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My guest Don is new to trout spey and was hoping to improve his casting skills and learn more about this new method of trout fishing – with no expectation of hooking any fish. Simply put, we had an amazing day! This time of year, we’re at minimum flows, so that opens up more water and makes the wading easier.  On top of that, it’s mid-January and our daytime high was in the mid-70’s. The stars were perfectly aligned for Don as he got a ton of grabs and landed a whole bunch of hatchery steelhead in the 10” – 13” range. I’m sure there was a release from the hatchery and the smolts were out-migrating, but it made for a super fun day!

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I just had next Wednesday, 1/20, open up next week for anyone looking to venture North for a day of hucking wiggly bugs for winter steelhead. River conditions should be in top form after the big rise currently taking place on all of our North Coast rivers. Coupled with some of the highest tides of the winter steelhead season taking place over the last few days I'd say stars are aligning to usher in a fresh batch of dime bright metal heads into all of our local systems here in Northern California. If you've been jonzing for the pull next week is looking like a good one.  I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy out there. Here's to bent rods and screaming reels coming soon to a river near you!   

A few squids for the prince of tides
A few squids for the prince of tides
Matching the hatch on the Pacific Coast
Matching the hatch on the Pacific Coast
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Here is a guest report from Dave who fished Eagle Canyon today:Bite was good  with a little help from the wind but got tougher in calm periods.  Changing tactics throughout the day was key to staying in the zone. This  year has been great for fish over 10 pounds. ECL, one of a kind  fishery!!"" 

Dave on the lower pond
Dave on the lower pond
Nice fish Scot!
Nice fish Scot!
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I had a really fun time with my regular guests Chip and Matt from Red Bluff. The recent rains provided a much-needed flow bump, but the water is still gin clear. The fishing remains tough, but good. Chip struck chrome first with a bright hatchery “tweener” and then a feisty half-pounder a few minutes later. Matt hooked into a small adult that fought well above its weight class and helped cap off a great day! We have rain forecast for Tuesday, so hopefully that will add some color – and some more fish! 

Matt with a small adult hatchery steelhead
Matt with a small adult hatchery steelhead
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Fishing was pretty good at Eagle Canyon today.  I left early, but father/son duo Patrick and Sean had already hooked 2-3 fish each and landed some nice ones.  Action was best on copper johns, pheasant tails, and princes all in a size 14.  These were suspended about 18" below an indicator.  Open dates are vanishing quickly - get in touch soon to reserve your spot!

Sean's first fish of the day
Sean's first fish of the day
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Here is a guest report from Rocky who fished Eagle Canyon today:The morning was incredible. Beautiful  weather and steady takes from the time we started until around 1pm as long as we kept changing flies. No standout fly with the exception of  maybe red and orange Squirmy Wormies and bead head princes. Had a lull  mid-day, just in time to kick back and have a great lunch while viewing  Mt. Lassen. Quite a few really BIG fish! Fishing picked up a bit late afternoon and shut down just in time for us to sit and view the amazing sunset. Can't think of a better way to welcome in the New Year!""

Rocky with a big one
Rocky with a big one
Nice Fish!
Nice Fish!
Sunset at Eagle Canyon
Sunset at Eagle Canyon
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It seems like it’s been forever since I’ve guided the Trinity, so it felt really good to be back on this holy water and it was a great day for my guests Steve and Scott. Our day started cold and it never really warmed up – so be ready for winter steelheading. I can tell you they instantly warmed up as soon as their lines went tight, and the water erupted! Scott hooked up first and his fish had several good runs before coming to net.  Steve hooked up a short time later and was rewarded with a really nice hatchery fish. The forecast is calling for some extended rain, so hopefully that will bump the flows, add some color to the river and bring a new push of fish! This crazy pandemic has had an effect on all of us in many different ways. Due to the uncertainty of the times, many of our guests have been reluctant to book their fall/winter steelhead trips. The Northern California Region is not as restrictive as the rest of the State, meaning restaurants and hotels are open and very much welcoming guests. I have been following all the necessary health and safety protocols, so if you’re ready to go fishing – let’s do it! 

Scott with a nice native steelhead
Scott with a nice native steelhead
Steve with a good looking hatchery steelhead
Steve with a good looking hatchery steelhead
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Kevin Kay, Luke Geraty, and I worked together with a really fun group from Napa. This was an Eagle Canyon – Lower Sac Combo trip. As usual, our guest’s “perspective” on what qualifies as a really nice fish are significantly skewed after they spent the day fighting the brutes at Eagle Canyon! I had a really great time with my guests Robin and Paul. As has been the recent norm, the fish have been pretty tight-lipped in the mornings, but the grab starts heating up by late-morning. Before lunch, both Robin and Paul had hooked into a handful of nice fish – including Robin’s really big sucker (picture not allowed)! After lunch, things really heated up and we ended up hooking quite a few fish. The majority of our fish were the typical cookie-cutter (12”-14”), but we landed a handful in the 16” range and Paul landed a fatty in the 18”-19” range!  The boat pressure is very light this time of year, so if you’re willing to work hard - you will be rewarded with some really nice fish!

