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Cody and Jason crushed it yesterday on the Lower Sac. It was Cody's first time fly fishing and Jason has been at it a long time. We started by IMMEDIATELY getting a few grabs as well as hooking a certified #troutpig (20inch+). Unfortunately we lost that fish but it woke us up and we were ready to go. The fishing was pretty good for the rest of the day and we put some really good looking fish in the net. The wind was a little challenging for about two hours but died down and our last hour of the float was bonkers! Grabs, fish, and doubles! The fishing is picking up and it's time to book your spring trip on the Sac!

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What a great day with my long-time guests Lee and Lloyd! Today was probably their best day ever fishing the Sac. The weather was ideal, and the fish were super grabby. I saw very few adults, but there were some random fish feeding on the surface. Spring is probably my favorite time to be on the Sac and the fishing is simply incredible March through May.   

Lloyd with a beautiful fish
Lloyd with a beautiful fish
Lee was hooking these all day
Lee was hooking these all day
This was just one of many
This was just one of many
Lee's rod looked like this day long
Lee's rod looked like this day long
Lee with another great fish
Lee with another great fish
Good times
Good times
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Here is a Delta Striper report courtesy of Captain Bryce Tedford: "Spring Striper season is in the air with these warm valley days & water  temperature are ticking up towards 55 degrees. Been finding a fair  amount of fish for this time of year and prime Spring Striper Fishing  is just around the corner. Delta Stripers will continue to ramp up as we  get into Spring; late March, April & May are prime Striper months  & I am excited to start the season strong. I still have some prime  Striper dates available in April & May, remaining dates won’t last  long so book your adventure soon or get out there & enjoy the  amazing California Delta!"

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The weather was beautiful – and the fishing was even better for my guests Barbara and Don. The grab started slow but picked up by mid-late morning and remained solid throughout the afternoon. Barbara and Don both hooked some really nice fish on caddis and mayfly nymphs. The Sac is fishing really well, and it will continue to improve. Now is the time to book your spring fishing trip! 

Don with a beauty
Don with a beauty
Barbara with a nice one
Barbara with a nice one
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I spent two days on the lower Sacramento River with some guests I've had the pleasure of guiding before -- Michael and Tommy and their wives as well as another couple brand new to fly fishing. This group of husband / wife teams meant we had multiple boats, so Brian Kohlman and Kevin Kay joined me. On the first day the bite was pretty steady from 10:30am on until the end of the day. We caught a few smaller fish before Diana put a quality fish in the net that we had to admire and take a picture of. The play by play was that I told her to cast behind a tree that was hanging over the water and she executed it perfectly and hooked up almost immediately with a nice 'bow that was hungry for a rubber leg. Michael informed me that his wife is always much luckier than he is and that proved to be true as she had a LOT of grabs throughout the day. Of course hooking fish is one thing... landing them is another thing altogether! And don't get me started on setting the hook! But all in all, the day was fun. It's always a pleasure being with Michael and we are starting to have some really great memories from our previous trips. He was a bit surprsed that I remembered some of the previuos fish he's caught but it's hard to forget days when everything goes right! On the second day I was with Tommy and his wife Diane and we also had a really good time, despite the fishing being mostly slow. There was little to no bite for a lot of the day. We changed flies a lot and kept at it throughout the day, but the wind was off and on and there were many periods of perfectly placed bobbers floating down the river with no drag -- exactly what we want -- and no take downs! Argh! So frustrating! But we stayed focused and kept fishing hard and managed to put a handful of nice quality fish in the net. Can't complain about that! Sometimes it's not all about the quantity of the fish you catch and you have to just be grateful for the quality of the fish you get to appreciate. 

Diana's nice buck!
Diana's nice buck!
Tommy is all smiles!
Tommy is all smiles!
Diane wasn't interested in holding a fish, but she liked catching them!
Diane wasn't interested in holding a fish, but she liked catching them!
Another trout that ate a PMD.
Another trout that ate a PMD.
Look. At. Those. Colors.
Look. At. Those. Colors.
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Here are a few photos from our guests at Eagle Canyon today.

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double hook-up
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I had a really fun day with my guests Lane and Caroline. They are both new to fly fishing, but boy are they fast learners! The weather was great, and the fish were grabby, so what else could you ask for?! After a few missed opportunities, Lane and Caroline started connecting with some really nice fish. By the end of the day, they both hooked and landed some very nice fish and were already talking about their next trip!

