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Here is a Delta fishing report by Captain Bryce Tedford:September  is approaching and with that comes an interesting fishing period on  the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Kids are going back to school, summer  is winding down & Fall is coming but not quite here yet. Fall is a  great time for Stripers on the Delta but September is a good time for  multiple Delta species on a fly rod!September on the Delta is an interesting time of year as Smallmouth, Largemouth & Stripers are all on the table. The biggest challenge is what to focus on & which species to hunt. These three Bass species generally require different tactics, areas & focus but this past week on the Delta we have found all 3 species & sometimes all 3 on the same day. My October & November for Stripers is all but filled up, if you are looking for a Fall date you need to book ASAP as there are a few dates left as I write this. That said, September is an very interesting crossover month where you can target all that the Delta has to offer. We can strip Clousers for Stripers & Largemouth looking for bait fish, we can throw large Topwater frogs & Topwater baitfish for Largemouth or we can fish light rods with sz 6 poppers & light jigs for eager Smallmouth. Frankly, we can do whatever you are into & just have fun chasing & catching fish. I have plenty of openings this September if you want to jump on the boat & see all that the Delta has to offer. Book your adventure soon through Confluence Outfitters & let’s go fishing! 

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Been on the Lower Sac a LOT lately. Morning... afternoon... evenings. Feel like I have a pretty good idea on when the trout are chomping and then you learn something new. Certain days have been really good in the morning and others it's better in the late afternoon or evening. Even the mid-day has had some outstanding moments. Hard to complain about the fishing though, especially when we've been getting into 'em. Depending on where you fish on the Lower Sac, the bug activity can be PMD's, BWO's, caddis, a few stoneflies here and there, or all of the above. I'm not an entomologist, so I'm not sure why one day there's a prolific hatch of one bug and the next day, with seemingly NO difference from the day before, either another bug or less bugs. Sunlight? Temperature? Mood? I don't know... but either way, the fish seem to go crazy when there are certain hatches at certain times.Anyway, our day started out with an immediate hook up and we could tell the fish was BIG. Into backing big. Finally, after a long fight, we put a 24 inch fish in the net. Wow. Stellar. But guess what? That wasn't the only one. I don't think we landed a fish under 18inches in length. Almost everything was on caddis or a mayfly, which is why I'm throwing both at all times. Saw a few guys swinging flies and hooking some monster trout. Wouldn't be a bad idea to get out and do some trout spey, especially with those dang caddis around. By now you are probably catching my drift about the caddis, ha ha! I got Wednesday and Thursday open this week, so if you wanna get out and chase some huge fish, now's the time.

One of the “smaller” ones.
One of the “smaller” ones.
24 inches! Way to go Cyril
24 inches! Way to go Cyril
ABSOLUTE HOG of a fish.
ABSOLUTE HOG of a fish.
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Tom fishes with me a lot, generally in the fall during our infamous "egg bite." But he decided to come up and check out the Lower Sac during the late summer. I think he made the right decision! Some really beautiful quality fish and one really great fish story. Things started out slow with only a couple of grabs and then one decent 17inch fish. It wasn't huge but it sure was pretty. Later in our day, the fishing got much better and we hooked fish, lost fish, landed fish, and had a great time. But the highlight (and low) was when Tom hooked a 24+ inch fish that we fought for a very long time... only to be lost RIGHT at the net. Barbless hooks make for some heartache. Right when we were about the net the fish the hook just simply pulled out. We saw it... slow motion. Argh. Man this river is amazing. Beautiful weather... cool on the river... and bugs for dayzzzzzzz. Let's get after 'em!

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Slab city!
Slab city!
First fish
First fish
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Zach and his dad Jason jumped in the boat and we went out to chase some wild Northern California rainbow trout. While we've had some absolutely STELLAR days lately, some days are slow and this just happened to be one of those days. Zach hadn't really done much fly fishing, so we spent a bit of time learning the art of casting a huge bobber and multiple flies and I no time we were out there fishing. Zach's casting was great... his mending got better... and the hook setting... that was the challenge! Some days the fish seem to SMASH flies and other days it's like the grabs are a little softer. Zach kept after it though and after missing fish and hooking fish here and there, he finally, in the bottom of the 9th inning, set the hook, fought, and landed a trout donkey! Good job, Zach! I think he's hooked. His dad and I were pretty happy for him and his smile says everything.Take a kid fishing. You won't be sorry and I absolutely LOVE introducing them to the wonderful world of fly fishing.

