Mid week reading material to get you through Hump Day.

So, spring is swinging in and out with some really beautiful mid 70’s to Low 80’s weather and then some cold pouring rain…and then 90+ degree weather by the end of this week…wow that will throw things for a loop. I have been on and off the water a lot lately. Fishing on my own trying to get a bead on fish and guiding a lot as well. Lots to talk about so here goes….

Lower Yuba River:
I finally got over to the Lower Yuba this last week and was surprised as I checed the flows the night before to see that they had come up to over 1250cfs!!!! Low and behold they scheduled some pulse flows to push out steelhead and salmon smolt. As of today the flows are starting to drop back down to assume 5-700cfs. I was a bit concerned that the flow jump may mess with fishing but it didn’t one bit. Fishing was good to very good the days I was out there. There was a tint to the water, which always helps, and 1250cfs is a great flow. There was a few gray drakes, caddis, PMD’s, and little yellow sallies flying around but few to no fish feeding on them. I didn’t throw a dry fly at all one day. Fish were keyed on the corresponding nymphs though and as one but would get active the fish would key on it. I caught fish on Olive Amigos #16, a red bad PT, Copper Johns, and a few new lil’yellow sally patterns I have been working on. We fished rubber legs, various caddis patterns, egg patterns, and some general attractors with limited success as well. Mainly the fish wanted the smaller mayfly nymphs and a #14 mayfly/stonefly imitation. I am thinking with the coming heat spell the river is going to blow up with hatches…mainly caddis and sallies.

Fin clipper...took a wrong left turn on his way down river

Nice Wild Trout

Lower Sac Bass, Stripers, Shad:
Largemouth on the river are getting active but the colder weather of late last week and weekend slowed things down a bit. The warm weather this week should get the Largemouth and Smallies going again as well. Sight fishing for fish feeding over weeds in the sloughs and sitting on beds was pretty decent early last week but I could tell that the fish were just getting active for the spring. We have hooked a few smallies but they are not on the grab up in the shallows yet in any number. Stripers are hit and miss with the fluctuating weather but the warm weather this week should get them going. There have been some nice double digit fish caught this last week by a few of my buddies but personally we did not spend much time chasing them. Shad should really get going in the next week or two as well with the warm weather.

Working some back water on the Sac

Lower Sacramento River Trout:
Fishing is still good from Redding down to Bend. I have not been on the river trout fishing much but I know most of the redding guides have been doing well. The upper stretches can be finicky this time of year but I tend to find the lower stretches below Balls Ferry even down below Red Bluff tend to have some pretty grabby fish.

Not bad for his first trout...ever

Trout Opener News…
Fishing most places from what I have heard has been pretty good, with warm weather and limited run off most things are fishing like early to mid June…That means early to mid June is going to be like mid to late August. Connect the dots and go NOW to your favorite stream or river.

I will be at the Reel Anglers Fly Shop in Grass Valley, CA this weekend for their 2nd Annual BBQ and Fair. I will be there with the Cast Hope Booth but also promoting some guiding and such. I will be giving a presentation on Striper and Bass fishing on the Lower Sac at 12:30-1:30pm and tying some flies from say 11am to noon. Check out the list of speakers and Tiers below and come get some free food, spend some money on some great sales, and see all the new gear from various manufacturers.

Come check it out...

Sports News
The Giants are fun to watch this year…while the fact that some of our big hitters are not performing …
Pablo .162
Pence .197
Posy .227
With some padding in the line up with Morse and the Hot start but rapid cooling of Belt and the surprise rise of Hicks has created some cushion that wasn’t there last year for Pablo and Posey…even scarier is that Posey is only hitting .240 sense last July. All that said the bull pen is doing amazing with the 2nd best Bullpen ERA (2.06) in the biggs, just below the Padres (1.86). The national league avg is 3.33 to give some perspective. Either way I am looking forward to a nice road trip starting Friday so I can get to bed before 10:30pm…Love those 4pm starts. The Braves are hot, the Pirates are struggling, and we may run into Kershaw on the end of the trip when we head down to LA for 4…going to be an interesting trip.

Beer News…
Not much new for me here. Been spending a lot of time on the river so I have been drinking Sierra Nevada Summer Ale and Pale Ale in cans…pretty simple and good river brews. Funny thing though is how just a bit different the can beer tastes then the corresponding bottled version. Not bad, just different. I will say with the new heat margarita season  is quickly approaching and I have a nice list of Margarita recipes I want to try so I am thinking this Friday or maybe even Thursday will be the official opening day of the 2014 Margarita Season at the Brown Casa.

Hogan Brown