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Am spending some great time in one of my most favorite places on the planet, Fall RIver.  Fishing has been very good as the bugs and the trout are plentiful in the river.  We have been fishing a variety of techniques including dry flies, nymphing rigs, dry/dropper rigs, and stripping sinking lines and finding fish with all.  There have been pretty good bug hatches throughout the day and the the trout are hungry.  In addition, it is Hex TIme!  The Hex hatch has been pretty consistent each evening with lots of bugs around and lots of big, hungry fish ready to eat.  There is really no better time to visit Fall RIver than now.  Here's to a great summer!

Beautiful Mt. Shasta at sunset!  Bring on the Hex!
Beautiful Mt. Shasta at sunset! Bring on the Hex!
Bent.
Bent.
Lots of these around
Lots of these around
Hexogenia
Hexogenia
Barry with a nice fish
Barry with a nice fish
Out of the shallows with a dry/dropper rig
Out of the shallows with a dry/dropper rig
Hex Success!
Hex Success!
Dandy
Dandy
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The Lower Sac has been fishing very well lately. I have attached a few photos from recent trips. On sunny days the fishing has been great with fishing eating a lot of caddis and pmds. On rainy overcast days the fish have been eating a huge variety of flies from every major bug family. The flows are good and the fish are showing no signs of slowing down. Whether you want to fish in town or do a more scenic float down low, the Sac has a great variety of options that are all producing. 

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For the last day on Evan and Steve's fly fishing extravaganza took place yesterday on the Lower Sac. We decided to float one of my favorite sections and since the weather man informed us that the wind was gonna be fine until 5pm, we went for it! Evan had dialed in the casting, mending, and was becoming quicker on the set. Day three gave him LOTS of opportunities to work on keeping the rod up, line tight, and fighting fish. How was the fishing, you ask? Well in the first long run, we back rowed it seven times and hooked ten fish. If that was any indication, the day was going to be great! And it was! Steve landed some absolute HOGS on some size 18 Crackback PMDs that I was sure were clippers (hatchery steelhead), but wouldn't you know... each were WILD TROUT. Slabs, man... slabs. Evan also got a really nice 20 inch 'bow that gave him a good fight. But the highlight HAD to be the double we hooked near Cottonwood Creek... it was pure chaos, as Evan's fish decided to go up river and Steve's fish decided to go down river and despite the potential for a lesson in crossed lines, we put both of those fish in the net!I've guided Steve a number of times now and we've had some great days together. But I'm not sure much could top a grandfather with his grandson hooking loads of trout. Steve's smile said it all. By the way... you'll probably notice Evan didn't smile for any of his photos. It's his calling card. After all, when Stephen Curry hits a three pointer, he doesn't have to smile. Why? Because he's been there before... and Evan held enough fish over the course of his three days that'd he'd definitely been there before! Great job, Evan! You crushed it! And thanks, Steve, for the chance to take you guys out! I had such a great time! If you are curious about whether or not you should get out and fish the Lower Sac... the answer is "Absolutely."

No smile needed
No smile needed
Wild hogs were out
Wild hogs were out
Doubles equal chaos!
Doubles equal chaos!
First fish of the day
First fish of the day
A thick slab
A thick slab
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Evan and his grandpa, Steve, were back for fishing day number two and we were on the Upper Sac. The river is down to it's summer levels with the flow at Delta is 244cfs. Water is crystal clear and while the salmon flies are peace out, there are still some large yellow stone flies, caddis, mayflies, and LOTS of midges hanging around. We fished at a number of locations south of Dunsmuir and while Steve was dialing in his tight line skills, Evan and I were focused on dry dropper techniques. Steve hooked a few fish in one of my favorite runs and then, when we moved and hiked a bit, Evan made a BEAUTIFUL cast, made a quick mend, and a nice rainbow SMASHED his yellow stone fly nymph. The grab was ridiculous and even though Evan was shocked by it, he set the hook and fought that fish and then we put it in the net! The colors were spectacular! Walk and wade trips are a lot of work, but the surroundings make for a great experience! Tomorrow we're back on the Lower Sac, so let's go...

