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confuseHello,

I was curious about what type of fishing is allowed at Putah Creek. I read what it said on the Putah creek website about barbless and catch and release but wasn't sure if you could use any rod or does it have to be a Fly rod. I have a friend who is learning how to fly fish but has other rods with which she is more familiar. I want to know so I'm not breaking any rules if there are any. Thanks to anyone who can give me advice.



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Flies with barbless hooks and catch and release. What gear you use to deliver said flies is a personal choice, but it's pretty darned rare to see anybody fly fishing with a spinning reel and bobber. Hiring a guide will greatly accelerate the learning curve.

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Type of rod doesn’t matter. Artificial lures with barbless hooks and 0 limit. You do not have to use a fly rod.
I thought there was something in the regs about not using treble or double hooks to but didn’t see anything about it today.



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The regs do NOT require single barbless hooks, HOWEVER, if you are going to use spinners, ethics dictate that you should cut two of the three hooks on a treble off, then pinch down the barb. A fish that hits a spinner (or a swim bait or a Rapala etc.) is really gonna attack it and getting the three barbs out ( much less multiple trebles ) without damaging ( read killing ) the fish is very difficult. You also need to have the trout out of the water for an excessive amount of time. My first trip to Putah involved a spinning rod and a Rooster Tail, and I got good and railed by an elder for committing the aforementioned sins, and I deserved it too.



-- Edited by mudhen on Thursday 17th of November 2022 12:34:13 PM

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I think many of us had spinner days on the creek before fly rods. For me it was the late 70s to early 80s. Super Dupers worked best with single hooks.

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