North Valley Fly Fishing is the most local guide service for steelhead on the Feather. Ryan knows this water like the back of his hand.
On the river since 2004. Ryan knows all the hot spots, flies, and techniques. Ask about 2 hand rod swinging, and potential topwater & dry fly options.
October-November & March-May are the preferred months for Feather River. Time it right and experience some of the best steelhead action the North Valley has to offer.
Fly tactics dialed on Lake Oroville by Ryan and friends, have spread throughout the state, and further. The lake officially made it's debut in May of 2018, when Hogan Brown wrote the first magazine article on fly fishing the lake in Northwest Fly Fishing Magazine.
This is a year round fishery, Float n' Fly tactics peak from December-May. And Topwater from April-August. The lake is thriving with a population of Spotted Bass. Big largemouth, and smallmouth bass are also present. Our goal here is typically high numbers of fish, beautiful scenery, wildlife viewing, and a nice laid back day.
North Valley Fly Fishing has intimate knowledge of Lake Oroville. This is our "office". Where all the testing occurs, trial and errors, etc. It's where we go when we just want to have a fun day and get a fix of bent rods. We have obtained a vast amount of knowledge through Lake Oroville excursions. Book you're trip today, let Ryan show you, and see what all the hype of bass on the fly is about!
At 400,000 + years old, Clear Lake is an ancient ecosystem. All fish here grow to Jurassic proportions, bass, crappie, carp, catfish, shad, and hitch alike. Fish numbers here in our local fishery are out of this world. The lake has had it's share of setbacks through pollution over the years, but has proven itself resilient and is absolutely thriving with life.
THE MOST BEGINNER FRIENDLY OPTION IN ALL OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA. 50-100+ hookup days are the goal during the Spring. Between the crappie, big bass will be caught here and there, along with carp and even catfish. These are some of the most fun trips around!
Recommended for advanced anglers only. This is some of the most challenging fly angling around, yet some of the most rewarding. Feeling the sheer power of a big mature bass, after a violent tug on a 6wt is what it's all about. When hooked, these monsters instantly begin bolting to snags like a freight train, if not leaping in the air. Trout could be compared to a race car, the way they pull drag. While big largemouth are more like a semi. This is one of California's premier big bass fisheries...
Northern California hosts the world record spotted bass. We're at a perfect altitude for these predators to thrive. Discover these great options your backyard has to offer.
From Southern California to the Delta... Berryessa to the Foothills. Lake Shasta to Trinity Lake. Californian's are centered in fertile bass territory. "Foothill Bass" is a blanket term used to describe Lake Oroville and all other bass lakes in the Foothills to the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Waters outside the foothills are possible trip options as well, such as Lake Berryessa, Thermalito Afterbay, etc. Expect to see our bass waters continuing to expand!
The many reservoirs throughout the state are extremely underutilized by fly anglers. There are thousands of miles of shoreline where bass have never seen flies, or rarely see them. They're seeing more and more flies each year however. Bass on the fly is a growing trend for good reasons. Not much can beat the solitude, or watching these predators destroy a topwater fly. And the float n fly ALWAYS exceeds expectations, no matter what the anglers skill level... Every single time!
Nestled within the Solano and Yolo county border, Putah Creek is a tailwater fishery fed with icy cold water from the depths of Lake Berryessa. Putah is a designated wild trout stream and is catch and release, barbless fly only. It truly is a miracle of nature, and a testament to the strength and resiliency of rainbows, that such a great trout fishery can exist in 2021 so close to such a high population of people.
Unlike common rainbow trout that spawn in the Spring, Putah Creek rainbows have their own unique schedule. These fish spawn in the winter because of their steelhead genetics from a time before dams. The Lake Solano diversion dam had trapped steelhead upon being built, and the fish's descendants live on to this day. A Putah trout is truly a different animal. This is why these fish get so abnormally big. In fact some of the largest rainbows in the entire state reside here.
The winter spawn is also the reason the creek is closed to fishing December-February. It is important to note however, one may encounter actively spawning fish in November and March. LEAVE THEM ALONE! Tread on the rocks lightly, and avoid wading on the spawn beds. This fishery is a delicate gem and needs to be handled with care.
Northern California's best trout fishing. No other river in CA hosts this many trout over 20".
Ryan is typically on the river every month out of the year, but the action here peaks in October-November, and March-April.
Ryan began rowing and learning the "Lower Sac" in 2005. With around 15 years of experience here, Ryan knows the runs intimately. Although North Valley Fly Fishing promotes other waters heavily, Lower Sac trout have paid a major portion of the bills here over the years.
Swinging flies for high numbers of hard fighting anadromous fish.
Shad PULL. A big shad on a 6wt feels identical to a steelhead. Minus the jumping... 50+ hookup days do happen, and we see them on most years.
Lower Sac warm-water trips offer amazing multi species opportunities. We can even add trout or steelhead in the mix of fish on some stretches. Not too many places in the world can offer such a variety of freshwater species in one river, with so many different fish ready to eat a fly.