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The Lower Sac fished well for clients Russ & Brad today.  We floated Bonnyview to Balls Ferry and only saw one other drift boat all day.  The fish were on the grab throughout the day.  We landed a lot of nice 16" rainbows.  Nothing bigger today, but great numbers of fish hooked.  There was quite a bit of bug activity, including pink alberts (orange PMDs) and caddisflies.  No risers today.
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Russ & Brad caught a lot of fish like this today
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There are some days when the stars align and that allows for a simply amazing experience.  I had the great pleasure of guiding my long time client Pat, and her very good friend Kate the past two days.  The weather was a bit unsettled, but the fishing was solid.  Pat and Kate worked very hard, but were definately rewarded for their efforts!  They landed so many fish in the 18-20 inch range that we lost count.  Rubberlegs and pmd nymphs seemed to be the most productive.  Flows have been very consistent the past few weeks, but are schedued to increase to 7,500 cfs on June 1st.
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I guided Jesse and his son Julian today.  We didn't hook into a lot of fish today, but every fish we hooked was reaaly nice!  Today's fare - PMD nymphs.
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I took clients Paul and Bill to the Pit River today.  We had a lot of fun and they both agreed that the Pit is a physically punishing river at the end of the day.  The grab wasn't red-hot, but we hooked decent numbers of fish.  We started in Pit 5 and worked our way up into Pit 4.  The lower end of Pit 5 is pretty big right now.  The tributaries are adding a fair bit of water, so finding good water is a little bit tough, even though the water is clear.  Pit 4 is in better shape - down to normal summer levels.  The nice thing about the Pit is that we saw zero other anglers.
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Pit 5 is kind of big right now
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Paul with a Pit River rainbow
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Bill hooked up
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Bill's big fish of the day
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I took my client John from Davis up to Manzanita Lake today.  Manzanita Lake is a great option for any multi-day trip in northern California.  At 6000ft elevation, it's a great place to get out of the valley heat.  It's loaded with browns and there are always rising fish available.  Today was no exception.  The morning fishing was very slow, but we started getting hook ups on nymphs under indicators around noon.  By 2pm there was a really good callibaetis hatch and spinner fall going on.  I was suprised to see so many this early in the year.  We saw fish rising to midges, callibaetis spinners and duns, and terrestrials today.  Our best luck was with ant patterns.  We hooked fish on nymphs under indicators, nymphs under dry flies, and dries today.  The wind was pretty bad, but we were able to find little corners where the fish were rising regularly.

We had the lake pretty much to ourselves today.  In another month it will be crowded with kayakers and a lot more fishermen.  The fish seem to get used to the traffic, though.  Manzanita is one of my favorite mid-summer destinations.

