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Fishing Reports by Brian Kohlman

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Mike Wright and Peter Santley helped me with two really fun father-son groups. Mike and I worked together on Saturday, and Peter and I today. Ian and Davis are 14 years old and pretty new to fly fishing. I have guided these guys in the past and the boys had a tough time the first couple years, but this was definitely their year! The fish were super grabby on Saturday and Chris and Ian hooked into a lot of fish throughout the day. The bite was slower today, but Todd and Davis were both getting lots of grabs. Davis had a breakthrough moment and mastered the art of playing and landing fish! It was a great two days and the weather was perfect!

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Davis with his first fish of the day
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Davis gettin' it done
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I had the honor of assisting with this Project Healing Waters group trip. My guests, John and Bill, had only been involved with PHW for six months and had never fly fished before. John and Bill were very lucky when it came to hooking fish, but the real challenge came in playing and landing the fish. Both managed to land their very first rainbow on a fly! This is such a great group and I believe all the participants had a great day on the Sac.
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Bill with his first rainbow on a fly!
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John with his first rainbow on a fly!
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I had the honor of guiding two long time Confluence Outfitter’s guests, Frank and Doug, in the 2nd annual Gabe Duran Memorial Fly Fishing Tournament. Cast Hope and the Duran family hosted this 2-day event, which consisted of 25 teams of anglers. The event was a friendly competition…but it was all about big fish! Fishing was tough given the number of contestants, but the real challenge was keeping the fly in the fish’s mouth! It was a fun two days and Cast Hope is an amazing organization that helps introduce kids to fly fishing and the outdoors.
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I had the pleasure of guiding my guests Chuck and Kevin the past two days. This was there first time fishing the Lower Sac and they were quite impressed. The weather ideal and the fishing was very consistent and just a lot of fun! The flows are slowly climbing and are scheduled to be at 8,500 cfs by May 8th. May is a great time to fish the Sac – the temps are still reasonable and the fishing is still really good.

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Chuck with a nice one
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These guys can put up a good fight!
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A face only a mother could love...maybe not
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All day long
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Kevin wih a beauty
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My guests Doug and Greg had planned on a walk-wade trip for the opener, but decided last night they would prefer to float the Sac instead. We had a few light showers and some nasty wind for a short time, but it ended up being a pleasant day. The last time I took took the guys out Greg had the hot rod, but today it was Doug’s turn! We had a great time and had lots of laughs.

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Doug with a nice one
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Sometimes you have to look up!
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Today was a great day with Jesse and his son Julian! The fishing was consistent all day and the weather held out until we got off the water. We had a few double hook-ups and Julian decided to go for the Lower Sac trifecta today – he landed several trout, a couple of squawfish (pike minnow), and even a sucker. It really doesn’t matter what eats your flies, it’s all about the fight!
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Spending time together on the river!
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Julian puttin' the screws to another nice fish!
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I had the pleasure of guiding Marko and Rick on a trout spey trip today. The flows have been consistently rising so the bite was slow. We fished in the Redding area hoping to swing-up some larger fish. They both got grabbed, but came away empty handed.

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Peter Santley and I guided some great guests today. We had another beautiful spring day, but it looks like we may get a little more rain this weekend. The flows are continuing to go up and are expected to be at 6,000 cfs by the 26th. Even with the continued flow increases, the fishing was good today. I’m looking forward to focusing my efforts on lower floats, which are less crowded, so my guests don’t have to deal with all the shenanigans we are experiencing on the upper river. Small PMD nymphs still seem to be the flies of choice!

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Peter Santley, Scott Saiki, and I guided some very good clients the past two days. The weather was outstanding, but the fishing was tough!  The flows were bumped 1,000 cfs in 24-hours, which was significant given they were at 3,250. All three of us got our guests into fish, but they all worked very hard for every hook-up. The river was incredibly crowded on Saturday, but today we seemed to have it to ourselves. Fishing should pick up this week now that the flows are stable. Small PMD nymphs still worked the best.

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Jim's first trout on a fly rod!
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Ted and his son Zach spending quality time together!
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Tyler Lee and I guided a great group of guys the past two days. The weather was ideal, and the fishing was very good. The bite was a little slow in the morning, but became more consistent until mid-late afternoon. My guests Dave and Wally connected with some really nice fish both days.

