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It's been a pretty scratchy couple of weeks on the Trinity River.  Fish have been scattered and it's been rare to catch more than one fish out of a spot.  Today was pretty much the same for clients Steve and Dana from Chico until about 4pm.  They both had a brief hookup under their belt by then and we weren't expecting much more action before we hit the take out.  Then we found a pod of fish!  Steve started with a small wild adult steelie which made our day.  Then Dana hooked and landed a 28" hatchery hen that gave him a great fight.  In the diminishing light they both had another brief hookup and then Dana landed an even bigger fish, a 29" wild buck that we chased downstream.  It was a great end to a beautiful day on the water.  
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Dana with his 2nd big one
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Steve with a wild fish
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Dana with a 28" fish
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I just finished up two days with Steve and Jon from the Sacramento area.  We covered a lot of water, including a float near Lewiston and one near Junction City.  Fish are dispersed right now and it's hard to get more than one out of a single spot.  Steve and Jon hooked 3-4 adults apiece in two days off fishing plus numerous half-pounders.  The average size fish is pretty good right now.  We hooked one smaller adult around 3 pounds but the rest were 5-9 pounds.  All of the fish we landed were wild.  Traffic is light to moderate and the weather is beautiful.
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Jon on day 1
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Steve's big fish from day 1
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Steve strikes again
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The Trinity continues to give up a few fish here and there, saw a few more fish on the move yesterday, we had a few encounters and Jay swung up a nice one at the final run of the day ! Those memories stick with you for a while...the weather is forecast to be realatively mild for this coming week.
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Nice fish Mark !
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Bottom of the the 9th with 2 outs, Jay with a walk off homer !
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Searching for Chrome !
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Fishing continues to be up and down on the Trinity, today was an Up Day ! Mark and Jay swung up four adult Steelhead today, I think that could be considered a good a day of swing fishing any where, especialy this Season on the Trin. As I said before the best fishing reports are the ones you make yourself, get out there, there is plenty of Season left, we should start to see the first of our Winter run around the Holidays...Tight Lines !
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One of four swung up today !
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Had a swing trip with Kayla and Mac from Fish First Fly Shop in Chico on Saturday. It was a cold and blustery day, and the river was on the rise, but we still had of fun on the water. We focused on spey casting techniques and reading water. Kayla also caught her first Trinty river steelhead. I think her smile says it all. 
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I just finished up a trip with the Diablo Valley Fly Fishers.  These guys and gals made a lot of good drifts the last two days but the fish were elusive.  Bill King, the group leader, managed to land a beautiful fish the first day.  We are all hoping that the storm forecast for this weekend spikes the flows and brings in some new fish.  Right now 1 adult fish in a day per boat is a good day on the Trinity.
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Bill King with a great steelhead
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The conditions on the Trinity continue to be good with good air and water temps and clarity, still not a lot of Steelhead around though. There seems to be more fish upriver in the Lewiston to Bucktail area, down river the Steelhead seem to move through fairly quickly, if your in the right area at the right time you could have some pretty good fishing ! Over the past two weeks I've had days were we've hooked as many as 5 adults in a day to days were we didn't get touched. The weather forecast is calling for more rain over the coming week, hopefully that will jump-start the fishing a bit. Tight Lines.
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a little solitude
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Floated Bonny to Balls on Saturday, November 12th.  Had a blast with two beginners.  Fishing was good when it was warm out.  PMD's worked well in the morning.  Hooked what looked to be a steelhead above Haas Riffle (below Anderson River Park).  It jumped twice, one time esclipsing the sun and leaving us in total darkness before spitting the hook.  
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Kevin from SoCal
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Micheal with a FISH ON!
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Took Ray and John down the Lower Sac on Saturday. Fishing was pretty slow most of the day. There were a couple of places where we ran into a few but for the most part a pretty inconsistent day.  With the shorter days now, we were treated to a great shot of the super moon over Mt. Lassen as we finished the drift. Still a great day.
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Best fish of the day!
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The Trinity has been a  strange beast to tame this season. Some days fish normal while others have you scratching your head. 

