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Fishing Reports by Brian Kohlman

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Tyler Lee and I guided a great group of guys the past two days. The weather was ideal, and the fishing was very good. The bite was a little slow in the morning, but became more consistent until mid-late afternoon. My guests Dave and Wally connected with some really nice fish both days.

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Andrew Harris and I guided a group of guests from the Peninsula Fly Fishers. The primary focus began as a trout spey trip and the grab was slow. We experienced an incredible PMD hatch and quickly changed gears. My guys had a hard time fishing dries because there were so many naturals on the water. My guest Chris swung up a beautiful 18” fish on a soft hackle. This is a great way to fish the Sac and learn, or perfect new techniques.

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Chris with a beautiful fish caught on a 4wt trout spey rod!
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I was part of a 4-boat trip today, which just made the “flotilla” even larger! The river is fishing very well now, so expect heavy crowds on the weekends. Our group was comprised of friends and relatives and it seemed everyone had a great time. Considering the heavy pressure, it appeared all the boats were hooking fish! Mike, and his father Dennis hooked a fair number of fish, but the quality and size was very impressive! I’m confident the fishing is going to continue to improve the rest of the month and throughout May.

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Mike with a beauty!
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Another really nice fish!
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Dennis with a very nice fish!
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Kevin Kay and I guided a wonderful group of ladies from Southern California the past two days. This was their first trip to NorCal and I have a feeling they were pleasantly surprised! The grab was pretty consistent throughout the day on Thursday. The morning started slow today, but the bite definitely picked in the afternoon. Every time I looked, one of them was holding onto a bent rod! Nothing beats spring fishing on the Sac!

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I fished Ron and Kirt again today. The bite was a little slower than yesterday, but still consistent.  Kirt lost his mojo and struggled to bring any to net today, but Ron did manage to land a couple really nice and several in the 14-16 inch range.  PMD nymphs were the hot ticket again.

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Today I guided Ron from the Bay Area, and Kirt from Orlando. The day started with some light showers, but then turned into a beautiful day. The fish seemed pleased because the bite stayed very consistent all day. Today could have been epic had we landed all the fish we hooked. Once again, all our landed fish came on small PMD imitations.
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I had the pleasure of guiding my good client Bob, and his friend Rick. The bite was pretty sluggish all day, but the grab did start to pick up the second half of the day. Everything today was on small mayfly nymphs.   

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I was part of a 5-boat trip today as we guided the Kern River Fly Fishers. The forecast was calling for 2+ inches of rain today…and I’d say we got every bit of that! The constant rain did not deter any of the guys from wanting to fish and it seemed everyone was hooking up pretty consistently throughout the day. My guests Wayne and his son Robert were troopers! They are both very new to fly fishing and this was their first guided trip.  They struggled in the beginning, but both got some solid hook-ups and landed a few nice fish.

Lake Shasta was at roughly 21 feet from crest before yesterday’s storm. With all the rain we received, I expect the lake to rise significantly, which could lead to a bump in the releases from Keswick Dam.

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Wayne was rewarded nicely for his efforts
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I had a great time guiding George and Keith from the East Bay. This was their first time floating the lower Sac, so they struggled a bit with the subtle grabs. The grab was spotty in the morning, but it really pick up again in the afternoon. Most the fish landed were in the 12-14 inch range, but they both hooked into some big fish. I’m having my best luck on PMD nymphs, but the fish are eating rubberlegs pretty consistently below Bonnyview. Looks like we have 2-3 inches of rain headed our way. That’s great news since many of our reservoirs are still pretty low.

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George with his largest of the day
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Keith with another cookie-cutter
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Andrew Harris, Randy Hamann, and I guided a group from the Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club on a Trout Spey outing on the Sac. We were unable to launch our jet boats at Anderson or Balls Ferry due to the low flows, so we decided Red Bluff was our best option. Martin and Ryan both hooked into a lot of small hatchery steelhead. Martin hooked into a really big fish right after lunch, but it managed to give us the middle fin. A few minutes later, Ryan hooked into a really nice fish but we had to settle for a LDR. The fishing was really consistent until about 3:00, then the grabs were harder to find.
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I had a wonderful time guiding Ted and Eloise on a perfect spring day. Andrew Harris was guiding Ted’s childhood friend Tim and his wife Janie. Our day started off well, hooking into some really nice fish. Some we landed, some we didn’t – but that’s how it goes. Fishing remained pretty consistent all day with most of our fish eating small PMD nymphs and an occasional rubberlegs. The upper river above the Hwy-44 bridge will close April 1st and reopen August 1st.

