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The last couple of days have been good on the Rogue River.  We are fishing hard under an indicator and fishing flies on the swing hasn't be too bad.  We've brougth fish to hand nymping and had a few grabs on the sink tip.  This year has been anything but normal.  The Army Corps of Engineers cut the outflow to a level that hasn't been seen in years.  We were able to get a few fish nymphing from the boat.  This storm system that is over us right now is dumping at lot of water and we saw a decent rise in water levels overnight.  Fishing has been hard but we have had success working areas we know.  We are going to see rain through Wednesday (10/27) which is going to bring the water levels up and get the fish that are holding low in the system moving.  The season is not over yet and we are going to have more fish moving up river with this rain.  We still have some dates available and would love to take you out on the Upper Rogue.

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Saturday in October can be pretty busy on the Sac but today we got on early and saw relatively few other boats. I'm not sure if it was the torrent of rain that kept a few people off the water or maybe we just got on early enough to avoid the armada of anglers. Either way, we couldn't have had a better day fishing AND catching. These two hooked so many fish we couldn't even keep track of how many and the estimates began to reach proportions that some of y'all would probably accuse of exaggeration. So I'll keep it at this: the bite was ON today. We caught fish on eggs, rubber legs, and a few of the tiny flies that I can't tell you about because I want them to work for as long as I can milk 'em, ha ha! We caught fish in deep water, shallow water, and everything in between. Fish it all! The fishing was so good that we stopped even caring about getting a photo of the 18 inch fish we were catching. "Shake it off and let's get another." Now THAT is a good day! The water was a bit colored up yesterday but today it was back to it's more typical self. Yesterday that worked in our favor because the trout in the salmon redds couldn't see us and we seemed to hook a lot more right next to the boat. Today we had to cast a bit further in order to avoid spooking them, but Mark and Jessica had no problem. What a fun day! It's not all about numbers but it's hard not to enjoy the days when we have steady red hot action all day long. Oh... and I should mention... Mark lost a fish that was in the "Hey-that-might-be-30-inches" category. The fish took a bunch of line and jumped twice and on the second jump spit the hook. I guess you can't have it all! Got a couple days off now so I'm going to try and dry off, go to church, and spend some time with the family. Next week I'm on the Trinity and the Sac, so I'm sure I'll have more to report. Keep dry and enjoy the rain!

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Jessica and Mark spent a day with me on the Trinity and then on the Sac. Tomorrow we are doing a third day on the Sac. Here's a quick run down: the Trinity fished good. We hooked two adults. Both managed to evade the net. We caught a lot of half pounders throughout the day, as well as lost a bunch too. In fact, Jessica hooked one on her first cast! It rained a lot but we had a great time.Today we were on the Sac and, quite frankly, we crushed it. Lots of fish and a few of them were donkeys. Pretty fun day and we even had some sunshine!

22 inches. Enough said.
22 inches. Enough said.
Egg bite!
Egg bite!
Eggalicious!
Eggalicious!
Trinity half pounder
Trinity half pounder
Putting in work on the Sac!
Putting in work on the Sac!
Yep.
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Legs and eggs, baby! Legs and eggs! Tom and Mike joined me on the Trinity River to chase some steelhead and this amazing river did not disappoint! We hooked adults and half-pounders and even managed to land some too! Anyone who has joined the ranks of steelheading knows that these fish can be hard to find, hard to hook, and hard to land! We were successful at finding fish, so we were a third of the way there! Mike held down the back of the raft and Tom had the front and despite the weather supposed to be rainy all day, we ended up dry!! Though we hooked a lot of fish, we definitely experienced the challenge of landing fish, though we got a few (five adults!). We used a few small nymphs, but the mighty rubber legs and salmon eggs were what was on the menu. In addition to having steady action, we saw red-headed woodpeckers, watched two deer swim across the river (and freak out when they saw us), and an osprey attack a bald eagle! It was a wild day! I'm back on the Trinity tomorrow, so hopeffully we'll have a repeat while we chase rainbows. 

