An Early Spring
The absence of winter this year in California is a bit concerning. As of today our snowpack is at a dismal 30% – setting us up for a tough year if the trend continues. As anglers – we have been taking full advantage of what mother nature has dealt us. While the weather remains warm and the rivers stay low and clear, the fish are on the feed. The Lower Sac is already two weeks into it’s epic spring caddis hatches, and a little further up the hill, the caddis on the Upper Sac are starting to push as well. Both rivers are fishing very well right now. The most consistant fishing has come on warmer days when the caddis come off thick. The Lower Sac has also been providing some awesome dry fly opportunities to those who know where to look.
After an outstanding fall and early winter season – the Klamath River has finally started to simmer down a bit. There are still a few nice fish to be had up there below the gate but because of the lack of rain and flow fluctuation, the fish have become “stale” and are not nearly as grabby.
The Lower Yuba has also been fishing well the past few weeks. There have been decent hatches of PMDs as well as BWOs, providing anglers with the opportunity to fish dries to big wild trout. Blind fishing with a Skwala dry has also been productive and is a nice alternative to plunking the indicator rig all day. Pay close attention to the overnight lows.. when the temps don’t drop too low overnight, the bugs and fish will be much more active the following day.