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The top section of the Lower Sacramento River, near the Sun Dial Bridge, closes in April, so Kevin Kay and I took a few hours to brave the wind. In addition to the large sized fish available, there's a bit less wind to deal with up top. Casting fly rods in the wind feels like a bit of "chuck and duck," but it's better than sitting in an office. Plus, we were able to put some quality fish in the net and had a good time doing some exploring and testing new flies. When guides aren't guiding, they are fishing and doing some research and development, ha! We saw a fair amount of fish being caught while we were out, so there was definitely a decent bite going on. The Sac is definitely a bug factory and I saw a handful of BWO's, caddis, some midges, and PMD's throughout the day. The fish didn't seem picky and were eating flies across the spectrum of options. Trout are starting to move back into the redds now, except they aren't there to chomp on salmon eggs... they are looking to spawn! If you happen to float from Posse Grounds, be aware that River Left across from the boat launch has trout spawning, so it's best to leave them alone. There are plenty of trout elsewhere that you can safely catch, so be mindful. Being a good sportswoman / man helps keep the fishery in tact for the next generation, not to mention keeps it healthy and vibrant for us now! Bad practices can hurt a fishery pretty quick, so let's be smart! If you want to hit the top section to chase some of those big fish, now's the time! Book a trip today because April's gonna be here sooner than we realize. The next two days I'm on the Sac and next week I'll be on the Trinity and the Upper Sac. Tight lines y'all!

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Here is a report from Peter who fished Eagle Canyon today: "The water was murky and higher than normal due to the rains. Due to  the weather conditions, the fish seemed more finicky and timid on the  takes. We discovered that if we used a small nymph dropper behind a  wooly bugger, the fish were more willing to grab. The combination that  worked was a blood sucking leech with a black bird nest as a dropper.  Later in the day, we also caught fish on olive and red wooly buggers as  well as on micro mays underneath an indicator. Our fish count was 12 for  20. The biggest fish weighed was slightly over 14 lbs. Thanks again!"

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I had a great time today with my guest Gary. He is recently retired and has become obsessed with steelhead, like most of us. Gary’s desire to chase unicorns has led him to spend a lot of time on the water this season, but without much success. Well, his luck changed today! Gary had a new switch rod and wanted to learn how to swing flies, so that was our focus. He was quick to learn the basics of casting and was rewarded with a solid grab on the swing. He nymphed between runs and hooked into two very large adults that managed to come unpinned after some epic battles. The stars aligned for Gary and the third time was the charm, as the beautiful wild steelhead came to net!  

Gary with a well deserved steelhead
Gary with a well deserved steelhead
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My favorite time to fish the Upper Sacramento River is in the winter. There's something about walking up and down the river looking for big fish that excites me. The theory is that there are fish from Lake Shasta that make their way up river for a little vacation, but who knows. The largest fish I've caught up there was taped at 26 inches and I've seen a few 24 inch fish too. My point? It's a thing. So I was excited to make my way to the Upper Sac for a little exploratory trip, specifically to use my Redington 4 wt. switch rod. Using a switch rod up there isn't necessary by any means, but it was nice to do a simple roll cast with indicators and then to be able to take the bobber off and throw some streamers. Well the river was as beautiful as ever and the floats were a tad over 700cfs. Once the river gets over 1,000cfs, there seems to be larger fish in the river, so that's usually my que. This trip didn't produce any fish over 18 inches, but I caught a handful of fish between 15 and 17 inches on tiny may fly nymphs. I also had one monster grab on the swing, but didn't connect. This week I'll be mostly on the Lower Sac, but for those of you who like the adventure of walking and wading and exploring, the Upper Sac is a great option! Not only are there nymphing and streamer options, hopper-dropper methods work great too!

A handful of trout.
A handful of trout.
Miles of beautiful water!
Miles of beautiful water!
Beautiful spots.
Beautiful spots.
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Our guest Lanny forwarded this photo from today's Eagle Canyon trip.  Nice double hookup!  Lanny says it was "a great day of fishing"!

Lanny and Ken with a big double
Lanny and Ken with a big double
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Some weather arrived late this week and moved some fresh winter fish into the Trinity River. I guided the last three days and found fish each day. Wster was high with a little color Rubber legs,golden stones, and egg patterns all produced bites and fish. Reports throughout the fleet were good this weekend. In the bigger water in the JC area better anglers excelled. The upper river has quite a few fish also with a mix of new fish and some down runners on there way back to ocean. The push of fish and more rain in forecast shoul put fishing conditions in good shape for the coming weeks in February and March. Hopefully with a bit of warmer weather we may have some dry flies opportunities on the upper floats. We have the availability to get you out on the river. This time of year we can do combo trips to between the Trinity and Lower Sac on multi day bookings. Book a date and come out and play! Don't miss out!

