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Guided Steve + Paul from Madera yesterday on the Trinity. Paul hooked an adult steelhead on the first cast!  Fishing has been a bit on the slow side but there's certainly fish in the river. Mayfly imitations have been consistently working. 
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Paul with his first Trinity steelhead!
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True steelhead fishing in good weather! I have been guiding the Trinity lately with mixed results. Good days where we are hooking  several fish and slower days one or two. Just got to keep at it and take advantage of chances when you get them.
 The weather has been very nice lately and mild for this time of year. Hatches of BWOs and March Brown's are bringing some smaller fish to the surface that are eager to eat a dry fly and are fun on 5wt rod,
 Today my clients hooked  six fish and landed four and was best of last couple days. I am seeing mostly wild fish this week and some brighter winter run fish.
 I would rate the over all experience on the river right now good! Good weather, less people on river and some nice fish to be had and a chance to fis dry flies!
It's not too late for steelhead on the Trinity!
Book a trip with one of our guides and have a fun day on the river!
Good fishing,
Peter
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I had the pleasure of guiding my friends with the Peninsula Fly Fishers the past two days.  The recent rains raised the flows a bit more and there was even a hint of color, but fishing remained tough.  Saturday we only hooked into one adult fish - a nice wild hen.  Today we went one-for-two, but sealed the deal with a very nice wild buck!  Looks like the recent storms have past and there is no significant rain on the foreceast.  Let's keep out fingers crossed we get some more rain in the coming weeks! 
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Peter with a beautiful 27" wild buck!
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Peter had quite a fight on his hands with this beauty!
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Snowy start to our day
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Matt + Allen from Redbluff found some steelhead yesterday. Matt found the first fish of the day just minutes into the float. 
Lately it’s been about having the flies in the right place at the right time. Present the flies well and good things can happen. Tight lines. 

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Matt w/ fish on!
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Lunch time
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Winter Steelheading continues on...we're still seeing New Wild Winter Steelhaed push into the Trinity, the numbers don't seem to be quite as good as they were a couple weeks ago but still good fishing. We've had a bit of rain and snow over the past week, water flows are up and a little color has been added, water temps have dropped a few degrees over the past week, that may have slowed the fishing a bit. I think Swinging for Winter Steelhead on the Trinity will be Well Worth the effort for at least a couple more weeks.

Tight Lines... 

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Just Rewards...
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Anticipation
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I got to spend the day chasing winter steelhead with my very good clients (and friends) Jesse and Julian.  This morning was the coldest temps we've seen in a couple weeks and I've seen an increase in fishing pressure the past several days.  Julian hooked into his first ever adult steelhead, and he brought his A-game.  After an epic batttle, Julian landed an absolutely beautilful, bright wild buck!  Fishing was tough, but Jesse landed a very nice native half-pounder.  Not a bad day for winter steelheading.
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Had a good time with Tom + Geoff today on the Trinity. We got a break in the weather and had a beautiful day on the river. We found only half pounders today but that’s steelheadin’ for ya. 
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Geoff with a wild juvinile
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After a canceled trip last year, the Gates crew made their annual migration from SoCal and Phoenix in search of winter steelhead.  Joe had the magic touch, hooking four adults and landing two.  Howard fished hard and was finally rewarded by hooking a nice adult at the end of the day, but couldn't manage to bring it to net.  The flows are finally starting to come up and it looks like we have several storms headed our way!  
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Joe with a nice hatchery buck!
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Joe with this beautiful wild hen!
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I had a great time guiding new clients Austin and Kevin!  Both were fairly new to fly fishing and this was their first attempt at steelheading.  Austin had a new Redington two-handed rod and really wanted to learn how to use it.  I set Kevin up with one of my Sage 6wt two-handers and taught them the double-spey and the C-spey.  They both picked up the casts pretty quickly and were swinging for steelhead!  Neither hooked-up while swinging, but Austin landed a nice hatchery fish right after lunch.  A short time later, Austin hooked into a dime-bright wild fish that gave him a fight he'll probably never forget!  The extended forecast is promising, so I am cautiously hopeful this will bring in a new batch to fish to the upper river.
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Austin with his first steelhead!
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Today I got to guide my old friends Dave and Craig from Sonoma County.  The weather was beautiful, but fishing was very tough.  Dave hooked one adult, but it didn't want any part of my landing net.  That was our only chance at a fish, and I didn't see any new fish moving through.  
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Spent a few days guiding for Winter Steelhead on the Trinity this past week, it didn't disapoint. Plans were to guide on the North Coast but it's been in constant flux, too low , too high and a few days that have been just right, at the same time Mid Trinity was in good shape , chose the safe bet and it paid off ! Swung up multiple Chromers each day and landed at least a fish a day per angler, good Steelheading in my IMHO...primarily bright, wild fat hens in the 5-6 lb class and full of fight and one wild buck 7-8 lbs. typical Trinity Winter Run.

