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My guests Bob and Rich had two amazing days of fishing and it was game-on out of the gate both days! They both hooked a LOT of fish both days, and the grab was consistent all day. They landed some big fish, lost some big fish, and had a couple doubles. It was the perfect spring fishing trip that they will remember for a long time!

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It was a beautiful spring day for my guests Ted and Eloise. The grab was a little slow to get started, but the action started to pick by mid-morning and stayed pretty consistent through the afternoon. Ted and Eloise both hooked into some really great fish – some were landed, and some eluded the net, only to be hooked another time. Lots of PMD’s around so it was no surprise the fish were keying on PMD nymphs. Spring is such a great time to get out and fish the lower Sac!

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Brian Kohlman and I shared a fun day guiding a group of four from the Sacramento area.  I had Frank and his grandson Jake in my boat.  This was Jake's 2nd drift boat fly fishing trip.  After a very brief review, he hooked his first fish about 30 seconds into our first drift!  They followed that fish with a double hook up minutes later.  Our morning was fantastic with fish up to 19" in the net.  The fishing was slower in the afternoon.  There was a decent hatch of PMDs today plus a few smaller stoneflies hitting the water in the afternoon.  The banks are lined with big stonefly casings, too.  We should see more stoneflies with the hot weather coming this weekend.

Frank and grandson Jake with a double
Frank and grandson Jake with a double
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Wow, what a day for my guests Doug and his son Andrew! After a slowish start, the action really heated up mid-morning and stayed solid the rest the day. It had been several years since Andrew had fished, but it was like riding a bicycle once he polished off the rust. At the end of the day, they both hooked a ton of really great fish to cap off an awesome day of fishing!

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Sons Michael and Steven brought their parents Jim and Sandy up to fish the Lower Sac. It was Jim’s birthday present! None of the four had ever fly fished before. After casting and mending 101 off we went! I had Sandy and Michael in my boat, Ben Thompson had Jim and Steven. The morning was super slow but the bite turned on after lunch and by the end of the day everyone had landed multiple wild rainbow trout. If you can follow a few simple directions (okay, maybe not so simple) we’re going to hook you up with some of these beautiful ‘bows. And more importantly they all got to enjoy it together as a family.

Sandy started out small and worked her way up
Sandy started out small and worked her way up
Jim ripping one
Jim ripping one
After a long battle.....
After a long battle.....
All smiles
All smiles
Beauty
Beauty
Sandy hooked up again!
Sandy hooked up again!
First trip in the new boat
First trip in the new boat
Thumbs up!
Thumbs up!
Nice one Michael!
Nice one Michael!
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Today was pretty blustery for my guests Don and his son Ben. This was Ben’s first-time fly fishing, so the wind made the common challenges – well…harder. But that didn’t stop Ben from hooking into some really nice fish. The bite was not as active as it’s been, but Don and Ben had some pretty consistent action beginning mid-morning that lasted through the afternoon. Not only was the fishing great, but we saw bald eagles, golden eagles, and a few different species of hawks in addition to all the usual suspects. Gotta love spring fishing on the Sac!

Ben with his first trout ever!
Ben with his first trout ever!
Ben with another great fish
Ben with another great fish
Don with a beautiful fish
Don with a beautiful fish
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Michael and his son Michael fished with me around Christmas and decided to come up again to do the Lower Sac. A guide always worries about forgetting names, but here I just had to remember Junior and Senior. It was a great day all around: a good number of fish, some real hogs, warm temps, and no wind! Who could ask for more. Fishing time is family time!

Senior with a beauty
Senior with a beauty
Ready to go home
Ready to go home
I think Senior was holding Junior’s fish......
I think Senior was holding Junior’s fish......
These wild ‘bows are so beautiful
These wild ‘bows are so beautiful
Another one just like the other ones....
Another one just like the other ones....
Junior with a fattie
Junior with a fattie
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This last Saturday I wrapped up my Trinity season. I had the pleasure of guiding Nicholas and David on a beautiful day on the Trinity. We floated the Junction City area. Nicholas started out with a nice blue back steelhead in the first run. He managed to get several bites through the day and ending up 3 for 6 on adult steelhead and a couple half pounders. We lost a short battle with a pretty big fish that got us into some wood and game over. The river fished fairly good with no other boats on the water. The flows are scheduled to ramp up on the 16th for the spring flush. I will be guiding the Lower Sac and Tahoe area trout options now for spring and summer. Get out and play!Thanks and good fishing,Petet

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Some days it feels like the stars are perfectly aligned and everything goes as planned – well today was one of those days for my guests Ron and Steve. Not only was the weather perfect, but the fish were chowing their flies all day long! It’s always fun when there is friendly banter between fishing partners, and I had a front row seat for some great razzing today. Ron and Steve both hooked a TON of really great fish – some made it to the net, some broke their hearts, but it was simply an amazing day of fishing that will be hard to forget for all of us! The fishing should continue at this level through May, so if you’re thinking about booking a spring trip – there’s no need to wait any longer!