High stick
High stick
This one ate a stripped PMD. Clearly not the smartest fish!
This one ate a stripped PMD. Clearly not the smartest fish!
Castle Crags
Castle Crags
All. By. Himself.
All. By. Himself.
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Steve and his grandson, Evan, came up to fish for a few days with me. Our plans are to fish a section of the Lower Sac, then do a walk and wade trip on the Upper Sac, and then head back to the Lower Sac. For our first day, we put in up at Posse Ground and floated under the Sun Dial Bridge. Fishing is closed until we get under the 44 bridge, so we just kept our eyes open and looked at the dozens of huge fish swimming around up there.Once we got down to the bridge, I spent a little bit of time helping Evan dial in his cast and mending and after a few minutes, we were floating down the river. It wasn't long before Evan was throwing bombs and mending like a pro. Steve stuck a really nice fish and demonstrated to Evan the necessary way to set the hook. From there Evan was game on! The fishing was mostly good, though we had periods where they were grabby and then periods where we couldn't buy a fish. Most of our fish were caught on black rubber legs and PMDs, and a few on caddis too.The wind was off and on, but nothing to complain about as it stayed under 10mph. But for a new caster like Evan, you kind of get nervous. But you know what? Evan had NO problems. The Lower Sac is supposed to get a massive amount of wind tomorrow, so we're going to go do a walk and wade trip on the Upper Sac. Maybe there'll be some yellow stone flies around!

Steve’s first fish
Steve’s first fish
A handful of trout
A handful of trout
God bless America!
God bless America!
Bending that rod
Bending that rod
A dime bright fish that fought HARD!
A dime bright fish that fought HARD!
Evan’s first fish of the day!
Evan’s first fish of the day!
Another pretty fish…
Another pretty fish…
Crackback PMD
Crackback PMD
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We are off and running with our summer fishery in the Klamath Basin. We have had a wet and cold spring this year bringing much needed precipitation to the Klamath Basin. The added moistures has raised the rivers and cooled the lake. I would expect the first batch of lake fish to start their migration up the Williamson River in early July. When they first show in the river it takes them a while to shed their feeding habits established in the lake. This provides a great opportunity to hook one of these lake brutes on the swing. When the fish first show up I typically like to target fish with leeches, minnow patterns and damsels nymphs. Fished with a clear full sink intermediate line on the swing. The first two weeks of July conveniently also marks the beginning of the famed Hex hatch on the Williamson River. Just in time for the newly arrived lake fish. For the stillwater enthusiast out there, July marks the beginning of our season to  target large redband trout in Pelican Bay and Agency lake. We will use a variety of strategies to catch these picky fish; Chironomids, balanced leeches, seal buggers, minnow patterns in lowlight and caddis pupa are all used this time of year. though relatively unknown and unpressured, Upper Klamath Lake and Agencey Lake are one of the premier stillwater fisheries in the nation.  We have plenty of open dates in July or August if you want to test your skills against some of the biggest trout in the lower 48.  

Williamson River redband
Williamson River redband
Agency Lake redband
Agency Lake redband
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Shang and Cindy came up to fish the Lower Sac and we had a great time throwing indicators for trout. The trout were pretty grabby throughout the day, eating caddis, PMDs, and rubber legs. The flow was around 3400cfs and the weather was excellent due to the fact that we had cloud cover for most of the day! This means that it wasn't 100 degrees and the fish didn't seem to mind at all. Highlight of the day was when we took some time to throw for stripers and had a MONSTER try and smash the fly. Unfortunately it didn't connect and we just got to see the fish. Shang fishes a lot for stripers and I could tell because boy could he throw those big streamers! All in all we had a great day!

1st fish five minutes into the float was a 20 incher!
1st fish five minutes into the float was a 20 incher!
A gorgeous lower sac trout
A gorgeous lower sac trout
Cindy got it done!
Cindy got it done!
Angles!
Angles!
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I had a great day on the McCloud with my guests Rusty, and his brother Paul.  Rusty and Paul hooked multiple fish in each of the spots we fished. They both landed a bunch smallish fish (8” – 10”), but they also landed several in the 12” – 14” range. We were focusing on indicator nymphing today, but euro nymphing is also highly effective. We saw lots of salmonflies in the bushes and a few flying around, but there was no surface activity where we were fishing. The McCloud is an amazing fishery and should be considered a “bucket list” destination for every fly angler! 

