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The smoke has cleared, the sun was out, and the river fished well. What more could you ask for on a day spent on the Mighty Lower Sac? Yesterday's trip with Cheryl and Tom was extremely productive, as we hooked and landed a LOT of quality fish throughout the day, from start to finish. One might point out that September is one of the best times to show up because the fish ARE EATING and there's very little boat traffic. And we saw salmon and, I might add, the corresponding activity that every trout person wants to see when salmon are in the river. Readers will have to read between the lines to catch my drift, but I'll just say that if you were waiting to book a trip for when you thought IT was happening, now's the time. I've fished with Tom a few times now and after we took Cheryl on the last trip, she is now fully capable of crushing it. The student has become the teacher. "Mend up, Tom," Cheryl said several times. "Turn your rod to the right a bit" and "Luke, could you row us over there?" Ha ha! We've created a trout fanatic! There were several spots that we backrowed over and over again because EVERY SINGLE TIME we hooked a fish. The age old adage of "don't leave fish to find fish" was pretty compelling, but eventually we had to keep moving. But that was okay because we caught fish everywhere. Two highlights... first, while fishing one particular spot, Cheryl hooked the BIGGEST steelhead I've ever personally seen on the Sac. My "guestimate" was 32-34 inches and somewhere around 15lbs. HUGE. Cheryl fought it perfectly and right when we were getting close to putting it in the net, as it was less than eight feet from the boat, the hooked popped out of its mouth. Anxiety through the roof and our racing hearts skipped five beats and stopped. Oh the sorrow! But the second highlight was a bit of redemption because after a ten minute fight, Tom managed to land a 22.5 inch SLAB of a fish. Huge. Not just long, but HEFTY with shoulders. This river is amazing and the water is cold and the fish are healthy! Every single fish shot like a rocket when we released them, back to the depths to fight another day. Get up here. It's time. I have a couple of openings next two weeks and I think we could rest assured that we'll have a good time. Don't miss out! Tom has four more days booked in October... I wonder if Cheryl is going to join him :)

Early morning trout slab!
Early morning trout slab!
Cheryl caught fish after fish after fish after… you get the point!
Cheryl caught fish after fish after fish after… you get the point!
One handing it like a pro!
One handing it like a pro!
22.5 inches of steelhead love!
22.5 inches of steelhead love!
Tom photobombing another beautiful fish hooked by Cheryl.
Tom photobombing another beautiful fish hooked by Cheryl.
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Had a solid day on the Lower Feather River with a single angler client. All of the steelhead we caught were wild. There are already a decent amount of salmon redds and the steelhead are eating eggs. There has also been some quality hatches going off throughout the day. There was a decent amount of fish sipping dries at times, and it seems consistently around this time of year through the first week of October, there is a window of dry fly opportunities to catch steelhead on small dries which can make for a great time. While some people may be worried about the low water, it is totally fishable and the water is coming out of the bottom of the dam very cold. October and November are the two best months of the year out here in my opinion and it is already shaping up to be a good season. 

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We actually had rain last night!  I hope some of it landed on the fires.  When Larry, Steve, and I hit the water it was still cloudy and foggy.  Larry fishes quite a bit but his friend Steve was new to the sport so class was in session!  Luckily Steve was a quick study as we were only doing a half day.  Morning was pretty slow but the grab got going mid-morning and stayed pretty steady until the takeout.  We caught an unusual number of small fish but Larry landed a real trout pig and Steve got some nice fish in addition to the dinks.  We didn't see another boat but that won't be the case for long so get up here and let's go fishing!

Larry with a trout pig.
Larry with a trout pig.
Steve was a fast learner.
Steve was a fast learner.
What are those dark things in the sky?
What are those dark things in the sky?
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Had a fantastic day today with a single angler client landing 25+ fish. The fish were eating everything from stoneflies to small flies to eggs. We did not see another drift boat the entire day. Things are heating up quickly and September can be an overlooked month on the Sac. The crowds aren't here yet and the fish are hungry.

