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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

4/25/17 by Brian Kohlman: I had the honor of guiding the Project Healing Waters group again this year.  I had Felix, a USMC veteran and Wayne, a member of the Diablo Valley Flyfishers in my boat and they both hooked a lot of fish, including multiple double-hookups!  The flows are beginning to drop and should be down to 7,000 cfs by May 3rd.
4/24/17 by Brian Kohlman: Winter just doesn't want to let go of the North State!  It rained off and on all day, but that didn't affect the fishing.  The fish seemed a bit more tight-lipped from the past few days, but we had a LOT of hook-ups throughout day and landed some beautiful fish!  The good news is there is no more rain in the extended forecast AND the flows will begin to slowly drop beginning tonight.  This is great news becase not only will we actually get to enjoy some beautiful spring weather, but it will also open more fishable water!  
4/23/17 by Brian Kohlman: The flows were raised to 30,000 cfs last Monday and have held steady all week.  I did some scouting with fellow Confluence Outfitter guides Mike Wright and Peter Santley on Friday, and we managed to hook into some very nice fish.  I guided a 3-boat trip this weekend with some very good clients.  It seemed someone was always hooked-up all the time both days.  I don't think anyone hooked a fish smaller than 16 inches, and there were several double hook-ups both days!  They seem to be more interested in egg patterns, but they're starting to eat nymphs.  As long as the flows don't increase, fishing should only get better as the visiblity increases.  Go fish!
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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

May 5:
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
May 6:
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
May 7:
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
May 15:
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
May 18:
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
May 22:
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
May 25:
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
May 26:
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
May 27:
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
May 28:
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Jun 1:
Hat Creek
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Lower Sac Stripers
McCloud River
Upper Sac
Jun 2:
Hat Creek
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Lower Sac Stripers
McCloud River
Upper Sac
Jun 3:
Hat Creek
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Lower Sac Stripers
McCloud River
Upper Sac
Jun 4:
Hat Creek
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Lower Sac Stripers
McCloud River
Upper Sac
Jun 5:
Hat Creek
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Lower Sac Stripers
McCloud River
Upper Sac
Jun 8:
Hat Creek
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Lower Sac Stripers
McCloud River
Upper Sac
Jun 9:
Hat Creek
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Lower Sac Stripers
McCloud River
Upper Sac
Jun 10:
Hat Creek
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Lower Sac Stripers
McCloud River
Upper Sac
Jun 11:
Hat Creek
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Lower Sac Stripers
McCloud River
Upper Sac
Jun 12:
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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