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I had a really fun day with Phil and Lori.  The river had dropped to 6,000 cfs early this morning, but the fishing was consistent in many areas, and spotty in others.  Small nymphs have been the most productive my past few trips.  The A.C.I.D. dam has been removed and the flows are scheduled to drop to the low 5,000's this week.
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I just finished up a couple really fun days with guests Bill and John.  We fished from Anderson down and saw one other drift boat in two days.  On day one we hooked good numbers of trout, landed a nice steelhead (twice!) plus a nice striper.  Today the trout fishing was quite a bit slower and we got blown around a lot by the wind, but John landed another really nice steelhead.  We enjoyed two beautiful fall days on a very quiet river.
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John caught this steelhead twice!
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Bill made one cast and hooked up with this striper
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Lots of golden stonefly shucks on the rocks right now
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John with another steelhead
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I guided Tom and Judy today and it was a fun day!  The fish were super grabby, but we struggled getting them to net.  Both promised to improve their landing percentage next time!  We hooked a few on eggs, but small nymphs (caddis and mayfly) have been the most productive the past few days.  
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I guided my very good client Pat the past two days.  Yesterday was very slow.  She hooked into a handful of fish, but there were long periods between fish.  Today was much better.  We had a few stretches without fish, but by the end she had a very good day!  I'm seeing some great mayfly and caddisfly hatches, and it is late October - so the boat hatch is in full swing.
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One of many really nice fish
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Our lunchtime visitor
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Had the pleasure of guiding Jon + Chet from Ventura on the LS today- (for us) the fish were into egg imitations in the morning and turned onto nymphs in the afternoon. 
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Chet with a Lower Sac rainbow
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I guided Mike and Warren from Chico today.  The morning started off very productive with both hooking into some really nice fish, but then there was a long lull in the action.  Fishing started to pick up again in the afternoon, but overall it was a tough day.  A storm system is passing through and that could have had a negative impact.  I'm still not seeing any salmon on redds yet, but they are eating egg patterns and nymphs.  
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Mike always seems to find the big ones!
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Warren with a beautiful fish!
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I got out on the river for a few hours today with fellow guide Randy Hamann.  There are a lot of nice fish to be caught on the Lower Sac right now.  "Coleman" steelhead, meaning fin-clipped steelhead that originate from the Coleman fish hatchery on Battle Creek, are fairly thick in the river this year.  Our guides have been catching them from Red Bluff all the way up to the Sundial Bridge in Redding.  Most of these fish are in the 3 pound range, but we've hooked some up to 5 pounds.  I lost a big one today that tore off line and jumped its way to the middle of the river.  These fish are good eaters and come well to the swung (or even stripped) fly and the dead-drifted nymph. 
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Randy with one of several nice fish
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I had the pleasure of guiding Karl and his father Dave again today.  It was game-on from the beginning when Karl hooked into several really big fish early on. The fishing was fairly consistent all day and it seemed like we had the river to ourselves.  The temps are ideal and the fish are really starting to key on egg patterns, but rubberlegs still seem to produce the most fish.  
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Karl with another beautiful fish!
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The fish were pretty tight-lipped today, very different from yesterday.  Roger and Brian fished hard and lost out on some great opportunites, but also capitalized on some as well!  We didn't land many fish today, but the ones we did were pretty epic.  All the fish came on rubberlegs, egg patterns, or mayfly nymphs.
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Brian with an absolute horse!
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I spent the last two days swinging flies with return guests Steve and Jim.  We used the jet boat to get around and wade fished some very nice water.  Fishing was very good despite high winds both days.  We caught most of our fish on standard trout nymphs fished on short leaders behind either an intermediate or fast-sink versileader.  We fished everything from 3wt trout speys to 7wt single-hand rods set up for single-hand spey casting.  I even threw my dry fly rod for a bit and had some good action on dries and dry/dropper setups.  Two days with no indicators and we managed to connect with a lot of great Lower Sac fish.
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Steve with a great fish
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Jim with a hog!
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I got two Lower Sac fish to eat this today
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Lower Sac fish sometimes do eat streamers!
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I had a great time guiding Jamie and Ryan today.  The Sac remains a bit challenging, but we are hooking into some really nice fish!  They are eating eggs, rubberlegs, and small mayfly nymphs.  The weather is perfect!
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Another nice hatchery steelhead!
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I fished the Lower Sac with Al and Joe from the Bay Area today.  Despite a complete lack of spawning salmon, the river fished well for us.  We hooked good numbers of 10-15" rainbows plus a few fat 18" fish.  Fishing pressure was really light for this time of year.  There was a good hatch of baetis mayflies in the afternoon and I even saw a nice fish eat one on the surface before I spooked it with the boat.  It hasn't been a good year for dry fly fishing on the Lower Sac so it was nice to see a good rise.
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Al had some nice fish today
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I just finished a 5-day run on the Lower Sac.  Given the crazy flows from this past winter, it seems the new norm is - pretty darn good one day, not so good the next day.  And that is exactly how the past five days played out. I am seeing more salmon rolling, but haven't seen any on redds yet.  But, the fish are really starting to key on egg patterns.  My clients haven't been blessed with big numbers, but they are getting into some REALLY big fish!  Monday and Tuesday we landed a few in the 21-23 inch range, but yesterday took the cake!  We knew Burt was into a really nice fish, but after an epic 15 minute battle, he landed the largest hatchery steelhead I've seen on the Sac!  Today was another day of big fish.  Some cooperated, some didn't.  As more salmon make there way to spawn, I expect the fishing will only continue to improve.
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Burt with the largest hatchery steelhead I've seen on the Sac!
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Tom with his nicest of the day!
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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.   
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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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Check out Ashland Fly Shop's new "Spey Fishing with Jon" video installment https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJf74AnyYAs. Jon Hazlett and Andrew Harris swing for trout on the Lower Sac and talk trout spey gear and technique.  If you're interested in trout spey on the Lower Sac, this video will answer a lot of questions you may have.
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What does a professional drone pilot do on his day off you might ask? Go fishing of course! Matt came up from Santa Barbara to help map the Lower Sac for salmon habitat (and a lot of other cool scientific that will help our local fisheries). 
We had pretty good luck working the side channels throwing small nymphs. Temps under 100° always help too! 



