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It’s been a while since I’ve posted a fishing report. I have had several walk-wade trips on our inter-mountain streams that have been very successful. On the other hand, the lower Sac has been pretty challenging the past couple months. Today was different for my guests Jim and Ken, as Kevin Kay and I worked together with a fun group of guys.  My guys hooked most their fish on mayfly nymphs, but they were also able to trick a few fish into eating rubberlegs. Even with the hot temps, it’s been very pleasant while on the water. The “egg bite” is right around the corner, so now is the time to book your trip as our October calendars are starting to fill.

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Pat gave his grandson Brad a fishing trip for Christmas and we finally got them out there. Better late than never! It’s been blistering hot here for weeks so we got an early start. Brad had never been fly fishing before so after a brief training session off we went! The morning grab was very slow, in contrast to my last time out. The fish finally woke up around 10 and we started to get hookups with some regularity with some lulls in between. We finished the day with a nice double and got off the river just as the heat became intense. Stay cool!

Rollin’ down the river
Rollin’ down the river
Pat with a nice wild Lower Sac rainbow
Pat with a nice wild Lower Sac rainbow
Hooked up
Hooked up
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Should you bring your kids fishing? Yes. Yes you should. Peter's dad brought him along for a trip to the Upper McCloud and a day drifting down the lower Sac... and he had a great time! Peter learned a number of techniques, including dry/dropper, indicator nymphing, and some tight line nymphing too! And he caught fish on ALL methods on BOTH rivers. Talk about a stud! We also checked under some rocks to see what kind of bugs could be found and saw some other fun things along the way, including lots of birds and a couple of deer. I was super proud of Peter because he didn't complain at all, even when I made lame "dad jokes." We hiked all over the McCloud and on the Lower Sac he became proficient using several methods. Over the course of the day I heard him change his mind on which method was his favorite several times, probably based on which had worked most recently! That's just like me! Ha ha! Anyway, the river is looking good... not a lot of bugs coming off during the day except some microscopic looking PMD's that would be in the size 18-20 range, but there are nymphs! There are always nymphs! Fish are eating rubber legs still (of course) and you're not crazy trying other things besides the standard lower Sac rig. Get out... and bring your kids with you! Peter got some things to brag about to his dad... and your kids could too!

Pete on the Upper McCloud
Pete on the Upper McCloud
No bobbers required!
No bobbers required!
Pete's first fish on a fly rod was small, but memorable!
Pete's first fish on a fly rod was small, but memorable!
Rubber legs eater...
Rubber legs eater...
Caddis time!
Caddis time!
Pete found this under a rock.
Pete found this under a rock.
Wave to mom!
Wave to mom!
Pete spotted two bucks grabbing a drink at the local bar.
Pete spotted two bucks grabbing a drink at the local bar.
Thank God for ND filters...
Thank God for ND filters...
End of a good day...
End of a good day...
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Today was more about fishing than catching for my guests Richard and Chuck. Fishing has been challenging lately, but the fish were grabby, and they did hook several fish throughout the day. Even with the heat, it was pleasant on the boat. Wide brim hats and sunscreen are must-have items these days! 

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Today was fun for my guests Mark, and his son Peter and daughter Stephanie. They are all new to fly fishing and wanted to spend their day on the upper Sac. Our morning was slow, but the action turned on by late morning and everyone started hooking fish. Mark landed a few fish before lunch, but Peter and Stephanie were on fire after lunch! They hooked lots of fish and both landed some decent fish in the 12” – 13” range. Water temps are becoming a concern, you can fish the mid river in the morning, but you’ll want to fish closer to Dunsmuir in the afternoon.

Mark with his first of the day
Mark with his first of the day
Stephanie with a really nice fish
Stephanie with a really nice fish
Mark, Stephanie, and Peter enjoying the day
Mark, Stephanie, and Peter enjoying the day
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I did a group trip with Brian Kohlman today I n the Upper Sac and had the pleasure of guiding Scott and Brent. We started off around 9:45am and had a decent amount of cloud cover, but by 11:30 we were enjoying nice sunshine. Throughout the day we went back and forth from tight line nymphing and throwing dry / dropper rigs. As expected, most fish were caught on nymphs but we had some nice action on the dry flies too... it's just a lot more challenging to hook and land those fish! After lunch we moved and hiked a bit and found a little "honey hole" that ended up giving up five nice 15-16 inch rainbows that fought hard, pulled line, and made some big jumps. And we didn't die trying to get them to the net even though those fish took enough line we had to land them down stream! Tight line nymphing can definitely be an extremely productive way to catch fish on these Northern California freestones, so if you are trying to get into the "Euro nymphing" or "Czech Nymphing" game, we can get you covered. Figuring out the sighter and length and multiple fly set up can be a bit challenging, but we can definitely get you dialed in. It's a really fun way to fish on rivers like the Upper Sac or the McCloud or Pitt. At any rate, we had a great day! The river looks great and is definitely a good option right now!

