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
May 26, 2020

Putah is back in action if you can bear the summer heat. Be sure to take water temps and stop fishing if the thermometer creeps into the mid-60’s, but some great fish can still be found right now. The year-round name of the game at Putah are small flies, smaller than you think. And then a ridiculously bushy crawdad pattern. Work the plunge pools and whitewater, when the temps creep up fish will stack in the rough stuff where the oxygen content is higher. Micro mayflies, S&M’s, tiny pheasant tails and small copper johns will work, but you’ll need to use 6x fluorocarbon to fool them.

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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