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Captain Brian Kohlman

Brian Kohlman
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Brian Kohlman has been guiding in northern California for over 10 years. Since retiring from his profession as a policeman for the Santa Rosa Police Department in 2013, Brian has been guiding full-time. Based in Redding, Brian's primary fisheries are the Lower Sac and Trinity River. He also makes numerous trips to the Pit River, McCloud River, and Upper Sac each season.

Brian is a USCG-licensed Captain which means he can operate a motorized boat in the inland waters of California. He puts this license to good use on the Lower Sacramento River where he uses his jet boat to fish for trout and steelhead. Brian enjoys using his jet boat for Trout-Spey trips on the Lower Sac.

Recent Fishing Reports by Brian Kohlman

9/16/17 by Brian Kohlman: Another annual "girls trip" is in the books.  The Sac has fished tough this summer, but I expect fishing to improve as the days continue to cool.  Fishing was fairly consistent all the way to Anderson.  Both hooked into some really large fish, as well as a number of "cookie cutter" fish.  The flows have been at 9,000 CFS for a few weeks now, but I expect them to start dropping again very soon.  We are closing in on October and that means the "egg bite" is right around the corner.  My schedule is filling fast, so now is the time to book your fall float on the Sac.   
9/11/17 by Brian Kohlman: My wife Dava had been interested in learning to spey cast, so I took the smart approach and signed her up for Confluence Outfitter's Spey Camp.  I came along to audit the class so I could better work with my clients during our swing trips - and so I could actually fish on my own for four days!  I brought my jet boat and was able to learn some great swing runs on the lower Klamath.  We will be going back!Gino, Dax, and Leslie did an incredible job and the property is absolutely beautiful!  The food was AMAZING!  I think we both may have gained a pound or two. The course of instruction was loosely structured (no set times), but very effective in the end.  Gino, Dax, and Leslie were able to provide each of the students with a lot of one-on-one instruction throughout the four days.  The Spey Camps are timed around the famed half-pounder run on the Klamath and everyone hooked into fish, some hooked into several!If you have ever wanted to learn to spey cast, or even if you have some experience casting a two-handed rod - I would highly recommend attending next year's Spey Camps! This is great experience if you want to go with a group of buddies, or simply go by yourself.  The friendships Dava and I made during Spey Camp will be long lasting! 
9/10/17 by Brian Kohlman: I had the opportunity to guide Carl and Buck from Ventura today.  They began their road trip fishing the famed Green River for two days, and decided to finish it off floating the Lower Sac.  The fish were not super grabby, but both managed to hook fish pretty consistently throughout the day.  The good news is the egg bite is right around the corner AND these crazy hot temps we've been dealing with all summer should start to drop this week!
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Visit our Fishing Report page to view more reports!

Brian's Guide Season

Lower Sac Year Round
Brian Kohlman is available year-round to guide for trout and steelhead on the Lower Sac. Brian uses his RO low-profile skiff on the Lower Sac. It's a great fishing platform and very comfortable for his guests.
Summer Trout Streams
Brian is a regular on the Pit River, Hat Creek, McCloud River, and Upper Sac. He enjoys getting his clients hooked up on wild trout using a variety of techniques, from high-stick nymphing to dry flies. Clients who book a multiple-day trip with Brian have the option of fishing several different destinations in a single trip.
Trinity River Steelhead
Brian guides for steelhead on the Trinity River from October through March. Brian has guided the Trinity River for over 10 years.

Brian's Upcoming Open Dates

Sep 28:
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Lower Sac Stripers
Trinity River
Sep 29:
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Lower Sac Stripers
Trinity River
Sep 30:
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Lower Sac Stripers
Trinity River
Oct 1:
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Lower Sac Stripers
Trinity River
Oct 7:
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Trinity River
Oct 8:
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Trinity River
Oct 9:
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Trinity River
Oct 12:
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Trinity River
Oct 14:
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Trinity River
Oct 15:
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Trinity River
Oct 19:
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Oct 22:
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Trinity River
Oct 23:
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Trinity River
Nov 2:
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Trinity River
Nov 6:
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Trinity River
Nov 9:
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Trinity River
Nov 18:
Trinity River
Nov 19:
Trinity River
Nov 20:
Trinity River
Nov 25:
Trinity River
For more dates, please visit our Online Booking page!

Testimonials from Brian's Clients

"We had a great three days with Brian Kohlman! In addition to his guiding skills, he has a great attitude and client focus. Look forward to a future trip."
Dennis Rudloff, San Diego
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