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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

8/17/17 by Brian Kohlman: I had the opportunity to take my jet boat out today with my very good client Dick.  Instead of fishing an indicator rig, he wanted to use his two-handed rod to swing for trout.  Other than the two salmon boats we saw this morning, we had the river to ourselves and were able to methodically fish some great runs.  We wet waded all day, so we were very comforatable as the temps reached 107 this afternoon.  The fish weren't super grabby, but Dick had some bumps and landed a nice Lower Sac rainbow on the swing!  Booking a Lower Sac Spey trip is a great way to spend the day on the river and refamiliarize yourself with your two-handed rod!  Fall is just around the corner - and so is steelhead season! 
8/4/17 by Brian Kohlman: The good news is there didn't seem to be as many boats out today compared to Tuesday and Wednesday and the fish were much grabbier for us today. We had consistent hook-ups all day and both landed some really quality fish! We're in store for a slight cooling trend and the really hot weather will be ending soon and the egg bite will be here before we know! 
8/2/17 by Brian Kohlman: I was looking forward to fishing Greg and Drew on the newly reopened upper section - but it didn't fish as well as it had the past two years.  Typically, more fish are hooked above the Hwy-44 Bridge than below, but we actully hooked more below Hwy-44.  Greg and Drew landed some very nice fish and hooked several others, but I was disapointed.  The river was crowded, and I expect that to last for another week or two.  I'm not really sure why the fish are so tight-lipped - but I'm looking forward to giving it another try on Friday! 
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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

Aug 19:
Hat Creek
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Lower Sac Stripers
McCloud River
Upper Sac
Aug 20:
Hat Creek
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Lower Sac Stripers
McCloud River
Upper Sac
Aug 21:
Hat Creek
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Lower Sac Stripers
McCloud River
Upper Sac
Aug 24:
Hat Creek
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Lower Sac Stripers
McCloud River
Upper Sac
Aug 25:
Hat Creek
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Lower Sac Stripers
McCloud River
Upper Sac
Aug 26:
Hat Creek
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Lower Sac Stripers
McCloud River
Upper Sac
Aug 27:
Hat Creek
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Lower Sac Stripers
McCloud River
Upper Sac
Aug 28:
Hat Creek
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Lower Sac Stripers
McCloud River
Upper Sac
Aug 31:
Hat Creek
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Lower Sac Stripers
McCloud River
Upper Sac
Sep 2:
Hat Creek
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Lower Sac Stripers
McCloud River
Upper Sac
Sep 3:
Hat Creek
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Lower Sac Stripers
McCloud River
Upper Sac
Sep 4:
Hat Creek
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Lower Sac Stripers
McCloud River
Upper Sac
Sep 7:
Hat Creek
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Lower Sac Stripers
McCloud River
Upper Sac
Sep 8:
Hat Creek
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Lower Sac Stripers
McCloud River
Upper Sac
Sep 10:
Hat Creek
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Lower Sac Stripers
McCloud River
Upper Sac
Sep 11:
Hat Creek
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Lower Sac Stripers
McCloud River
Upper Sac
Sep 14:
Hat Creek
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Lower Sac Stripers
McCloud River
Upper Sac
Sep 15:
Hat Creek
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Lower Sac Stripers
McCloud River
Upper Sac
Sep 16:
Hat Creek
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Lower Sac Stripers
McCloud River
Upper Sac
Sep 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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