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I had a great time today with my first-time guests Mike and Martin. The grab was a bit spotty in the morning (which has been the norm lately), but things started heating up by mid-morning! Mike hooked into a really large fish - but after a series of “mishaps,” including his running line getting stuck between his reel frame and drag knob, the fish eventually came unpinned. The grab really turned on after lunch and remained very consistent throughout the afternoon. In the end, Mike and Martin both landed some really great fish – including probably the largest (heaviest) sucker I have ever seen and even had some doubles! The “egg bite” should last into the second week of November, so if you’re looking for a really fun day of fishing, contact us at www.confluenceoutfitters.com and let’s book a trip!

We were hooking into these all day long
We were hooking into these all day long
So nice
So nice
Double trouble
Double trouble
This was so much larger than what the image shows
This was so much larger than what the image shows
Mike with a really nice lower Sac trout
Mike with a really nice lower Sac trout
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Today was our annual Trout Spey trip with the Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club. My guests were Frank, Erik, and Kevin.  The grab started slow, but then became pretty consistent and everyone connected with fish throughout the day. Most of our fish were in the 12” – 14” range, but Erik landed a nice hatchery steelhead in the 17” – 18” range and Frank had a fish hammer his swung fly so hard it broke him off!  The day began a little windy but died down by mid-afternoon and we ended with a perfect fall day. 

Erik with a nice hatchery steelhead
Erik with a nice hatchery steelhead
Erik with a feisty trout
Erik with a feisty trout
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Mike and Dave have been friends since school. Mike fishes a lot and wanted to introduce Dave to the sport of fly fishing. After some quick instruction off we went! The grab was on right away, and after a few swings and misses we were hooking and landing some beautiful wild rainbows. Dave had the “seat of honor” in the front of the boat, which has it’s pluses and minuses as the guide is either helping you all the time or yelling “mend, set, strip, etc” all the time, depending on your viewpoint. The grab tapered off a bit in the afternoon but we caught fish all the way to the takeout. Dave was a tv cameraman for some major sports teams, which made for some great stories, which I won’t repeat here. These guys needled each other all day, which is what good friends do. Lots of fun!

Early morning view from the bow
Early morning view from the bow
Mike opened up the scoring
Mike opened up the scoring
Mike again
Mike again
Way to go Dave!
Way to go Dave!
Even the little guys put up a good fight
Even the little guys put up a good fight
Dave was a quick study
Dave was a quick study
Wide open spaces
Wide open spaces
There’s a different way to hold a fish!
There’s a different way to hold a fish!
Hooked up
Hooked up
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I've been steelheading for most of my life now, cutting my teeth as a child when I was living in Alaska. I remember when I was about ten years old fly fishing for king salmon on the Ninilchik River and hooking a random steelhead. Even though I was using a 10 wt fly rod, that fish gave me a run for my money and I knew that I wanted to catch more. Fast forward thirty years later and my love for these chrome rockets hasn't changed. Well yesterday I was on the Trinity with Brian Kohlman and some of Brian's long time guests. Group trips are really fun because while everyone has a chance to fish there's also a lot of friendly competition. These kind of trips are where relationships are formed or solidified. At least that's what it seems like from a guide's perspective and yesterday was no different. Anyway, you're probably less interested in the social and culture experiences of fishing trips, so I'll get back to my fishing report (Brian can share about his day). The water is running around 300cfs, very clear, and definitely fishy. We hooked two fish in the first proper "steelhead" run that we went through but both fish managed to shake off. I think we ended the day with about seven or eight hook ups, including one double (we only managed to land one of those fish). Most of the fish were half pounders, both the smaller ones to the "in-be-tweeners." In my opinion, every steelhead is special, whether small, medium, or large... but there's something really special about those wild adult fish. When we pulled over for lunch, Tommy told me he wanted to keep fishing a run that his father-in-law and brother-in-law had both just fished because he said he wanted to hook one right in front of them in the water they had already fished. He was kidding... but not really, ha ha! Well wouldn't you know that while we were all eating lunch, Tommy hooked a nice adult and after I put it in the net, we got a quick picture before returning that beautiful wild fish back to the water. It's steelhead time, so hit me up if you want to get out. These fish can change your life.

Brian Kohlman with his long time guest, Ted.
Brian Kohlman with his long time guest, Ted.
Steve did really well for his first Steelhead trip!
Steve did really well for his first Steelhead trip!
Tommy's beautiful adult.
Tommy's beautiful adult.
Tommy casting while Brian's raft floats in the back.
Tommy casting while Brian's raft floats in the back.
Zach making a few casts in the pursuit of perfection.
Zach making a few casts in the pursuit of perfection.
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The Trinity River fished well for us today.  There is very little fishing pressure and there are definitely fish in the river.  We finished up with several adult fish plus numerous half-pounders in the 16-18" range and a few trout.  Our best fish of the day came in our first spot.  It was a wild hen about 6 pounds.  The adult fish are very bright right now and they jump frequently when hooked! 