Paul with his first of the day
Paul with his first of the day
Rusty hooked-up
Rusty hooked-up
The other end
The other end
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I had the pleasure of spending two more really fun days on the Sac with my guest John, and his longtime friend John. We began our adventure with a double hook-up within the first three minutes. Catching fish this soon can either be the “kiss of death,” or the start to a great fishing trip. Fortunately for us, it was the later! The Johns took turns hooking into a TON of fish both days and there was a lot of banter given they have known each other for nearly 60 years!

This is a good start!
This is a good start!
All day long!
All day long!
John with a nice one
John with a nice one
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NorCal Women on the Fly is a group of gals determined to have fun and expand the number of females in the sport.  Mike Wright, Ben Thompson, and I floated a lower drift on the Sac with them and we had a blast.  Every one of them caught fish and had a great time doing so.  These girls have a real variety of fishing venues on their list so follow them on Instagram and share in their adventures!

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On Sunday Ron and John drove up from California and fished the Rogue with me.  We had rain the day we fished and the day before.  The Army Corps of Engineers started kicking more water out of the dam a couple days prior to trout opening and outflows were increased every other day it seemed.  Right now the flows are right around the historic average.  The release of water did slow the hatch down, but we worked hard and found fish.  With Ron and John we started mid-morning and found it to be slow.  A few fly changes and a dropper later we were into them.  Ron landed the most and biggest coming in around 15 inches.  Fishing got better as the day went on and the temps started to climb.  We saw more bug activity and kept the dry dropper set-up.  We found smaller fish liked the dry flies and our big fish mostly came on the dropper.  Purple Chubby's had the most success on top and a Copper John style nymph in red or green was the go to dropper. Fishing is good right now and will get better as we get into June.  Outflow from the dam should remain consistent and the hatch will pick up.  The fish are definitely looking up.  I have limited availibilty so head over and pick a date.   

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Ben Thompson, Tom Mahan, and I hosted a great group of guys from the Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club.  They were good and both angling and casting so lots of fish were put in the net.  Group trips are lots of fun for clubs, families, coworkers, or just about anybody.  Plan a trip today!

That’s a big sucker, Brad!
That’s a big sucker, Brad!
Group trip, group lunch
Group trip, group lunch
Wild rainbows
Wild rainbows
Ivan caught lots of nice fish
Ivan caught lots of nice fish
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Today was really fun for my guests Mike and Will, who happen to be retired firefighters – so the fire vs. police banter was pretty epic. The grab was consistent the first half of the day, then seemed a little spotty in the afternoon. By the end of the day, they both hooked into a bunch of great fish – and came away with some great fish stories!

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I just completed three trout spey trips and they were very successful. Jeff, my guest for Tuesday and Wednesday hooked multiple fish in every run we fished, both days.   The fish were a mixture of 12” rainbows, some hatchery half-pounders, and a handful of very nice fish. Jeff hooked and landed a beautiful 20” rainbow today but dropped the fish as I fumbled with my iPhone to take a picture – yes, it was an epic guide fail! Jeff had two exceptional days of fishing while working on his casting and presentation skills. I also had a half-day trout spey trip on Sunday with my guests Arthur and Alex. Arthur was new to two-handed casting, but Alex was experienced and landed a few fish including a beautiful half-pounder. The flows are ideal and there’s a lot of insect activity now, so this is a great time to book a trout spey trip!  

Jeff with a nice rainbow
Jeff with a nice rainbow
Alex with a hatchery half-pounder
Alex with a hatchery half-pounder
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Over the past three weeks, I’ve had several trips on Hat Creek, the McCloud, and the Upper Sac. The flows are very wadable, the water temps are in the low-mid 50’s, and all three rivers have fished very well for my guests. Euro nymphing has been the most productive technique for my guests, but we’ve also done very well fishing dry-dropper rigs, and you will always catch fish on an indicator rig. The dogwood trees are blooming along the McCloud, which always makes this a special time of year. If you’re interested in learning a new technique, or perfecting what you have already learned – let’s book a walk-wade trip on any of our amazing rivers!

