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Summer made her way up to the Sacramento River and she definitely brought her "A" game. After missing two fish early in the day, she shook it off and then began pillaging big fish. We boated a 22+ inch certified #troutpig along with a handful of 18+ inch toads. The fishing AND the catching was really good today, which brings me to an important observation. If you take you drift serious and take the time to mend well, you'll get your flies in front of more fish... and if the stars line up you just might put some big fish in the net. Fishing is obviously a bit of luck, but Summer demonstrated that all off her casting practice and fishing experience was worth it! The highlight was definitely Summer's 22+inch fish taking her into her backing and us chasing the fish down river and finally getting it in the net! Epic!!Flow wise, the river is coming down and I think it was around 8,000cfs today. I think I saw one caddis all day but despite the lack of bugs fluttering around, the fish were all caught on rubber legs, caddis, and some tiny top-secret micro-sized flies, ha ha! The river is super clear and fish seem to be in riffles, deep runs, and lots of in-between locations. Changing up your depth isn't a bad idea, especially with the dropping river and wading is definitely more of an option. That will only continue to develop as the flows keep coming down. The egg bite is just around the corner but truth be told, the fishing is great, so why wait? Book a trip today because I'd love to take you out. Whether it's your first time on the river or you've been out a lot, let's get on the water!

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I just spent a highly productive morning session on the Lower Sac with Confluence Outfitters guide Kevin Kay.  I can't remember the last time I hooked so many fish in 3 hours!  The size of fish was impressive, with many in the 18-20" range.  Get in touch with Kevin or check his schedule online to book a trip!

This one ate a secret fly pattern
This one ate a secret fly pattern
Kevin hooked up
Kevin hooked up
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We just had a cancellation for this weekend.  Art Teter is now available this Saturday, August 29th.  Please let us know if you'd like to jump on this open date!  This is a great opportunity to fish one of California's best rivers with a truly experienced guide! 

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In the last few days the hopper fishing has peaked on the Lower Yuba in my opinon. These photos are all client fish caught on hoppers from recent trips this month. I have had three trips cancel in the next week because of fears of smoke. The smoke is not that bad on the Lower Yuba, I have had clients over the age of 70 in the last few days and they have been fine. At times the sky is blue and you can see the sun, other times the sky is hazy which acts like cloud cover and turns up the bite. Additionally I have recently secured private access water to float both a little bit above highway 20 and then all the way down to Daguerre Dam, which has some prime hopper water.

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Luke and I hosted a great group of guys who came to sample the fishing on the Lower Sacramento. First we did an evening drift from 4 until dark. Fish were hooked, landed, lost, and broken off, all in preparation for the second day, which was an all-day float. In between giving each other a hard time these guys hooked and landed some great fish. We played musical drift boats so by the end of the second day everybody had fished with everybody else. These are great buddy trips, no experience necessary, so grab your friends and book a trip or two!

All smiles for Mike!
All smiles for Mike!
Alan with a nice wild ‘bow
Alan with a nice wild ‘bow
Alan with a bigger one!
Alan with a bigger one!
Hooked up
Hooked up
Luke and crew
Luke and crew
Fish
Fish
and more fish
and more fish
Ready to go
Ready to go
Nice one!
Nice one!
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Last week I made a day out of scouting some runs on the Trinity River. After spending three consecutive summers in Alaska, I've missed out on the early part of the summer steelhead run back home on the North Coast. While I'm not sure how much I've missed setting my alarm clock to 4:00AM in hopes of being on the water as early in the morning as possible, I've sorely missed being able to swing a fly through some of my favorite water during the dog days of late summer. I was able to make it up the winding 299 from the coast before the sun had broken over the ridgeline, but was dissapointed to find a valley devoid of any morning fog. Also a surprise was to see the Willow Creek Valley smoke free on the morning I went up. There are two major fires burning in the hills between the Hoopa Valley and the Salmon River drainage; the Red Salmon complex. For this reason Big Rock river access in Willow Creek has been completely shut down for Heli fire crews. During past fire seasons they have allowed limited public access, leaving the boat launch open, but not this year. You cannot even park on the road and walk in to reach the river. I was able to walk into another favorite run a little further up river, and was greeted with water that felt very warm for such an early hour in the morning. Heading up river from WC I made a quick stop at the S. Fork confluence and was somewhat relieved to find the water noticably colder just above the confluence. I made my last few honest attempts to swing one up proper on the floating line with a traditional bug, but by 10:30 am with the sun racing high above the canyon walls, the Scandi head was off. The Skagit head and tip were on. Driving further up river through the gorge I ran into the mother of all road construction projects. It seems like the 299 is one of the worst local highways to be affected by this perenial annoyance, and this season will be no exception. Around Burnt Ranch one can expect delays of up to an hour while work crews install new caging to the cliff face to keep rock falls from impacting the roadway. By 12:30pm the temperature was on a steady rise and the sun was directly overhead. I knew I had to find some heavy fast water if I wanted to eek out a shot at a fish. I got lucky walking into a spot I'd never been to before, finding the water I thought would be most productive during this time of day. I few casts later and I was rewarded by a spitfire of a half pounder. A nice wild fish, just starting to display it's full array of rainbow coloration. Not bad. The water temps felt significantly colder the higher I went. I didn't carry a thermometer with me, but I would guess that they ranged somewhere in the low 60's to high 50's above the S.Fork confluence. Flows were stable just below 500 CFS and all the wading I did felt completely manageable (although I was in a bathing suit so there wasn't much at risk if I did fall in.) With one of the worst fire seasons already off to an early start here in California we will all have to hope for the best that the Trinity and Klamath do not see the destruction that has visited them in the past. For now, the crowds have yet to descend on the river en masse, and for a lucky few there are some fish around. Best fishing times are going to be by first light and last. Bring a scandi rig for the beginning and end of the day, and a skagit head for the constant mid day thermals.Tight lines out there! 

