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Delta report from Captain Bryce Tedford: "Super tough conditions with rough winds and a tough bite today. That said, Darius and his dad Jim persevered, learned the process and made  it happen. Made a solid day out of tough conditions!"

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Juan is one of the best tattoo artists I've met (and had work done)... plus he's a serious angler. If he isn't working as an ink master at First Love Tattoo in Red Bluff, he's casting for trout, salmon, steelhead, or stripers. Awhile back he told me he'd made a few casts with a fly rod but wanted to get out and figure it out. Juan made it sound like he hadn't really dialed it in, so we went out on the Lower Sac to see if we could get him more comfortable with his casting, mending, and hooking of the trouts. Guess what? Juan was sandbagging quite a bit because not only could he cast and mend like a pro, he stuck fish all over the river! The majority of Juan's fish were caught on caddis and small mayflies, but he also caught some fish on some copper johns... because... well... they are classics! The fish were everywhere they should be and in one riffle, he probably hooked ten plus fish in a matter of thirty minutes. I'd say, "Cast... mend... okay... get ready... SET," and we'd be hooked up. Some of them were landed... and some of them shook off... but it was all pure fun. Not a bad day. We also spotted a gazillion carp in shallow, shallow water... not sure if they are spawning and just foraging for food... but if someone can figure out how to throw flies at those things, the fifteen to twenty pounders have to provide some entertainment. I'm gonna figure that out... eventually. Anyway... get out. It's good. The fish are eating like hungry hippos.

Juan got this on a yellow stone fly.
Juan got this on a yellow stone fly.
Cookie cutters galore…
Cookie cutters galore…
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My guests Michael and Phil had an amazing day on the Sac. The weather was ideal, and the grab was very consistent most of the day. It slowed a bit around 3:00, but they continued hooking fish mostly on rubberlegs and small mayfly nymphs right up to the end.

Phil after an epic battle
Phil after an epic battle
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One of a few doubles
One of a few doubles
Michael with a nice one
Michael with a nice one
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Steve, Rick, and I spent a couple days on the Lower Sac looking for trout and boy did we find 'em! On day number one, the fishing was "good" and we put a decent amount of fish in the net, though the fish were a little picky and didn't seem to be eating as steady throughout the day. We caught fish on the spectrum of flies but really didn't see a lot of bugs throughout the day, so we spent time working through a variety of flies and seeing the fish eat a bunch of different options. On day two, totally different story. The fish were eating all day and we had numerous doubles! Caddis? Sure. Mayflies? Absolutely. Rubber legs? Okay, they took those too. Secret flies that remain anonymous? Yep! What a great day! The highlight was definitely when we spent time targeting rising fish with tiny size 18 dry flies and smackin' 'em! Yeah!! We don't get to do a LOT of dry fly fishing on the Lower Sac, but it can certainly be done and I really enjoy crafting a day around that as a possibility... more often than not, we make it happen! I'm looking forward to spending a few more days with Steve and his grandson in a couple of weeks and more days with Rick in the Fall. These guys are such great anglers! Get out now... the Sac is on fire!

Beautiful clouds
Beautiful clouds
A line ripper.
A line ripper.
Doubles in the first five minutes? Check!
Doubles in the first five minutes? Check!
Dry flies work too!
Dry flies work too!
These fish pull hard! Steve knows well!
These fish pull hard! Steve knows well!
Another dry fly eater!
Another dry fly eater!
Great days on the Lower Sac!
Great days on the Lower Sac!
Mercer’s Missing Link is all we needed
Mercer’s Missing Link is all we needed
A handful of trout…
A handful of trout…
Rick has caught a million fish in his life.
Rick has caught a million fish in his life.
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The boys and I had a great day, hooking, losing, landing, and enjoying a bunch of great fish on the Lower Sac. The wind wasn't too bad but the cloud cover was sporadic and seemed to help with the fish grab. Most of our fish were caught on caddis imitations, a few on a variety of mayfly nymphs, and then some "attractor" patterns too. We enjoyed another great day on the Lower Sac!

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Today was Aaron’s birthday.  To celebrate, his son Coleton and son-in-law Chris took him fishing on Hat Creek. All three of them hooked into fish everywhere we fished, but Aaron was gifted with two beautiful birthday fish! 

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I spent another four great days with my guest John and his buddies Pete and Mike. We fished several different floats, and all seemed to produce consistently and equally. We had typical spring weather – 90 degrees one day, 70 degrees the next, and then a few sprinkles.  It’s a great time to be fishing! 

