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Spent a cold and clear day on the Trinity with Nick and Dave.  We had a great day as far as weather and conversation, but the fishing conditions were tough.  The low and clear water proved to be a challenge.  We nymphed most of the day but also swung flies with single hand and traditional spey rigs.  We touched one fish briefly on the swing and had two nice encounters on nymph rig.  On the second grad we were able to bring a beautiful wild hen to the net.  All in all an enjoyable day, but it's hard work hooking up right now. 
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Dave trying his hand with a single hand swing set up.
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Finally! A nice reward for a long day fishing for Nick!
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Good
Recently took clients Martin and Steve on a two location trip in Northern California.  We spent the first day on the Lower Sac with mixed results.  We had our chances at some fish but just couldn't seem to make much happen.  Day 2 was a day spent on the Feather River.  We had a great time exploring the "new look" low flow section of the river and boated some nice hatchery steelhead, a super fun wild buck, and even a fair hooked salmon.  Weather was gorgeous and I was encouraged by the results on the Feather as so much has changed since all of the ordeals from laster winter.
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Steve with his very first steelhead.
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A nice wild buck on the Feather
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Spent a drizzly but great day on the Trinity with Zach and and my long lost relative Dirk, Ha. We didn't see another boat on our drift all day.  The guys fished hard all day and after a slow morning, the fishing really picked up.  We landed a number of half punders and two nice adult steelhead.  Dirk also had long encounters with two really nice big adults that ended in great stories instead of pictures.  Had a great day as the laughs were as good as the fishing.   
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One of Dirk's half pounders............but there were others he will be thinking of.
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Zach with a beauty!
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What a great day on the Yuba!  Spent the day with Jeff from Sacramento chucking fat grasshoppers all day.  We had a blast!  We had a number of smaller fish come up and crush our fly with mixed results on hooking up as they seemed more poised for a fight than a meal.  The real highlight, was the number of larger of fish that couldn't resist either.  Got a few to the net with a few more heartbreaks.  So fun to watch the grabs!!!! We picked up a few fish nymphing as well so it looks like a good time to get out on the Yuba even with the heat!
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Cant resist the Hopper!
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A little wet wade to keep cool!
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Good
Hed the pleasure of trying to beat this heat with client Len from Ohio.  We spent a morning and some of the afternoon on the Upper McCloud.  Although the temps finally did reach triple digits, the canyon and water of the McCloud made for an enjoyable day.  We spent our day throwing dry/dropper rigs.  Len hooked into some nice Upper Mac Rainbows on the dry fly and then did battle with a few smaller fish on the nymph as well.  Good times!
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One of Len's rewards for throwing dry flies.
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The beautiful, and somewhat cool, Upper McCloud River.
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Spent the last few days in the Intermountain Area fishing Hat Creek and the Pit River with clients Rob and Topher.  We had a great time spending the mornings on the flats of Hat Creek throwing dry flies.  We had a number of fish rising to trico spinners and baetis emergers until around 10 am each day.  We landed mostly smaller fish, but had a few brief encounters with bigger top feeders.  So much fun.  Both guys did great on their casting and long presentations.  In the afternoon, we switched to the cool canopy and deeper pools of the Pit River.  We hooked and landed solid fish both days on wieghted nymph rigs and pretty much had the river to ourselves.  Combo days are a great way to take advantage of the variety of water in the area.
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Solid fishing on the Pit.
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The beautiful markings of a smaller Hat Creek Rainbow.
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Good
One thing I love about fly fishing is how many ways there is to enjoy the sport.  Last week, we were drifting down the Lower Sac at 115 degrees for linbacker trout with large nymphing rigs, and yesterday I got to spend a great day with clients Lynn and Helena from Los Angeles on the Beautiful Upper MCCloud River, a perfect high altitude trout stream.  What a difference in fishing styles, but equally enjoyable.  Lynn and Helena had a great day learning all of the various techniques that can be used on the Upper McCloud to catch fish.  We fished dries, nymphs, and dry/dropper combinations. We caught wild and planted trout on all set ups and I really enjoyed their enthusiasm and interest in learning the river.  So fun.  
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Lynn with a dandy!
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The beautiful Middle Falls of the Upper McCloud.
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Spending all day in the shadow of Mt. Shasta
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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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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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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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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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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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