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Fishing Reports by Andrew Harris

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I stopped in at Eagle Canyon today to visit with longtime guests John, Tom & Dean.  The grab was pretty slow other than for about 2 hours mid-day.  They made up for the slow fishing by landing some truly huge fish today.  The best flies were a red blood midge size 14-16, zebra midges in brown size 16-18, and a small tan mayfly nymph size 16-18.
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Tom with a beast
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Dean with a truly big trout
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Here are some photos forward by Tony from Red Bluff. His group fished Eagle Canyon this past Saturday, January 6th.  Tony said: 

"Always a great time. The fishing was slow at times but steady all throughout the day. The fish seemed to attack our flies in flurries. As a group we hooked 25+ fish and landed about 18-20 fish. The largest about 10-12 lbs. We caught a surprising amount of fish on a size 14 gold hare's ear under an indicator. Very exciting hooking big fish on small flies. I was talking to the guys and we are already planning a trip for next year."

Part of Tony's group is doing the Combo Special so they will be fishing the Trinity River with us, too.  The combo special has a minimum of 4 anglers and you spend one day at Eagle Canyon and then another day on the Lower Sac or Trinity River with our guides.  The price is $350 per person for 4 anglers, $325 per person for 6 anglers, or $300 per person for  8  anglers.

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Longtime guest Rocky from Woodbridge sent these photos from his trip to Eagle Canyon on Saturday.  He said fishing was great!
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Here are some photos sent from Steven and friends who fished Eagle Canyon last weekend.  Looks like fun!
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This fishing report was almost about a rare bird-sighting, but Ron saved the day and caught two really nice fish at the end of the day.  He landed a wild fish around 6 pounds and a slightly smaller hatchery fish.  Those were our only two opportunities on a long and mostly chilly day.  We spent a lot of time busting ice out of the guides today.  Fishing pressure is really light right now.

FYI, the bird-sighting involved a pileated woodpecker. 

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Ron gets the job done
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I spent the last 3 days with guests Steve and Jon and fishing was tough.  We covered almost 50 miles of river and did 4 floats in 3 days.  We finally found some fish on day 3 and managed to land 3 out of 4 adult steelhead hooked.  The river is low and clear and the fish are wedged into some pretty tight spots right now.  Conditions will stay the same until we get some rain, which looks like will be at least another week off.  Fishing pressure is very light right now.  It's a great time to enjoy some solitude and catch a steelhead - just not a great time to catch a bunch of steelhead!
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Finally got on the board with this fish yesterday
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Longtime guest Ron had this to say about his two-day trip to Eagle Canyon:

"The fishing was very good the first day and much slower the second day.  The fish are getting bigger and bigger!!  All of us caught fish both days and had a great time."

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This report is from long-time Eagle Canyon guest Dave Earl, who fished yesterday:

"Stripping streamers was on fire in the morning, all 3 of us had quality fish landed within minutes. Later we had to switch to nymphs under an indicator to get grabs. We all landed about 10 fish each including a 10 pounder and  a 12 pounder . I'm pretty sure  the same 12 pounder was caught a second time about  2 hours later. Eagle Canyon: a one of a kind flyfishing experience!"