Go Zach!!!
Go Zach!!!
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I took Mr. Confluence Outfitters, Andrew, and his wife Katie for an evening float to try some flies out and test them for effectiveness and durability. I think it's safe to say that (1) they work and (2) they last. We got doubles, we got big fish, and we got to enjoy the end-of-summer weather that's a welcomed commodity here in Northern California.Anyway, here are the details. First, everyone knows Andrew can fish. If you've ever called Confluence you probably have talked to him and he's a fishing legend. He's seen it all... done it all... and a really great guide. That being said... KATIE IS A STICK! Katie was wrecking shop from the front of the boat. Casting? No problem. Mending? Pro. Hook sets? Stellar. Playing fish? Easy like Sunday morning... or evening in this case.The fish are healthy. The fish are strong. The fish are eating. I wanna say that most of our fish were on a caddis imitation... and maybe a couple of mayflies. While I think you're probably okay with a handful of caddis flies, there's definitely some that are better than others and I've noticed that size seems to depend on the particular hatch. I've been running anything from size 14 to size 18, depending on the caddis fly in question and the day. Size 14's hard to beat, but sometimes they seem to like the smaller things. Typical upper section of the Lower Sac.I think I'm gonna stick around here for awhile. Wanna get in on the fun? Let's go! Hit me up!

Doubles!
Doubles!
First fish was pretty decent
First fish was pretty decent
Such a tiny one
Such a tiny one
Yes!
Yes!
HOG
HOG
We’ll take more…
We’ll take more…
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Some days you have it figured out and other days the fish are laughing at you. The fish seemed a bit more grumpy than usual and I"m sure part of that is because there's been a lot of river activity. The good news is that everyone plays well together and we can all enjoy this amazing river. The bad news is that sometimes the fish don't get the memo about why we're here.We hooked some really big fish and they schooled us a bit. It's worth mentioning that you have to be on your A-game when you hook into some of our larger fish because they will rip off 50 feet of line and break you off faster than you can say, "I got one." Tiny flies... smallish tippet... and big fish can be a easy way to experience heartbreak.The good news is that if you keep at it like Jake and Keri did, you'll end up with a reward in your hands. Want to try your luck? Let's go!

First fish…
First fish…
Big fish…
Big fish…
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Half day trip... afternoon... caddis everywhere... BWO's showed up too. The fishing on the Lower Sac is crazy lately. There's definitely peak times, but when a bunch of bugs start popping off, the trout seem more than willing to participate. We threw a lot of caddis and mayflies and caught a lot of 18+ inch fish. It was pretty hot, but that doesn't seem to bother the trout since the water is FREEZING COLD! I only know it's cold because I decided to take a quick dip to cool off and decided it was much colder than anticipated! It's going to just get better and better as we head into October. It's time to book a trip or two.

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The August 1st opener of the top section of the Lower Sacramento River fished about as good as it could. Despite there being a massive hatch of drift boats, the fishing was INCREDIBLE. All of the fish were healthy and munching on bugs all. day. long. Multiple doubles, monster fish, and STRONG fights marked the day. The average size fish was about 20 inches and we put four fish in the net that were over 24 inches. Yes, we taped them. But what was REALLY impressive was just how thick those fish were.The fish were grabby with just about every bug we threw their way, though we saw a LOT more activity throwing certain types of flies, which I'd be happy to share with you if you book a trip (ha ha). But seriously... mayflies... caddis... egg imitations... and some of those fancy little euro-dork flies too. For the most part, everything was working to some degree... although we did NOT get a fish on a rubber legs, which seemed blasphemous. But we didn't spend a lot of time with one on, so I wouldn't ignore the good 'ole steak fly. Speaking of which... I don't understand why our Lower Sac trout won't eat flesh flies. I've tried them on occasion and just haven't seemed to find any willing participants.I imagine the fishing up at the Sundial Bridge is going to slow down a bit and go from "red hot" to "great" and "good," so you'd be wise to book a trip, ha ha! I have August 8-9, 11-12, 15-18, and 29-31 open this month. If you want to get into some HUGE wild rainbow trout under the scenic Sundial Bridge, let's go! I don't think you'll be sorry.

Trout Troll
Trout Troll
Trout Troll
Trout Troll
Trout Troll
Trout Troll
Trout Troll
Trout Troll
Trout Troll
Trout Troll
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Great day on the Fall! Wayne and Benson spent a great day throwing dry flies to some great fish! We were able to throw a variety of bugs until way into the afternoon. The guys did a super of job of making great presentations and having the patience to challenge these smart fish. We boated a number of fish and got our hearts broken a few times too. So fun putting 20" inch trout in the net with nothing but a dry fly! Great day!