Ron with a great fish!
Ron with a great fish!
Steve with a very nice fish
Steve with a very nice fish
Ron showing off his custom bamboo rod
Ron showing off his custom bamboo rod
Steve with another great fish
Steve with another great fish
Pliny the Elder helped to bring this beauty to net
Pliny the Elder helped to bring this beauty to net
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Art brought his friend John up to fish the Lower Sac. John had never fly fished before but was a quick study, learning the basics of casting, mending, and feeding line in no time. Soon he was hooking and playing fish like a pro. There’s a lot to learn but if you can follow some basic instructions you will catch fish! We had a pretty great morning followed by a pretty slow afternoon, all of which averaged out to a good day of fishing on a beautiful spring day.

Beautiful wild rainbows
Beautiful wild rainbows
Rollin on the river
Rollin on the river
Nice one!
Nice one!
Suckahhh!
Suckahhh!
Lunch under the bridge
Lunch under the bridge
John had a good day!
John had a good day!
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I'm a few days late with this report but only because I've been on the river while also spending my extra time trying to trap the Easter bunny... turns out I'm better at catching fish than mammals. Last week was the last day to fish the top section of the Lower Sac until August, so I had a few trips up there and also did a little R&D on the last day of March. One of the nice things about using multiples flies when nymphing with indicators is that it often affords a chance to throw on some new fflies to discover what may (or may not!) be the next best thing. So in addition to the standard selection of PMDs, caddis, and rubber leg offerings, I had fun using some other patterns. Truth be told, some worked well and others were less effective (i.e., our trout seem to have an aversion to certain flies, ha ha). When attemping to use flies that have collars, purple hasn't been producing but orange and yellow have. I attribute this largely to the PMDs and our fish seeming to priortize those over other options. And let the record show that Kevin Kay proved that running a rubber legs at all times is not a foolish idea. He hooked and landed a nice 22inch 'bow on a black rubber legs and I decided I wouldn't talk anymore about tiny flies and technical nymphing under the bridge anymore, ha ha! In addition to trying a few new flies, I also was messing around with a new lens attachment to my GoPro Hero9, which gave an opportunity to try and diffferent shots than the usual "grip and grin." Now I need to mention that spring fishing is going down and the rest off the Lower Sacramento River is fishing excellent. We've been putting plenty of big fish in the net on other sections of the river all the way down to Red Bluff... sometimes even bumping up against a clipped fin steelhead from the hatchery. Plus I'm seeing more and more rising fish and have had a lot of opportunities to pull over and target fish crashing the top. Hit me up if you wanna get out soon! It's time for you to get in on what northern California has to offer! 

Standard grip and grin minus the grin.
Standard grip and grin minus the grin.
Hooked up!
Hooked up!
Where's that fish?
Where's that fish?
Oh... there it is!
Oh... there it is!
Spots!
Spots!
A healthy Lower Sac 'bow.
A healthy Lower Sac 'bow.
Rubber legs are what gets fish to 22inches!
Rubber legs are what gets fish to 22inches!
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Today was all about swinging flies for my guests Steve and John. Both were armed with new 3wt two-handed rods - and both their rods got a great workout! The grab was on right away and stayed very consistent except for a short-lived lull mid-afternoon. After moving to a new run, things turned on again for Steve and John. They both hooked a ton of fish, with most being in the 10” – 12” range, including some hatchery steelhead. John hooked into a very large fish that gave him a few epic runs before spitting the fly – this was the quintessential, “one that got away.” It was a great day with great guys, and they were already talking about their next trip.   

John Hooked-up
John Hooked-up
Steve with a nice one on
Steve with a nice one on
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Here are some photos forwarded by Captain Bryce Tedford from his trip on the California Delta today.  It looks like a beautiful and productive day out there.  Bryce still has some open dates in May - book your trip soon!      

hooked up on a Delta striper
hooked up on a Delta striper
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April Fool’s Day turned out to be April Fun Day for my guest George. Today was his first-time fly fishing and after the usual challenges, he caught on quick and in no time was playing fish like a pro and having a great time. The grab was fairly consistent, and George hooked into a lot of really nice fish - he even got the “middle fin” a few times. By the end of the day, I can confidently say he was “hooked” on our amazing sport of fly fishing.

George with his first trout on a fly
George with his first trout on a fly
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Today was simply incredible for my guests Travis and Sandy. The weather was perfect, there were lots of PMD’s, caddis, and March Browns - and the fish were definitely chowing! They both hooked a LOT of fish today. Some made it to the net, some did not, and they were doubled-up a couple times. Travis and Sandy will be fishing at our private water – Eagle Canyon Trophy Trout Lakes tomorrow, so today was a good warm-up for their pending hogfest. The Sac is firing on all cylinders now and will continue to fish great the next couple months, so if you’re thinking about booking a spring trip – NOW is the time to do it!   

