Monday, August 25, 2014

Reports

Lower Sac Summer Striper from last week

September is going to be a wild card this year as we are on the back end of the driest water year that I can remember and while drought/water shortage is a real issue there is still going to be some good fishing this september.

Open DATES:
Sept. 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 
Oct. 19, 25
Nov 1, 11, 22, 24-26, 29, 30, 
Dec 20, 21, 27-31
Jan 2, 4-10, 17-19, 24, 25, 


Stripers - Water temps remain in the mid 60's to Low 70's on the Lower Sac outside of chico and while flows are low fishing has remained fair to good on any given day. Lots of small fish with some nice mid size fish mixed in. On most days we are getting a shot at a "big" fish in the 10+lb category with a few in the 20+lb range. There is a healthy population of resident fish in the Sac and while numbers of fish are not always the reward there is a shot at some BIG fish. 

Lower Yuba River - Spent a day this weekend on the Lower Yuba and fishing was fair. Flows have dropped to 1200cfs and should drop again here shortly. I did see a pod of salmon moving up river in the lower river and a few stray fish shooting through the riffles in the upper river. We did catch a few nice fish in the 14-16" range on nymphs. Most of fish were caught on rubber legs, red copper johns, and birds nest. Nothing seemed to be the "hot fly" is seemed it was more about finding feeding fish. There were a few caddis fluttering around but only saw a few fish rise throughout the day and nothing constant, typical Yuba one and done fish. Fish seemed to be spread out in the shallows, holes, and runs...not much of a pattern as to where we caught fish. Seemed to be when the fish were hungary we caught them first pass through the run. Changing flies, weights, drops, etc didn't seem to matter. Traditionally the egg bite here starts the last week or two of september so plan accordingly. 

Lower Sac Trout and Steelhead - With warmer water temps in the Lower river the salmon are not holding up, they are shooting up river to find cooler water, moving what salmon are in the river into the upper reaches from Bend up. Trout fishing I have heard has been good and I imagine that with the warmer lower river water temps the steelhead are moving up river quickly as well. Late September and early October should be good this year but the word is the bulk of the salmon run is still hanging out in the ocean waiting for cooler water temps....maybe a two stage egg bite or just a late one this year. Flows are suppose to drop to 3500 as of Oct 1...this is really low but it is good that the flows are dropping early to avoid dewatering salmon reds like last year. 

Lower Feather River - Salmon are in and flows in the Low Flow are 1300cfs and the High Flow is 1700cfs...pretty skinny in the high flow but I think this is the new norm with low water in the lake and the busted up power house. September is a great time to catch a fresh king on the swing or look for some early steelhead. In the High Flow crowds can be an issue but there is plenty of room for everyone as many salmon anglers congregate in specific spots and with the increased flows in the Low Flow boats and wader fishermen have plenty of room.  I expect the steelhead fishing should start picking up the first week of October. f

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Fall and Winter Dates

Fall and Winter Dates

Summer is still going strong but it is time to plan for the fall. 

This fall I will guiding the Lower Yuba, Lower Feather, and Lower Sacramento Rivers, along with Butte Creek this winter given we get some rain. October - Jan offers great fall/winter trout and steelhead fishing on all the valley rivers. Available dates are listed below. Look them over and book early as dates are already filling up. 

Oct: 4, 5, 18, 19, 25, 26
Nov: 22-26, 29, 30
Dec: 20-23, 27-31
Jan: 2-11, 17-19, 24, 25, 31
* Blog Post full of reports and normal ramblings coming soon...

Friday, August 1, 2014

Summer Heat...

So it is HOT out…like really hot out and there is no relief in sight. I personally don’t mind the heat but it does affect the fish that I like to chase at times. I apologize for the lack of posts but between fishing, guiding, and vacationing time has been thin…So here is a catch up.

