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Fishing Reports by Brian Kohlman

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The flows were raised to 30,000 cfs last Monday and have held steady all week.  I did some scouting with fellow Confluence Outfitter guides Mike Wright and Peter Santley on Friday, and we managed to hook into some very nice fish.  I guided a 3-boat trip this weekend with some very good clients.  It seemed someone was always hooked-up all the time both days.  I don't think anyone hooked a fish smaller than 16 inches, and there were several double hook-ups both days!  They seem to be more interested in egg patterns, but they're starting to eat nymphs.  As long as the flows don't increase, fishing should only get better as the visiblity increases.  Go fish!
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I had the pleasure of guiding Dennis and George on the Lower Sac today.  The weather was ideal and the fish were super grabby!  The clarity seems to be getting better and I'm starting to see a lot more bugs every day.  Just as the conditions were starting to return to normal, we have another storm system headed our way this week - and the Bureau of Reclamation is raising the flows to 20,000 cfs on Wednesday.
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Okay
With all the rain we received on Thursday and Friday, the river colored-up a bit.  After finishing my yardwork, we went out for a half-day float this afternoon and the river fished better than expected.  Dava hooked several really nice fish with an indicator rig, and I had a couple grabs swinging flies.  And this was after the 20+ boat Project Healing Water armada had already fished in front of of us.  I'm starting to see more bugs and take that as a good sign.  I expect the fishing to start ramping up very soon.  There's nothing like fishing the Sac in the spring!
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Good
 Andrew, Peter, and I had the opportunity to guide a great group of guys!  My guys had a very productive day - landing several really nice fish!  It seemed like at least one of the guys in the group would be hooked up at any given time.  They're all headed to Eagle Canyon and the chance to hook some REALLY big fish. 
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Okay
I guided Allen and Jordan on a beautiful spring day.  The color and visibility seems to be improving every day.  They both hooked into several really nice fish and missed a lot of grabs.  The river is definitely getting there.  Conditions will continue to improve in the coming weeks, so now is the time to book your spring fishing trip!
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Okay
I went out and scouted the Sac again today.  The river is starting to transition from brown to green, but the visibility is still pretty limited.  We hooked six fish, all in the 16+ inch range on a combination of rubberlegs and egg patterns.  I had to really think outside the box to find where the fish are holding.  The extended forecast is showing at least another seven days of dry weather.  With that, conditions should continue to improve in the coming weeks, and it appears the upper portion (above the Hwy-44 Bridge) of the river will not be closing on April 1st!
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Slow
I decided to go out today and and see if the Sac is ready to go.  The visibility is still about two feet and I didn't see a single insect all day.  I did see a few fish rolling - so that was somewhat encouraging.  With the limited visibilty, the challenge is getting the fish to see the flies.  We spent some time runnning laps on all my favorite runs and only had one hook-up all day.  The good news is after tomorrow's rain, it looks like we have about 10 days of dry weather and that should help to improve conditions.
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Slow
The flows are currently at 16,300 CFS and steadily decreasing to 8,500 CFS by the 15th.  The visibility is improving - I'd say it was approximately 12-18 inches.  As the flows drop, it is exposing quite a bit of silt on the boat ramps.  Be careful when launching.
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Slow
Now that the flows are at a fishable level, I wanted to check on the visibility.  I checked the Posse Grounds and Bonnyview boat ramps and would say the visibilty is 6-12 inches.  I'll report again in a couple days.
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Okay
We fished hard today and were fortunate enough to land one nice hatchery adult and several half-pounders.  We hooked into a second smaller adult, but as they say - easy come, easy go.
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 The fishing is slowing down, but there are still some very nice fish in the system.  The flows are steadily dropping and the color is ideal, but there is another storm forecast for this weekend.  We landed one fresh wild fish and a few half-pounders today.
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Bob with a beautiful wild fish!
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Good