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For people new to the fly fishing world, it can feel a bit daunting, overwhelming, and outright impossible. But Jessica was determined to give it a try and join the seasoned fly fishing vet, Mark, into the world of fly fishing. Personally, I LOVE helping people learn how to cast and become proficient in the various aspects of fly fishing, especially hooking and fighting fish! So after a casting instruction, Jessica was ready to start her two days of fly fishing bliss! The weather was sunny and warm, with the only issue we faced here and there throughout the two days was the wind. But overall it was what makes living in Northern California in March fantastic -- sun tan weather! The fish didn't really start getting hungry until around 11am both days, but that's been pretty much the standard lately and wasn't at all surprising. On both days the fishing seemed to go through spurts and we got steady grabs throughout both days with only a few lulls here and there. But whenever we'd get to the point of going into the trout call, i.e., "here fishy fishy fish," we'd get a grab shortly after that. Jessica did such a great job over the two days going from never casting a fly rod to being a pro at it! Casting an bobber (indicator for all you fly fishing snobs), multiple flies, and some split shot can be a bit of a balance between finesse and power, but she crushed it. And both Mark and Jessica learned how going from getting a grab and putting a fish in the net is a bit more challenging, with both of them losing fish here and there. On the first day, Mark lost two really nice certified trout pigs just when we were getting ready to get the net out and Jessica learned quickly how important it is to keep a tight line. Not to mention those times when you seem to do everything right but those trout STILL manage to shake off. Tiny barbless flies make things a bit more challenging! Anyway, if you're reading this report you probably want to know, "What were they eating???" Well for one thing, we did not get a single fish to eat sucker spawn. So the yellow yarn / bead stuff didn't do us any good. But we caught fish on rubber legs, baetis, PMD's, and some black caddis stuff... plus the ultra-secret-only-in-my-boat-can-you-see-it flies... I'm a guide, what do you expect? Anyway, the two days were really fun and I'd describe the fishing as "good" and not "great" just because there were those lulls. But when it was "good," it was "great" and there were multiple spots where I'd row back up and we'd go through and hook another one... and another one... etc. It's time for you to get out there, so book a day ASAP!

Mark on the board!
Mark on the board!
Two hands required!
Two hands required!
A beautiful Lower Sac ‘bow!
A beautiful Lower Sac ‘bow!
Make sure your nails are done for these fish!
Make sure your nails are done for these fish!
When everything goes right on the ledges!
When everything goes right on the ledges!
Trout trolls live under the bridge.
Trout trolls live under the bridge.
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Spent a great day with husband and wife team Jonathan and Jacqulin on the Lower Sac this weekend.  We had a beautiful day and the river completely to ourselves on a lower drift.  Fishing was dead quiet until around 11 and then things really heated up.  We netted numerous fish and had a great time.  Highlights of the day included Jonathan's personal fish landing record,  Jacquelin's first ever fish on a fly rod, and her long but heart breaking encounter with a fish of epic proportions.  Never did get a good look at that thing.  We can only imagine!!!!  Great Day!

First fish of the day and career for Jacquelin!
First fish of the day and career for Jacquelin!
Jonathan racking up some numbers!
Jonathan racking up some numbers!
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If you are eager to get out and do some fishing, wait no longer!  The fishing is excellent right now on the Lower Sac.  Our day today would get a 5 star review except for the fact that the fish slept in until 10:30am.  After our slow start the fishing was excellent the rest of the day.  We saw good numbers of PMDs and march browns hatching.  We were focused on nymph fishing, but you could have spent hours fishing dry flies to rising fish today.  My guests Steve and Gary landed a ton of fish, including plenty in the 16-19" range and a couple in the 20-21" range.  Our biggest fish was a stout Lower Sac fatty well over 3 pounds.  Don't miss out - book a spring Lower Sac trip soon!

Double trouble!
Double trouble!
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What a great day for my guests Bruce and Kevin! The grab was on right away and stayed very consistent all day. Despite the windy conditions, they both landed a good number of large fish and a lot of the usual “cookie-cutters.” Our great weather looks like it’s going to stick around for a while, so this is the perfect time to book your spring fishing trip!

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Today was my guest Larry’s first-time fishing using his Sage One trout spey rod. We spent some time finding the correct head, but once we did his casting clicked. Larry hooked into several really nice fish, including a few that were in the 18” – 20” range, but they didn’t want any part of my landing net. This is a great time of year to swing flies – the fish are super grabby, the weather is beautiful, and the low flows make for easy wading.

Larry's rod was bent all day!
Larry's rod was bent all day!
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