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The last few nights have been absolutely amazing on the lower sac. With flows at about 4200 cfs the water is quite low but still fishing quite well with amazing Caddis hatches in the evenings. My cousin Shiloh and I put in this evening and landed quite a few great fish on Caddis and baetis imitations! Salmon have been quite active with more pushing up through the river by the day, the egg bite should take off in a few days. The river has been nothing short of amazing and should only get better as we begin to get some weather!

Shilohs 24 hog!
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I guide on the Lower Sac throughout the year and we have plenty of days where it's slow and we have to work hard for fish. But sometimes the stars align and it seems like everything goes right... again... and again... and again. So what do you call those days? I call it fishing with Burt and John! We spent two days on the Lower Sac and I think an appropriate word to use would be "pillage." The fishing was so good we lost count of how many "doubles" we had and registered several "triples." Oh, you aren't familiar with "triples"? It's where both John and Burt would hook up with a fish, one would get landed and while we were trying to land the second fish, the first guy would throw his flies in the water and hook up again! Insanity! Slow down! Wait... don't slow down, keep casting! I know... I know... you are thinking, "Well yeah, it's egg bite, right?" Actually... no. The salmon are just barely starting to show up, so most of the pillaging taking place was using flies. That's right... bugs! Caddis! Mayflies! Perdigon jiggy thing-a-ma-giggers! We caught fish on a wide spectrum of flies. And yes... egg imitations are starting to work too... and that'll become more central to the trout diet in the coming weeks.Mornings are killer. Afternoons can be slow. Late afternoons and evenings can be killer. But guess what? It can also be slow at times and you just got to keep fishing. Keep casting. Keep mending. Keep at it. Set on everything. The rewards that are swimming around in the Lower Sac can get up in the mid to high twenty inch range, so get to it! We landed over a dozen fish that were over 20 inches, so it's defintely fishing great. Plus the weather is starting to cool down! Anyway, water is still low and around 4200cfs. Boat traffic is still pretty light, although that's going to change pretty soon once all the salmon show up and word gets out. But right now it's nice and mild. If you wanna get out, I still have a couple of days available in October and November, so hit me up and let's chat about when a good time to go would be!

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Tom and Cheryl have fished a lot with me over the last few years and I think it's safe to say that we've never had a bad trip. They are always fun and the fishing seems to generally be pretty good. Maybe that's because they have a tendency to book in the fall, but maybe it's just the luck of the draw? Who knows! Either way I can assure you that fish were caught! And lots of them! The fishing continues to be really good in the morning and late afternoon / evening. Mid day can be slow, but if you work for 'em, you'll find 'em. Salmon are around, so egg imitations are working... but don't forget to bring your favorite caddis or mayfly boxes. Oh... and there are definitely some steelhead around! So buckle up, because the ride is just getting started! Let's go... the fishing will be great all through November too!

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After putting in a solid 8 hours of guiding, I met two buddies to fish the Sac for a few hours around dinner time. We smashed 'em. Every fish was on a tiny mayfly nymph. None fell for the good 'ole egg imitation, though we tried. Saw a couple salmon and got a couple doubles, so not a bad way to end the day. Plus we were crazy and dragged our boat up to the boat launch because that's what crazy people do. Mornings and evenings are good. Mid day can be good if you find some salmon redds... but fishing is fun no matter what! Let's go!

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A few months ago I had a chance to fish with Michelle and her son Quinn. They hadn't fly fished before, but we had a good day walking and wading a small creek where they were able to dial in casting dry flies. Well for Quinn's birthday, Mom wanted to give him a chance to chase some trout on the Lower Sac! What a great mom!The river is flowing around 4100cfs, which is still pretty low. The good news is the water is cold and the trout seem to be in all of the typical spots. While it's definitely nearing "egg bite" time, there aren't quite as many salmon in the river as we're hoping for! So that should change as we move into October and the river starts to fill up with those migratory fish. Anyway, the river fished decent. We hooked fish immediately but each one of them came unbuttoned. Yet Michelle and Quinn kept at it and kept getting better and better! I'm not sure why Michelle's fish were popping off, but she kept hookin' 'em! We were all pumped when Quinn landed his first fish, a twenty inch MONSTER trout! All in all, the day was really fun, the fish were feisty, and the company enjoyable! Quinn has turned into a fishing freak -- every guides dream! He's going to be trouble for these trout as he continues to get older!

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I spent a really fun day on the Lower Sac today with Jake and Alan.  It was Alan's first time fly fishing from a drift boat and he figured it out right away.  He hogged all the fish all morning before finally letting his buddy Jake catch some in the afternoon.  Fishing was very consistent throughout the day and we hooked excellent numbers of fish.  We also managed to dodge thunderstorms all day long and get off the river before we got dumped on!  The river is in excellent shape above Cottonwood Creek (below Balls Ferry) and is chocolate-brown below that point.  Salmon are just starting to dig redds up in Redding right now.