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I just spent a day and a half with some great guests, Tom and his wife Cheryl. Tom and I have fished together before and he decided to come back for more, only this time he brought his wife. After we gave Cheryl a casting lesson and went over a few of the minor details related to fly fishing, we were floating. Guess what? Cheryl IMMEDIATELY caught a 20 inch trout and we were off to the races! Our first day we fished from 2 until 6:30pm and the fishing was pretty good, ESPECIALY after we cracked the bug code. Lately there's been a decent grab on caddis but I can't say it's been really consistent. Seems like it's been a fish on this bug and a fish on that bug but nothing that I can say is THE fly to use. That changed, and after finally figuring out the bugs to use, it was game on (both days!). There was definitely a bit of a "bite" going on from 3 until 5:30pm that first night, as we got consistent grabs on those tiny flies we were using. Unfortunately, landing 20+ inch fish on tiny bugs is a lot easier said than done. But despite losing a few of the big fish, we got some really nice ones to the net, as you can tell by the photos. On the second day we started early and put a fish in the net pretty quick. I rowed up to the top of a riffle and told Tom to cast and he and Cheryl both said, "Even though it's really shallow?" Yep. Cast right there... BOOM! Game on. Fish will move into shallow water to eat and when they eat, they EAT! The rest of the day was average, with grabs here and there but it didn't get good until the end of the day for the last three hours. We hooked a number of BIG fish again and Cheryl put one in the net that was just a tad over 22 inches long. We took a photo of it when it was sitting in the net resting and getting its energy back right before it took off. All in all we were successful because we (1) had a great time, (2) Cheryl and Tom came super prepared with the White Claws (ha ha), (3) we put some great fish in the net, and (4) Cheryl killed it! I was so proud that she went from NEVER having cast a fly rod to hooking and landing a bunch of fish. In fact, by the middle of the second day, she was coaching (guiding?) Tom and letting me know where to take us (and she was right!). What a great day and a half! They are already planning their next trip in October, so you better book today or there may not be any spots left!

Tom with a gorgeous Sacramento rainbow trout
Tom with a gorgeous Sacramento rainbow trout
22 inches of trout pig!
22 inches of trout pig!
Cheryl learned how to cast a fly rod AND catch big fish!
Cheryl learned how to cast a fly rod AND catch big fish!
Pelicans are still hanging around.
Pelicans are still hanging around.
Another of Cheryl’s numerous fish.
Another of Cheryl’s numerous fish.
Tom caught this immediately on our second day!
Tom caught this immediately on our second day!
Guides like to drop in on photos of big fish; I like to drop in on photos of small ones!
Guides like to drop in on photos of big fish; I like to drop in on photos of small ones!
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It's a bit early for the Trinity to be on everyone's radar, but that doesn't mean it's not worth doing a little exploring! Kevin Kay and his daughter, Ashely, joined me for a trip below Lewiston to see how the water looked and to see if we might get lucky and catch a fish or two. The bad news is that the smoke is still around due to the Monument Fire; the good news is that we found some fish. In fact, we managed to both hook AND land two nice adult wild steelhead. After getting them to the net, popping off the barbless flies, and lifting them up for a quick photo, both shot off so fast we couldn't even say good-bye! They had a lot of energy (even after being caught!). It's good to see such healthy fish in the river. Ashley's fish was caught earlier in the float and as soon as she hooked it, we watched it jump out of the water a couple of times and we knew it wasn't a half-pounder. "Hey, that's a real fish," I said. Ashley was a pro and even though we were floating through a bunch of rocks and fast water, she managed to keep it on and put it in the net quick. After Kevin jumped on the sticks, I caught mine a bit later after he back rowed the meat of a run so I could have a second pass through it. Second time was the charm!  After I threw a cast and a quick mend, game on! My fish took a bunch of line and I immediately knew it was a decent fish. I'm happy to report that mine was larger than Ashely's (ha ha, sorry Ashley!). Throughout the day Kevin caught a decent amount of half-pounders and all in all the day was a lot of fun and successful. We were just doing some recon and the fish were all bonus! The Trinity River is something EVERY fly angler should get excited about because it's majestic, and the season is really right around the corner. I'd suggest it's something that you start thinking about. Water wise, the flow was just a tad over 450cfs and CRYSTAL CLEAR! As everyone knows, we need rain and I'm hoping we get some soon so that these fires can meet their match and we can get on with our fishing season. We'll keep you posted about how the fishing continues to go over on the Trinity. So far I've been pretty happy about the few trips I've taken so far because we've landed adults each time and anyone who knows anything about managing steelheading expectations knows that results like that are something to celebrate! I'm on the Lower Sac for the next two days and then head up to Alaska for a week. I hope you get on the water soon too!

