Monday, November 9, 2015
I really like the Yuba at these flows. Its a long drive but worth it. My local option is Putah Creek and the flows are back down to 66cfs and just too low; as well as the trout spawnning season has begun so it's not the best time to fish Putah. So here is my "Yuba River Report": Me and a friend fished Hammond Grove from 11am to 2pm then drove around the back side and fished down to the cliffs where I was able to wade out and fish spots I never thought possible and found fish I always knew were there but was never able to get to. The flows were at 625cfs and the water temps were around 54 F. It took me a couple of hours to get my groove on; all in all 3 fish to net out of 5. I plan on getting back up there soon to keep up on whats working. 2 of the 3 were caught on 10 mm eggs and the 3rd was on a #20 black micro may. I have availability for guiding this month on the Yuba for walk-and-wade. Come check it out! http://www.napavalleyflyguides.com Richard Loft, 707-294-4738. Fish on! <*@()()><
Friday, November 6, 2015
Hey everyone its been a few weeks , Days are short and cold since daylight savings last Sunday. I am heading to the Yuba tomorrow so I will report asap and keep you all posted on Putah Creek when I fish it again . Napa Valley Fly Guides Richard Loft (707) 294-4738 <*@)()()><
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Hey everyone; Heres my report for Sept 18th through 23rd. I think it might be time to consider switching to 3x and 4x tippet or bring an extra rod rigged up heavy. Here's why: Last night I was fishing my normal rig, six and a half foot 4x leader with 5x below my weight, around 5pm and I wasn't getting any action. Not to mention, I was getting hungry but before I left for home I decided to stick a # 12 bird nest to see if that would be the ticket. While fishing I see this huge fish go airborn right where I casted so I set and yup it had taken that fly! So long story short he breaks my 4x leader. By the size of this fish you could tell it was time to switch to 3x and 4x. Also, I could have broken that section of water up and fished each section then moved closer. Heres my thinking: little things make a big difference with big fish. If I was closer to where I hooked that fish my line might not have broken but remember, these big fish go balistic and I think thats what happened here. I think these fish use underwater rocks and other structure to break the line and if you're too far away your line is at a flater angle meaning the fish can more easly break your leader. I know this is a lot just bare with me. Fish your normal slot but consider bringing an extra rod, maybe a 6wt rigged with 3x or 4x and if you hook that big fish have a game plan. The fish is going to run right? If you're too far away your leader is exposed to rocks and other structure, which could result in loosing a fish of a lifetime. If you can, fish these intermediate sections. Then move just a bit so if and when you hookup you can have the option of lowering your rod tip when you're too far away.
Heres my report for the fish in the system:
1) Try to consider how you will fight a big fish from where you're standing. You want to be able to land the thing. If you can't draw the fish out of fast water its going to be hard to land these fish that are 5+ pounds
2) Its time to bring 2x / 3X some of these fish are really big. So don't be afraid to throw bigger flies on 2X and 3X.
3) Remember; make your leader long enough to reach the bottom
4) Use more weight if you're not catching fish. Water is a powerful element, and if you're flies aren't right on the bottom you probably won't get the grabs you're looking for.
5) Cast upstream from where you want to target fish. It gives your flies time to get down where you think a fish might be
6) Set! Even if you think that bump was a rock, hook sets are free so theres no point in wasting them
7) Remember Why you started fly fishing. The love of the outdoors
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