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Flows on the Lower Sac got up to nearly 40,000cfs over the past week, but the good news is that they are going to be dropping down to 19,000 this Friday. That means that it's time to start planning your Lower Sac spring fishing! Just before the flows spiked, I took a buddy out to do a little recon trip and the fishing was great. BIG fish... fair amount of mayflies around (BWO's and PMD's too)... plus we saw some caddis. The weather was sunny and then got a little cloudy, so everything had it's prefered climate! And geez... those Lower Sac trout are BIG and can pull hard. I hadn't been on the Sac for awhile since I've been basically living on the Trinity, but I can't wait to get out there and chase more of those native trout! Now's a great time to put a day on the books. Let's go! First time or millionth time, we got you covered!

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Well the Trinity has been up and down, filled with highs and lows. But of course, that's steelheading. I had two days with Chuck and as always, we had a great time. The fishing on day one was full of action, but all smaller fish with nothing breaking the 20inch barrier. Our second day was much better and we hooked a handful of adults and also had a chance to swing some flies and work on the good 'ole spey cast. I think the Trinity should be a contender for a few more weeks before the season comes to a close. I have all of next week open, so get a day on the books NOW before it's too late! The fish of a thousand casts is totally worth your time and energy! Let's go!

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The Feather's a good option right now with most rivers swollen from the recent rains and dam releases. The day produced a fair number of spunky, aerobatic, spring steelhead. These fish are known to get some air and several lived up to the reputation. The fishing is only getting started and it should improve over the next few months. With longer days, warming weather and hopefully, lower flows, there's more good fishing ahead.  TIP: Fish are like other predators, they don't feed non-stop all day. Typically, there are active feeding windows and then, lulls throughout most days. Use the down time to take a break, grab a snack, check out the wildlife or book a trip with us! Fish On!  

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A long weekend and a break in the weather, created a window to explore winter fishing on Hat Creek. Everyone netted a few fish in the morning, which helped shake off the winter rust. The afternoon warmed and nymphing, indicator and tightline, picked up. Later, as we hiked out, rising fish offered a tempting opportunity but we agreed to leave them for the next trip. Check out Mike, Colin or Mat's calendar to book a walk and wade trip on the creek. 

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Bud and I hit the Trinity for a full day of chasing steel. The water conditions were PERFECT on a top section of the river since the lower sections are still a little darker in color. The good news is that we hooked three adults and landed one of them! Plus we got a bunch of little guys to keep us on our toes! What a fun day!

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High water, combined with low visibility, meant fishing was slow. The big draw this time of year, is throwing Skwala dries. There was no shortage of flies, it was trout noses poking up that proved in short supply. With more rain on the way, conditions will be poor for another week, possibly two. Once the weather clears, the fishing will improve. Skwala will remain viable through the end of March, as focus slowly shifts to PMD's and March Browns. TIP: Try a reach or a wiggle cast for a "fly first" presentation. 

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Robert and Sirena timed a day on the Trinity perfectly. The river got a bunch of rain on Wednesday and blew out but by this morning... was glorious. Flows were around 475ish but the color was that special "steelhead green" that we all hope for. Since the conditions were excellent, it's no wonder that we hooked a good number of adults... and they even landed a few of them! We cracked the code early on with a beautiful wild 27 inch buck and it was off to the races. The fish ate pretty much everything we had on and overall it was just what we hoped for. Next week we have rain on the forecast and I assume the fishing should be good for the few weeks and hopefully with more rain will fish well up until the end of the season! If you wanna go, hit me up! Let's get to work!

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Despite the colder weather, we've had some days where the sun pokes out and even the caddis start moving. If you are on the Sac when it happens, the fishing can be REALLY good. When it's colder, we have to work a bit more for them. For the most part, the fish have been eating midges, mayflies, and caddis. Fish are being caught in the morning but the prime time seems to be from 11am until just before dark. Taking people fishing is a lot of fun and I hear it's a lot of fun to actually catch the fish too ??

