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  • Fly Fishing Report Oct 2, 2017

    Four Seasons Fly Fishing Oct 2, 2017 | 12:34 pm

    Welcome to Fall!  Crisp mornings, sunny days, and no crowds.  The best time to be in our area. The fishing has be really good the last couple weeks.  Look for the flows to get jacked around a bit as the reservoirs are being dropped for winter.  Still some bugs coming off throughout the day and be getting some good windows of Dry Fly fishing.  On the other hand, fishing big streamers below Boca inflow can be pretty good as well. A bit of transition time here as I move up Continue Reading

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  • Fly Fishing Report August 25th, 2017

    Four Seasons Fly Fishing Aug 25, 2017 | 11:33 am

    I am back from my Fly Fishing Vacation in Wydaho.  Do to some poor planning on my part we ended up going to the Zone of Totality for the recent Eclipse.  Everything worked out fine and the fishing at times was as good as it gets for dries and streamers.  The Eclipse was cool as well. While I was away the afternoon thunderstorms have kept things in pretty good shape for this time of year.  We are in the “Dog Days 0f Summer”  but, it is not as “Doggy” as Continue Reading

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  • Fly Fishing Report August 13, 2017

    Four Seasons Fly Fishing Aug 13, 2017 | 09:01 am

    Last week’s thunderstorms and rain did wonders for the fishing.  Water temps were held down to nice fishable levels well into the afternoons.  Dry Fly action is still good both early and late.  Caddis and Mayflies are making up the bulk of the bugs and the Little Yellow Stones quickly fading away.  Streamer action has started to slow as well.  Although not as warm as the last few seasons we are approaching the “dog days of summer”.  Good time to explore the high country or visit the Smallmouth Bass at Continue Reading

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  • Fly Fishing Report July 25, 2017

    Four Seasons Fly Fishing Jul 24, 2017 | 18:56 pm

    Dry Fly time!  The fish are looking up pretty much everywhere you would want to fish.  Dries and Dry Dropper rigs are key.  Water temps are moving up so follow the temps for best fishing.  It’s okay you can put the indicator rig down for awhile.  Now would be a good time to try Tenkara. Truckee River *** The flows are 148cfs in town and 459cfs at Boca.  Water temps are currently coming up and hitting 64 degrees in the afternoon.  A cool down would be kinda nice.  The fish are Continue Reading

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  • Fly Fishing Report July 12, 2017

    Four Seasons Fly Fishing Jul 12, 2017 | 13:19 pm

    I am now offering Tenkara Fly Fishing as a product option.  To book a trip give me a call 530-386-0525. It is now the time to be here fly fishing.  The river flows are settling down and the water temps are still in the good zone.  All but the higher elevation venues are open.  The fire in Farad is not affecting us at all.  No smoke and we can still access the water above Hirshdale. Truckee River***  The flows are 356cfs in town and 821cfs at Boca.  Mid-day water temps are Continue Reading

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  • Fly Fishing Report June 30th, 2017

    Four Seasons Fly Fishing Jun 30, 2017 | 15:28 pm

    Summer has arrived!  Since my last report the roads have started to open up and you can now drive out Jackson Meadows road and down to Milton Reservoir.  The roads and Campgrounds look like they have taken a beating from the flooding this winter.  I imagine that the Forest Service will need some time get things fixed up there.  You can get to Milton just a little rougher than the past. Flows on the Truckee at least have been bumping up and down and, to some extent, on the Little Continue Reading

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  • Fly Fishing Report June 17, 2017

    Four Seasons Fly Fishing Jun 17, 2017 | 13:57 pm

    A very nice week of weather is in store for us here in the Truckee/Tahoe area.  Water conditions have come down a bit but will probably rise some do to the heat and fresh snow in the mountains this past Monday.  Some of the roads are starting to open up and I will check out access and fishing as time permits. Lately, I have been busting out the Tenkara rods for something different.  The Tenkara rods have been a ton of fun and have lots of flexibility for use with Continue Reading

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  • Fly Fishing Report June 8, 2017

    Four Seasons Fly Fishing Jun 8, 2017 | 09:56 am

    The fishing is good for those willing to invest the time.  Yeah, the water is high but, the trout are fat and sassy.  If the rivers are too much the reservoirs are fishing great!  Boca and Stampede are nearly full.  Prosser is filling slowly.  The bugs are starting to make there appearances including the mosquitos.  Time to start carrying the bug spray. Truckee River **  The flows in town are 2,000cfs and 3,100cfs at Boca.  Water temps have been getting to the low 50’s mid-day. Water master kicked up the Continue Reading

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  • Fishing Report May 31, 2017

    Four Seasons Fly Fishing May 31, 2017 | 13:59 pm

    This had to be the nicest Memorial Day Weekend in a number of years.  Hope you got out and celebrated.  Thank you to those that served so that I can continue to have the best job ever! The conditions are starting to change as the tailwaters have already started to drop and are supposed to drop some more.  The Truckee river flow has come down some as well.  Fishing remains good for those willing to put in the time.  Fat, healthy Rainbows and Browns are being caught.  The Stillwaters are Continue Reading

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  • Fishing Report May 21, 2017

    Four Seasons Fly Fishing May 21, 2017 | 11:12 am

    The fishing continues to be pretty good despite the high flows.  Expect the flows to continue high for awhile as we are in the middle of the runoff.  There are plenty of bugs in the water but not much of a hatch unless it is overcast and even then it was pretty light.  Nymphing and Streamers are still the best bet.  If you are not hooking up move.  The fish seemed to be schooled up and if you find one others are close by. Over on the Little Truckee there Continue Reading

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  • Fly Fishing for Huge Arapaima in Guyana with Costa Del Mar

    Fish Kennedy Brothers Oct 16, 2017 | 16:01 pm

    Fly Fishing for Huge Arapaima in Guyana with Costa Del Mar We are pleased to announce that Costa’s Sundance-Award-Winning film Jungle Fish is now available for free viewing. ​Watch as a group of anglers attempt to catch an arapaima on a fly for the first time in the jungles of the small South American country of Guyana. If they succeed, the resulting opportunity to host fisherman can save […]

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  • The Mac Attack

    Fish Kennedy Brothers Oct 11, 2017 | 16:08 pm

    The Mac Attack We had the pleasure of guiding four consecutive days on the McCloud River with our friends from Cal Trout. We had beautiful conditions with the fringes of fall starting to show and settle in. Wet wading season is over on this river until next year. The october caddis are starting to make appearances and the […]

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  • Arguably The Worlds Most Iconic Trout Stream

    Fish Kennedy Brothers Mar 8, 2017 | 18:34 pm

    Arguably The Worlds Most Iconic Trout Stream Can you imagine what the McCloud River was like before the dams?

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  • Trinity River February 2017

    Fish Kennedy Brothers Mar 2, 2017 | 12:08 pm

    Trinity River February 2017

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  • Take A Look at the Lower Sacramento River from Keswick Dam to Bend Bridge

    Fish Kennedy Brothers Feb 10, 2017 | 21:49 pm

    Take A Look at the Lower Sacramento River from Keswick Dam to Bend Bridge Word of flooding rivers and streams has been blasted across the Northern California region like wildfires in the summer, and this morning brought a rare sight of sunshine.  So we decided to grab the cameras and go for a drive to give you all an idea as to what’s happening on our world famous trout river: The […]

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  • Is Lake Shasta Going To Overflow?

    Fish Kennedy Brothers Feb 10, 2017 | 17:16 pm

    Is Lake Shasta Going To Overflow? Unless you live somewhere else other than the West Coast, then you’re fully aware of the recent deluge and so-called “atmospheric river” that has blasted many parts across the western front of the United States.  In the five-year, drought stricken State of California, water is flowing incessantly from every nook and cranny, gushing water into […]

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  • Lower Sacramento River Goes Huge!

    Fish Kennedy Brothers Feb 9, 2017 | 15:58 pm

    Lower Sacramento River Goes Huge! After a five year drought for much of the West, we have finally received copious amounts of precipitation in Northern California. Is it time to start building an ark? Perhaps. We have been getting hammered with more water than we know what to do with.  The reservoirs are filling faster then they can let water […]

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  • State of Jefferson Steelhead and Trout Outlook

    Fish Kennedy Brothers Dec 27, 2016 | 20:56 pm

    State of Jefferson Steelhead and Trout Outlook We hope everybody had a safe holidays and enjoyed Christmas and the seasons celebrations.  Maybe some received new fly fishing gear or had the chance to wet a line.  We didn’t fish for a few days but spent our time with family and friends in a well needed break from the winter season.  But just […]

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  • December storms bring in the Chrome

    Fish Kennedy Brothers Dec 13, 2016 | 23:21 pm

    December storms bring in the Chrome If April showers bring May flowers then December storms bring sea-run steelhead home! Currently a heavy “pineapple express” weather system is lowering its crosshairs into Northern California and bringing heavy precipitation and deep snow over the upper elevations. Look for high and off color conditions in most of the rivers also with some roadways being […]

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  • Why Do Rivers Bend?

    Fish Kennedy Brothers Dec 13, 2016 | 15:30 pm

    Why Do Rivers Bend? Here is one of the many questions that come up while guiding clients on the river.  Why don’t rivers run straight, why do they bend? So what causes a river to bend in the first place? In a nutshell, all it takes is a little disturbance from a plethora of variables and a whole heck […]

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  • Guilty as Charged

    andyguibord Jan 31, 2012 | 22:38 pm

    Guilty as Charged  This is a bad, wrongly focused photo of a beautiful fish. Chrome bright, fresh in – this American River Steelhead, born of hatchery. She took the fly a rod and a half length from me in one and a half … Continue reading →

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  • A Welcome Stench

    andyguibord Jan 23, 2012 | 20:09 pm

    A Welcome Stench I smell it long before I see it , the mush of salmon flesh rotting afloat in the river’s eddy, and hundreds more of them expired, their muscle melting onto stones. The stench curls my lip and flares the nose. … Continue reading →

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  • 1/2 pounders, part 2…

    andyguibord Sep 22, 2011 | 10:41 am

    1/2 pounders, part 2… Swinging a fly taught me the basics of fly casting. I learned how to efficiently , effortlessly  lift the line off the water without splashing. I watch a lot of beginners ripping the line from the surface. It took me … Continue reading →

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  • 1/2 pounders… part one…

    andyguibord Sep 21, 2011 | 23:32 pm

    1/2 pounders… part one… Half pounders, I cut my fly fishing teeth on them. I am not talking about some greasy ground up beef paddy between two tastless buns hanging on some golden arches.What’s a half pounder? That is the very question I asked Bill … Continue reading →

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  • Spoonful of thought…

    andyguibord Sep 19, 2011 | 02:14 am

    Spoonful of thought… I just finished standing over the hot stove, reducing my neighbors gift of orange and yellow pear tomatoes into a concentrated sauce of evaporated juice-essence, a mingling of curry, cardamon pods, and honey bubbling with a little bit of sweet … Continue reading →

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  • Surprise , surprise.

    andyguibord Sep 3, 2011 | 02:19 am

    Surprise , surprise. One can never be sure what a river will offer up to you while on your quest for cold blooded fin. I have landed beer cans with crayfish claws waving in my face; once reeled in a slimy braw, T-shirts, … Continue reading →

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  • Impotency

    andyguibord Sep 2, 2011 | 10:46 am

    Impotency Lately I have  been feeling rather impudent as a  guide. The stripers have been for the most part, rather illusive for myself and my clients. The fish are there… we see them. The river gods have thrown in a fish … Continue reading →

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  • Fools Gold

    andyguibord Sep 2, 2011 | 02:41 am

    Fools Gold September first, it is midnight. The year is flying by. I look in the mirror and see the heavy line creeping along the corners of my blue eyes. My hair is white, bleached with age and the sun like a … Continue reading →

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  • August Moon

    andyguibord Aug 13, 2011 | 01:15 am

    August Moon Blame it on the full moon, but this evening , my casting Sucked! Let me back up… I just spent two weeks recouping from a lower back injury. One day I was walking tall like a normal homo sapien, King … Continue reading →

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  • American River report: 7-18-11… happy birthday!

    andyguibord Jul 18, 2011 | 12:59 pm

    American River report: 7-18-11… happy birthday! It is hard to beleave that the shad are still here in the upper, Lower American River in good numbers. It’s July 18, my birthday – I am 51… it is good to be alive!   Shad fishing is still … Continue reading →

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  • North Fork Yuba River Fly Fishing Report 10/19/2017

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Oct 19, 2017 | 09:05 am

    North Fork Yuba River Fly Fishing Report 10/19/2017 The upper watershed is blazing away with fall color right now, and it’s quite impressive. There is no need to get out early as water temps are very cold right now, 48 degrees in the morning rising to 55 by the late afternoon. You’ll want to fish from 12pm to early evening. There are good numbers of the October caddis flying around. They love sunny sections of the river and are most active in the afternoon. The wild rainbows have been keying in on them while they oviposit in the tail outs of major plunge pools and runs. Short line high sticking an adult pattern and bouncing it off and on the surface will get the trout’s attention, and a grab. Keep in mind the big bug lives a long time and will be present until the area gets a few days of a hard freeze.Orange Stimis, parachute Adams, and the Purple Haze are great choices for dry flies right now. Time is running out on the North Fork Yuba River and those spectacular fall colors, it’s now or never.

