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We fished down near Red Bluff today and had a great day.  No steelhead or big fish today, but dozens and dozens of rainbows up to 16".  The egg grab is insane right now, although the fish have moved out of a lot of the trout water already and are clustered in the salmon spawning areas.
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I spent the last three days with clients Mike & Sherrie from Gilroy.  We used the boat as a taxi cab to get us from one prime wading spot to another.  The wade fishing was really good, especially the last two days.  We caught fish on nymphs, dries, and on spey rods.  On the first day Mike hooked into a 20# salmon on a 5wt spey rod.  We battled it for quite a while, but we needed a much larger rod to land that fish.  The highlight of the trip was this morning when Sherrie landed a 20" steelhead on a 4wt spey rod.  It was quite a fight!
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Sherrie swung up this steelie on a 4wt spey rod.
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Mike battling a 20# salmon on a 5wt spey rod
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Sherrie with a steelhead on the end of the line
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Fishing continues to be very good on the Lower Sac.  I spent the last two days up in Redding with clients Bernard and Catherine from Mill Valley.  The trout are really keyed in on the salmon egg imitations.  We landed numerous fish over 18" and our best was about 21".
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I just finished up two days with Bill & Chuck from the Bay Area.  We did one day up in Redding and one day down by Red Bluff.  The fishing was outstanding both days.  The fish are really on the egg grab right now.  I have seen salmon redds as far down as Red Bluff, and salmon are pouring into the river.  We even fair-hooked a 20# salmon today on an egg pattern.  Based on the number of fresh salmon in the river, the fishing should be fantastic on the Lower Sac for the next couple months
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Trout fishing is exceptional right now on the Lower Sac.  My clients Andrew and son Wyatt from Santa Cruz caught dozens of trout today.  We also had a very close encounter with a chrome steelhead about 4 pounds.  As good as the trout fishing was, I felt like we were fishing for the wrong kind of fish today, because the salmon were going nuts!  The salmon were rolling  in almost every run on the river and the salmon boats seemed to be doing well.  It was great to see so much salmon activity - look for an incredible egg bite in a couple of weeks when these fish begin spawning.
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This is how we roll
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Don't miss the 3rd annual Fly Fishing Film Tour tonight at the Cascade Theatre in Redding.  Confluence Outfitters is donating a full day at Eagle Canyon for 8 anglers to help support this event.  Buy some raffle tickets and put them in the Eagle Canyon bucket.  You can enjoy a great show and have a chance to win a great day of fishing, too!  The show starts at 7pm.
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We hooked all of the small and medium fish in the river today I think.  The 8-10" fish were really chowing down.  My clients Bob & Bob landed dozens of the small fish but also landed a few 18" rainbows throughout the day, too.  There are a few salmon around but not much evidence of them spawning below Bonnyview yet.  We had good luck on small mayfly nymphs.  The egg grab should improve over the next few weeks.
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With all the doom and gloom out there about water and fishing conditions there is at least one bright spot, the Lower Klamath ! The river is fishing very well, pulses of fresh Steelhead continue flow in and water levels and temps are perfect for swinging a fly ! Fishing should remain solid through the end of October, I still have a few prime dates available.
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fishy tailout
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Red Hot
Today was my last day of the season on Fall River.  It started out really slow.  We spent all morning trying a lot of different flies and techniques and none of them worked.  The main problem was that the micro-baetis hatch was incredibly thick.  There were mats of size 22-26 mayflies on the surface.  The fish were chowing them, but we didn't stand a chance competing against the shear numbers of bugs on the water.  We drove really far from that part of the river and after lunch we found an area that had none of the little bugs and lots of the big mayflies.  There were size 14-16 PMDs and callibaetis in good numbers from 1pm to 4pm.  We found several good spots where we could drift our flies to big fish.  At the end of the day we found a honey hole where about 20 huge fish were chowing dries in six inches of water.  My clients Dennis and Eric hooked many of those fish and landed quite a few 17-19" rainbows on dries.  It was pretty amazing, and a great way to close out my Fall River season.
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Eric wit h his first big dry fly fish of the day
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Dennis caught this one on a dry
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The last two days on Fall River have been good, but volatile weather has made fishing more challenging than last week.  We landed a nice 18.5" rainbow today on a nymph.  Dry fly fishing was good yesterday with calm weather, but high winds today made for lots of nymphing and streamer fishing.  Hoping for calmer weather tomorrow...
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A couple of our clients fished the Rogue River the last 3 days with superb local guide Steve Eadie.  They did some nymphing and some swinging and landed multiple fish each day.  The icing on the cake was a 10-12 lb steelie that Jon swung up after 10 casts, never having fished a spey rod before!
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Jon swung this one up on a spey rod
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Another trip to BC is in the books.  I was up there for 5 weeks doing my annual hosted trip and exploration.  Amazing experience, as always.  I will be putting two hosted trips together for next year.  Please contact me for details.
 
Heading to the Grand Ronde tomorrow.  I have two spots left available for my last multi day wilderness float on the lower river, one of the coolest steelhead experiences in the lower 48.
 