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Spent a few days on a three boat trip on the Trinity with some folks from Southern California... hoping to get into some steel. The previous week had some heavy crowds, but we worked hard and stuck it out through the cold weather and were able to connect with some adults! River has been low and clear, but that's all about to change with this rain! It's go time!

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Chuck can cast, mend, and fight fish... and while skills definitely improve your chances when chasing steelhead, seasoned anglers have experienced that there is a fair amount of luck involved in finding those special fish. And as we all know, the "fish of a thousand casts" can drive you crazy as you chase them. Will they be there? Will they be eating? What happens after I hook one?Well after many, many trips, Chuck finally had an epic day. We started off the day at the crack of dawn and were locked and loaded and ready to put in the work. Within the first hour we had landed a couple small "halfies" and a decent brown trout unicorn. Not a bad start... but all of my top-producing runs didn't kick out a fish no matter how many times I back-rowed and tried to "force feed" 'em. Cast after cast, mend after mend... nothing.And that's steelheading.We started our approach on a run that can be productive but so far this year hasn't been doing it for me. I was starting to think that maybe something had changed this past summer during the high water and I haven't been re-rowing it lately. But I thought, "Maybe today..."On the second pass, on the edge of some super fast water, we hooked something heavy and it immediately showed itself with a monster jump! "Chuck, this is a big one" was the only thing I could quietly mutter. The fish took off and jumped a second time. "Oh my gosh." It jumped again and then tried to run into some submerged trees but Chuck turned his rod down low and slowed it down. Up and down, down and up... the fish fought until the very end. When the fish finally showed itself to the net, my deeeeeeep basket net had somehow got inside out and the fish was actually able to jump out of the net (rookie move, guide!). But it was still on and when it came back up, we put it in the net. Wow. What a stunner. We taped it and it was a healthy 27 inch wild hen and as it swam away, we looked at each other, fist bumped, and then had a full on celebration! FINALLY!! You see... Chuck has been trying to get a larger steelhead on the Trinity for twenty years. He's caught plenty of 24 inch fish and two years ago we watched his cousin Mark land a 30 incher. But the big ones have evaded his flies... but not today. And that's steelheading. After lunch, with a whole lot of water still ahead of us, we went back to fishing and hooked another two more adults, but didn't land them. And that's steelheading. We came to another spot that often holds fish and though it was later in the day, I thought, "maybe we will get one here. Chuck, throw it right along that wall in the bubble line." With his decades of casting experience, Chuck put it right where it needed to be, threw a perfect mend and almost immediately the bobber (I mean indicator... sorry) went flying up river and we were on again.Jumps. Even MORE line ripping from thr reel. Up river, down river, jumps, and more line flying off of the reel. This fish was hands down the best fighting fish I've ever seen. Chuck says I was very quiet and the look on my face was very intense and one of awe. I'd like to say, for the record, that when you come in contact with two unicorns in one day, you get serious and handle your business, haha! Well despite that fish doing all that it could to break off, Chuck ran a professional program and we put it in the net.Exhausted. Adrenaline glands fried. Sheer wonder. Once again we took a quick photo and watched the fish swim quickly back into the water. We taped the buck at 27 inches.And that's steelheading. We rowed out the rest of the trip because we were on cloud 9. At least that was the plan... until we got to the last spot right before the boat launch and threw a quick cast and actually hooked another adult. But that fish immediately swam into a log jam and broke Chuck off. And that's steelheading.

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Guest report from Tony Carbonell from Red Bluff: "Eagle Canyon Trophy Trout Lakes is not just a fly fishing outing, it is an experience. The fish here are truly one of a kind. Not only are they colossal in size but their girth seems to be centered in their shoulders  which truly give them an advantage over the novice angler. Bull runs  and chasing fish down is not uncommon.  If you want to challenge your  fly fishing skills try hooking into one of the double digit size trout  that reside in the two lakes. Pulled hooks, snapped tippet, broken hooks  and even the occasional boot failure can result in lost fish. The  fishing was truly incredible. Bring an assortment of gear. We used a  number of different flies with a multitude of presentation techniques.  We hooked most of our fish stripping steamers but also used small nymphs  under an indicator and spey rod techniques. It is challenging, fun and a  must do if you have ever held a fly rod."