Zach did well today
Zach did well today
Tommy landed this one in our very first spot
Tommy landed this one in our very first spot
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Larry lives in Virginia but is on a mission to fish as many steelhead rivers as possible. Today was the Trinity’s turn. I had low to moderate expecations as the flows are 300 cfs and the visibility must be close to infity. Imagine our surprise when our first cast yielded a small but spunky adult steelhead! The action remained pretty constant all day with a good number of these smallish early adults coming to hand along with a bunch of smaller fish. Wishing your steelhead were bigger really is a first-world problem! Can’t wait for some rain......

Glad to have a raft in these low flows!
Glad to have a raft in these low flows!
Feisty steelhead
Feisty steelhead
In the net!
In the net!
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The wind on the Lower Sac yesterday was brutal, but my guests decided that they'd rather be on the river than the office. You have to admire that level of commitment to fly fishing even though we kept chuckling throughout the day about how crazy we were. Days like yesterday are how memories are made. There were gusts that approached mach 2.5 but we were able to get out of the wind in some spots and fished (and rowed!) hard all day. While the fishing was challenging and the wind was ferocious, we had grabs from a surprising amount of fish given the circumstances. Once the wind died down and we got into some fishy water, we had grabs. When the wind gusts were blowing, we were pretty much just on a boat ride. Steve brought a really nice 18+ inch fish to the net but right before it made it INSIDE the net, the hooked popped out and we watched it slowly swim away. The collective sigh in the boat was heard across the globe. Later, on the second half of our float, we hooked another really nice fish that swam from one side of the boat, down river, and then switched gears and went back up the river as if it were headed for Keswick Dam! Sadly, we broke off and I can't type the words we said when that happened but we were super bummed and frustrated. You have to take advange of every fish you hook on tough days like that, so every fish that gets away feels like a personal slight. Steve remarked about how difficult those big fish are when you're used to catching smaller trout, but truth be told, even if you are used to catching big ones, those fish are smart and know just how to push you to the limits... which is to say that we lose big ones regularly because they don't get big if they are stupid! These black and white photos kind of give a good feel for the brutality of the wind, but we had a really fun time getting out of the city office and enjoying nature's office. I'm heading over to the Trinity tomorrow so hopefully the conditions improve a bit and we get into some chrome. Catch you on the flippity flip...

A handful of trout below the Sundial Bridge
A handful of trout below the Sundial Bridge
Egg eater.
Egg eater.
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Guided Lewiston Lake the past few days, fishing overall was a little tough, quite a few quality fish around but with chrystal clear water and not much of an appitite, we had to work for them. The bright spot was site fishing for beautiful Rainbow's in the 16"-20" rangeand had the lake mostly to ourselves, most of our success was had, spoting and site casting to individual fish and coaxing them with small leach patterns, watching the whole process unfold before you is pretty darn rewarding when you get that EAT ! Some up to 4lbs but hard to get to the net with 5X tippet...

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Had a really grabby day on the Lower Sac yesterday with guests Derek and Mark. Things started off quickly with three quick grabs that brought two smaller fish to the net and the fishing AND catching just kept on until pretty much the end of the day. There were few lulls in the action and we steadily netted fish with a good number of healthy 15 to 17 inch trout and one that was a hair over 18. Plus we had a couple of doubles and in one run, we hooked up every single time we went through it. Eggs, rubber legs, and midge patterns were on the menu. We were very fortunate that the wind stayed down throughout most of the day and we were able to enjoy some beautiful scenery, river fowl, and chucky 'bows!

An egg eating 'bow.
An egg eating 'bow.
A handful of #troutslab.
A handful of #troutslab.
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This is the tale of two floats. I spent two days with two great guys and we ended up doing two different floats on two different days and had two very different experiences! On yesterday's float, it felt like we couldn't do anything wrong. The weather was phenomenal and we shed sweaters quickly and then enjoyed the northern California sunshine all day long. The wind was non-existent and the fish were willing participants all the way up to the late afternoon. Tom and Mike hooked a lot of fish and as is typical with a good day, we put some in the net, had some nice battles only to LDR (long distance release), and missed a bunch of grabs too. It was a really great day. Mike caught three fish in a row that were all around 18 inches and Tom hooked a fish literally on his first cast and two minutes into the float!!! All that is to say that yesterday was... well... awesome.Today was a different tale. Though the sun was out and the temperature was really nice, the wind blew for most of the day and the fish were not nearly as grabby as they were the day before. It's always interesting how when it's great, it doesn't seem to matter what flies you are using and when it's slow, the same thing seems to apply. Tom definitely hooked two really good fish that we never saw but we know were heavy fish... but all in all the grab was NOT like yesterday. Theories abound about why the bite can turn off and since I've yet to interview a trout, I can only speculate. The good news is that Mike and Tom had great attitudes and kept at it the whole day... which is why we boated a couple fish at the very end of the float and ended on a high note! As far as what the fish have been eating... we've been hooking fish mostly on eggs, secondly on small midge type of patterns, and then thirdly on black rubber legs. The water is dropping down and is currently at 5,300cfs and it's starting to feel like the Fall / Winter river. I'll be back at it again tomorrow... 