I had the pleasure of guiding Ted, his big brother Jim (both are World Champion Wrist Wrestlers), Ted's son Zach, and his son-in-law Tommy.  The recent rains have helped to move some new fish into the Junction City area.  We fished hard for two days and were fortunate to hook into some really big fish both days!  Tommy crushed it on Friday.  He managed to hook three and land these two quality steelhead.  Jim was presented with the fish of a lifetime, but ultimately lost after a truely epic battle.  Ted and Zach both hooked into some really HUGE fish today.  Unfortunatly, their acobatic prowess left them empty-netted.  Ahh...the one(s) that got away!  We are blessed with this early season rain and I expect more fish to arrive in the coming days and weeks.  Let's go steelheading!

 


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Slow
I guided the Trinity the past two days and only saw a few fish both days.  Thursday we fished indicators and hooked a few small fish and couldn't keep the smolts off our flies.  I only saw a few boats and they struggled too.  Friday we swung flies with two-handed rods all day.  Both guys got a few good bumps each, but no hook-ups.  We saw a few fish on the move, so that was incouraging.  There are fish in system, but spread out.  There is rain forecast for next week, hopefully that will bring in more fish.
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Good
What do farmer's do on their day off?  They go farming - for fish of course.  The fish were not too interested in eating flies today, but my good clients Dan and Frank worked very hard and were rewarded for their efforts.  They hooked fish on a combination of mayfly and caddis patterns.  We're starting to spot an occasional salmon, so that is a very good thing.  The egg bite is right around the corner, if you haven't booked your fall trip on the Lower Sac - don't wait much longer!
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Great
I had a great time guiding Rob and his nephew Roman.  Roman was visiting from Berlin and it was his first time fly fishing - but you would never know it.  Both hooked fish all day long and only one was under 16 inches!  The fish were super grabby with caddis patterns being on the menu today.  I'm starting to see some salmon in the upper river, so that means the egg bite is right around the corner!  Now is the time to book your fall trip on the lower Sac  because you don't want to miss out on all the fun.
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Red Hot
Today was another one of those magical days on the Lower Sac!  I had the privilege of guiding Jesse and Julian one more time before Julian leaves for his senior year at the University of Michigan.  Lucky for us, the fish were super grabby!  It seemed like every time they hooked-up, the fish kept getting bigger and bigger.  It was a typical August day - temps well above 100 degress, but the fishing was even hotter!  Thanks for another great day guys!
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Good
I had a chance to guide Ethan on the upper Sac today.  We had a great time fishing dries for about two hours this morning.  Fish were aggressively feeding on the surface and we had lots of grabs.  The fish weren't very big, but what a blast!  Wet wading this classic trout stream was a nice way to beat the heat.
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Sam Robinette and I had the privilege of guiding Deborah, Jason, and their son Ethan from Virginia.  We began with an evening float on Tuesday.  Deborah and Jason hooked several fish in a very short amount of time - the largest being a solid and obese 20 incher!  there's no better way to spend a summer evening!  Fishing wasn't quite as hot today, but everyone managed to hook into some really big fish!  Family vacations are the best when you go fishing!
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Great
The weather has been very unpredictable this spring, but the fishing has remained consistent and today was no exception!  We had rain yesterday and this morning, but despite the weather - the fish were super grabby for Bill and Ken.  We never saw another boat all day and fishing was simply epic.  They had so many double hook-ups, that it seemed odd if one was hooked-up without the other.  Caddis patterns and mayflies nymphs were the ticket today. 
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Red Hot
There are some days when the stars align and that allows for a simply amazing experience.  I had the great pleasure of guiding my long time client Pat, and her very good friend Kate the past two days.  The weather was a bit unsettled, but the fishing was solid.  Pat and Kate worked very hard, but were definately rewarded for their efforts!  They landed so many fish in the 18-20 inch range that we lost count.  Rubberlegs and pmd nymphs seemed to be the most productive.  Flows have been very consistent the past few weeks, but are schedued to increase to 7,500 cfs on June 1st.
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