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Great
Brian Kohlman and I guided three great guys on the Lower Sac Tuesday and Wednesday.  The air temp was a little warm (one reading said 114), and the second day we had some strong morning winds which gave us a few challenges.  The guys did great and the fishing was really good.  Being on the water provides a nice breeze all day and plenty of cold water to cool off with.  Our group had lots of hook-ups both days and we put a lot of good, quality fish in the nets.  The fishing was consistant all day and the fish were grabbing a variety of nymphs.  Don't let the weather scare you, the Lower Sac is a great place this time of year.
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Dave with an 18" dandy. Wind took his hat. Small Sacrifice for the picture
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Mark keeping cool with a hot fish.
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Wally's hard work pays off!
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Good
Brian Kohlman and I had the pleasure of guiding two father and son teams for two days in the Intermountain area.  Chris and Todd brought their sons Ian and Davis up for a great weekend of learning and fishing the streams of Northern California.  Every member of the group caught fish and learned a lot.  The improvement over two days was incredible and I know this group will soon be back.  We fished Hat Creek, Burney Creek, and Baum Lake with success on dry flies and nymphs.  The heat made for a little tougher fishing in the afternoons, but we had some success everywhere we fished. Todd and Chris both hooked fish on dries on Hat Creek and the boys really hammered 'em on Burney Creek.  The success of this trip wasn't measured in fish.  Thanks guys. 
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Great Crew!
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Entomology time for Davis!
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First fish on a fly rod!!
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Proud Pops!
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Ian working hard casting to risers on Baum Lake. Pretty good form!
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Good
Spent another day scouting the conditions in Northern California. Spent an afternoon and evening walking and fishing Hat Creek. The water level was higher than normal for Hat Creek, but didn't present any issue with fishing except for wading the upper end of the Powerhouse #2 riffle. Walked the entire new access trail from the 299 bridge to the parking lot at Powerhouse #2.  It was good to see anglers spread out all up and down the river and not just packed into the riffle.  There was an abundance of weeds, bugs, and a consistant amount of fising fish at the lower end of this section.  Some anglers I watched were successful on dries.  I spent about an hour or so fishing and had success on dries over weed beds and behind structure, and then ended the night catching a number of fish nymphing the riffle.  Good things ahead for Hat Creek.
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The new access trail allows for anglers to access all of the river.
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Good weed beds.
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Such a great place to spend the day.
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Beautiful colors on the Hat Creek Rainbow
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Just got back from a great weekend of scouting and fishing on some of my favorite water in Northern California.  Took my son, JT and his first timer buddy Gavin.  They did a great job of catching fish everywhere we went. There is bigger and dirtier water than we have seen in the past few years, but the fishing was still productive.  I stayed off of Hat Creek as everyone visiting the area seemed to be fishing there.  Some other waters proved to be challenging, but rewarding.  Both Burney Creek and the Pit River provided great opportunites for our group young anglers with nymphs and a great golden stonefly hatch.  Yes, Dry Flies!  We even caught a few fish on Fall River in our evenings.  With all of the water, I think things are shaping up for a great spring and summer up north.  Get out and fish.
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Big water everywhere. Lake Britton spilling into Pit #3
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How long you been fly fishin'?
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First time for the big left hander!
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First fish on a fly rod for Gav!!!
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Success on a dry!
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The edges of the Pit were very productive!
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Okay
Took Ray and John down the Lower Sac on Saturday. Fishing was pretty slow most of the day. There were a couple of places where we ran into a few but for the most part a pretty inconsistent day.  With the shorter days now, we were treated to a great shot of the super moon over Mt. Lassen as we finished the drift. Still a great day.
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Best fish of the day!
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Good
Drifted with Doug and Jeff on Sunday down the Lower Sac, and like most of the reports you are reading, it did not disappoint. We had multiple hook ups with solid fish most of the day, although things got fairly quiet in the afternoon. Eggs were the thing, but also did some damage on small mayfly nymphs.  The theme for our boat on this day was hook'em, fight 'em, and release 'em without touching 'em. Good times.
