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 The Lower Sac didn't produce a lot of fish today, but we landed some very nice 18-20" fish.  My clients Chuck and Casey were interested in doing some dry fly fishing, so we nymphed in the morning and fished dries and dry-dropper in the afternoon.  The afternoon dry fly fishing isn't on fire yet, but we had our moments.  We had one ferocious grab from a 20+" rainbow on a dry.  We had to resort to hopper-dropper to get some of the fussier fish.  It was a fun day.
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Chuck's big fish of the day
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Fall river the past few days was a ghost town. With lower pressure, the fishing was decent with mid day baetis hatches as well as the fish keying in on the nymph and streamer grab. The weed beds have grown in quite a bit to offer extra cover for the trout. Fall river in the autumn season is absolutely a hidden gem. 
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Scenery.
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Sarah making a roll cast.
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MT Shasta!
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Way to go Dave!
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No parr marks on this fish Marc! Well done!
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I had a really fun day on the Sac with my buddy Mark from Colusa.  The stripers were pretty grabby today.  We landed about a dozen including two medium-sized fish.  We also saw four fish in the 20+ pound class.  It was a fun day of casting streamers at the banks.
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My big fish of the day
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Mark caught lots of fish today
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You wouldn't know from the pictures, but we caught a lot of trout today on the Lower Sac.  The suckers were biting too and I couldn't resist a picture of two suckers in the net.  Today was the first time I've been cold in a long time.  A front moved in and the temperature was nice and cool all day.  It got a little blustery around lunchtime, and when the wind died at 3pm the fishing was red hot.  Along the way we had some fun dry fly fishing, but the nymph grab from lunch through the end of the day was outstanding.  My clients Dan and Frank put about 30 trout in the net.  Tons of 12-15" trout today.
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Spooning suckers
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Gino Bernero says that the lower Klamath River is fishing very well.  His clients have been hooking adult steelhead every day and there are good numbers of half-pounders, too.  Fishing should be good through the first week in November.
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I just received an Upper Rogue River report from local guide Steve Eadie.  His clients went 3/5 while swinging flies on Friday.  He says water levels are dropping quickly.  Lower water should concentrate the fish big time!
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I fished stripers today with my good friend and fellow guide Mike Wright from Sacramento.  We fished the Corning area which was very busy with salmon fishermen.  Striper fishing was good, although we didn't hook into any big fish today.  We landed over a dozen small stripers plus a smallie and a couple pikeminnows.  I saw one really big striper today.  When I was out two days ago I saw half a dozen big fish that were in the 15-30# range.  One was so big it almost scared me.  It looked to be 40# as it swam right underneath the boat.

There were good numbers of salmon rolling throughout the river today.  I talked to some of the salmon guides and results ran the gamut from hooking nothing to hooking ten fish. 
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Mike with a typical striper for today
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big pikeminnows (squawfish) like to eat streamers, too
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The most expensive stripping basket money can buy!
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View out the front door
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View out the back door
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Stripers eat flies like this
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Big fly doesn't always mean big fish
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Mike with a fish on
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Sacramento smallmouth
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This past Labor Day weekend, I had the pleasure of hosting a trip with Travis Johnson and his company All Waters Angling. We floated and camped on the Lower Deschutes river. This river is regulated for bank fishing only, which meant fishing from the boat was not an option. No problem here! With the big water and bouldery riffles, spey casting is by far the most effective way to fish this water; not to mention the most fun. 
 
Travis is the world record holder for spey casting and an excellent guide and instructor. The river conditions were excellent. With Travis' help and that of fellow guide Caleb Lockyer, everyone was able to improve their spey casting, learn more about the river, and have some fishy encounters. Not to mention excellent cuisine and lots of laughs. I know I'm already looking forward to next year! 
 
