We hope everybody had a safe holidays and enjoyed Christmas and the seasons celebrations. Maybe some received new fly fishing gear or had the chance to wet a line. We didn’t fish for a few days but spent our time with family and friends in a well needed break from the winter season. But just as quickly as it started it has come to an end and we creep into the wee hours of 2016. So whats happening and what does the near future look like? It’s looking pretty good overall and the break in heavy precipitation has brought many rivers into or close to go time. Here is a quick peek:
Lower Sacramento River
Our staple river for guide trips and life source for the state of California overall has been fishing well as we transfer into the winter season. The major change as detailed in the graph below occurred on December 20th by doubling the flows overnight from about 5,000 to 10,000 CFS. The biggest obstacle for these flows is going to be for wade anglers. Not only does this highly limit the areas accessible via wading boot but it poses a serious threat if you were to fall in. There are still some wade spots available but use caution.
Eggs, alevins and small mayfly patterns have produced the best in the last few weeks. If you don’t feel like braving the higher flows this is a great time to use your favorite guide with a drift boat as these next few months are some of the best and lightest in traffic. Need a guide? We can help.
Although some rivers have remained high and off color there are some sections falling into shape in both Oregon and California. These next storms don’t look like much at this point but keep an eye out as forecasts become more detailed. There looks to be some good to excellent fishing conditions for some of the rivers in the State of Jefferson. Take a look at the Smith River below:
Although the next storms don’t look like they are going to bring much in precipitation at this point but definitely be prepared for cold conditions. Always bring an extra change of clothes and have a way to warm up in case of a spill. Also be careful on the roadways as cooler conditions like this also create black ice, which the only way to combat is by driving way slower than normal.
Reservoir Storage Compared to Last Year
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