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Good
I hosted a group from Sacramento on a great trip to the Burney/Fall River area.  The guys had a great time fishing the various waters that the area provides. We fished Burney Crrek, Hat Creek and the McCloud RIver. The only disappointment of the weekend was that the McCloud River was full of silt and off color enough to put the fish down.  Amazing Salmonfly hatch though.  Fishing was slow, but as always, the scenery was magnificent.  Every where else we went, the fishing was very good.
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The beautiful fall colors of the McCloud
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Literally, white water.
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Lots of smiles all weekend
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The beautiful fall colors of the rainbow trout
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Okay
I guided Tom and his grandson Collin on the Yuba river. We stayed ahead of the bad weather all day, but the rain the day before had the river a little off color. The guys were new to fly fishing out of a drift boat but both hooked fish with 20 minutes, Collin getting his to the net. The grab was a little off but we had our chances all day. Collin finished the day with a nice one in the net! Saw a lot more salmon in the river today. With all this new water things could get really good soon. 
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What a great day on the Yuba with one of my favorite "clients!"  Lots of grabs today and some awesome fights with some very frisky fish!  Lots of air time!  Got a few to the net as well. Good to see the fishing improve on the Yuba. Saw a few salmon, so hopefully things get even better soon. 
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Very proud of the client.
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Good
Had a great day with Paul and Lee from San Diego on the Lower Sac.  Weather was warm and beautiful and the fishing was pretty good.  We hooked and landed a numer of fish with a few in the 18 inch range.  Caught a few on egg patterns even with a troubling lack of salmon in the river.  Great day with great guys.  Let's hope the salmon begin to show in better numbers soon.
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Lee with a fish that deserves a better pic.
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Paul hooked into a bunch of beautifully colored rainbows.
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Took my two favorite "clients" out for a day of chasing trout on one of the most beautiful streams in the world, Burney Creek.  Kids and I had a ball casting and catching fish all day with dry flies.  If you have a youngster that wants to get started in fly fishing, this is a great way to spend the day.  Sometimes, the best days aren't measured in fish.
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Plenty of Trophies to be had!
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Lots of casting practice.
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Very Serious!
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I spent a few days working and scouting the Hat Creek area over the weekend.  There are many changes that I think anglers will benefit from (and a few that they might not).  I visited and walked the entire length of Cal Trout's restoration project on the trophy section of Hat Creek.  There were many additions to the area including a trail improvement project for angler access, various plantings of shorline vegetation, wooden structure added to the creek for fish habitat, and the most notable, a pedistrian bridge for creek crossing at Carbon Flats.  The project is quite extensive and is progressing nicely.  You can read and view a video at Cal Trout's website if you would like more information.  One addition to the area that I didnt' care for was the addition of some fencing at the Cassel Flats area.  I know that safety comes first, but fly anglers will be challenged with access to a couple spots that typically are good spots for catching planted trout.  Your nets will really need to be long now!  Anyway, excited to see what the project at Hat Creek brings to the area.  Been fishing there since I was a kid and can't wait for it to return to its former self.
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Bogey doing fish counts!
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Pedestrian Bridge at Carbon Flats
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Hopefully the home to a new crop of z grass and wild rainbows!
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Nice and wide! The new trail starting at Powerhouse #2 and wandering all the way to Carbon Flats
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Lots of new plantings to someday catch a fly on!
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What? Safety first at the Cassel Flats!