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Andrew Harris and I guided a group of guests from the Peninsula Fly Fishers. The primary focus began as a trout spey trip and the grab was slow. We experienced an incredible PMD hatch and quickly changed gears. My guys had a hard time fishing dries because there were so many naturals on the water. My guest Chris swung up a beautiful 18” fish on a soft hackle. This is a great way to fish the Sac and learn, or perfect new techniques.

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Chris with a beautiful fish caught on a 4wt trout spey rod!
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I was part of a 4-boat trip today, which just made the “flotilla” even larger! The river is fishing very well now, so expect heavy crowds on the weekends. Our group was comprised of friends and relatives and it seemed everyone had a great time. Considering the heavy pressure, it appeared all the boats were hooking fish! Mike, and his father Dennis hooked a fair number of fish, but the quality and size was very impressive! I’m confident the fishing is going to continue to improve the rest of the month and throughout May.

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Mike with a beauty!
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Another really nice fish!
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Dennis with a very nice fish!
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Kevin Kay and I guided a wonderful group of ladies from Southern California the past two days. This was their first trip to NorCal and I have a feeling they were pleasantly surprised! The grab was pretty consistent throughout the day on Thursday. The morning started slow today, but the bite definitely picked in the afternoon. Every time I looked, one of them was holding onto a bent rod! Nothing beats spring fishing on the Sac!

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I fished Ron and Kirt again today. The bite was a little slower than yesterday, but still consistent.  Kirt lost his mojo and struggled to bring any to net today, but Ron did manage to land a couple really nice and several in the 14-16 inch range.  PMD nymphs were the hot ticket again.

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Today I guided Ron from the Bay Area, and Kirt from Orlando. The day started with some light showers, but then turned into a beautiful day. The fish seemed pleased because the bite stayed very consistent all day. Today could have been epic had we landed all the fish we hooked. Once again, all our landed fish came on small PMD imitations.
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I had the pleasure of guiding my good client Bob, and his friend Rick. The bite was pretty sluggish all day, but the grab did start to pick up the second half of the day. Everything today was on small mayfly nymphs.   

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I was part of a 5-boat trip today as we guided the Kern River Fly Fishers. The forecast was calling for 2+ inches of rain today…and I’d say we got every bit of that! The constant rain did not deter any of the guys from wanting to fish and it seemed everyone was hooking up pretty consistently throughout the day. My guests Wayne and his son Robert were troopers! They are both very new to fly fishing and this was their first guided trip.  They struggled in the beginning, but both got some solid hook-ups and landed a few nice fish.

Lake Shasta was at roughly 21 feet from crest before yesterday’s storm. With all the rain we received, I expect the lake to rise significantly, which could lead to a bump in the releases from Keswick Dam.

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Wayne was rewarded nicely for his efforts
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I had a great time guiding George and Keith from the East Bay. This was their first time floating the lower Sac, so they struggled a bit with the subtle grabs. The grab was spotty in the morning, but it really pick up again in the afternoon. Most the fish landed were in the 12-14 inch range, but they both hooked into some big fish. I’m having my best luck on PMD nymphs, but the fish are eating rubberlegs pretty consistently below Bonnyview. Looks like we have 2-3 inches of rain headed our way. That’s great news since many of our reservoirs are still pretty low.

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George with his largest of the day
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Keith with another cookie-cutter
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Andrew Harris, Randy Hamann, and I guided a group from the Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club on a Trout Spey outing on the Sac. We were unable to launch our jet boats at Anderson or Balls Ferry due to the low flows, so we decided Red Bluff was our best option. Martin and Ryan both hooked into a lot of small hatchery steelhead. Martin hooked into a really big fish right after lunch, but it managed to give us the middle fin. A few minutes later, Ryan hooked into a really nice fish but we had to settle for a LDR. The fishing was really consistent until about 3:00, then the grabs were harder to find.
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I had a wonderful time guiding Ted and Eloise on a perfect spring day. Andrew Harris was guiding Ted’s childhood friend Tim and his wife Janie. Our day started off well, hooking into some really nice fish. Some we landed, some we didn’t – but that’s how it goes. Fishing remained pretty consistent all day with most of our fish eating small PMD nymphs and an occasional rubberlegs. The upper river above the Hwy-44 bridge will close April 1st and reopen August 1st.

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Eloise with a beautiful fish!
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Her fish fish of the day!
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Ted with a beauty!
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