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Anyone fishing up there? I'm off this week (unplanned) and a looming for info or to meet up.

thinking trout on top or maybe carp? Thanks, Paul

 

 



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You will see carp milling about in the shallows at Berryessa during the summer. Trout are on top right now.

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I just went yesterday.  I hauled my kayak down into Markley Cove (and about killed myself). 

The water is CLEAR.  Just a bit of vegetation floating around.  I'm not sure if I missed the turn over or if it hasn't happened yet?  I didn't see any minnows showing on the surface so I decided to put away my fly rod and did some spin casting.  I fished the points of the cove and had one nice bass take my Kastmaster right as I retrieved it back to the kayak.  It exploded out of the water and, before I could react, was gone.

 

FYI, there is a nice map that shows small craft launch sites here: http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/docs/Paddle_Guide.pdf

 

With the water so low, the put ins are really steep.  I fell in attempting to launch hmm

 



-- Edited by drdan on Monday 29th of December 2014 03:33:17 PM

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Glad you are OK
I wound up going to the American for skunk today
Thank you for the posts. I think I'll go to the lake or to the Yuba tomorrow.


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First post on this forum. This is Casey at Leland Fly Fishing Outfitters. I watched the fish-out thread a while back and meant to join. Just wanted to give a quick report for those who had considered targeting trout from a boat, kayak of float tube out of Markley Cove....

$15 launch fee. Worth it to maintain the facility and parking alone.

Fished Sunday 1/4/2015 for a few hours with another angler. Both of us where using Diablo stand up kayaks. We call them SUK's but they really don't. Pretty versatile boats actually. We each caught a few smaller rainbows 10-11" using floating smelt patterns on floating lines surprisingly (shameless plug it was our new Leland Custom "Pliny" line as it shoots so well). When we first arrived at 11am we saw some sporadic rises and that tapered off until late afternoon. Also got one using a 200gr sinking line and a small clouser.

Overall pretty slow but still fun, a few more and a bass thrown in would make me come back for more. I think a float tube would get old quick, then again we did find an afternoon fish maybe 500 yards from the launch. Work it systematically close and it would pay off. We traveled into some of the coves to get away from the wind.

Also driving back saw the bridge parking lot lit up with emergency vehicles and a heli from that hiking accident. Scary stuff.



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Good to hear from you Casey.
The wind kept me away from the lake last week but I did make it up to the Yuba a couple of times.
How are things at Leland? I haven't be there since I bought a glass rod from you last spring.
Shame cause it's a very nice shop. I'll try and get out there soon.


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Paul

Everything is good here, changing our focus but exciting stuff in store. I may write a brief "state of the union" if allowed as we are one of the few local fly shops around the Putah and would like everyone to know what we do, what we don't do and our future plans here at Leland.

 

Stop by Friday's or Saturday's and we'll show you around again.



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Well I still haven't been up to the lake
I have fished the Yuba and the American
Both have been very good and I expect the Yuba to get even better soon
Still I plan to try the lake at least once before it flips again
Cheers, P

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