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I had the opportunity to take my jet boat out today with my very good client Dick.  Instead of fishing an indicator rig, he wanted to use his two-handed rod to swing for trout.  Other than the two salmon boats we saw this morning, we had the river to ourselves and were able to methodically fish some great runs.  We wet waded all day, so we were very comforatable as the temps reached 107 this afternoon.  The fish weren't super grabby, but Dick had some bumps and landed a nice Lower Sac rainbow on the swing!  Booking a Lower Sac Spey trip is a great way to spend the day on the river and refamiliarize yourself with your two-handed rod!  Fall is just around the corner - and so is steelhead season! 
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Here is a report from our guest Steve who fished Fall River with guide Art Teter on Thursday:

"My wife and and I had a great day on the Fall River...  all that a 72 year old Veteran could ask for.

Art Teter was a very good / helpful and friendly guide. We caught lots of smaller fish and one 23"+ rainbow."

Great fish, Steve! 

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Steve's big Fall River Rainbow
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The good news is there didn't seem to be as many boats out today compared to Tuesday and Wednesday and the fish were much grabbier for us today. We had consistent hook-ups all day and both landed some really quality fish! We're in store for a slight cooling trend and the really hot weather will be ending soon and the egg bite will be here before we know! 
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Eric with his best of the day
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Sam with was pretty psyched to land this beauty!
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I was looking forward to fishing Greg and Drew on the newly reopened upper section - but it didn't fish as well as it had the past two years.  Typically, more fish are hooked above the Hwy-44 Bridge than below, but we actully hooked more below Hwy-44.  Greg and Drew landed some very nice fish and hooked several others, but I was disapointed.  The river was crowded, and I expect that to last for another week or two.  I'm not really sure why the fish are so tight-lipped - but I'm looking forward to giving it another try on Friday! 
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Today was the big "Re-Opener" on the Lower Sac, when the top 5 miles of river from Keswick Dam to the Highway 44 Bridge re-opens.  There is now an annual closure from April 1 to July 31 to protect spawning winter-run Chinook salmon on this short stretch of water.  The fish in this stretch are some of the biggest in the river and they usually get pretty fat and forget some of their wily habits during this break in fishing pressure. 

I'm not sure what happened today, but the fishing was not very impressive.  There wasn't really a noticeable difference above or below Highway 44.  Fishing was about average at best, plus there were about 50 boats on the water.  Flows came up 500cfs last night, and that might have put the fish off a little.  We're going to give it another shot tomorrow and I expect fishing to be better.  We did hook some quality fish today, including one huge one that we couldn't land. 

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Caught some nice fish like this today
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Jet Boil makes a great fly line spool!
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Hed the pleasure of trying to beat this heat with client Len from Ohio.  We spent a morning and some of the afternoon on the Upper McCloud.  Although the temps finally did reach triple digits, the canyon and water of the McCloud made for an enjoyable day.  We spent our day throwing dry/dropper rigs.  Len hooked into some nice Upper Mac Rainbows on the dry fly and then did battle with a few smaller fish on the nymph as well.  Good times!
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One of Len's rewards for throwing dry flies.
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The beautiful, and somewhat cool, Upper McCloud River.
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I had the pleasure of guiding Ted and his son-in-law Tommy today.  Yes, it was pretty hot - but the fishing was pretty good too!  The fish were pretty grabby during the morning - both had lots of hook-ups and both landed some really quality fish!  The fish seemed to be a bit more tight-lipped during the afternoon, but both worked hard and were rewarded by hooking into some really nice fish - too bad they couldn't bring them to net.  There's always next time!  
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Fun day on the Lower Sac with Nate and his dad.   Nate was 8.   Nate was great.    He could barely see over the bow of the boat but he fished almost a complete day, learned to cast a 7 weight, mend, set the hook and strip in his first trout on a fly rod under some relatively slow fishing conditions.   His dad was teaching him, "an attitude of gratitude" and it was awesome to watch.  

The heat on the river isn't too bad and nobody is fishing the lower Sac right now out of Redding.   This father, son duo with the right combo of attitude and nobody on the river had an awesome day!  

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"The website makes it sound like you're going to die if you fish the Pit... let's do it."  

