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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

2/17/18 by Brian Kohlman: Today was a lot if fun!  I did a combo spey - indicator trip today with George.  We started the day nymphing, and the bite took some time to get going.  After hooking a few on nymphs, we stopped and swung a run and immediately started hooking up!  After swinging the run, we ran a few laps and hooked several more on nymphs.  We stopped and swung a second run and the grab was on!  The fish were not as grabby today compared to the past two days, but George ended up having a pretty good day by the end.  We saw some adult caddis, but only a few random fish were feeding to the surface - so no dries today.  With the low flows, this is great way to fish the lower Sac!
2/16/18 by Brian Kohlman: I had the pleasure of guiding my very good friends Pat and Kate the past two days.  They hooked a lot of fish both days.  Some were pretty big, but most were in the 14-16 inch range.  Today we experienced an epic caddis hatch that had the fish feeding on the surface for about 30 minutes!  The weather has been very nice and the flows are dropping down to the minimum release of 3,250 cfs.  It's time to start thinking about booking your spring fishing trip!
1/27/18 by Brian Kohlman: I had the pleasure of guiding my friends with the Peninsula Fly Fishers the past two days.  The recent rains raised the flows a bit more and there was even a hint of color, but fishing remained tough.  Saturday we only hooked into one adult fish - a nice wild hen.  Today we went one-for-two, but sealed the deal with a very nice wild buck!  Looks like the recent storms have past and there is no significant rain on the foreceast.  Let's keep out fingers crossed we get some more rain in the coming weeks! 
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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

Feb 19:
Trinity River
Feb 25:
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Trinity River
Feb 26:
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Trinity River
Mar 1:
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Mar 2:
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Mar 3:
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Mar 4:
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Mar 5:
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Mar 8:
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Mar 9:
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Mar 12:
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Mar 17:
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Mar 18:
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Mar 19:
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Mar 26:
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Apr 1:
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Apr 2:
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Apr 5:
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Apr 7:
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Apr 8:
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
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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