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Fishing Reports by Andrew Harris

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I fished the Lower Sac today with Brian Kohlman and local guide Kevin Kay from Redding. We fished a float that is considerably less popular than the Redding beats and the fishing was really good.  We landed a lot of fish from 12-15" and lost one really big fish.  Fun times and no crowds!
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fishing in solitude
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I spent the afternoon fishing the Lower Sac with local Chico-based guide Kayla Katayama.  The fishing was red-hot for most of the afternoon.  I landed 3 fish in 3 passes in the first run we fished.  There was a thick hatch of PMDs most of the afternoon.  Fish were rising in all of the usual dry-fly spots.  The river is in great shape, hatches are great and the fish seem to be in very good condition.
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Andrew with a nice Lower Sac rainbow
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Brian Kohlman and I did a walk-wade trip today with four guests from the Peninsula Fly Fishers club.  We use our jet boats on walk/wade trips on the Lower Sac so we can quickly get around to the best wading spots.  We fished two techniques today: trout-spey and dry fly.  Swinging flies with "trout-speys" - 2, 3 and 4wt spey rods - was pretty darn slow today.  Fortunately the dry fly fishing was very good.  We had a lot of great opportunities to cast to rising fish throughout the day.  At times our odds were vanishingly slim due to the blanket hatch of PMD mayflies.  Most of the time, though, the fish were pretty eager to eat a properly presented dry fly.  We hooked fish up to 18" on dries and landed several in the 15-17" range.
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Hooked up on a dry fly
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Allen with a dry fly fish
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Here are a couple of shots of Greg with the Kern River Fly Fishers group.  They fished the Lower Sac in the downpour on Friday and then fished Eagle Canyon on Saturday.  The water was totally brown, the worst I've ever seen it, but the group still caught plenty of fish.  It's amazing how trout can still feed in water that looks to us like it was no visibility.
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Brian Kohlman and I fished with some great folks from Sacramento and the Bay Area today.  The ladies were the hot hands today and did most of the fish landing.  Fishing was pretty good throughout the day today and we saw some nice healthy fish up to 19" in the net.  Spring fishing is in full swing now and the fish are pretty grabby.  We had good hatches of caddis, PMDs, and march browns today.  We had a great grab on a dry fly mid-day and the rest of our action was on nymphs.
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Janie with the big fish of the day
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Brian Kohlman and his crew
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Tim had a blast
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Janie with one of many fish today
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We had a fun day today with a Project Healing Waters crew from the Bay Area.  The vets did great today and had a really good time fishing for Lower Sac rainbows.  They picked an absolutely beautiful day to go fly fishing.  Fishing was up and down throughout the day.  There were areas with lots of grabby fish and then long slow spells.  We landed some really good looking rainbows up to 18" on a wide variety of fly patterns.
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Kevin Kay and clients floating through the Posse Grounds riffle
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Jay Cockrum guiding his crew
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Class V whitewater on the Lower Sac
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Cal with one of many hookups
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Peter Santley and clients down by the I-5 bridge
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I got out of the office and fished the Lower Sac for about an hour today around lunchtime. There was a good hatch of tan caddis size 14 coming off and the fish were rising eagerly.  I rose about a dozen fish and landed several.  Nothing over 12", but it was a lot of fun.  It's good to see our hatches coming back after the big scouring floods we had last year!
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I spent the last two days fishing with fellow Confluence Outfitters guide Drew Griffith on the North Coast.  We fished a couple of North Coast fisheries, including a day on the Smith River.  Always beautiful and always challenging.  We saw fish on the Smith, but did not hook fish.  I hooked a nice sized fish on our 2nd day, but sadly it was a brief encounter.  The coastal fisheries are about to blow out with this incoming storm and will probably be done for the rest of the season.  All but the Smith River close at the end of March.  The Smith is open through April.
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Wild steelhead making more
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Drew Griffith in a beautiful run
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I spent the afternoon stocking a bunch of huge fish at Eagle Canyon today.  We have never had more fish or more big fish in the lakes than we have this year.

The view of Mt Lassen was outstanding today.  There is a fresh coat of snow all the way down to about 5000ft. 

