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Fishing Reports by Andrew Harris

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I just got back from the 2017 Pro Delta Days event put on by John Sherman and the crew at Simms.  It was an excellent event, very well organized and we also had some great weather.  I was joined by fellow guides Randy Hamann and Brian Kohlman.  None of us had fished the delta before so we had very low expectations for our fishing success.  Our first two days were really good and then our luck ran out on Sunday.  We landed a lot of schoolie stripers up to 4 pounds, mainly casting our streamers against rip-rap banks.  It was pretty cool to see bass boats that go 70mph, even if we were not in one!  It was also great to see so many of our friends from within the fly fishing industry.  We're already planning our next trip to this intriguing fishery.
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Sugar Barge Resort, host to the 2017 Simms Delta Days event
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Randy Hamann and Brian Kohlman getting bassy
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Our highly functional and very not fast rental boat, a 17ft Triumph from the Sugar Barge
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Randy with our best black bass.
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One of Andrew's best stripers (that he didn't break off)
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I just finished up a couple really fun days with guests Bill and John.  We fished from Anderson down and saw one other drift boat in two days.  On day one we hooked good numbers of trout, landed a nice steelhead (twice!) plus a nice striper.  Today the trout fishing was quite a bit slower and we got blown around a lot by the wind, but John landed another really nice steelhead.  We enjoyed two beautiful fall days on a very quiet river.
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John caught this steelhead twice!
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Bill made one cast and hooked up with this striper
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Lots of golden stonefly shucks on the rocks right now
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John with another steelhead
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Peter Santley sent me these two photos from yesterday's trip on the Trinity River.  He says fishing is picking up and so is the traffic.  His clients did very well yesterday, landing multiple fish.
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Those of you interested in fishing Opening Day (Dec 9th) at Eagle Canyon now have a 2nd chance to do so!  We are conducting a 2nd eBay auction for Opening Day since nobody placed a bid the first time around.  What does that mean?  That means that you could have reserved Opening Day for your group for the normal list price of $1160 for a fully-guided day at the lakes for 8 anglers.  Now you get one more chance to be the winner.  Here is the link to the auction page:

 https://www.ebay.com/itm/Opening-Day-at-Eagle-Canyon-Private-Fly-Fishing-for-Trout-near-Red-Bluff/122770076974

The auction wraps up Monday October 30th at 8am. 

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There are steelhead to be caught in the Trinity River.  We did a four-boat trip yesterday with results ranging from 1 to 9 hookups per boat on adult steelhead.  The river came up a little with the rain on Thursday night, but remained crystal clear.  There are thousands of salmon smolts in the river that make fishing difficult in some of the deeper holes, but the adult steelhead seem to be in all of their regular spots.  Adult salmon are spawning in many of the shallower riffles.  Fishing pressure is light at the moment.
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Jim and Dirk with a beauty
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I landed this nice fish while scouting on Thursday with Tyler Lee and Mike Wright
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I got out on the river for a few hours today with fellow guide Randy Hamann.  There are a lot of nice fish to be caught on the Lower Sac right now.  "Coleman" steelhead, meaning fin-clipped steelhead that originate from the Coleman fish hatchery on Battle Creek, are fairly thick in the river this year.  Our guides have been catching them from Red Bluff all the way up to the Sundial Bridge in Redding.  Most of these fish are in the 3 pound range, but we've hooked some up to 5 pounds.  I lost a big one today that tore off line and jumped its way to the middle of the river.  These fish are good eaters and come well to the swung (or even stripped) fly and the dead-drifted nymph. 
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Randy with one of several nice fish
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Our eBay auction for Opening Day is now live: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Opening-Day-at-Eagle-Canyon-Private-Fly-Fishing-for-Trout-near-Red-Bluff/122746205016

The auction concludes at 4pm on Sunday.  Starting bid is $1160, which is our regular price for a fully-guided group of 8 anglers.  Opening Day is December 9th 2017. 