Most of my time has been spent guiding on the Lower Sac for Stripers…Fishing has been hit and miss as the bigger fish seem to have gotten a bit lethargic with the heat. The last few days it has been tough to get the big fish to eat. I have seen them and found them up on the flats but getting them to eat has been tough. Earlier this week we hooked a few big fish and lost them but the last few days have been mainly shaker and small schoolie fish and the only thing different is the heat…that said stripers are weird and can shut down and turn on day to day. Boat traffic has been pretty minimal as salmon fishing from what I have seen and heard is TERRIBLE outside of chico, ca as most fish are just blasting up river to find cooler water. Hopefully we will get some relief from the heat soon and fishing will pick up again.



Lower Yuba River – I guided the Lower Yuba river one day this last week and fishing was fair. We got smaller fish in the morning around the top of the float and found some bigger fish mid float to lower in the float. Most fish came on rubber legs and small mayfly nymphs. I didn’t see one fish rise or any hoppers around either. I imagine if one is willing to stay out past sunset there might be a caddis hatch or small PED hatch. The flows are good around 1500cfs and should remain this way until September. 

Lower Sacramento Trout – I guided Barge to Bend one day as well this last week and fishing was good in the morning but the bite got tough during the heat of the day. Most fish came on rubber legs and natural birds nests along with a new caddis pattern I am working on. Tried fishing Fox Poopa, Amber wing Princes, and a few smaller stone fly patterns with no luck.

BEER Report…
So, I totally dropped the ball on taking notes on every time I drank one of the beers from the Beer Camp Sampler…Bottom line on this was that most every beer in the 12 beer sampler was good…some were really good but none of them were beers I wouldn’t at least buy a 6 pack of. The newest beer outside of the beer camp 12 pack I have had is the Harvest Ale Single Hop IPA  - Equinox Hops, the 3rd beer in the Harvest Ale Series…pretty good beer not my favorite so far of the Harvest Series but pretty good. Also in other beer news the Flipside Red IPA is out but I have not had this years batch yet. Next stop at the store and I will pick some up.


The Giants… So they have won two in row after today…they got swept by the dodgers and played terrible against the Pirates. We are struggling, Cain needs surgery, we need a second basemen, we can’t hit…you name it. That said I am a fan and we are still a contender at this point.

Cool Experience...
I got to get on some private property on Butte Creek with my buddy John Sherman to help him photograph some of the rarest salmon around...Spring Run Salmon enter Butte Creek in March/April and spend all summer up in the Butte Creek Canyon without eating and then spawn in October/November. Pretty amazing to see these BIG fish up in tiny Butte Creek in July and know they have been in there sense the spring and they are still clean and healthy looking. Here are some pics John took...




Sunday, July 13, 2014

stripers, Trout, baseball, and beer...knowledge

It is the heart of summer here in Chico, CA…with weather to prove it. It has been a hot few weeks up here. Weather in the triple digits and high 90s have been the norm. With that comes good striper fishing, the opening of salmon season, and exoduses to the mountains or coast to escape the heat for most people….myself I embrace the heat and go striper fishing.

Striper fishing – Mid summer is prime striper time! I try to spend most of July –September chasing stripers on the Lower Sac from Butte City up through Los Molinos. Fishing so far has been good. There are plenty of “shakers” and “keeper” size fish with most days an angler on the boat will get a shot at a 10-20lb fish whether that is getting the fish to chase the fly to the boat, pull the fly out of the fisheses mouth right at the boat, hook and loose the fish, or if we are lucky land one. It just depends on the day it seems as to how the big fish behave.

Salmon season opens this coming week and that should change a few things on the river. From what I have heard the salmon run is going to be late this year with the low water which means warmer water, which from what some the guides I know have said will be a later run as the fish wait for colder water temps to move out of the day and up the river.  I am going to be taking the next week off and heading to Santa Cruz with the family as no matter how the fishing is or what the predictions are the river will be CROWDED for a few days until people realize there are no fish in the river yet. I will be back on the river on July 23 to see what is happening out there. As the salmon show up though most years we began to get more and more shots at bigger fish so if the beginning of the season is any indicator it should be a good year.