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  • Frenchman's Lake Fly Fishing Report 10/19/2017

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Oct 19, 2017 | 09:05 am

    Frenchman's Lake Fly Fishing Report 10/19/2017 Much better weather in the last week with glassy conditions has allowed for some incredible sight fishing opportunities. There are many more fish in the northern part of the lake and it seems much of the population is ganged up there. Most of the trout are in the upper water column with many of them right on the bank in skinny water, you’ll also find the rainbows in deeper open water rising in the middle of the day. Areas with flats and weeds are the most productive when fishing the shoreline. Water temps are 52 to 54. Light hatches of blood midges, a much smaller creamy midge, and a few callibaetis are out. Shorter leaders and heavier tippets will work now as the trout are on the fall grab, their greed in fattening up for winter is their downfall, and an advantage for fly anglers looking for a bent rod. Big buggers and wiggle tails in fiery brown and rust, sheep creek specials, Hare’s Ears, and Flashback Pheasant tails have been the most productive. Mornings have been really cold, but as of late the days are nice and warm if the north wind does not howl. I would rate the fishing as[…]

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  • Chico Area Fly Fishers Presentation 10/12/2017

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Oct 11, 2017 | 19:57 pm

    Chico Area Fly Fishers Presentation 10/12/2017 This coming Thursday the 12th, I will be speaking at the Chico Area Fly Fishers. It's always great to present to the first fly fishing club I ever belonged to, for me, it's a sort of home coming. The Chico club is rich with history and many members of the club have went on to legendary status as anglers, guides, conservationist, rod makers, and an important part of the fly fishing industry in some form or another. It's a special club.My new PowerPoint program was especially created for numerous fly clubs looking for a more technical program on fishing the dry fly. It's been receiving rave reviews all over the state from numerous fly clubs and trade shows. “Mastering the Dry Fly” entails a brief history of the dry fly and the pioneering anglers who were involved from the beginning. You'll learn about simple to complex presentations, understanding rise forms, approaching water structure, tips & tricks, and my favorite patterns for eager to educated trout. Beautiful images and new detailed animated slides provide the audience with clear and concise information for future endeavors on the water while matching the hatch. This will be a program you do not want to[…]

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  • Frenchman's Lake Fly Fishing Report 10/9/2017

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Oct 9, 2017 | 11:37 am

    Frenchman's Lake Fly Fishing Report 10/9/2017 It’s been a wild week at Frenchman’s Lake with wind events that made fishing much like being on board a crab boat from “Deadliest Catch”. The north wind made its presence known last week and yesterday with wind chill in the teens, so cold it cuts right to the bone. Frenchman’s Lake is much more open and prone to getting hammered by north and east winds, there are simply very little areas to hide in. Water temperatures have been as low as 54 and as high as 58 depending on wind and air temperatures. The trout are still somewhat scattered but there are less in the southern lake and more in the northern lake, and most are in the upper most water column. If you are not recording marked fish on your electronics it’s a good bet that the majority of the fish are near the surface, and that’s why you are not marking them. There is way more fish in 1 to 3 feet of water than last week, and fishing off the bank has really picked up. The fishing has been pretty good when the weather cooperates. We’ve had some stellar days with fish cruising the shallow flats sipping[…]

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  • Northern Sierra Fly Fishing Report 10/5/2017

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Oct 5, 2017 | 10:02 am

    Northern Sierra Fly Fishing Report 10/5/2017 Frenchman's Lake - The past few days has been really tough and slow, a unusual characteristic of this lake, but true. Big winds with rollers and whitecaps dotted the lake on Tuesday making conditions unfishable. It was ugly. On Wednesday it was very slow and mimicked the last few days of some seasonal change. More fish are migrating to the north end of the lake from the south, and typical of this time of year, the trout are way up in the water column despite the depth. Water temperatures are now at 55 degrees. Great game in the skinny water at first light,but you need some serous game. Look before you present, and make a game plan, it's a wise choice. My guest today reminded me it's all about the experience and good times, and not the catching. When it's slow it hurts me more than them. On the other hand, for those that get the true meaning of the "experience" truly understand life at its greatest platform. The above picture says it all, a glorious warming trend after a morning in the low teens, fall colors, the warm Autumn sun, and quality time with a dude wiser than you. It's the[…]

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  • Frenchman's Lake Update 9/29/2017

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Sep 29, 2017 | 21:54 pm

    Frenchman's Lake Update 9/29/2017 Cold mornings and beautifully warm afternoons for the past week, it's that time of year when an angler is bundled up in the morning and peeling layers as the day plays out. Water temperatures are running 57 in the morning climbing to 60 degrees by late afternoon. Fish are still scattered throughout the entire lake adjusting to the water temperature changes from a very hot summer. One must cover a lot of water to rack up the numbers right now. Fishing has been slow for some, and better for others. My guest C&R 14 fish yesterday using a verity of different techniques. The big surprise was how many smaller fish came to the net in the 12" range, a product from a recent plant of Eagle Lake rainbows. For such a small sized trout they fight quite aggressively, and remind me of the rainbows of the Lower Yuba River. That's an Eagle Lake rainbow for you. Lots of fly anglers on the lake both in tubes and roaming the shore, plus bait anglers, and trollers.Big flies are producing like Jay Fair stripping flies in a size 8, callibaetis nymphs, and krystal buggers in all the standard fall colors. Stripping seems to be the most[…]

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  • Northern Sierra Fly Fishing Report 9/24/2017

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Sep 24, 2017 | 21:10 pm

    Northern Sierra Fly Fishing Report 9/24/2017 The land of extremes, northern California as we know it, is all that. The way the weather has turned in the last week is not surprising, but more of a shock to my body’s comfort zone. 2 to 6 inches of snow fell in the upper elevations including the surrounding mountains of eastern Plumas County, providing a surreal backdrop for the start of the autumn equinox. When weather changes quickly as it did, Mother Nature’s critters respond, their behaviors change, as does their eating habits. Large flocks of American Coot and game birds have taken refuge on the stillwaters with a new home for the fall season. The trout are already on the “all you can eat” plan, beefing up the fat reserves for the long winter ahead. There’s no going back now, and the second season has begun. Already at Frenchman’s Lake, and Lake Davis, the water temperatures have dropped significantly to the high 50’s. Last Thursday it was 26 degrees in the morning with a cold breeze from the north, and being on a wide open Sierra stillwater, there’s nowhere to hide. One just has to deal with it and take the pain. It was actually quite refreshing,[…]

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  • Lower Yuba River Fishing Conditions & Update 9/19/2017

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Sep 19, 2017 | 11:10 am

    Lower Yuba River Fishing Conditions & Update 9/19/2017 I’ve been on the Lower Yuba River for the last three days operating pontoon workshops and tours, the observations and real time experienced at the current flow of 1,035 cubes is eye opening. The “Newba” River, as coined by Jordan Romney is all that, and it is especially apparent at the lower flows. So much material has moved in that it boggles the mind. Many tail outs of runs are very shallow at this time. The main deep holes are still there, but have filled in to a degree at the head of them. The deep slot at “Clay Banks” upstream of Hammon Grove has filled in, but just upstream the high winter flows has created a new section of these banks, and now the deep slot is positioned there. The drift itself is relatively the same course, but also much different. Navigating in some sections is easier, and more technical in others. For example the rapid just upstream of “The Aquarium” is a swift short chute that leads into a large boulder, and has little room for error, a missed paddling stroke or line choice could be bad.The Sycamore Ranch take out is filled in with material to the point[…]

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  • Truckee River Fly Fishing Update 9/13/2017

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Sep 13, 2017 | 22:20 pm

    Truckee River Fly Fishing Update 9/13/2017 I’ve been roaming back and forth from the Truckee area to the North Fork Yuba River for the past few months, and now it's time to concentrate my guiding over to the Truckee River and Little Truckee River area for Fall. I really can't wait to be on the Northern Sierra stillwaters as well in a week or two when the water temperatures come down a little more. The Truckee River is in transitional state with cooler nights and the days becoming milder. I hope we have seen the last of the hot weather. Hatches have increased slightly with pseudocloeons (tiny bwo’s), a larger bwo, caddis, with the waning of the Stub Wing stoneflies (summer stones). October caddis are almost done pupating in their sealed off cases and ready to go once the arc of the sun gets a little lower, and temperatures drop both in the air and water. There are lots of smaller fish in the system ranging from 9 to 2” and are eating dry dropper rigs. These trout are about 2 years old and it amazes me that we have a large population right now because that means that even during the drought, their parents were[…]

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  • Simms G3 Guide Vest Product Reveiw

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Sep 9, 2017 | 16:07 pm

    Simms G3 Guide Vest Product Reveiw I'm from the old school of fly fishing where using a vest was the norm, I grew up with them, and all of them have served me well. Today's world offers so many different options for carrying the essentials for fly fishing. I sometimes use a sling pack when minimal gear is required and I'm fishing solo. To be honest, I'm still not use to it, it feels foreign to me. As a 20 year veteran guide I carry it all when I'm out with my guests on the water, I'm fully stocked and prepared for any breakdown or equipment needs that may arise. I'm often teased that I carry too much, but in reality my job is no different than being a sherpa on big Himalayan peak, I must be ready to deliver the goods at any cost so we can reach the summit no matter the situation.I just retired my Simms Guide vest so a friend who recently had his vest stolen could benefit. I've use it for 10 years with an average of 250 days on the water. That's over 2,500 days. The only damage to the vest was from the effects of UV rays from our friend the[…]

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  • Fishing Report for Week of 6/19/2017

    The Trout Spot - Fishing Reports Jul 26, 2017 | 10:06 am

    Flows still remain high on the North Fork of the Stanislaus river, but with all of the heat this week melting the snow up top, flows should start to come down soon.  Lake alpine is now completely thawed out and fish are being caught using Wooly Buggers and other streamers.  Access to the East end of the lake is still closed.  Beaver Creek has been producing some fish in the Big Trees State Park and there are still some fish being caught out of White Pines lake over the weekend.  Prince nymphs have been working well.  While with all the water, we are getting a late start, as flows continue to improve, it should be great for fishing this summer and fall.  Make sure to check with the Forestry service for road closures as there are still many that remained closed.

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  • Fishing Report week of 6/26/2017

    The Trout Spot - Fishing Reports Jul 26, 2017 | 10:00 am

    Flows on the North Fork of the Stanislaus are still running high from all the snow melt due to the heat wave last week, they had been dropping but have spiked back up.  The North Fork is scheduled to be planted this week.  If you can find some pockets of slower water, you may be able to entice a nice hungry trout.  When the flows drop, it should make some great fishing for the later part of the summer and the fall.Some great news is that the road to Spicer Reservoir will be open on 6/28 at noon.  This will open some fishing areas that have not been available and should help relieve the pressure on the other lakes.  It also looks like the pass may be opening soon.Lake Alpine has been producing some good numbers in the last week and is also scheduled to be planted this week.  Olive Wooly Buggers are doing the trick.  Don't forget that the kids fishing derby is coming up on Saturday July 15th, they are scheduled to plant 1800 pounds for the derby, with half of them being in the trophy size.  This is a great way to get the kids out and[…]

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  • Fishing Report for 7/5/2017

    The Trout Spot - Fishing Reports Jul 26, 2017 | 10:00 am

    What a difference a week makes.  Not only is Ebbetts pass open, but the road to Spicer Reservoir is now open as well.  The flows are falling on the North Fork of the Stanislaus and many of the areas that have not been fishable are now beginning to turn on.  Good hatches of PMD’s and Caddis are happening as the flows recede and the water temperature rises.Good numbers of quality fish are being caught at Spicer Reservoir, fish are down around 20 feet, but are looking up for bug hatches. Sinking line and stripping streamers is the way to go and rubber legs with a small trailer fly are also producing.Lake Alpine is also producing some nice fish in good numbers, both at the dam and on the east end of the lake as well.  Streamers in Black or Olive are doing the trick.   Many of your usual spots may have changed a bit do to all the water this spring, so you may need to scout out some new spots to fish, but that is half of the fun and a big reason to go out and fish.  This is what we have been waiting for all spring, while things are[…]

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  • The Lower Sac is on Fire

    The Trout Spot - Fishing Reports May 23, 2017 | 09:25 am

    The Lower Sac is on Fire If your looking for a great day of fishing, Contact Guide Chris Gearhart from Bent Rod Fly Fishing Adventures for a great day of guided fishing on the lower Sac.  The bit has been fantastic, with great numbers and large fish.  Give Chris a call at 650-400-3738 for more information or check them out on the Web at bentrodflyfishing.com

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  • North Fork of the Stanislaus fishing Report 5/22/2017

    The Trout Spot - Fishing Reports May 22, 2017 | 10:53 am

    Flows remain high on the North Fork of the Stanislaus, but a few fish are being caught with nymphs down deep.  Beaver Creek flows are starting to improve with a few fish now being caught, Red copper johns are the go to fly right now.  White Pines Lake is still producing good fish, Wiggle tails and Olive nymphs are the go to flies.  Fish plants are scheduled for this week for Angels Creek, Beaver Creek, White Pines lake and all forks of the Stanislaus.  The weather is warming up and the water is cold, but fishing is improving, so got out there and wet a fly.

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  • Fishing Report for Week of 5/15/2017

    The Trout Spot - Fishing Reports May 15, 2017 | 10:51 am

    There are still plenty of fish to be caught on White Pines Lake.  Wiggle Tail Nymphs and Buggers are working well.  The flows remain high on the North Fork of The Stanislaus as well as Beaver Creek.  Both have been planted twice this year, and the bait guys are pulling some fish out of Sour grass.  Tough fishing for us Fly Guys, but heavy nymphs and large streamers should work if you can get them down to the fish.  Make sure to check with the forest service before you head out as many roads are closed due to all of the rain this winter.  Remember all of that water is good for the river and the fish in the long run...

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  • Fishing Report 4/30/2017

    The Trout Spot - Fishing Reports Apr 30, 2017 | 16:52 pm

    White Pines lake was planted this week and there are plenty of fish to be had on the fly.  Go to patterns are Black & Olive buggers and Sparrow nymphs.  Trailing a small olive nymph behind your lead fly is working as well.  most of the streams are running high do to all of the snow pack this year.  Keep checking back for more reports...

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  • Fishing Report for October 8th

    The Trout Spot - Fishing Reports Oct 8, 2016 | 12:34 pm

    As the season winds down, fishing is still good in Calaveras & Alpine counties.  Heenan Lake is still fishing great as well as Lake Alpine.  The fish are trying to fatten up before winter.  Prince Nymphs, Copper Johns and Buggers are working on either lake.  Make sure to bring plenty of warm clothing as it is cold in the mornings.Still good numbers of fish being caught on the Stanislaus River on dries and dry droppers.  Wait for it to warm up in the afternoons and the bite is on!The East Fork of the Carson has been planted pretty heavily in the last couple of weeks, plenty of fish still to be caught, stripping streamers and on hopper patterns.

