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The steelhead season on the Trinity is still going on believe it or not with minimal pressure. The river is in great shape actually; flows and water clarity are ripe but it's been tough. With limited opportunities it's essential to be quick at those hooks-sets and never assume it's a rock! 

I feel like Paul Ryan with his sleeves rolled up when I start posting river flow charts, nonetheless the lower Sac is starting to settle down. With these higher flows it opens up a lot new water and opportunities to catch fish.  Tight lines. 


Sam R. 
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Trinity River is fishable D.C. /J.C.
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Lower Sac - it's time!
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Fishing was good today at Eagle Canyon, but we had to wait for it.  The weather was incredible all day with just the slightest breeze and a great view of Mt. Lassen.  Fishing was tough all morning with cruising fish refusing our flies time and again.  We had a little action on a brown rubberlegs size 8 but mostly refusals.  The bite turned on around 2pm and the fly of the day was the "baetis nymph" pattern formerly of Idywilde Flies and now sold by Umpqua, size 16 or 18.  It's a drab grey pattern with a bead and no flashy stuff.  It worked well fished under an indicator.  We fished a lot of 5X tippet today - that was a challenge but it seemed to help get us more grabs.  The bite got really good around 4 to 5pm.
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Jackie with a big one
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The flows are currently at 16,300 CFS and steadily decreasing to 8,500 CFS by the 15th.  The visibility is improving - I'd say it was approximately 12-18 inches.  As the flows drop, it is exposing quite a bit of silt on the boat ramps.  Be careful when launching.
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Well the Steelhead Season is starting to wind down here on the Trinity. It's been a challenging Season this year on the Trin, between, at what seemed like at times non-stop rain and snow to low fish counts. The one thing this Season has reconfirmed is that like many other things in Nature, Steelhead fishing is cyclical, it has it's high points and low points, having said that some of my clients had outstanding days on the river, right place, right time, nothing that could be predicted other then putting in the time and dedication to the sport.

As one Steelhead Season comes to a close another one is just around the corner, not too early to start planning a Steelhead trip to the Lower Klamath ! The Summer Run starts to show in the Lower Klamath in July, I will be focusing my time guiding there in Septemeber and October when the run typically starts to thicken and the crowds start to thin. I use my jet boat to access some of the best swing water in the Lower 48, we use Spey rods and Classic Swing tactics to target these Crome Bright Steelhead, we usually encounter a mix of adults and 1/2 pounders, Hatchery and Wild ! Mild weather and Beautiful suroundings, just hard to beat ! 

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Now that the flows are at a fishable level, I wanted to check on the visibility.  I checked the Posse Grounds and Bonnyview boat ramps and would say the visibilty is 6-12 inches.  I'll report again in a couple days.
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Flows on the Lower Sac are projected to drop down to 14,000cfs by this coming Saturday.  That's a great flow to fish (from a drift boat) and we're excited to get back out on the river soon.  Hopefully the clarity will improve as the river drops.  The fishing should be pretty awesome once the river drops into shape.  Stay tuned for an update on the water clarity later this week.
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Had the pleasure of guiding Dave from Napa on the Trinity. Despite being on the slow side, Dave landed a wild adult. 
The weather has been all over the place lately so dress accordingly! 


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Dave with a wild adult
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I fished the Smith earlier this week with a few friends and while none of us hooked up we were able to spot a few fish from the bank. It's getting to that point in the season where it can really pay off to focus on the upper river. Lot's of fish have made it in at this point and are queuing up to spawn. We even spied a few who were actively spawing and got to sit back and watch the show! The boat guys were doing well fishing the main stem below the forks with averages of 2-4 fish per boat. 

We all had our fingers crossed for a prolonged dry spell letting some of our other rivers come into play, but just like that another system is projected to sack the coast this weekend keeping everything high and muddy. The Smith looks to rise several feet over the weekend with another push early next week. It should fish well as it falls through the end of next week into the weekend. Early spring ushers in some of the most enjoyable days to be on the water here on the North Coast. Warm day time temps and the first blooms of the season make those dreary winter days feel like a distant memory. I have open dates for those who are looking for a late season shot at sea run chrome! 