18 inches of butter!
18 inches of butter!
Tom caught a lot of these!
Tom caught a lot of these!
Mike smashed it from the back of the boat!
Mike smashed it from the back of the boat!
A handful of trout brings the smiles!
A handful of trout brings the smiles!
Hooked up!
Hooked up!
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Spent an absolutely stunning October day fishing with my long time scouting partner Jeff on the Lower Sac.  We drifted a lower drift to avoid the crowds and basically had the river to ourselves excpet for a few salmon fishing boats.  Fishing was a little slow in the morning, but we found a steady pace of fish is some favorite spots.  Our fish came on a mix of egg patterns and nymphs. We both would have been happy if that was the entire fishing report, but as luck (and a little skill) would have it, we ran into a pretty special fish.  At first both of us thought we may have run into a salmon, but after about a 20 minute fight we landed a beautiful, wild 27" fish.  We spent the rest of the float just reflecting on the battle and the prize.  Its a beautiful time of year to fish Northern California.  Lets go fishing everyone!!!!

27  of pure joy!!!
27 of pure joy!!!
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Though it's the middle of October, the weather could hardly be much better. Sunny and only a little wind here and there, today's trip was hard to top. Today's guests were a father and son team, both named Chris, so we came up with the super creative "Front" Chris and "Back" Chris, ha ha! Though blood is thicker than water, these two had one of the most entertainingly competative relationships I've experienced and it only took a few minutes to figure out that we were going to have a lot of fun. "How was the fishing?" you ask... it was great! We hooked three fish in the first five minutes and then continued to hook fish, land fish, lose fish, hook some more fish, give each other a hard time for losing said fish, put a few more in the net, and shared a LOT of laughs. There were only a few times during the day where I'd say, "Hmm... seems like it might have slowed down" But then, almost on que, we'd get a grab. We saw a TON of salmon and the fish are definitely starting to key in on the eggs. We caught a couple on a rubber legs and some other nymphs but the majority were on the good 'ole egg. A couple highlights from the day were when we hooked a couple BIG fish and, sadly, lost them. But that wasn't the highlight. The highlight was listening to them give each other such a hard time for doing "everything" wrong - ha ha! Seriously though... today was such a great day. They were great anglers and the fishing was great. Plus, we hardly saw any boats on our float. I don't have any open dates this month except on Oct. 23, but the Trinity is right around the corner and I imagine the fishing will continue to be awesome in November too! If you want to get out soon or next month, hit us up at www.confluenceoutfitters.com and book a day today!

Back Chris with a beautiful trout.
Back Chris with a beautiful trout.
Guess what this one ate?
Guess what this one ate?
Front Chris with a fatty.
Front Chris with a fatty.
Back Chris with a California extension.
Back Chris with a California extension.
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The Lower Sac is a great place to introduce people to the sport of fly fishing.  I got to do just that today with Jake.  He was a quick study and figured out the casting right away.  It was really windy and it took a while for the fish to get on the grab.  When the fish started to participate, Jake began to hook and land them like a pro.  He landed fish by stripping them in and reeling them in.  Grandfather Frank did well too, landing some of the biggest fish of the day from the back of the boat.  Nice job on your first day of fly fishing Jake!

Jake with his first-ever trout on a fly
Jake with his first-ever trout on a fly
Frank with a hot rainbow
Frank with a hot rainbow
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My guest Bob had such a great day yesterday that we both thought it would be pretty hard to top – well, Bob didn’t top it – he crushed it! In the end, Bob landed three very hard fighting adults and one really feisty half-pounder. The stars were perfectly aligned at the same time the steelhead gods shined down and Bob had what every steelhead angler hopes for – an EPIC trip! If you’re into chasing unicorns, reach out to us at www.confluenceoutfitters.com and let’s do it!

