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Great
Some of our clients just fished with guides Steve Eadie and Jim Andras on the Upper Rogue the last two days.  Steve & Jim both said the fishing was really good.  Mostly adult steelhead plus some smaller fish.
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Molly with a nice one
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Dave with a wild steelhead
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Molly always catches the most fish
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Looking good Jake
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I fished up in Redding today with clients Steve & Jim.  We used the jet boat as a taxi-cab, accessing several prime wading spots.  Jim did really well fishing nymphs without an indicator.  The big fish got away, but he landed a nice 16" rainbow in our first spot.  Steve had some action on his spey rod, too.
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No indicator necessary for this fish
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The view through the bimini top
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Steve swinging a nice run
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I spent a very enjoyable day on the Lower Sac today with clients Steve and Jim.  These guys like to swing flies, so we used the jet boat instead of the drift boat.  The jet boat is a great option on wading trips because we can go straight to the best spots for the type of fishing we want to do.  We spent all day swinging flies for trout with spey rods and single-hand rods.  We caught fish in every spot we tried.  We landed a lot of small and medium fish today and broke off a big fish.  We saw a few salmon fishermen, but had the run of the place in terms of fly fishing.  Soft hackles were the ticket.
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The ultimate taxi-cab
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The workbench
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Shade is nice
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Steve with a fish on
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I will be doing a "Tailgate Talk" at the California Fly Shop in San Carlos tomorrow from 10:30am to 2pm.  My topic will be the rivers around Redding, including but not limited to the Lower Sac, Pit, McCloud, Hat Creek, Battle Creek, and Fall River.  I'll be discussing access points, times to go, fly & gear selection, and much more!  Stop by the shop - it would be great to see you there.
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Good
We had another good day on the Lower Sac today.  We floated from Anderson to the Barge Hole.  We only saw one drift boat and a few salmon boats out today.  We had good action in the morning and then it was a little slow after lunch.  We finished strong, though.  Our best flies were tan birds nests and copper johns size 14 and small brown mayfly nymphs.
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Good
I just returned from a quick trip to our Spey Camp on the Klamath River.  Gino, Dax, and Leslie have set up a great camp.  We have safari-style tents for the guests and a large shaded cooking and eating area.  Thanks to Leslie Ajari, the food has been wonderful.  But enough about the camp - the fishing has been good!  Everyone in our first group has landed adult steelhead and multiple half-pounders.  There is good fishing in our camp water, and every day Gino shuttles our guests around to different parts of the river.  I got to help release a nice adult steelhead today - that was the first one in my hands since April!  Our guests have also hooked and almost landed some fresh King salmon.  When I left on the 2nd full day of the first session, all of the guests were very pleased with how their spey casting was progressing.
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Dax lending a hand with a big fresh salmon
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The view of the river from camp
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Gino and his trusty jet boat Elvis
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Safari tents
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Yes there are bears
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This fly worked.
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Wolf releasing a nice steelie
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Good
I had a fun day on the Lower Sac today with father/son team Matt and Adam.  Adam caught his first fish in twenty years and then caught a bunch more!  Fishing was pretty good throughout the day on a variety of nymphs.  The river dropped down to 7,600 cfs today.  We only saw one other drift boat.
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Good
I spent the last three days on the Lower Klamath and the Steelhead have arrived in mass. Early indications are looking GREAT for this season on the Klamath and Trinity with hundreds if not thousands of Steelhead currently staging in the Lower Klamath. I only rated the fishing as Good right now, not Great because of the current conditions, IE. water temps, and not the actual fishing. Currently the Steelhead are stacked in one area which tends to lead to very crowded fishing and snagging !
 
I am very excited about angling on the Lower Klamath as the water temps start to drop and the fish spread out and start moving up river. I am currently booking the Lower Klamath for mid September and October and my schedule has started to fill. If swinging a spey rod on classic Steelhead runs for Ocean Fresh Steelhead interest you then get off the fence and book a trip.
Most of the water I fish on the Lower Klamath is within 20 miles of the Ocean !
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Chomer !!!
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My diggs on the Klamath
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Okay
Fall River fished tough for us today.  We had some good sessions with both nymphs and dries, but the fish generally seemed a bit disinterested.  The highlight of the day was getting some grabs on a floating water boatman imitation.  We hooked a couple of really nice fish that broke us off in the weeds.
 
We were surrounded by three separate forest fires that started in the last two days.  One is to the east near Day, over the ridge to the east of Fall River valley.  Another is in the hills just south of Fall River Mills.  The third is between Burney and Old Station, burning down out of the Thousand Lakes Wilderness.  Highway 89 was closed today in between Burney and Old Station.
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Fishing at the gates of Mordor
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Okay
I had the pleasure of guiding Father and Son team, Deke & Derek from Portola Valley today on the Fall River. The fishing was a bit slow but we had the whole river system mostly to ourselves, the whether was beautiful and the scenery stunning as always ! Highlight  of the day was Deke  spotting a Moma Black Bear 50' away on a remote levy with two cubs in tow, Pretty Cool Stuff !
Fish where landed, stories and jokes told, good time's had by all ! Get out there and have some Fun ! 
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Okay
The Lower Sac was pretty slow for us today.  We saw very little bug activity and the fish just didn't seem very interested.  My clients Mel & Ron managed to land a handful of rainbows, though.  Our best action was from 1pm to 3pm and the best flies were small brown mayfly nymphs.
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Great
Confluence Outfitters focuses on instruction based guiding.  We also do schools, which our staff has many years of experience throughout our careers.  I just finished up a fantastic women's school last week, and we are wrapping up the guide school this week.
 
