Events & Happenings
Fly Casting Lessons – Every Saturday morning 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the store. Gear provided for free!
Fly Tying Class – Friday, October 26th from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the store. Bring your own vice, the materials will be provided!
LOCAL FISHING REPORTS
Updated October 17, 2018
Within an hour’s drive from our fly shop, there are many fisheries offering dozens of species to target with a fly rod. Be sure to speak with our qualified staff members regarding current conditions, seasonal tackle and additional expertise.
Check tide chart for up to date conditions. Fishing is HOT! Very consistent action going on. Striper up to 30 inches/15 pounds being caught. The southern parts of the Napa Cutting’s Wharf and below, when you make your way into the flats near American Canyon or the inlets south of Sonoma a type 3 sink line has been deadly! When working the flats change your approach. Cut the motor sooner than you think. Sight fishing becomes possible!
Flows – 176 cfs – Almost like shooting fish in a barrel… except there are four other people shooting the same fish. Access is great, but the fish have become very picky. Size everything down. Lighter tippet 5x, 6x. Size the flies down. 18, 20, 22 are very common this time of year. High sticking and Euro Nymphing are great techniques for covering pocket water!
LAKE HENNESSEY / LAKE BERRYESSA
Fall Bass! – These two lakes are good possibilities. Bass begin schooling up and chasing bait. Baitfish fly patterns are our go-to. Run these on floating lines early or late in the day, or shift your focus into deeper water mid-day. Top water continues to provide fish holding near grasses and structures. Have some poppers in the fly box!
Updated October 17, 2018
Fishing is good! Numbers of fish are being caught. Striper are beginning to pile into the river. All kinds of tactics are working right now. Bait is landing all kinds of fish. With live bait such as mudsuckers and split tail, you can catch the Big Ones! Trolling lures like Rat-L-Traps (check out our new colors) and our “Striper Rigs” have been great also. Some sturgeon are showing up, nut for the time being they are few and far between. Salmon in the River become an option through the month of October. Keep in mind that the season ends October 31st for us here.
Fall fishing is starting up! Bass are transitioning into their full patters. They are chasing bait balls, so running Square Bill crankbaits around rocky edges and points are doing the trick. Swimbaits and Glide baits in natural colors are imitating Threadfin Shad or immature Squawfish are deadly. Trout have been scattered. Trolling 50-60’ seems to be the sweet spot! Give it another month for more consistent action. Fall crappie are another option. Fish deeper with minnows to pick up some slabs!
CONN DAM/LAKE HENNESSY
Slower bite here than Berryessa for the time being. A lot of grass is remaining in the lake. The trick has been to simply get deeper and to stay beneath the grass longer. Ripping Crank baits and Chatter baits has been a good way to grab those fish’s attention. A topwater bite has remained consistent. Popping frogs and working walking baits early morning and later in the afternoon has been productive. Crappie and Bluegill love these grasses! Float Minnows along the edges for some extra fun!