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  • Fishing Report 9/17/2016

    The Trout Spot - Fishing Reports Sep 17, 2016 | 11:24 am

    Fishing Report 9/17/2016 Now that the summer crowds are gone, it's time to get up to Calaveras & Alpine counties to go fishing.  It's just getting good!!!!Cooler evenings have really got the fish biting up here.The North Fork of the Stanislaus is picking up with some larger fish being caught.  Check out the pictures below of a nice Rainbow & Brown caught in the last week by one of our local Guides Trevor Stewart.  It’s not too late to book a trip with Neil or Trevor with Western Hatch Guide service.  They can be reached by calling 760-709-2971 or by emailing .   Fishing in Heenan lake has been pretty consistent, with fish being caught on buggers and midge patterns using intermediate and sinking lines.  Heenan is open Fridays through Sundays until the end of OctoberThe East Fork of the Carson is still producing good numbers and some large fish.Now is also the time to hit Lake Alpine as the fish are moving into the shallows and fattening up for the coming winter.There are also some nice fish being caught at Indian Creek Reservoir, near Markleeville.   Make it a couple of days trip and you can fish Indian Springs, East Fork of the Carson and[…]

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  • Local Area Fishing Report July 11, 2015

    The Trout Spot - Fishing Reports Sep 27, 2015 | 13:31 pm

    Guide  Mark Cottrell has been fishing up the Hwy 108 and Hwy 4 corridors and reports that Kennedy Meadows is fishing good with PT's 14 and 16 and Hare ear's 14 and 16.  Boards Crossing is fishing good with the same fly's and some Golden Stone coming off as well as Grasshoppers.  The West Fork of the Carson was planted this week by DFG.Guide Chris Gearhart has been fishing the Mokelumne River below Comanche Reserivoir and is reporting flows of 250 with lots of fish being caught in the 10 to 15 inch range using Wooly Buggers.  

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  • Upper Sac Fly Fishing Report

    Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop Oct 19, 2017 | 15:36 pm

    Upper Sac Fly Fishing Report Brian “Bucko” Theriot report on 10.19.2017Fall Fly Fishing on the Upper Sac has been good and the October caddis are out dancing in the thickest numbers I have ever seen. The leaves are changing to fall colors and the crowds are way less than the McCloud river, so come enjoy the beauty this river offers in the Fall with less crowds and good fishing. I was on the McCloud on Tuesday and Ah Di Na campground was full and so was the Conservency parking lot. I have been doing dry dropper rigs on the upper sac as well as indicator. You can find fish slamming the big dry October caddis patterns in the evening and throughout the day, but it has been getting more grabs in the evenings. But just because the October caddis are out doesn’t mean you should throw October caddis imitations. I have been doing really well on rubber legs and small mayfly patterns.

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  • Bay Striper Report

    Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop Oct 19, 2017 | 15:23 pm

    Bay Striper Report Capt Greg Holland Reports on 10.19.2017When I thought the fishing couldn’t get any better, it did. We have average days of 50 plus bass for 2 rods for the last week or so and larger stripers are now being caught. On Wednesday we settles into a quite little cove and had 2 fish around 6 pounds grab baby Pole Dancers on top mid day!  Had the Galvan boys onboard and they had a blast, the kid is a better caster then his dad…Red Rock, Marin Islands, Paradise area all hold bass.

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  • Pyramid Lake Fly Fishing Reports

    Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop Oct 19, 2017 | 15:20 pm

    John Fochetti Reports on 10.19.2017Just spoke with John Fochetti and said folks are catching some biggens on Chub patterns on the strip and balanced leaches under an indo. 

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  • Trinity River & Lower Sac Fly Fishing Report

    Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop Oct 19, 2017 | 15:11 pm

    Trinity River & Lower Sac Fly Fishing Report Dave Neal Report reports on 10.19.17Lower Sac is been a lot of fun this week. Not many salmon at all so not much of an egg bite. Bugs are the ticket and knowing what the fish want is your ticket to ride. Bwo on the cloudy days and small caddis have been staples for me. Today we have overcast skies and the fish are grabby!Quick Trinity report. There are fish around but with the lower flows at 300cfs it is BONEY. FBe careful in the hard boats. Many hazards exist this season exacerbated by the low flows. When in doubt get out and scout it! Lots of fast water sweepers and trees hanging over the river. Fishing has been pretty decent and should continue to improve. The salmon are running a bit late this season. Yesterday we saw a lot of newer redds and fish just beginning to cut redds through the day. Many areas that salmon were spawning in last week have been vacated since the flow drop from 450 to 300cfs. Its a shame they can’t keep the water a little higher for a few more weeks. 300 is a trickle. Seems that the salmon are spawning later each[…]

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  • Eastern Sierra Fly Fishing Report

    Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop Oct 19, 2017 | 14:49 pm

    Eastern Sierra Fly Fishing Report Jim Stimson reports on 10.19.2017I will try not to BS anyone, I honestly have no clue what is going on with the local trout streams. I have heard second and third hand that the Upper Owens has cleared and fishing has improved. I can see from my house (with binoculars) that boats are anchored at the north end of Crowley Lake, meaning the fish are moving into the Upper Owens river system. I have heard streamers down at the mouth have been working well.For the last couple of weeks I have been out of State fishing on the Upper Madison, Firehole, Henry’s Fork, Yellowstone, Bighorn, and the Beaverhead. I cannot choose a favorite. They were all good. See photo below from the Bighorn.Use caution if you are driving at night. The deer are flushing out of the backcountry in droves, the migration is happening.Let’s be careful out there….East WalkerThe river has dropped to about 150 cfs. The river is very fishy now. With the river dropping and trout on the move, try the upper section of the Miracle Mile. The pocket water is very productive with caddis worms, brown Fox pupae, stoneflies, damselfly nymphs, Copper Johns, Prince Nymphs, and red[…]

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  • Lower Sacramento and Yuba Fly Fishing Report

    Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop Oct 19, 2017 | 14:37 pm

    Capt Hogan Brown Reports on 10.19.17Lower Sac River Striper Fishing remains fair to good among changing conditions. The water temp and air temps are changing greatly. Water temps have dropped down into the mid to high 50s and night time air temp lows are dipping into the the low 50s high 40s with day time highs of the high 80s…So BIG swings in air temp and conditions throughout the day. Fish have been podding up more so covering water and being patient through areas that don’t hold fish to find those that do is key. Some of the biggest fish of the season are coming out to feed with the fall weather and some true trophies have been caught by some of the anglers throwing conventional gear and big glide baits and such. Personally I have seen multiple 45-50lbs fish over the last few weeks landed by some of my friends that throw gear. Really speacial fish. Fishing should remain in “Fall conditions” really until the river blows out with the first big storm.Lower Yuba River - Got a few days on the Lower Yuba River as well over the last few weeks. Flows are pretty stable and I would[…]

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  • Lower Sacramento Fly Fishing Report

    Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop Oct 19, 2017 | 14:26 pm

    Lower Sacramento Fly Fishing Report AC Fly Fishing Reports on 10.19.2017Lower Sac - Fishing remains good to great. Not many salmon spawning so the “egg drop” aint really a thing yet.. that’s OK because the bug game has been strong. Oh yea, and the river has been pretty vacant of boats lately too.. We see some of the heaviest fish of the year during October, November and December. Find a day to get in one of our boats and we’ll show you a few.

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  • Deschutes River Fly Fishing Report

    Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop Oct 19, 2017 | 14:22 pm

    Deschutes River Fly Fishing Report Cory Godell Reports on 10.19.2017Steelhead fishing on the Deschutes remains goods and should remain so right on through November. Don’t be fooled, just because we don’t have as many steelhead kicking around this season as prior years, doesn’t mean fishing is no good. Due to the lower numbers of fish, the amount of people fishing for them are next to none. Getting to fish the majority of all the prime spots increases your odds of catching these elusive fish. We have just over a month left of our season.Don’t forget that the upper 36 miles of the Deschutes closes for trout at the end of the month.Tight LinesCoryDeschutes River Anglers

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  • Delta Fly Fishing Report

    Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop Oct 19, 2017 | 14:19 pm

    Delta Fly Fishing Report Steve Santucci reports on 10.19.2017The fish are in good numbers in all areas of the Delta.  Stripers are hitting four inch Clouser Minnows.  We are using Rio T-14 custom cut lines and the Rio intermediate type three for most of our fishing.  We have some great weather coming for the next couple of weeks.  Hope you can make it out and enjoy the fall run.  

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  • North Fork Yuba and Frenchman’s Lake Fly Fishing Report

    Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop Oct 19, 2017 | 14:12 pm

    North Fork Yuba and Frenchman’s Lake Fly Fishing Report Jon Baiocchi Reports on 10.17.2017Frenchman’s Lake Fishing ReportFrenchman’s Lake – Much better weather in the last week with glassy conditions has allowed for some incredible sight fishing opportunities. There are much more fish in the northern part of the lake and it seems much of the population is ganged up there. Most of the trout are in the upper water column with many of them right on the bank in skinny water, you’ll also find the rainbows in deeper open water rising in the middle of the day. Areas with flats and weeds are the most productive when fishing the shoreline. Water temps are 52 to 54. Light hatches of blood midges, a much smaller creamy midge, and a few callibaetis are out. Shorter leaders and heavier tippets will work now as the trout are on the fall grab, their greed in fattening up for winter is their downfall, and an advantage for fly anglers looking for a bent rod. Big buggers and wiggle tails in fiery brown and rust, sheep creek specials, Hare’s Ears, and Flashback Pheasant tails have been the most productive. Mornings have been really cold, but as of late the days are nice and warm if[…]

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  • New Steelhead Guides & Rogue River Fishing Report

    Shasta Trout Sep 7, 2017 | 22:39 pm

    New Steelhead Guides & Rogue River Fishing Report Rogue River Despite the low returns of steelhead to west coast rivers this season, the Rogue River is fishing as well as we’ve ever seen.  The fly fishing only regulations opened a week ago and conclude at the end of October.  With ideal water temps in the 50’s, some recent showers that cleared the air […]

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  • Umpqua Gathering & Shasta Fly Fishing Report

    Shasta Trout Jul 26, 2017 | 17:22 pm

    Umpqua Gathering & Shasta Fly Fishing Report July 26th North Umpqua Reunion & Shasta Area Fly Fishing Report I just finished unpacking from ten days celebrating another(!) bday on the North Umpqua with friends and family.  We camped, fished, ate, drank, swam, hiked, toured Crater Lake, wine tasted and partied as if we were much younger.  Many thanks to the friends who […]

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  • Fly Fishing is Outstanding in the Shadow of Shasta!

    Shasta Trout Jul 3, 2017 | 17:56 pm

    Fly Fishing is Outstanding in the Shadow of Shasta! July 3rd Happy Independence Day! Fly fishing in the shadow of Shasta has been outstanding the past few weeks with ideal flows, water conditions and weather.  The bugs of spring including Goldenstones, large and small mayflies along with several Caddis, remain prolific and the evening dry fly fishing has been magical.  Fishing a dry-dropper combo […]

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  • Guide’s Shasta Area Fishing Report

    Shasta Trout Jun 11, 2017 | 22:23 pm

    Guide’s Shasta Area Fishing Report June 11th In the past week I’ve had the opportunity to sample the fishing on several rivers in the shadow of Shasta, including the McCloud, Upper Sacramento, Lower Sacramento and the Klamath Rivers and found good fishing on each.  I had one session with a guest who, without moving his feet,  hooked a dozen fish […]

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  • Fly Fishing Guide’s report: McCloud, Upper and Lower Sac, Klamath & Hat Creek

    Shasta Trout May 27, 2017 | 15:26 pm

    Fly Fishing Guide’s report: McCloud, Upper and Lower Sac, Klamath & Hat Creek May 27th Flows on rivers in the Shadow of Shasta have fallen and the weather is perfect with the biggest hatches of the season just days away.  The famed Golden Stone and Salmonfly hatches are just beginning to show with a host of Mayflies, Sallies, and Caddis numbers increasing daily.  This past week I have […]

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  • Fly Fishing guide’s report for the shadow of Shasta

    Shasta Trout May 10, 2017 | 13:34 pm

    Fly Fishing guide’s report for the shadow of Shasta May 10th: Spring has sprung Spring weather has arrived in Shasta and the wildflowers and bugs are popping.  The dogwoods are just amazing!  I was on the water a few days recently as flows on the Upper and Lower Sacramento Rivers have returned to just above normal levels making them much more fishable than they […]

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  • Northern California Fly Fishing Guides Pre-Season Preview

    Shasta Trout Apr 25, 2017 | 18:11 pm

    Northern California Fly Fishing Guides Pre-Season Preview The General Trout Season opens this Saturday, April 29th! This weekend will be your first opportunity to sample the McCloud, Hat Creek and Fall Rivers this season, while the Upper Sacramento, Lower Sac, Klamath and Pit Rivers remain open.  As you are likely aware we have experienced a very high water winter, so your options […]

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  • Winter Steelhead Fishing: several weeks remain, get here soon!

    Shasta Trout Mar 6, 2017 | 17:06 pm

    Winter Steelhead Fishing: several weeks remain, get here soon! March 6 I just completed the longest period in recent memory without wetting a line, nearly a month.   Local river conditions have been extremely high and off color, not conducive to boating or fishing what so ever.  I had to cancel all guided trips during the month of February as a result. Flows on […]

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  • Holiday Gift Special & Shasta Area Fishing Report

    Shasta Trout Dec 2, 2016 | 18:44 pm

    Holiday Gift Special & Shasta Area Fishing Report ‘Tis the Season of Thanks I am writing to give thanks for helping me to live the dream life, guiding fly fishing in Mt. Shasta California, one of the most beautiful places on the planet, and traveling the world fly fishing. As a small token of my appreciation I am offering a holiday special.  Gift […]

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  • Summertime fly fishing in the shadow of Shasta

    Shasta Trout Aug 6, 2016 | 15:42 pm

    Summertime fly fishing in the shadow of Shasta August 6th The Blackberries are ripe, the weather is perfect (no local fires), the trout are fat and feisty and solitude is easy to find.  Fall is just a few weeks away, and we are enjoying some exceptionally fine weather after a hot spell, enabling us to wade wet on our local freestones, the McCloud, […]

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  • FALL PROMO 20% OFF

    Pyramid Lake Guides Oct 12, 2017 | 20:56 pm

    20% off all guided trips dates Oct.21-28, 2017! (Call for details and available dates, discount applies to full day trips only)

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  • OCTOBER FISHING- ALGAE BLOOM

    Pyramid Lake Guides Oct 8, 2017 | 16:41 pm

    The season is underway and reports are good. Float tubers are doing well with their lines in deeper waters. The lake has a large algae bloom right now, once it clears out the shore fishing should get really good!