Ashley got a good one!
Ashley got a good one!
This fish was hot!
This fish was hot!
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Had a fun day on the big river with a couple of clients. Healthy numbers of trout ate a variety of flies. A ways down in the river where we were fishing, salmon season is open and Mike hooked a good one from the back of the boat. After a long fight we were able to net it. We also tied into what looked like a good steelhead but it did not find its way to the net. I have been out there consistently finding success and it should only get better from here.

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My daughter Ashley took to fly fishing like a fish takes to water.  We used to fish together a lot but she went away to college years ago and then her job obligations kept her from coming back to visit.  She just got a new job and was able to come home for a few days.  She hasn't fly fished for years but she was on it from the first cast!  Like riding a bicycle etc.  We did a couple of half-days on the Sac and she put the wood to some nice fish.  Book a trip and introduce your wife/daughter/girlfriend to fly fishing, she might like it!

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Today's float featured sunny weather, cool breezes, and some monster trout! Keith and his son, Jason, joined me for a guided day on the Lower Sac and we rolled the dice for some big fish and came up feeling lucky! The morning definitely gave us a "Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner" type of vibe as we hooked a fair amount of those large rainbows that seem to know that trout trolls are supposed to live under bridges (or at least near them). Landing these fish can be challenging, but Keith and Jason both paid their dues (lost some fish) and were rewarded with some big fish too! We put five 20inch+ fish in the net today, including one that was close to 23 inches long and a million inches deep (seriously, it had some REALLY thick shoulders). Other than a couple of boats early in the day, we had the river all to ourselves and took advantage of the excellent weather with very little smoke. Bug wise I was surprised to see massive amounts of caddis coming off the river when we first arrived as well as a bunch of mayflies, though these were NOT what the trout were eating (surprise, surprise). I saw a handful of fish sip (or attack) bugs on the surface, which always tempts one to throw some dry flies but it's hard to improve on the indicator rig on the Lower Sac, so we kept at it! If you're interested in knowing what was hooking these trout trolls, feel free to book a trip with me and I can show you ??Let's go!!!

Doubles!
Doubles!
Jason did well today!
Jason did well today!
THICKKKKKKK 'BOWS!
THICKKKKKKK 'BOWS!
Trolls living below the bridge!
Trolls living below the bridge!
First fish of the day was a great one!
First fish of the day was a great one!
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I had two really fun days with my guest Jeff. We had hoped to fish the McCloud both days but melting glaciers on Mt. Shasta created unfishable conditions on the Mac – and the USFS has closed all forest service land through Labor Day due to fire danger. Monday, we fished the upper Sac in the Dunsmuir area and had some decent action and then floated the lower Sac today. After hooking a very nice fish right away, the grab didn’t really heat up until mid-morning. Jeff had consistent action throughout the afternoon, with some runs really producing a lot of hook-ups. The smoke hasn’t been too bad, some days better than others.    

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I had an opportunity to fish with Dylan Woodrum up in the Klamath Basin, targeting trout on the Williamson and Wood Rivers. As we were working on a video project, it was imperative that we put some fish in the net and guess what? The Williamson and the Wood did NOT disappoint! Dylan's wife, Kim, joined us and we had a really great two days. This was the second time I fished the Williamson and the rumors continue to be true... there are some big fish in that river! Throughout the day we caught a number of fish, most being in the 18 to 24 inch size range. We were primarily swinging flies hand tied by Dylan and I must say that it was pretty impressive seeing pods of dozens upon dozens of BIG fish in various locations throughout the day. On our second day, we went to the Wood River. Both the Williamson and Wood Rivers flow into the Upper Klamath Lake, but the two rivers are pretty different. While the Williamson is a medium sized river and has riffles and pools and a fair amount of changing river characteristics, the Wood is your classic spring creek, surrounded by meadows. We used a variety of techniques, including both swinging small streamers and chucking the 'ole bobber with nymphs. One could have easily used a dry fly hopper, especially after a 16 inch redband dive bombed my indicator! We put a lot of fish in the net and had constant action throughout the morning and right up to getting off the river before I made my way back to Red Bluff. Dylan is a very friendly, knowledgable, and fishy guy, so you can't go wrong with booking a trip with him. His experience on Klamath Basin water was evident by the consistently productive guidance he provided throughout both days. While we will have a full Klamath Basin Fly Fishing video in the future, I put together a quick little River Report with Dylan that you can check out here: https://youtu.be/bjErXO8Q6Uc