Matt came up from San Jose to check out some fresh water and was intrigued from what he heard and read about the Pit River. 
Within an hour Matt landed several hard-fighting rainbows including one that filled up the net nicely (pic attached). 


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Matt with a nice rainbow!
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I guided Martin and Ford on the McCloud the past two days.  They fished very hard and both were rewarded with some beautiful fish.  The cold water was a welcome relieve from the heat!  Bring lots of water on these hot days.
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Spent the last few days in the Intermountain Area fishing Hat Creek and the Pit River with clients Rob and Topher.  We had a great time spending the mornings on the flats of Hat Creek throwing dry flies.  We had a number of fish rising to trico spinners and baetis emergers until around 10 am each day.  We landed mostly smaller fish, but had a few brief encounters with bigger top feeders.  So much fun.  Both guys did great on their casting and long presentations.  In the afternoon, we switched to the cool canopy and deeper pools of the Pit River.  We hooked and landed solid fish both days on wieghted nymph rigs and pretty much had the river to ourselves.  Combo days are a great way to take advantage of the variety of water in the area.
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Solid fishing on the Pit.
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The beautiful markings of a smaller Hat Creek Rainbow.
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I spent the last few days on Fall River.  The hex hatch is good if not a little on the heavy side.  There were plenty of fish working the surface from about 8:50pm until dusk, but sometimes so many bugs that our chances at a grab were limited.  Most hex fish are in the 16-21" range and put up a great fight.

Daytime fishing on Fall River is up and down.  We had a very difficult day on Saturday and then a pretty good day on Sunday.  You have to keep moving to find fish, and some of the fish in big pods aren't very interested in eating.  Go around the next bend, though, and it can be a whole other story.  On Sunday we landed quite a few fat rainbows in the 17-19" range, all on nymphs.  My clients Frank and Doug had a double where they landed matching 18" rainbows.  We were able to do some sight-nymphing on the shallow shelfs and weedbed edges and we caught plenty of fish on blind casts, too.  There is a smorgasbord of PMD and callibaetis duns and spinners, some trico spinners, damsels, and water boatmen on the surface during the morning and mid-day timeframe.

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I caught this one!
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The evening caddis hatch is thick right now
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Hex floating down Fall River with Soldier Mtn in the background
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Moonrise on Fall River
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Frank with a nice one
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Doug with a great fish
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I floated the Sac on Thursday and again today.  Fishing remains a little spotty - tough one day and good the next.  With the daytime temps beging well above 100 degrees, we've been starting early and it has been pretty comfortable.  The Sac fished very good today, Philip and Sam both hooked several nice fish - and missed some really big fish!  With the closure ending at the end of the month, I'm excepting the upper section to be in great shape in August.  Stripers are in the river as well.  I'm planning to do some scouting this week, so I'll post a report towards the end of the week.
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Philip with his biggest of the day.
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Sam with was pretty psyched to land this beauty!
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Spey Camp is for everyone, and the time is almost here!  We have a just a few spots left for our 4th season of Lower Klamath River Spey Camps.  These popular camps are perfect for the following anglers:

Beginners: Learn the basics of casting a two handed rod.  Learn how to read steelhead water and how to fish it.  Learn the terminology of spey casting and understand the gear used.  No need to bring gear, our camps are sponsored by Sage, Rio, and Redington...we have a mega arsenal of fun toys for you to try before you buy them.  

Intermediates: Take the next step up in your casting game.  Are you just doing the same snap t or double spey over and over again?  Time to learn some touch and go casts, refine your sustained anchor casts, and get more proficient with the scandi lines and lighter summer set ups.  Bring your rod and get it dialed in with the right line, we have dozens of Rio lines you can demo to balance your set up.

Advanced: We love to cast, and we love help anglers achieve their highest potential in their casting and angling techniques.  The advanced angler will enjoy the amazing home water we have right in front of camp, fishing for chrome bright fish a few miles from tidewater.  Also explore the classic swing runs that abound on the Lower Klamath Wilderness River, only reached by boat.  Demo the newest rods from Sage like the X and the Mod.  Have casting "jam sessions" with three expert instructors who's passion is spey casting and swinging for chrome bright steelhead all over the Pacific Northwest.  