Trout Fishing…Lower Yuba: I did spend a day on the Lower Yuba this last week and it was a nice change of pace to get out and trout fish for a day. I would say the fishing was fair. The hooking of fish seemed to be fairly spaced out as we hooked fish in most runs. Seemed to hook smaller fish in the morning in the top part of the float and bigger fish during the afternoon lower in the float, I got no idea why. Fish seemed to be in the riffles and shallower water, we didn’t have much luck in the flats, most fish were up in the riffles or in some of the deeper slots. All our fish came on nymphs, S&M PMD nymphs, Brown and Coffee/black rubber legs, Hunch Back Flashback PT’s, and Olive Birds nest. I did have my clients throw some hoppers in a few of the best “hopper runs” I know of on the river and didn’t rise anyone. River is just about high enough to possibly move some fish into typical hopper water but I didn’t see one hopper. I also got out of the boat in a few spots I usually see hoppers most years and didn’t see any…I am not really sure how the whole hopper life cycle thing goes to be honest I just know that some years are really good hopper years on the Yuba some are terrible. Feast or famine for both the fly fishermen and trout.

Beer Report – I have been busy with the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 12 back. Full of 12 different beers brewed in conjuncture with 12 different breweries. 12 different brewers came to Sierra Nevada and brewed these 12 different beers….I have been trying to drink 2 a night and take some notes on them…here is here I am so far.
Myron’s Walk a Belgian Style Pale Ale brewed with Corriander brewed with Allagash Brewing Company – This is the first beer I tried and I won’t lie…it didn’t do much for me. Tast like the title…like someone mixed a pale ale with a Belgian ale. Had a nice fruity after tast but I though there might be a bit more furit flavor to it. On first taste it is nearly impossible to detect. Makes me wonder what those east coaster are doing and what they consider a good beer.

Yvan the Great a Belgian Style Blonde brewed with Russian River Brewing Company Now this saved the first tasting from mediocrity. This thing is good. Nice Belgian style fruitieness but not enough to linger and a nice hoppie finish. Pretty obvious these guys have the IPA American Grown Hop brew down to a science. 2 beers in to the 12 pack this thing is going to be hard to beat. I would buy a 12 pack of this and could drink this session style or with a meal.

Chico King Pale brewed with 3 Floyds Brewery – Not bad…tastes like a milder Sierra Pale Ale with a little more fruity finish instead of the hoppy finish of Sierra Pale Ale…I would buy a 6 pack…maybe not a 12 pack. It doesn’t seem to have a lasting taste, good but not great.

Torpedo Pilsner Hoppy Pilsner brewed with Firestone Walker Brewing Co. – This one is a hoppy kinda fruity lager with a nice malt body to it. I really liked this one. The big deal on the label says that it uses New Zealand hops…not sure those taste but I like the beer. I could drink these a few in a row. Good beer.



Baseball – Yes I know the giants are struggling but they finished strong today by taking 2-3 from the AZ D-Backs. I could go on about all the giants problems but lets just keep it real and say on most nights they are down right terrible…like I can’t make it past 4 innings. The real thing that blows my mind that now ones talks about is that as bad as the giants are right now they are still holding pace with the Dodgers, only one game back from them in the NL West and tied in the National league wild card race with 3 other teams. Lets have a good All Star Break, get healthy, and make a run here July-Sept!

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Last Minute Open dates July 11-13

Had this weekend open up last minute….

half day $325
Full day $425

Striper fishing on the Sac has been good. Trout fishing on the Yuba or Sac has been good as well. Dates are first come first serve. Email or call. 530-514-2453

….Normal Blog post full of useful information coming with in 48hours

Friday, June 20, 2014

Friday is picture day…Beer Day…and Music Day...






Beer … Had a few bottle of Ninkasi Brewing Company Tricerahops Double IPA…if you have had this I must make the clarification that I did not have these "few bottles" in one sitting. There was a few 24 hour cycles between them. I have had this stuff before, first trying it up in WA about 3 years ago…Very good and very under appreciated new brewery, though they are part of Sierra Nevada's Beer Camp Across America 12 pack…they did a nice light Double Latte: Coffee Milk Stout. If you have not heard about Beer Camp Across America and the upcoming 12 pack release check it out http://beercamp.sierranevada.com.