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  • SKI TAHOE, FISH PYRAMID

    Pyramid Lake Guides Oct 1, 2017 | 15:11 pm

    If you’re looking for more fun activities to do around the Reno-Tahoe area other than skiing consider a day fishing out on Pyramid Lake just 35 miles north of Reno. Pyramid Lake is home to the world’s largest cutthroat trout- the Pilot Peak strain of Lahontan Cutthroat. If the wind is howling and lifts are … Continue reading SKI TAHOE, FISH PYRAMID →

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  • WINTER IS HERE

    Pyramid Lake Guides Oct 1, 2017 | 14:29 pm

    It’s October 1, 2017 and that means the Pyramid Lake fishing season is now open! The water temps are cooling off around 65 degrees, and the lake is turning over with moss and algae. Once that green clears out the shore fishing should be phenomenal! The bait balls are dissipating but can still be found. … Continue reading WINTER IS HERE →

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  • 2017 SEASON OPENS OCT. 1🌨

    Pyramid Lake Guides Sep 30, 2017 | 14:56 pm

    The lake temps are in the mid-60s. It’s also starting to turn over, once the green clears out the shore fishing should be really good! We are excited for the opener and a great season! …….❄

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  • SEASON OPENER OCT. 1, 2017

    Pyramid Lake Guides Aug 29, 2017 | 17:20 pm

    That time will soon be upon us to search for the elusive 20 pound Lahontan Cutthroat Trout! We’re looking forward to landing these massive cutties on the alkaline lake just north of Reno once again. Our premium custom made ladders are good to go, and the flies are being tied! We’re stocking up on large … Continue reading SEASON OPENER OCT. 1, 2017 →

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  • LATE SEASON FISH, SOUTH NETS OPEN

    Pyramid Lake Guides May 9, 2017 | 18:28 pm

    It’s late in the season and the Lahontan cutties are headed into colder water, but nice fish are still being landed if you are willing to put in the work. Grant, Evan, and Jack went out this weekend after College finals and landed some nice beauties. South Nets is now open, Washout and Monument are … Continue reading LATE SEASON FISH, SOUTH NETS OPEN →

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  • 21 POUND CUTTHROAT

    Pyramid Lake Guides Apr 13, 2017 | 18:03 pm

    Last season we met client Cody Coffey and his girlfriend Katie. It was a pleasure showing them around the lake! They are avid anglers and this year (just last week ) Cody landed a 21 pound Lahontan Cutthroat! Congratulations Cody- that is a beautiful fish!

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  • IDAHO BOYS ON PYRAMID LAKE NV

    Pyramid Lake Guides Apr 10, 2017 | 11:48 am

    We had a great weekend of fishing during the first couple of days of April with a group of guys out from Idaho and Boise Valley Fly Fishers. The first day it was tough but we managed to land around 20 between the group of 4, Sunday was great and the group landed 53 cuttys! … Continue reading IDAHO BOYS ON PYRAMID LAKE NV →

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  • LAHONTAN MONSTERS

    Pyramid Lake Guides Mar 23, 2017 | 13:07 pm

    The March spawn is on and some big fish are headed into shore on Pyramid Lake Nevada! Captain Bruce A. Smith out of Southern California  landed a massive 21 pounder last week and Guide Nick Jackson landed a fat 18 pounder this week. The fishing is good and the storms have made it even better. … Continue reading LAHONTAN MONSTERS →

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  • Northern California Fly Fishing Report Oct 13, 2017

    Fly Fishing Specialties Oct 14, 2017 | 09:58 am

    Northern California Fly Fishing Report Oct 13, 2017 Best Bets: McCloud, Upper/Lower Sac, or Truckee – Trout, Delta - Striper, Feather and Trinity - Swinging for half pounders and adult steelhead, and Pyramid Lake - Cutthroat. Watch out for fires and smoke!American River Striper - Poor. Steelhead - Poor but improving Flows – 2,200 CFS at Natomas.  – high 50's to low 60. Water clarity – Good.Cooler weather signals the end of striper fishing on the American at least for the larger non resident fish. A few caught again this week but most were shakers as we're on the tail end of things now. Water flows dropped slightly again this week to 2,200 and the river cooled a bit as well. Best flies have been Byng’s Bait fish in white/chartreuse, Toby’s American River Rainbow Clouser,  Angel's Smolt, Angels Chartreuse and White on sinking lines.Steelhead are trickling in to the system more and more each day. It is still a little early but we are seeing good signs again this week. Right now we are predominantly seeing half-pounders yet we get reports of a few more adult steelhead sightings every week. We are excited about the potential for a good season this year and look forward to these fish returning to[…]

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  • Northern California Fly Fishing Report Oct 6, 2017

    Fly Fishing Specialties Oct 13, 2017 | 14:42 pm

    Best Bets: McCloud, Upper/Lower Sac, Pit River or Truckee – Trout, Delta - Striper, Trinity - Swinging for half pounders and adult steelhead and Pyramid Lake - Cutthroat.(sorry we are under technical difficulties and photos are not uploading)American River Striper - Poor. Steelhead - Poor but improving Flows – 2,900 CFS at Natomas.  – high 50's to low 60. Water clarity – Good.Cooler weather signals the end of striper fishing on the American at least for the larger non resident fish. A few caught again this week but were on the tail end of things now. Water flows dropped slightly this week and the river cooled a bit as well. There are  few less in the system this week. Some shakers still being caught and an occasional adult. It has been a good year here for striper on the American so we cant really complain. Best flies have been Byng’s Bait fish in white/chartreuse, Toby’s American River Rainbow Clouser,  Angel's Smolt, Angels Chartreuse and White on sinking lines.Even more immediately pertinent are the steelhead that are trickling in to the system. It is still early but we are seeing good signs again this week. Usually it isn't until early to Mid October until when things start to[…]

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  • Northern California Fly Fishing Report Sept. 29, 2017

    Fly Fishing Specialties Sep 29, 2017 | 14:28 pm

    Northern California Fly Fishing Report Sept. 29, 2017 Best Bets: McCloud, Upper Sac, Pit River or Truckee – Trout, Delta - Striper, Trinity - Swinging for half pounders and adult steelhead and Pyramid Lake - Cutthroat.American River Striper - Poor. Steelhead - Poor but improving Flows – 3,470 CFS at Natomas.  – high 50's to low 60. Water clarity – Good.Cooler weather signals the end of striper fishing on the American at least for the larger non resident fish. Water flows dropped slightly this week and the river cooled a bit as well. There are  few less in the system this week. Some shakers still being caught and an occasional adult. It has been a good year here for striper on the American so we cant really complain. Best flies have been Byng’s Bait fish in white/chartreuse, Toby’s American River Rainbow Clouser,  Angel's Smolt, Angels Chartreuse and White on sinking lines.Even more immediately pertinent are the steelhead that are trickling in to the system. It is still early but we are seeing good signs. Usually it isn't until early to Mid October is when things start to get good. Right now we are predominantly seeing half-pounders yet we get reports of a few more adult steelhead sightings every week. We are excited about the potential[…]

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  • Northern California Fly Fishing Report - Sept 22, 2017

    Fly Fishing Specialties Sep 25, 2017 | 16:48 pm

    Northern California Fly Fishing Report - Sept 22, 2017 Fall arrived in the high country this week... Best Bets, Hat Creek or Pit River – Trout, Delta - Striper, Swinging on the Trinity or Feather – Steelhead, American River Striper - Poor. Steelhead - Poor but improving Flows – 3,500 CFS at Natomas.  – high 50's to low 60. Water clarity – Good.Cooler weather signals the end of striper fishing on the American at least for the larger non resident fish. It has been a good year here for striper so we can’t complain. Best flies have been Byng’s Bait fish in white/chartreuse, Toby’s American River Rainbow Clouser,  Angel's Smolt, Angels Chartreuse and White on sinking lines.Even more immediately pertinent are the steelhead that are trickling in to the system. It is still predominantly half-pounder’s yet a few more adult steelhead sightings every week. We are excited about steelhead fishing this year and look forward to these fish being in our back yards again.Give us a call at the shop (916)722-1055 or Off the Hook fly fishing directly at (707)287-2939 to set up a striper or Fall Steelhead trip on the American.Clear Lake Largemouth - Good. Water Temps - 80-88 Degrees. Clarity 6" - 1 ft Fishing is still good on Clear Lake. Most[…]

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  • Fly Fishing Specialties Sep 1, 2017 | 16:02 pm

    Fall is just around the corner... Best bets, Upper and Lower Sac - trout, Delta - striper and smallmouth, Clearlake or Oroville - largemouth and Swinging on the Trinity - steelheadAmerican River Striper - Fair. Steelhead - Poor. Shad - Poor Flows – 3,500 CFS at Fair Oaks Temp.  – high 50's to low 60. Water clarity – Good.The American is on the decline for Striper. We are still catching fish but most fish are on the smaller size. There is still some opportunities for larger fish, but most that have made it to the net have been in the 1 lb to 5 lb range. Time to go before they're gone.Best flies continue to be Byng’s Bait fish in white/chartreuse, Toby’s American River Rainbow Clouser,  Angel's Smolt, Angels Chartreuse and White on sinking lines.In addition to striper there are some half-pounder steelhead in the system and we have had a few more adult steelhead sightings. We are looking forward to steelhead season!Call the shop at (916)722-1055 or Off the Hook fly fishing directly at (707)287-2939 to set up a striper or Fall Steelhead trip on the American.Clear Lake Largemouth - Good. Water Temps - 80-88 Degrees. Clarity 6" - 1 ftFishing is still good on Clear[…]

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  • Northern California Fly Fishing Report – August 20, 2017

    Fly Fishing Specialties Sep 1, 2017 | 14:16 pm

    Northern California Fly Fishing Report – August 20, 2017 Dog days of Summer are here... Best bets - Clearlake - Largemouth, Delta or Oroville - Smallmouth/Largemouth, Lower Sac, Fall River or Hat Creek - Trout, Swinging on the Trinity - SteelheadAmerican River Striper - Fair. Steelhead - Poor. Shad - Poor Flows – 3,500 CFS at Fair Oaks Temp.  – high 50's to low 60. Water clarity – Good.The American continues to fish fairly well for Striper. We are getting some decent numbers but most fish are on the smaller size. Fishing for Striper is definitely on the decline as a result of the Shad returning to the ocean. There is still the opportunity for much larger fish, but most have been in the 1 lb to 5 lb range. Time to go before they're gone.Best flies continue to be Byng’s Bait fish in white/chartreuse, Toby’s American River Rainbow Clouser,  Angel's Smolt, Angels Chartreuse and White on sinking lines.In addition to striper there are some half-pounder steelhead in the system and we have had a few more adult steelhead sightings. We are looking forward to steelhead season!Call the shop at (916)722-1055 or Off the Hook fly fishing directly at (707)287-2939 to set up a striper or Fall Steelhead trip on the American.Clear[…]

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  • Fly Fishing Specialties Aug 6, 2017 | 12:29 pm

    Northern California Fly Fishing Report – August 5, 2017Best Bets: American - Striper, Lower Sac - trout,                   Delta - Smallmouth or Oroville Smallmouth/Largemouth                                     American River Striper– Good. Shad – Fair Steelhead – Poor. Flows – 3,500 CFS at Fair Oaks. Temp.  – high 50's to low 60. Water clarity – GoodThe American continues to fish quite well for Striper. The shad are dwindling so striper are spreading out. Water is clear right now and this is making for some exciting fishing. Seeing a nice fish stock your fly before attacking it in a mad rush is awesome. This last week we had some real hogs follow 4 to 6 lb fish to the boat. Talk about getting your heart rate going!Best flies continue to be Byng’s Bait fish in white/chartreuse, Toby’s American River Rainbow Clouser,  Angels Smolt, Angels Chartreuse and White on sinking lines.In addition to striper there are some half pounders in the system and we have had a few adult steelhead sightings.Call the shop at (916)722-1055 or Off the Hook fly fishing directly at (707)287-2939 to set up a striper or shad trip on the American.Delta Stiper- Poor Water Temp 60. Water Clarity – Good to great. North Delta Smallmouth - Good Water Clarity[…]

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  • Fly Fishing Specialties Aug 6, 2017 | 11:21 am

    Northern California Fly Fishing Report – July 27, 2017Best Bets: American - Striper, Lower Sac - trout, Feather - Steelhead, Delta - Smallmouth                                     American River Striper– Good. Shad – Fair Steelhead – Poor to Fair. Flows – 3,500 CFS at Fair Oaks. Temp.  – high 50's to low 60. Water clarity – GoodThe American has fished quite well the last couple weeks for Striper and Shad. Things are changing right now though. First lets look at the shad fishing. Fish are thinning out a bit and the best fishing has been in the evening. Best fly has been Bloody Maria. Things are definitely on the decline and shad will begin heading back to the ocean soon. Now is the time to get out and hit them before they're gone. We continue to have good striper numbers here on the river. Every year we see an interesting phenomenon. The large fish have been feasting on the shad for weeks. We have seen some real pigs cruising around and swiping at smaller striper and shad that are hooked up. Once the shad leave, striper tend to spread out and go on a about a two week terror hitting flies with heightened. After the two weeks or so is over[…]

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  • Fly Fishing Specialties Jul 26, 2017 | 21:42 pm

    Northern California Fly Fishing Report – June 29, 2017Best Bets: American - Striper and Shad, Lower Sac and McCloud - trout, Feather - Steelhead, Delta - Smallmouth and Yuba - Shad!                                      American River Striper– Great, Shad – Good Steelhead – Poor to Fair. Flows – 5,000 CFS at Fair Oaks. Temp.  – 57 to 60 Degrees. Water clarity – Very clearThe American has fished quite well the last couple weeks for Striper and Shad. We have been having some awesome striper numbers on the lower river  and clients have been boating upwards of 50 fish per boat on guide days! Water is clear and this is making for some exciting fishing. Seeing a nice fish stock your fly before attacking it in a rush is awesome. It is time to go now as fish are on the move and will be heading up river soon. Best flies have been Byng’s Bait fish in white/chartreuse, Toby’s American River Rainbow Clouser,  Angels Smolt, Angels Chartreuse and White on sinking lines.Shad fishing continues to be good although things have been  a bit busy on the upper river.  Our guides have been doing Sailor to Sunrise and those in boats are catching most fish[…]

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  • Northern California Fly Fishing Report – June 17, 2017

    Fly Fishing Specialties Jun 18, 2017 | 13:26 pm

    Northern California Fly Fishing Report – June 17, 2017 Best Bets... American(shad/striper), McCloud, Hat Creek(trout) or Lower Yuba (shad!!!)American River  Striper – Great  Shad – Great  Flows 6,400 cfs Water Temp high 50’s degrees. Water Clarity – clearShad are everywhere on the American and striper are too. Both are being caught with good regularity. Flows are still high and wading can be difficult but those fishing out of a drift or jet boat are having good success. For striper stripping flies on sinking lines is the name of the game. Traditionally good flies for this time of year will be Byng’s Bait fish in white/chartreuse, Toby’s American River Rainbow Clouser and the Stay Hungry Streamer in gray/white. Shad have been taking Bloody Marias and Bernie’s Bangers along with Spasmodiam 335 and Reanimator Shaddis. Swinging sinking tips or 4 or 5 weight switch rod is our favorite way to get them. Stop by the shop for the complete list of striper and shad patterns that are currently getting it done. Fishing has been best early and late for shad and striper on most days but just because the light is on the water is not reason to leave especially for shad. If you find them they will usually eat and where you find one you[…]

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  • August Fishing Report ..... Its Almost Fall.....

