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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

10/21/17 by Brian Kohlman: I spent the past two days guiding a great group of guys.  We had occasional rain on Friday, but we had a steady drizzle all day today.  Friday, Zach hooked into a really big fish that gave him a memorable fight, only to lose it because the hook straightened out.  Ted hooked into a few half-pounders and landed one very nice wild fish.  Today, Tommy hooked into a very nice fish that put up quite a battle, but he too lost his right as I was attempting to net the fish.  Ted fished very hard both days, and was finally rewarded with a beautiful hatchery fish at the end of the day.  There are fish in the river and for now, there is very little fishing pressure.  The water is low and clear, so I feel conditions will improve once we receive some rain.      
10/19/17 by Brian Kohlman: I guided Mike and Warren from Chico today.  The morning started off very productive with both hooking into some really nice fish, but then there was a long lull in the action.  Fishing started to pick up again in the afternoon, but overall it was a tough day.  A storm system is passing through and that could have had a negative impact.  I'm still not seeing any salmon on redds yet, but they are eating egg patterns and nymphs.  
10/16/17 by Brian Kohlman: I had the pleasure of guiding Karl and his father Dave again today.  It was game-on from the beginning when Karl hooked into several really big fish early on. The fishing was fairly consistent all day and it seemed like we had the river to ourselves.  The temps are ideal and the fish are really starting to key on egg patterns, but rubberlegs still seem to produce the most 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

Nov 2:
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Trinity River
Nov 6:
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Trinity River
Nov 9:
Lower Sac Drift Boat
Lower Sac Spey
Trinity River
Nov 18:
Trinity River
Nov 19:
Trinity River
Nov 20:
Trinity River
Nov 25:
Trinity River
Nov 26:
Trinity River
Nov 27:
Trinity River
Dec 2:
Trinity River
Dec 3:
Trinity River
Dec 4:
Trinity River
Dec 7:
Trinity River
Dec 10:
Trinity River
Dec 11:
Trinity River
Dec 16:
Trinity River
Dec 17:
Trinity River
Dec 18:
Trinity River
Dec 23:
Trinity River
Dec 24:
Trinity River
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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