Everyone: All meals, spey rods, reels, spey lines, flies, and elite instruction included.  Just bring a sleeping bag and appetite!  Our wilderness camp is already set up with comfy tents, cots, and Leslie's legendary camp chef meals.  When not fishing, relax and watch the river go by or nap in the shade.  In the evenings, sit by the fire and take in the beautiful coastal sunsets are followed by superb stargazing in a place where light pollution is far, far away...you will sleep well.

Open dates: 

July 21-23  Weekend Spey Camp.  Quick and easy trip!  Arrive Friday afternoon, settle in and fish the evening, all day Saturday, and Sunday morning then head back home.  

August 9-12 Spey Camp, 3 nights, 2 half days & 2 full days of fishing.

River flows are the best they have been in years for the Lower Klamath, giving us excellent conditons for our camps.  Spey Camp is an easy trip from the Bay Area, and the best value in the industry for a multi day instructional spey experience.  Couple this with a shot at chrome steelhead a few miles from the ocean, this experience is hard to beat.  Contact me with and questions. 

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I fished a lot of water in the last 3 days here in the intermountain area.  Fishing has been tough in general with slow outings on the Fall River and some of our local small streams.  Fortunately, there has been some good fishing mixed in.  The hex hatch is really thick right now, sometimes too thick.  The fish seem more enamoured with the hex hatch some nights than others.  Tonight we had our best evening yet with guests Bill and Harvey both landing a couple of fish in the 20" range.
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small stream fishing
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wet wading is the best
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Landed a few fish like this tonight on the hex hatch
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One thing I love about fly fishing is how many ways there is to enjoy the sport.  Last week, we were drifting down the Lower Sac at 115 degrees for linbacker trout with large nymphing rigs, and yesterday I got to spend a great day with clients Lynn and Helena from Los Angeles on the Beautiful Upper MCCloud River, a perfect high altitude trout stream.  What a difference in fishing styles, but equally enjoyable.  Lynn and Helena had a great day learning all of the various techniques that can be used on the Upper McCloud to catch fish.  We fished dries, nymphs, and dry/dropper combinations. We caught wild and planted trout on all set ups and I really enjoyed their enthusiasm and interest in learning the river.  So fun.  
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Lynn with a dandy!
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The beautiful Middle Falls of the Upper McCloud.
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Spending all day in the shadow of Mt. Shasta
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After a week on a remote island near the equator, I came to a truly hot climate here in the Fall River valley.  
The hex hatch has been a little erratic, but worth the effort.  It is starting late, around 9:20.  Many of the fish have been tight to the banks, so you actually need to cast to these fish to get the big grabs.  As always, opportunities to catch large fish are there, Bob from Chicago landed a fat one over 20 inches last night.  Daytime fishing on Fall is a bit scratchy and hot...
The Mac is fishing decent, with some lingering salmonflies around and some mayfly hatches in the afternoon, especially when clouds are around.  Dry dropper rig and covering water will work very well, Fish the shady spots in the afternoon, or nymph the deeper buckets and pools, or get out of the agonizing sun and nap until it cools off!
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Here are some photos from Peter Santley's Lower Sac trip today.
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Nick with a nice one
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Brian Kohlman and I guided three great guys on the Lower Sac Tuesday and Wednesday.  The air temp was a little warm (one reading said 114), and the second day we had some strong morning winds which gave us a few challenges.  The guys did great and the fishing was really good.  Being on the water provides a nice breeze all day and plenty of cold water to cool off with.  Our group had lots of hook-ups both days and we put a lot of good, quality fish in the nets.  The fishing was consistant all day and the fish were grabbing a variety of nymphs.  Don't let the weather scare you, the Lower Sac is a great place this time of year.
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Dave with an 18" dandy. Wind took his hat. Small Sacrifice for the picture
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Mark keeping cool with a hot fish.
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Wally's hard work pays off!
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It's time to fish the epic Hex Hatch on Fall River.  I have a few nights available on June 26 & 27 and July 11 & 12.  I've been fishing this unique hatch for 15 years, and it still is as exciting for me as it was on day one.  The good thing about this hot weather coming up is that the hatch should go off!
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