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Eloise with a beautiful fish!
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Her fish fish of the day!
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Ted with a beauty!
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I had the pleasure of guiding Don and Randy from Austin, Texas the past three days. After reading about the Lower Sac, they decided to travel to NorCal and see for themselves. Our mornings were slow all three days, but the afternoons more than made up for it! We lost count of the number of fish they hooked and they both lost some very big fish, but also managed to land several nice ones. Springtime is here and the sucker spawn should start anytime now. Go fish!

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Randy's first of the trip
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Randy with a beautiful male
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Another chunky fish
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Nice way to start the afternoon
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We had a few of these
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Don with a beautiful fish
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The Sac fished very well for Lloyd and Lee today!  Lee landed a really nice male that was likely 21-22 inches, but dropped it as we were taking her picture.  Lloyd landed several nice fish, and they both hooked and landed a LOT of fish in the 12-14 inch range.  They had multiple doubl hook-ups which made for a really fun day!.  Caddis pupas and PMD nymphs continue to produce the best.
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Lloyd with a nice fish
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They were doubled-up and landed both fish, but Lee dropped hers
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The Sac is fishing really well now, which means Mark and Loren had an epic day today!  This was their first time fishing the Sac and they quickly learned landing big strong fish is not easy.  I actually lost count of how many fish they hooked today and there were a few times they were doubled-up.  The grab was on all day with PMD and caddis nymphs being the most productive.  My spring calendar is filling fast and the sucker spawn is right around the corner!
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Mark with one of many really nice fish
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They had bent rods all day
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Just one of many nice fish Loren landed today
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It's always nice to land that first fish
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We guided a large group from the Tri-Valley Fly Fishers today.  Our day started out really good, then things slowed down a bit for us mid-day.  Chas and Ron stuck with it and everything came togehter the last two hours!  Typical spring weather, showers then sun, then more showers.    
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One after another!
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Ron with a nice one
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Rick and George traveled from southern California to fish the Sac for the first time.  They struggled with the subtle takes at first, but both hooked into several fish.  Trout are still feeding on the surface in the early afternoon.  We have some rain headed our way this coming week - typical for spring time.  It's looking like we are going to have a really good spring on the Sac!
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I had the pleasure of guiding Don the past two days on the Sac.  Don has been fishing for a very long time, but had never used a strike indicator, nor had he ever used a two-handed rod.  Open to learning new techniques, Don asked if I could bring one of my trout spey rods so he can learn to how to cast.  After some instruction, he started to get the hand of it!  After swinging the first run, we fished an indicatorless nymph rig and immediately hooked into a couple of really nice fish.  Then we tried fishing with an indicator, and he quickly learned how successful this technique is.  For two days, we switched-up our techniques and hooked fish with both.  The best was when Don started hooking fish on the swing!  Combo trips are a fun way to break the day up and break away from the norm.
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The wind was relentless and gusty all day today!  It made casting, mending, and boat handling quite a challenge - and it really seemed to put the bite off.  There were a fair number of boats on the water, and I saw very few hooked-up.  Jake and Nicole struggled, but worked like champs to get the best drift possible.  Jake hooked into a few fish, but only managed to bring one to net.  The extended forecast is calling for a chance of rain next week.  Let's keep our fingers crossed!
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Jake with a chunky fish
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Today was a lot if fun!  I did a combo spey - indicator trip today with George.  We started the day nymphing, and the bite took some time to get going.  After hooking a few on nymphs, we stopped and swung a run and immediately started hooking up!  After swinging the run, we ran a few laps and hooked several more on nymphs.  We stopped and swung a second run and the grab was on!  The fish were not as grabby today compared to the past two days, but George ended up having a pretty good day by the end.  We saw some adult caddis, but only a few random fish were feeding to the surface - so no dries today.  With the low flows, this is great way to fish the lower Sac!
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I had the pleasure of guiding my very good friends Pat and Kate the past two days.  They hooked a lot of fish both days.  Some were pretty big, but most were in the 14-16 inch range.  Today we experienced an epic caddis hatch that had the fish feeding on the surface for about 30 minutes!  The weather has been very nice and the flows are dropping down to the minimum release of 3,250 cfs.  It's time to start thinking about booking your spring fishing trip!
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