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Napa Outdoor Digest - March 9th, 2023



On today's blog:

  • Fishing Report

  • Fly Shop Rebirth

  • XD - Blowout Sale

  • Bragging Wall

  • Learn to Fish


Napa River Fishing Report


We fished Napa River last night for a few hours. In the first hour, we ran all over, meetering for Sturgeon. Not much luck. We saw a few fish mid-water column and a few on the bottom, but all of them were spread out. Very few fish were around altogether on yesterday's outgoing tide. The water is still too cold for the big bite to open up, so we just anchored in a spot that looked promising, baited our hooks, and let loose.


We had a couple of subtle bites in the first hour. In trying different baits with little to no luck, I decided to tie on a Live Ghost + Pile Worm combo that I picked up here at the shop. Shortly after, I had a healthy 22" Striper on the end of my line! After, we had a few other strong bites before we had to pack up and head back to the dock.


I used a Phenix 805 rod, Avet reel, 40 lb braid, 6 oz pyramid weight on a slider, and a barbless 6/0 sturgeon hook. We fished at a depth of 20 ft.


So this week's winning formula is:



If you are new to fishing and want to learn how to fish for Stripers in Napa River, please consider taking our Beginners Striper Fishing class. It's $40, but you get a $40 Sweeney's gift card at the end of the class. The class is hosted every Thursday, at 2 pm.




Live Bait Update


We currently have Live Ghost Shrimp, Grass Shrimp, and Pile Worms. Expecting another delivery on Friday, March 10th, at 11 am.


Fly Fishing Report


Trinity River Fishing Report


If you don’t mind some weather, the fishing has been awesome on the Trinity lately. Typical steelhead flies such as Rubber Legs, Golden Stones, Squirmy Worms, and Red Copper Johns are working great. They’re bumping the flows on March 15th so now is the time to get out there and chase some steelhead!!


Lower Sacramento River Fishing Report


Fishing has been excellent on the lower sac!! The big big boys and girls are out right now!! Nice hatches of midges, PMD’s and BWO’s are going off around noon. The sucker spawn is still happening and we’re getting them on beads. Smaller flies seem to be what those big trout are looking for right now.


Reported by: Robert George, The Bend Company Fly Fishing, 707-812-4671 thebendcoflyfishing.com, Instagram: @thebendco


The Fly Shop @ Sweeney's



We are rebuilding the Fly Shop at Sweeney's!


Over the next few weeks expect a wider selection of Rods, Reels, Flys, Lines, and Technical Gear.


Pete heads up our Fly Fishing department and he is here to answer all of your questions.


We'd like to thank our awesome customer Luis Matias for fabricating this beautiful Fly Shop sign you see in the picture above. Find Luis on Instagram: luismatias953


If you are into Fly Fishing, could you please reply to this email and let us know what you'd like us to carry? We are here to serve you, so your feedback would dictate our product mix.


Shop Update


We just received giant orders of Daiwa and Okuma rods and reels. If you haven't been in the shop in a while, come in and check out our selection. We keep adding new rod racks and are almost out of space on our reel display. If you are looking for bargains, we have a good selection of clearance rods and reels at 20%-40% Off.


Springfield XD Blowout Sale


Springfield XD pistols are reliable striker-fire pistols with safety features that are appealing to the first-time pistol owner. Some of these features include a back strap safety, a trigger bar, and a loaded chamber indicator on the top of the slide.


Disassembly for maintenance is straightforward forward and re-assembly is just as easy. I encourage new and current firearm owners to visit with us and speak to any of the Firearm Consultants for more details and a demonstration of the Springfield XD. If interested we will be promoting these pistols at a price to sell and you won’t be disappointed.


Models on Sale and prices:







Springfield XD45

  • .45 ACP 4"

  • Was: $599

  • Now: $490












Springfield XD40

  • .40 S&W 4"

  • Was: $549

  • Now: $430










Springfield XD-40

  • STAINLESS .40 S&W 4"

  • Was: $549

  • Now: $430











Springfield XD40

  • .40 S&W 3"

  • Was: $549

  • Now: $430











Springfield XD9 9mm

  • 9mm S&W 5"

  • Was: $549

  • Now: $460











Springfield XD9 9mm

  • 9mm, 4", Black

  • Was: $549

  • Now: $430










Springfield XD9301 SS 9mm

  • 9mm, 4", Stainless

  • Was: $549

  • Now: $430










Springfield XD9821 SS 9mm

  • 9mm, 3", Stainless

  • Was: $549

  • Now: $430







As a reminder, the new store hours are:


Monday 9am-6pm

Tuesday 9am-6pm

Wednesday 9am-6pm

Thursday 9am-6pm

Friday 9am-6pm

Saturday 7am-6pm

Sunday CLOSED


Bragging Wall


Congrats to Mike Stagner on landing this 30lb Striper monster using Split Tail.



Congrats to Jeff Fossen for scoring some beautiful Elk sheds out at his Duck club in Grizzly Island.



Learn to fish.


Over the next few weeks, we'll be putting together dozens of new fishing and firearms education classes. What would you like to learn? Let us know by replying to this email, commenting on the blog, or stopping by the shop.





We are Hiring


Do you love fishing? Do you like sharing your expertise and advice to help other people be successful on the water?


If the answer is yes to both, please consider joining the legendary Sweeney's Sports team. We are looking to hire a part-time fishing expert to work weekdays, 9-6, Mon-Thur with some flexibility.


Make extra money, get great discounts on products you love, and have fun at work. Please click here to apply.




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