26 inches of Trinity steel!
26 inches of Trinity steel!
A nice hatchery fish for Mike
A nice hatchery fish for Mike
Mike's first adult on the Trinity
Mike's first adult on the Trinity
Tom hooked some adults and a lot of half pounders!
Tom hooked some adults and a lot of half pounders!
Two deer crossing the river!
Two deer crossing the river!
The Trinity is gorgeous!
The Trinity is gorgeous!
And THAT is why we use rubber legs!
And THAT is why we use rubber legs!
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Spent the day with Mike and Diana yesterday and had a really great time. I think I've fished with Mike for a few years now and every time we go, he sticks some really great fish (often from the back of the boat). Yesterday was no different and we also really enjoyed watching Diana, his wife, get the fish of the day -- a near 22 inch absolute hog of a fish! The weather was perfect for fishing as it was overcast for most of the day and the grab was solid all through the morning and early afternoon. Things slowed down a bit in the later afternoon, but that's fishing. We caught fish on eggs and nymphs and enjoyed our time on such a beautiful river here in Northern California... the Mighty Sac! While we were fishing, we learned quickly just how fast these fish can grab a fly and before you know it, be off. So as the standard guy adage goes, "Hook sets are free!", meaning that you should always set on EVERYTHING. If your bobber, I mean indicator (sorry fly fishing world)... if that indicator goes down, assume it's a fish! We're always fishing barbless hooks and often size 18 flies, which means we are virtually making this the most challenging way to catch fish out there (gluttons for punishment?). So it's so awesome when you see everything come together and that's precisely what happened a number of times yesterday. The bobber, I mean indicator, would go down and then these two would set it and... bam... snagged on a rock. Ha ha! But a lot of the time it was a fish and since you don't know, you have to set it! Well... time to head to meet today's guests, so I've got to go. Today I'm on the Sac and then tomorrow the Trinity and then back on the Sac. It's not too late, folks... the river is fishing great and I imagine it'll last well into November! Hit me up if you want to get out! I got openings in November and December for both steelhead and trout on a number of our rivers!

A handful (or two) of some trout!
A handful (or two) of some trout!
First fish of the day!
First fish of the day!
Fish of the day!
Fish of the day!
This is the face you fish when you scream in celebration!
This is the face you fish when you scream in celebration!
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I took Joe and his daughters Emily (10) and Megan (7) on their first drift boat trip.  It was game on from the first cast!  They all picked up on the technique and fish were caught throughout the day.  The highlight was Emily catching a trout pig near the end of the day all by herself; cast, feed, mend, set, land!  A drift boat trip on the Lower Sac is a great way to introduce your kids (or wife, girlfriend, co-worker, etc) to the world of fly fishing.

Emily caught this all by herself!
Emily caught this all by herself!
Megan is all smiles.
Megan is all smiles.
Take your kids fishing!
Take your kids fishing!
Joe caught a fish on his first cast.
Joe caught a fish on his first cast.
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Larry, Tom, and I just spent the past two days on the Lower Sac and as is typical for October, we hooked a lot of fish and landed a a bunch too! Boy those trout can be grabby, as well as quick! But it sure is fun! This was Tom's first trip in the drift boat and after a quick little casting and mending talk, he was hooking fish immediately. Larry and I have fished together and is such a cool dude and he put the hurt on the trout too! Both guys lost some big, big, BIG fish, some which we saw come out of the water and others that we just got toasted by. *Sigh* All of our blood pressure and anxieties came to a head today when we lost TWO 23+ inch fish in two casts. Argh. But all in all, we had a great time and the fish were cooperative and we had excellent weather too! The fish were much more grabby in the morning, crushing eggs and in the afternoon looking more toward the bugs. Lots of salmon still in the water, which means lots of boats too. But alarm clocks exist for such a time as this! Anyway... couple days off before more Sac River fun!

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Today I fished a double and worked the upper section of the river. It was a very brisk morning with temps hovering around the freezing point but was forecasted to be in the 80's that afternoon. At midnight that night the Bureau of Reclamation started to ramp down the flows from Lewiston Dam with a goal of 300cfs by the end of the day coming from 450cfs and holding that flow for the foreseeable future, this made for a very slow day swinging flies. We had one adult grab and battled the billions of smolt that have made their presence. There are plenty of fish in the system with more showing every day. Let's get you on the books and go chase some chrome!

Ben Thompson is now available Oct 18 and 20 due to a cancellation.  These are Ben's only open dates left in October!  If you've been hoping to fish the Lower Sac, Feather, or Yuba River with Ben this fall you should jump on these open dates while they last!

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I did a half day float today on the Trinity River, not getting on the water until around 1:30. We pushed through a lot of good runs cherry picking the ones I have the most success in. The weather conditions were outstanding with temps in the 60's. The river is a very happy ecosystem with an abundance of salmon and steelhead. The last couple hours before sunset we encountered an epic October Caddis hatch which played right into my plan of attack. We ended up hooking three adults skating an October Caddis pattern (which none came to hand) and landed a few juveniles. All in all it was a very productive afternoon spey sesh. Go to the website or give us a call and get on the books, it's shaping up to be an outstanding steelhead season.

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Howard and Marshall, two brothers who do a lot of fishing trips together, had a great day on the Lower Sac. Despite the forecast being windy with a chance of more wind, we managed to dodge the wind for most of the day and picked up some great fighting fish! The fish seemed pretty grabby until the late afternoon when the wind became pretty challenging to cast in... although we sure tried and we even got a couple fish in between those gusts! I guess it's true that family that fishes together, stays together! In addition to trout and salmon jumping around, we saw a small family of raccoons walking along the shore that jumped into the water and swam under a dock. Unfortunately my 200mm lens wasn't close enough to grab a photo but it was pretty cool to see! Guess you had to be there.