Paul with a nice one
Paul with a nice one
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The fall striper season is winding down on the California Delta, but Captain Bryce Tedford was still able to find a few fish for his guest David today.  Bryce gets some time off now but he's ready to get you booked for the spring season which begins in March.  Check is calendar for open dates!

David with a delta striper
David with a delta striper
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I spent a fun day out on the Lower Sac with fellow guide Ben Thompson today.  It was cold and rainy but we managed to find some small to medium fish and then ended our day with a really nice fish.  Fishing pressure is minimal right now and every day on the Lower Sac brings a chance at a fish like this.

Ben with a nice Lower Sac trout - or is it a steelhead?
Ben with a nice Lower Sac trout - or is it a steelhead?
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Here is a guest report from Tony who fished Eagle Canyon today:Eagle Canyon Lakes never disappoints and this year was no exception.  Even though we were greeted with rain throughout the day it did not  hamper the fishing at all. Our group had two rookies that had never  fished Eagle Canyon before and were pleasantly surprised with the experience. Within the first 5 minutes of fishing we already had 2 hookups. The fish seemed to be attacking dark colored streamers with  varying retrieval speeds. The fishing was pretty steady throughout the  day with a lull around mid day. That gave us a chance to enjoy a BBQ  lunch in the shed by the lake. The fish at Eagle Canyon are a breed all  their own and pictures don’t do them justice. They are broad shouldered  and run like a freight train when hooked. Our group hooked about 50  fish and landed around 32. Eagle Canyon Lakes is a 5 star facility and  the fish are one of a kind. It is a bucket list destination for the fly  fishing enthusiast. 

Fred with his first Eagle Canyon trophy.
Fred with his first Eagle Canyon trophy.
Nice trout to end the day in the upper lake.
Nice trout to end the day in the upper lake.
Matt with a really nice Eagle Canyon beauty.
Matt with a really nice Eagle Canyon beauty.
Tony with a huge one!
Tony with a huge one!
Tony fooled this nice trout on a dark colored streamer.
Tony fooled this nice trout on a dark colored streamer.
Eagle Canyon “rookie” Eric with a nice one.
Eagle Canyon “rookie” Eric with a nice one.
Eric fooled this one on a quickly stripped streamer.
Eric fooled this one on a quickly stripped streamer.
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Adam and Wiley get a vote for committed anglers of the year.  We took a very wet, yet productive drift down the Lower Sac on Sunday!  The rain was heavy and consistent from the time we launched through about 3:00 pm.  The guys were in great spirits and had the right kind of attitude to fish on a day like that.  Both had never fished from a drift boat before and despite a slow morning, were ready for when things got going in the afternoon.  By the end of the day we boated a dozen fish and had a ball despite all that Mother Nature threw at us. Awesome day!  

Literally chasing Rainbows!
Literally chasing Rainbows!
Suns out!  Guns out!
Suns out! Guns out!
Good stuff in the down pour!
Good stuff in the down pour!
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This morning I awoke to the most pleasant sound a steelhead fisherman can ever hope to hear: the hard patter of rain beating steadily against the gutters. Finally, after a dismal Fall of very little precipitation for our Northern California steelhead rivers, we have rain. Being well into the month of December, accompanied by a generous forecast of rain with a  prediction to see all of our coastal systems on a steep rise towards the end of this coming week I feel like it's safe to say that winter steelhead season has come again at last. Time to dust off your skagit heads and organize your tip wallets for another season of swinging flies for saltwater rainbows. Put away the 5 and 6 weights for next time and bring out the big guns. For everyone out there who spends a majority of their year dreaming of green water and hard fighting silver fish this push of rain marks the official kickoff. Let the games begin. Keep checking in for more condition reports and local info. Stay safe and healthy friends. 

