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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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  • Fly Fishing Report Nov 24, 2017

    Four Seasons Fly Fishing Nov 24, 2017 | 13:25 pm

    Happy Black Friday!  Conditions in the area are prefect for getting out and wetting a line.  The weather is in the mid 50’s and there is water in all of the creeks and rivers from last week’s storm event.  Looks like we are headed for another cool down and maybe more snow.  Time to get outside and fish.  For those looking to get something for their fisher person I do sell Gift Certificates for Full-day and Half day trips. A reminder that we are in the Winter Fishing Regulations Season!  That Continue Reading

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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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  • Nov Fishing Report, Special Treat......and a bit more

    Nor Cal Fly Guides Fly Fishing Report Nov 13, 2017 | 19:22 pm

    Nov Fishing Report, Special Treat......and a bit more Hello Ladies and GentsWell its been a while since my last report, my sincerest apologies, this was by far the busiest fall I have had since I started guiding in Feb 2009. From mid August to now its been non stop guiding all throughout Nor Cal, and the fishing this fall was the best we have seen in years. What I am hoping is that most of you were able to get out on the water and enjoy the fishing as much as we did. It was one to definitely remember and I really hope to see you on the water next fall, just remember to book well in advance if you are looking to book between August and Nov, this year I had nothing available in Oct starting the beginning of Sept.As I type the rain is coming down and with that bringing more fish (winter steelhead) into the system. Fishing continues to be fair to good across the North State and with small amounts of rain in the future forecast the winter fishing is going to be pretty darn good. The ReportFeatherFishing - GoodClarity - Low flow 3ft slightly brown High flow 6ft milky clearFlows- Low flow  High flow[…]

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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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  • Coastal Steelhead Report

    Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop Dec 15, 2017 | 16:16 pm

    A post shared by Lost Coast Outfitters (@lcoflyfishing) on Dec 14, 2017 at 4:26pm PSTWe have a number or reports of fish being caught up and down the California coast. Not many but folks are finding fish here and there. Time to load up the Van and get after it. The flows are very low so check low flow restrictions if you are planning a trip. 

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  • Truckee River Fly Fishing Report

    Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop Dec 14, 2017 | 17:32 pm

    Truckee River Fly Fishing Report Matt “Gilligan” Koles reports on 12.14.2017 Clear and cold.Slightly warm in the afternoons, but clear and cold on the Truckee River.Overnight lows have been cold, like teens here in the Hirsch, and not really getting out of the 30’s. Put a little East wind in the mix and it goes right through ya. That being said, fishing ain’t bad for it being mid-December. There is no anchor ice, and access is good everywhere.Flows are good, dropping a lot from last week, about 800 something here. 1,200 cfs last week.Winter fishing folks. Water be cold and you have to hit them on the head. Lethargic trouts. You can catch fish, just don’t expect too many.Now that flows have dropped, Nevada is a better option than the Ca side this time of year. It is much warmer down in the silver state. Years past I did all my guiding in Nevada in winter. The drought hit and f’d things up, but the Nevada side is fishing again. We had some good days down in the conservancy this fall and then flows got way high.So for now pray for snow. Nymph up on them with eggs, worms, stones, beatis, and midges. Fish some streamers[…]

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  • Lower Yuba River Fly Fishing Report

    Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop Dec 14, 2017 | 16:49 pm

    Lower Yuba River Fly Fishing Report Jon Baiocchi Reports on 12.14.2017The weather has been unbelievable in the last few weeks, hard to believe its December. Today was 72 degrees down in the gold fields with not a soul to be seen. Flows have been stable at around 1,300 cubes and it looks like this flow will continue for quite some time with no major storms on the horizon. Water clarity is very clear right now, it would be nice to get a little bit of color back into it. Fishing has been good, and it’s been a lot of fun playing the dry fly game in the early afternoons. I’ve been scouting and walking long distances when I’m not guiding and checking out different sections of the river. New riffles, slots, flats, back eddies, and side channels have been explored. Some areas have improved, while other favorite spots of the past are now gone. The wild rainbows are still on the small side from 8 to 12”, they’re eager though and not too picky. I’ve noticed in the last month they are putting on some girth and are more proportional to their size than in the past summer. It is so amazing how hard they fight[…]

