River Overview

Putah creek remains a somewhat mystery that has frustrated even the most seasoned anglers for years. With its close proximity to Sacramento and San Francisco, trophy sized rainbow trout, and beautiful scenery, you'd think pictures of grip and grins with huge fish would be flooding social media day in and day out. Not the case. Notoriously fickle and hatch specific, these wary rainbows don't give themselves up easily, and the terrain isn't always as gentle and inviting as it looks. While technically open all year, we stay off the river December through February to allow fish to spawn and continue to populate this amazing wild trout fishery

Details

  • Target Species: Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout
  • River Type: Tailwater
  • Closest Town: Winters Ca
  • Closest Fly Shops: Fly Fishing Specialties - Citrus Heights Ca, Lost Coast Outfitters - San Francisco Ca
  • River Regulations & Closures: We practice a voluntary closure on Putah from December - the end of Feb to protect spawning rainbow trout
  • Hazards: Steep and slippery hillsides, sharp river rock bottom, and rattlesnakes are present in the warmer months.
WINTERS WEATHER
October 13, 2020

Flows are coming into fishable range and cooler nights are keeping Putah in great Fall shape! Our window to fish this river may close soon with upcoming rain, the heavy fires scorched the banks of Putah not long ago and all that ash and silt is staged to do a number on the clarity, so get it while it’s good! As always, small nymphs on 6x fluorocarbon is the name of the game to fool these trophy rainbows. Split wing caddis, micro mays and Hogan’s S&M’s have been top performers and gentle and stealthy presentation is key.

Wading

Wading Putah can vary from easy to moderately difficult. Large algae-covered rocks make for slippery steps, but if you take your time and gain firm footholds you can wade through this incredible river. A wading staff will help you stay upright.


Active Bugs

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Optimal CFS:

150-300

Strategy

Guide Tips: These famously frustrating trout demand that you size down on tippet, almost to the point you're laughing at the ridiculousness of it all. 7x fluorocarbon is not uncommon here.

 

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Putah creek remains a somewhat mystery that has frustrated even the most seasoned anglers for years. With its close proximity to Sacramento and San Francisco, trophy sized rainbow trout, and beautiful scenery, you'd think pictures of grip and grins with huge fish would be flooding social media day in and day out. Not the case. Notoriously fickle and hatch specific, these wary rainbows don't give themselves up easily, and the terrain isn't always as gentle and inviting as it looks. While technically open all year, we stay off the river December through February to allow fish to spawn and continue to populate this amazing wild trout fishery

Wading Info

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Guide Recommended Gear

Rod: 4wt-5wt - 8ft-10ft, Also a great Euro Nymphing River

Line: Floating line

Leader: 4x - 6x

Tippet: 4x - 6x

Weight: Yes..get it down there!

Indicator: Yes

Waders: Yes

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