In one word to describe my summer...NUTS. I do not think I could have done anymore guide trips and classes. Throw in a wedding, mini honey moon and random camping trips I haven't had much time to update the blog. I gave myself a much needed day off today to get back to normal.
So how was the fishing? I would sum it up with average. I spent almost everyday in the Truckee area. The "Big T" fished well early on and became tough after the 4th of July. The water predictions were way off. The river dropped tremendously and the weather got hot. We had some good days and bad days. Most mornings were good and evening fishing was inconsistent. Afternoons were a bust.
I met a bunch of really good anglers from all over the country this year. Summer time we get a lot of new anglers or part time anglers. I enjoyed teaching and getting anglers up to speed on ability this summer. Watching a newbie or kid land their first fish is entertaining to say the least.
As of late, the weather has cooled off, especially over night. The river has cooled down a bit and fishing for a full day is getting a lot better. Look for this trend to continue to get better, unless we get a warm spell. Put it this way, if fishing requires a sweatshirt or light jacket at any point of the day things are going to be pretty good.
We are on the brink of fall. The leaves are about to change color. Fall is a great time to fish for several reasons. The first is fishing pressure. Anglers spread out more during autumn. The Trinity will start fishing, the lower sac and yuba egg bite takes off, Putah Creek flows drop, the Feather will fill up with steelhead, and the Truckee streamer fishing will get insane. With many options for fishing anglers will spread out.
Let's talk Yuba or "Newba". Big changes to the river from the floods last spring will peak your interest. Fishing runs that you used know by heart that have now rerouted different paths is like learning a whole new river. I have heard rumors that the flows will be down to 1000 by the end of August. With the changes to the river I would expect to see a good run of salmon this year. From the reports I have been hearing lately there are a lot of small fish thriving right now. The bigger fish have been hard to find. This is either a result in the big flows all summer making them harder to find. It also could mean that the floods harmed those fish. We really wont know until the egg bite.
The Feather was another river with major changes. If you have been living under a rock you may not have known about the Oroville Dam Spillway malfunction. When the spillway failed a giant torrent of water came screaming down the Feather. This has made a huge impact on the river bed. From what I have seen there is a lot less water to fish in the low flow sections. Especially for walk and wade anglers. It may be even more important to be in a drift boat now on the Feather. However, I was impressed with the amount of fish that were in the river all summer. Not a lot of big fish but lots of numbers of 14-16" scrappy fish. The big fish will be here soon.
Putah Creek. Not a lot of new things to consider here. The biggy is that the flows have already dropped. I've heard fishing has been really good as of late. Generally the fishing gets really good after labor day. When the flows are between 100-400 it is game on for being able to fish the creek entirely.
Truckee. I am most excited about fishing the Truckee this fall. It has been years since we have had enough water in the river come fall due to the drought. Typically fall fishing is awesome out there. The water temps are perfect for fishing all day. The fish are getting desperate for some protein before the cold winter. They need to pack on some extra pounds. I absolutely love streamer fishing out there during this time. Another thing to look for is a good October Caddis hatch. From the bug samples we have been doing all summer have shown and great number of them.