Benson starting the day off right!
Benson starting the day off right!
Wayne doing great work on some risers!
Wayne doing great work on some risers!
20”chowing on a #18!
20”chowing on a #18!
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Had a a great day today with Chris who was a first timer and Seth who is from Georgia and never fished from a drift boat or caught wild rainbows. They were both impressed with the power and beauty of the trout they caught. We were also stoked to catch a small lost clip fin steelhead in July. The last 2 weeks we have been catching fish primarily on hoppers and nymphing. The flows are up for Ag purposes with plenty of water getting pushed down the river, it is a nice change of pace compared to how low and clear it often is nowadays. If you want to fish hoppers from a drift boat with only a 2 hour drive from the bay area, now or August is the ideal time. 

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I had two really fun days on the lower Sac with my guests Liz and Brian, and then Zach, and his son Mateo. The grab was pretty consistent throughout the day with most of our fish coming on mayfly nymphs, caddis pupas, and rubberlegs. The temps are pretty hot, but it’s still comfortable while we’re on the water. I would sum it up as – hot, but fishy!

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Steve came up from LA to spend a day with me on the Lower Sac and we had a fantastic day! Yes, I know... I sound like a broken record but I don't think it's possible to minimize how awesome this tailwater fishery is. We hooked five fish in the first ten minutes in one spot alone and I immediately thought to myself, "Oh my... this is gonna be one of those days." And the river didn't disappoint. We hooked a lot of fish throughout the day until the late afternoon shut down. The last couple of others were definitely slow but the previous morning and early afternoon was hard to beat. Three words: caddis, caddis, and more caddis. The vast majority of our fish were eating poopahs and the rest were on tiny flies across the spectrum of the "too-small-for-human-eyes" flies! Steve was really fun to fish with. Great caster... greater hook setter... great conversationalist... everything was great... until late afternoon. Then it got slow and we were melting and it was time to wrap up the day. I can't wait to get out there tomorrow and it's not too late to book some days in August! Or September! Or October! Let's go!

Throw some spey casts out there too!
Throw some spey casts out there too!
Oh la la!
Oh la la!
Notice the fog… that’s what happens when you put the phone in the cooler
Notice the fog… that’s what happens when you put the phone in the cooler
Yes yes yes!
Yes yes yes!
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Jess and Dean have been fly fishing for awhile and since they are from Redding, fished the Lower Sac quite a bit. They are also members of Project Healing Waters, a national organization that's focused on the rehabilitation of disabled active military or veterans. I've had the honor of guiding a lot of PHW groups and they are ALWAYS a lot of fun. Jess and Dean may be my two favorites as I don't think I've laughed as hard as I did in a really long time! I hope all of the veterans that come through Confluence Outfitters know how much we appreciate them!So the good is that we caught fish, some of them were very large, and we didn't die of heat strokes. The bad is that the fishing was pretty slow throughout the day and we worked hard for all of our fish. The ugly is that Jess lost a HUGE fish that took him 40 yards into his backing and seemed intent on swimming to the Sundial Bridge from twelve miles down river. Heartbreaking, to say the least.In the morning there were a lot of caddis and BWO's but the fishing just never picked up like it should have. The temp being 110 degrees probably didn't help, but in the typical runs, riffles, and top-secret locations... the fish just seemed less than willing to participate. We went through a long list of flies and all of my typical go-to's and "guarantees" didn't seem to crack the code. But we kept fishing hard and despite it being hot and slow, we had a good time and did our best! By the end of the day we probably hooked a dozen or so fish and even landed some of them too, ha ha! Thanks, Jess and Dean, for your service and thanks for making the day so fun!