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Good
I had a great weekend hosting Doug and Jeff from Sacramento in the pursuit of wild trout on some of my favorite rivers in Northern California.  With the warm weather, the really big fish eluded us, but the bug activity provided us with tons of action.  We fished the Upper and Lower sections of the McCloud RIver, Stretches #3 and #4 on the PIt RIver, and Hat Creek.  Fishing on the McCloud and Hat Creek proved to be a ton of fun.  We caught the majority of our fish on dries as the salmonfly hatch was in full force and there were small golden stone fly hatches everywhere.  Our day on the Pit was even more challenging than usual.  Higher than normal flows forced us into some tight spots.  We managed to pick up a few nice fish though.  If you love all the challenges that fly fishing can offer an angler, weekends like these are a blast.
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This one crushed a Salmon Fly pattern! Fun!
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Jeff on a beautiful stretch of the Lower McCloud. Fish rising just along the Elephant Ears!
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Hard work pays off on the Pit!
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How I end every trip to the Burney area!
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Hat Creek Dandy!
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Doug Working hard on the Pit
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I spent a great day putting on a clinic for a great bunch of anglers from Nevada on the Yuba RIver.  We spent the morning learning flies and rigging techniques before moving to the water to demonstrate the wide variety of techniques that can be utilized for catching fish on the river.  We then visited multiple access spots around the river discovering the various water that the Yuba presents.  The group was very willing to learn and anxious to give everything a try. We even spent some time throwing the spey rod around.  They did an amazing job all day.  Truly one of the best days I've had teaching on the river.   
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All rigged up and ready to work on our skills!
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Do you know where we can find some rocks?
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A typical Yuba backdrop.
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Presenting nymphs with and without indicators!
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A great spot to swing flies.
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Dry/Droppers along the edges. Hopper time is coming!
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Tired arms from stripping streamers!
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The newest Yuba goldminers!! Thanks for the great day.
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Slow
Spent the day scouting and speed boating down the Yuba yesterday. This was my first trip down the Yuba since the big water push in March. The river is still racing. There was very little water to fish with a lot of confidence. To fish the good spots the boat had to be in really fast water.  Managed to hook and land one on the day. More interesting was the changes in the river. There were plenty of spots on the river that have completely changed and the river created an entirely new channel just below Sycamore. Crazy. Good news was the March Browns were out and when the flows come down a little, I think the Yuba will be a great place to fish. Can't wait to learn the new river. 
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Beautiful
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Had to get out to find soft water!
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Great
Spent a short but very productive day on the Yuba River with Dave from Sacramento.  We fished from 8am til around 2pm today and with only one rod in the water most of the day, we hooked into a bunch of nice fish.  We managed 6 to the net.  The weather was perfect and even though the water still had a brown tint to it, the fish didn't seem to mind.  Only saw three Skwala's all day and definitely nothing feeding on the top.  Great Day!
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February?
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One in the boat before the bridge!
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So fun!
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Good
Spent a great day on the Lower Sac with Jeff from Sacramento. The upper section of the Lower Sac fished quite well for us. We had good battles all day. Weather was beautiful and the fishing was as good. Lots of boats since most every where else is blown out. Good thing about the Sac is lots of room to fish.
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Lots of these to keep us busy.
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Was part of a group fishing weekend on the Trinity.  Had the good fortune to guide Ray from Napa on Saturday.  The weather was a little rough, but we had a great day and hooded a few steelhead and one nice brown.  The group had a lot of success over the weekend.  Lots of fun.
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A nice buck.
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Butterball!
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See the ghost?
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Good
I spent a great day on the Lower Sac with Matt and Zach from El Dorado Hills.  The guys were new to fly fishing the Lower Sac, but were quick and enthusiastic learners.  Both guys had multiple hook-ups, hearty fights, and heart breaking moments with the ones that got away.  Matt got a nice bow to the net and even though the weather was a little mixed, it was a really beautiful day.
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Matt's first Lower Sac Bow
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A beautiful day
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Not another soul in sight!
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Okay
Spent the day with John and Doug on the Yuba today.  Fishing was a little on and off.  We had a good number of grabs in the morning and netted two really nice rainbows, but by 11 am, the fish took the rest of the day off.  Beautiful weather and great company more than made up for it.  
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