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Report by one of our regular guests Dave:

"High winds made parts of the day tougher but we had a fairly consistent bite throughout the day. About half way through action on stripped flies slowed but the fish got grabby when we switched to nymphs under indicators.  We all caught fish and landed about 25 fish between the 3 of us with a couple in the 28” range. The fish looked at fought well with plenty of LDR's too. This was my third trip this year  and was my best in the 2017 season."

 

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It's getting buggy at Eagle Canyon!  I stopped by for an hour this afternoon and the mayflies were really coming off.  A lot of fish were rising in both ponds.  I saw a few big fish in some very skinny water hunting for hatching mayflies.  There were a lot of baetis and callibaetis, plus a few terrestrials.  Not sure if they were termites or flying ants, but they were big and I'm sure the fish were eating a few.

This is the best time of year to catch a huge Eagle Canyon rainbow on a dry fly.  I like to sight-fish in the shallows with a parachute adams and a small nymph dropper just about 10 inches below. 

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Mating flying ants
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Skip from southern California had this to say about his trip to Eagle Canyon today:

"We all caught fish and had an excellent time.  Lower lake was hot.  Heater got us warm for lunch.  Coffee in the morning was a nice touch.  We would do it again in a heart beat. Thanks Skip.  By the way....The Fish were gigantic and made for big smiles"

 

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We have just set the dates for our 2017 Guide School.  It will start Memorial Day Weekend and runs Saturday to Saturday, May 27th through June 3rd.  Dax Messett, Gino Bernero, and Andrew Harris will be the primary instructors. 

Our goal is to give our students a solid foundation of fly fishing skills, the ability to teach those skills in a guided fishing or clinic environment, and the knowledge to chart a course toward becoming a successful fly fishing guide. During this intense 7-day program you will be exposed to many guides with varying perspectives on their profession. You will learn the techniques used to catch selective trout wherever they’re found. Most importantly, you’ll get plenty of chances to be the guide and learn what it’s all about.

During the week we spend time on many of the great fisheries of northern California, including Hat Creek, the Pit River, McCloud River, Fall River, the Lower Sac, and various smaller streams.

The cost for the week-long program is $1595 and includes the school, accommodations, all lunches, and two dinners.

 

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Gino just sent these photos from his guide trip today in southern Oregon.  His guest Ted landed an amazing wild buck.  Great fish, and it's nice to see that there is fishable water somewhere within 500 miles of here!
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Gino's guest Ted with a huge steelhead
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Ted's big fish
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Sam Robinett and I spent a few hours this morning scouting the Lower Sac.  It is still very muddy, with somewhere between 12 and 18 inches of visibility.  We floated Posse Grounds to Bonnyview and did not hook a single fish.  We did see fish jumping, though, so I think they're still in there!  We were also amazed by some of the changes to the river that resulted from the very high flows in the past two months.  There are some new gravel bars, some missing landmarks and a lot of devastation along the banks.  It will be fun to learn how to fish some of these new spots when the water clears up.  We'll keep you posted on conditions.
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A very lonely Posse Grounds boat ramp
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Fishing was good today at Eagle Canyon, but we had to wait for it.  The weather was incredible all day with just the slightest breeze and a great view of Mt. Lassen.  Fishing was tough all morning with cruising fish refusing our flies time and again.  We had a little action on a brown rubberlegs size 8 but mostly refusals.  The bite turned on around 2pm and the fly of the day was the "baetis nymph" pattern formerly of Idywilde Flies and now sold by Umpqua, size 16 or 18.  It's a drab grey pattern with a bead and no flashy stuff.  It worked well fished under an indicator.  We fished a lot of 5X tippet today - that was a challenge but it seemed to help get us more grabs.  The bite got really good around 4 to 5pm.
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Jackie with a big one
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Flows on the Lower Sac are projected to drop down to 14,000cfs by this coming Saturday.  That's a great flow to fish (from a drift boat) and we're excited to get back out on the river soon.  Hopefully the clarity will improve as the river drops.  The fishing should be pretty awesome once the river drops into shape.  Stay tuned for an update on the water clarity later this week.
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There are still some fresh wild steelhead to be found on the Trinity River.  We hooked into 3 today plus a few trout.  The water is high but the color is perfect.  There was a great march brown hatch today but I didn't see any trout poking their heads up.
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George with a nice wild buck
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John with another wild one
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Here are some photos from our guests at Eagle Canyon today.  Fishing was pretty tough, but about 8 nice fish were landed.
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Gino forwarded this photo from the southern Oregon Coast.  His guest Marko landed this incredible fish that measured 34" by 23".  Nice going Marko!
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Marko with a huge steelhead
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Tom April forwarded this photo of his guest LB's big fish today.  Lots' of LBs on that fish!
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We have just set our dates for Spey Camp 2017 on the Lower Klamath River.  We are expanding our offerings to include shorter 2-night camps as well as our signature 4-day, 3-night camps.  The 2-night camps are scheduled for Friday/Saturday/Sundays with arrival mid-day on Friday and mid-day on Sunday.  The price for the "weekend" spey camps is $1495 vs $1795 for the regular 3-night camps.  Each camp is limited to 6 anglers.  We will add additional dates if these first four scheduled camps fill up.