 
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Even I got to fish a little....
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Gorgeous scenery is also included.
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Chris with a hog!
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Fish on!
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Early starts mean being the first on the best runs
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Zach with another fish on.
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Travis landing a beautiful hen.
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A well hooked chromer.
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Love that tail!
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Dave was a first time spey caster, his casting really progressed though out the trip
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Randy and I did a trout spey trip today with 4 members of the Peninsula Fly Fishers club.  Fishing was pretty good today!  Everyone hooked a lot of rainbows on their spey rods.  We also had some dry fly and hopper-dropper action.  Our biggest fish today were about 16" and most came on size 14 birds nests and hare's ears.  Randy and I used our jet boats to transport our clients from one prime swing run to the next.  This is a really fun trip because you can wade fish all day and there is very little "down-time".  Our clients had a great time tuning up their spey casts and catching good numbers of fish today.
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Chris hooked up with snow-free Mt Lassen in the background
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Randy cruising by in his sweet Willie sled
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Spey casting at the tipi
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Mike swinging through a nice riffle
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Patrick leans into a spey cast
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Mike fishing hopper-dropper
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I've spent the last 10 days touring around the amazing Skeena System in British Columbia, where I have been hosting trips for the past 5 years.  I am expanding my hosting operation this year, and will be offering multiple location and trip options in the future to better suit time and financial concerns for the avid steelheader.  
 
The fishing has been fantastic since I've been here, with rainy steelhead days and cool temperatures.  This is a drastic change from the hot dry weather this summer I experienced in California, Washington, and Oregon.  The steelhead seem to like it too.  I've seen some amazing fish landed this week from 8 to 21 lbs, and saw some larger ones hooked and lost. This place is truly amazing.  
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Darcy Bacha with an insane specimen
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I had a fun day on the Pit River today with father/daughter duo Rich and Nina.  FYI, the Pit River Road is still closed 24 hours/day a little ways above Rock Creek.  We came in from the Big Bend side and started in Pit 5 and worked our way up to Pit 3.  We did okay nymphing the deeper buckets, but the best action was with a hopper/dropper rig in the smaller, shallower pockets.  Nina rose fish up to 16" on her hopper pattern.  She had a lot of hopper grabs on pink and olive hoppers in the mid-afternoon.  The best fish to hand was a fat 16" rainbow on the dropper nymph.  Nice going guys!  Rich and Nina both survived the Pit without falling in and they both caught fish!
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Hooked up
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Nina with a typical size rainbow for today
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Nina with a new fish pose
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Rich hooked up
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I fished the Lower Sac the last two days with clients Chuck & Bill from the Walnut Creek area.  Overall, the fishing was okay.  The nymph grab was pretty tough at times, but good enough for decent action.  We had fun yesterday fishing dries and dry/dropper in the afternoon.  Those of you who enjoy the afternoon DFO (dry fly only) half-day trips will be interested to hear that the caddisflies are starting to hatch and there are some very big fish eating them on the surface.  Chuck hooked one that was well over 20" yesterday.  Bill did well on the hopper-dropper rig, hooking two nice fish on his dropper on consecutive casts.
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I fished with Cheryl from the Diablo Valley Fly Fishers today on Battle Creek.  Fishing started out pretty slow, but the bite turned on around 1pm and improved throughout the afternoon.  Cheryl had a 7'6" 3wt, a perfect rod for our private section of Battle Creek.  She landed a lot of nice 10" rainbows and countless smaller fish on a variety of dry flies.  The best fly by far was a size 14 parachute Adams.  The biggest fish hooked was a 12" rainbow that ate a size 6 orange Chernobyl ant.  This was my best outing on Battle Creek so far this season.
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Cheryl with one of many fish caught on dries today
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Battle Creek is the perfect size for a 3wt fly rod.
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I spent a half-day scouting for stripers on the Sac this morning and the bite was really good!  I landed 5 schoolies and lost 3 bigger fish, the largest about 15 pounds.  I also landed a 10 pound plus squawfish - one of the biggest I've ever seen.  I had one really big striper (I'm guessing 20+ pounds) follow my fly, too.  The striper grab should be pretty solid for the next two months.  Come up and check it out!
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We just finished up our Spey Camps on the beautiful Lower Klamath River.  Our Spey Camps are instruction based, but we also like to catch chrome half pound and adult steelhead while we are teaching beginner to expert spey casting and angling techniques.  The first few camps had some exceptionally hot weather.  Then things really cooled off dramatically, and the river temperature in our home water dropped from 72 degrees to 69 degrees.  Steelhead poured in and we had some excellent fishing in our home water and the other amazing swing runs close to our camp.  Leslie prepared superb meals, Gino cruised us to some of the best swing water in the lower 48, and everyone left a better spey caster and steelhead angler.  Spey Camp is such a good time.
 