Music…So I am late to this band I know, but so others are not here we go. Blitzen Trapper … GREAT Rock, Alt Country, Indie Band. I bought American Goldwing and Fur but I am going to get the newest Album VII this week as well. I think American Goldwing is my favorite of the two albums I have so far…Also just bought the new Front Bottoms EP and am listening to it as I type this out…So far so good. These guys are hard to classify… kind of indie folk I guess…Great lyrics and melodies.

It is summer folks…fish, drink, listen to music. Life is short. Enjoy.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Summer: Fishing Reports, Drinking, Sports, Sons/Daughters…Things to celebrate on Fathers Day.

So, First of all Happy Fathers Day to every father out there. Enjoy the day and revile in the experience of being a father. I can personally say there is nothing that has changed my life more or made me happier then being a father. I could give everything in my life up before I would give being a father up.

Public service announcement to all fathers, get your off spring out doors! if you are reading this blog you have some affinity for the outdoors, someone created that and nurtured that in you, Share it and pass that same affinity down to your kids. This is tough, it takes stepping away from what you want to do, or your time on the water. A fishing trip becomes something different when you have young kids…believe me I know with a 3 and 6 year old. My free fishing days become swimming, rock throwing, mixed with some bluegill, shad, or pike minnow fishing (the most overlooked fish for kids). Many times I have guided Fathers and their teenage or pre teenage children on their first "fishing trip" together and some times it takes and sometimes it doesn't…a kid that has never been outdoors until they are 13-17 years old is hard to all of a sudden "get into" fishing or being outdoors. I am a strong believer in that it must be nurtured and shared early in life. There is no better fishing partner then a son or daughter, but like most relationships it takes investment. Invest when their young, share your passion, and pass on your love of the outdoors.


Fishing Reports

Lower Sacramento River 
Shad: Fishing is slowing down and fish are moving up river. There are still fish around throughout the Chico area but the bite has been late and the schools seem to be shrinking in size.

Striper: Fishing is starting to pick up for stripers. Some shakers and smaller keeper size fish are starting to be caught on a fairly regular basis and reports of some 8-10lb fish are floating around. July-early september is prime time but like most things this year fishing may get started early. 

Bass: Topwater fishing during the evening has been good in the backwaters for Largemouth bass. Frog fishing over and around the weeds has been pretty fun…good 3-4lb fish caught in the last few weeks. 

Trout: Trout fishing on the Sac has been pretty consistent and summer is one of the best times to float down through the lower river from Balls Ferry down to Red Bluff. Beautiful canyon and lots of wild rainbows if you can take the heat at times.  

Pit River: Spent 4 days on Pit #3 and Pit #1 the last week in floating and wade fishing.  Both fished incredible, great numbers of fat and wild Pit river rainbows with plenty of 14-15" trout and even some in the 18-20" bracket which are real beasts in the tight fast pocket water of the Pit. 

Lower Yuba River: With the cooler weather this week fishing has been good throughout the day. The golden stones are starting to appear and caddis, PMD's, Little Yellow Sallies, and PED's are around. Best dry fly fishing is during the evening hatch but fish are opportunistically looking up throughout the day. 

Open Guide Dates:
June 23-25
July 2, 6, 8, 9
August 2, 3, 5, 6, 16, 17, 23, 30, 31

Drinking

My new favorite river beer…Hams. Don't knock it if you haven't tried it. I also had a few bottles of the new Southern Hemisphere Harvest Beer from Sierra Nevada. Fresh Hope IPA…good stuff. I like the first Harvest beer this year best so far. Word on the street is there is some new small batch Sierra coming out this week as well…stay tuned.


Sports

I was hoping the Giants would avoid the "June swoon" but after watching them give up the last two games in the 9th inning blowing a 5 run lead and a one run lead on crappy pitching and defensive errors to the Rockies…. all after loosing 3 of 4 to the Nationals…both sub .500 teams, I think we are swooning fast.