Blue Stream Fly Fishing
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Russian River - Talmage - California

Hatch Chart - Best Access/Spots - Local Fish - About

Water Flow Chart

Using Water Flow Charts & Weather Reports: Begin with our water flow charts to grasp stream velocity and volume – look for stable or rising trends to pinpoint ideal fishing times. Learn to interpret sudden spikes or drops, which can indicate potential challenges. Next, consult our weather reports to understand ambient conditions. Pairing the two, you can anticipate fish behavior, choose the right gear, and select the best fishing spots. Use these tools together for a holistic approach to your next fishing adventure.

In-Depth Weather

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Hatch Chart

January Stoneflies Mid day 14-16 Golden Stone
Midges Afternoon 20-22 Zebra Midge
February Stoneflies Mid day 14-16 Golden Stone
Midges Mid afternoon 20-22 Zebra Midge
March Blue Winged Olives Afternoon 16-18 Pheasant Tail
Midges Mid afternoon 20-22 Zebra Midge
April Blue Winged Olives Mid afternoon 16-18 Pheasant Tail
Caddisflies Evening 14-16 Elk Hair Caddis
May Blue Winged Olives Mid afternoon 16-18 Pheasant Tail
Caddisflies Evening 14-16 Elk Hair Caddis
June Caddisflies Evening 14-16 Elk Hair Caddis
Stoneflies Mid day 6-8 Chernobyl Ant
July Caddisflies Evening 14-16 Elk Hair Caddis
Stoneflies Mid day 6-8 Chernobyl Ant
August Caddisflies Evening 14-16 Elk Hair Caddis
Hoppers Mid day 10-12 Dave's Hopper
September Hoppers Mid day 10-12 Dave's Hopper
Blue Winged Olives Mid afternoon 16-18 Pheasant Tail
October Blue Winged Olives Mid afternoon 16-18 Pheasant Tail
Caddisflies Evening 14-16 Elk Hair Caddis
November Blue Winged Olives Mid afternoon 16-18 Pheasant Tail
Midges Afternoon 20-22 Zebra Midge
December Egg Laying Caddis Evening 16 Six Pack
Midges Afternoon 20-22 Zebra Midge

While we strive to ensure the precision of our hatch charts, some reflect broader river region insights. Through ongoing partnerships with local guides and fly shops, we’re committed to refining our data. Should you notice any inconsistencies or have feedback, we welcome you to reach out. 

Best Fishing Spots

The Russian River – Talmage area offers numerous top-rated fly fishing spots that promise a gratifying angling experience. Below are some of them:
  • Steelhead Beach: Famously known for its steelhead trout, this spot is accessible and suitable for beginners.
  • Johnson’s Beach: An all-time favorite among locals, this beach provides a healthy population of small-mouth bass and trout.
  • The Delta: The extensive wetland area near the river mouth allows opportunities to angle for both freshwater and ocean fish like bass, roach and bream.
  • Monte Rio Bridge: An excellent spot for catching large-sized trout, particularly during the spawning season.
  • Wohler Bridge: Renowned for its steelhead and the stunning scenery, it offers both solace and excitement for anglers.
Remember to respect local fishing regulations and practice catch and release to help maintain healthy fish populations. Happy fly fishing!

Best Access Points

The Russian River in Talmage, California, offers excellent fly fishing opportunities. The following are the best access points:

  • Johnson’s Beach: This popular spot provides diversity with both slow and rapid water sections. Ideal for beginners and experienced anglers.
  • Monte Rio Public Beach: Known for its slow-moving shallow waters, it’s perfect for catching Steelhead and Chinook Salmon.
  • Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach: The deep, slow-moving water here is ideal for fly fishing for large fishes.
  • Alexander Valley Campground: This riverside campground offers great access for fly fishing. It’s also a great spot to catch smaller species.
  • Steelhead Beach Regional Park: This is a well-loved spot for fly fishing, particularly during the Steelhead run in winter.

Please remember to respect local guidelines and catch and release practices to ensure the sustainability of this beautiful fishing area.

Local Fish

  • Chinook Salmon: Also known as the King salmon, is a prized catch for fly-fishermen due to its size and fight.
  • Coho Salmon: Smaller than the Chinook, they are known for their significant leaps and thrashing when hooked.
  • Steelhead Trout: These are ocean-going rainbow trout with a strong fight and acrobatic leaps.
  • Rainbow Trout: River-resident trout species that provide a fun challenge for fly anglers.
  • Brown Trout: These trout can reach impressive sizes and are a favorite for many fly-fishermen.
  • Pacific Lamprey: These eel-like fish can provide an interesting challenge for those out with their fly rods.
  • American Shad: While not native to the Russian River, these fish provide a strong fight and are a favorite among many anglers.
  • White Sturgeon: While not commonly targeted by fly-fishermen, these giants of the river can provide a battle you won’t forget.

About The River

Winding through the heart of Sonoma County in Northern California, the Russian River is steeped in captivating history. Initially, it was named ‘Slavianka’ (meaning ‘Slav’) by the Russian settlers from Fort Ross. The river’s current name, however, represents a nod to these early Russian explorers.

Communities evolved along the banks, including the lovely hamlet of Talmage. Established originally as a religious commune in the late 19th century by the followers of Thomas Lake Harris, it flourished due to the fertile river valleys. Key points in Talmage’s history include:

  • In 1899, the Utopia Planitia winery was constructed. The wine from this winery was famous amongst the society of the time.
  • The historic Talmage bridge, spanning over the Russian River, was erected in 1915 and is still in use today.

No visit to Sonoma is complete without a jaunt to this scenic river and it’s charming historical settlement, Talmage.

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