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Slow

The Trinity has been a  strange beast to tame this season. Some days fish normal while others have you scratching your head. 

Guided Doug and Ed from the Bay Area last weekend and both received gold stars for hooking up and landing a couple half pounders. 
"Do or do not there is no try!" 
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Okay
There are steelhead in the Trinity River.  Not a lot, but enough to enjoy some good fishing.  I had the pleasure of guiding buddies Bill and John the last couple days.  We landed a couple of "uber" half pounders plus a couple of adult steelhead.  Fishing pressure is light and the river is in great shape.  Flows are well above minimum levels due to tributary runoff.
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Bill with the big fish of the trip
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I'm going back to selfie school
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Okay

I have given the fishing on the Trinity an "okay" rating but to be more accurate it's been everything from Slow to Great ! There are fish throughout the system but the numbers are not what we have seen over the past decade, reminds me of fishing the Trinity in the 90s, or better yet "Steelheading" not Trout fishing for Steeelhead. Some days we have zero encounters, other day's we have multiple encounters and bring several to hand.

The only given is that you cant catch a Steelhead from your Couch ! Tite Lines !

 

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time to man the oars and give chase !
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this keeps it interesting
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Good
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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Good
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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The Fly Fishing Film Tour is coming to Redding this Thursday November 3rd.  Confluence Outfitters is proud to be one of the main sponsors of the event which benefits our local Shasta-Trinity-Cascades Chapter of Trout Unlimited.  The show is at the Redding Convention Center and begins at 7pm.  

We have donated a great raffle prize, a free trip for two to Eagle Canyon!  Come enjoy a good show, support a good cause, and buy some raffle tickets! 

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Good
These photos are from the past two days.  Clients Jon and Armando fished with guide Steve Eadie on the Upper Rogue.  The Rogue has been blown out here and there but these guys had perfect timing and connected with some very nice steelhead.
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Good

I had the pleasure of guiding Ted, his big brother Jim (both are World Champion Wrist Wrestlers), Ted's son Zach, and his son-in-law Tommy.  The recent rains have helped to move some new fish into the Junction City area.  We fished hard for two days and were fortunate to hook into some really big fish both days!  Tommy crushed it on Friday.  He managed to hook three and land these two quality steelhead.  Jim was presented with the fish of a lifetime, but ultimately lost after a truely epic battle.  Ted and Zach both hooked into some really HUGE fish today.  Unfortunatly, their acobatic prowess left them empty-netted.  Ahh...the one(s) that got away!  We are blessed with this early season rain and I expect more fish to arrive in the coming days and weeks.  Let's go steelheading!

 


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Good
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've had a late cancelation and some prime dates have opened, I have November 4th & 5th available for the Trinity, Lower Sac or the Lower Klamath if it drops into shape.
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Good

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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Great
The LS is continuing to fish terrific, the egg-grab is in full swing. Right now is a great time to fish the river. The salmon turnout has been disappointingly low but that hasn't stopped the rainbows from coming up! 
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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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Great
I spent a beautiful day on the Lower Sac with clients Claude and Steve.  Flows dropped about 300cfs overnight and that seemed to put the fish off the grab a little this morning, but fishing picked up mid-day.  We didn't land a ton of fish today but most of them were nice 18-20" fish.  A few more salmon on redds today it seemed.
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Good

Had a great time with Jadon on the LS last Friday. Rolled the dice with the storm and had an outstanding day out on the water. Most our fish were caught on egg imitations and nymphs including this 10+ pounder that gave Jadon a work out for what seemed like an eternity! 

 

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Jadon with a lower Sac monster!
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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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Okay
I spent three days guiding the Lower Klamath earlier this week, we got into 1/2 pounders each day but failed to connect with any adult steelhead. It rained hard here in Douglas City over night, the rivers are slowly rising with most of the rain soaking in, we might get more run off from the next wave. The Trinity is currently fishable above the North Fork, the Lower Klamath will need a little time to settle back down. 
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Red Hot
The river fished almost as well today as it did yesterday.  I saw a few more salmon on redds today also.  Rick and Steve had several double hook-ups and Steve topped his big fish from yesterday with an even bigger one.  We got off the river as the wind began to pick up.  A significant storm is moving in and we're expecting a lot of rain and high winds over the next two days.  That could mean good things for the steelhead fishing on the Trinity - stay tuned.
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Steve strikes again
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Red Hot
Today I had my best day on the Lower Sac since the August 1st "re-opener".  Clients Steve and Rick caught dozens of fish and half of them were in the 18"+ range.  We have salmon trickling into the upper river and there are just enough spawning to trigger a solid egg grab.  Our best fish today was a rainbow between 3 and 4 pounds.  The day was perfect, except for when Rick's squawfish barfed all over my pants!  Gross.
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Rick got off to a hot start today
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Steve with a whopper
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