First fish of the day was 19 inches!
First fish of the day was 19 inches!
Pretty fish throughout the Lower Sac
Pretty fish throughout the Lower Sac
Jess lost the big one but this one didn’t get away!
Jess lost the big one but this one didn’t get away!
A gorgeous fish with gorgeous colors!
A gorgeous fish with gorgeous colors!
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My wife and son Soren decided to float from the Sundial Bridge down to Aqua golf course to get some sun and catch a few trout. I think it's safe to say we got some sun but we also hooked a bunch of fish! But first things first... the section of the river above Highway 44 opens up on August 1st. This is the section that's near the Sundial Bridge and is where a LOT of really big fish tend to hangout. It's not the only place where large fish are on the Lower Sac but I think it's safe to say it's one of the most consistent. So while we floated through the section that's currently closed to fishing, we saw a handful of salmon and a lot of REALLY big fish shooting around as my drift boat passed over them. So I have available days on August 1-3 and if you wanna go chase some big fish, let's do it!Anyway, back to the fishing. The good news about it being sunny and warm is that the caddis were out in force and we hooked a bunch of fish on Tim Fox's legendary poopah. It was pretty stupid from 2:30 until 5pm. Fish after fish after fish. But my 8 year old son wants me to let everyone know that he caught all of the fish and his dad didn't help him at all (he's already turning into quite the angler with his lying). This type of year it's not crazy to split up your day or start earlier or start later. Lots of options to maximize your fishing to include some catching while avoiding the heat! Let's go! August 1-3... big fish... I'm ready... are you?

Don’t feed the ducks!
Don’t feed the ducks!
Releasing another fish
Releasing another fish
Caddis cruncher
Caddis cruncher
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The morning started out with Colin having the hot rod and putting some really healthy and thick Lower Sac 'bows in the net. For whatever reason, Scott struggled to get the job done from the front, so we made sure to keep razzing him. After all, that's pretty much what friends and guides are for, right? Maybe Scott was rusty... or maybe he was just giving Colin a chance to catch some fish... but mostly I think he was just annoyed by hearing Colin say, "Oh wow... I hooked another one... this one is really nice" Ha ha! But things would flip around and by the afternoon, Colin was wondering what happened and Scott caught some really nice fish from the front of the boat. Other than about six caddis, we didn't see a single bug. That being said, the fish were eating across the insect buffet line and we caught fish on the typical summer Lower Sac menu: rubber legs, caddis, and some small BWO offerings. We had a REALLY great day and I hope I get to fish with these guys again! There's nothing like childhood friends getting on a boat and chasing some big 'bows here in Northern California! Let's go!

Houston, we have a problem!
Houston, we have a problem!
Scott with a nice Lower Sac specimen.
Scott with a nice Lower Sac specimen.
Another handful of trout!
Another handful of trout!
Hooked up!
Hooked up!
Two handers!
Two handers!
Gorgeous fish for Colin
Gorgeous fish for Colin
The first fish of the day was a dandy!
The first fish of the day was a dandy!
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Michael and his wife were going to spend a few days near Lassen and figured it was time to learn how to fly fish. Michael had actually fly fished before but needed a little refresher course so after the three of us spent some time working on casting, we started fishing a beautiful little creek full of small trout that were very willing to hit dry flies! It didn't seem to matter what dry fly we were throwing... if there was a fish there, it'd do it's best to smash it! The Lassen area of Northern California is absolutely stunning and there are lots of small trout streams all over. While it's not floating in a drift boat on the Lower Sac, it's a LOT of fun and is a great way to learn how to fly fish.

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This is a guest report from Rich and Kathleen who fished with Dylan the last 3 days in the Klamath Basin: "Rich and I had a great time fishing the Williamson with Dylan.  Biggest trout we both have netted.  Plus good conversation and assistance with learning  new techniques.  Totally awesome!"

Kathleen with a big rainbow
Kathleen with a big rainbow
Nice fish, Rich!
Nice fish, Rich!
Dylan with another one of Kathleen's big fish
Dylan with another one of Kathleen's big fish
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Kevin Kay and I took a few ladies out on the Lower Sac for a really fun day of fly fishing. None of the ladies had fly fished before but after a short casting lesson, we were off to the races! The sun was out and the temperature was just above comfortable... though thankfully not in the triple digits. Unfortunately, that's supposed to change soon. Most of the fish were eating caddis, rubber legs, and some smaller mayflies and things like that. Can't say there was a standout bug other than you'd better have a black rubber legs on. Rumor has it that brown and coffee work too, but we were too scared to take the black one's off! The fishing was average as far as the bite goes... with the fish eating in spurts throughout the day. Good job, ladies!

Luke’s Porsche.
Luke’s Porsche.
First fish of the day!
First fish of the day!
Friends who fish together… well… are friends.
Friends who fish together… well… are friends.
Nice one, Kim!
Nice one, Kim!
Kim with another Lower Sac trout!
Kim with another Lower Sac trout!
Lots of these were caught!
Lots of these were caught!
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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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