    Nor Cal Fly Guides Fly Fishing Report Aug 11, 2017 | 19:15 pm

    August Fishing Report ..... Its Almost Fall..... Hello Fellow AnglersWow, what a crazy fishing season we have had this year, between crazy high flows and the above normal high temps, its been an interested one when getting out on the water, ones with an open mind and willing to put in the time, seem to be the ones into fish. Even now the flows on some Sac Valley rivers are making it tough for wading, but despite the temps and flows the fishing has been fair to good, and with fall knocking at our door the fishing is and will only get better. With that said, fall will be here sooner than you think, and if you are thinking of booking a fall trip, I still have some prime dates remaining for the "EGG BITE" as well as dates for some great fall swinging, if to swing is your thing.Here is your Nor Cal Fly Guides Fishing ReportAmerican River:Flows - 3600cfsClarity - ClearFishing - Fair to GoodThe shad are finally gone, YYEEEEESSSSSS!!!!! This means that its time for striper fishing again, and it has been getting better over the past few weeks. We are seeing the typically shakers, but a few bigger fish from 3-7lbs have been[…]

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  • Spring Fishing Report and a bit more...(BAJA)

    Nor Cal Fly Guides Fly Fishing Report Apr 26, 2017 | 14:40 pm

    Spring Fishing Report and a bit more...(BAJA) Hello Everyone,WOW, what a start to the 2017 fishing season. All we can say is water, water and more water. Oh and more water to come. Hopefully the rainy season is behind us, and only good fishing to come.This year has been a bit challenging, especially on local water. The opener on the American was the worst in years, the Feather was brown due to the damage to the dam, the Yuba was high and brown as well, everything was high and brown, even the Lower Sac. The only fishable water that kept me busy was the Trinity, but even that is now flowing to high. So you may be asking, is there anything fishable right now, and  the answer is yes and thats soon to come. For those that typically book fall/winter trips, I would highly recommend booking well in advance, the sooner the better. This fall is going to be one to remember, and I hope to be able to experience it with you. With the amount of water that we have, with plenty more to come, we will have plenty of water for fall fishing, and the water temps are going to be very favorable for the fish.[…]

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  • Febuary 2017 Fishing Report

    Nor Cal Fly Guides Fly Fishing Report Feb 9, 2017 | 13:41 pm

    Febuary 2017 Fishing Report Hello fellow anglers,This year has been a crazy wet mess so I hope all of you have stayed safe and dry while mother nature shows us her fury. With this wet season, most of you know it has left almost all of Northern California blown out and to high to fish. With more coming down, it doesn't look like the Sac Valley will clear up anytime soon. However, there has been a glimmer of hope, which I will talk about shortly. I will have to say, I am super excited and really looking forward to our spring to fall fishing with all the snow we have in the mountains. What this awesome snow pack means is a longer spring as well as a great summer and fall fishing with lots of cold water for the fish to thrive and for us to play. Even though things do not look so great right now, come late spring, summer and fall, its going to be great. So hang in there. If you are looking to get out now...........here ya go...............Fishing Report:Well this one is pretty easy, all rivers are blown and unfishable except for one.........Trinity River:The Trinity has been the saving grace[…]

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  • Dec/Jan Fishing Report

    Nor Cal Fly Guides Fly Fishing Report Dec 19, 2016 | 16:01 pm

    Dec/Jan Fishing Report Happy Holidays Everyone,Well as most of you know, we have received a ton of rain over the past week or two and it has done some good things as well as some not so good things to the our rivers, lakes and streams. The good: The reservoirs are filling up nicely, the snow pack is looking pretty good, and with more water flowing down the rivers, the winter fishing is looking to be pretty good after the beginning of the year.The not so good:As of right now, most of the Sac Valley Rivers are blown out, but don't worry, in a few short weeks, they will be back to fishing level as well as fishing clarity.Here is your local fishing reportTrinity River:Clarity: Good to getting perfectFlows:Lewiston - 300cfs steadyBucktail - 500cfs and droppingDouglas City - 775cfs and droppingJunction City - 1600cfs and droppingWow, the past few weeks on the Trinity have been extremely good to Nor Cal Fly Guides clients. While others have been working hard to find fish, we have consistently hooked a half a dozen adults on a daily basis, with my last 2 days up there hooking 16 adults and landing 8 of them, this being right after the[…]

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  • Fall Fishing Report and a bit more

    Nor Cal Fly Guides Fly Fishing Report Oct 5, 2016 | 19:41 pm

    Fall Fishing Report and a bit more Hey FolksA real quick info update, if you are looking to email me please use the following email address: is the new email address for Nor Cal Fly Guides and I look forward to hearing from you.On to the fishing report:Well, over the past few weeks, the fishing in Nor Cal has really turned on. The salmon are showing up in good numbers, some are starting to spawn and you know what that means, its "EGG BITE TIME". With cooler temps to come, the fishing will only get better, which is hard to believe as the fishing is pretty darn good right now.Feather RiverRating: Good to GreatFlow: 800cfs in Low FlowTemp: mid 50'sClarity: ClearThe Feather has really turned on in the past week, and that's mainly due to the large push of salmon over the past few weeks. With many redds being built, and even a few salmon paired up and more salmon showing up, its only going to get better. We are seeing some quality steelhead spread throughout the Low Flow Section, and the majority of them are taking an egg imitation. While the "egg bite" isn't on fire yet, they are eating the egg on a regular basis, give it another week and the fish will be egg[…]

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  • June Nor Cal Fishing Report

    Nor Cal Fly Guides Fly Fishing Report Jun 9, 2016 | 18:41 pm

    June Nor Cal Fishing Report Happy June Everyone,Wow, where has this year gone, April was EPIC, May was here and gone with some more great fishing, now we are in June and the fishing is really good too. I know I say this a lot, but you should really be out on the water and enjoying some great fishing.Here is your Local June Fishing Report:Feather:Man when things started to look dim, the Feather comes back and shines like it always does, and it continues to give us some really nice days on the water. If you want to get into some late spring and early summer run steelhead, well look no further than the Feather. We are seeing good numbers of half pounders up to 18" as well as a good handful of adults up to 26". Hooking 10 to 12 fish a day is the daily scene, and not hard to do, and if you are not careful you can hook many many more. Just recently we had a day where we hooked 20+ fish, can you say sign me up. Dont know how much longer this will last, but with the low flow at 1700cfs and running cold, salmon showing up daily, and[…]

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  • May 2016 Fishing Report and a bit more

    Nor Cal Fly Guides Fly Fishing Report May 5, 2016 | 18:35 pm

    May 2016 Fishing Report and a bit more Hello Fellow Anglers,Boy, April was one crazy month, the fishing on the Lower Sac was and still is absolutely EPIC, the Feather had some great fishing at the beginning of the month, then when the word got out, the fishing tightened up a bit, but that's fishing pressure for you. With rain still coming down every now and then, and the snow pack still needing to melt, May as well as June and even the late summer months are going to be great.                                                                                                         Lower Sac:Even though its a bit of a drive, it is well worth it. I have been spending a good amount of time on this river because the fishing is almost to good to believe. Hooking 25 to 35 fish a day is the norm, with fish ranging from 16 to 26". Nymphing with rubberlegs, caddis, pmds and other mayfly patters has been the main game, but if[…]

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  • March/April 2016 Fishing Report

    Nor Cal Fly Guides Fly Fishing Report Mar 11, 2016 | 15:19 pm

    March/April 2016 Fishing Report Hello Everyone,This is the first time doing a blog, so bare with me while I get things up and running. Well it looks like the weather has finally come in, mainly the rain and the snow, but some wind as well, and it has been dumping a bunch all throughout Nor Cal. The reservoirs are filling up fast, and things are really looking up for this years water/fishing season. The tough part with all of this is the ever fluctuating river flows, river clarity and over all fishing conditions. It hasnt given us a big number of fishing days this year, but when it has been time to get out and fish, the fishing has been good. With these rains, comes the fish, really looking forward to April, May, June and the remaining season.American:Currently flowing at 15k , and with more rain in the forecast, I think its only going to get higher. Folsom is over 60% full, and with that, what ever flows in must flow out. A law that was created over 30 years ago is still in place, and once Folsom reaches 60% during winter months, the flood gates open up to help with flood control. Right now[…]

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  • Kern River Fly Fishing Report October 10, 2017

    Kern River Fly Fishing Reports Oct 10, 2017 | 16:36 pm

      Upper Kern 20 Mile Section Flows on the 20 mile section are around 250 cfs and the river continues to fish world class as many rainbow are being caught up and down in this section. Water temps are starting around 45 degrees and warming up to about 52 degrees in the afternoon. Rainbows are … Continue reading Kern River Fly Fishing Report October 10, 2017

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  • Kern River Fly Fishing Report September 27, 2017

    Kern River Fly Fishing Reports Sep 27, 2017 | 13:03 pm

    Upper Kern 20 Mile Section Flows on the 20 mile section are around 400 cfs and the river continues to fish world class as many rainbow are being caught up and down in this section. This is the time to start fly fishing this section as water temps are holding around 52 degrees and rainbows are very … Continue reading Kern River Fly Fishing Report September 27, 2017

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  • Kern River Fly Fishing Report September 5, 2017

    Kern River Fly Fishing Reports Sep 5, 2017 | 23:13 pm

    Upper Kern 20 Mile Section Flows on the 20 mile section are around 600 cfs and the river continues to fish world class as many rainbow are being caught up and down in this section. This is the time to start fly fishing this section as water temps are holding around 60 degrees and rainbows … Continue reading Kern River Fly Fishing Report September 5, 2017

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  • Kern River Fly Fishing Report August 25, 2017

    Kern River Fly Fishing Reports Aug 25, 2017 | 14:16 pm

    Upper Kern 20 Mile Section Flows on the 20 mile section are dropping every day and the river continues to fish world class as many rainbow are being caught up and down in this section. This is the time to start fly fishing this section as water temps are holding around 60 degrees and rainbows … Continue reading Kern River Fly Fishing Report August 25, 2017

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  • Kern River Fly Fishing Report August 7, 2017

    Kern River Fly Fishing Reports Aug 7, 2017 | 23:36 pm

    Kern River Fly Fishing Report for August 7, 2017 Upper Kern 20 Mile Section Flows on the 20 mile section are dropping every day and the river continues to fish world class as many rainbow are being caught up and down in this section. This is the time to start fly fishing this section as … Continue reading Kern River Fly Fishing Report August 7, 2017

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  • Kern River Fly Fishing Report July 23, 2017

    Kern River Fly Fishing Reports Jul 23, 2017 | 19:44 pm

    Upper Kern 20 mile Section ( Lake Isabella river mouth north to the Johnsondale Bridge) Here we go finally. The river isn’t down to super safe conditions to fish, so be very cautious when fly fishing the 20 mile section. This section is dropping at a rapid rate and is down now to 1800 cfs. … Continue reading Kern River Fly Fishing Report July 23, 2017

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  • Kern River Fly Fishing Report July 11, 2017

    Kern River Fly Fishing Reports Jul 11, 2017 | 17:51 pm

    FLY FISHING SMALL STREAMS OF THE KERN RIVER Small Stream Clinic – Saturday July 22, 2017 Click here! A great alternative to fly fishing the upper Kern is the small creeks that are flowing into the upper and southern forks of the Kern river. There are hundreds of miles of small creeks to explore in … Continue reading Kern River Fly Fishing Report July 11, 2017

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  • Kern River Fly Fishing Report July 2, 2017

    Kern River Fly Fishing Reports Jul 2, 2017 | 14:32 pm

    FLY FISHING SMALL STREAMS OF THE KERN RIVER Small Stream Clinic – Monday July 10, 2017 Click here! A great alternative to fly fishing the upper Kern is the small creeks that are flowing into the upper and southern forks of the Kern river. There are hundreds of miles of small creeks to explore in … Continue reading Kern River Fly Fishing Report July 2, 2017

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  • Kern River Fly Fishing Report June 19, 2017

    Kern River Fly Fishing Reports Jun 19, 2017 | 17:41 pm

    FLY FISHING SMALL STREAMS OF THE KERN RIVER Small Stream Clinic Tuesday June 27, 2017 Click here! Small Stream Clinic  Saturday July 1, 2017 Click here! A great alternative to fly fishing the upper Kern is the small creeks that are flowing into the upper and southern forks of the Kern river. There are hundreds … Continue reading Kern River Fly Fishing Report June 19, 2017

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  • Kern River Fly Fishing Report May 25, 2017

    Kern River Fly Fishing Reports May 26, 2017 | 00:32 am

    FLY FISHING SMALL STREAMS OF THE KERN A great alternative to fly fishing the upper Kern is the small creeks that are flowing into the upper river. Get out your 2 or 3 wt fly rod and explore and discover some amazing fishing. The creeks  and fish are healthy and doing well. Check out the … Continue reading Kern River Fly Fishing Report May 25, 2017

