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Floated the Lower Yuba yesterday, and the river is looking good. The storms drastically changed certain runs and some of the normal routes have changed. Water was a nice tint of green with 3+ feet of visibility, sitting around 3200 cfs flows. We got into over a dozen trout and mostly caught them on big bugs and eggs. We found our first skwala adult of the season and hopefully this is a good sign for the skwala hatch in February. With the big water that came through there certainly is some steelhead that pushed up and we will be chasing and patterning them hard over the coming months. Flows are likely going to stay around 3k through next month so the walk and wade skwala game is going to be tough for most. Your best bet will be to fish it from a drift boat, ideally with someone who knows the river well. I have availability in February and would be happy to get you out there. 

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The Trinity River is in absolutely perfect shape right now, emerald green water and brisk mornings make it scream winter steelhead. There is an abundance of fish in the system right now, lots of fresh fish right out of the ocean and Kelts making thier journey back to the salt. This is an amazing time to be on the water chasing steelhead with a two handed rod. With not alot of rain in the extended forecast, the next couple weeks will be your best opporotunity to tangle with a shiny trout. I have days available on the calendar and would love to get you out on the water, give us a call or book a trip online.  

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Flows? Perfect. Water color? Steelhead green. Hook sets? Free. Temperature? Above freezing-your-face-off. Yesterday I spent the day on a two boat float down the Trinity river with fellow Confluence guide DJ Spivey with some regulars and we had a banner of a day. If steelheading had a "perfect" day, it would be hard to argue that we didn't have it.It's amazing how the water color can affect the fishing in such tremendous ways, but with steelheading, the color surely makes a difference. Usually we are working with gin clear conditions but all of this rain has definitely caused the river to be in stellar shape and the Red Bluff boys got to experience her in all her glory. We didn't land all of 'em, but we did land some nice ones. Matt was a birthday boy, so his gifts came in packages sized 25+ inches! Yowzers!It's a good time to get out and the Trin should fish well for a bit longer, so I'd definitely recommend getting out there. Let's go!

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Colin Coogan and I headed over to the Trinity to scout it out after all of the rain and the Trinity did NOT disappoint! Flow wise, the river still has a lot of water coming in through all of the various creeks and runoff spots, but the color was really good and the steelhead were chomping flies. Below Douglas Indian Creek I'm sure it's still a bit muddy, but that's quickly changing each day. Most of the fish we hooked were wild and fresh fish (aka lots of jumps and runs). There's no doubt that now's a good time to get out there and chase some of those elusive ocean run rainbow trout. I think the fishing should be good for at least another month in a half if not more! Colin and I both have open days for the rest of the season and I'm sure if we're booked you can find another Confluence guide to get you out there. Let's go!

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After what has been the wettest start to any winter steelhead season in recent memory Northern California is finally getting a reprieve. As of this writing we have one more storm lined up for mid week which will impact Humboldt and Del Norte county. After that, the coast looks clear! It's going to take a while for many of the coastal rivers in Humboldt county to clear, some will need more time than others. Up north, that won't be the case. As we go into next weekend we will see our first decent window for finally being able to wade in and throw a line in hopes of feeling that big pull. I still have a few dates available for January for anyone out there who's been eagerly waiting for the chance to swing up a coastal winter steelhead. In the meantime get that tip wallet organized and put those scandi heads away, it's game time. 

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Well we all have been asking for it and Mother Nature has finally answered the call. Now is the time if you want your shot at swinging up a bright winter steelhead, the river is dropping into excellent shape and is going to be full of grabby fish! Give us a call and book a trip with me, dont let this opprotunity pass by.

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I had a good guide trip today on the Feather for steelhead. Water clarity is't too bad, we got fish to eat bugs as small as size 16s. Saw some salmon spawning and got into some quality fish. Fish were primarily eating mayflies and eggs. With the worst of the storms being over, the Feather is still fishing and will continue to throughout the next week. In the next week to week and a half the Lower Yuba and the Lower Sac should be clearing up and fishing well also. Once the Yuba clears up we will be chasing the skwala hatch over there. February on the Yuba can provide good nymphing for trout and steelhead in the morning with dry fly fishing in midday-afternoon when the hatch starts. The water coming down is a good thing and should provide good fishing over the coming months and throughout spring on all of our valley river fisheries. 

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Happy New Year from the Klamath Basin. Taking advantage of blown out rivers to write a prospectus for the Klamath Basin this summer. More than anything we are looking forward to warm summer days, bugs hatching and giant Redband swirling in the distance.Like all of Northern California and Southern Oregon we are having a great water year so far. Keep it coming- We all need it. Looking into my crystal ball, I think we can expect some high water in June on the Williamson. This is great news! Time to get out the nymphs and indicators, because the fish should be eating in the Riffles. Some of my best memories on the Williamson River have come in June with high water. I can't wait for June!!!!Yellow sallies and golden stones will be out in force all of June. We usually see our first sign of the Hex hatch by the end of the month.By July and August all of the large lake fish will have migrated into the river. Time to switch things up! We will be swinging leech and damsel patterns through the slow deep holes. It is also the time to break out the Hoppers and balanced leeches. All in all, it should be another fantastic summer in the Klamath Basin. Can't wait to get back out in the water!

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The lower sac has been getting a ton of water from its tributaries and from rain fall these last few weeks resulting in the lower portions to be quite colored up and high and the upper sections being great. The bugs that the trout are keying in on is beginning to change from bwos to pmds and other bugs such as stoneflies. As well the fish are eating beads in colors such as orange and a egg yolk yellow. Today had a bit of rain fall but non the less fished very well it seemed there was a flip of the switch bite around noon that made todays fishing very fun. The lower sac is an amazing river to learn how to fly fish on or put your skills to the test on some of the most beautiful and strong rainbow trout I've ever seen. I'm available for lower sac and trinity river trips!

