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Fishing Reports by Brian Kohlman

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I got to spend the day chasing winter steelhead with my very good clients (and friends) Jesse and Julian.  This morning was the coldest temps we've seen in a couple weeks and I've seen an increase in fishing pressure the past several days.  Julian hooked into his first ever adult steelhead, and he brought his A-game.  After an epic batttle, Julian landed an absolutely beautilful, bright wild buck!  Fishing was tough, but Jesse landed a very nice native half-pounder.  Not a bad day for winter steelheading.
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After a canceled trip last year, the Gates crew made their annual migration from SoCal and Phoenix in search of winter steelhead.  Joe had the magic touch, hooking four adults and landing two.  Howard fished hard and was finally rewarded by hooking a nice adult at the end of the day, but couldn't manage to bring it to net.  The flows are finally starting to come up and it looks like we have several storms headed our way!  
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Joe with a nice hatchery buck!
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Joe with this beautiful wild hen!
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I had a great time guiding new clients Austin and Kevin!  Both were fairly new to fly fishing and this was their first attempt at steelheading.  Austin had a new Redington two-handed rod and really wanted to learn how to use it.  I set Kevin up with one of my Sage 6wt two-handers and taught them the double-spey and the C-spey.  They both picked up the casts pretty quickly and were swinging for steelhead!  Neither hooked-up while swinging, but Austin landed a nice hatchery fish right after lunch.  A short time later, Austin hooked into a dime-bright wild fish that gave him a fight he'll probably never forget!  The extended forecast is promising, so I am cautiously hopeful this will bring in a new batch to fish to the upper river.
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Austin with his first steelhead!
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Today I got to guide my old friends Dave and Craig from Sonoma County.  The weather was beautiful, but fishing was very tough.  Dave hooked one adult, but it didn't want any part of my landing net.  That was our only chance at a fish, and I didn't see any new fish moving through.  
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I got to guide an old friend Greg and his buddy Jim from Sebastopol today.  Fishing was tough, but they both managed to land beautiful fish!  This next weather system seems to be holding, so it looks like we will finally get some rain!
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Greg with a very nice hatchery hen!
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Jim with his first ever steelhead!
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I had the pleasure of guiding Dean today.  He fished very hard all day and was rewarded by landing two of the three fish hooked.  All were nice adult wild steelhead.  The fishing pressure is still fairly light, but I expect that to change very soon.  With the next system arriving next week, the flows should come up a bit more and hopefully more fish will move into the upper river.
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Dean with a beautiful wild fish!
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The Trinity remains challenging.  I guided the past three days with decent success - hooking one to two fish per day.  I have been seeing some very bright fish moving through, so that is promising.  The flows have come up slightly with the recent rains, but it is still very low and clear.  We have a new storm is headed our way next week and it appears we may get some measurable rain.
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I spent the past two guiding another group from the Diablo Valley Fly Fishers.  My guests Rich and Al nymphed on Thursday and the fishing was tough.  Al hooked one very nice adult while we floated the upper portion of the river.  Today was a swing day with my guests Diane and Karen.  They were very thorough as they worked all the runs and Diane was rewarded with a small native adult.  They fished with Gino on Thursday.  Karen swung-up three adults and Diane hooked into a brown trout.  Not to sound like a broken record, but conditions will likely not improve much until we receive some much needed rain.
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Peter Santley and I guided a great group of guys the past two days. The air temps have been very cold this week, so the water temps are dropping and the river is very low and gin clear.  Fishing was very tough for both of us both days.  Jim landed landed a nice wild fish on Friday, and we had a brief hook-up today. We really need some rain for conditions to improve.  I'm hearing rumors there is a new batch of fish moving upriver, so hopefully we will see them in the coming days.
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Jim with a beautiful wild fish!
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Today I guided Lloyd and Jack on the lower Sac.  We had a little rain to begin with, but then it stopped and we had a very good morning.  Both hooked and landed several really nice fish, all the while thinking the weather gurus were way off with their forecast.  Our good fortune ended around noon.  A system moved through and dumped rain for about an hour...and then there was the wind!  The afternoon was very different from the morning, we had a mixture of calm weather, wind and rain...and for whatever reason, it just shut the bite down.  All in all, it was a good day for the end of November.  I'm looking forward to spring fishing on the Sac!
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Jack with a beauty!
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Lloyd with a really nice fish!