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I did a morning half-day on the Lower Sac today and fishing was good.  There were some very small mayflies around in the morning, but most of our fish were landed on stonefly nymphs.  Fishing pressure is pretty light below Anderson.  My client Dave landed a few nice fish in the 12-15" range and we had a lot of action on small fish, too.  I talked to some salmon fishermen who limited out today, so that was encouraging.
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Steve and I had an awesome time fishing two days together on the Lower Sac.   The first day we fished from Anderson River Park and took out at the Barge Hole down low.   The river fished good to great all day with constant action and no other boats on the river.   Steve caught a beauty below Cottonwood Creek in the clays.   On the second day, I made the mistake of taking us up top - fishing from Posse to Anderson.    I got my butt kicked but Steve did great - maximizing his opportunities and laughing the entire time.  

The lower Sac cookie-cutter (12 inch fish) all seem healthy but some of the larger trout (18-22 inches) can be pretty skinny probably due to last winter's floods that cleared-out a lot of the aquatic bug life in and around Redding.   If you catch a big one and want a photo opt, keep 'em wet as long as you can and be sure to revive 'em after!    

Thanks, Steve, for a great couple of days!     

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I had the opportunity to take my jet boat out today with my very good client Dick.  Instead of fishing an indicator rig, he wanted to use his two-handed rod to swing for trout.  Other than the two salmon boats we saw this morning, we had the river to ourselves and were able to methodically fish some great runs.  We wet waded all day, so we were very comforatable as the temps reached 107 this afternoon.  The fish weren't super grabby, but Dick had some bumps and landed a nice Lower Sac rainbow on the swing!  Booking a Lower Sac Spey trip is a great way to spend the day on the river and refamiliarize yourself with your two-handed rod!  Fall is just around the corner - and so is steelhead season! 
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