Beautiful spectrum on this one. Just don't tell him he's not a grown up yet!
Beautiful spectrum on this one. Just don't tell him he's not a grown up yet!
My summer run fly box. All the best traditional offerings on tap.
My summer run fly box. All the best traditional offerings on tap.
High noon in the canyon.
High noon in the canyon.
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Alan came to fish with me on his annual Lower Sac trip and was not disappointed. The morning was red-hot, hooking fish right out of the gate and continuing until lunch. After lunch was a different experience; we still found a good number of nice fish but the grab was not the same as in the morning. Also somewhat unusual was the fact that we never saw another boat all day, and we did a long 14 mile drift. Flows are coming down, fishing is improving, and October is not that far away so we’ll enjoy the solitude while we can. There were no bug hatches to speak of, maybe that’s why the fish were so hungry!

Ready to roll
Ready to roll
He hooked them standing up.....
He hooked them standing up.....
He hooked them sitting down.....
He hooked them sitting down.....
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Wiley and I spent a hot but really enjoyable today fishing the waters around the Hat Creek area. We spent fishing time on Hat Creek and Burney Creek with good fishing on dries and nymphs. We spent some time exploring and seeing all the different fishing water that is available in the area. A great day all the way around.

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I had a great time today with my guest Frank.  The grab turned on early and stayed pretty consistent throughout the morning, but became spotty this afternoon.  Frank hooked lots of "cookie-cutter" fish before landing a really chunky fish before lunch.  Tons of boats at the ramp, but everyone spreads out once you start fishing.  The fishing will continue to improve as the flows drop!

Frank with his best of the day
Frank with his best of the day
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Yesterday's float with Derek and Austin was really fun! Derek had fly fished a few times and Austin was brand new... so we spent a bit of time in the beginning learning how to cast and mend. Austin picked it up really well and though we teased him all day about being a novice, he did really well. It's definitely worth taking the time to get your casting and mending down because that gives you a lot more time to fish, less fubar moments, and, well... more fish! Once we got all squared away with casting, we started our float and immediately put a fish in the net. The fishing was great from about 11am until about 2:30pm with trout grabbing our flies all over the river, despite it being just a bit more windy than was comfortable. The later afternoon slowed down a bit but we still managed to get a couple more trout. As you can imagine, it was nice to have constant action. Derek put the two biggest trout in the net and has bragging rights about that but Austin definitely missed the most fish... so that's something to brag about too (ha ha!). Derek also hooked a salmon around the Deschutes bridge, which obviously didn't go well for his 6 wt, but it's nice to know there are a few of the egg-droppers around. We had a GREAT time and these two guys were a real pleasure to fish with. I think the highlight was at the very end, when we were floating over some really large ledges, and Derek hooked a niiiiiiicccceeeee trout that fought hard but eventually we got it to the boat. Every time I float past a ledge or deep drop-off, I can't help but say, "Fish the ledges, bro (or sis?), fish the ledges!"The lower Sacramento River is fishing good and the top section around the Sun Dial Bridge is officially open, so now's a great time to book a trip. I'd love to take you out, so give us a call at 888-481-1650 and book a trip today! Not only is the lower Sac a great option, we've got steelhead on the Trinity just around the corner! Anyway... I'm off to Montana for a week to catch some big browns so I'll catch you all on the flippity flop! Tight lines and heavy fish to you all!

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I had a really fun day with my guest Stephanie on the upper Sac.  This was her first time fly fishing and she did amazing!  We were fishing a dry-dropper and it was the ticket.  She got lots of grabs on both, but the nymph was most successful.  She landed a nice 12 inch fish which capped off our time together!

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I had a really fun day with my guests Jim and David. This was David’s first time fly fishing, so he struggled a bit in the morning, but really got the hang of it by lunch.  The bite started off slow but picked up late morning and continued into the afternoon. The flows are starting to drop and even with the hot temps, it is very pleasant on the water.

