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Dave and Mel jumped in the boat for a float down the Trinity River with the goal of finding some steelhead. The morning started out COLD, but we persevered, thanks to some gloves, hats, jackets, and steelhead desire. We had a few half pounders grab flies here and there but the morning didn't produce any adult steelhead. We kept at it though. At one point we saw a number of steelhead hanging behind some salmon and spent some time trying to trick 'em into eating some flies but before we could really get into it, a small one-person raft decided to float RIGHT over our fish, which quickly vanished. Etiquette would have led me to float down the OTHER fork of the river, but I guess you win some, you lose some. Thankfully the fishing juju had built enough pressure and shortly after this, Dave hooked a really nice adult steelhead and we put it in the net! Mission Impossible became possible! Success! The day was full of great conversation, love for fly fishing and the outdoors, and more great conversation! The rest of the afternoon didn't produce another adult, but we were happy finding one of those mysterious fish of a thousand casts. There are steelhead in the Trinity, so what are you waiting for?

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The Trinity is absolutely beautiful!
A nice hatchery steelhead!
A nice hatchery steelhead!
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A report from our man on the Delta, Captain Bryce Tedford:"Solid day on the water with Sean & his son. New to Striper fishing, still learning to cast & the kid sticks a 7lb 1st Striper, pretty awesome! We had to really work for them but made a nice day of it"  

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Regular guest Dave had this to say about Eagle Canyon today: "We had a fine day at Eagle Canyon today. Fish were feisty and grabby most of the day. "

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Our morning started out a little slower than I'd have liked, but by 11am, things were cooking! The Lower Sac gives and takes away but mostly it gives. I did a LOT of backrowing on this trip, but I'm happy to report that we did nearly twenty passes on a piece of water and at the very minimum hooked a fish... and sometimes we even landed 'em! Ha ha! Highlight of the day was putting a 24 inch fish in the net... boy did it fight hard! This time of the year is some of my favorite fishing on the Sac due to it being when we land some of the biggest fish of the year! Let's get out there!

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A report from Steven who has fished Eagle Canyon on Opening Day numerous times: "We had a great time as usual. We lucked out on the weather and were able to get a couple fly fishing novices on some good fish."

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It's mid-November and the oft-anticipated egg-bite did not really materialze this year due to a shortage of salmon in the river.  Sure, we caught some fish on egg flies but if you neglected the nymphs and typical trout water you were probably disappointed.  It was a strange year with low flows, less bugs than usual, but the Sac still fished well.  We're now transitioning into winter mode on the Sac which (unless more salmon show up) means low flows, tiny flies, and perhaps fewer but bigger fish.Mark came from Oregon to try the Lower Sac for the first time.  Morning was unbearably slow (do I smell a skunk?) but we finally started picking up fish late morning.  We did not boat big numbers of fish, but every one we netted was a big, healthy, wild rainbow.  And most of them ate the tiniest fly on the rig. Every fish went on the steelhead report card, if you know what that means.  Mark said he'll be back in the spring!

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Make sure to check out our latest fishing report from the Trinity River. You can view it here: https://youtu.be/cGbRDJVKdIAIt's definitely time for you to book your next trip! 

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James Garrettson from About Trout joined me for a couple of days here in Northern California to fish for steelhead on the Trinity and trout on the Lower Sac. James is a fly fishing guide on the San Juan in New Mexico and runs a really great YouTube channel with lots of tying videos and other instructional style resources. You can watch the fishing report we did on YouTube by clicking here: https://youtu.be/oLJNZbXoVAU