Hat Creek - PH#2
Hat Creek - PH#2
Hat Creek - lower
Hat Creek - lower
McCloud
McCloud
Nature Conservancy Map
Nature Conservancy Map
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Today’s forecast was calling for wind – and boy was it windy! Jesse and Julian are always up for a challenge, and they really excelled given the conditions. Our morning was spotty to begin, but things started heating up mid-late morning and remained solid into the afternoon. By the end, they both landed some nice fish and lost some nice fish – oh the ones that get away!

Jesse & Julian
Jesse & Julian
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Delta report from Captain Bryce Tedford: "Super tough conditions with rough winds and a tough bite today. That said, Darius and his dad Jim persevered, learned the process and made  it happen. Made a solid day out of tough conditions!"

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Juan is one of the best tattoo artists I've met (and had work done)... plus he's a serious angler. If he isn't working as an ink master at First Love Tattoo in Red Bluff, he's casting for trout, salmon, steelhead, or stripers. Awhile back he told me he'd made a few casts with a fly rod but wanted to get out and figure it out. Juan made it sound like he hadn't really dialed it in, so we went out on the Lower Sac to see if we could get him more comfortable with his casting, mending, and hooking of the trouts. Guess what? Juan was sandbagging quite a bit because not only could he cast and mend like a pro, he stuck fish all over the river! The majority of Juan's fish were caught on caddis and small mayflies, but he also caught some fish on some copper johns... because... well... they are classics! The fish were everywhere they should be and in one riffle, he probably hooked ten plus fish in a matter of thirty minutes. I'd say, "Cast... mend... okay... get ready... SET," and we'd be hooked up. Some of them were landed... and some of them shook off... but it was all pure fun. Not a bad day. We also spotted a gazillion carp in shallow, shallow water... not sure if they are spawning and just foraging for food... but if someone can figure out how to throw flies at those things, the fifteen to twenty pounders have to provide some entertainment. I'm gonna figure that out... eventually. Anyway... get out. It's good. The fish are eating like hungry hippos.

Juan got this on a yellow stone fly.
Juan got this on a yellow stone fly.
Cookie cutters galore…
Cookie cutters galore…
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My guests Michael and Phil had an amazing day on the Sac. The weather was ideal, and the grab was very consistent most of the day. It slowed a bit around 3:00, but they continued hooking fish mostly on rubberlegs and small mayfly nymphs right up to the end.

Phil after an epic battle
Phil after an epic battle
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One of a few doubles
One of a few doubles
Michael with a nice one
Michael with a nice one
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Steve, Rick, and I spent a couple days on the Lower Sac looking for trout and boy did we find 'em! On day number one, the fishing was "good" and we put a decent amount of fish in the net, though the fish were a little picky and didn't seem to be eating as steady throughout the day. We caught fish on the spectrum of flies but really didn't see a lot of bugs throughout the day, so we spent time working through a variety of flies and seeing the fish eat a bunch of different options. On day two, totally different story. The fish were eating all day and we had numerous doubles! Caddis? Sure. Mayflies? Absolutely. Rubber legs? Okay, they took those too. Secret flies that remain anonymous? Yep! What a great day! The highlight was definitely when we spent time targeting rising fish with tiny size 18 dry flies and smackin' 'em! Yeah!! We don't get to do a LOT of dry fly fishing on the Lower Sac, but it can certainly be done and I really enjoy crafting a day around that as a possibility... more often than not, we make it happen! I'm looking forward to spending a few more days with Steve and his grandson in a couple of weeks and more days with Rick in the Fall. These guys are such great anglers! Get out now... the Sac is on fire!

Beautiful clouds
Beautiful clouds
A line ripper.
A line ripper.
Doubles in the first five minutes? Check!
Doubles in the first five minutes? Check!
Dry flies work too!
Dry flies work too!
These fish pull hard! Steve knows well!
These fish pull hard! Steve knows well!
Another dry fly eater!
Another dry fly eater!
Great days on the Lower Sac!
Great days on the Lower Sac!
Mercer’s Missing Link is all we needed
Mercer’s Missing Link is all we needed
A handful of trout…
A handful of trout…
Rick has caught a million fish in his life.
Rick has caught a million fish in his life.
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