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Fishing Reports by Brian Kohlman

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My second day with the Diablo Valley Fly Fishers was even better than yesterday.  It was a cold morning and VERY crowded on my float.  We took our time and hooked three fish right at the put-in.  Fishing remained consistent for the first half of the day, but slowed down after lunch.  We started with a very good landing percentage - but then the wheels kinda fell off.  All in all, Rich and George had an outstanding day hooking nine adults and landing three.  
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George with his first steelhead of the trip!
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George with a beautiful wild fish!
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Rich with another nice hatchery steelhead!
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Good
The Diablo Valley Fly Fishers are here and I had the pleasure of guiding Rob and Rich.  We received a fair amount of rain yesterday, so the flows have come up a little more and the color is ideal.  We did well today.  The river was crowded, so finding water is the challenge.  Rich started the day by landing a nice hatchery male.  Within a few minutes, Rob followed up landing two more nice hatchery fish and then ended up on the losing end after a brief encounter.  The extended forecast is calling for a few nice days, but then we have another system moving in that looks to bring some significant rainfall early next week.
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Rich with a really nice hatchery steelhead!
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Rob with his nicest fish of the day!
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Good
The Trinity is really starting to get a lot of pressure now, but the fishing remains good.  With the recent rains, the flows have come up a bit and we have more rain in store this week.  The river is expected to come up some more, but will remain very fishable.  I'm hoping this rain will trigger a new batch of fish to move into the upper river.    
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Bob with a nice hatchery buck!
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Good
I had a really fun day with Phil and Lori.  The river had dropped to 6,000 cfs early this morning, but the fishing was consistent in many areas, and spotty in others.  Small nymphs have been the most productive my past few trips.  The A.C.I.D. dam has been removed and the flows are scheduled to drop to the low 5,000's this week.
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Okay
I spent the day swinging flies with Jeff and Shane from the Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club.  Jeff had one brief hook-up and a few solid bumps while swinging.  Shane hooked one nice fish while nymphing, but it managed to leave us empty handed as well.  There are plenty of steelhead in the system and with the upcoming rain, conditions should definitely improve!  The word is out, so crowded conditions should be expected.
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Good
The Trinity continues to produce some really nice fish.  It has gotten very busy in the past few days, so the fish are seeing a lot more pressure.  Today was the first day of the Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club's annual trip.  Joe landed a very nice half-pounder early on, and he and Kevin fished hard all day.  Later in the day Joe hooked into a very nice hatchery buck that gave him quite a fight.  We received a little yesterday and last night, so the river has come up a little.  We have more rain coming our way beginning Wednesday, so that should trigger some fish to move up river and the water levels should come up a bit - hopefully.  It's steelhead time!  
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Great
I had the opportunity to guide Jeremy and Phil on their very first fly fishing trip the past two days. The weather was ideal - and today was possibly the last warm day we'll see this season.  There are fish moving through the system and they are eating bugs.  Our first day, Jeremy landed one nice hatchery fish and lost another nice half-pounder.  Today, Phil hooked two really nice fish, but wasn't able to get them to net.  Jeremy landed one very nice native steelhead and was super stoked!  Looks like we have some rain headed our way this weekend!  That should improve fishing and will definitely help us float through this skinny water.  The steelhead are coming, now is the time to book your fall/winter steelhead trip!
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I guided Tom and Judy today and it was a fun day!  The fish were super grabby, but we struggled getting them to net.  Both promised to improve their landing percentage next time!  We hooked a few on eggs, but small nymphs (caddis and mayfly) have been the most productive the past few days.  
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Okay
I guided my very good client Pat the past two days.  Yesterday was very slow.  She hooked into a handful of fish, but there were long periods between fish.  Today was much better.  We had a few stretches without fish, but by the end she had a very good day!  I'm seeing some great mayfly and caddisfly hatches, and it is late October - so the boat hatch is in full swing.
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One of many really nice fish
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Our lunchtime visitor
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I spent the past two days guiding a great group of guys.  We had occasional rain on Friday, but we had a steady drizzle all day today.  Friday, Zach hooked into a really big fish that gave him a memorable fight, only to lose it because the hook straightened out.  Ted hooked into a few half-pounders and landed one very nice wild fish.  Today, Tommy hooked into a very nice fish that put up quite a battle, but he too lost his right as I was attempting to net the fish.  Ted fished very hard both days, and was finally rewarded with a beautiful hatchery fish at the end of the day.  There are fish in the river and for now, there is very little fishing pressure.  The water is low and clear, so I feel conditions will improve once we receive some rain.      
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Ted with his beautiful steelhead
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Okay
I guided Mike and Warren from Chico today.  The morning started off very productive with both hooking into some really nice fish, but then there was a long lull in the action.  Fishing started to pick up again in the afternoon, but overall it was a tough day.  A storm system is passing through and that could have had a negative impact.  I'm still not seeing any salmon on redds yet, but they are eating egg patterns and nymphs.  
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Mike always seems to find the big ones!
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Warren with a beautiful fish!
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Good
I had the pleasure of guiding Karl and his father Dave again today.  It was game-on from the beginning when Karl hooked into several really big fish early on. The fishing was fairly consistent all day and it seemed like we had the river to ourselves.  The temps are ideal and the fish are really starting to key on egg patterns, but rubberlegs still seem to produce the most fish.  
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Karl with another beautiful fish!
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The fish were pretty tight-lipped today, very different from yesterday.  Roger and Brian fished hard and lost out on some great opportunites, but also capitalized on some as well!  We didn't land many fish today, but the ones we did were pretty epic.  All the fish came on rubberlegs, egg patterns, or mayfly nymphs.
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Brian with an absolute horse!
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I had a great time guiding Jamie and Ryan today.  The Sac remains a bit challenging, but we are hooking into some really nice fish!  They are eating eggs, rubberlegs, and small mayfly nymphs.  The weather is perfect!
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Another nice hatchery steelhead!
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I spoke with Bill and Caryl Dickens (Gold Coast Shuttle Service) today regarding shuttles below Junction City. There is still one-way traffic control in place from Junction City to Big Flat, so they are only able to complete a limited number of shuttles below J.C.  This is due to road construction to repair the burned timbers that retained the roadway and hillside at Screech (Lime Point).  The construction should be completed next week (20th), so the traffic controls will be lifted and they will have no restrictions on shuttles down to Pigeon Point.  The extended forecast is calling for rain and showers begining Thursday - this is very good news.  Now is the time to book your fall and winter steelhead trips on the Trinity!
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Bob with a beutiful wild hen from last season.
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Tommy with really nice hatchery fish from last season.
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Good
I just finished a 5-day run on the Lower Sac.  Given the crazy flows from this past winter, it seems the new norm is - pretty darn good one day, not so good the next day.  And that is exactly how the past five days played out. I am seeing more salmon rolling, but haven't seen any on redds yet.  But, the fish are really starting to key on egg patterns.  My clients haven't been blessed with big numbers, but they are getting into some REALLY big fish!  Monday and Tuesday we landed a few in the 21-23 inch range, but yesterday took the cake!  We knew Burt was into a really nice fish, but after an epic 15 minute battle, he landed the largest hatchery steelhead I've seen on the Sac!  Today was another day of big fish.  Some cooperated, some didn't.  As more salmon make there way to spawn, I expect the fishing will only continue to improve.
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Burt with the largest hatchery steelhead I've seen on the Sac!
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Tom with his nicest of the day!
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Another annual "girls trip" is in the books.  The Sac has fished tough this summer, but I expect fishing to improve as the days continue to cool.  Fishing was fairly consistent all the way to Anderson.  Both hooked into some really large fish, as well as a number of "cookie cutter" fish.  The flows have been at 9,000 CFS for a few weeks now, but I expect them to start dropping again very soon.  We are closing in on October and that means the "egg bite" is right around the corner.  My schedule is filling fast, so now is the time to book your fall float on the Sac.   
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Red Hot