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My second day with the Diablo Valley Fly Fishers was even better than yesterday.  It was a cold morning and VERY crowded on my float.  We took our time and hooked three fish right at the put-in.  Fishing remained consistent for the first half of the day, but slowed down after lunch.  We started with a very good landing percentage - but then the wheels kinda fell off.  All in all, Rich and George had an outstanding day hooking nine adults and landing three.  
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George with his first steelhead of the trip!
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George with a beautiful wild fish!
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Rich with another nice hatchery steelhead!
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The Diablo Valley Fly Fishers are here and I had the pleasure of guiding Rob and Rich.  We received a fair amount of rain yesterday, so the flows have come up a little more and the color is ideal.  We did well today.  The river was crowded, so finding water is the challenge.  Rich started the day by landing a nice hatchery male.  Within a few minutes, Rob followed up landing two more nice hatchery fish and then ended up on the losing end after a brief encounter.  The extended forecast is calling for a few nice days, but then we have another system moving in that looks to bring some significant rainfall early next week.
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Rich with a really nice hatchery steelhead!
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Rob with his nicest fish of the day!
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The Trinity is really starting to get a lot of pressure now, but the fishing remains good.  With the recent rains, the flows have come up a bit and we have more rain in store this week.  The river is expected to come up some more, but will remain very fishable.  I'm hoping this rain will trigger a new batch of fish to move into the upper river.    
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Bob with a nice hatchery buck!
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I had a really fun day with Phil and Lori.  The river had dropped to 6,000 cfs early this morning, but the fishing was consistent in many areas, and spotty in others.  Small nymphs have been the most productive my past few trips.  The A.C.I.D. dam has been removed and the flows are scheduled to drop to the low 5,000's this week.
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I spent the day swinging flies with Jeff and Shane from the Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club.  Jeff had one brief hook-up and a few solid bumps while swinging.  Shane hooked one nice fish while nymphing, but it managed to leave us empty handed as well.  There are plenty of steelhead in the system and with the upcoming rain, conditions should definitely improve!  The word is out, so crowded conditions should be expected.
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The Trinity continues to produce some really nice fish.  It has gotten very busy in the past few days, so the fish are seeing a lot more pressure.  Today was the first day of the Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club's annual trip.  Joe landed a very nice half-pounder early on, and he and Kevin fished hard all day.  Later in the day Joe hooked into a very nice hatchery buck that gave him quite a fight.  We received a little yesterday and last night, so the river has come up a little.  We have more rain coming our way beginning Wednesday, so that should trigger some fish to move up river and the water levels should come up a bit - hopefully.  It's steelhead time!  
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I had the opportunity to guide Jeremy and Phil on their very first fly fishing trip the past two days. The weather was ideal - and today was possibly the last warm day we'll see this season.  There are fish moving through the system and they are eating bugs.  Our first day, Jeremy landed one nice hatchery fish and lost another nice half-pounder.  Today, Phil hooked two really nice fish, but wasn't able to get them to net.  Jeremy landed one very nice native steelhead and was super stoked!  Looks like we have some rain headed our way this weekend!  That should improve fishing and will definitely help us float through this skinny water.  The steelhead are coming, now is the time to book your fall/winter steelhead trip!
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I guided Tom and Judy today and it was a fun day!  The fish were super grabby, but we struggled getting them to net.  Both promised to improve their landing percentage next time!  We hooked a few on eggs, but small nymphs (caddis and mayfly) have been the most productive the past few days.  
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I guided my very good client Pat the past two days.  Yesterday was very slow.  She hooked into a handful of fish, but there were long periods between fish.  Today was much better.  We had a few stretches without fish, but by the end she had a very good day!  I'm seeing some great mayfly and caddisfly hatches, and it is late October - so the boat hatch is in full swing.
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One of many really nice fish
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Our lunchtime visitor
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I spent the past two days guiding a great group of guys.  We had occasional rain on Friday, but we had a steady drizzle all day today.  Friday, Zach hooked into a really big fish that gave him a memorable fight, only to lose it because the hook straightened out.  Ted hooked into a few half-pounders and landed one very nice wild fish.  Today, Tommy hooked into a very nice fish that put up quite a battle, but he too lost his right as I was attempting to net the fish.  Ted fished very hard both days, and was finally rewarded with a beautiful hatchery fish at the end of the day.  There are fish in the river and for now, there is very little fishing pressure.  The water is low and clear, so I feel conditions will improve once we receive some rain.      
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Ted with his beautiful steelhead
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