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Old 11-15-2009, 09:45 PM
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Default Where to go steelheading in december???

Hi there, I am pretty new to fly fishing in California. I am planning on going on a surf/fishing trip around chrismtas time, at least as far north as Big Sur and maybe even all the way up to San Fran, or further?

I have as much time as I want, just dont know any of the rivers up there, and cant seem to find any guides online.

Any and all suggestions on where and when to go, what to use as far as lines and flies would be greatly appreciated, I feel lost in finding the steelhead up there!
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Hi there, I am pretty new to fly fishing in California. I am planning on going on a surf/fishing trip around chrismtas time, at least as far north as Big Sur and maybe even all the way up to San Fran, or further?

I have as much time as I want, just dont know any of the rivers up there, and cant seem to find any guides online.

Any and all suggestions on where and when to go, what to use as far as lines and flies would be greatly appreciated, I feel lost in finding the steelhead up there!
Up here in Northern California Steelhead season is just getting underway. The Klammath is on. The Trinity and the Lower Sac are picking up. The Lower American is on the slow side right now. The Lower Feather is starting to put up some numbers.

I live outside of Sacramento, so I fish the Lower Yuba. I have already gotten half of a dozen Steelhead over the past four weeks. And if you don't get any Steelhead, the resident Rainbow Trout population will give you a good fight. In regards to the resident Rainbows, a "shaker" is a 12" to 16" fish. Hooking into some 18" to 22" resident Rainbows can be common.

You can use as light as a 6 weight. A 7 weight will give you the extra backbone just in case you hook into the occassional 15 pound plus fish.

In regards to guides:
Klammath/Lower Sacramento River/Trinity
Sac River Outfitters- Chris King
The Fly Shop
Andras Outfitters - Jim Andras

Lower American/Lower Yuba/Lower Feather
Hooked Up Anglers - Damian Forsythe
Bill Lowe

Check your PMs later. I will send some names and contact information of guides who do not have websites.

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...what to use as far as lines and flies would be greatly appreciated
I forgot this part. Most guides will be drifting you through runs. You will be using floating lines and nymphing. If you choose to do some wading, it would not be a bad idea to have a 24 foot sink tip, so you can swing some flies.

I would let the guides make the fly choices for you.

If you want to bring some flies, bring a fair amound of trout nymphs from sizes 8 to 16. Make sure to have a mix of stoneflies, caddis, and mayflies. It may not hurt to have some egg patterns, but by December, the fish may have stopped keying in on them.

As for swing flies, bring some black articulated egg sucking leeches and some classical style flies like Silver Hiltons or Anderson's Euphoria.

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how about taking a peru vacations and also fishing in those rich waters!!! plus it shouldn't be that expensive...
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Mosca, thanks a bunch for all the info, you have been a big help. About 95% of my fishing is saltwater, and I just get dizzy thinking about all the different flys and patterns necessary in streams and rivers. I feel confident I will have some success now. Thanks again!
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No problem. If you decide to do the trip, let us know how you do.

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