Putah Creek is one of California's best kept secrets. Only those folks living in the near vicinity know of the huge rainbows and browns that call this water home. Putah is a small tailwater fishery located about 15 miles north of Vacaville. The cold, consistent flow out of Lake Berryessa has created a huge concentration of slippery, moss-covered rocks full of bug life. The creation of this tailwater and the large population of mayflies, caddis, and midges have caused the trout to grow fat and healthy. Over the last several years, trout over 18 inches have become common.
Putah Creek is similar to the famous waters of the Rockies where big fish eat small bugs. Only the most dedicated of anglers will fool these intelligent trout.
In the fall, we chase big browns and rainbows entering Putah Creek from Lake Solano. These big trout hold in the deep holes on the lower reaches of the creek, waiting for an easy meal. Winter time fishing on Putah is when the water is at its lowest and the fish are consistently eating baetis and midges. This is the best time of year to be able to sight fish to selective trout. Winter fishing will truly test your angling ability.
Spring and summer triggers the trout to heavy feeding on caddis hatches, and often times we get fish rising to dry flies in the evenings. If big trout is what you're after, then you need to get out on this water. Book a trip to learn all the secret mysteries of this diamond in the rough.