This post is long overdue so thanks for taking the time to tune in and check out whats happening on the water and off. Much has been going on and most is extremely positive. Most recently I've been honored to have joined Hatch Outdoors as a Hatch Pro as well as Loon Outdoors as an Ambassador. These are two incredible companies that make the tools and products that I'm proud to use in my everyday work and personal life on the boats or on the tying bench. Massive thanks to Andrew Dickinson at Hatch and Alan Peterson and Matt Callies at Loon for giving me a shot!
|The Gen-2 Finatic Hatch Reel paired with the Echo EPR.|
|Heidi Lewis of Salt Lake City, Utah feeding her Cali striper addiction.|
|Ryan Lewis of Salt Lake City with one of many on a red hot day.|
By-catches of king salmon and steelhead are not uncommon when fishing for striper. We found some beautiful Wild as well as hatchery fish willing to eat a stripped fly. Always a welcomed bonus!
If you missed out this year, don't hesitate to secure a 2018 date soon as they will fill fast. I'll be beginning river striper trips again in early June and through to early Oct. of 2018.Visit the site: http://crflyfishing.com/rates.html
|Steve Rodriguez came up the hill to find some head shakers.|
The Lower Yuba River has been in better shape and we're starting to see more salmon in the system and with them some better fish behind them. If eggs and nymphs aren't your thing, bring your 5wt dry fly set up and enjoy some fantastic dry fly fishing. I had a few great dry fly days recently on the river and though we did find fish behind redds and in some runs down deep, the majority of our fish came from casting to risers. It was great fun and even found some healthier ones than we've seen lately in the mix.
|Travis Milligan of Big Water Welding with a willing player.|
To find out what's cooking and working in the Lower Yuba and stay better connected, visit my local shop Reel Anglers located at 760 S. Auburn St. Grass Valley, CA 95945 for the shop that has their finger on the pulse for the Yuba and surrounding fisheries.
Fly Fishing Specialties down the hill at 6360 Tupelo Drive in Citrus Heights, CA. 95621 is another incredible shop with a highly knowledgable and friendly staff and insane selection of gear, flies and materials that you certainly can't live another day without.
Both of these shops will point you in the right direction and gear you up proper all the same. Please support them or your own local shop. We need them and our fisheries need them.
|Cast Hope trips get kids into the outdoors to help build passion for our waters.|
The Bass fishing in the foothills was something else this past spring, summer and into fall and though some people may think of bass slowing down as it gets colder, that isn't necessarily the case. The best thing to me about bass fishing in the foothills is they can be accessible pretty much year round. Methods change, sure numbers may change in some cases but the opportunities are there. Englebright is one of my go-to places for foothill bass as well as Lake Oroville Scotts Flat or Bullards. All of these fisheries I believe are highly underrated. We're at that time of year where we'll be focusing more on the float-n-fly method as the water cools and the fish become a little more lethargic. It's soon yet but we've already had some great number days and quality fish already.
|Sturmer White of Granite Bay Fly Casters after a |
smallmouth topwater eat on Englebright.
onboard. I have very few late fall days left, some winter days and spring days available. Group trips or multi boat/multi day trips can be worked out with enough notice. The more I speak with old-timers and those that have fished here for triple or quadruple the years that I have the more I
realize that the fish population decline is real. Which is why it's incredibly important to recognize the threat and do what we can to help preserve this great estuary. Curious about what the hype is all about? You can visit http://www.restorethedelta.org/101-save-the-delta-stop-the-tunnels/ to find out more.
|Salmon on the fly while fishing for striper in the Delta |
has been pretty common.
|Hogan Brown with a feisty Delta schoolie.|