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On April 1st the Fly Fishing Only section opens on the upper Trinity. If conditions are right this can be a lot of fun. Primarily walk and wade fishing in a bit smaller water than down river. With good hatches of BWOs , March browns, calibaetis, on the right day the steelhead will eat dries. You can also swing or nymph the area. Last year I spent part of two days there sight fishing with March brows and had a blast. I was fishing a 5wt with 4x leader and size 14 parachute Adam's and other March brown patterns. Over two days I hooked 6 adults and landed 4 all on dries. This section has a short window before the spring flush in later April.I have openings and would love to guide the first half of April there if interested I have available dates. The Trinity is currently fishing well with very little pressure.Get outside away from crowds and do some fishing with us. Book your trip soon.Peter Santley

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We just had a cancellation for Tuesday March 17th.  This is currently the ONLY DAY left in our 2019-20 season.  First come first serve!

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Spring steelhead is in full swing on the Feather River. We have been having some awesome days lately and some really good times. I have included a few pictures from recent trips. The sucker spawn is on and the fish are eating eggs, caddis, and a variety of other nymphs. This can also be a good time of year to swing and we have gotten some vicious grabs, though we will not have the same numbers as nymphing. Many of the runs on the Feather are spread out and a boat is by far the most efficient way to fish it.  

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This photo was sent by our guest John who fished Eagle Canyon two days this week.  He said the fishing was outstanding both days.

John with one of many big fish
John with one of many big fish
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At long last we have some actual rain in our forecast for the parched North Coast. While it's nothing amounting to a gully washer it's a welcome change from the prolonged dry spell we've been going through since early February. Despite exceptionally low and clear conditions there are still fish coming into the rivers and over the past few weeks every outing has offered a handful of opportunities to find one of these fish before the season closes (mostly) for 2020. Scaling way down on fly profile and being selective to certain water types has proven to be successful, but conditions are tough on the days that are bright and sunny, and there have been more than a few of those over the past few weeks! Fishing pressure has seen a major drop during March as most rivers have gotten too low to drift. Hopefully this shot of rain will put some fish on the move that are kegged up in the lower stretches and give us a fitting end to our 2020 season. If you've been holding out on making the journey North you still have a shot at finding a fresh from the salt chromer. Tight lines out there! 

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I had a fun day on the Lower Sac today with buddies Mark and Kirby.  They wanted a spey casting lesson so they got a full morning of spey instruction.  The double spey was looking pretty good and we just got into the snap-T when the fish started rising.  The risers didn't much care for nymphs fished on the swing so we switched over to dry fly rods and had a blast.  The fish were eager risers and ate every fly we tied on.  We hooked dozens of fish in the 10 inch range and then several larger fish.  The best was about 17" and put up a great battle.  The hatch lasted from 1pm to 4pm and was a mix of PMDs, caddisflies, and smaller mayflies.  This is a great time of year for a trout-spey/dry-fly combo trip.  Flows are very wading-friendly and the shallow water is where the best dry fly fishing happens!

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butterflies
Mark playing his big fish
Mark playing his big fish
Big wild fish on a dry fly
Big wild fish on a dry fly
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My guests Ted and Zach had two amazing days on the Sac! We received some much-needed rain on Saturday, and it seemed to turn the bite on. After an incredible morning, we had a lull late-morning - but things really picked back up after lunch.  Sunday was very consistent all day and both hooked into a lot of really nice fish. The weather is very mild and the fishing just seems to get better every day. Spring is a great time to book your float on the Sac!

Ted with a beauty!
Ted with a beauty!
Ted with another really nice one
Ted with another really nice one
Zach was roping these all day
Zach was roping these all day
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They doubled, but Zach couldn't quite hand onto his
They doubled, but Zach couldn't quite hand onto his
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It's almost spring and it's time for the Lower Sac. Springtime on the Lower Sac is prime time. Hungry rainbows eating a variety of hatches. Good weather and great fishing. Fishing on the Lower Sac is less technical fishing than some of our venues. If you have a wife or girlfriend or kids that would like to try this out booking a float trip on the Lower Sac is a good learning experience. A great place to learn with hungry trout to build your skills. This is also the place to bring your group trips. Clubs', corporate groups, groups of friends to fish the miles of productive waters of the Lower Sac. The Lower Sac can be fished in many methods, nymphing,swinging, dry fly and dry droppers rigs, streamers can all produce fish. At certain flows you can get out of the boat and do some wade fishing.There is something for everyone on this river. For the next three months I cant think of a better place to fish. With the outlook of a lower flow spring fishing should be great. We are already having good days now. It's time to get a friend or fishing buddies to book a trip on The Trout Factory for spring With that said it's time to get out and play. Book now and let's get after it. I would like to have you in my boat for some springtime fun on the Lower Sac.Thanks and good fishing,Peter

Sundial Bridge Lower Sac
Sundial Bridge Lower Sac
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 I'm back from roaming with the Great White Buffalo or working my #SS off elsewhere, however you prefer ! I've opened my calendar up for select dates on select venues, my schedule for 2020 is limited but I have made dates available at prime times on prime waters. If you're interested in fishing with me but don't see dates that work with your schedule feel free to reach out to me, I'll see what we can work out. All days will be spent swinging flies for Steelhead and Trout, other then time spent on Lewiston lake or hunting rising trout on the Lower Sac while wading. If you missed it I will be available on the Lower Klamath in Late July, can be a good time to find an early Summer Steelhead and get away from the Valley Heat !