Camp #1: July 21-23, 2017 - 2 nights: $1,495 (Fri-Sat-Sun)

Camp #2: July 26-29, 2017 - 3 nights: $1,795

Camp #3: August 4-6, 2017 - 2 nights: $1,495 (Fri-Sat-Sun)

Camp #4: August 9-12, 2017 - 3 nights: $1,795

For more information, visit www.SpeyCamp.com

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Here are some photos of the Sundial Bridge today.  Releases from Keswick Dam into the Lower Sac reached 79,000cfs the last few days.  To keep things in perspective, typical mid-winter flows are under 5,000cfs and our summer flows are aroun 15,000cfs in a wet year!  It was amazing to see the river rushing through the trees for 50 yards on either side of the main channel.

No one is really sure when the Sac will be fishable again.  It's looking iffy at best through mid-March.  If the rains stop soon we could possibly see a high yet fishable flow in a few weeks.  The big question is will the river clear up enough to fish even when it drops.  Stay tuned!

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One of our guests is looking for a fishing buddy to split a Trinity River steelhead trip on February 28th.  This would be a nymph/indicator trip with Brian Kohlman.  The rate to join this trip would be $237.50.  The trip includes all gear, flies, lunch, and shuttle. 
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The water is as dirty as I've ever seen it at Eagle Canyon right now, but somehow the fish can still see the flies!  There is about half a foot of visibility right now, but with clear spring water coming in, I think we'll have a couple feet of visibility by tomorrow.  Our guests today hooked good numbers of fish on brown rubberlegs size 8, egg-sucking leeches size 4, and flashback PTs and copper johns size 14.  Action was slow in the morning but really picked up around 10:30am.  The scenery is amazing now that the sun has finally come out for a few days.
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Gino just had a couple of prime dates open up next week on the southern Oregon Coast.  He now has Thursday and Friday February 16/17 available.  The rivers are dropping into shape and fishing should be good.  These are Gino's only dates left open in February.
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We hosted the Oakland Casting Club today at Eagle Canyon.  We had a great group of guys that ran the gamut from total beginners to competition casters.  Everyone hooked into fish and had a good time.  Glen (see photo) said "Our group had a fantastic time. Thank you for your hospitality."  Andy told us "there were lots of hook-ups and huge rainbows to hand through-out the day. A #10 chartreuse bunny leech produced incredibly well in the last hour of the evening."  Glad to hear it and we hope to have your group back again soon!
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Glen caught this one on a size 20 midge!
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Randy and I spent the last couple of days guiding guests John, Barrett & Dean.  We had the river to ourselves most of the time and enjoyed some better-than-expected weather.  Everyone landed adult fish and Dean hooked one that was one of the biggest Trinity fish we've ever seen!  We're catching fresh winter-run fish right now with just an occasional downstreamer in the mix.  The river was starting to color up a little bit this afternoon - stay tuned for current river conditions.
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John with a nice one
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Dean at the end of day one
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The fish aren't jumping into the boat right now, but there are fish to be caught on the Trinity River.  I spent the last two days with clients Dan and Pete.  We solved most of the worlds problems and managed to land three nice adult fish while we were at it.  We also landed a nice brown and a rainbow.  The best fish was Pete's 8# hatchery fish this morning.  The river is in great shape, albeit pretty high down around Junction City.  Traffic is a little heavy on the upper floats.  The water clarity is excellent - almost too clear.  Snowmelt runoff is pouring in from every tiny creek and the scenery is amazing right now.
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Masked Man Pete
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