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Captain Brian Kohlman

Brian Kohlman
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Brian Kohlman has been guiding in northern California for over 10 years. Since retiring from his profession as a policeman for the Santa Rosa Police Department in 2013, Brian has been guiding full-time. Based in Redding, Brian's primary fisheries are the Lower Sac and Trinity River. He also makes numerous trips to the Pit River, McCloud River, and Upper Sac each season.

Brian is a USCG-licensed Captain which means he can operate a motorized boat in the inland waters of California. He puts this license to good use on the Lower Sacramento River where he uses his jet boat to fish for trout and steelhead. Brian enjoys using his jet boat for Trout-Spey trips on the Lower Sac.

Recent Fishing Reports by Brian Kohlman

6/19/17 by Brian Kohlman: Well...it was pretty darn hot today, but reasonably comfortable on the water.  Fishing has been up and down the past few weeks, but the fish were very grabby this morning, then it slowed down late-morning, but then picked back up this afternoon.  The key is to start early on these really hot days.  Everything landed today was over 16 inches!
6/10/17 by Brian Kohlman: The river has been fickle recently.  One day the fish are super grabby - and the next day you're working hard for every hook-up.  All and all, the river is fishing well!  With the closure of the upper section, I expect the fish to be in great shape and very willing to eat flies in August.  Today, we had the pleasure of guiding a Project Healing Waters group coordinated by the Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club.  Everyone in the group landed fish, and some landed quite few!  It was a positve experience for everyone and I look forward to working with them all again in the future.  All our area waters are fishable now, so let's get out and go fishing!
5/15/17 by Brian Kohlman: The past five days has been very productive.  Most of our hook-ups have been above Bonnyview, but the water down to Anderson is starting to fish much better.  We're also starting to see a lot of PMD's, so the fish are really starting to eat the nymphs.  Weather has varied from hot, to mild - but it looks like we are in store for some hot weather beginning this weekend.  Here are some images from the past few days.
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Brian's Guide Season

Lower Sac Year Round
Brian Kohlman is available year-round to guide for trout and steelhead on the Lower Sac. Brian uses his RO low-profile skiff on the Lower Sac. It's a great fishing platform and very comfortable for his guests.
Summer Trout Streams
Brian is a regular on the Pit River, Hat Creek, McCloud River, and Upper Sac. He enjoys getting his clients hooked up on wild trout using a variety of techniques, from high-stick nymphing to dry flies. Clients who book a multiple-day trip with Brian have the option of fishing several different destinations in a single trip.
Trinity River Steelhead
Brian guides for steelhead on the Trinity River from October through March. Brian has guided the Trinity River for over 10 years.

Brian's Upcoming Open Dates

Jul 8:
Hat Creek
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Lower Sac Stripers
McCloud River
Upper Sac
Jul 10:
Hat Creek
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Lower Sac Stripers
McCloud River
Upper Sac
Jul 14:
Hat Creek
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Lower Sac Stripers
McCloud River
Upper Sac
Jul 16:
Hat Creek
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Lower Sac Stripers
McCloud River
Upper Sac
Jul 17:
Hat Creek
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Lower Sac Stripers
McCloud River
Upper Sac
Jul 21:
Hat Creek
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Lower Sac Stripers
McCloud River
Upper Sac
Jul 23:
Hat Creek
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Lower Sac Stripers
McCloud River
Upper Sac
Jul 24:
Hat Creek
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Lower Sac Stripers
McCloud River
Upper Sac
Jul 27:
Hat Creek
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Lower Sac Stripers
McCloud River
Upper Sac
Jul 29:
Hat Creek
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Lower Sac Stripers
McCloud River
Upper Sac
Jul 30:
Hat Creek
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Lower Sac Stripers
McCloud River
Upper Sac
Jul 31:
Hat Creek
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Lower Sac Stripers
McCloud River
Upper Sac
Aug 1:
Hat Creek
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Lower Sac Stripers
McCloud River
Upper Sac
Aug 2:
Hat Creek
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Lower Sac Stripers
McCloud River
Upper Sac
Aug 3:
Hat Creek
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Lower Sac Stripers
McCloud River
Upper Sac
Aug 6:
Hat Creek
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Lower Sac Stripers
McCloud River
Upper Sac
Aug 7:
Hat Creek
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Lower Sac Stripers
McCloud River
Upper Sac
Aug 13:
Hat Creek
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Lower Sac Stripers
McCloud River
Upper Sac
Aug 14:
Hat Creek
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Lower Sac Stripers
McCloud River
Upper Sac
Aug 17:
Hat Creek
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Lower Sac Stripers
McCloud River
Upper Sac
For more dates, please visit our Online Booking page!

Testimonials from Brian's Clients

"We had a great three days with Brian Kohlman! In addition to his guiding skills, he has a great attitude and client focus. Look forward to a future trip."
Dennis Rudloff, San Diego
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