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The Trinity River is in spring flush now with high flows to clean out river and spawning habitat. Flows will drop to fishable flows by mid month and to summer flows of 450cfs in third week of May. The fly only section above Lewiston bridge will have some wade fishing opportunities for half pounder steelhead and possibly brown trout. You can dry fly fish or nymph, swing. This section can be fun on light rods. Maybe you will get lucky and find a spring/summer run steelhead. I am also thanking all the clients that fished with me in the 21/22 season. It was an epic season! One of the best seasons I have had on the Trinity with 400 plus adult steelhead released by my clients. I offer nymph and swing trips or combos of both methods. Now is a good time to start making plans for fall/Winter 2022/23! Get on the books for next season and don't miss out!Thanks and good fishing,Peter

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Delta Report from Captain Bryce Tedford: Conditions were less than ideal with very heavy winds & a tough bite today. I gave my guest Michael the option to hold off but he wanted to go for it! We were the only guide boat out there due to the wind and we were glad we went out. We brought around 20 fish to the boat, many small but several around 3-5lbs which gave him a ride.

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Chuck came up to do a day on both the Lower and Upper Sacramento River, so due to the wind and weather, we decided to start on the Lower and end on the Upper.The Lower Sac was ridiculous. From 10am until 3:30pm, the fish were CRUSHING what we were throwing, which was a combination of rubber legs, caddis, and mayflies. It didn't really seem to matter what we had on, though we definitely got rejected when using suck spawn yarn. Chuck is a Lower Sac pro and he caught LOTS of fish... including a handful of 18 inch fish (three in one spot). The Lower Sac is an incredible fishery. We spent day number two on the Upper Sac with ONE goal: dial in the euro dorking nymphing, haha. We spent a lot of the morning working out the proper way to build a Euro nymph leader using a variety of materials and then got to dialing in the casting (flipping? chucking? flinging?). By the end of the day Chuck had the Euro game down.Unfortunately the fishing was the typical "cold water" Upper Sac, meaning that it was fairly slow. The water temp was 52 degrees and we didn't really start having grabs until the afternoon when the temps got a little warmer. It was 66 degrees outside and the water was still only 54 by the time we left. Flow wise, it was around 650cfs. The cold weather spell we had definitely slowed the fishing down from the past couple weeks. Still no salmon flies and beside one lone stone fly, no big bugs to speak of. Soon, tho. Soon.Chuck and I have had some really amazing days on the Sac and Trinity... and now his Euro rod game has begun, so I imagine he'll have more in the future!

A caddis eating lower sac trout
A caddis eating lower sac trout
First lower sac fish of the day was 18 inches
First lower sac fish of the day was 18 inches
Chuck ready to begin his Euro dork journey
Chuck ready to begin his Euro dork journey
Shasta
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Fish the Upper Sac juice!
Fish the Upper Sac juice!
Lower Sac
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Upper Sac rubber legs
Upper Sac rubber legs
Casting a euro rod is pretty fun
Casting a euro rod is pretty fun
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I had a great day with my guests John and Bob. I guided them on the Sac back in February and we had quite a day – and today was pretty amazing as well. We started our day with some unexpected wind gusts, but things quickly calmed, and we ended up with a great day of fishing.  After a slow start, the bite turned on and they both started getting some very consistent action. Springtime on the Sac is such a great time to be on the water, so contact us and let’s go fishing!  

John with a chunky monkey
John with a chunky monkey
Bob with a nice one
Bob with a nice one
Bob with his Big Fatty
Bob with his Big Fatty
John with another nice fish
John with another nice fish
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Josiah wanted to take his dad Frank fishing for his birthday and picked a good day for it.  Temps were mild and the strong winds he have had lately were gone.  We did a lower float and pretty much had the river to ourselves.  These two have done a lot of fishing and did a great job of sticking a bunch of healthy Lower Sac rainbows.  The action was pretty steady but we found a spot or two that were stacked with fish.  Remember, don't leave fish to find fish!  Not until you overstay your welcome, anyway.  

Frank had a bent rod quite often
Frank had a bent rod quite often
Getting close
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A fish!
A fish!
Another fish!
Another fish!
Just what we need, more geese……
Just what we need, more geese……
There she goes!
There she goes!
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Spent two great days on the river with John and Sam.  Between the two days we covered about 25 miles of water and caught a good number of beautiful wild rainbows.  We even caught a very nice fish with no bobber and no weights!  It does happen sometimes if you're in the right spot.  The flows are still at their low winter levels and may remain that way but the weather is beautiful and the fish have been cooperative. Time to fish!

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I just spent two fun days on the river with my guests Bob and Rich. Monday, we fished a lower float and they both hooked a ton a fish in the 12” – 16” range. Lots of consistent action always makes for a fun time. Today we fished the top and true to form – they hooked fewer fish, but they both hooked into some really nice fish! Spring fishing on the Sac is in full swing, so visit our website and book your trip soon!

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I just spent the last four days with my very good guest (and friend) John fishing the lower Sac.  He invited a couple of long time friends to join him and we experienced some pretty wacky weather - rain, wind, thunderstorms, and sunny skies.  With the crazy weather, the grab was inconsistent - but we still hooked some really nice fish.  We desparately need all the rain we can get, so this is a much needed blessing...and a curse.  We've got great weather in the forecast, so if you're thinking about booking a spring fishing trip, now is the time!