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Guest report from Jeff who fished Eagle Canyon today: "My son and I had a great trip, caught mostly stripping 2 woolly buggers or woolly followed by a nymph"

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Today was just amazing for my guests Geoff and Tom. After a tough day on the Trinity, we decided to fish the Sac and it was a great decision! The grab was spotty until about 11:00, then it really turned on and stayed consistent throughout the afternoon. The caddis hatch was nothing like I experienced on Wednesday, but there were some around with very few fish feeding on the surface. By the end of the day, Geoff and Tom both landed quite a few very nice fish. This was their first time fishing the Sac, but I’m pretty sure it won’t be their last. 

Geoff with a very nice fish
Geoff with a very nice fish
Tom with a nice one
Tom with a nice one
These cookie cutters were in the net all day
These cookie cutters were in the net all day
Geoff with another nice fish
Geoff with another nice fish
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It was a cold and wet day on the Trinity for my guests Geoff and his father Tom. The fishing remains tough due to the lack of fish in the system and as a result, the fishing pressure is pretty light. Geoff had one solid grab and also landed a 15” brown trout that put up a pretty good fight. This time of year you can expect a mix of new fish and downers.

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I enjoyed a beautiful winter day on the Sac with my guest Steve. Sunny and 69 degrees in February! The grab was slow to start but picked up by mid-late morning and stayed pretty consistent until 4:00. Around noon, we got to experience an insane caddis hatch that lasted most the afternoon. There were some fish feeding on the surface, but that’s when the nymph grab really turned on. Steve landed several feisty fish in the 14” – 16” range and one chunky 18” fish. Caddis pupas and mayfly nymphs were the hot ticket. The fishing is going to continue to improve and spring is right around the corner – it’s time to start thinking about booking your spring fishing trip!

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The North State got a push of rain recently and every steelheader got excited and started making plans for trips. We floated last week on a section of the river that gave us plenty of water to swing flies on as well as great runs to use the good 'ole bobbers on. We started off hooking three fish in the first fifteen minutes of the day -- two half-pounders and one adult. The adult escaped without seeing the bottom of the net, but we were really happy about the quick action! By the end of the day we had landed a few half-pounders and lost another larger adult fish. The fish we hooked were all in faster riffles or in the shadows and the fly selection was spread across the spectrum, leaving me to think it was less about a specific bug and more about putting something in front of a fish. The Trinity is a really beautiful river and there ARE fish in the system, so I'd recommend booking a trip before the season ends! I have days available there or on the Lower Sac in the next couple of weeks, so hit us up and get a date on the books! I'm hitting the Lower Sac next, so I'll keep you posted soon!

Lunch time!
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 Here is a report from the group that fished Eagle Canyon today: "On our annual return trip to the Eagle Canyon, we had another  great time chasing those huge rainbows that populate the two lakes. The  best bite took place from the time we arrived at 8:30 am to around 11:00  am. Both lakes were producing. The fish were taking leech patterns in  black or purple (size 6-10) and copper johns in sizes 10- 14 stripped in  slowly behind an intermediate line. The bite slowed down during midday  (perfect for our lunch break) but then picked up again in the evening.  Dark leech patterns and hares ear nymphs were the ticket during the  early evening bite. The fish caught yesterday ranged from 5-12 pounds  with several in the 7-9 pounds range. They were very fresh and put up a  very good battle when hooked. We look forward to another return  trip to Eagle Canyon in the future."

Will with a beefy rainbow that took a dark purple leech pattern.
Will with a beefy rainbow that took a dark purple leech pattern.
Dan with a nice rainbow caught with a purple wooly bugger.
Dan with a nice rainbow caught with a purple wooly bugger.
Mason with a hard fighting rainbow caught on a #10 rubber legs copper john.
Mason with a hard fighting rainbow caught on a #10 rubber legs copper john.
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Rain snow and wind hit the Trinity this week. Snow on the ground and cool temps are testing anglers . There is another storm system approaching that could bring rain instead of snow. This would give the river a good flow bump as rain would cause snow melt and increase flows. I think this will set us up for good fishing in February and March. In my experience the low water years fish well later in season. I hope to be back on the river later this week. There have been some nice steelhead being caught both swinging and nymphing lately. February and March can also offer chance to get steelhead on dry flies. Hatches of March Browns, BWOs, Callibaetis and Skwallas on warmer days to bring fish to surface. Time to carry a dry rod in the boat so you are ready if the opportunity presents itself.The weather shoul reset the Trinity for some good fishing ahead and much needed Covid relief. One thin for sure is you cant catch steelhead from the couch. Time to book a trip and come put for some winter steelhead action.Come out and play!Peter Santley

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