Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Putah Creek Report May 2017

Hey Everyone- The flows at Putah Creek are currently 325cfs and water clarity is fair this week. This is super exciting because this is my first real "catching" report since the floodwaters hit Putah. Just when I was beginning to worry that there'd be no good fishing this year, the rain stopped, the creek finally dropped to fishable levels, and is fishing well again. Also because of the rain and flooding, it's really a beautiful scene out there right now. Wildflowers galore, plants growing like crazy, and hungry fish ready to hit on that fly. I am always trying to narrow my tips  down to one or two things, but thats just not possible on Putah Creek or any other river for that matter. One thing became clear; after months of no one really fishing the creek, I have had a couple of great weeks getting fish to net. That said, the floodwaters have changed the river drastically. Some places I used to catch fish are empty; and some that used to be empty now have fish. I've been spending even more time on the creek than usual, re-learning some of my favorite areas. I keep saying to myself, 'If you're fishing more than three times a week, you might have a problem!' Hahaha.  The usual flies are still a good idea but leader length and a trying a few other flies can really help you out. I took out a father and his two adult sons last week and they had an awesome time. After hooking into a 15-inch bow, he lit up a cigar and just sat down on a rock and watched his brother and dad fish, with a contented look on his face. I'm always happy to see that happen on a trip. If you'd like to book a trip, please call Richard at 707-294-4738. www.napavalleyflyguides.com Fish on!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Putah Creek Report for 4/06/17

Putah Creek Report for 4/06/17
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  • Hey everyone its really good to be back on the water again and now the flows are at a level I can wade at last! The flows were at about ( 751cfs ) today so overall a great day to be on the water. I had 2 clients for almost 8 hours so I was excited to have these guys for a full day as that it gives me an opertunity to help them work on their casting accuracy and drifting the fly right in that slot where I suspect a fish might be holding. We started at the bridge just working on casting and not casting in the overhanging trees. The water is still very high at 751 and that puts most of us on the edges ie under a tree so it takes a few to get your groove on and not in a bush every cast.  We stayed for an hour and moved down a few spots, and started getting a few grabs here and there- some grabs bigger than others.  I want to talk about leaders and really paying attention to leader length. I want to emphasize this: too short and not long enough to drag bottom, you're going to drift right over the heads fish you for sure dont want to miss. We ended up fishing some newer spots and fished water I normally would have walked by and my client had a 15" fish on for a few seconds, but it got away as well. Thats how it goes some days-hookin em but no big fish to net. The good news is there are nice size fish in the system and they are hungry but you need to find a place thats not too deep to wade or too deep to nymph. 
  • Here are a few pointers  
  1. In my opinion correct leader length is vital , Too short and your fly goes right over the fishes feeding zone; and too long you might not see a take because your too long ! 

     2. keep a good selection of split shot ; as you fish more you will see how important this is.

     3. Flys keep a good selection of flys. Theres nothing worse than not having a fly you find out      
         the fish are hitting on    ,   <*)()()><
   
     4. Check the flows every time you hit the creek; Over time it will help you understand Putah
         Creeks Eb and flows , and as of this morning  1110cfs and riseing
       



Friday, March 10, 2017

March 2017 report for Putah Creek



Hey everyone so it seems the rain has stopped for now and flows are on the decline. Current flows are at 1450 cfs(cubic feet per second). Last week I spoke with Chris from Solano Irrigation and he told me that at the height of the storms he estimated between 7 and 8 thousand cfs overall moving down the creek. We talked for a while and from what I understand the nozzel at the base of the dam can discharge between 700 and 1000cfs and another 700 to 1000 running the hydro turbines discharging below the water level and the rest comming down the glory hole. My guess is he is right; at the height of these last few storms we where looking at around 8000 per second  Wow! I am looking forward to seeing whats changed and whats not but we're still a few weeks to a month from anything resembling a fishable creek.  Me and a friend hiked up to the glory hole a few weeks ago and here is one of the videos I shot:

video
I know it'll be at least a couple more weeks before the creek is really fishable again. Once you get back out there, remember proper leader length, flies, and trial and error are essential to finding fish in the new re-designed Putah Creek. Depending on what happens, we may need to use big-water techniques and possibly bigger flies as well. As a safety side-note: dont forget that rafting on the creek is extremely dangerous at ALL times and especially at this time! Last weekend, I came upon three young people and their dog, blowing up a small rubber raft at Access #3, wearing jeans and t-shirts, about to make a huge mistake. I talked with them and was able to talk them out of getting into the river, which was flowing at 2400cfs. I've been on the creek a couple times a week throughout the season and I'm starting to see areas that I'm sure are holding fish; but getting to them is still a problem. I will continue to do exploratory fishing and keep you guys posted as the flows come down and as soon as I know anything big, you'll know it too. Until then, make a visit to Loast Coast Outfitters, Sweeney's Sports, or your local fly shop; tie your flys, watch your favorite fly-fishing videos, and get ready for Spring. For more information about Richard Loft and booking a day on the creek, check out www.napavalleyflyguides.com or call 707-294-4738.