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  • Well, At Least I Tried

    Northern California Trout Oct 13, 2017 | 11:32 am

    Well, At Least I Tried I texted (21st century phone guy) Yuki yesterday about fishing. Basically I said I'd go fishing if they ever planted again. The last place they planted ANYWHERE was Silver Lake back on 9/3. Before that was the end of July.He suggested Middle Bar Bridge. So I said, OK I'd check it out this morning. This is how the morning went. I started the truck, 37 degrees outside and frost on the front window. First time this year for frost, first time this year I've had to scrape frost off the truck windows, and the first time this year I've had wear gloves while driving. That's OK though, I'm over the 100+ degree heat.The bridge, you've seen it before. I cruised over (It's only about 4 miles from my house) and when I got there, the bridge was empty of people, a bad sign. The shot above was not this morning. I stopped in the middle of the bridge, there wasn't any traffic in fact there wasn't anybody anywhere.When I looked over the side the water level as 12" deep, maybe 18" at most. You could see everything on the bottom in great detail. That would make it about 4 feet lower than it[…]

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  • OK, So It's Been Two Weeks

    Northern California Trout Oct 6, 2017 | 09:34 am

    OK, So It's Been Two Weeks Yeh, I'm still here.Two projects have kept me from fishing for two weeks.First is the back yard. It was something like this:Same colorFlagstone filled with pea gravel. Looked like crap and hard to walk on.Now it looks like this:The second project is the fence around the back yard. Last Winter I replaced 3 sections and the gate that blew down during a storm. Later last Winter I replaced 3 more sections. Another storm. Now I'm replacing the rest. It seems that the fence is falling apart faster than I can replace the sections. Every time I work on one section, the boards from other sections fall off. I only have the strength to replace about one section a day and then I have to quit, so it's going to take a while. I have 14 more sections to go. I made the mistake of leaving one section open overnight and the deer (you know the City of Jackson apple cleanup and hedge trimming department) helped themselves. I guess tomatoes aren't as good as apples since they just took a bite and then dropped the tomato. Kind of pissed off my wife. She babies her vegetables. I guess you can say that fishing is[…]

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  • That Was A Bust

    Northern California Trout Sep 22, 2017 | 10:23 am

    As mentioned in the last post, this past week we were at Upper Lake for our September camping trip.The week went like this:Tuesday when we arrived it was cold and the wind was blowing at about 19 mph across the length of the lake. No float tubing that day. Or Inflate-a-Yaking.Wednesday morning, wind blowing at about 14 and raining. Rained most of the day and the rest was windy at 14 to 19 mph across the length of the lake. No float tubing that day.I did brave the wind with my little Okuma rod with 2# line and caught one little Bass on a blue/silver Little Cleo lure about the same size as the one I caught last year.Thursday morning it was 45 degrees and the wind was blowing at 14+ across the length of the lake.We called it and came home. A severe contrast to last year (same time of the month) when it was hot enough to run the A/C in the trailer and hot enough to be out on the lake.Next year we've booked late August instead of mid September. We'll see how that goes.I did take three pictures, but lost them sometime during the download to[…]

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  • A Somewhat Sad Update.

    Northern California Trout Sep 9, 2017 | 14:40 pm

    If you’ve noticed, I haven’t been fishing much lately. Yeh, it’s been hotter than Hell, but that was only part of the reason.I’ve noticed lately that when I fish a creek, fly fishing mostly, that the next day or two are extremely painful for my body. If you look back at the post from 7/28, Yuki and I fished the West Fork of the Carson after a little bait dunking at Upper Blue Lake. It took me two days before I could walk upright. Kind of like the early caveman.  OK, I recovered and was back to almost normal by day three. Then on 8/5 Yuki and I fished Silver Fork of the American and then on to Bear River Reservoir. Once again, for two days I couldn’t walk upright. This time my wife had something to say about it. She reminded me that I’m old. She’s very subtle at times.  I was also reminded that after 7/28, if I had a re-occurrence that she and I were going to revisit fly fishing along creeks. Granted, I’m a little hardheaded at times (most of the time. C’mon, I’m German), but I think the pain outweighs the fly fishing on creeks.[…]

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  • It's Still Hot Out Here

    Northern California Trout Sep 4, 2017 | 16:47 pm

    It's Still Hot Out Here Remember back on June 23, 2016?I brought you the City of Jackson (California) Apple Cleanup Department.City of Jackson Apple Cleanup DepartmentWell, they have a new department. I give you the City of Jackson (California) Shrub Trimming Department. City of Jackson Shrub Trimming DepartmentOn a hot (about 107) Saturday afternoon, they were still out doing their job. Now if I could only get them to trim the grass. 

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  • Hibernating

    Northern California Trout Aug 31, 2017 | 10:13 am

    Hibernating Too hot to fish.Expected in beautiful downtown Jackson:Today - 99Tomorrow - 105Saturday - 106Sunday - 107Monday - 104Tuesday - 101Rest of next week - Mid-90'sEven too hot for a bearAnyone know where Fall is?

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  • August In Hope Valley

    Northern California Trout Aug 20, 2017 | 20:54 pm

    August In Hope Valley The annual camping trip to Hope Valley Campground was this weekend. We got to the campground about 2:30 Thursday afternoon. Got the Freedom Express set up, and called it a day.Our home for the weekendFriday morning found yours truly cooking breakfast. Breakfast is generally the only meal I'm allowed to cook.Bacon, Eggs, & Toast on the griddleI never noticed, but there is a huge rock outcropping (I think that's what you call it) right next to the campground. Funny, I've camped at Hope Valley Campground since the mid 70's. Just goes to show.Rock OutcroppingThe little guy in the picture below was a regular visitor to the site. Chip or Dale?The rest of Friday was a hang out day. I did go across the street and dabble in the West Fork of the Carson River with "3".West Fork of the Carson RiverWasn't much exciting happening. Upstream from the picture above, I did get a drive-by from a little 6" or so something and in the pool at the end of the picture, my fly got attacked by a dozen or so 2" - 3" somethings. They weren't even big enough to take the hook. The rest of the creek I fished was[…]

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  • I Got Nothing

    Northern California Trout Aug 10, 2017 | 09:32 am

    I Got Nothing Happy Thursday.

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  • A Guest Post

    Northern California Trout Aug 6, 2017 | 16:32 pm

    You all know that I'm not one to do guest posts. In fact I don't think I've done more than 1 or 2 in more than 1050 posts on this blog.When Andrew Lowen approached me about doing one about the "June Lake Loop" it tweaked a soft spot in my fishing heart.One of the lakes in the June Lake Loop is Gull Lake. Many years ago I went on vacation with my 1967 Chevrolet Truck that looked like the picture below.1967 Chevrolet TruckI had this piece of shit cabover camper on it and it was the beginning of "camper" camping for me. We drove up as far as San Francisco and I was able to see my cousin Mark (Yup same name as me. Same last name too). Unfortunately he was one that died too young. He was only 33 and died (I just found out recently from another cousin) of Lymphoma.From there we swung across the state into Reno then down Highway 395 and stopped at a motel (for a shower) at Gull Lake. The experience at Gull Lake was one of those awesome fishing experiences. From shore, with a black Panther Martin, 10 Rainbows (the limit then) in[…]

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  • The Thrill Of Victory And The Agony Of Da Feet

    Northern California Trout Aug 5, 2017 | 10:35 am

    The Thrill Of Victory And The Agony Of Da Feet None of you know this, so it's a new revelation.Some years ago my feet started going numb. Went through the whole neurology thing and the final decision was that 40% of the people that have "Peripheral Neuropathy" don't know why they have it or where they got it. It's kind of like having your feet shrink wrapped.    Years ago I worked for an oil company down in Sacramento. One of the stupid things we did was remove the markings on the drums with Acetone, bare handed. Didn't think a thing of it. One time while I was in the hospital I mentioned it to a nurse and she asked if I've ever worked with hazardous materials. I related the two sentences above and she said, that's it. That's why you have the Neuropathy.Well as the years went by, it slowly crept up my legs to about mid-calf. Which brings me to the title of this post. Yes, the agony of da feet.For our fishing yesterday I gave Yuki the option of bait dunking at Bear River Reservoir (they planted this week) or fly fishing on Silver Fork Creek. He opted for the latter. As is typical with creek fishing[…]

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  • Tell Me It Ain't So...

    California Fly Fishing Sep 22, 2017 | 18:41 pm

    Tell Me It Ain't So... ...Snow in Truckee! The reality is I've been snowed-on in Truckee as late as June 8 and early as September 12. 9 AM...Our Deck at 6500' elevation*It is only, officially, the first day of Fall. We locals want a sun-drenched, High Sierra, Indian Summer. We'll take an average or above snowfall this Fall/Winter of  '17-'18...not the locally-named Snowamegdon we experienced last winter of '16-'17. Last winter was a godsend for the flora and fauna; especially our beloved wild trout.*In the interests of TruthFull Blogging (non FakeNews); the image was taken by my wife Karen...I'm currently in Wolf Creek Montana fishing the Missouri River...and coincidentally,WE GOT SNOWED ON! while on the river today.

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  • AskAboutFlyFishing.com with Frank R. Piscotta

    California Fly Fishing Sep 5, 2017 | 04:20 am

    Check-out my July 12, podcast at: http://www.askaboutflyfishing.com/speakers/frank-pisciotta/truckee%20river-past-present-and-future.cfmIt was the longest live, phone interview I've ever done...1-1/2 hours! I thank the show's producer, Roger Maves for the opportunity and fun experience.Eventually, I'll annotate the numerous topics and questions discussed; giving the specific time of each segment.

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  • E-QUICKY FISHING REPORT #21

    California Fly Fishing Aug 27, 2017 | 16:06 pm

    E-QUICKY FISHING REPORT #21 Let'em Breathe!"...I do not venture near the water during the Labor Day weekend; simply too crowded, most especially the LT. On BT we've been using 'hopper/dropper" rigs in the pocket-water using short casts. We're fishing  early in the day because water temperatures are an issue, then leaving for the LT.  There a lots of hoppers; hope for a "hopper-wind" for them to haphazardly land in the water. Splat them down along the banks and give a couple of twitchesFlows on the LT were recently ramped-up to 179 cfs; a nice flow IMO. The six-week PMD hatch has faded; although there are still a few emerging along with other  mayflies and a few caddis (...to size 10!). If you see  a consistent riser, target it, but they are really selective. Alternately, use a dry dropper rig in the riffles and deeper slots. Use an indo-rig in the deeper pools. No numbers but really healthy trout netted. Best fish during the PMD hatch was a taped 21" Brown that ate a #16 PMD emerger and two Rainbows taped at 20"; one ate a dryfly #12 "Flav"  (Little Western Green Drake) and the other a # 14 Zub-Bug on a dry/dropper set-up."

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  • Suddenly..."Dog-Day" Conditions?

    California Fly Fishing Aug 26, 2017 | 13:38 pm

    Suddenly..."Dog-Day" Conditions? ...well, sort ofLet'em  Breathe!For whatever reasons the Federal Water Master had tamped-down the spigot into the Truckee River at Tahoe City starting August 5th from 250cfs to 70cfs! With all the water received this record winter of 2016-'17; I'd predicted great flows on the BT August through September...eliminating the "Dog Days of Summer". This unanticipated ramp-down lasted for a several days.  Now the flows out of Tahoe City are at 230 cfs...BUT...34% below the historical 350 cfs.. I have no idea what the Feds are thinking.The current "up-side" is that flows along Glenshire Drive through Farad in the "Grand Canyon of the Truckee" are above historical average flows. This fact mitigates the severe ramp-down from Tahoe City earlier in the month.As for the BT water temps can still be an issue. I'm suggesting once you get a water temp of 66 think about leaving the water relative to potential stressing of the trout. HINT: 1) Do remember there will be a couple of degrees differential below each reservoir inflow (Prosser & Boca) and 2) Look for the cooler water emanating from the spring seepages; trout will congregate below them.in the "Upper Canyon"We've been fishing in the AM's and at dusk.[…]

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  • Techno-Challenged OR Techno-Adverse?

    California Fly Fishing Aug 5, 2017 | 13:15 pm

    Yes and Yes.Those who know me know how techno-challenged I am. Yeah, stuck in my "old-school" ways and/or unwilling to learn 21st century communication....actually a composite of both. Techies, can be unforgiving and sometimes condescending...the latter which irks me because they display their intolerance and disrespect of their elders.Do I really want to be constantly "connected"? No I do not. I want to disassociate myself from instantaneous communication.  Such an attitude can adversely effect my fly fishing business;  such as prospective clients assuming I text...I do not.My operative, 20th century communication protocols are:         1) my land-line at 530-587-7333         2) my e-mail address at will remain my current operative communication; unless someone can provide overwhelming reason/s why I should change.My personal privacy remains an overriding priority.Frankie da Techno-Adverse/Challenged

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  • "...they're on the Drakes"/Masking Hatch

    California Fly Fishing Jul 12, 2017 | 22:12 pm

    "...they're on the Drakes"/Masking Hatch Last year 2016 early summer:I matter-of-factly said to an exasperated fly angler leaving the LT seemingly dejected. He was impressed with the numbers of PMD's present and the ocassional surface-swirling, feeding trout inhaling bugs at the surface. He explained that he went through his fly box and presented his full-range of PMD emerger and adults patterns..to no avail. He was befuddled, Admittedly, there are sparse numbers of Green Drakes flying around; the best count I had since their initial appearance a week early was seven; definitely not a blizzard... but...the trout were aware and on the look-out for these big mayflies....aggressively and confidently ingesting this wonder-bug. Believe me it is larger than the size 8-10 you'll find in fly bins. IMO, a #8 is a small one; I suggest a #6.Well that was then and this is NOW!:Currently, we're experiencing a classic "masking hatch".  Essentially the largest emerging aquatic bug is a Western Green Drake It IS "masking" the presence of smaller bugs; PMD's, BWO 's and smallish Watery Green Sedges. The  trout are showing a preference for the Pale Morning Duns.  Successful surface patterns are #16 PMD ParaDuns, Cripples and a flush-floating/in the film, Organza Spinner. While at the upper water-column, think of trailers also, such[…]

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  • Sage Words from the Icons #11

    California Fly Fishing Jun 27, 2017 | 17:25 pm

    Sage Words from the Icons #11 Heywood "da Mountain Man"...hooked-up!Fly Fishing"Fly fishing is the most fun you can have standing up."ARNOLD GINGRICH1969Let'em Breathe!"Fly fishing is the most fun you can have standing up."Arnold Gingrich, 1969"Fly fishing is the most fun you can have standing up."Arnold Gingrich, 1969"Fly fishing is the most fun you can have standing up."Arnold Gingrich, 1969"Fly fishing is the most fun you can have standing up."Arnold Gingrich, 1969"Fly fishing is the most fun you can have standing up."Arnold Gingrich, 1969"Fly fishing is the most fun you can have standing up."Arnold Gingrich, 1969"Fly fishing is the most fun you can have standing up."Arnold Gingrich, 1969"Fly fishing is the most fun you can have standing up."Arnold Gingrich, 1969"Fly fishing is the most fun you can have standing up."Arnold Gingrich, 1969

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  • Yikes..MOSQUITOS!