We have two spots left for our Klamath Spey Camp, where we will be teaching intricate spey casting and steelhead angling skills at the highest level.  We don't teach our schools in parking lots, truck trout ponds, or online.  We do it on the water in real life angling situations, with actual wild trout and steelhead!  
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Leslie and Peter speycasting on the Pit
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Mike Kennedy hooked up on one of his many big fish on the Fall
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Fall River trout are spectacular
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Gloria enjoying a beautiful run on a freestone river
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Jess getting ready for the next spot
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Leslie Ajari hooked up on a dry
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Praying Mantis hatch has been epic
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Mega cool release shot by Bob Dahlberg
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I took guide school students Leslie Ajari and Peter Thompson to the Lower Sac today.  We had a great day of fishing and a really fun day of rowing.  Leslie & Peter did really well on the oars for their first day of rowing.  They even put me on some nice fish!  The nymphing was pretty good, but the highlight of the day was the dry fly fishing.  Leslie landed an 18" rainbow on a dry and Peter rose quite a few fish.  The fish are looking up for caddis in some of the shallow riffles now.
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Peter got this one on a rubberlegs
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My big fish of the day
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Red Hot
Guide School 2014, day 5: We spent the afternoon working on freestone techniques on the Pit River.  Once we got away from the fly eating trees, the river fished incredibly well.  Students Leslie and Peter hooked and landed a lot of nice wild rainbows up to 18" today.  Most of our fish came on nymphs under indicators, but we also had fun with a hopper-dropper rig.  Our best action was in the afternoon.  The best fishing was in the fast water.
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Peter with a nice one
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Leslie with a big fish on the line
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One of many quality rainbows today
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Leslie's big fish of the day
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Peter with a fish on
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Great
I did my last official evening hex trip of the season tonight with clients Bill and John and it was a hoot!  The hatch is still fairly thick - not a ton of bugs, but enough to get the fish interested.  We fished some old-school hex paraduns tonight and the fish took notice.  Bill and John both had numerous grabs and we finished the night with John landing a nice 18" rainbow.
 
Daytime fishing was good today, too.  We did a split day, fishing from 8:30 to 2:30 and then taking a break before the hex trip.  We caught fish every spot we tried.  Nymphs on sinking lines and under indicators were the ticket for us today. 
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We still have 2 spots left for the August 14-17 Spey Camp with Gino and Dax.  Check www.speycamp.com for more info.
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Good
I have been guiding and fishing the Fall River over the past two weeks and the fishing has been pretty darn good ! Despite the widespread drought in the West the Fall River remains full to the brim and teaming with fat wild rainbow's. The fishing has mostly consisted of fishing sub surface with nymph's and streamer's, there is the occasional riser but the hatches have been pretty inconsistent. That should change as the summer rolls on, that said the Hex hatch been good and should continue for another week or two.
As many rivers and lakes are drying up, the Fall River will remain an oasis, August, September and October look to be outstanding on the Fall. 
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Fatty
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Dan with a nice Bow !
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Good
Fall River is fishing well these days.  We had some overcast today which kept us cool for a while.  Fishing was best for us from 1pm to 2:30pm today.  There was a stretch were we were getting a grab on almost every drift.  We landed a beautiful 18" rainbow today and hooked a lot more in that size range.
 
The hex hatch last nice was good despite windy conditions.  We had about a dozen grabs on our hex dries but only landed one fish, a rainbow about 19". 
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That's a hex
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Good
Fishing has been pretty good on Fall River the last three days.  The hex hatch two nights ago was incredible.  We had no wind, just enough bugs, and my clients Mark & Pam hooked a lot of fish.  Last night was totally different.  It was windy and there were way too many bugs.  Our flies didn't stand much of a chance against the thousands of naturals on the water, but we still hooked a few and landed one nice fat rainbow.
 
Daytime fishing has been good, too.  We've been hooking fish over 18 inches every day.  There are huge concentrations of fish in certain parts of the river right now.  It's spring creek fishing, so it isn't easy.  The grabs are lightning fast and you have to get a drag free drift.  We've been getting most of our fish on nymphs under indicators, but streamer fishing has been good too.  The PMD hatch seems to be improving and there are some dry fly opportunities around lunch time.
 
Come on up and bring your A-game.  There aren't many places where you can sight-fish to 18 inch plus rainbows.  Fall River is one of the best. 
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Yes I know my hat is awesome.
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Great
I had some fun with Steve and Larry today on a very uncrowded Fall River, which was delightful. We had the whole river to ourselves. Absolutely fabulous. Quite magical.

We hooked over 20 large fish, but our landing ratio wasn't all that great. Maybe I should be targeting smaller fish. They both landed some stellar fish though, and it shut down around 1:30 for us after being steady all morning. By 2pm it was over 100 degrees, not all that awesome. We took our break and will head out to hex this evening.

I fished the hex with Randy last night, and he got two good fish during a solid hatch below the confluence.
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