Grabby trout for Scott…
Grabby trout for Scott…
Bent rods are better!
Bent rods are better!
A fat and healthy trout…
A fat and healthy trout…
“One last cast…”
“One last cast…”
These Upper Sac trout pull hard!
These Upper Sac trout pull hard!
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Today I had Aaron and his buddy Jake in my boat and Brian Kohlman has Aaron’s dad and his friend in his boat. For whatever reason the grab never really got going today. We all caught fish but it was a “here and there” type of day. If anybody ever figures out what makes these fish eat one day and not the next please let me know! Aaron did a great job of fighting and landing a really broad-shoulderd rainbow, taking him down through clay bars and rough water until we could finally net him. That made our day right there!

Aaron and his Trout Pig
Aaron and his Trout Pig
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The flows on the Lower Sac are currently just a smidge over 7,000cfs and looking really good. For the past few weeks there have been a lot of yellow stone flies throughout the day, one of my favorite bugs to fish with! There are a lot of nymph options to use and some of my favorites are the UV Sallys, Biot Stones, Poxybacks, Iron Sallys, Rubber Legs (OF COURSE!!!), and yellow Psycho Princes. For dry flies there are lots of options too, but on our float we didn't see many fish eating on the surface until the end of the day. But that's what makes fishing on the Lower Sac in the summer a lot of fun -- you have over fourteen hours of sunlight to choose from! We can get creative with our floats and do double floats (one in the morning, one in the later afternoon / evening)... so many options! But that's what living in northern California brings -- options, options, and more options! And while many don't do much walk and wading on the Lower Sac in the summer due to the higher flows, I must say that there are plenty of places you can get out and fish if you want to and the rewards can be well worth it! I've got open dates on some of our walk and wade rivers as well as for the drift boat, so if you're looking for a way to enjoy the summer, hit me up! And you'll also find me exploring water from Red Bluff down looking for some of them notorious river monsters aka stripers. Get out and fish!

Cyril with a fish caught LITERALLY on the first cast.
Cyril with a fish caught LITERALLY on the first cast.
Sean's first cast onto a ledge got his line tight!
Sean's first cast onto a ledge got his line tight!
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Everything was perfect today for my guests Carl and Mike. They had beautiful weather, the perfect temperature with no wind, and super grabby fish…it just doesn’t get any better than this! Today was Mike’s first time fishing the Sac and it’s been a while since Carl fished it, but they got to experience just how great our fishery is! They both had tons of grabs, landed some great fish and lost some great fish. I think the highlight was their nearly simultaneous double hook-up after lunch.  We had a great day, enjoyed some great company, and I’m pretty sure they’re already planning their next trip.

Carl with a very nice fish
Carl with a very nice fish
Two is always better than one!
Two is always better than one!
Double trouble
Double trouble
Carl with another great fish
Carl with another great fish
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Today Andreas, Ben, and I hosted a group of Boy Scouts and their dads. No one had ever done this type of fishing before so there was a bit of a learning curve. We switched out to new groups at lunch so school was in session for the second time! Everybody picked up the basics, and fish were hooked, landed, and lost. A typical day of fishing in other words. Take some kids fishing!

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Andreas gave rowing lessons at no extra charge
Andreas gave rowing lessons at no extra charge
The kids in Andreas’s boat put the wood to suckers today
The kids in Andreas’s boat put the wood to suckers today
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Another sucker.  Love that shirt!
Another sucker. Love that shirt!
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Today was special for my guests Dennis and his daughter Tara. I have guided Dennis at our Spey Camp on the lower Klamath and taken him out on a Trout Spey trip, but this was our first time together on an indicator trip. Today was Tara’s first-time fishing…ever, so she wasn’t sure what to expect. It didn’t take her long to get the hang of casting, but she struggled a bit once her flies got eaten. After some misses, she finally landed her first fish after lunch. Tara’s confidence built throughout the day, and she landed her largest fish right at our take-out, which was the perfect end to an awesome day!

Tara with her largest trout ever!
Tara with her largest trout ever!
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I floated today with Drew and his dad Andy. It was pretty windy but we still fooled some nice fish. The bite was pretty steady up until about 3 pm when the fish knocked off for the day. The highlight was watching a big striper chasing a 16” fish that Drew was playing. We weren’t far downriver so hopefully this was an anomaly and not a “thing”. I like striper but they need to stay way downriver.......

