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Lower Sac: , by Luke Geraty: Trout or Steelhead? Who knows!: 4 stars

Been a couple weeks sincce I wrote a river report, so let me bring you up to speed. Last week and the week before were either great or really good. Salmon all over the place and the trout were eating. Then I took a long weekend off to catch my breath and was back on the river the last couple of days doing the usual. That brings us up to speed, right? For today I had another great day with a father and son, Tom and Matt. We put in early and fished hard all day throwing the typical late-Fall-salmon-are-in-the-river stuff... eggs and some bugs. Today was definitely an egg grab day for us and I think all but one of our fish was caught on an egg. The grab stayed pretty consistent from 9:30am until the very end. As with every trip on the Lower Sac, we discussed whether these fish are trout or whether they are steelhead and what makes one versus the other. For those new to the fly fishing game, steelhead are rainbow trout but they go out to the ocean and come back up river to spawn (and OBVIOUSLY eat salmon eggs!!!). According to our steelhead report cards, we put a fair amount of "steelhead" in the net today (fish over 16 inches), including a few that were awefully close to 20 inches (we know because we taped 'em!). The weather was fantastic, the sandwiches were killer, and the fish were more than willing to eat and fight back. While losing fish isn't the goal, Tom hooked into several BIIIIGGGG fish that jumped out of the water and provided the proverbial middle fin to us all. But we saw them... and Tom felt them... so it could have been worse. All in all a great day. It's definitely not too late to get in on some of that egg bite action, so book a trip today... I've got some dates left this month for the Lower Sac or the Trinity and I know a few of the other guides do too! 

Matt with a beautiful 19 inch trout... or steelhead...
Matt with a beautiful 19 inch trout... or steelhead...
Tom hooked some big fish today...
Tom hooked some big fish today...
Another 19 inch steelhead... or trout...
Another 19 inch steelhead... or trout...
Next 10 open days for Luke Geraty: Jan 30, Feb 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 15, 16, 17, 19
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