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I took our guide school students Casey and Andreas to the Lower Sac today.  They learned a little bit about rowing a drift boat and caught fish using several different techniques.  We caught fish on nymphs under indicators, nymphs without indicators, dries, and dry/dropper today.  Pretty fun!  The fish are pretty fixated on PMD nymph patterns, mainly small brown nymphs size 16-18.  Look for rising fish mid-day.
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Casey with a nice bow
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Andreas got off to a quick start
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I just had a couple of good days on the Lower Sac with Dan from Folsom and Jay from Houston Texas.  Fishing was a little inconsistent, but both days we got into some hot spots where we had excellent fishing for an hour or two.   There is a great PMD hatch in the morning right now.  Not a lot of fish rising, but the nymph grab is pretty good.  Both days the fishing shut down pretty hard after 3pm.
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Jay caught this beauty near Red Bluff
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The Lower Sac fished decent today, the morning started out slow but the grab started to pick up around 11 am and stayed fairly steady till about 4 pm and then seemed to shut down ! Both Steve and Kieth each hooked quite a few and even managed to land a few, some day's it's just like that...  the bonus was they each landed some quality fish with Steve landing a 20"+ slab !!! 
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Fishing has been tough the past couple of days on the Fall, The stormy/unsettled weather this past week has seemed to have put both the insect activity and the fish in a bit of a funk.
 
The majority of the fish are still camped out in the upper river, upstream of circle 7 and the majority in Zug Bug and Spring Creek runs. Look for the fish to spread out over the coming weeks and fishing overall to improve.
 
Some of the best fishing of the year happens in June and July, highlighted by the Hex hatch ! When the Hex are happening we like to spread the fishing out over the Whole Day,  morning spinner fall or streamer bite followed by a mid morning to early afternoon hatch topped off with an afternoon Siesta and finely capped off with the evening Hex hatch !
 
Put it on your calender, it's rapidly approaching ! 
 
 
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I guided Cole on the Yuba river on Sunday.  There were no hatches all day on the river and fishing was definitely slow.  With the slow grab, Cole committed to  fishing nymphs without an indicator and was rewarded.  He worked really hard through a few of the best runs and pulled out 5 total fish with two of them being 16"+.  Way to go Cole.  Hopefully the weather will settle a little and we can get back to a few more consistent days on the Yuba!
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If the guide could operate a camera..........
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Letting em swing.
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Gettin the flies to the bottom!
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The Lower Sac is fishing well again after adjusting to the new 7000cfs flow level.  I just spent two days with Jerry from Oakmont and his son Mark from Tahoe.  Mark was new to drift boat fly fishing, but he figured out the program pretty fast.  Fishing was great yesterday up in Redding with lots of fish up to 19" or so.  Today we fished closer to Red Bluff and fishing was good.  We had the river all to ourselves.
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Nice hat Jerry!
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Mark with his biggest fish
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The Lower Sac is fishing well, the flow's have stabilized around 7000 cfs and the fish have responded. There has been a steady hatch of May Flies from mid morning through early afternoon and a smattering of Caddis flies throughout the day. No time like the present to get out and enjoy one of the finest Wild trout fisheries in the Country!
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Emma and Bob "Grandpa" getting it done !
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Fantastic fishing on Fall River today. My client Peter had a double digit day and got a Fall River grand slam. He hooked and landed fish on dries, nymphs and streamers. 
 
Early in the day, fishing a nymph rig was effective and he landed both large and small fish. The afternoon brought some wind, but it died down after and hour or so, and there was a solid PMD hatch. It seemed like almost every drift rose a fish, and he even hooked a fish in the 20" range.
 
Later in the afternoon, the hatch was over and we switched over to streamers and nymphs again, which produced quite a few hook ups.  Smiles all around, life is good. 
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Headed out to catch the evening bite on the riffle. Dark brown caddis and yellow sallies were hatching in abundance. I even saw a few salmon flies helicoptering around in the mix. The fish were mainly targeting the emerging caddis, and I landed an epic brown and a classic hat creek rainbow, both on dries. Not too shabby for a half hour sun downer session.
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Today was my first day on Fall River this season.  The river is in great condition.  It looks more like mid-June than early May.  Weed beds are thick and well-established all the way down to Circle 7.  The fish are already pretty dispersed, too.  There was a good PMD hatch today.  We had a couple hours of pretty good fishing mid-day before the wind came up and made things more difficult.  We hooked some 18" fish on nymphs, dries, and streamers throughout the day.
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Tom with his fish of the day
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After an amazing winter steelhead season on the Southern Oregon Coast and Olympic Peninsula, I came down to start my trout season at our Confluence Outfitters home base in the beautiful Fall River Valley.  Despite the drought, excellent fishing opportunities abound in the intermountain area, particularly on Fall River, which is my favorite trout stream in the States.
 
Fall River really picked up the last few days after kind of a slow weekend.  Fish are everywhere, if you know where they are:)  The nymph grab was pretty insane between 11 and 2, the streamer grab was so so, the dry fly fishing is sporadic, but will pick up soon.  If clouds roll in, look for solid PMD and BWO hatches.  Look for hexes in early June this year...
 
The Pit River has been fishing fantastic, particularly in the late morning and evenings.  
 
Hat Creek is fishing ok during the day, excellent caddis hatch in the evenings.  
 
The McCloud is McCrowded during the weekends, but fishing great.  Go during the week if you can, or hire a Confluence guide to explore new water. 
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Happy Cinco de Mayo! The fish were certainly celebrating today by chowing nymphs on almost every cast in certain runs. A light, spring creek nymphing rig was the way to go. Fish were aggressively eating small pheasant tails and micro mayflies. 
 
