Putah Creek is a special place for me because I have been fishing it since a boy. Growing up in Winters, I was fortunate to have a father and brothers that lived to be outdoors. Putah Creek has been my backyard playground my whole life.
The two main issues that concern me about the Creek are the anglers actively fishing for spawning fish. It’s not hard to comprehend that if we want better fishing we need a successful spawn cycle. The second concern is the siltation we are facing from farming and fires.
Leave the spawning fish alone and “keep em wet”.
My favorite day on the Creek was one with my fiancé. We floated in my raft and she landed her first fish on a fly.
Mayflys and midges and mayflies and midges. My bugs don’t change that much. If I had to choose only ONE fly, it would be a pheasant tail no bead and no flash.
My strong suit is teaching. I have analyzed all parts of casting, mending, drifts, hook sets, and landing fish. I can watch any angler fish and immediately diagnose where the problems are and how to fix them.