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Today was Opening Day at Eagle Canyon.  We enjoyed a beautiful day and some pretty good fishing, too.  The weather was almost too nice - there wasn't a ripple on the surface all day.  The bite was definitely slow for Opening Day but everyone hooked into multiple fish.  The largest to hand was about 7 pounds and I saw quite a few 10 pound plus fish hooked briefly.  There are some big fish out there with flies (if not entire leaders) in their mouths!
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Chad with a nice one
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Nice fish Danny!
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Young Jack with a big rainbow
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I spent another long day at Eagle Canyon today getting ready for Opening Day on Saturday.  The new shade structure is coming along nicely.  Much more importantly, what about the fish?  The fish are huge this year!  Our average fish is 7.2 pounds.  We have a lot of fish over 10# in the ponds this year.  The weekend of Dec 16/17, just one week after opening day, is still open right now.  Jump on it and take a crack at these big fish before they see a lot of anglers
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James with a big one
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more progress today...
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I've been up at Eagle Canyon pretty much every day this week making preparations for Opening Day this Saturday.  The lakes look great!  Our shade structure by the upper shed finally bit the dust this winter and I am busy building a replacement.  We have plenty of openings left in December but we're down to just 5 open weekends left for the whole season.  Mid-week availability is pretty good for the most part.
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The lakes look great
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The old shade structure is history
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I just got back from the 2017 Pro Delta Days event put on by John Sherman and the crew at Simms.  It was an excellent event, very well organized and we also had some great weather.  I was joined by fellow guides Randy Hamann and Brian Kohlman.  None of us had fished the delta before so we had very low expectations for our fishing success.  Our first two days were really good and then our luck ran out on Sunday.  We landed a lot of schoolie stripers up to 4 pounds, mainly casting our streamers against rip-rap banks.  It was pretty cool to see bass boats that go 70mph, even if we were not in one!  It was also great to see so many of our friends from within the fly fishing industry.  We're already planning our next trip to this intriguing fishery.
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Sugar Barge Resort, host to the 2017 Simms Delta Days event
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Randy Hamann and Brian Kohlman getting bassy
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Our highly functional and very not fast rental boat, a 17ft Triumph from the Sugar Barge
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Randy with our best black bass.
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One of Andrew's best stripers (that he didn't break off)
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I just finished up a couple really fun days with guests Bill and John.  We fished from Anderson down and saw one other drift boat in two days.  On day one we hooked good numbers of trout, landed a nice steelhead (twice!) plus a nice striper.  Today the trout fishing was quite a bit slower and we got blown around a lot by the wind, but John landed another really nice steelhead.  We enjoyed two beautiful fall days on a very quiet river.
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John caught this steelhead twice!
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Bill made one cast and hooked up with this striper
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Lots of golden stonefly shucks on the rocks right now
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John with another steelhead
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Peter Santley sent me these two photos from yesterday's trip on the Trinity River.  He says fishing is picking up and so is the traffic.  His clients did very well yesterday, landing multiple fish.
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Those of you interested in fishing Opening Day (Dec 9th) at Eagle Canyon now have a 2nd chance to do so!  We are conducting a 2nd eBay auction for Opening Day since nobody placed a bid the first time around.  What does that mean?  That means that you could have reserved Opening Day for your group for the normal list price of $1160 for a fully-guided day at the lakes for 8 anglers.  Now you get one more chance to be the winner.  Here is the link to the auction page:

 https://www.ebay.com/itm/Opening-Day-at-Eagle-Canyon-Private-Fly-Fishing-for-Trout-near-Red-Bluff/122770076974

The auction wraps up Monday October 30th at 8am. 

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There are steelhead to be caught in the Trinity River.  We did a four-boat trip yesterday with results ranging from 1 to 9 hookups per boat on adult steelhead.  The river came up a little with the rain on Thursday night, but remained crystal clear.  There are thousands of salmon smolts in the river that make fishing difficult in some of the deeper holes, but the adult steelhead seem to be in all of their regular spots.  Adult salmon are spawning in many of the shallower riffles.  Fishing pressure is light at the moment.
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Jim and Dirk with a beauty
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I landed this nice fish while scouting on Thursday with Tyler Lee and Mike Wright
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I got out on the river for a few hours today with fellow guide Randy Hamann.  There are a lot of nice fish to be caught on the Lower Sac right now.  "Coleman" steelhead, meaning fin-clipped steelhead that originate from the Coleman fish hatchery on Battle Creek, are fairly thick in the river this year.  Our guides have been catching them from Red Bluff all the way up to the Sundial Bridge in Redding.  Most of these fish are in the 3 pound range, but we've hooked some up to 5 pounds.  I lost a big one today that tore off line and jumped its way to the middle of the river.  These fish are good eaters and come well to the swung (or even stripped) fly and the dead-drifted nymph. 
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Randy with one of several nice fish
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Our eBay auction for Opening Day is now live: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Opening-Day-at-Eagle-Canyon-Private-Fly-Fishing-for-Trout-near-Red-Bluff/122746205016

The auction concludes at 4pm on Sunday.  Starting bid is $1160, which is our regular price for a fully-guided group of 8 anglers.  Opening Day is December 9th 2017. 

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I spent the last two days swinging flies with return guests Steve and Jim.  We used the jet boat to get around and wade fished some very nice water.  Fishing was very good despite high winds both days.  We caught most of our fish on standard trout nymphs fished on short leaders behind either an intermediate or fast-sink versileader.  We fished everything from 3wt trout speys to 7wt single-hand rods set up for single-hand spey casting.  I even threw my dry fly rod for a bit and had some good action on dries and dry/dropper setups.  Two days with no indicators and we managed to connect with a lot of great Lower Sac fish.
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Steve with a great fish
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Jim with a hog!
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I got two Lower Sac fish to eat this today
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Lower Sac fish sometimes do eat streamers!
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I fished the Lower Sac with Al and Joe from the Bay Area today.  Despite a complete lack of spawning salmon, the river fished well for us.  We hooked good numbers of 10-15" rainbows plus a few fat 18" fish.  Fishing pressure was really light for this time of year.  There was a good hatch of baetis mayflies in the afternoon and I even saw a nice fish eat one on the surface before I spooked it with the boat.  It hasn't been a good year for dry fly fishing on the Lower Sac so it was nice to see a good rise.
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Al had some nice fish today
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