My availablity for the remainder of the Season is none existant... not to early to think about a Spey/ Swing trip for next Fall/ Winter ...My primary Steelhead destinations will be the Trinity, Lower Klamath, Eel Drainage and the Lower Sac... this past Fall the swing fishing was excelent on the Lower Sac for Battle Creek Steelhead in the 2-5 lb class, all had a ton of fight and a blast on 4wt and 5 wt Spey rods...fun stuff !

Feel free to contact me for trip info - Tight Lines 

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Winter on the Trin
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I got to guide an old friend Greg and his buddy Jim from Sebastopol today.  Fishing was tough, but they both managed to land beautiful fish!  This next weather system seems to be holding, so it looks like we will finally get some rain!
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Greg with a very nice hatchery hen!
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Jim with his first ever steelhead!
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I had the pleasure of guiding Dean today.  He fished very hard all day and was rewarded by landing two of the three fish hooked.  All were nice adult wild steelhead.  The fishing pressure is still fairly light, but I expect that to change very soon.  With the next system arriving next week, the flows should come up a bit more and hopefully more fish will move into the upper river.
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Dean with a beautiful wild fish!
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Had a good time guiding Tom from Walnut Creek. We floated upper river today and despite the low + clear conditions, Tom landed a nice adult steelhead. We’ve gotten some much anticipated rain which should push some more fish into the mix. 

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Tom with his first 2018 steelhead!
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The Trinity remains challenging.  I guided the past three days with decent success - hooking one to two fish per day.  I have been seeing some very bright fish moving through, so that is promising.  The flows have come up slightly with the recent rains, but it is still very low and clear.  We have a new storm is headed our way next week and it appears we may get some measurable rain.
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This fishing report was almost about a rare bird-sighting, but Ron saved the day and caught two really nice fish at the end of the day.  He landed a wild fish around 6 pounds and a slightly smaller hatchery fish.  Those were our only two opportunities on a long and mostly chilly day.  We spent a lot of time busting ice out of the guides today.  Fishing pressure is really light right now.

FYI, the bird-sighting involved a pileated woodpecker. 

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Ron gets the job done
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I spent the last 3 days with guests Steve and Jon and fishing was tough.  We covered almost 50 miles of river and did 4 floats in 3 days.  We finally found some fish on day 3 and managed to land 3 out of 4 adult steelhead hooked.  The river is low and clear and the fish are wedged into some pretty tight spots right now.  Conditions will stay the same until we get some rain, which looks like will be at least another week off.  Fishing pressure is very light right now.  It's a great time to enjoy some solitude and catch a steelhead - just not a great time to catch a bunch of steelhead!
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Finally got on the board with this fish yesterday
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I spent the past two guiding another group from the Diablo Valley Fly Fishers.  My guests Rich and Al nymphed on Thursday and the fishing was tough.  Al hooked one very nice adult while we floated the upper portion of the river.  Today was a swing day with my guests Diane and Karen.  They were very thorough as they worked all the runs and Diane was rewarded with a small native adult.  They fished with Gino on Thursday.  Karen swung-up three adults and Diane hooked into a brown trout.  Not to sound like a broken record, but conditions will likely not improve much until we receive some much needed rain.
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Peter Santley and I guided a great group of guys the past two days. The air temps have been very cold this week, so the water temps are dropping and the river is very low and gin clear.  Fishing was very tough for both of us both days.  Jim landed landed a nice wild fish on Friday, and we had a brief hook-up today. We really need some rain for conditions to improve.  I'm hearing rumors there is a new batch of fish moving upriver, so hopefully we will see them in the coming days.
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Jim with a beautiful wild fish!
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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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