Great scenery today!
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Alan with the big fish of the day
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Fall is here and that means steelhead season on the Trinity River. I spent a couple days solo floating and scouting for my upcoming steelhead season. There are salmon and steelhead spread throughout the river. Early season fish are on move and eager to grab offerings. It's legs and eggs time as salmon will be spawning soon. It's a great time to swing flies also. Currently flows are p to cool down lower River at aprox 950 cfs.a bit high but still very fishable. I managed to hook several steelhead and one big salmon over the two days but only two made it to net. Early season fish are fresh and hot! Fall dates are filling fast I have October 12th and 13th open up do to a reschedule. These are prime dates on both Trinity or Lower Sac. Get on the books soon as remaining fall dates are filling fast. Also booking winter dates.Looking forward to a fun steelhead season! Let's go!Thanks and good fishing,Peter

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I spent a few hours on the Lower Sac today with fellow guide DJ Spivey.  The river has been at a stable 4100cfs flow for a week now and fishing is pretty good.  The first salmon are starting to dig redds in the upper end of the river and we found a couple trout already willing to eat an egg imitation.  Most of our action was on normal flies, though.  There wasn't much of a hatch today and it seemed like the fish were open to suggestion.  We caught fish on everything from a size 6 rubberlegs down to a size 18 mayfly nymph.  Our first fish was a kype-jaw 20 inch brute.  For quality and quantity, the Lower Sac is pretty hard to beat right now!

Andrew with a Lower Sac rainbow trout
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Opening Day at Eagle Canyon is November 19th.  Check out our eBay Auction if you are interested in bidding on this exciting opportunity.  Opening Day is almost always the best day of the season.  Bidding starts at $1650, which is our normal retail rate for 8 anglers plus a guide.  If you'd like to book any other date at Eagle Canyon, visit our Check Availability page to view current openings.  Many of our guests opt for a combo trip where they spend a day at Eagle Canyon and then a 2nd day with our guides on the Lower Sac or Trinity Rivers.

This could be you on November 19th!
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Ben and James went to high school together and hadn't seen each other in almost 40 years.  Ben was in California on business so what better way to reconnect than a fishing trip on the Lower Sac!  They wanted some variety in their fishing so we waded some spots between bobber runs.  Ben scored a nice fish on his Euro rig and James swung one up on his new fiberglass rod.  The day was pretty steady but the real action came in the late afternoon and evening when the fish really went on the chow.  We fished until we couldn't see any more and rowed in.  Great day!

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The Lower Sac has been fishing awesome lately. In the upper river starting a trip at noon up in town and going until dark has been fantastic. Lots of bugs hatching throughout the day and an insane amount in the last few hours before dark making the fish go nuts. If you opt for a the late start, there are a good amount of fish coming up to sip dries in the last hour or so of the evening. In the lower river I have been starting fairly early and getting off before the biggest heat of the day hits. We have been finding a great grade of fish in the lower river as well as good numbers and doubles. Also note that this heat wave is ending- starting this Saturday the air temps will drop into the low 90s and then a few days later into the 80s. Fall is just about here and the fishing only gets better from here on out. September is a great month to chase steelhead and salmon along with the trout in the lower stretches of the river that sees far less pressure than up high. 

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Delta report from Captain Bryce Tedford:Sept. 15.-Dec 15- Striper  "Solid day on the water with Michael. Nothing was crazy good but Michael caught solid Topwater  Largemouth/Smallmouth & Stripers on streamers so he pulled off the “Delta Slam”! Also, he hooked an absolute beast that bent out the hook, all around a solid day. Sept. should be more of the same, a chance to catch all 3 species. Still some open dates in latter Sept. if people want to get out; Sept.: 14, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 30Oct.: 21Nov.: 29, 30 Dec.: 1, 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15General Season Outline:Feb. 15-June 1 Striper Jun. 1 - Sept 15- Lg/Smallmouth Bass 1/2 Day

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Brad lives in Missouri and was visiting his son who was working in Red Bluff.  He found us thanks to Google and spent the day with me on the Lower Sac.  Early morning was slow but the fish turned on mid-morning and we had a period of great fishing.  We broke for a relaxing lunch and hit the water again.  Uh, where did the fish go?  We had a hard shutdown in the afternoon, almost like the fish disappeared!  There was nothing obvious to turn them off, although there was zero bug activity in the stretch we were in.  We scratched out another couple of beautiful fish and headed for the barn.  Overall a fun day on a beautiful river, can't beat that.