David's first trout on a fly rod!
David's first trout on a fly rod!
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Fall River report by guide Scott Saiki: First time fly fishers Nick and son Lucas had a great day on the crystal  clear spring fed waters of Fall River yesterday.  Fish were caught in  medium depth runs as well as in the shallows with stealthier methods.   When the sun got overhead and the nymph grab slowed, the fish were still  willing to take with a variety of sinking line techniques.  Some good  fish were landed by both - a solid first day fly fishing by anyone’s  standards!

Lucas with a Fall River rainbow
Lucas with a Fall River rainbow
Nick with a great Fall River fish
Nick with a great Fall River fish
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What do guides do when they have some free time? Go fishing, of course! People think we fish all the time but that’s not really the case. We’re usually busy rowing, tying on flies, netting fish, etc. so it’s nice to actually hold the rod once in a while. Today fellow Confluence guide Luke Geraty, our friend Steve, and I did a lower float to see how the fishing was down there. We had a great day, trading off the rowing duties while hooking and landing a good number of wild rainbows along with a few big suckers and a squawfish, the Lower Sac Grand Slam. The Jelly’s Ferry bridge has been repaired and we saw a lot of progress on the beginnings of the new bridge.

Name that fly!
Name that fly!
Work begins on the new Jelly’s Ferry Bridge
Work begins on the new Jelly’s Ferry Bridge
Hooked up
Hooked up
Big suckah.......
Big suckah.......
Trout.......
Trout.......
and more trout......
and more trout......
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I did a fun float today on the Lower Sac with fellow guide Brian Kohlman.  The river is a ghost town right now - very few boats out.  We tried something different today and spent a lot of time fishing hopper patterns near the banks.  This isn't a highly productive way to fish the Lower Sac, but it can deliver some nice fish.  The highlight today was an 18" fish that absolutely crushed my hopper.  Not a bad way to spend a hot afternoon on the mighty Lower Sac!

This fish crushed my grasshopper dry!
This fish crushed my grasshopper dry!
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We have a guest looking for a fishing buddy for a Lower Klamath River steelhead trip Oct 1-2-3.  If you're interested in splitting this trip please let us know!  That's a great time of year to swing flies on the Klamath.  

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Wade invited his buddies Ben and Dave up to fish the Lower Sac. They are lifelong friends and get together when they can, mostly so they can have some fun and give each other a hard time. We did two consecutive half day floats, starting late afternoon and fishing until evening to avoid some of the heat. Fishing on the Sac has been a bit challenging lately due to the high flows, extreme temperatures, and the clearest water I have ever seen out there but the boys stuck with it and caught some big beautiful wild rainbows. We have a tendency to rate the fishing solely by the number of fish caught, but certainly good company, great scenery, and just being out on the river all factor in as well. There’s more to fishing than the fish!

Wade with a good one
Wade with a good one
The result of Dave’s lightning hookset
The result of Dave’s lightning hookset
Dave sticks another one
Dave sticks another one
Wild rainbow
Wild rainbow
Wade hooked up
Wade hooked up
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Today was an amazing day on the McCloud for my guest Ian, and his son Daniel.  We started our day fishing a dry-dropper and both hooked a lot of fish on both flies.  Ian and Daniel both landed some small, but beautiful brookies!  After lunch they only fished dries and what an afternoon they had.  The fish weren't very big, but the action was non-stop all day.  At the end of the day, Daniel hooked into a very nice 12-14 inch fish, but it managed to spit the hook after giving him the "middle fin" while jumping.

Daniel casting to rising fish
Daniel casting to rising fish
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Today was pretty special as it started out with a Learn to Fly Fish trip with my guest Chen and his son Koby. We started on Burney Creek and then moved to Baum Lake where Koby caught his first trout! We then drove up to Manzanita Lake where they were camping, and Chen got to cast to a lot of rising fish throughout the afternoon. After a few missed grabs, Chen landed a couple of nice fish before he decided to call it a day. We managed to avoid the man-eating river otters but did see a pack of four. 

Koby and Chen on Burney Creek
Koby and Chen on Burney Creek
Epic view of Mt. Lassen from Manzanita Lake
Epic view of Mt. Lassen from Manzanita Lake
Chen with his first Manzanita Lake rainbow
Chen with his first Manzanita Lake rainbow
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Boy was it a hot one today for my guests Bob and Rich!  So hot, the fish weren’t very active either.  The morning grab was sporadic for us, but things did pick up a bit after lunch, but it was clear the fish were not interested in my landing net.  Bob hooked into a really nice that gave him a heck of a fight – but Bob came out on top!  In the end, it was another really fun day with my good friends Bob and Rich!

Bob with a chunky one
Bob with a chunky one
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