    California Fly Fishing Jun 18, 2017 | 23:30 pm

    Yikes..MOSQUITOS!                                                                                                                                            holykaw.altop.com..they are here, they'll get denser in the coming weeks. Be prepared. They'll eat you like they did to me yesterday.express.co.uk

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  • Truckee Area Angling Conditions

    California Fly Fishing Jun 11, 2017 | 22:09 pm

    Truckee Area Angling Conditions da Entertainer and Captain Chris at the Swimming HoleMy prognosis on Truckee area fly angling conditions are pretty much spot-on relative to this excerpt of my blog entry "Musing About Spring 2017"(http://flyfishingcalifornia.blogspot.com/2017/03/musing-about-spring-2017.html)"...the Spring of 2017 in the Truckee area will be the REVERSE of Spring of 2014. Angling and/or water conditions will be a minimum of  four (4) weeks later than a "normal" season...possibly even 6-8 weeks later."...Been plying the local waters and I'm going to confirm that we're beyond the minimum four weeks behind relative to a "normal" season. Now I can verify the 6-8 weeks later seems to be about right. As of today we anglers are netting mostly RainBows to 19"...best I've heard through the "grapevine" is a 23" Brown.My favorite "Hat-Trick" small waters are on the cusp of optimum conditions relative to flows and water temperatures. Do remember that these, IMO, have an approximately a 10-day window of prime angling opportunity. The sequence being; initially a) the water is too high and cold. b) then, fishable flows but still too cold, c) to right flows and water temps [the "10-day window"...fish it!] and ultimately, d) water is too low and too warm...forgetaboutit!Snow-melt and its resulting run-off is...hopefully...waning. Flows[…]

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  • Sage Words from the Icons #10

    California Fly Fishing Jun 4, 2017 | 16:49 pm

    Politics“If the client brings it up, you can respond, if and onlyif, you agree. Even then, it is best to steer things in another direction. Most of us get mad when we think about politics, and angry people don’t fish well. I know, I’ve tried it.” JOHN GIERACH…from “Guiding & Being Guided” chapter in Sex, Death & Fly FishingMy Comment: Over the years if a client persists with casual innuendos about politics to see where I’m coming from politically; initially I let the first few attempts slide-by, ignoring the comments. If they persist, then Frankie da Curmudgeon makes an appearance. I’ve sort of paraphrased Gierach as in: “Politics pisses people-off. And people who are ticked-off can’t fish very well. The only politics I’m receptive to discuss, if you’re willing and you are paying for my time, is fishery politics.

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  • Game on! River update July 23, 2017

    Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters Jul 23, 2017 | 10:58 am

    We have had a lot of run off this year but it is truly game on rite now. Very fishable flows from the East Walker to the Big Truckee rite now guys! I am hoping to get on the East Carson here the next few days and if I can get the chance will be […]The post Game on! River update July 23, 2017 appeared first on Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters.

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  • Mid Summer Fishing Update

    Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters Jul 16, 2017 | 11:22 am

    It’s here those long summer days we dream of all winter. Summer bugs ants, beetles, caddis, pmds, etc. It has been hot up here for a while but with the high cold flows the fish were still behaving like it was early June. Sometime over the last ten days tho(depending on which body of water) […]The post Mid Summer Fishing Update appeared first on Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters.

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  • It’s bin a bit hot out!

    Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters Jun 23, 2017 | 22:31 pm

    It has certainly felt more like July than June the last few days up here. With lots of cold bottom release water on the Little Truckee and frosty snow melt on the Big Truckee wet wading hasn’t quite kicked off yet unless you are part polar bear that is. The temps look to drop about […]The post It’s bin a bit hot out! appeared first on Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters.

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  • Don’t like the weather? Just wait an hour it will change.

    Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters Jun 12, 2017 | 11:26 am

    It can snow any month of the year up here that’s no surprise if you have lived here a while. The past few days have bin a taste of every season. We should be wearing sandals and shorts in a few days again but today will be a thermos of hot coffe and wading jacket […]The post Don’t like the weather? Just wait an hour it will change. appeared first on Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters.

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  • Tahoe area fly fishing update 6/5/2017

    Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters Jun 5, 2017 | 10:03 am

    Summer is in full effect here minus the crowds. We are seeing a lot of runoff still but that is going to be the norm this year. On the south side I would still count out the East Carson, however the west is fishable wither the rite tactics. Finding slow deep buckets and fishing big […]The post Tahoe area fly fishing update 6/5/2017 appeared first on Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters.

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  • Summer begins!

    Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters May 30, 2017 | 09:31 am

    Summer is here guys, we had an amazing holiday weekend up at the lake. Weather was about perfect with crisp clear nights and just warm enough midday to be rocking shorts and sandals. River flows are dropping slowly and some of our favorite stillwaters are icing out. With the holiday of course came the crowds […]The post Summer begins! appeared first on Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters.

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  • Fishing update 5/22/2017 Tahoe mega spring

    Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters May 22, 2017 | 17:43 pm

    Its no secret that we have a big big mega snow pack this spring and that we will have plenty of water this year. With the warm temps in this weeks forecast we will see some significant flows on most of our rivers and streams.The good news however is there are still plenty of places […]The post Fishing update 5/22/2017 Tahoe mega spring appeared first on Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters.

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  • Last Chance!

    Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters Apr 20, 2017 | 12:59 pm

    Last chance to sign up for guide 2017 guide school. Winter jobs are winding down, ski resorts are closing up, and summer time is almost here! Do you have a passion for fishing, outdoors, and sharing all of it with people? If you do have you ever thought about becoming a fly fishing guide? Our […]The post Last Chance! appeared first on Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters.

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  • 24 Days, 3 spots and its on!

    Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters Apr 6, 2017 | 23:49 pm

    24 days and counting until Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters Guide School 2017 begins.  We currently have 3 spots available and if you are considering this as an option to starting a career in the fly fishing industry now is the time to get started and get in on the best instruction you will find anywhere. […]The post 24 Days, 3 spots and its on! appeared first on Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters.

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  • Summer is coming soon!

    Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters Mar 16, 2017 | 11:31 am

    Summer time is just around the corner here, well in relative terms at least. The past weeks weather has bin amazing and the fishing has bin pretty good too. We are seeing some skwalas on the water and the usual bwo’s and midges in the mix as well. The Truckee has also bin kicking out […]The post Summer is coming soon! appeared first on Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters.

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  • Fall Forecast 2017 and Fishing Report

    Sep 26, 2017 | 09:17 am

    Opens October 1st!   The lake still has a lot of closed areas and beaches. Nothing was done all summer to fix the road to the North end of the lake. Everything North of Warrior Point remains closed. On the … Continue reading →

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  • Fishing Report May 1st 2017

    May 1, 2017 | 16:29 pm

    Well May is here and it feels more like Mid-April. The water temperatures are 5-7 degrees colder than normal and the weather has been colder than normal most of the last month. Add the Truckee River flowing into the lake … Continue reading →

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  • Fishing Report March 30th 2017

    Mar 30, 2017 | 14:32 pm

    Pyramid Lake Spring season and the spawn rolls on into April. There have been 3 successful spawns at the hatchery on the lake so far. Even with all of the water and the lake coming up everything seems to be … Continue reading →

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  • Pyramid Lake Clinic April 22nd 2017

    Mar 27, 2017 | 12:04 pm

    2017 Pyramid Lake One Day Clinic with optional 2nd day guided fishing This clinic is a re-scheduled event. Our regular clinic in February that is in association with our Pyramid Lake Celebration in February was canceled due to lake closure … Continue reading →

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  • Fishing Report March 5th 2017

    Mar 5, 2017 | 12:15 pm

    Pyramid Lake Spring season and the spawn rolls on into April. There have been 3 successful spawns at the hatchery on the lake so far. Even with all of the water and the lake coming up everything seems to be … Continue reading →

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  • March 30th Fishing Report

    Feb 20, 2017 | 14:21 pm

    Pyramid Lake Spring season and the spawn rolls on into April. There have been 3 successful spawns at the hatchery on the lake so far. Even with all of the water and the lake coming up everything seems to be … Continue reading →

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  • Fishing Report December 6th 2016

    Dec 5, 2016 | 22:00 pm

    We have spent the better part of the last month at Pyramid. We have seen the good the bad and the ugly! This is one of the best times of year to catch a fish of a lifetime at Pyramid … Continue reading →

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  • Fishing Report November 29th 2016

    Nov 29, 2016 | 22:47 pm

    Pyramid is fishing pretty much right on par for Late November – Early December. The fish are really spread out, tough to catch but there are some good days in the mix and plenty of big fish being caught. Two … Continue reading →

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  • Fishing Report October 10th 2016

    Oct 10, 2016 | 12:30 pm

    The lake continues to fish really well. The surface water temperature is around 61 degrees which is down 6-8 degrees from last year. This has really spread the fish out and anglers are catching fish all over the lake. Boaters … Continue reading →

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  • Fishing Report October 4th 2016

    Oct 4, 2016 | 19:02 pm

    Well the opener was one for the books. Lots of anglers, plenty of fish and the towing companies at the lake had a field day. The weather on the opening weekend was anything but expected. The wind blew from directions … Continue reading →

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  • Prime Time Spring Dates - Book Now

    RJ's Fly Trips Jan 22, 2017 | 11:12 am

    Prime Time Spring Dates - Book NowWell it seems like it has been raining for a month now and most of our Northern California Rivers are blown out. Finally it looks like we have some dry weather coming this next week to let things calm down and get back into fishable shape. So expect things to get going again here in the next ten days or so. I know that I have had a lot of time off recently to catch up on Cast Hope and daddy duties around the house. The great news is that we don't have drought conditions anymore in California. Of course that is till next year. LOL. We definitely live in an interesting state when it comes to water.I have just opened up my spring calendar and a few of you have been asking about prime time dates for spring time fishing. So my openings and descriptions of what is to come this spring are below. Plus there is some other fun news down below if you keep reading.Check out my open dates below: March 1-4, 11, 13-18, 20, 22-25, 27-29March Saturdays - 4, 11, 18, 25April 3-8, 11-13, 15, 17, 20-22, 24-29April Saturdays - 8,[…]

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  • Lots of Water

    RJ's Fly Trips Jan 17, 2017 | 12:18 pm

    Lots of Water 36,000 cfs is a lot of WATER!!!!Northern California has been dumped on with water as of recently. Hooray, no more drought! If you have been paying attention almost every river in NorCal is currently blown out. However if you really watch there are still some fishing to be had amongst all the high conditions. The Lower Sac is at 36,000 cfs and one river that you can fish when the water gets really high. As long as the water clarity is fishable then you can go out there and find some willing rainbows to eat eggs, legs, and worms. Sounds like a Denny's breakfast option if you are asking me. The Lower Sac is big and green. I fished it yesterday for a half day and had decent success fishing the soft edges of the river. Expect things to get really good once the river gets down to about 25,000 cfs. Until then there are fish to be had if you want a fun adventure.Open Dates: January 18, 20-21, 23-24, 26-27, 30-31

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  • RJ's Fly Trips Jan 3, 2017 | 16:45 pm

    Phil with a  beautiful 24" Lower Sac Rainbow the week after Christmas.Hey all. It has been a long time since I have had the time to update my blog. My goal in 2017 is that I will get in the habit of doing this more often so that you guys have current updates of what is going on out there. Send me an email if you want to get out on the river soon.For anyone looking to get out I have the following days open over the next couple of weeks:January 9-14, 16, 19-21, 23-24, 26-27Lower Sac - The Sac continues to fish average for winter conditions. Most days we are hooking 20ish rainbows from Redding down to Anderson. As typical we have been catching some true slugs out of the river this winter. Winter time we might not catch as many fish as the spring or the fall but if you are into hunting for big rainbows then it doesn't really get any better. With the majority of other rivers being blown out right now the Lower Sac is a good safe place to fall back onto. Hot flies recently have been beads and small mayflies. Flies like Hogan's[…]

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  • Fly Fishing Update & Openings

    RJ's Fly Trips Apr 24, 2016 | 10:52 am

    Fly Fishing Update & Openings   Great Fishing Continues & Shad Season Soon!I hope this note finds all of you doing well and enjoying this beautiful weather we are having this weekend. With this being Earth Week I thought that it was time I send you guys an update on what is happening to the fishing in the valley. Needless to say it has been a busy month with lots of fishing on the Lower Sac and Feather Rivers. Both rivers continue to fish well. The Lower Sac is still have good days with 40-50 fish hookups being common. The Feather has lots of half pounders throughout the entire system with a few adults mixed in throughout the day. I am offering a $100 discount on half day trips for the Lower Sac on May 6 and May 27. So that is a half day trip for $275! I have shad trips planned that evening and I'm trying to fill in the mornings. Email me ASAP to score one of these dates! The Sac will continue to fish well through June. As we get into May we will start fishing the lower parts of the river near cottonwood. May and June is an awesome time of year to go fish the "Rocks"[…]

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  • Egg Bite Report & Dates

    RJ's Fly Trips Oct 17, 2015 | 11:28 am

    Egg Bite Report & Dates Egg Bite is Here!!! Egg Bite has had a decent start on the Lower Sac. The fish over there have been happy to have some salmon in the river. Most days right now on the upper river we are hooking 50+ fish. The salmon run this year has been slower to start as compared to historic averages. It seems like every couple of days we get a handful of new salmon in the runs. So this sets up well for November assuming we have the same thing keep happening. This trickle effect we are getting for the Salmon Run hopefully means it could be a great November and even early December Egg Bite. Only time will tell but I am definitely keeping my fingers crossed that we keep getting little groups of salmon for the next 6 weeks.For those of you looking for dates I still have a handful of openings in November. Also start looking at your December calendars to get in on the winter egg and alevan bite on the Lower Sac. The biggest fish of the year are caught in December and January on the Lower Sac. Also starting Thanksgiving Weekend I will once again be guiding weekends for those of you[…]

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  • Incredible Spring Fishing Coming Soon!