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Mt Lassen in the background
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John with his first fish of the day
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Fat brownie
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Our best fish of the day
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Close up of a Manzanita Lake Brown trout
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I spent a great day putting on a clinic for a great bunch of anglers from Nevada on the Yuba RIver.  We spent the morning learning flies and rigging techniques before moving to the water to demonstrate the wide variety of techniques that can be utilized for catching fish on the river.  We then visited multiple access spots around the river discovering the various water that the Yuba presents.  The group was very willing to learn and anxious to give everything a try. We even spent some time throwing the spey rod around.  They did an amazing job all day.  Truly one of the best days I've had teaching on the river.   
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All rigged up and ready to work on our skills!
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Do you know where we can find some rocks?
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A typical Yuba backdrop.
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Presenting nymphs with and without indicators!
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A great spot to swing flies.
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Dry/Droppers along the edges. Hopper time is coming!
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Tired arms from stripping streamers!
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The newest Yuba goldminers!! Thanks for the great day.
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My clients Dave and Kevin persevered today despite high winds.  Fishing was a big tough in the morning but picked up after lunch.  Dave and Kevin made some great drifts despite the horribly windy conditions and did well in the afternoon.  The fish weren't jumping in the boat today, but we had a pretty good day nonetheless.
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Kevin with his best fish of the day
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Kevin caught 3 fish on 3 casts at one point in the day
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Dave landed a few nice fish like this
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The Sac is continuing to fish very consistent.  PMD nymphs and rubberlegs are still the go-to flies.  The weather is perfect, albeit a little breezy - but that's spring on the Sac.  
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We have experienced some crazy weather the past few days.  Fishing has remained pretty good, but they were not as grabby as they have been the past few weeks.  They are keying on rubberlegs and PMD nymphs right now.  I have guidied Pat many times on the Sac and Trinity, and she has had so many amazing days and hooked so many big fish we can't even remember.  But today, the something special happened and she landed this 25" horse today.  Sometimes good things happen to good (great) people! 
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I spent a beautiful day guiding the lower Feather River today with fellow guide Mike Folden.  We had a very special guest on board - my dad John!  Mike spent the day coaching my dad and hooked him up with several nice trout.  The trout/steelhead action was pretty tough today, but everyone in the group hooked trout and we put a few in the net.  We also landed a handful of suckers and pikeminnows.  We had the whole river to ourselves and covered a lot of water.  The spring steelhead run on the Lower Feather can be good any time between March and June.  It didn't seem like there were a ton of fish in the river, but that can change as the season progresses.
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John with a fish on the line.
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John and guide Mike Folden celebrate a fish in the net
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Andrew's dad John Harris with a Feather River trout
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The Lower Sac is fishing red-hot right now.  We had a wide-open nymph grab all day long.  We fished up in Redding today.  My clients Rich and Kathleen caught tons of 14-17" rainbows and landed a couple up to 19".  There were lots of boats around, but the fish didn't seem to mind.  Yesterday we fished closer to Red Bluff and didn't see another boat all day.  Fishing was slower and the fish were smaller down there, but the solitude was really nice, too.
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Rich's big fish of the day
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Kathleen's first big fish of the day
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Kathleen with one of many
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Rich caught a lot of fish today
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We could not have asked for better weather and more cooperative fish today.  I love it when fishing is this easy!  We hooked into lots of really nice fish that were chowing on rubberlegs and PMD nymphs.  This is such a fun time to be on the Sac!
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I guided Greg and Brad from southern California the last two days.  They were new to the Lower Sac and to heavy-duty indicator fishing, but they figured it out pretty quickly.  Fishing was excellent on Wednesday with tons of hookups and fish up to 20" in the net.  We fought high winds in the afternoon both days, but the fish were still grabby.  Today was still quite good, but the action came in fits and starts.  There was a really good PMD hatch today and there were quite a few giant stonefly shucks on the water.  The fish ate a hodge-podge of egg patterns, PMD nymphs and stonefly nymphs.
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Greg with his biggest fish of the trip
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I spent the last couple of days fishing with good clients John and Francis on the Lower Sac, the Lower Sac has been fishing Good to Great ! The quality of the Trout on the Lower Sac always amazes me, there aren't that many places in the world within a relatively short drive of a couple million people, where one is able to catch beautiful wild rainbows on a regular basis. Conditions should remain stable for the next week or two, then the flows will raise to there Summer time levels, once the flows stabilize the fishing should be good through the Summer. Get out there and get you some ! 

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Days off are nice on the OP...
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Thanks to Leslie for the help landing this unreal steelhead
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As we approach our last week of Eagle Canyon, we're getting some good BWO hatches. Bring BWO nymphs and dries!  
We've had 10-15 lb fish netted this week- the big boys don't get pinned very often! 
Floating lines continues to be the tool of choice, with 9 foot leaders, sized down to 3-5X. Damsel & mayfly nymphs with a midge trailer will a surefire setup-- if using an indicator, balanced leaches and olive micro mays(size 16-18s) have been working best. 


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Wow!  The past three days has been very productive.  Friday was with the Santa Lucia Fly Fishers and Larry and Jim both hooked into a lot of really nice fish and eggs and PMD nymphs.  Saturday and Sunday was family outing and Eric's first time fly fishing.  The fish were super grabby and Eric hooked over 25 fish his first day!  The flows are still at 5,000 cfs and the weather is perfect.  No need to wait any longer - now is the time to book your spring fishing trip!
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Drifted the lower Sac with Don & Ray with the Santa Lucia Fly Fishers from San Luis Obispo. With countless hookups, we landed some hard fighting rainbows. Don tied into this buck (photo attached) that had his reel screaming! Fighting the fish on a 5X dropper, he did a great job bringing this hog to the net. 

This is a great time of year to float this river. The flows have been around 5,000 CFS, and the fish are hungry! Go book a Confluence guide and catch some fish;) 

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Nice fish Don!
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Had some amazing conditions these past few days on the Olympic Peninsula...I would really like to thank the crowds for finally not showing up...
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 We hosted the Santa Lucia Fly Fishers club from San Luis Obispo today.  They did a 4-boat trip with us on the Sac as part of our Eagle Canyon/Lower Sac combo special.  Tomorrow they will fish Eagle Canyon.

Fishing was really good for us today.  Art and Lew were quite adept at the indicator fishing techniques we use on the Lower Sac and did very well.  We hooked fish up to 20" and landed tons of 15-17" rainbows today.  PMD nymphs were the best bet.

Thanks to the Santa Lucia Fly Fishers and good luck at Eagle Canyon tomorrow!


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Lew and Art caught a lot of fish today
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Lew showing off around the other boats
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