A big striper tried to eat this trout!
A big striper tried to eat this trout!
Drew with a nice one
Drew with a nice one
Trout camo
Trout camo
Andy scores a fattie
Andy scores a fattie
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Today my guests Larry and Al were fortunate enough to get reservations at the Nature Conservancy, so I took the long and bumpy road down to fish this storied section of water. They wanted to get a jump on their Diablo Valley Fly Fishers club outing and also get dialed in on how to fish the McCloud. Al landed a small fish on one of his first casts, then hooked some larger fish and quickly learned just how hard they fight! Larry hooked a few and landed two decent fish, making the long drive and long hike worth the effort.

Larry with a nice McCloud rainbow
Larry with a nice McCloud rainbow
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My guests Mike and Jeff have never fished Hat Creek, so today was all about showing them some different sections of this beautiful river. Our morning started at the Powerhouse Riffle – of course. We had some fish feeding on the surface and had lots of grabs, but only landed some small fish on dries. We switched over to nymphs and started getting some grabs and landed one decent fish. After lunch we fished the lower river and hooked some on a hopper-dropper rig. After a few nymph grabs, Mike hooked a nice fish on a dry, but it managed to elude the net and Jeff landed a few small fish. They had a fun day even though the fish were not very grabby.  

Jeff with a decent Hat Creek fish
Jeff with a decent Hat Creek fish
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Today was my first day on the lower McCloud this season and it did not disappoint for my guests Ron and Steve. Ron was tightline nymphing and it proved to be quite effective. Late in the day we switched over to a dry-dropper and caught fish on both flies. For Steve, it had been a couple minutes since he last fished so we started with a dry-dropper, and he had some success on both flies. After lunch, he switched over to an indicator rig and started hooking fish right away. I was very impressed with the size and quality of fish they hooked today. If you’re planning to fish Ash Camp – it’s going to be crowded so expect to see other anglers and please, try to communicate with them and work together! Trust me, there are plenty of fish for everyone to have a great time on this beautiful river.

Ron with a nice McCloud rainbow
Ron with a nice McCloud rainbow
Another nice fish
Another nice fish
Steve with his biggest of the day
Steve with his biggest of the day
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I realize my fishing reports are sounding like a broken record, but today was simply incredible for my guests Jesse and Julian. The hook-ups were consistent from the start but slowed a bit by mid-afternoon. Their total numbers were pretty impressive, but the quality and size of the fish was just off the charts! All but two of Julian’s fish were on the rubberlegs, where Jesse was crushing on PMD nymphs all day! Go fish!!!

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It was another great day of fishing for my guests Chris and Joe. The grab was on right away and stayed pretty consistent for us throughout the day. Joe and Chris took turns being the “hot rod,” but in the end they both hooked into a ton of great fish mostly on rubberlegs and PMD nymphs! The flows dropped down to 8,800 cfs this morning and with the lake level being so low, I anticipate lower than normal flows throughout the summer. The weather is heating up and the fishing has been great – it’s time to book your float on the lower Sac with us!

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Fred and John are lifelong friends. Fred fishes a lot but John hasn’t fished in 20 years. Fred finally got John to come along and he’s glad he did! John caught on quickly to our particular form of fishing and was hooking and landing fish in no time. We just did a half day because of the heat but we hit it right and did pretty well. Take a friend fishing!

Fred and his bobber (indicator)
Fred and his bobber (indicator)
Extendo-Net lands another one
Extendo-Net lands another one
John hooked up
John hooked up
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Attention! Due to low water levels in Lake Shasta the Lower Sac is running much higher water temps than usual, I’ve heard around 10 degrees hotter. This is a big deal to fish that are used to living in very cold water year round. We’re trying to land our fish quickly, keep them in the water, and taking plenty of time reviving them. ‘Nuff said. Alan and his son Noah come up and fish with me a couple times a year. The horrid winds of the last four days calmed down somewhat and were fairly tolerable. As has been my experience lately, morning was slow, midday was pretty good, and late afternoon shut off entirely. The fish started off eating PMD nymphs, then switched to rubberlegs. Then I noticed lots of Little Yellow Sally stoneflies popping off, put on that fly, and bingo! Funny how that works......In the end Father and Son had a good day on the river, catching native rainbow trout in a a beautiful setting. And it was only 95 degrees!

Keep them wet!
Keep them wet!
Like Father.....
Like Father.....
Ok a quick shot......
Ok a quick shot......
Quick release
Quick release
Like Son.....
Like Son.....
Great shot by Noah
Great shot by Noah
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What a day it was for my guest Susan! The wind was a challenge, but her hard work paid off with a lot of great hook-ups. The grab started right away and stayed pretty consistent until mid-afternoon with most of our fish on PMD nymph’s. Susan landed quite a few really nice fish throughout the day and by the end, said today was her best day of fishing ever! Reach out to us at www.confluenceoutfitters.com if you’re interested in booking a trip! 

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