Thursday, April 28, 2016

A Couple Notes on Streamer Fishing

Contemplating Why I Ate This Streamer...

High flows usually dictate good streamer fishing. More water means that there are more areas for big fish to hide and a lot more food for them to eat, particularly smaller fish. Very few anglers come to the river with streamers as their primary tactic but those who do are usually the ones that catch the biggest fish.
It's time to get back to the streamer lab.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Wind, Wind, Go Away

I Give Up. You Win Yuba

April can be a hit-and-miss month on the fly. Some days are warm and can bring out the bugs while others are a bit cooler slowing down both bug and fish activity.

Most of my fishing time has been spent on targeting smaller warm-water species at Ellis Lake. The flows are still high on the Yuba with a heavy spring run-off coming down from the South Fork. I took some time to visit my favorite river at 3,500 CFS and it looks like it'll be tough until summer. Local panfish have been my best option.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Opened Early - The Middle Fork of the Feather River

Upper Feather River Middle Fork

The Middle Fork of the Feather River between A-23 bridge above Portola and Mohawk Bridge in Mohawk is the only Sierran trout stream in California that opens the first Saturday in April. For anglers who are not in the know, this early opener can be a frustrating game of hide-and-seek. I tried fishing the opener last year but the severe drought hindered my chances of finding fish. This year was different.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Crank It Up!

Crank It!

It's about that time of year, Putah Creek flows are on the the rise. As the flows slowly creep up to its peak 800 CFS in the summer, I tend to find less access, less anglers on the water, and more big fish to catch. This week I made a trip to check out the creek and field test a new streamer pattern that I've been working on.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

The Yuba River: First-Person Action Survival Game Edition

Rapids Riffle

Who would have thought that a simple afternoon of fly fishing would become a close encounter to danger? Today I took some time to check out the Yuba River. The river is currently sitting at 2,900 CFS which is twice the regular flow at this time of year. The river is clear and looks great but the flows made it very difficult to find fish.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Lotsa Fish To Catch This April

Pretty Lil Pumpkinseed
April is one of the best months to be a fly angler. Both warm-water and cold-water species are active which means you can target either species effectively. Ellis Lake has been my hot-spot where I have been fishing for largemouth bass. I also tried fishing for stripers on the Feather but was reminded how boring and unproductive bank fly fishing is for this species.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

First Surf Perch On The Fly & The Post Vacation Blues

Tide Pool Adventures

For the past three days the missus and I have been at Patrick's Point on one of the longer camping trips we've planned together. She and I both love the North Coast: the empty beaches, the waves, the redwoods, the wildlife, and everything else that can be found up there. It was good to get away for a while but an epic vacation comes with the case of the post vacation blues. Blah, reality. Writing is supposedly good therapy so there I go.