Newbie Malcolm with his first Eagle Canyon trout.
Newbie Malcolm with his first Eagle Canyon trout.
Bill holding a nice fish.
Bill holding a nice fish.
Guide Mat helped Tony land a beauty.
Guide Mat helped Tony land a beauty.
Liz used a slow retrieve to fool this large trout.
Liz used a slow retrieve to fool this large trout.
Tony with a hefty one.
Tony with a hefty one.
Rookie Malcolm on the upper lake.
Rookie Malcolm on the upper lake.
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Tony used a quick retrieve and brown Woolley Bugger to fool this broad shouldered trout
Tony used a quick retrieve and brown Woolley Bugger to fool this broad shouldered trout
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Buddies Ron, Ted, Jim & Harvey returned to Eagle Canyon for a two-day trip this week.  These guys have been coming to Eagle Canyon since the nineties!  As usual, they all connected with some really big fish on this trip.

Jim with a girthy bow
Jim with a girthy bow
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I had the pleasure of spending two days with Don and Cindy on the Lower Sac as a celebration of their wedding anniversary... and the fishing was great! Other than a couple of hours of rain and a cold front, the fishing was steady throughout the two days and we put a good amount of large trout in the net. The SUPERIOR flies were BWOs... and a couple fish ate some caddis. But the mayflies were on the trouts diet and we took advantage of their willingness to eat. The water clarity is great, the flows are down to their winter drop, and the fish are chowing. Now is a great time to get out! On a related note... husbands who put their wives in the front of the boat clearly love their wives, haha! We had a really great time and even managed to land all of the doubles we hooked, which was really cool!

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Guest Report from Dave who has been to Eagle Canyon more than 30 times since 1993. He and his buddy George fished the lakes on opening weekend in 2010 and have returned many times since. "Lakes were in great shape, both produced well. Most fish came on stripped flys. This year is one of the best for girthy double digit fish. Eagle Canyon is a 'One of a kind Fishery!!'"

George with a fish on the line
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We had a great group up from the Chico area to fish the opening day of  Eagle Canyon.  Skill levels ranged from beginner to experienced and all  the anglers in the group had a great day.  We caught fish on dry/dropper  rigs, floating lines with wooly bugger type patterns and stripping  leech patterns on intermediate sink lines. Many fish in the 8-14 pound  range were caught and gently released.  Many hooks were bent straight.   Many smiles and high fives were exchanged. If you haven't made it up to  Eagle Canyon yet, come check it out!  This group estimated they caught at least 70 fish!  This group is already eager to place the winning bid on next year's Opening Day trip.

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We spent a half day on the Sac and though it was SUPER WINDY, both Kai and his daughter Iris got into some beautiful wild rainbows! The bite wasn't on any particular bugs and the fish are a variety of mayflies and attractor patterns. Iris did great and caught fish immediately even though she had never fly fished before, including the fish of the day... a 23 inch stud of a fish!

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Two boat trip with Kevin Kay and while the morning was a little slow, we had an absolute killer afternoon. Despite the weather being a little chilly, the caddis still popped off in the afternoon and we got into a lot of fish. Hard to improve on the birds nest fly... but pretty much every caddis worked. Gene and Nick both got their first Lower Sac fish, which was great! Now is a great time to get out! Let's go!

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Steve and Mono came up to fish the Trinity with me and while the water is low and clear, we had a banner day! Steve put multiple adults in the net, including this 29 inch hatchery hen! The fight was incredible! Steelheading on this amazing river will only improve, so now is the time! Book a trip today and if you wanna see some cool video, check out the footage from this day on our YouTube channel!

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Delta report from Captain Bryce Tedford: Pretty epic day with Ricardo & Brian, they got after em! 

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David and his son Christopher spent a couple days with me on the Sac and we got into some really nice fish! While the salmon return was terrible and the egg bite pretty light, the fish have been chowing on mayflies and midges in the morning and caddis in the afternoon. Well worth it! And lots of 20+ inch fish!

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