Trinity Beauty
Trinity Beauty
Lower Klamath Chrome
Lower Klamath Chrome
Battle Creek Steelhead
Battle Creek Steelhead
Chrome Wild Hen
Chrome Wild Hen
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Here is a photo forwarded by the Oakland Casting Club. They fished Eagle Canyon on February 29th.  They said they had a great time as usual!

Nice fish!
Nice fish!
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The lower Sac was incredible today for my guest Chuck. The grab was on right away and remained pretty consistent throughout the day. Lots of fish in the 14”–18” range and several really large suckers and pike minnows! The flows are ideal and so is the weather – spring is a great time to fish the Sac!

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I spent a really nice day on the Trinity River today with my guest Chuck from Davis.  The weather was so warm I guided Lower Sac-style, without wearing waders.  I only regretted it for the last hour of the day!  Fishing was good and there are very few other anglers on the river.  Chuck hooked and landed multiple adult steelhead, all wild.  Most of them ate the fly the first time they saw it, right as we began fishing a new spot.  The fish seem to be concentrated in choppy riffles that have a depth transition.  Our fish ranged from 3 to 5 pounds and we also hooked some smaller trout-sized fish.  We saw good numbers of March Brown mayflies mid-day but we didn't see any rises.

Chuck with one of several steelhead today
Chuck with one of several steelhead today
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There is still time to get some steelhead on the Trinity River. I had some good fishing on last weeks Trinity trips. Cool mornings and nice afternoons made for some good steelhead fishing. I had four good days and one slow day. I had some fairly inexperienced anglers. This meant first steelhead for most people that fished with me. We got fish in a variety of sizes from half pounders to 28in adults. We were getting plenty of chances each day. Overall river was quiet and fishing was good. I head back up this week for a couple days of guiding. I have plenty of open dates.Come out and play on the river.Petet Santley

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We fought the north wind most of the day today but still hooked good numbers of fish on the Lower Sac.  Fishing pressure is light, hatches are good, and the weather has been great when the wind isn't blowing.  We saw size 14 caddisflies and size 16 PMDs hatching today.  We briefly got out the dry fly rod but spent the rest of the day nymphing.  Fishing was good when we were out of the wind and slow in the wide-open windy areas.  Both Dan and Justin landed a nice 18-20 inch fish today and we hooked plenty of other fish of all sizes.  The nymph grab isn't quite wide-open yet like it can get in March and April, but it's still pretty good.

Justin with an impressive California extension
Justin with an impressive California extension
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With the warmer weather happening here in northern California, fish are starting to look up, up, up! At least that's what Dominic and his son Dom discovered on the Sacramento River on Saturday. These two guests were experienced anglers and could cast a fly rod really well, so they had no problem hooking fish on the top and below the surface. The bite has been pretty consistent between the 11:30am to 3pm time slot, and the Sac didn't disappoint. The weather was so nice that these two actually wet waded and caught fish in a number of nice riffles. Dominic actually hooked a really, really nice fish on a dry fly but ended up losing the fish when it wrapped itself around a submerged log. We were definitely disappointed but the great thing about dry fly fishing is geting to watch the eat and let me tell you... that fish crushed that fly! The sunny weather left me with a nice tan too, so all around an excellent day.

Dom's beautiful 'bow caught on a UV sally!
Dom's beautiful 'bow caught on a UV sally!
Dominic casting dries for rising trout!
Dominic casting dries for rising trout!
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I had a really fun day with my guests Eli and Chase! A milk shake was on the line for the first fish, and wouldn’t you know it – they both hooked up at the same time! Eli was declared the winner because her fish was larger than Chase’s. They had multiple doubles throughout the day, with the grab really turning on mid-day. In the end, they both hooked into a lot of great fish. They brought their beautiful lab Kai along. She was quite confused as to why we were leaving the ducks and geese alone, but quickly became interested in all the fish we were catching.

Eli with her first
Eli with her first
Kai was the perfect First Mate
Kai was the perfect First Mate
What a good fight!
What a good fight!
Bam!
Bam!
Chase was doing this all day
Chase was doing this all day
Our first time together, Eli landed one of the biggest suckers I've seen
Our first time together, Eli landed one of the biggest suckers I've seen
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Peter sent this photo from his trip today. He says fishing is good with multiple hookups per day on adult steelhead.