Dylan w/ a nice Williamson River Redband!
Dylan w/ a nice Williamson River Redband!
Mrs. Woodrum putting fish in the net!
Mrs. Woodrum putting fish in the net!
The Wood River fishes excellent
The Wood River fishes excellent
And there are brownies!
And there are brownies!
A handful of trout, once again...
A handful of trout, once again...
The smoke making the sun look weird.
The smoke making the sun look weird.
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Been awhile since I had a chance to write a river report. What with all the traveling I've been doing and being exhausted at the end of days due to the heat, it's been long over due! In addition to fishing in Minnesota for smallmouth bass (and catching nine billion of them), I've been on the McCloud, Upper Sac, Trinity, and my bread and butter, the Lower Sac. First things first... the Trinity was really fun and we caught a fair amount of half-pounders as well as hooking a few adults. The Trinity will only get better, so put a date on the books with me. The Upper Sac and McCloud have fished great and despite the smoke, my trips up there have been really fun. So how's the Lower Sac, you ask? It's picking up! We hooked and landed a bunch of fish today in the famed "upper section" (of the Lower Sac) as the river above Hwy 44 opened up. I've also see a few salmon on drifts here and there and, correspondingly, have caught fish on eggs. I mean... why not? Also done well on your usual suspects (rubber legs and caddis and top-secret-you-have-to-be-in-my-boat-to-know flies). Overall the river is fish good to great and the while the heat continues to fire off on all cylinders, the fishing is also picking up with each passing day! Anyway... here are a few pictures from some recent trips... hope you enjoy!

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I had a fun day of hopper fishing on Friday with some skilled clients. I have spent the majority of my summer doing hopper trips on the Lower Yuba. Many days the bite has been good and we have thrown hoppers all day, and other days the bite was slow so we switched to nymphing and started catching more fish. August is one of my favorite months for hopper fishing. Swinging has also been productive and is a good way to cool off and practice spey casting skills before steelhead season is upon us. Water temps are great on the Yuba and the fish are healthy.

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted a fishing report. I have had several walk-wade trips on our inter-mountain streams that have been very successful. On the other hand, the lower Sac has been pretty challenging the past couple months. Today was different for my guests Jim and Ken, as Kevin Kay and I worked together with a fun group of guys.  My guys hooked most their fish on mayfly nymphs, but they were also able to trick a few fish into eating rubberlegs. Even with the hot temps, it’s been very pleasant while on the water. The “egg bite” is right around the corner, so now is the time to book your trip as our October calendars are starting to fill.

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Pat gave his grandson Brad a fishing trip for Christmas and we finally got them out there. Better late than never! It’s been blistering hot here for weeks so we got an early start. Brad had never been fly fishing before so after a brief training session off we went! The morning grab was very slow, in contrast to my last time out. The fish finally woke up around 10 and we started to get hookups with some regularity with some lulls in between. We finished the day with a nice double and got off the river just as the heat became intense. Stay cool!