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The Lower Sac continues to fish very well!  The Harris family enjoyed a nice outing on the river today and managed to land some very large rainbow trout.  Book a trip with a Confluence Outfitters guide soon to enjoy some excellent wild trout fishing in the Redding area!

Katie and Madison Harris with Madison's big fish
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Mackenzie Harris with a great fish
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We have the following openings in our 2022 Lower Klamath River Spey Camps:Sep 9-12: 3 spotsOct 6-9: 1 spotContact Andrew Harris for more information about our Spey Camps! 

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I took Dave and his son Chris out for a late afternoon float.  Fishing was pretty good from the start but as the sun started to set the fish went absolutely bonkers.  Too bad dusk only lasts for a short period!  We quit when we couldn't really see the bobbers any more.  Summer evenings can be a great time to fish on the Lower Sac.

Time to call it a night
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I had two really fun days working with the Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club’s Learn to Fly Fish program. The weather was HOT and so was the fishing. My guys hooked into quite a few fish both days and the upper section produced some really big fish! Fall is right around the corner, so now is the time to book your fishing trip with us!

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Here is a Delta fishing report by Captain Bryce Tedford:September  is approaching and with that comes an interesting fishing period on  the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Kids are going back to school, summer  is winding down & Fall is coming but not quite here yet. Fall is a  great time for Stripers on the Delta but September is a good time for  multiple Delta species on a fly rod!September on the Delta is an interesting time of year as Smallmouth, Largemouth & Stripers are all on the table. The biggest challenge is what to focus on & which species to hunt. These three Bass species generally require different tactics, areas & focus but this past week on the Delta we have found all 3 species & sometimes all 3 on the same day. My October & November for Stripers is all but filled up, if you are looking for a Fall date you need to book ASAP as there are a few dates left as I write this. That said, September is an very interesting crossover month where you can target all that the Delta has to offer. We can strip Clousers for Stripers & Largemouth looking for bait fish, we can throw large Topwater frogs & Topwater baitfish for Largemouth or we can fish light rods with sz 6 poppers & light jigs for eager Smallmouth. Frankly, we can do whatever you are into & just have fun chasing & catching fish. I have plenty of openings this September if you want to jump on the boat & see all that the Delta has to offer. Book your adventure soon through Confluence Outfitters & let’s go fishing! 

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Been on the Lower Sac a LOT lately. Morning... afternoon... evenings. Feel like I have a pretty good idea on when the trout are chomping and then you learn something new. Certain days have been really good in the morning and others it's better in the late afternoon or evening. Even the mid-day has had some outstanding moments. Hard to complain about the fishing though, especially when we've been getting into 'em. Depending on where you fish on the Lower Sac, the bug activity can be PMD's, BWO's, caddis, a few stoneflies here and there, or all of the above. I'm not an entomologist, so I'm not sure why one day there's a prolific hatch of one bug and the next day, with seemingly NO difference from the day before, either another bug or less bugs. Sunlight? Temperature? Mood? I don't know... but either way, the fish seem to go crazy when there are certain hatches at certain times.Anyway, our day started out with an immediate hook up and we could tell the fish was BIG. Into backing big. Finally, after a long fight, we put a 24 inch fish in the net. Wow. Stellar. But guess what? That wasn't the only one. I don't think we landed a fish under 18inches in length. Almost everything was on caddis or a mayfly, which is why I'm throwing both at all times. Saw a few guys swinging flies and hooking some monster trout. Wouldn't be a bad idea to get out and do some trout spey, especially with those dang caddis around. By now you are probably catching my drift about the caddis, ha ha! I got Wednesday and Thursday open this week, so if you wanna get out and chase some huge fish, now's the time.

One of the “smaller” ones.
One of the “smaller” ones.
24 inches! Way to go Cyril
24 inches! Way to go Cyril
ABSOLUTE HOG of a fish.
ABSOLUTE HOG of a fish.
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Tom fishes with me a lot, generally in the fall during our infamous "egg bite." But he decided to come up and check out the Lower Sac during the late summer. I think he made the right decision! Some really beautiful quality fish and one really great fish story. Things started out slow with only a couple of grabs and then one decent 17inch fish. It wasn't huge but it sure was pretty. Later in our day, the fishing got much better and we hooked fish, lost fish, landed fish, and had a great time. But the highlight (and low) was when Tom hooked a 24+ inch fish that we fought for a very long time... only to be lost RIGHT at the net. Barbless hooks make for some heartache. Right when we were about the net the fish the hook just simply pulled out. We saw it... slow motion. Argh. Man this river is amazing. Beautiful weather... cool on the river... and bugs for dayzzzzzzz. Let's get after 'em!

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