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  • Lower Sac: No Title

    Confluence Outfitters Fishing Report May 20, 2017 | 19:00 pm

    I spent the last two days guiding longtime clients Frank & Doug in the 1st annual Cast Hope Gabe Duran Memorial Lower Sac fly fishing tournament.  The weather was hot and so was the fishing!  Competition was pretty fierce as there were 22 boats and a lot of very good anglers on the water.  To give you an idea of the quality of the fishing this weekend, our boat averaged about 19" for the ten fish we were able to record each day and we landed a 24" rainbow, but we still placed 4th and missed the big fish trophy by a half inch!Fish are in their happy place right now with flows steady at 13,000cfs.  We did best on egg patterns, brown rubberlegs and also caught a few on caddis patterns size 14.  Look for fishing to improve and for the lower parts of the river to start fishing better over the next few weeks. 

  • Lower Sac: No Title

    Confluence Outfitters Fishing Report May 14, 2017 | 19:00 pm

    The past five days has been very productive.  Most of our hook-ups have been above Bonnyview, but the water down to Anderson is starting to fish much better.  We're also starting to see a lot of PMD's, so the fish are really starting to eat the nymphs.  Weather has varied from hot, to mild - but it looks like we are in store for some hot weather beginning this weekend.  Here are some images from the past few days.

  • Northern California: New Guide School Dates

    Confluence Outfitters Fishing Report May 12, 2017 | 19:00 pm

    We are rescheduling our 2017 Guide School to July 8-15.  We still have room for 3 participants.  This one-week course is a great way to get your feet wet in the world of guiding.  The course is based in the Burney/Fall River Mills area and the field sessions take place on the Pit River, Hat Creek, McCloud River, and Lower Sac.

  • Northern California: Scouting the "New" Hat

    Confluence Outfitters Fishing Report May 11, 2017 | 19:00 pm

    Spent another day scouting the conditions in Northern California. Spent an afternoon and evening walking and fishing Hat Creek. The water level was higher than normal for Hat Creek, but didn't present any issue with fishing except for wading the upper end of the Powerhouse #2 riffle. Walked the entire new access trail from the 299 bridge to the parking lot at Powerhouse #2.  It was good to see anglers spread out all up and down the river and not just packed into the riffle.  There was an abundance of weeds, bugs, and a consistant amount of fising fish at the lower end of this section.  Some anglers I watched were successful on dries.  I spent about an hour or so fishing and had success on dries over weed beds and behind structure, and then ended the night catching a number of fish nymphing the riffle.  Good things ahead for Hat Creek.

  • Lower Sac: Almost 5 Stars!

    Confluence Outfitters Fishing Report May 10, 2017 | 19:00 pm

    The past couple days has continued to produce some REALLY nice fish!  The fish were super grabby this morning and fishing was "Red Hot."  Jesse and Julian had an absolute blast, but after lunch things slowed a bit as a front moved in.  We continued getting grabs and hooking fish, but we had to work pretty hard for them.  The flows appear to be stable at 13,000 CFS, so I expect the fishing to improve on a daily basis!

  • Northern California: No Title

    Confluence Outfitters Fishing Report May 7, 2017 | 19:00 pm

    I am heading down south tomorrow to kick off a ten-day tour of seven fly fishing clubs in southern California.  My presentation is called "Five Rivers in Five Days" and is about all the great fly fishing destinations in the Redding area.  I will focus on the Lower Sac, Fall River, McCloud River, Pit River, and Upper Sac but will also touch on the Trinity River, Eagle Canyon, Battle Creek, Manzanita Lake, and Burney Creek.  Those of you who have fished up here know you could easily spend 10 days up here and fish a different quality destination every day.  SoCal folks, come to your local fly club and see me!  My presentation includes maps, tips on techniques for our local rivers, and some great photography.  Here are the stops on the tour:Tuesday May 9th: Santa Barbara Fly FishersWednesday May 10th: Fly Fishing Club of Orange CountyThursday May 11th: Pasadena Casting ClubMonday May 15th: Golden State Flycasters, San DiegoTuesday May 16th:  Wilderness Club, West Los AngelesWednesday May 17th: Sespe Fly Fishers, VenturaThursday May 18th: Sierra Pacific Fly Fishers, Encino 

  • Northern California: Good now, great to come!

    Confluence Outfitters Fishing Report May 6, 2017 | 19:00 pm

    Just got back from a great weekend of scouting and fishing on some of my favorite water in Northern California.  Took my son, JT and his first timer buddy Gavin.  They did a great job of catching fish everywhere we went. There is bigger and dirtier water than we have seen in the past few years, but the fishing was still productive.  I stayed off of Hat Creek as everyone visiting the area seemed to be fishing there.  Some other waters proved to be challenging, but rewarding.  Both Burney Creek and the Pit River provided great opportunites for our group young anglers with nymphs and a great golden stonefly hatch.  Yes, Dry Flies!  We even caught a few fish on Fall River in our evenings.  With all of the water, I think things are shaping up for a great spring and summer up north.  Get out and fish.

  • Lower Sac: No Title

    Confluence Outfitters Fishing Report May 3, 2017 | 19:00 pm

    The Lower Sac is continuing to fish really well.Although it seems we went from spring to summer overnight, the past four days has been all about hooking big beautiful fish!  The flows will drop to 5,000 CFS by Cinco de Mayo, but will start coming back up to 13,000 cfs by early Sunday.

  • Lower Sac: Spring Time!

    Confluence Outfitters Fishing Report Apr 29, 2017 | 19:00 pm

    The Sac has continued to fish very well the past three days.  The fish are big, healthy and super grabby!  We landed at least one 20+ inch fish each of the last three days and most were in the 17-19 inch range.  The flows will continue to drop through Wednesday, but will likely come back up once the A.C.I.D. dam is in place.    

  • Lower Sac: No Title

    Confluence Outfitters Fishing Report Apr 27, 2017 | 19:00 pm

    Flows are dropping quickly on the Lower Sac and the fish are responding in a big way!  The river was around 15,000cfs yesterday and down to 13,500cfs today.  As the flows drop a lot more water becomes fishable for us.  We had excellent fishing the last two days for rainbows up to 20".  There were a few small fish in the mix, but most of the fish landed were between 15 and 17".  Rich and Kathleen from Amador had a blast.


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