The last two weeks have provided some exceptional fly fishing in Northern California. The Lower Sacramento River in Redding, Ca. has been flowing between 13,000 and 15,000 cfs, typical summer flows, and the drift fishing for large, colorful, rainbows has been very good. Twenty to forty fish days are common with the average size rainbow going over 16 inches. Smaller nymphs such as caddis pupae and micro mayflies are producing in the upper drifts with stonefly nymphs and large rubber legs producing in the
A little closer to home our central valley rivers have provided some incredible days on the Stanislaus and Mokelumne Rivers. Nymph fishing has been very good but the dry fly fishing and streamer fishing have been epic. My clients have had days of up to 75 trout with fish up to 23 inches coming on dry flies and streamers producing wild rainbows up to six pounds.
One of our most successful streamer patterns this season has been the bonefish slider saltwater pattern. Fished with a 250 grain streamer express line with 2x to 3x tippet this fly pattern as enticed big rainbows as well as striped bass in the same water. Just last week I had two customers land 25 trout on streamers as well as nine striped bass up to seven pounds.