Rollin’ down the river
Rollin’ down the river
Pat with a nice wild Lower Sac rainbow
Pat with a nice wild Lower Sac rainbow
Hooked up
Hooked up
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Should you bring your kids fishing? Yes. Yes you should. Peter's dad brought him along for a trip to the Upper McCloud and a day drifting down the lower Sac... and he had a great time! Peter learned a number of techniques, including dry/dropper, indicator nymphing, and some tight line nymphing too! And he caught fish on ALL methods on BOTH rivers. Talk about a stud! We also checked under some rocks to see what kind of bugs could be found and saw some other fun things along the way, including lots of birds and a couple of deer. I was super proud of Peter because he didn't complain at all, even when I made lame "dad jokes." We hiked all over the McCloud and on the Lower Sac he became proficient using several methods. Over the course of the day I heard him change his mind on which method was his favorite several times, probably based on which had worked most recently! That's just like me! Ha ha! Anyway, the river is looking good... not a lot of bugs coming off during the day except some microscopic looking PMD's that would be in the size 18-20 range, but there are nymphs! There are always nymphs! Fish are eating rubber legs still (of course) and you're not crazy trying other things besides the standard lower Sac rig. Get out... and bring your kids with you! Peter got some things to brag about to his dad... and your kids could too!

Pete on the Upper McCloud
Pete on the Upper McCloud
No bobbers required!
No bobbers required!
Pete's first fish on a fly rod was small, but memorable!
Pete's first fish on a fly rod was small, but memorable!
Rubber legs eater...
Rubber legs eater...
Caddis time!
Caddis time!
Pete found this under a rock.
Pete found this under a rock.
Wave to mom!
Wave to mom!
Pete spotted two bucks grabbing a drink at the local bar.
Pete spotted two bucks grabbing a drink at the local bar.
Thank God for ND filters...
Thank God for ND filters...
End of a good day...
End of a good day...
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Today was more about fishing than catching for my guests Richard and Chuck. Fishing has been challenging lately, but the fish were grabby, and they did hook several fish throughout the day. Even with the heat, it was pleasant on the boat. Wide brim hats and sunscreen are must-have items these days! 

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Today was fun for my guests Mark, and his son Peter and daughter Stephanie. They are all new to fly fishing and wanted to spend their day on the upper Sac. Our morning was slow, but the action turned on by late morning and everyone started hooking fish. Mark landed a few fish before lunch, but Peter and Stephanie were on fire after lunch! They hooked lots of fish and both landed some decent fish in the 12” – 13” range. Water temps are becoming a concern, you can fish the mid river in the morning, but you’ll want to fish closer to Dunsmuir in the afternoon.

Mark with his first of the day
Mark with his first of the day
Stephanie with a really nice fish
Stephanie with a really nice fish
Mark, Stephanie, and Peter enjoying the day
Mark, Stephanie, and Peter enjoying the day
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I did a group trip with Brian Kohlman today I n the Upper Sac and had the pleasure of guiding Scott and Brent. We started off around 9:45am and had a decent amount of cloud cover, but by 11:30 we were enjoying nice sunshine. Throughout the day we went back and forth from tight line nymphing and throwing dry / dropper rigs. As expected, most fish were caught on nymphs but we had some nice action on the dry flies too... it's just a lot more challenging to hook and land those fish! After lunch we moved and hiked a bit and found a little "honey hole" that ended up giving up five nice 15-16 inch rainbows that fought hard, pulled line, and made some big jumps. And we didn't die trying to get them to the net even though those fish took enough line we had to land them down stream! Tight line nymphing can definitely be an extremely productive way to catch fish on these Northern California freestones, so if you are trying to get into the "Euro nymphing" or "Czech Nymphing" game, we can get you covered. Figuring out the sighter and length and multiple fly set up can be a bit challenging, but we can definitely get you dialed in. It's a really fun way to fish on rivers like the Upper Sac or the McCloud or Pitt. At any rate, we had a great day! The river looks great and is definitely a good option right now!

Grabby trout for Scott…
Grabby trout for Scott…
Bent rods are better!
Bent rods are better!
A fat and healthy trout…
A fat and healthy trout…
“One last cast…”
“One last cast…”
These Upper Sac trout pull hard!
These Upper Sac trout pull hard!
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Today I had Aaron and his buddy Jake in my boat and Brian Kohlman has Aaron’s dad and his friend in his boat. For whatever reason the grab never really got going today. We all caught fish but it was a “here and there” type of day. If anybody ever figures out what makes these fish eat one day and not the next please let me know! Aaron did a great job of fighting and landing a really broad-shoulderd rainbow, taking him down through clay bars and rough water until we could finally net him. That made our day right there!

Aaron and his Trout Pig
Aaron and his Trout Pig
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