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Winding down October we did not see the weather we wanted.  As I said in previous reports this made fishing difficult.  The last week fishing has improved.  We saw an increase in the number of fish hooked up and fish landed.  While we are not seeing the number of fish in the system as last year we are seeing a bigger average class of steelhead.  Over the last week we continued to work runs over and over.  On three different sections of river we had success with steelhead brought to the net.  We are hooking fish throughout the day and have even landed some in water where you wouldn't think a fish would be hanging out.  ODFW has started rerunning hatchery fish that have been caught in the trap.  These fish will be marked with a hole punched in a gill plate.  The locations of the rerun drops are usually not announced.  Within a few day the fish will start to spread out through the river.  Looking into early November we have rain forecasted for 7 of the next 10 days.  This bodes well to bring the river and it tributaries up and get more fish moving.  I have caught fish throughout November and well into December.  We will also start running into Coho.  It's a short run of fish, but they are a lot of fun.  Nymph trips and swing trips we are finding more fish.  I still have good open dates in November.  The opportunities are there for Rogue River Steelhead.  If you have questions about the Rogue or the steelhead in it, give me call.  I would love to answer your questions and book a date to take you out on the river.   

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Matt and John jumped in my boat to float the Trinity River in search of some of those elusive steelhead that we're so crazy about. Things started out cold... as in thirty degrees! But once the sun poked out, things warmed up and we had a very enjoyable time on the river. Flows are low and the water is clear but we managed to hook a handful of adults alongside some small half pounders and a couple 'tweeners. Steelheading is a lot of fun when you put 'em in the net! Besides being low and clear, the river fished well and I think these two will be back!

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Fred and Vern fish with me a couple of times a year.  Today was great fishing from beginning to end.  The good news is that we saw a lot of salmon in a few select spots.  Maybe they're coming after all!  Vern caught his biggest fish right at the takeout.  I've always called these "ramp fish" but another guide said "you got a walk-off".  I like that.

Nice wild rainbow!
Nice wild rainbow!
Vern’s ramp fish
Vern’s ramp fish
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The Rogue River has seen weeks and weeks of low water, lots of high sun, and little to no cloud cover.  This has made fishing difficult for indicator and swing fly fishing.  There is some good news on the horizon though.  We have rain.  This will freshen up the river, get the fish moving around, and bring fish up that are currently lower in the system.  On the indicator rigs, flies are the usual suspects.  Ugly bugs ranging in size from 4 to 8 in a variety of colors, from midnight fire, gold and black, copper and black, and coffee.  For the dropper fly we are running egg patterns near redds, copper swans/johns, brassies, and others.  On the swung fly, sink tips as soon as the sun is up.  T-11 with a traditional or smaller intruder fly are my go to options right now.  Skating flies is always fun and I am doing that on the first run of the day and running through it again with a sink tip.  We had a couple of grabs with pink and blue last week but, black and blue are still the top colors for swung flies.  Even though fishing has been hard, we are still finding fish.  Rowing runs multiple times, holding the boat, and fishing places where you don't think fish will be have resulted in fish hooked and landed.  The opportunities are there.  Its just a matter of putting in the effort and staying consistent throughout the day.  More rain is coming later this week and that will help with the fishing.   Mornings are chilly, with temps in the low to mid-forties.  Afternoon temps last week were still in the 80's, but the forecast is showing 50's-60's the next 10 days.  Layer up, bring rain gear, and work hard.  The steelhead are here. 

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Tim and his son Paul came up to sample the famous Lower Sac in October egg bite.  We are starting to see a few more salmon but they are still few and far between.  Nonetheless we had a great day and caught a good number of fish on the "spherical fly" in addition to more on tiny nymphs.  The weather is still warm and clear but there is a cooling trend in our future.

