Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Some Dry Flies & A Lot of Luck

Winter Flats

After a bit of sporadic on again off again rains the Yuba is stable and sitting at 1,200 CFS. I have a bit of a tough time nymphing and swinging at flows above 1,000 CFS so I focused on catching risers instead.

BWOs were the game as they emerged through the tail-out I was standing in. Throughout my time there I stood and watched as fish rose around me. I stalked the risers for several minutes to make sure they were comfortable in their feeding lanes before I made my first attempt.

My patience payed off as I finally rose and landed one of the nicest dry fly Yuba fish I've ever caught. It seems like this day the smaller fish liked the duns and the big fish liked the emergers. I rose a few other fish after my first but a couple of false sets and they were gone. There were two hatch times, the first at around 9am and the second at around 1pm. The earlier hatch had a lot more fish rising than the latter.

Dry fly fishing the Yuba is spring creek levels of challenging which is both exciting and fun. Winter is good.

Small BWO Emerger

Big Yuba Dry Eater

Emerger Eatin' Yuba Bows

Saturday, November 26, 2016

It's Winter Time

Hard Fighting Winter Yuba Bows

Christmas songs are officially on the radio now which means winter is here. Fly fishing the winter means big winter steelhead, great BWO action, and layers upon layers of warm clothing. I primarily enjoy fishing the Yuba and Feather during the winter whereas they are some of the best winter fisheries that are open during this time of the year.

I went out and hooked a few on dries but couldn't land any. Later after the hatch was over I swung an egg and nymph and hooked some goodies.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Rainy Day On The American

Paradise Beach Combat Fishing

This morning I dropped my fiancee off at the Sacramento Airport where she is flying to visit her brother in Nebraska and since I was already about halfway there, I decided to explore some more of the American River afterwards.

Rain, rain, and more rain. That was the condition I was dealt with this visit. I explored two new river access points this trip: Paradise Beach and Hagan Park.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Beautiful Autumn Day On Butte Creek

Butte Creek Plateau

Butte Creek is a tributary of the Sacramento River that is quite unique in that it hosts great runs of endangered spring-run king salmon. Anadromous fish swim up from the lower reaches of the creek navigating their way through the endless sloughs in the valley to get to the furthest point upstream, a natural barrier about one mile below the Centerville Head dam.

Despite the many signs along the road stating "Closed to fishing" the creek above HWY 99 to Centerville Head dam is open between November 15th through February 15th and is artificial lures with barbless hooks only.

The day after opening day, let's go fish Butte Creek!

Monday, November 7, 2016

Eat Like A Trout, Fight Like A Steelhead

Bright Fall Bow

The Yuba fished pretty darn good today. Finding the salmon seem to be the key in finding the trout. I spent the majority of the day swinging an egg and nymph pattern and got some really good tight takes. It's been awhile since I've had a sore arm from fighting strong Yuba bows. You can't beat swinging flies on a 5wt rod!

Yuba In The Fall

The river was looking great right at 900 CFS. The Yuba is one of the best year-around fisheries in California and the fall and winter season is when it's at it's prime.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Fort Bragg With The In-Laws The Weekend Visit

Third Visit to Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg has had a long history in the course of my life-time. My first visit to Fort Bragg was when my high school academic decathlon team and I vacationed there during my senior year. Earlier this year I asked my fiancee to marry me there and now we're back for my father-in-law's birthday. It's a small quaint town but a great one.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Roaring North Fork Fun

Roaring North Fork

The North Fork of the Feather River has gone through many flushes throughout this year. Flushes that raise the flows from zero to a hundred can have a huge impact on the fishing if you don't plan your trip accordingly. For that reason in addition to high flowing tributaries from the recent rain, this visit to the North Fork was pretty tough.