I would like to address some concerns that I have heard regarding high water temperatures on the Klamath, and if we should be fishing in such conditions.  This drought has really heightened awareness for our rivers, which is a great thing.  I appreciate and share everyones concerns about this situation.  We are acutely aware of the water temperatures where we are fishing, and continuously monitor the situation.  We don't look on the internet for temps, we put a thermometer in the water that we are fishing in.  When the temps got to what we felt like was too warm, and it looked like the heat was going to continue, we canceled a few trips.  When it cooled off, it was game on.  
 
In relation to the inland trout streams that most fly anglers are use to fishing, the Lower Klamath is a much different fishery.  Water temperatures between 68 and 72 degrees are quite normal on the Lower Klamath in July and August.  As a trout angler, I realize that we are used to fishing much cooler water temps.  The Lower Klamath is simply a totally different animal compared to trout streams, and other steelhead rivers for that matter.  There are multiple temperature gages on the Klamath, and the temperature above Blue Creek will be several degrees higher that the water that we fish during Spey Camp, since we only fish below the closure.  The fish that we encountered and carefully released shot off like bullets, like all chrome steelhead do.  We didn't pose for any hero shots with fish, and a fish never came out of the water.  Spey Camp is one of the coolest experiences out there for two handed enthusiasts, and look for Confluence Outfitter Spey Camps going into the Fall months next year.
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Here are a few photos from Spey Camp!
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Gino giving a demo
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Leslie demonstrating a perfect D Loop
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Cheers!
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Dax giving a demo
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Dan hooked up!
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Jon Hazlett blasting out another perfect cast
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Campfire chats watching the sunset
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Stunning scenery abounds on the Lower K
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Andy rigging under the morning fog
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Swinging our epic home water
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Jen cranking out a big cast
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Jen hooked many fish
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Jon Hazlett from the Ashland Fly Shop hosted a group in Spey Camp #4 this year.  Follow this link to the AFS blog for a report and some photos from the trip!
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I took my sled out on the Sac today to try out my new electric trolling motor.  I just finished installing it and it works great!  It will be a big help on striper trips.  In two and a half hours of fishing I landed two shad and one small striper.  Pretty fun!  I can't believe the shad are still around in mid-August.
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Fishing was a bit slow today on the Lower Sac.  I floated clients Bill and Brig from the Posse Grounds to Bonnyview.  They both landed nice fish, but the grab was just off.  Temps in the 80s were nice, though.  It's pretty smoky up here but not bad enough to bother you while you're fishing.
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I did a Tenkara trip today on Battle Creek with Mel from Berkley.  The creek is in great shape.  Plenty of cold clear water.  The fish weren't jumping on the hook, but we had plenty of opportunities nonetheless.  The native rainbows liked a parachute adams and a size 10 parachute grasshopper the best.

Tenkara gear has come a long way in the last 3 years.  Many of the new rods have two or three locking lengths from 9ft to 12ft.  This variable length adds a lot of versatility, especially since the length of line that you fish is fixed.  The first Tenkara rods were 12-14ft and I really like the shorter lengths with the option to go longer.  6-10" rainbows are a lot of fun on these rods. 

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