Then I will head to the Trinity in early November.   
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Darcy Bacha with a superb dry fly steelhead, he only fishes the dry fly. epic
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Dean Bell with another mega BC steelie
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Just another perfect BC swing run
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April Vokey's film crew, I will be appearing on an episode of her new TV show
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Master angler and guide for my NZ trip, Dean Bell
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A good way to explore BC
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Giant BC steelhead eat dry flies pretty good
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I had a recent cancelation of three prime days in late October, Oct 28th-30th, this is prime time for both the Trinity and Lower Klamath. Should have plenty of Steelhead around on the Trinity and on those dates water and air temps warm enough to swing them up!
 
For those of you out there wondering whether there are going to be any Steelhead on the Trinity because of the ongoing drought and associated low water, I'm here to put those fears to rest, there have been plenty of Steelhead pushing through the Lower Klamath and a good deal of them are headed to the Trinity. Those fish are going to run up river whether it rains or not, The Trinity is a tail water fishery and the minimum flow out of Lewiston Lake starting Oct 15th is 350 CFS and will remain that way through the winter. At these flows Steelhead have and will make it past Greys and Burnt Ranch falls all the way up to Lewiston. We need rain but the Steelhead are coming regardless !!!
 
 
 
 
 
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Lower Klamath Beauty !
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There was a large mud flow on Mt. Shasta starting Saturday around 3pm.  For more details, follow this link: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/4120/24594/
 
The forest service reported yesterday:
"As of this morning, the Forest Service reports that sediment from Mud Creek has reached Lake McCloud and the lower McCloud River. Sediments from Mud Creek will likely impact water quality and fishing by creating turbid conditions in the River below Lake McCloud for the next several weeks.
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The fishing over the past weekend on the McCloud, Hat Creek and Burney Creek were solid. The McCloud at Bollibokka was producing a majority of fish on a dry dropper early in the day, lots of action mid-day nymphing pocket water, and then quite a few fish on dries later in the evening. Brothers' Peter and David had a great day of fishing. The October Caddis have not started to come off yet in numbers, however we did catch a chunky rainbow on a OC nymph. Unfortunatley, with Mud Creek blowing out, fishing will be touch and go until the water clears up. 
 
Had a father-son duo and their family friend fishing Burney Creek and Hat Creek on Saturday. Koji, JT and Rick all hooked into fish. In the morning we fished above the falls with an October caddis dry and assorted nymph rigs. Koji wrangled in 4 fish within the first hour; even a few on the October caddis dry! In the early afternoon and evening we had the Powerhouse 2 riffle on Hat Creek all to ourselves; pretty rare, considering this spot is famous for shoulder to shoulder fishing.  Rick got a beautiful wild 'bow and 15 year old Santa Cruz surfer JT hooked into his first fish on a fly rod fishing a dry. It was an epic day. 
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Koji's first fish of the day on a dry fly
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Way to go Rick!
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Red Hot
Yesterday was a tough act to follow, but we pulled it off again today.  We started slow, with a half hour of unproductive streamer fishing.  Then we had some excellent dry fly fishing from 10am to 2:15pm.  The hatch was size 20ish baetis at the beginning and then the big size 14 callibaetis started around noon.  We hooked a ton of big fish on dries and landed fish up to 19" on callibaetis patterns.  The wind came up in a big way at 2:15 and that was the end of the dry fly fishing.  We switched over to nymphs after that and did some damage.  The best fish of the day was a 20.5" rainbow about 3 pounds landed by Stan.  These are really amazing, deep-bodied wild rainbows.
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Rob's 19" rainbow on a dry
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Our first big dry fly fish of the day
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Stan's 20.5" rainbow on a nymph
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Red Hot
Today was an outstanding day on Fall River.  Clients Stan & Bob stayed on the fish all day long.  We caught fish on streamers, nymphs, and dries.  The highlight of the day was fishing dries for three hours mid-day to big fish.  There is a great callibaetis hatch right now.  Stan & Bob hooked over a dozen 16-19" rainbows on dries.  In the afternoon they hooked a couple dozen more large fish on nymphs.  The best fish of the day was a 20" rainbow on a size 16 beadhead pheasant tail nymph.
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Bob's first big dry fly fish of the day
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Stan put on a clinic
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I took my clients Dick and Chuck out on the Lower Sac today.  We had excellent action almost all day long, including two double-hookups.  We spotted a few spawning salmon - things should just get better and better over the next few weeks as more salmon settle in and begin spawning.
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Chuck with a good rainbow
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Great
I just finished up two great days of fishing on Fall River with long-time clients Dick and Chuck.  Our first day was stellar and today was a bit tougher.  We had a lot of wind to deal with so we didn't get any dry fly fishing in.  The nymphing was very good - anything size 16-18 with a bead worked well.  Our best fish was a 20" rainbow about 3 pounds.
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Dick's big fish of the trip
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Lots of fatties like this
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Getting into Brian O'Keefe territory
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The white death!
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I fished up in Redding today with clients Dan & Pete.  The fish were really clumped up in certain areas and we hooked a lot of fish.  We landed some nice fish up to 21" / 3 pounds today.  The big fish were definitely on the grab.  Not much in the way of hatches today - we hooked all but one of our fish on the big indicator rig.  The other one we got swinging a birds nest through a shallow riffle.
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Dan's big fish
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