they spawn during the winter and not during the spring like most rainbow trout. Although Putah Creek is legally open year around, there is an unwritten rule to avoid fishing the creek from late November to February while the fish are spawning. Putah Creek has very limited spawning habitat and with bare minimum flows during the winter, these rainbows need all the help they can get in order to survive the spawning process.

Now that the winter spawn is over, I planned a trip for Putah Creek.