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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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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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The water is as dirty as I've ever seen it at Eagle Canyon right now, but somehow the fish can still see the flies!  There is about half a foot of visibility right now, but with clear spring water coming in, I think we'll have a couple feet of visibility by tomorrow.  Our guests today hooked good numbers of fish on brown rubberlegs size 8, egg-sucking leeches size 4, and flashback PTs and copper johns size 14.  Action was slow in the morning but really picked up around 10:30am.  The scenery is amazing now that the sun has finally come out for a few days.
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Gino just had a couple of prime dates open up next week on the southern Oregon Coast.  He now has Thursday and Friday February 16/17 available.  The rivers are dropping into shape and fishing should be good.  These are Gino's only dates left open in February.
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We hosted the Oakland Casting Club today at Eagle Canyon.  We had a great group of guys that ran the gamut from total beginners to competition casters.  Everyone hooked into fish and had a good time.  Glen (see photo) said "Our group had a fantastic time. Thank you for your hospitality."  Andy told us "there were lots of hook-ups and huge rainbows to hand through-out the day. A #10 chartreuse bunny leech produced incredibly well in the last hour of the evening."  Glad to hear it and we hope to have your group back again soon!
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Glen caught this one on a size 20 midge!
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Randy and I spent the last couple of days guiding guests John, Barrett & Dean.  We had the river to ourselves most of the time and enjoyed some better-than-expected weather.  Everyone landed adult fish and Dean hooked one that was one of the biggest Trinity fish we've ever seen!  We're catching fresh winter-run fish right now with just an occasional downstreamer in the mix.  The river was starting to color up a little bit this afternoon - stay tuned for current river conditions.
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John with a nice one
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Dean at the end of day one
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The Trinity continues to fish fairly consistantly for Winter Run Steelhead, most of the fish that I have encountered over the past week and a half have been in the 3-8 lb class, a mix of wild and hatchery with the vast majotity being wild. Some days we hook 4-6 somedays we get spanked, been averaging about one fish per angler per day. which I think is to be expected when fishing for Winter Steelhead. The Great news is that a fair number of fish that have been landed lately by my clients have come on the Swing !

Tight Lines !

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Last week was superb...
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The fish aren't jumping into the boat right now, but there are fish to be caught on the Trinity River.  I spent the last two days with clients Dan and Pete.  We solved most of the worlds problems and managed to land three nice adult fish while we were at it.  We also landed a nice brown and a rainbow.  The best fish was Pete's 8# hatchery fish this morning.  The river is in great shape, albeit pretty high down around Junction City.  Traffic is a little heavy on the upper floats.  The water clarity is excellent - almost too clear.  Snowmelt runoff is pouring in from every tiny creek and the scenery is amazing right now.
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Masked Man Pete
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Dan
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We hosted the Shasta-Trinity chapter of Project Healing Waters today at Eagle Canyon.  Here are some photos!
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