Guided Doug and Ed from the Bay Area last weekend and both received gold stars for hooking up and landing a couple half pounders. 
"Do or do not there is no try!" 
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There are steelhead in the Trinity River.  Not a lot, but enough to enjoy some good fishing.  I had the pleasure of guiding buddies Bill and John the last couple days.  We landed a couple of "uber" half pounders plus a couple of adult steelhead.  Fishing pressure is light and the river is in great shape.  Flows are well above minimum levels due to tributary runoff.
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Bill with the big fish of the trip
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I'm going back to selfie school
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I have given the fishing on the Trinity an "okay" rating but to be more accurate it's been everything from Slow to Great ! There are fish throughout the system but the numbers are not what we have seen over the past decade, reminds me of fishing the Trinity in the 90s, or better yet "Steelheading" not Trout fishing for Steeelhead. Some days we have zero encounters, other day's we have multiple encounters and bring several to hand.

The only given is that you cant catch a Steelhead from your Couch ! Tite Lines !

 

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time to man the oars and give chase !
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this keeps it interesting
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Had the pleasure of guiding Matt & Bill from the Bay Area.  
We played around with different variations of flies/egg imitations throughout the day and had the most action on small nymphs. 
We didn't tie into numbers, but all the rainbows landed were over 18". Not a bad day! 
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Randy Hamann and I guided the Lower Sac today up in Redding.  We had a great group of guys from the Bay Area.  Fishing was slow, but the weather was beautiful and most of the fish we hooked were quality fish.  It was father/son duo Brian and Dawson's first trip to the Lower Sac and they were really impressed with the size of the fish.  We had a couple big ones get away, including a 20+" fish on a dry fly.  There is a good mixed hatch of baetis and caddisflies in the afternoon.  Still some salmon around, too.
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Dawson fished hard
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Brian seals the deal
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The Fly Fishing Film Tour is coming to Redding this Thursday November 3rd.  Confluence Outfitters is proud to be one of the main sponsors of the event which benefits our local Shasta-Trinity-Cascades Chapter of Trout Unlimited.  The show is at the Redding Convention Center and begins at 7pm.  

We have donated a great raffle prize, a free trip for two to Eagle Canyon!  Come enjoy a good show, support a good cause, and buy some raffle tickets! 

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These photos are from the past two days.  Clients Jon and Armando fished with guide Steve Eadie on the Upper Rogue.  The Rogue has been blown out here and there but these guys had perfect timing and connected with some very nice steelhead.
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I had the pleasure of guiding Ted, his big brother Jim (both are World Champion Wrist Wrestlers), Ted's son Zach, and his son-in-law Tommy.  The recent rains have helped to move some new fish into the Junction City area.  We fished hard for two days and were fortunate to hook into some really big fish both days!  Tommy crushed it on Friday.  He managed to hook three and land these two quality steelhead.  Jim was presented with the fish of a lifetime, but ultimately lost after a truely epic battle.  Ted and Zach both hooked into some really HUGE fish today.  Unfortunatly, their acobatic prowess left them empty-netted.  Ahh...the one(s) that got away!  We are blessed with this early season rain and I expect more fish to arrive in the coming days and weeks.  Let's go steelheading!

 


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I just finished up 3 days on the Lower Sac.  Fishing has been quite a bit tougher this week now that the number of spawning salmon has started to decline.  We've had to work for our fish and fight some pretty nasty weather, too.  On Tuesday it was so windy we used the jet boat in the morning and wade fished, then did a short float in the afternoon in the drift boat.  Trying to get good drifts from the boat in high winds is no small task!  The weather and fishing improved a bit on Wednesday, with several nice fish up to 17" landed.  Today was the best day, despite a half inch of rain.  We struggled all morning, but then the nymph grab turned wide open from 2pm to 5pm and we landed some very nice fish up to 18".  We also had some hookups on dry flies.  The fish are settling back into a bug-eating mode now, although we still caught some fish on egg imitations.
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Janie with a nice one
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I've had a late cancelation and some prime dates have opened, I have November 4th & 5th available for the Trinity, Lower Sac or the Lower Klamath if it drops into shape.
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I spent the last 3 days on the Lower Sac with the Walker boy's from Virginia, the first two days working with BK, drifting the Sac in typical fasion. There are Salmon about but not in large numbers, we took are fish on both eggs and nymphs, they seem to be keying on small PMD and dark caddis nymphs. Today I guided the Father and Son group from my jet boat, wading a few spots away from the "mayhem" and despite a wet and blustery day we found plenty of fish to keep us entertained. We landed fish under the indicator on nymphs and eggs as well as on the swing.

My sports were all new to this and did fairly well, I think some keen swing anglers would have "crushed it" today ! 

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Wait ! was he wading when he caught that one ?!
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Another beautiful day on the Lower Sac
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One of many PERFECT wild sac River Rainbow's
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