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The conditions on the Lower Klamath as are as good as they get right now, the HUGE flows of last Winter have rejuvenated and altered many of the Swing Runs for the better and water quality is good as it gets . The past couple of months the river has seen fresh pushes of adult and 1/2 pounder Steelhead, the numbers don't appear to be huge...but they're there !

Angler pressure has been low which at times can lead to some pretty darn good fishing as well as a Great overall angling experience, over the past week we have hooked into, and landed some... Chrome Bright Adult Steelhead and 1/2 pounders as well as Dime Bright Kings, just the right size for a 6 weight Spey Rod.

If you are an avid Spey Caster and have never been, you should highly consider a trip to the Lower Klamath, there might be different water elswhere but I would argue that there is no better water !.... and if your a novice or just want to try out Spey casting and Swinging for Steelhead, this is an excelent venue for that as well.

My schedule is limited this year but I do still have some available dates...and it's not too soon to plan for next Season , I'll be on the Lower Klamath from early Sept to late October 

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Just another Epic Tailout....
View All Reports by Randy Hamann    |    View Randy Hamann's Calendar    |    View All Klamath River Reports
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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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View All Reports by Brian Kohlman    |    View Brian Kohlman's Calendar    |    View All Lower Sac Reports
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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!

 

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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 guided the Ah-Di-Na area of the McCloud today.  It's a long drive down to the campground and it was plenty HOT, so the cold water felt really good!  All the guys hooked into multiple fish in the 6-10 inch range fishing nymphs.  The McCloud is a beautiful river and in my opinion, a "bucket-list" river for any fly angler.
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Today was my second day fishing Dave from SoCal and we opted for a striper trip on the Lower Lower Sac.  Fishing was challenging with high winds all day, but Dave managed to land his first striper ever right off the bat.  No big fish today, but we had some action on schoolies and a few pikeminnows.  With all the wind I had to use my A (anchor) button on my Minn Kota remote control a lot today!
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Dave with his first striper ever
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My client Dave and I spent the second half of our day on our private beat on North Battle Creek.  It was my first time in there this year and I was amazed to see the changes caused by last winter's high water.  Some of my favorite spots were totally remodelled.  Lots of downed trees, too.  The fishing was good, though!  Dave's first fish was a 12" rainbow, which is about the biggest fish we ever catch on this section.  Dave had a blast with his 3wt rod and miraculously did not lose a single fly in a tree!  We fished dries all afternoon and had the best luck with size 8 grasshopper imitations.
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This fish chowed a big grasshopper dry
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Dave with the best fish of the afternoon
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killer mayfly. Mahogany? Anyone?
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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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The road to Ah-Di-Na will be closed for construction on Sept 13/14.  For more information, call the Shasta-Trinity National Forest McCloud ranger station at 530-964-2184.  
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What a great day on the Yuba!  Spent the day with Jeff from Sacramento chucking fat grasshoppers all day.  We had a blast!  We had a number of smaller fish come up and crush our fly with mixed results on hooking up as they seemed more poised for a fight than a meal.  The real highlight, was the number of larger of fish that couldn't resist either.  Got a few to the net with a few more heartbreaks.  So fun to watch the grabs!!!! We picked up a few fish nymphing as well so it looks like a good time to get out on the Yuba even with the heat!
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Cant resist the Hopper!
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A little wet wade to keep cool!
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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! 
View All Reports by Brian Kohlman    |    View Brian Kohlman's Calendar    |    View All Lower Sac Reports
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Here is a report from our guest Steve who fished Fall River with guide Art Teter on Thursday:

"My wife and and I had a great day on the Fall River...  all that a 72 year old Veteran could ask for.

Art Teter was a very good / helpful and friendly guide. We caught lots of smaller fish and one 23"+ rainbow."

Great fish, Steve! 

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Steve's big Fall River Rainbow
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The good news is there didn't seem to be as many boats out today compared to Tuesday and Wednesday and the fish were much grabbier for us today. We had consistent hook-ups all day and both landed some really quality fish! We're in store for a slight cooling trend and the really hot weather will be ending soon and the egg bite will be here before we know! 
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Eric with his best of the day
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Sam with was pretty psyched to land this beauty!
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I was looking forward to fishing Greg and Drew on the newly reopened upper section - but it didn't fish as well as it had the past two years.  Typically, more fish are hooked above the Hwy-44 Bridge than below, but we actully hooked more below Hwy-44.  Greg and Drew landed some very nice fish and hooked several others, but I was disapointed.  The river was crowded, and I expect that to last for another week or two.  I'm not really sure why the fish are so tight-lipped - but I'm looking forward to giving it another try on Friday! 
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Today was the big "Re-Opener" on the Lower Sac, when the top 5 miles of river from Keswick Dam to the Highway 44 Bridge re-opens.  There is now an annual closure from April 1 to July 31 to protect spawning winter-run Chinook salmon on this short stretch of water.  The fish in this stretch are some of the biggest in the river and they usually get pretty fat and forget some of their wily habits during this break in fishing pressure. 

I'm not sure what happened today, but the fishing was not very impressive.  There wasn't really a noticeable difference above or below Highway 44.  Fishing was about average at best, plus there were about 50 boats on the water.  Flows came up 500cfs last night, and that might have put the fish off a little.  We're going to give it another shot tomorrow and I expect fishing to be better.  We did hook some quality fish today, including one huge one that we couldn't land. 

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Caught some nice fish like this today
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Jet Boil makes a great fly line spool!
View All Reports by Andrew Harris    |    View Andrew Harris's Calendar    |    View All Lower Sac Reports
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Hed the pleasure of trying to beat this heat with client Len from Ohio.  We spent a morning and some of the afternoon on the Upper McCloud.  Although the temps finally did reach triple digits, the canyon and water of the McCloud made for an enjoyable day.  We spent our day throwing dry/dropper rigs.  Len hooked into some nice Upper Mac Rainbows on the dry fly and then did battle with a few smaller fish on the nymph as well.  Good times!
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One of Len's rewards for throwing dry flies.
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The beautiful, and somewhat cool, Upper McCloud River.
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I had the pleasure of guiding Ted and his son-in-law Tommy today.  Yes, it was pretty hot - but the fishing was pretty good too!  The fish were pretty grabby during the morning - both had lots of hook-ups and both landed some really quality fish!  The fish seemed to be a bit more tight-lipped during the afternoon, but both worked hard and were rewarded by hooking into some really nice fish - too bad they couldn't bring them to net.  There's always next time!  
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