Grip (lightly) and grin!
Grip (lightly) and grin!
A handful of trout!
A handful of trout!
Brothers that fish together remain friends forever!
Brothers that fish together remain friends forever!
Even the small ones are pretty!
Even the small ones are pretty!
Marshall’s first fish of the day!
Marshall’s first fish of the day!
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I took father and son duo Bruce and Connor out on the Lower Sac for some October fishing.  The morning was great but the afternoon was pretty slow so I'm going to give this one a "good" rating.  We discovered some spots with lots of fish and some other spots with no fish!  The fish are not in their usual runs so you have to get creative and change things up a bit.  They're in there!  No fish pictures today, I gave them the day off and you know what they look like anyway.  Book a trip with your dad or son, it's a great way to spend the day.

Bruce and his son Connor
Bruce and his son Connor
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Yesterday we played bumper boats with other folks enjoying the Sacramento River and despite the flows reportedly being wonky (I'm still looking into that), we managed to get a lot of grabs in the morning, some fish to the net, and a double trouble! Mike and Ron did a great job doing all of the right things, fished hard all day, and enjoyed their time. The rumor is that the flows were changing throughout the day to keep the salmon from spawning in some of the shallow water, but the jury is out on that one. It sure would describe our afternoon though, which was pretty slow with far less grabs than has been usual. Still a great day though!

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Spent the day with Bob and Bruce on the Lower Sac and as you can imagine, it fished great. Lots of salmon still showing up and the trout are hungry. Bob probably knows more about fly fishing in his pinky than most people and he caught plenty of fish on his Sage 5wt. Clearly what we guides refer to as a "stick." His buddy Bruce did great all day too, and landed some beautiful fish! We hooked a lot of trout and landed some of them too, ha ha! I really enjoyed our day because these fellas not only enjoyed the fishing, but they were able to enjoy the bird life and many of the other things that come along with enjoying a day on the Mighty Sac. The cloud cover the last few days has definitely been helping us out and the cooler weather will have us in sweatshirts and jackets before you know it! If you weren't able to book a day in October, I still have some opening sin November and some of the biggest fish of the year tend to get landed later in the year. In other words, 100% of the fish are caught while fishing, so maybe it's time to book a trip!

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Well fall is here and that means steelhead fishing on the Trinity River. I am on my first week of the fall season and results have been good. Lots of salmon in the river and steelhead are there also. I have been running swing and nymph combos and have hooked steelhead both ways. Most of are action has been on stoneflies and egg patterns. This is typical for early season. Eggs and legs time. After five days on the water I am very pleased with the action we had. Lots of shots at hot fresh fish. It's time to get on the books and let's go! October is one of my favorite times on the Trinity.We have available dates come out and play!The steelhead are here!Peter Santley

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It's been said that nothing grows faster than a fish from when it bites until it gets away. Anglers have a tendency to stretch the truth and anyone who is on the river a fair amount knows that there are good days and there are slow days... there are days where everything goes right and there are days when you spend most of your time tying on new flies or snagged up on trees. The Mighty Sac, northern California's premier trout fishery, gives out plenty of days spanning the spectrum of human experience and you just never know what's in store... unless it's October. If you have been following my river reports, you'll know that the river's fishing great and that I've taken Cheryl and Tom fishing a number of times lately. Well there's a reason why they keep coming back and over the past two days we chased unicorns and lepricons, trout pigs and trout donkeys. For today's report, choosing between "Great" and "Red Hot" felt like splitting hairs, but I decided that if we had caught three more fish, I'd have put it in the "Red Hot" category, also known as the "We-couldn't-do-anything-wrong" box. My point? It was epic and I won't tell you my magic number but... it's a lot. This morning and yesterday morning we immediately hooked fish and this hooking and catching continued throughout the day. And guess what? It's only October 5th! We have the rest of the month and half of November to keep at it! While fish are definitely eating salmon eggs, we still caught fish on a variety of nymphs, so don't be afraid to throw caddis or may flies or whatever-secret-jiggy-hook-nymph you got. For those interested in some of the other details: weather was sunny yesterday and we had cloud cover today. Today seemed to fish better than yesterday by a thin margin, but noticeable. The flows are hovering around 7,000 cfs and the temps are ranging from 58 in the morning and up to the low 90's. Trout don't seem to care because the water's cold. There's no smoke and while we've seen plenty of fish, we may also see hawks, eagles, deer, turkeys, etc. -- hard to complain about days like this! I don't have any dates available in October but I'd love to take you in November! Let's go!

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