Green water and a deeply bent rod. What winter steelhead fishing is all about
Green water and a deeply bent rod. What winter steelhead fishing is all about
A prime specimen taken during last season. Fish like this keep you coming back for more
A prime specimen taken during last season. Fish like this keep you coming back for more
winter workshop with all the fixings.
winter workshop with all the fixings.
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December on the Lower Sac can be really nice because you often have the river all to yourself, the weather may be sunny and on the warmer side of things, and there are still some big fish in the river. But it can also be really cold, rainy, and tougher fishing. Yesterday I was grateful to have it be the former and not the latter! John and Dave were both experienced anglers, so casting fly rods they could do! John has fished the Lower Sac a bit and it was Dave's first time as well as his second time with the big bobbers and multiple flies and weights and yada yada. Needless to say, he picked it up and we were off. The fishing was pretty slow to start with, as is typical in December. No bug activity... not even a midge was moving around as far as I could tell. But we got to the "golden hour" and things turned on and they pretty much stayed on for the rest of the day. I think it's always a bit challenging to transition out of "egg bite" into December for a variety of reasons, but yesterday the river fished well and these guys caught some big fish, including a number of nice steelhead. Steak seems to be the preferred menu item for the trout right now but we also caught a few on some smaller mayfly and midge patterns. John's fly rod was on fire and it didn't seem to matter if he was in the front or the back of the boat -- he was getting grabs. But apparently the last time these two fished, it was Dave who had the hot stick, so I suppose all things equal out in the grand scheme of life. In addition to the numerous 18+ inch fish that John landed, he lost a fish that was easily in the 24 inch range after it made a huge jump and broke off the 4X tippet. But he really couldn't complain too much because he was crushing it. I was trying to figure out why John was getting the majority of the grabs when they were *literally* using the same exact everything, but John told me that most of the time in their 50 years of friendship, Dave would end up with the bigger fish. Well... that's exactly what happened. Deep into the 9th inning, about thirty seconds before it was gonna be a "pull 'em in boys, it's time to head in because the sun is setting" moment, Dave hooked a really nice 22inch steelhead to close out the game. I'd say that was a grand slam of a hit and the best way to end the day. I'm pretty stoked for January and February because we get some nice dry fly hatches and we can start targeting trout on some "Montana" set ups! Start thinking about booking your next trip today and don't forget about the Trinity! It's popping off!

A healthy Lower Sac trout troll that lives under a bridge!
A healthy Lower Sac trout troll that lives under a bridge!
A heavy fish that pulled and pulled and pulled...
A heavy fish that pulled and pulled and pulled...
Dave’s 9th inning 22incher.
Dave’s 9th inning 22incher.
John was crushing it from the front and back of the boat!
John was crushing it from the front and back of the boat!
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What can I say- the Yuba has been fishing well. The fish are chowing a variety of offerings and we are finding quality fish. We are regularly seeing golden eagles, bald eagles and osprey. December is a great month to get out there and experience it all from a drift boat. 

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Here is a fishing report from return guest Peter who fished Eagle Canyon today with his dad: "We had an awesome time! We landed 21 fish out of 30. As  you can see, we got to weigh one of the giants and the scale said  18.6lbs. The majority of the fish were on variations of a midnight cowboy. However, we did get some fish on variations of the copper john nymph. We got fish  both on the strip and under an indicator. The fish were into a slow strip during the first half of the day and then got excited for a fast strip in the afternoon. Both ponds produced well." 

Yup - that says 18.6#.  Minus the net.
Yup - that says 18.6#. Minus the net.
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Spent a really good day on the Trinity with Sean and Doug. The morning was really slow and we didn't touch a fish until a round 2:00pm, but the afternoon was worth the wait. We boated four nice fish and had a ball. Overall a great day for the conditions and as always, the company made the day even better!

What a great day!
What a great day!
Doug’s best of the day!!
Doug’s best of the day!!
Sean’s first steelhead on a fly!
Sean’s first steelhead on a fly!
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Captain Bryce Tedford spent the last two days guiding some of our guests on the Delta.  Bryce says fishing has been tough lately but the last two days were much better.  Beautiful weather sometimes makes for tough fishing, but I think the last two days were an exception!

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Here is a guest report from Dave who fished Eagle Canyon today:Scot Brenton, his young nephew Will and Dave Earl fished ECL Thursday  December 3. Conditions were great, fishing was fairly steady throughout  the day. It was Wills 1st ever trout fishing trip. As usual for ECL flys  and tactics need to be changed regularly to stay in the grab zone. The  size and fight of these fish is outstanding. ECL, one of a kind  fishery!! 

Dave
Dave
Scot
Scot
Will's first day of trout fishing
Will's first day of trout fishing
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We have been consistently getting into good sized valley steelhead this season on the Feather. Some people think it is late now but we are still having success every trip and are running trips there through the end of December. Many of the other anglers have disappeared and we have been doing a variety of different floats to avoid them and hit the best producing water each trip. 

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