Friday, January 28, 2011

This week on the Yuba

The last two weeks on the Yuba have been awesome. Although we have not seen abundant skwala hatch, the dry fly fishing as been insane. Last week I floated with Tom Page ( which also will be posting on this blog) and the nymphing was not that hot. We were trying everything that we could think of with not much luck. So we pulled the boat over and were sitting there thinking about what to throw when all of the sudden there was a splash right next to boat. We both looked at each other and without saying a word we pulled out our dry fly rods and with in minutes had three hook ups. The rest of the day was pretty much the same, every juicy dark seam that we saw, fish hooked, and we ended the day with a dozen fish. The rest of the week only got better as the fog cleared and temperature rose to the mid 60's.

This week is pretty much the same, except now the big dawg's started to look up. But then yesterday things took a turn and split pea fog rolled in and put the fish down. The fog was so thick you could not see the gun club gate from highway 20. We did not even get a rise or look. So as soon as this fog lifts and the flows drop it will really get things moving again with the skwalas. The best pattern I have seen this year is Tom Page' flush floater. Simply deadly. Hopefully he will post the pattern. That's it for the report, hopefully you'll stay tuned with us and get out and go fish.


Keith here

I live in Nevada City, Ca so my home waters are all of the Yubas, the Feather (steelhead and stripers), Scott's Flat Lake, which is a great small mouth fishery, and the Sac.; although I fish for striper on the middle section of the river mostly, but do get up to the upper section occasionally. Grouse Ridge area also has lots of small lakes with excellent trout fishing. So stay tuned in as we will post as often as we can

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Weekly coastal report

No rain for many days...Rivers are either dropping in or getting low and clear....Both of these scenarios are what a fly guy like me has been waiting for....I live on the has been looking better everyday...Steelhead green Sunday morning but I noticed that they are messing with the flows at the dam...probably making room cus lake mendo is FULL. One of my buddies floated on Sunday and hooked one fish...Farmed it!!... I decided that i was headed fish was not going to keep me home. I hooked up the boat..loaded the truck and set my alarm for o dark thirty...The plan was to meet my buddy Tim...he had been hanging in Arcata fishing with some friends up in that zone. They had been hooking 4-5 fish a day on the average...I am not usually an advocate for telling a friend to leave fish to find fish but we had a shot at the Duzen....Got to the river at 8 am and it looked good. Two to three feet of vis..Tim and i shuttled and portaged the boat..Had a line in the water by 9:30....We pounded every jucy bucket, glide and riffle...nothing but our spirits were still strong...The day was gorgeous...65 degrees and bluebird skies. It was about 3 pm as we came up on a spawning trib. I slid the boat right up to a sick slot and "WACK"....Tims bubble went down and the fight was on. This buck didnt really go ballistic...he just hunkered down. Tim did a top notch job bringing this guy to the net. 34" 13-14#....ate a red yarn glowbug. We fished this spot for the next more bites..Our day was running out as the sun started to drop. We had to power through some water..stopping at the HPZ's only. Getting dark..the take out must be around the next corner...we have all been there....Then we rolled up on a spot that was uber fishy. Tim was sitting at this point..."lets row out" he said..."Not yet bro...throw your bug in that seam right there. Lets get one more fish before we take out." I responded.... Needless to say...."Wack" then a chrome hen comes up and starts trashing...Great fight at dusk....30" 10# ate a salmon egg pink creme brulee. Way to finish the day 2 in the net......!! Next couple of days were spent on the Duzen. 8 more fish hooked....3 to hand...these chromers are fired up and will cartwheel down the river into your backing in seconds. I have some friends that are still up there so stay tuned to hear the progress.

So while i was up there i got the skinny on a couple other rivers. The Main Eel is just dropping in. There are some gear guys that are finding fish. The South Fork is low and clear. Most of the fish have moved up the tribs. Bait boats are getting 1-2 fish on a good day...Fly guys are getting goose egged...that spot needs some rain to stir the pot. The Mad is getting another great return of hatchery fish. The bait guys and liners are crushing it....I have a friend that is headed there tomorrow to hike way up so stay tuned for that report as well. That brings me back to my home river...The Russian has buddy stayed and fished three days....Hooked 5 and landed being the slab above. High teens and dime bright. Way to go Tom...!!!!!!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

First Post for Joshua

Hello Dark Seam...Joshua here....
This is my first blog but not my first time to the"Dark Seam"... I live in Sonoma County and am addicted to fishing on the fly...
Follow me on Fishing adventures...Tune in for some realtime reports...I fish for just about anything that swims..Right now all my attention is on Steelhead.