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Manzanita blossoms. The first signs of Spring.
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Neil punches a cast on the upper Smith River
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Spey rods and dry bags taking a load off after another hard day of fishing
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Searching for signs of life
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We fished hard today and were fortunate enough to land one nice hatchery adult and several half-pounders.  We hooked into a second smaller adult, but as they say - easy come, easy go.
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 The fishing is slowing down, but there are still some very nice fish in the system.  The flows are steadily dropping and the color is ideal, but there is another storm forecast for this weekend.  We landed one fresh wild fish and a few half-pounders today.
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Bob with a beautiful wild fish!
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There are still some fresh wild steelhead to be found on the Trinity River.  We hooked into 3 today plus a few trout.  The water is high but the color is perfect.  There was a great march brown hatch today but I didn't see any trout poking their heads up.
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George with a nice wild buck
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John with another wild one
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Here are some photos from our guests at Eagle Canyon today.  Fishing was pretty tough, but about 8 nice fish were landed.
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Gino forwarded this photo from the southern Oregon Coast.  His guest Marko landed this incredible fish that measured 34" by 23".  Nice going Marko!
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Marko with a huge steelhead
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Yesterday I had the opportunity to get a day of fishing in on the Smith River with fellow angler and friend Colton Schwenning. It's been a wild winter season to put it mildly. We've had an unprecendented amount of rain, leaving most coastal rivers completely blown out for weeks on end. The Smith, which can rise and drop within a 24 hour cycle, has become our saving grace for a chance to swing up the much coveted winter run steelhead. Yet that is no easy propostition, especially on the Smith. The river is notoriously challenging to fish. It guards its secrets well, and I'm not just talking about the fish. Half of the battle on this system is finding the right water for swinging flies. The Smith is an incredibly deep river and has some extreme hydrology. Having an assortment of heavy sinking tips to really get that fly down to where the fish are is paramount to success. What do I mean by heavy tips? I like 13.5 ft of T-17 for most of the runs I'll cover in a given day, but I've gone up to 15ft for when I really want to dig em out! 

Back to the other day. Bad weather was imminent. We could see the storm churning off the coast as we descended into Crescent City. We fished the lower river first, both hoping that after the recent rise and drop we might intercept a fresh push of fish coming out of the estuary. After an hour we decided to save ourselves the hassle of jockying for good water on the lower river and go above where the guide boats can access the river. The rain started coming down heavy and the temperature was falling rapidly, but the river was in perfect shape. It had fallen just below 12 feet at the Jedediah Smith park gauge and was holding color beautifully. Nothing can raise the spirits of a weary steelhead angler like the emerald glow of this river. We fished our way up the middle fork and lucked out on scoring a few choice runs to ourselves. Suddenly the rain turned to snow. It came down in big fluffy flakes through the canyon and soon it was hard to make out the ridgelines. We fished until our hands were frozen and we were soaked through and through. It had been a good day. 

You don't always find them, but it's the pursuit and anticipation that make this sport so special. It can take you to places that you would never find yourself in otherwise. Always in the back of your mind is the memory of the last time one grabbed and the hopes that some day you will find that big scary fish to remember for a lifetime.

I have open dates through March for guided steelhead trips on the coast. There is still lots of great fishing ahead!

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Colton firing another cast to the far bank on the Smith River.
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Braving the elements. Steelheading in winter is like working for the postal service. Rain or shine.
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A perfect Smith River hen. Fish like this are what its all about.
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Snow day on the Smith.
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Conditions were chilly and breezy for the Cal-Shingle group last Friday. 
The fish just weren't into it until things started to thaw out a bit. After lunch the grab turned on and several nice fish were brought to the net. 

We're starting to see hatches of March Browns (size 14ish). Coaxing a monster rainbow to hit your dry fly is an absolute blast! 

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Tom April forwarded this photo of his guest LB's big fish today.  Lots' of LBs on that fish!
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We have just set our dates for Spey Camp 2017 on the Lower Klamath River.  We are expanding our offerings to include shorter 2-night camps as well as our signature 4-day, 3-night camps.  The 2-night camps are scheduled for Friday/Saturday/Sundays with arrival mid-day on Friday and mid-day on Sunday.  The price for the "weekend" spey camps is $1495 vs $1795 for the regular 3-night camps.  Each camp is limited to 6 anglers.  We will add additional dates if these first four scheduled camps fill up.

Camp #1: July 21-23, 2017 - 2 nights: $1,495 (Fri-Sat-Sun)

Camp #2: July 26-29, 2017 - 3 nights: $1,795

Camp #3: August 4-6, 2017 - 2 nights: $1,495 (Fri-Sat-Sun)

Camp #4: August 9-12, 2017 - 3 nights: $1,795

For more information, visit www.SpeyCamp.com

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Here are some photos of the Sundial Bridge today.  Releases from Keswick Dam into the Lower Sac reached 79,000cfs the last few days.  To keep things in perspective, typical mid-winter flows are under 5,000cfs and our summer flows are aroun 15,000cfs in a wet year!  It was amazing to see the river rushing through the trees for 50 yards on either side of the main channel.

No one is really sure when the Sac will be fishable again.  It's looking iffy at best through mid-March.  If the rains stop soon we could possibly see a high yet fishable flow in a few weeks.  The big question is will the river clear up enough to fish even when it drops.  Stay tuned!

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One of our guests is looking for a fishing buddy to split a Trinity River steelhead trip on February 28th.  This would be a nymph/indicator trip with Brian Kohlman.  The rate to join this trip would be $237.50.  The trip includes all gear, flies, lunch, and shuttle. 
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Beautiful sunny weather at Eagle Canyon this weekend. Fishing was a bit technical at times, but wasn't anything whiskey and some patience couldn't help overcome! Small rubber legs & emergers was the hot ticket this weekend.
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Armand with a monster!
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Father+sons posing w a nice one!
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