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Captain Andrew Harris

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Andrew Harris has been guiding in northern California since 1997. He lives in Red Bluff, California with his wife Katie and daughters Mackenzie and Madison. In 2007 Andrew created Confluence Outfitters with help from partners Gino Bernero and Jon Hazlett. Andrew puts the "Outfitter" in Confluence Outfitters, as he is the one who answers the phones and emails. Andrew really enjoys helping our guests plan their trips. Confluence Outfitters has a great group of guides and a bewildering array of venues in northern California, southern Oregon, and Washington. Andrew can help you select the right guide, destination, and time of year for your next fly fishing trip.

Andrew 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 reaches of the Sacramento River where he uses his jet boat to fish for striped bass, trout, and steelhead. Andrew has been a pioneer of using lightweight spey rods for trout on the Lower Sac. Andrew's jet-boat Trout-Spey trips are very popular.

Since 2010, Andrew and his wife Katie have been the exclusive booking agent for Eagle Canyon, a private trophy-trout destination near Red Bluff. Eagle Canyon is open from January through mid-April and is a great place to fish for rainbow trout from 3 to 15 pounds.

Andrew is a regular on the northern California fly fishing club circuit and typically does 5-10 presentations a year. Andrew has a wide variety of presentation topics to choose from. He also writes regularly for California Fly Fisher magazine and is the author of the Plumas National Forest Fishing Guide, a fly fishing guidebook to the Feather River Country.

Andrew also has a career as a software developer. He created LodgeRunner.com, a booking system designed for fishing and hunting lodges and outfitters. LodgeRunner helps Confluence Outfitters and other high-profile fly fishing businesses like Henry's Fork Anglers, Silver Creek Outfitters, and Pere Marquette Lodge manage their bookings and assign their guide trips. Andrew loves working with other outfitters and lodges and has helped dozens of them optimize their booking systems by using LodgeRunner. Andrew also creates software for hay exporters and many other agribusiness clients.

Recent Fishing Reports by Andrew Harris

5/24/17 by Andrew Harris: We're down to just 2 spots left in our 2017 guide school.  The dates are July 8-15 and the location is the intermountain area of northern California.  Our students spend time on the Pit, McCloud, Hat Creek, and Lower Sac as they learn what guiding is all about from the senior members of the Confluence Outfitters guide staff.  This is a great class if you're curious about guiding as a career or have already made up your mind that guiding is for you.  The on-the-water sessions are balanced with classroom sessions on logistics, administration, permitting issues, and marketing.  We also spend a lot of time working on our students' casting skills and helping them to teach casting skills in a guided fishing context.
5/21/17 by Andrew Harris: I spent the last two days guiding longtime clients Frank & Doug in the 1st annual Cast Hope Gabe Duran Memorial Lower Sac fly fishing tournament.  The weather was hot and so was the fishing!  Competition was pretty fierce as there were 22 boats and a lot of very good anglers on the water.  To give you an idea of the quality of the fishing this weekend, our boat averaged about 19" for the ten fish we were able to record each day and we landed a 24" rainbow, but we still placed 4th and missed the big fish trophy by a half inch!Fish are in their happy place right now with flows steady at 13,000cfs.  We did best on egg patterns, brown rubberlegs and also caught a few on caddis patterns size 14.  Look for fishing to improve and for the lower parts of the river to start fishing better over the next few weeks. 
5/13/17 by Andrew Harris: We are rescheduling our 2017 Guide School to July 8-15.  We still have room for 3 participants.  This one-week course is a great way to get your feet wet in the world of guiding.  The course is based in the Burney/Fall River Mills area and the field sessions take place on the Pit River, Hat Creek, McCloud River, and Lower Sac.
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Andrew's Guide Season

Andrew guides every month of the year, but his availability is limited due to his family, consulting career, and outfitting responsibilities. Andrew guides WEEKDAYS ONLY during the school year.
Lower Sac Year Round
Andrew Harris is available year-round to guide for trout and steelhead on the Lower Sac. Andrew does a lot of different types of trips on the Lower Sac, including regular drift boat nymph-indicator trips, jet-boat Trout-Spey trips, and Dry Fly Only afternoon half-days. Andrew can teach you how to side-drift flies from the drift boat without using an indicator. He can also set up a "no-bobber" trip where you fish a variety of techniques from dry flies to dry/dropper to swinging flies. There is great fishing to be had for trout on the Lower Sac every month of the year. Andrew can help you find it!
Stripers in the Summer
One of Andrew's favorite guide trips is chasing stripers on the Sacramento River south of Red Bluff. Prime-time for this fishery is June through September, although fish can be caught outside of this window. Andrew uses his jet boat for these trips. If you enjoy streamer fishing, you will have a blast on one of these trips. When shad are in the river, we occasionally spend part of our day fishing for shad, too.
Battle Creek Private Water
The only way to fish one of the best stretches of the North Fork Battle Creek is to do it with Andrew as your guide. He has exclusive access to a ranch near the town of Manton that has excellent fishing for wild rainbows. This part of Battle Creek is the perfect place to bring your 3wt rod and fish dry flies all day. The fish aren't big, but they eat dry flies all season long due to the cold spring-fed water in the creek. This venue fishes well throughout the entire trout season.
Trinity River Steelhead
Andrew guides for steelhead on the Trinity River from December through February. Since his first guide trip on the Trinity River in 2002, Andrew has consistently put his clients on steelhead using a variety of techniques. Andrew does drift boat, raft, and walk/wade trips on the Trinity. He caters to both nymph & indicator fishermen and spey fishermen.

Andrew's Upcoming Open Dates

Aug 16:
Battle Creek
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Lower Sac Stripers
Aug 17:
Battle Creek
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Lower Sac Stripers
Aug 18:
Battle Creek
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Lower Sac Stripers
Aug 23:
Battle Creek
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Lower Sac Stripers
Aug 24:
Battle Creek
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Lower Sac Stripers
Aug 25:
Battle Creek
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Lower Sac Stripers
Aug 30:
Battle Creek
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Lower Sac Stripers
Aug 31:
Battle Creek
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Lower Sac Stripers
Sep 6:
Battle Creek
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Lower Sac Stripers
Sep 7:
Battle Creek
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Lower Sac Stripers
Nov 1:
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Nov 2:
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Nov 3:
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Nov 8:
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Nov 9:
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Nov 10:
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Nov 23:
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Nov 24:
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Nov 29:
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Nov 30:
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
For more dates, please visit our Online Booking page!

Testimonials from Andrew's Clients

"Great day with you and Pete. Fishing was terrific and you were fantastic, very patient and kind as we were late with our strikes or long with our casts and short with our mends. I look forward to fishing with you again soon."
Mark Elices, Santa Clara
"Jeremy and I had probably the best fishing day of our lives on Saturday 11-17-2015. Thanks for all your persistence in navigating to the right place where all the fish were."
Garey Weber, Newport Beach
"Thank you again for a first class experience fishing with you on the Lower Sacramento River. Your professionalism speaks for itself. My son and I look foreword to our next trip fishing with Confluence Outfitters. OUTSTANDING!"
Joe Darr, Brentwood
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