My wife Dava had been interested in learning to spey cast, so I took the smart approach and signed her up for Confluence Outfitter's Spey Camp.  I came along to audit the class so I could better work with my clients during our swing trips - and so I could actually fish on my own for four days!  I brought my jet boat and was able to learn some great swing runs on the lower Klamath.  We will be going back!

Gino, Dax, and Leslie did an incredible job and the property is absolutely beautiful!  The food was AMAZING!  I think we both may have gained a pound or two. The course of instruction was loosely structured (no set times), but very effective in the end.  Gino, Dax, and Leslie were able to provide each of the students with a lot of one-on-one instruction throughout the four days.  The Spey Camps are timed around the famed half-pounder run on the Klamath and everyone hooked into fish, some hooked into several!

If you have ever wanted to learn to spey cast, or even if you have some experience casting a two-handed rod - I would highly recommend attending next year's Spey Camps! This is great experience if you want to go with a group of buddies, or simply go by yourself.  The friendships Dava and I made during Spey Camp will be long lasting!

 

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I had the opportunity to guide Carl and Buck from Ventura today.  They began their road trip fishing the famed Green River for two days, and decided to finish it off floating the Lower Sac.  The fish were not super grabby, but both managed to hook fish pretty consistently throughout the day.  The good news is the egg bite is right around the corner AND these crazy hot temps we've been dealing with all summer should start to drop this week!
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I guided the Ah-Di-Na area of the McCloud today.  It's a long drive down to the campground and it was plenty HOT, so the cold water felt really good!  All the guys hooked into multiple fish in the 6-10 inch range fishing nymphs.  The McCloud is a beautiful river and in my opinion, a "bucket-list" river for any fly angler.
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