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I have never had a bad day with Mark and Chuck... and I'm not necessarily talking about the fishing. Sure, we've caught a LOT of big fish over the past few years, including a 30 inch steelhead on the Trinity, but moreso our days have been memorable for a variety of reasons. The friendly banter, fisheries, and overall fishing success that we've enjoyed always leaves me looking forward to fishing with them again. Yesterday was no different. After Chuck got over the initial shock of me telling him that I'd be picking them up at 5:45am, I made sure my rods were rigged up and ready to fish at first light. First light, first bite, right? We rowed out in the dark and did our best to dodge the Armada of boats that October is known to produce, which we mostly managed to do. The egg bite was pretty crazy in the early morning and we quickly learned just how fast those trout can grab an egg. One thing about the egg bite is that the trout can get pretty tuned into eggs and all bets are off if an egg imitation is passing through their lane. What's the solution? Set on everything! And even then you'll still miss a bunch of fish. It just goes with the territory. Just keep in mind that there are thousands of people sitting on the bench in the MLB, making MILLIONS of dollars every year, who have a batting average of .200. Anyway, small rant over. Yes, the fishing was really good from the top all the way down to Anderson. We caught fish in all of the likely spots and saw some salmon splashing around in multiple locations. It's hard to have a bad day when you start the day off with a number of 18 to 20 inch fish. We did, however, have a small adrenaline rush that put us over the edge just before lunch. Chuck, after high sticking perfectly in a spot that required high sticking, managed to hook a fish that jumped out of the water that was easily in the 26+ inch range. HUGE. THICK. MONSTER. All of these words came to mind. That fish picture was going to make the front page of some outdoor magazine. Though Chuck did EVERYTHING right -- keeping his rod up... keeping tension on the fish... not horsing it... letting it run... -- it popped off. No bent hook or broken leader. Just one of those unfortunate events where our hearts sunk and we needed a few moments of silence. EXCEPT IN LESS THAN TWO MINUTES WE HAD SOMEONE WHO WILL REMAIN NAMELESS WHO WAS NOT CHUCK OR LUKE HOOK THEMSELVES IN THE EAR. Yeah... it was bad. I was queasy but managed to man up and though I thought I might have to use the "string yank" technique, I also knew I fish with pinched barbs. So I was able to remove it with my pliers. Phew. Mark was okay after I splashed a bit of Scotch on his ear and put a bandaid on it. I don't know if I fully recovered, but I knew that flask and first aid kit would come in handy some day, ha ha! And this brings us to rule number one on the Lower Sac -- water load and do the Lower Sac flop! Yeah... it's ugly... you'll get made fun of on other rivers... but with the length of our leaders, three flies, and amount of weight we're using, it will save you! On a serious note, these two are so fun to fish with! And it doesn't hurt when the big fish cooperate and you put some nice fish in the net. So the mornings have been fishing REALLY well. The afternoon was ghost town and we only hooked a couple really small fish. Conditions have been changing a bit on the Lower Sac flow wise as the flows have been dropping down to the winter flows... 3690cfs. It was crisp in the morning but around 90 degrees by the afternoon. Hard to beat fishing in October when you can still be wearing shorts and sandals. That won't last forever. I got a few days off now and plan on recouping from the guide bender I've been on. I'm gonna try not to think about all of the fish I'm not catching, ha! Also... no suckers or pike minnows were harmed in the making of this report.

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I did a really fun trip on the Lower Sac today with cousins Mark and Chuck.  They like to wade fish one day and then boat fish the 2nd day.  There is a ton of great wade fishing on the Lower Sac, especially when you are accessing the river via jet boat.  We fished about ten spots.  Some had numerous fish, some had one or two, and a couple spots didn't have any fish.  We encountered one nice steelhead which threw the hook and the rest of our fish were from 10 inches up to about 19 inches.  It was a great day with good fishing and zero other fishing pressure.  If you're interested in a walk/wade trip on the Lower Sac just get in touch and we'll get you booked!

Wading worked for Chuck!
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Two days. Two retired doctors. Two boat trip with Kevin Kay. Thousands of trout per mile. I had the pleasure of guiding Steve and Gary who showed up with two of their buddies for the mighty Sacramento River October "egg bite." Steve and Gary have fished with me before and we always have a great time chasing these beautiful fish and having some great conversations. This trip was no different!Our first day fished the best, likely due to the cloud cover we were able to enjoy. We got fish on eggs and, once again, a variety of nymphs. It's seemed like the smaller the bug, the more likely they'll eat it. By the way, tiny hooks tend to bend a bit easier on some of these larger Sac trout, but Steve and Gary played them perfectly and we didn't lose any fish due to bent hooks. Phew! We hooked fish throughout the day and stayed busy putting 'em in the net. These guys have caught ten billion fish in their life, so I had to make them get a couple of photos ??Our second day was great in the morning but slowed down once the sun got up and we had to work to scratch out some fish in some creative locations... which we did! But the cloud cover is definitely a really good thing for the fishing. Plus I'm hoping and praying we get a bunch of rain soon.