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I spent the last two days swinging flies with return guests Steve and Jim.  We used the jet boat to get around and wade fished some very nice water.  Fishing was very good despite high winds both days.  We caught most of our fish on standard trout nymphs fished on short leaders behind either an intermediate or fast-sink versileader.  We fished everything from 3wt trout speys to 7wt single-hand rods set up for single-hand spey casting.  I even threw my dry fly rod for a bit and had some good action on dries and dry/dropper setups.  Two days with no indicators and we managed to connect with a lot of great Lower Sac fish.
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Steve with a great fish
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Jim with a hog!
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I got two Lower Sac fish to eat this today
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Lower Sac fish sometimes do eat streamers!
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I fished the Lower Sac with Al and Joe from the Bay Area today.  Despite a complete lack of spawning salmon, the river fished well for us.  We hooked good numbers of 10-15" rainbows plus a few fat 18" fish.  Fishing pressure was really light for this time of year.  There was a good hatch of baetis mayflies in the afternoon and I even saw a nice fish eat one on the surface before I spooked it with the boat.  It hasn't been a good year for dry fly fishing on the Lower Sac so it was nice to see a good rise.
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Al had some nice fish today
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We will start our eBay auction for our Opening Day at Eagle Canyon at 4pm on this coming Sunday October 15th.  The auction ends a week later at 4pm Sunday October 22nd.

Opening Day is December 9th.  The winning bidder can bring a group of up to 8 anglers on Opening Day. 

Here is the link to the auction item: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Opening-Day-at-Eagle-Canyon-Private-Fly-Fishing-for-Trout-near-Red-Bluff/122746205016

(The link won't work until the auction actually starts) 

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Peter Santley has been on the Trinity this past week.  Here is a report:

"Trinity fishing has been good at times, slow at times typical steelhead fishing.  
We have been getting fish both swinging and nymphing. Some real hot fish! Good mix of large smolt and half pounders too.  A mix of hatchery and wild fish. We've had some egg bite action below spawning salmon for some exciting fishing hooking fish in less than 2 feet of water.  Boat traffic has been light so far. 
Highway 299 is restricted to one lane traffic from JC Campground down."

 

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Here are some photos from guests Steve and Jon who fished the Upper Rogue the last three days with guide Steve Eadie.  Nice fish, guys!      
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Jon with a big steelie
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Steve and Steve
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Steve with another one
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We have two groups looking to split a fishing trip next week.  Fall is in the air and this is a great time to get out on the water, especially when you can split the cost of a trip with another angler!  The first is a Lower Sac trip on October 13 and 14.  It's a nymph/indicator drift boat trip including shuttle.  Total price to split the boat on this trip is $475 for the two days.  The second is a spey-only jet boat trip on the Lower Klamath River on October 15th with guide Randy Hamann.  There are already two anglers on this trip, but they're open to being joined by a 3rd angler.  The price to join this trip would be $250.  Fore more information, visit our Buddy Finder page on our website.
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Here are a couple photos from Peter Santley's trip on the Trinity River yesterday.  Peter says steelhead fishing is good and that the river has changed a lot since last season.  Nice fish Jeff!
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Jeff with a Trinity steelhead
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fish on!
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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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Katie and I are hosting a trip to El Pescador Lodge in Belize in April of 2019.  We reserved a 4 night/3 day trip during the middle of prime-time. At El Pescador you can achieve the fly anglers' ultimate dream - a Grand Slam of bonefish, tarpon and permit. Belize's shallow water contains the only classic tarpon flats outside South Florida. Their flats are world renowned for offering the opportunity to sight cast to tarpon 12 months a year. This trip will be a great fit for couples with non-angling partners as well as solo anglers. The lodge has many non-angling activities available, including swimming, kayaking, bicycling, massages, SCUBA, snorkeling, cave tubing, jungle river cruises, mainland excursions, and more! We have reserved this 4 night/3 day trip at 2017 rates: $2585/angler or $1685/non-angler.  April 23-27, 2019.

 

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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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