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It was supposed to rain today, and that it did, all day long!  Brian Kohlman, our clients, and I set off in our waders and high-tech raingear, bilge pumps in hand.  The fish were pretty grabby right off the bat and this continued as we went down river.  We anchored up under a bridge to eat lunch and dry off a bit.  Things slowed down a bit after lunch, as the flows were obviously rising and lots of creeks were pumping mud into the river.  We finally found sone more fish before the river got so off-color that we headed for the barn.  The upper river usually clears pretty quickly so we'll see what happens.

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I joined fellow guides Luke Geraty and Kevin Kay for a day of "fun" fishing on the Trinity today.  The river was remarkably clear for having spiked up to 1600cfs just a couple days before.  There was still a nice tint to the water, and the elevated flows made for easier boating conditions.  And then there was the fishing, which was excellent!  We caught wild fish, hatchery fish, browns, half-pounders and the highlight of the day was my big wild fish which was in the 9-10 pound range.  Conditions are going to be great for the foreseeable future with multiple storm systems heading our way.  The Trinity rarely blows out and if it does it usually only take a day to become fishable.  We should be enjoying great fishing here on the Trinity for the next three months plus!

Andrew Harris with one of the best Trinity fish of the season.
Andrew Harris with one of the best Trinity fish of the season.
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The Trinity River has been a winter wonderland with snow and a bit a bit of rain the past 2 days (12/21-22/2022) non the less has been fishing very well the steelhead have been nestled down above drop offs in fast water, in shallow water on the banks, and hanging out behind large boulders in slower water. The fish I have encountered have been quite eager to eat bigger flies such as rubber legs, poxyback golden stones and bigger pheasant tail nymphs! With a few steelhead to the boat everyday and the beautiful scenery with fog lining the tops of the canyons it has been an amazing time. I have availabilities starting the new year. Let's fish!

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The trinity river has been chilly in the morning to mid afternoon with water temps in the mid 40s. This hasn't stopped fresh wild steelhead from eating nymphs under an indicator! Today was a great day floating the upper section of the river that produced some huge smiles and great fish! This time of year is the beginning of what can be my faborite time steelhead fishing here on the trinity!

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Tony made the right call to come up last Saturday and fish the Trinity. Flows had dropped back to their winter release levels, but the recent rains would have gotten some fish on the move. As the sun was rising behind the frosty fog that stayed with us most of the day, Tony got to work. Before the raft was in the water, about five casts in, Tony’s face and rod had nice bends. It was the only fish of the day, but a beautiful one at that. You never know when the reel is going to sing, but smiles come easy on the river. Happy Holidays.

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I guided the Lower Yuba River today and fishing was very good. The river has cleared up since the last storms and the water is a great color. Fish were eating eggs and small attractor flies consistently throughout the day. We caught good numbers and had a quality grade of fish on the wild rainbows and also found a clip fin steelhead. There were some pmds and bwos that hatched and fish were up on dries in certain spots. Winter is a great time to fish out here, short drive for most people, good nymphing, dry fly fishing, streamer fishing and swinging can make for a fun day on the river. 

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The lower sac is fishing well up in town. Fish are keyed in on small bugs primarily baetis and midges. In winter it is a great time to catch big trout up in town with much fewer boats than normal, and it is a great time to chase steelhead in the lower river. If you like solitude and quality trout, December and January are fantastic months to fish the Sac. 

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The lower sac was absolutely phenomenal today. With a consistent sprinkle small may flies known as bwos were absolutely everywhere triggering the large rainbows under the sun dial bridge in the heart of redding to feed all morning into the afternoon! We caught fish on different variations of the bwo in nymph form on flies in the size 16-20 range!

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Regular guest Tony from Red Bluff says: "The Eagle Canyon experience is truly a one of a kind fly fishing event.  Great times and great memories complimented with extraordinary fishing.  Everyone in our group hooked fish. All in all we had 25+ fish peeling  line off our reels and we landed about 17 fish that can only be  described as Jurassic in nature. Eagle Canyon is truly a spectacular  experience to any fishing enthusiast."

Alan with his first fish on the very first cast of the day.
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Fred with an Eagle Canyon hog caught at the lower lake.
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Dennis with a profile of another Eagle Canyon beauty.
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Our winter bass fly fishing season on Lake Oroville is upon us. Headed out to the lake today and it was a lot of fun. We caught three species of fish- primarily spotted bass, a catfish and a smallmouth. Our primary target is the spotted bass and the most effective technique today was the float n fly. We also caught some fish stripping. If you have not tried it before, the float n fly method is fun, interactive and certainly not boring. There is a lot of casting, mending, covering water, and plenty of hooksets. The way we fish it is designed for action and high success rates. If you want to try something new, Lake Oroville is very scenic, it is a unique style of fishing, unique species, and is a lot of fun. I had a lot of guests that came out last season and had a blast. It is also only a little more than an hour away from Sacramento and a little over 2 hours from the Bay Area. December and January are great months to find quality fish out here and I would be happy to get you out, I have availability. This is a beginner and kid friendly experience and fun for anyone. Feel free to email me if you have any questions about this trip.

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Colin Coogan reports that the Trinity River is in great shape despite all the recent rain.  He says fishing was really good today with some nice size steelhead making it to the net.  Our ten-day forecast looks great for steelheading on the Trinity - book a trip soon!

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