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Chris and I have fished for a few years now, going back and forth from the Lower Sac to the Trinity and back to the Lower Sac. Typically he's with his dad and we spend the whole day catching fish and talking smack. This time he brought his buddy Ty. Ty hadn't fly fished before but after a ten minute casting lesson, one could arguably suggest he became a certifiable "stick" (fishing guide language for "really good angler"). Of course I'm going to take credit for all of his skill, ha ha!We put on early and by mid morning we had hooked a LOT of fish. Still not a lot of salmon in the river but the trout were eating eggs and a variety of flies. Apparently they didn't get the memo that the salmon returns are low. But that's fishing, right? One day they are eating 'em good and the next you got to work hard. Well we didn't seem to have to work very hard because they fish were munching. Since Ty was a newbie, we put him in the front and Chris spent a good part of the day sitting in the back of the boat, which means that by the time he got his cast out, Ty was already hooked up and Chris would be stripping in. Yeah... it was pretty much that good all day. I finally made Ty go to the back to the boat to better understand just how good he had it, largely thanks to Chris' generosity. The "dungeon" (back of boat) has some fun obstacles -- no where to put your line... anchors... seats... etc. Anyway, Ty and Chris had a great day and both of 'em stuck some really nice fish. The fishing is getting really good. You'd be smart to get up here.

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Doubles!
Doubles!
Yeah!
Yeah!
And yet another one…
And yet another one…
First trout on a fly rod!
First trout on a fly rod!
HOG
HOG
By now, Ty was a professional
By now, Ty was a professional
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What a weird October!  No rain, daytime temps around 100 degrees, and where are the salmon?  Despite all of this we had a great day on the Lower Sac.  Karl and his son Alex put the wood to a bunch of beautiful rainbows pretty much all day.  Even with the poor salmon return (so far) we caught a lot of fish on "egg patterns" haha along with some nice fish on very tiny flies.  Let's go fishing!

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Two boats. Two kids. TONS of fun. Today I was on a trip with DJ Spivey and we had our good friends Dylan, Kim, and Rogue from the Klamath Basin. Dylan guides for Confluence on the Williamson and Wood Rivers, so it was cool having him come down and check out our bread and butter, the Lower Sac. My son Cyril also joined us.So how did the Sac fish? REALLY well. We put dozens of fish in the net, and some of them were pretty big, including multiple 20 to 22 inch fish and one 24 incher!The boys did a healthy amount of smack talk and Kim also showed off her skills! We saw more salmon today, caught fish on eggs and tiny flies, and ate brats for lunch. Not a bad day. Tomorrow we are heading to the Trinity. Did you book a trip yet? Let's go!

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Cyndi and Don, members of the Granite Bay Flycasters, came up to fish the Lower Sac with me yesterday and the broken record continues: it fished well. While everyone is anxiously waiting for salmon to show up, the river is fishing just fine without them. A few fish are being caught on egg imitations but plenty of fish are eating bugs! You just have to figure out what they are eating and get to it. Here is a hint: tiny is good.Cyndi and Don did really well and we hooked fish most of the day. Even at the very end, Cyn put a nice fish in the net in a run that hasn't been very productive lately. She just couldn't NOT catch fish. Don and I enjoyed watching her put on a clinic several times! Highlight of the day was also a really crazy thing I haven't seen before on the Sac -- Don hooked TWO fish at the same time! While he was fighting a fish we realized that he had TWO 18 inch fish on. Unfortunately, one shook off and he only landed one of them. An 18 inch fish is a tough consolation prize ??If you are wondering whether or not you should come up and fish, the answer is yes. Most days have been pretty great!

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