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Summer Synopsis for the Klamath Basin Williamson River:The Redband Trout of the Klamath Basin are well into their annual spawning season at the moment of this writing. Redband, have migrated out of the lake and into several tributaries to pass on their genes- many of those fish choose to migrate up the Williamson River. Klamath Basin Redbands have been documented spawning 11 months out of the year, however the majority of fish tend to spawn in late winter and early spring. Many of these fish choose to stay in the river after their spawn to feed on Shortnose Sucker eggs, who have also migrated into the river system to reproduce. This double run of both trout and Shortnose sucker is the key to understanding fishing the Williamson in the first couple weeks of the season.  This year the season opens May 22nd, and from late May through most of June trout can be found in the riffles of the Williamson River feeding on sucker eggs, golden stone nymphs and mayfly nymphs. June can be an extremely productive time to fish the Williamson, especially if one enjoys nymphing. When the weather warms, the temperatures in the Upper Klamath Lake rise to a level that Redband are forced to make a second run into cold water tributaries. July and August fishing on the Williamson River is dictated by this second run of lake fish. Like most of the West we are in the middle of a terrible drought. Upper Klamath Lake has broken another record for low water intake this winter. Unlike other fisheries, the harsher the drought and hotter the weather, the better the fishing is in the Williamson River. If the lake warms earlier than usual, that simply means that there are more fish in the Williamson River earlier. Also, unlike other fisheries that are at the whim of mother nature, the Williamson River is spring fed. Meaning: cold water, year round! Fish in the Williamson are hot and healthy throughout the summer. Never have I had to deal with “Hoot Owl Rules” and if played correctly, and handled with care, these fish swim off after the release with gusto no matter the temperature outside. July and August are prime time to fish the Williamson. We spend a lot of time swinging small leeches, damsels and streamers using a full sink intermediate line during this time of year. It can be challenging, even to the experienced fly caster, but the rewards are well worth it. It is truly the pinnacle of blue ribbon streams in the lower 48 if one is looking for a trophy Redband Trout. Wood River: The same story can be told of the Wood River with weather, drought, spawning and a second run of fish making the great escape from the harsh water temperatures of the lake. The Wood River, however, has a completely different makeup that is characterized as a true spring creek that meanders through marsh, meadow and pastures. Undercut banks aplenty provide ample opportunity for a Redband or Brown trout to take refuge and feed on PMD’s, Grasshoppers or a well placed streamer. One of the more idyllic places in the Klamath Basin, it is one of my favorites haunts.Upper Klamath Lake:Not to be left out, the mythical stillwater enthusiast has a place in the Klamath Basin. Pelican Bay is located on the Northwest portion of Upper Klamath Lake and is fed by several cold water springs that provide a sanctuary for Redband Trout throughout the Summer months. June, July and August we target these picky fish with leech, damsel and minnow patterns, primarily using a full sink intermediate line. Pelican Bay is the birthplace of the renowned seal bugger and is still a go-to pattern used while fishing this water. Few stillwater fisheries can compare with Upper Klamath lake, where a 20” fish is not a trophy, but the norm. Here, anglers measure not in inches, but in pounds. Every Summer multiple ten-plus pound Redband Trout find their way into the net at Pelican Bay. If you style yourself as a stillwater fisherman and have not yet fished Upper Klamath Lake, this place better be on your bucket list!

Klamath Basin Redband
Klamath Basin Redband
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Delta Report from Captain Bryce Tedford: "Another solid trip with Ricardo & his buddy Brian, wind was super  tough but they casted through it & ended up with around 50 fish to  the boat. We had nearly 40 fish before lunch so it was tough going in  the PM but they had great attitudes. Great guys & we had a blast in  the boat. Would have been a tough trip if they couldn’t cast but they  made it happen."

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Unsettled weather today on the Sac but Phil and Tim had a great day nonetheless. It threatened to rain (didn't) and threatened wind (did) but we soldiered on.  Today was an upriver wind so I had to push the boat most of the day but we caught a lot of big fish anyway,  I think every fish but one went on the steelhead report cards (over 16" and way over 16").  Drift boat fishing is a team sport and the team did well today!

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Tom and Judy make the trek from Reno to fish with me in October but wanted to try sprIng fishing for a different experience.  i always check the wind forecast (wind is not our friend) and it showed 10-15 mph in the morning, starting to taper off around noon.  Wrong!  It blew hard all day long, I would guess it was at least 20 mph gusting up to maybe 30 mph at times.  That makes rowing, casting, mending, and getting a good drift very difficult!  It took a few hours to hook our first fish and it was a..........squawfish.  We finally strarted getting into trout around lunchtime and found some spots that saved our (my) bacon with multiple hookups.  The hours between noon and three fished great, and then there was a hard shutdown.  Slow morning and late afternoon with a great midday make for a good day overall.  At least it was a downriver wind.  Otherwise I'd still be out there rowing.

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Captain Bryce Tedford reports: "Solid day on the water today. We caught lots of fish but not many of size. Spawning season is  heating up, hopefully the big mamas arrive soon."

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