The dry fly action was a bit slow, with occasional rises, but nothing consistent. Small baetis dries produced a few opportunities early in the day, and PMD's were hatching around mid day with fish sporadically rising to feed. The streamer bite was fair with a few opportunities using sparse leech patterns. 
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We have had a last-minute cancellation for a 3-day trip starting tomorrow.  Dax is now available in the Fall River area this Thursday and Saturday and  Brian Kohlman is now available this Friday on the Lower Sac or other local fisheries.  This three-day guide trip for two anglers costs $1305.  In the interest of helping out our client we can offer this three-day trip for $895.  Call ASAP if you want to take advantage of this great last-minute deal!
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We have just 3 spots left for our 2015 Guide School. The dates are May 23-30. Our guide school is all about learning guiding skills that will help in any guide venue, from trout to steelhead to saltwater. Learn the tricks of the trade from Andrew Harris, Gino Bernero and Dax Messett. We conduct our school on some of the best rivers in California, including the Pit River, McCloud River, Lower Sac, Hat Creek, and Fall River.
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I guided Brian and Barry on the Lower Sac yesterday as part of a large group from the Diablo Valley Fly Fishermen Club.  It was the first time on the Lower Sac for both of them, and despite some tough water conditions due to an increase in flows, they did a great job.  They fished hard all day and were rewarded with some nice fish.  Nice work guys!  
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Brian with a nice one on the rod he built for the trip!
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Barry's best fish of the day spit the hook, but a few of these kept him busy!
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Great

The Lower Sac continues to fish very well even as the flows have been rising the last 2 days.  Flows have come up from 3000cfs one week ago to 6000cfs today and will be up to 7000cfs by Sunday.  I fished Posse Grounds to Anderson yesterday and Bonnyview to Balls Ferry today.  Fishing was good throughout the day both days.  Big and bright-colored flies are good when the flows are coming up.  A rising river usually means a lot of vegetation and other debris in the water, so it helps if your fly stands out a little bit.

Don't forget that the section of river from the Highway 44 bridge up to Keswick Dam will close on April 27th, this coming Monday.  It will be closed through July 31st to protect spawning winter-run Chinook salmon.
 

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The Lower Sac fished really well for us today.  I floated Bonnyview to Balls Ferry with clients Steve and Jon from Sacramento.  Action was really good throughout the day on a variety of nymph patterns.  We finished the day with some side-drifting without the indicator, which was also productive.  Flows bumped up to 4500cfs this morning and will be up to 5500cfs by tomorrow.  This is a great flow for fishing and so far the changes haven't thrown off the fishing.
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Jon with a fatty
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The Trinity has been classified to be under a "Dry Water Year" and the annual release schedule has been set and starts tomorrow. The flows out of Lewiston ramp up tomorrow to 500 CFS and peak May 5th & 6th at 8500 CFS and ramp down to 450 CFS through the early Fall.
 
8500 CFS will be nice to clear the river out and move things around, I'm just a little worried about the amount of water currently in Trinity Lake if we have another week winter.
 
We had a fair amount of rain up here early in the Winter but there is next to nothing in the Trinity Alps as far as any kind of snow pack.
 
I feel the fishery will benefit in the short run from this release schedule and only time will tell if the "Powers at Be" should have thrown out the rule book and held onto more water for future needs !
 
As for the fishing, it is currently slow on the Trinity but the Lower Sac has been fishing Good to Great ! 
 
 
 
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The 5.5 mile section of the Lower Sac from Keswick Dam to the Highway 44 Bridge will be closed to all fishing from April 27th through July 31st.  This emergency closure has been put in place to protect spawning winter run Chinook salmon.  They spawn primarily in this upper part of the river during the months of April, May, June & July.  Last year almost the entire run of winter run Chinook was lost due to high water temperatures in the late summer.  These fish are listed as endangered and the Lower Sac is the only place where they live in California.  The closure is only for this season and will not automatically be put in place in future years.
  
What impact will the closure have on our fishing program?  The closed area includes the popular Posse Grounds and Sundial Bridge area.  That will still be a popular float during the closure.  The only difference is that you can enjoy a 1-mile scenic boat ride before you get below Highway 44 where the river is open to fishing.  The float from the Posse Grounds to Anderson is 14 miles.  There are six full-day floats on the Lower Sac, and this closure only affects the uppermost float.   Missing 1 mile of 1 float for 90 days is an inconvenience, but very worthwhile if it helps the endangered winter run Chinook.
 
Come August 1st I think this closure will result in much better trout fishing and a healthier trout population for the long haul.  The closed area is the largest spawning area for resident trout on the Lower Sac.  These fish will be able to spawn without getting bothered by fishermen for once.  Hopefully the closure will also help get the endangered winter-run Chinook through a trying time.  More salmon means more and larger trout and a healthier river in general.
 
The Lower Sac has been fishing very well this spring.  Randy Hamann and I assisted with the 21-boat Project Healing Waters 2-pattern tournament yesterday.  Thanks to the Shasta-Trinity Fly Fishers, The Fly Shop, and Project Healing Waters for putting on a great event that benefits our veterans.  It was a fun day and 21 veterans got to experience the pull of wild rainbow trout on the end of their line! 
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Come say hi to Gino, Leslie, and myself today at the big Spey O Rama event at the San Francisco Golden Gate Casting Club in Golden Gate Park. Watch the best distance Spey casters in the world compete for the world championship. It's a very cool event and free to the public.
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World champion Travis Johnson helping out Leslie with her cast
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