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Not all trout come from a truck - but these ones did
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Lots of low snow around Mt Lassen today
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Our guest Ben from Chester forwarded this photo from his day at Eagle Canyon today.  Nice fish!
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Ben with a gigantic rainbow
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I had an excellent day on the Lower Sac today with Bruce and Rick from the Diablo Valley Fly Fishers Club.  We fished near Red Bluff and had 10 miles of the river totally to ourselves.  Nymphing was pretty productive in the morning.  Bruce even landed a 16" rainbow on his first drift.  As they day went on we had lots of nymph hookups, a couple of double hookups, and landed fish up to 17".  The afternoon was the highlight though with excellent dry fly fishing for rainbows from 8 to 14".  There was a mixed hatch of PMDs and march browns and the fish were rising freely.  It's rare to be able to drift and fish dry flies on the Lower Sac.  Usually you can do it here and there, maybe two good spots in a day.  Today we spent the last 3 hours of the day fishing dries while on the move and had non-stop action.  A rare treat!
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Bruce playing a fish
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Lots of fish like this today
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Gino forwarded this photo from today's trip in southern Oregon. Nice fish Bill!
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Bill with a great steelhead
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This is a guest report from Ben who fished Eagle Canyon yesterday with 3 buddies:

"I had a great day fishing with our group yesterday. 
We did really well on the blood midge with a brass bead in the afternoon. The black midge worked on the small pond in the morning.  We also got a couple stripping leaches."

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I enjoyed a great mountain bike ride near the river in Red Bluff today.  The trail took me down near the river a few times and I noticed the fish were absolutely chowing dry flies!  There was a great mid-day blue winged olive mayfly hatch and the fish were all over it.  This is a great sign since we lost a lot of our bug life last year after the huge winter flows.  It was only about 50 degrees out today, so hatches should get even better with warm spring weather.
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We have just scheduled our 2018 Guide School for May 5-12.  Our school is a full seven days and is based in the Burney/Fall River area.  We open up the school to a maximum of four students.  Andrew Harris, Gino Bernero, Dax Messett and other experienced guides rotate through as instructors during the week.  We start with a day of casting, then spend two days on freestone techniques, two days on spring creek techniques, and a day in drift boats on the Lower Sac.  Our students get plenty of practice guiding in both a one-on-one or one-on-two settings and in a clinic environment with multiple students.  Classroom sessions include teaching and learning styles, logistics, licensing, permits, economics and marketing.  Email Andrew Harris for more information about this year's guide school.
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Dax forwarded this photo from today on the Olympic Peninsula.  He says water conditions are great but until today there haven't been many fish around.  It sounds like they made up for it today with multiple hook-ups on the swing!
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Scott with a great fish
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Here is a guest report from Dave who fished Eagle Canyon on February 8th: 3 of us fished ECL today, 2 in our party were ECL 1st timers. Not much wind plus bluebird weather made it more challenging than usual. We landed 9 fish between us plus the usual amount of LDR's. Best fish measured 29 ½ inches and was about 13 or 14 pounds. ECL, one of a kind fishery!!
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Here is a guest report from Will who fished Eagle Canyon on Tuesday:

"We had a great time once again fishing the Eagle Canyon Lakes. The weather was awesome and the fishing was good. Everyone in our group of 6 hooked into multiple fish with some in the 10 plus range. Fish seemed to be keyed into dark leech patterns stripped in during the morning. The bite slowed down around noon but picked up again in the late afternoon. By then, the fish were looking for nymph patterns (size 14-16) fished under an indicator. We picked up fish using pheasant tail nymphs, red copper johns and prince nymphs. The fish went back to looking for leech patterns during the last hour of fishing before sunset. We will certainly try to return again next year.- Will D."

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Here is a fishing report from Ron who fished Eagle Canyon on Saturday:

 "Great weather!  Very slow fishing but VERY BIG FISH.  Here are two of the 10 that our party landed."

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Brian Kohlman and I enjoyed a busman's holiday today.  I was fortunate to land this nice wild fish on my 7wt spey rod.  It crushed a black and red Silvey's Silvenator in a beautiful tailout.  Time to get out and fish!
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Andrew Harris swung this one up today
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