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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Sam Robinett and I spent a few hours this morning scouting the Lower Sac.  It is still very muddy, with somewhere between 12 and 18 inches of visibility.  We floated Posse Grounds to Bonnyview and did not hook a single fish.  We did see fish jumping, though, so I think they're still in there!  We were also amazed by some of the changes to the river that resulted from the very high flows in the past two months.  There are some new gravel bars, some missing landmarks and a lot of devastation along the banks.  It will be fun to learn how to fish some of these new spots when the water clears up.  We'll keep you posted on conditions.
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A very lonely Posse Grounds boat ramp
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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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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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Flows on the Lower Sac are projected to drop down to 14,000cfs by this coming Saturday.  That's a great flow to fish (from a drift boat) and we're excited to get back out on the river soon.  Hopefully the clarity will improve as the river drops.  The fishing should be pretty awesome once the river drops into shape.  Stay tuned for an update on the water clarity later this week.
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Here are some photos of the Sundial Bridge today.  Releases from Keswick Dam into the Lower Sac reached 79,000cfs the last few days.  To keep things in perspective, typical mid-winter flows are under 5,000cfs and our summer flows are aroun 15,000cfs in a wet year!  It was amazing to see the river rushing through the trees for 50 yards on either side of the main channel.

No one is really sure when the Sac will be fishable again.  It's looking iffy at best through mid-March.  If the rains stop soon we could possibly see a high yet fishable flow in a few weeks.  The big question is will the river clear up enough to fish even when it drops.  Stay tuned!

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The Lower Sac is up to 36,000cfs for a while.  Lake Shasta is too full for this time of year.  I think we can expect the release to continue at this level for at least a week.  I like the flows to get down to 20,000cfs for good fishing.  Stay tuned! 
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My two-day trip on the Lower Sac got off to a rough start when the flows doubled overnight on Tuesday.  Lake Shasta is pretty full for this time of year and it must be time to dump some water since the flows came up from 5,000cfs to 10,000cfs.  Flow increases are generally bad news for fishing in the short term, especially one of this magnitude.  We did a short float in the morning, hooked a couple of fish, and then pulled the plug and headed over to the Trinity for the afternoon.  We got over there in time for a great baetis hatch.  Rich, Kathleen and Ashley all hooked trout on dry flies over a two-hour period during the warmest part of the day.  Then we tried for steelhead.  Kathleen hooked a big one about 7 pounds that we lost right at the net after a long fight.  Then Rich landed an even bigger one that barely fit into my Lower Sac trout net.

Today the fishing was much better on the Lower Sac.  The nice thing about a change in flows is that it's bad for a day, but then the fish are hungry once they settle into their new lies.  We didn't hook a lot of fish today, but we landed some really nice fish and we had consistent action up until the last hour of the day.  The river looks great at 10,000cfs.

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Flow changes like this make for a day or two of rough fishing
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Ashley got off to a hot start this morning with this big fish.
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Kathleen's best fish of the day.
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Ashley with one of many rainbows
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Rich's steelhead from our afternoon on the Trinity yesterday
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Floated Bonny to Balls on Saturday, November 12th.  Had a blast with two beginners.  Fishing was good when it was warm out.  PMD's worked well in the morning.  Hooked what looked to be a steelhead above Haas Riffle (below Anderson River Park).  It jumped twice, one time esclipsing the sun and leaving us in total darkness before spitting the hook.  
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Kevin from SoCal
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Micheal with a FISH ON!
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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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Had the pleasure of guiding Matt & Bill from the Bay Area.  
We played around with different variations of flies/egg imitations throughout the day and had the most action on small nymphs. 
We didn't tie into numbers, but all the rainbows landed were over 18". Not a bad day! 
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Randy Hamann and I guided the Lower Sac today up in Redding.  We had a great group of guys from the Bay Area.  Fishing was slow, but the weather was beautiful and most of the fish we hooked were quality fish.  It was father/son duo Brian and Dawson's first trip to the Lower Sac and they were really impressed with the size of the fish.  We had a couple big ones get away, including a 20+" fish on a dry fly.  There is a good mixed hatch of baetis and caddisflies in the afternoon.  Still some salmon around, too.
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Dawson fished hard
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Brian seals the deal
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I just finished up 3 days on the Lower Sac.  Fishing has been quite a bit tougher this week now that the number of spawning salmon has started to decline.  We've had to work for our fish and fight some pretty nasty weather, too.  On Tuesday it was so windy we used the jet boat in the morning and wade fished, then did a short float in the afternoon in the drift boat.  Trying to get good drifts from the boat in high winds is no small task!  The weather and fishing improved a bit on Wednesday, with several nice fish up to 17" landed.  Today was the best day, despite a half inch of rain.  We struggled all morning, but then the nymph grab turned wide open from 2pm to 5pm and we landed some very nice fish up to 18".  We also had some hookups on dry flies.  The fish are settling back into a bug-eating mode now, although we still caught some fish on egg imitations.
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Janie with a nice one
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I spent the last 3 days on the Lower Sac with the Walker boy's from Virginia, the first two days working with BK, drifting the Sac in typical fasion. There are Salmon about but not in large numbers, we took are fish on both eggs and nymphs, they seem to be keying on small PMD and dark caddis nymphs. Today I guided the Father and Son group from my jet boat, wading a few spots away from the "mayhem" and despite a wet and blustery day we found plenty of fish to keep us entertained. We landed fish under the indicator on nymphs and eggs as well as on the swing.

My sports were all new to this and did fairly well, I think some keen swing anglers would have "crushed it" today ! 

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Wait ! was he wading when he caught that one ?!
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Another beautiful day on the Lower Sac
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One of many PERFECT wild sac River Rainbow's
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