Fly Fishing on the Putah

San Francisco Putah Creek

Added by David Drake

This creek has productive fishing from public access pointsThere are good opportunities for both fly fishing and rod-and-reel fishingAll fishing is catch and releaseYou must use artificial flies and barbless luresDuration: full day

Putah Creek is a little over an hour drive from SF without traffic. The creek has flows beginning in April, which can reach up to 700cfs during the summer months. The creek begins to drop after September. Keep in mind that wet-wading isn't recommended until the river is under 300cfs. Most fly fisherman on this creek nymph with 5-7x (very light tippets), an indicator, and a 3 or 4 weight rod. Baetis and small caddis flies are good for fishing in the area.

Pack List

  • Fly Rod & Reel (3 or 4 weight)
  • Tippets (5-7x)
  • Flies
  • Waders (optional)
  • Waterproof Boots for Waders (optional)
  • Lunch
  • Beer to celebrate a good day of fishing
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How to Get There

about 2 years ago

Make sure to bring your waders. There's a fair amount of brush along the banks and they're elevated, so you'll be doing a lot of roll casting.

about 2 years ago

Added by David Drake

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