David with a nice fish
David with a nice fish
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Of the many things I love about fly fishing in northern California, the diversity of both fisheries and techniques has to be two of the stand outs. Dry fly? No problem. You want to use a spey rod and swing flies? Sure thing. Tight line nymphing? We got you covered. Indicator nymphing? Of course. The opportunities abound and no matter what technique gets you excited or what type of water you want to fish, there are plenty of options to make it happen. From tailwaters to spring creeks to freestones, you can find the perfect escape. And what's more is that there are options throughout the year, with some of the *best* fly fishing happening now, in the spring! The insect hatches start to get pretty crazy and there are still plenty of big fish to be caught. In fact, in the past few days I've had guests on a number of fisheries and we've had chances to catch some great fish on just about every method available. One day due to the massive caddis hatch, we were able to throw double dries for a couple of hours and caught a bunch of fish up top. On another day we were swinging soft hackles and hooking nice trout using trout spey tactics. And today we were catching big 22+ inch fish on size 18 zebra midges and other small nymphs. Northern California has incredible options and you just can't beat the weather right now! Book a trip today on one of our many options and don't forget that walk and wade trips can be extremely effective and you can catch some really big fish. 

Mark's nice 'bow on a rubber legs.
Mark's nice 'bow on a rubber legs.
Yet another trout on the might rubber legs.
Yet another trout on the might rubber legs.
Did someone say size 20 zebra midge?
Did someone say size 20 zebra midge?
Paul got a fish that was nearly 23 inches tight line nymphing!
Paul got a fish that was nearly 23 inches tight line nymphing!
Mark hooked up on a fish while wading.
Mark hooked up on a fish while wading.
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The steelhead fishing on the Trinity river has been very good this week. I have been guiding the last few days with novice and beginner fly fisherman. By taking things slow with some good instructions things have been going great. We have been hooking several nice fish. This month has been dry and river is low and clear. River has been fairly quiet with guides spread out. We didn't see another boat on our float last two days.I believe some rain could give us another push of fish.i think we should have decent fishing into March. There is still time. Book a trip and let's go play!Peter Santley

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Yesterday I got to fish with Jeff from the Bay Area. Jeff reminded me of a lot of guys I've met and talked with over the years who are new to swinging flies and speycasting. He's a serious fly fisherman, has been involved in the sport for a long time, and has plenty of experience fishing for trout in Northern California and beyond. But he has never ventured into the world of speycasting, mostly because at some point as an angler you stick to what you know, and speycasting can seem intimidating. So much new information to digest. So much new gear to figure out. Who wants to relearn how to cast? Where to begin? I count myself lucky that he obliged and decided to venture out into new territory with me. As a guide there's something special about being there at the very beginning of someones journey into the world of speycasting. I get to relive all of the excitement and frustration of when I was first learning, and get to watch the same progressions and rewarding moments that everyone experiences when learning how to speycast. Remember how epic it was when you first threw a truly long cast and it burped the reel because it wanted more running line?  It's hard to explain, but for those in the know it's something you never forget. We set off on a day that met every standard for winter steelhead. A steady drizzle fell in the dim light of morning, the mist like thick smoke turning the huge redwoods into looming shadows along the rivers edge. Jeff was a quick study. We worked on dialing in his double spey in the morning and graduated to the snap t by noon. He picked up his on shoulder snap t and ran with it. By the time we had finished lunch and he had stepped back into the run he was in the zone. It was a good cast that caught the fish. One that turned over well and emptied all the running line through the guides. This was something! The fish faught well, a chaotic fit of runs, tailwalking jumps and nerve racking headshakes in close to the bank. Just as we we're landing him another angler happened upon us and we were able to get a picture with the three of us. Jeff's fish was a good buck, still clad in his chrome camo from a life in the salt. After it was all over I half jokingly told him to be careful about who he told about getting a winter steelhead on his first day swinging flies. Some folks might go ahead and put their rods on ebay after hearing a thing like that. I knew that I had a convert before me, that he was sold on what I had just shown him was possible, and for that I am humbled and grateful.Looking at the weather ahead there is some rain forecast for next weekend along with snow falling at lower elevations. Whether or not this system will have any impact on our coastal rivers is hard to say, but what is apparant is the need for some soaking rain. Despite low and clear conditions that now prevail on nearly all rivers on the North Coast fishing has been solid. Yesterday I spoke with a handful of other guides who all reported getting into good numbers. I personally have found success the last handful of occasions I've had time to fish for myself coupled with getting clients into fish on my last two trips. If you're looking to head north and swing a critter for a chrome fish this would be a good time to make the journey.  Tight lines!  

Jeff with his first coastal steelhead.
Jeff with his first coastal steelhead.
A healthy buck to hand on the coast
A healthy buck to hand on the coast
I even got to make a cameo appearance thanks to a fellow angler. Thanks Don
I even got to make a cameo appearance thanks to a fellow angler. Thanks Don
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