    RJ's Fly Trips Feb 12, 2015 | 12:22 pm

    Incredible Spring Fishing Coming Soon! - Spring Fishing -Literally best fishing of the year   I hope this note finds all of you well. It is that time of year where the fishing is about to go off in Northern California. From March to mid May some of the best fishing of the year is going to be found in the North Valley. I hope you will find some time to come hang out on the water and catch some great fish and a few memories. My openings are below: Open Dates: March 1, 3, 7-15, 17, 19-20, 22-23, 27-28, 30 April 1, 3-4, 9, 14, 18-23, 25-28, 30 May 2-15   Feather River - As most of you know the Feather is really special in the spring time. This is hands down my favorite time to fish the Feather. Hot pissed off valley steelhead make this an awesome time to be on the water. If you haven't done this type of fishing then this is the year to get out there and give it a try. Mid March to early May is pretty impressive out there.Lower Sac - The spring on the Lower Sac the last 3 years has been absolutely insane. March and April has been some of the best fishing that we[…]

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  • Great Start to Fall Fishing

    RJ's Fly Trips Oct 12, 2014 | 16:36 pm

    Great Start to Fall Fishing It seems like these days I'm having a hard time trying to find the space to update my blog. Between the kids, wife, guiding, and Cast Hope I don't find much time for writing anymore. Here I sit at the computer with all 3 of my girls sleeping at the same time so I thought I would give you guys an update of what I am seeing out on the water. I hope all of you are doing well and I will be seeing you around the river. Cheers and Go Chargers!Lower Sac: The Sac has been good for egg fishing lately. I wouldn't say it is great but there are lots of big fish to be caught right now. Currently most days we are hooking 40-50 fish throughout the entire river. There are a decent amount of salmon throughout the river. However fish are still eating nymphs as they look for those eggs. Currently about 25% of my fish are coming on bugs. Hot flies are eggs, tan fox poopah, and Hogans S&M.Lower Feather: The Feather is having a slower start to the season this year as compared to the last couple. There are good numbers of salmon in[…]

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  • Finally - Another Post

    RJ's Fly Trips Jul 11, 2014 | 00:48 am

    Finally - Another Post Hey guys. It has been a long time since my last post. All I can say is that life has not been the same since my last post in December. We now are a family of 4 with the new addition of our second girl Ava Rose in April. She has been an absolute joy and everyone is doing great. Her mom and myself are still trying to learn how to be parents to 2 kids but we are figuring it out little by little.Now on to the fishing.Lower Sac - The Lower Sac has been having some decent fishing this summer. It really depends on what drift you are on but one can expect good to great fishing all the way throughout the entire river. The hot bugs have been pmds in the morning and caddis in the afternoon. Lower Yuba - The Yuba has had some average fishing over the last couple of weeks. However the Hopper fishing is starting. So get those 4 and 5 weights out and go throw some dry flies toward the banks. Imagine you are in Montana and try to rise some fish in the valley. A great time of year to go[…]

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  • Discounted Trips on Select Dates in December

    RJ's Fly Trips Dec 11, 2013 | 12:08 pm

    Save $100 on Select DatesThe fishing this last week has been good despite the frigid weather. The good news is the weather is going to warm up the rest of the week. Early next week the weather man is calling for temps in the high 60s. It is going to be a beautiful time to be on the river. Don't miss out on probably the last warm weather of the year.Lower Sac: I have been spending the majority of my time on the Lower Sac the last couple of weeks. Fishing has been really solid on the upper drifts. We are hooking 30-40 rainbows a day on eggs and small may fly nymphs. Expect really good fishing on the Sac for the rest of December and January as we have the winter egg bite.Yuba: I spent a couple of days on the Yuba this last week and had good fishing as well. Most days we were hooking 20ish fish on eggs. The great news is that the fish quality is finally back up and we are seeing lots of 16-17" rainbows again. Gone are those days where you catch a bunch of small trout. The best part of the day[…]

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  • Fall and Winter Fishing

    RJ's Fly Trips Nov 15, 2013 | 14:50 pm

    Fall and Winter Fishing Great Winter Fishing is Coming!The fishing this fall has been simply amazing. For those of you lucky enough to get in on the Lower Sac or the Feather River this October and November it didn't disappoint. This year there have been lots of big steelhead in the Lower Sacramento River System.Here is the great news....Supposedly we have a really good late fall /early winter run of salmon coming up the river. This should prolong some good trout and steelhead fishing for us way into December. For those of you that missed out on the action then there are lots of opportunities to get out in December. Lower Sac Trout & Steelhead:Things are setting up nicely for the Lower Sac this winter. December is a great time of year to escape the crowds and go hunt for some big fish. With winter salmon making their way up the system then we should see some monster trout being caught during the second egg bite. Not to mention the large amount of steelhead in the system this year should produce some chances at some big fish like the one above. Here steelie, here steelie! Come help me find the elusive 10lber. Feather River[…]

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  • Fall Season IS Here

    Wild Waters Fly Fishing Oct 12, 2017 | 20:10 pm

    Don Hooked Up Upper Sac             Photo by Rick Cox Fall has really kicked in locally now with it all of our fishing arenas open and ready for business. The Upper Sacramento River has started its October Caddis show from Dunsmuir up to Ney Springs. Any emergent pattern for these big […]

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  • September 25, 2017

    Wild Waters Fly Fishing Sep 26, 2017 | 18:25 pm

    McCloud Brownie             Photo by Rick Cox Officially Fall now, cold nights and cooler days making a good recipe for fishing. It’s been a Brown Trout year so far with recent trips for me producing them on both the Upper Sac and the McCloud. October Caddis are on the move and […]

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  • The Worm Is Turning

    Wild Waters Fly Fishing Aug 30, 2017 | 13:45 pm

      The worm is turning on our local rivers and the Dog Daze of Summer is being shown the door. We are seeing some very nice fish being brought to the net on the McCloud, Upper Sacramento and Pit Rivers. The days are getting shorter and the nights are getting cooler, just the recipe for […]

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  • Catching In August

    Wild Waters Fly Fishing Aug 9, 2017 | 21:00 pm

                                          Photo by Chuck Volckhausen WWFF The beauty of fishing our rivers these days is the lack of people fishing, we have had recent days where we haven’t seen another soul on the water….believe me not complaining. The recent hot spell is behind us now and temps are hanging around highs of 90 degrees with some […]

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  • The McCloud River Fishing Report

    Wild Waters Fly Fishing Jul 20, 2017 | 12:26 pm

    The McCloud River gave us a show last week. We ended up with some great fish and some good dry fly fishing. Overall the hatches are weak this year. However for 20-30 minutes, the PMD hatch was damn fine and there are enough Yellow Sallies flying around to keep the trout looking up throughout the […]

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  • Summer Fish Good

    Wild Waters Fly Fishing Jul 19, 2017 | 19:10 pm

    Mother McCloud Daze Dog Daze officially here. Best fishing has been mornings and evenings. If you must get out there during the peak of the day when the sun is directly overhead seek out the heavy, oxygenated, frothy water. The fish on both the McCloud and Upper Sac love this type of water during midday. […]

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  • Happy 4th Of July

    Wild Waters Fly Fishing Jul 1, 2017 | 17:24 pm

      Fine Tuning Fred’s Technique In Preparation For Later Both the McCloud and Upper Sacramento Rivers are in excellent shape now. Clarity of the water is great so a bit of stealth is required. The McCloud has been crowded and will be through the 4th of July extended weekend. For both rivers mornings and evenings […]

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  • Grand Start To Summer

    Wild Waters Fly Fishing Jun 23, 2017 | 19:35 pm

    The heat wave has hit and the snow melt is finally pooping out. The McCloud and Upper Sac are now in excellent shape and beckoning all of you. Morning and evenings are the ticket for best results but if you must fish during the day get your junk in the thick of all of that […]

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  • Game On!

    Wild Waters Fly Fishing Jun 8, 2017 | 20:44 pm

    It is all about the McCloud right now. Flows are a bit high but as you can see very user friendly. The visibility is about the clearest you will see until Mud Creek kicks in its glacial tint which is just around the corner. The snow melt on Mt. Shasta has cranked up and it’s […]

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  • Slowly Improving Conditions

    Wild Waters Fly Fishing May 25, 2017 | 20:17 pm

    Memorial Day weekend rapidly approaching and some of you are angsting about the river conditions. The McCloud dropped into very fishy shape this week but the hot weather returned and the high elevation melt kicked in. I of course took advantage of the window with satisfying results. The river is presently at 325cfs, a bit […]

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  • Klamath River: Klamath / Trinity

    Confluence Outfitters Fishing Report Oct 17, 2017 | 19:00 pm

    The Lower Klamath is fishing fair/good with a mix of 1/2 pounders and adults to 4lbs, I jumped a couple of chrome bright steelhead in the 8-10 lb range in a tailout making there way up river. The mouth of the Klamath is open and fresh Steelhead continue to trickle in, the numbers are down from the average but the pressure on the Lower Klamath is almost nonexistent resulting in some pretty darn good fishing at times ! as well as being some of the best swing water in the Lower 48 !The fishing on the Trinity is similar, a fair number of steelhead, the overall numbers are down but the size is up from typical. The Feds have trapped and released some fairly large Steelhead at the weir in Willow Creek recently.The Swing fishing on the Lower Sac is better then normal for this time of year for wild Rainbow's and a mix of Wild and Hatchery Steelhead. With a lack of Salmon on Red's the fish don't seem to have there typical October tunnel vision of feeding almost exclusevly on Salmon Eggs.

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  • Lower Sac: Swinging em up

    Confluence Outfitters Fishing Report Oct 16, 2017 | 19:00 pm

    I got out on the river for a few hours today with fellow guide Randy Hamann.  There are a lot of nice fish to be caught on the Lower Sac right now.  "Coleman" steelhead, meaning fin-clipped steelhead that originate from the Coleman fish hatchery on Battle Creek, are fairly thick in the river this year.  Our guides have been catching them from Red Bluff all the way up to the Sundial Bridge in Redding.  Most of these fish are in the 3 pound range, but we've hooked some up to 5 pounds.  I lost a big one today that tore off line and jumped its way to the middle of the river.  These fish are good eaters and come well to the swung (or even stripped) fly and the dead-drifted nymph. 

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  • Lower Sac: No Title

    Confluence Outfitters Fishing Report Oct 15, 2017 | 19:00 pm

    I had the pleasure of guiding Karl and his father Dave again today.  It was game-on from the beginning when Karl hooked into several really big fish early on. The fishing was fairly consistent all day and it seemed like we had the river to ourselves.  The temps are ideal and the fish are really starting to key on egg patterns, but rubberlegs still seem to produce the most fish.  

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  • Eagle Canyon: No Title

    Confluence Outfitters Fishing Report Oct 15, 2017 | 19:00 pm

    Our eBay auction for Opening Day is now live: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Opening-Day-at-Eagle-Canyon-Private-Fly-Fishing-for-Trout-near-Red-Bluff/122746205016The auction concludes at 4pm on Sunday.  Starting bid is $1160, which is our regular price for a fully-guided group of 8 anglers.  Opening Day is December 9th 2017. 

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  • Lower Sac: No Title

    Confluence Outfitters Fishing Report Oct 13, 2017 | 19:00 pm

    The fish were pretty tight-lipped today, very different from yesterday.  Roger and Brian fished hard and lost out on some great opportunites, but also capitalized on some as well!  We didn't land many fish today, but the ones we did were pretty epic.  All the fish came on rubberlegs, egg patterns, or mayfly nymphs.

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

    I had a great time guiding Jamie and Ryan today.  The Sac remains a bit challenging, but we are hooking into some really nice fish!  They are eating eggs, rubberlegs, and small mayfly nymphs.  The weather is perfect!

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

    I spent the last two days swinging flies with return guests Steve and Jim.  We used the jet boat to get around and wade fished some very nice water.  Fishing was very good despite high winds both days.  We caught most of our fish on standard trout nymphs fished on short leaders behind either an intermediate or fast-sink versileader.  We fished everything from 3wt trout speys to 7wt single-hand rods set up for single-hand spey casting.  I even threw my dry fly rod for a bit and had some good action on dries and dry/dropper setups.  Two days with no indicators and we managed to connect with a lot of great Lower Sac fish.

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  • Trinity River: Shuttle Situation

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

    I spoke with Bill and Caryl Dickens (Gold Coast Shuttle Service) today regarding shuttles below Junction City. There is still one-way traffic control in place from Junction City to Big Flat, so they are only able to complete a limited number of shuttles below J.C.  This is due to road construction to repair the burned timbers that retained the roadway and hillside at Screech (Lime Point).  The construction should be completed next week (20th), so the traffic controls will be lifted and they will have no restrictions on shuttles down to Pigeon Point.  The extended forecast is calling for rain and showers begining Thursday - this is very good news.  Now is the time to book your fall and winter steelhead trips on the Trinity!

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  • Lower Sac: No Title

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

    I fished the Lower Sac with Al and Joe from the Bay Area today.  Despite a complete lack of spawning salmon, the river fished well for us.  We hooked good numbers of 10-15" rainbows plus a few fat 18" fish.  Fishing pressure was really light for this time of year.  There was a good hatch of baetis mayflies in the afternoon and I even saw a nice fish eat one on the surface before I spooked it with the boat.  It hasn't been a good year for dry fly fishing on the Lower Sac so it was nice to see a good rise.

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  • Eagle Canyon: No Title

    Confluence Outfitters Fishing Report Oct 9, 2017 | 19:00 pm

    We will start our eBay auction for our Opening Day at Eagle Canyon at 4pm on this coming Sunday October 15th.  The auction ends a week later at 4pm Sunday October 22nd.Opening Day is December 9th.  The winning bidder can bring a group of up to 8 anglers on Opening Day. Here is the link to the auction item: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Opening-Day-at-Eagle-Canyon-Private-Fly-Fishing-for-Trout-near-Red-Bluff/122746205016(The link won't work until the auction actually starts) 

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