Bob getting his morning workout
Bob getting his morning workout
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First fish of the day!
First fish of the day!
Look at the size of that tail!
Look at the size of that tail!
Bright and ready to fight!
Bright and ready to fight!
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I spent a few days swinging flies for steelhead up on the Trinity river earlier this week with fellow angler Joel. After weeks of smokey conditions it was a welcome relief to finally breath some fresh air. We started off in the lower river and it didn't take long to get a rod bent. Joel swung up a nice half pounder in a good run and then hooked into a hot adult that gave us a solid two minute steelhead rodeo before bucking itself off the line. Heading furthur up river past the gorge we were greeted with ideal water conditions and stunning fall colors beginning to pop on the sourrounding ridges. I fished my muddler religiously but never got a proper fish to blow up on it by the end of the first days fishing. Joel fished an assortment of more standard Trinity patterns; sz 6 rubber legs and buggy soft hackles. Day two started early but it wasn't until the sun was high overhead that we got into fish. We targeted heavier water with sink tips in tow and were rewared with multiple half pounders and a nice rainbow colored adult. By the end of the second day we found ourselves back down in the lower river were we each did well swinging small leech patterns for chrome bright half pounders. All in all the Trinity is fishing well from top to bottom. We found fish in more runs than not. The water temps have finally dropped in the lower river, giving the fish a reason to slow down a bit. We caught the last day of water releases of 450 cfs coming out of Lewiston. They have ramped down to winter flows of 300 cfs as of this week. There is still no public access to Big Rock in Willow Creek but the gravel bar at Kimtu is now open. We stopped by the fish counting weir to chat with the fish biologist on duty. He said that morning they had counted good numbers of adult steelhead in their traps. The biologist was excited to see larger sized adults coming through the weir, something he said he had not seen in the same numbers going back a few seasons. Going into the second half of October fishing on the Trinity should only improve as more fish come out of the Klamath and Hoopa valley. I have plenty of prime dates available for anyone looking to get out on the water and swing some of the best spey water in Northern California. Swing season is here folks! 

A beautiful wild hen that crushed a swung soft hackle
A beautiful wild hen that crushed a swung soft hackle
You know you're in the right spot when you see him
You know you're in the right spot when you see him
Fall colors on full display
Fall colors on full display
Joel bent to a nice half pounder in a good riffle
Joel bent to a nice half pounder in a good riffle
Fall fishing at it's finest.
Fall fishing at it's finest.
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Today was my second early season trip on the Trinity and both trips have been very successful! During my first trip a couple weeks ago, my guests hooked two adults, landed several half-pounders and a decent tweener. Today, my long-time guest Bob, landed two really nice adults, one tweener, and a half-pounder! Throughout the day I spotted a handful of steelhead on the move, which is very encouraging as I look forward to our upcoming season on the Trinity. I am completely booked through the end of October but have openings in early November. If you’re considering a fall steelhead trip on the Trinity, reach out to us at www.confluenceoutfitters.com and we will pair you with one of our professional guides.

Bob was rewarded with this beautiful wild steelhead!
Bob was rewarded with this beautiful wild steelhead!
Bob with a very nice hatchery steelhead!
Bob with a very nice hatchery steelhead!
This tweener faught way above his weight class!
This tweener faught way above his weight class!
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Had a great day on the water with Mike and Chris. The fish seemed to be actively feeding all day and it was very enjoyable. They were definitely munching eggs but also a variety of bugs. Hard to beat this fall action with this nice weather to go along with it. 

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Had a great day with buddies Dave and Mark on the Lower Sac. The forecast was for wind so we got creative with our choice of drifts. They both caught some great fish but Mark had the biggest trout I have ever seen on the Sac right next to the boat when he popped off (sigh)..... Later on Dave hooked another really big fish but it turned out to be a giant, very healthy looking King salmon which we then intentionally broke off (can’t fish for them this high up). Good times!

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Secret location.....
Secret location.....
Opt for the shuttle and we’ll pick you up!
Opt for the shuttle and we’ll pick you up!
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Regular guest Alan came to fish two days on the Sac. He brought his son Noah the first day and we did a lower float that had been on fire the day before. Somebody put out the fire overnight, as the grab was just not the same. It might have been a change in the weather as we had some cloud cover and lower temps along with a small drop in flows. We got some nice fish, just not as many. The second day Alan fished solo, and we braved the crowds on an upper drift and landed some real beauties. It can be very crowded on the river this time of year, so do unto others etc. Plenty of water and plenty of fish to go around!

Hooked up by the bluffs
Hooked up by the bluffs
Not a lot of spots
Not a lot of spots
Nice fish from our first day
Nice fish from our first day
Lots of spots
Lots of spots
No, they’re not all this big......
No, they’re not all this big......
Fish on!
Fish on!
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We have an angler looking for a fishing buddy to split a guide trip on the Trinity River on Nov 28th.  He is open to fishing nymphs, spey rods, or both. 

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