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  • Russian River Fly Fishing Report

    Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop Dec 14, 2017 | 16:46 pm

    Russian River Fly Fishing Report Rob Russell Reports on 12.14.2017Fishing is just starting/slow.  Flows are low and the water is clear.  Rain is desperately needed to keep the mouth open and fish coming in.  Fish have been trickling in and moving around the lower river with more arriving each day.  They are spooky and have seen a bit of pressure. It’s still worth a try on the Lower Russian!!  Fish are being caught/ are in the river.  Low flow hotline 707-944-5533-  remember to call!If you would like to get a day on the books with me- just give a call 707-888-2571 Happy Holidays

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  • Surf Fly Fishing Report

    Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop Dec 14, 2017 | 16:44 pm

    Surf Fly Fishing Report Evan Praskin at Stoke Ventures reports on 12.14.2017SURF REPORT(Monterey Bay/Santa Cruz)I didn’t get out my self this week, decided I better get a Christmas tree with the kids since the holidays are fast approaching. As far as the surf goes it’s looked great for surfing, and less desirable for fishing. But if you hit it at the right Tide the fish are there, and you won’t be getting pummeled as bad by the waves.  Winds have been light in the AM as a solid WNW swell fills in and slowly fades in the afternoon.My best advice this week is fish the evening to last light hours right now working that calmer incoming tide ~ . The fish are there and more bigger females should be making their appearance now and into January. I’d stick to the same Fly patterns like sand crab imitations with red or orange attractors. Others included olive flash buggers and pink/burnt orange clousers in size 8.We have dates available throughout the holiday season so be sure to call or message to book a trip! Hope you all have a great week and we’ll see you on the beach!

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  • Eastern Sierra Fly Fishing Report

    Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop Dec 14, 2017 | 16:38 pm

    Eastern Sierra Fly Fishing Report Jim Stimson Reports on 12.14.2017Cold, cold, cold with the possibility of new snow in sight…. That “persistent” high-pressure dome seems anchored out in the Pacific but with any luck we may see a White Christmas. The morning temperatures out on the Upper Owens have been hovering in the single digits, but as the sun climbs higher in the sky, the river heats up quite nicely. This is a nice time of year to fish in spite of the frigid temperatures. Make yourself a second cup of coffee and wait for the frost to clear from the stream bank before heading out. The fish are generally holding in the deeper, cold pools. The grabs are lethargic, watch your indicator carefully, and set on anything remotely suspicious.Peace Out!East WalkerThe river has risen to about 75 cfs. We rushed up there on Saturday and spot fished a few choice locations then dashed out into the Nevada section. There are nice fish holding in the deeper buckets. The grabs are super subtle. Set on anything that looks suspicious. You can use just about any bug, as long as it is small and black.West WalkerThis is the “other” Walker River and a great fishery that[…]

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  • Lower Sac Fly Fishing Report

    Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop Dec 14, 2017 | 16:34 pm

    Lower Sac Fly Fishing Report AC Fly Fishing Reports on 12.14.2017Flows on the Sac are still down at 5K cubes.. This should be the norm for a while until we get a little precipitation. Speaking of which, there is virtually zero of that in the extended forecast. We’ve been enjoying the clear 65 degree days but it’s time for the high pressure on the coast to move and let some weather in. The fishing remains good but the windows have narrowed a bit. The baetis hatches are waning but still sparking the bite in the middle of the day. Don’t expect any crazy fishing in the morning right now. We’ve seen some real quality fish on the Sac recently. Winter Steelhead will be showing up soon on some of the other venues..MORE IMAGES FROM THE RIVER HERE

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  • Klamath River Fly Fishing Report

    Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop Dec 14, 2017 | 16:31 pm

    Klamath River Fly Fishing Report Chuck at Wild Waters Fly Fishing reports on 12.14.2017Fishing on the Klamath has been fair to good.  Opportunities are presenting themselves everyday for anglers covering water.  No spots have been a home run as steelhead are spread throughout the river.  Winter conditions have put fish in the mood for slower water and slower presentations.  Swinging flies with light tips has proven itself productive.  Most grabs have been soft and slow but we are getting grabs.  Water temps have been in the very low 40’s at the start of the day and warming to about 43 or 44 by the time the sun is setting.  The fish appear to notice when it warms up just a bit.  For those out throwing a bobber the fishing has been solid.  Not on fire, but productive.  Were you find one, there is likely another.  Maybe not the next cast, but they are in there.  Be careful driving on the 97 right now.  Lots of corners holding shade all day and the road is slippery.

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  • Deschutes River Fly Fishing Report

    Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop Dec 14, 2017 | 16:28 pm

    Deschutes River Fly Fishing Report Cory Godell Reports on 12.14.17 It’s late, but the season isn’t over yet. There are still plenty of steelhead around and ready to be caught. Water temps are cold, so if you prefer swinging flies for steelhead you will definitely want to use sink tips. Getting down is the name of the game, this time of yearIf you prefer trout that’s a great option. The trout fishing is still amazingly good. Some days we are still getting fare mayfly hatches. If the bugs do make an appearance, its during the hottest part of the day which is usually between one and two in the afternoon. Before and after the hatch the best plan of attack is nymphing or some sort of dry dropper combo.Don’t forget a lot of the river closes at the end of the year, so get out there before it’s to late.Happy HolidaysCoryDeschutes River Anglers

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  • Delta Fly Fishing Report

    Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop Dec 14, 2017 | 16:19 pm

    Delta Fly Fishing Report Steve Santucci Reports on 12.14.2017Great weather this week with little wind and beautiful winter sunshine.  This is the most beautiful time of year with all the colors, migrating waterfowl  and just the right amount of chill in the air.  The Delta Stripers are active and they are inhaling the flies that we are throwing in the low 50 degree water.  Hope you have a chance to fish and experience the Delta at this time of year.

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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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  • FISHING DECEMBER 2018 ON PYRAMID LAKE NV

    Pyramid Lake Guides Dec 5, 2017 | 14:43 pm

    The air temperatures are finally dropping, so we are hoping that means the water temps will drop as well. The fishing throughout November was relatively slow although some big ones were landed in the area. We’ve had a great time the last few days with Dave McDonald out from Dutch John Utah and Craig Vares … Continue reading FISHING DECEMBER 2018 ON PYRAMID LAKE NV →

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  • HOPING FOR COLDER WEATHER!

    Pyramid Lake Guides Nov 26, 2017 | 19:14 pm

    The warm and calm weather seems to have put a damper on the fishing on Pyramid Lake. Fish are still being landed but it is relatively slow, and anglers are really needing to put their time in to land fish. This lake takes patience. Typically it really turns on after Thanksgiving so let’s hope this … Continue reading HOPING FOR COLDER WEATHER! →

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  • NOVEMBER FISHING 2017

    Pyramid Lake Guides Nov 16, 2017 | 09:55 am

    The fishing is pretty good in terms of larger size cutties being landed in the 4-8lb. range, just not seeing huge numbers quantity wise. Beach access is okay but the North and South ends are still closed. The shelves have changed so anglers are looking for access to deeper water. The morning bite has been … Continue reading NOVEMBER FISHING 2017 →

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  • WARM WEATHER LATE OCTOBER

    Pyramid Lake Guides Oct 26, 2017 | 15:15 pm

    The temperatures have been around 70 making the fishing on Pyramid Lake a bit slow. Shore fishing is going well during early morning and evening bites. With this warmer weather a boat or float tube during mid day hours are helpful in getting anglers to deeper and colder water where the fish are cruising. We’ve … Continue reading WARM WEATHER LATE OCTOBER →

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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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  • Kern River Fly Fishing Report December 12, 2017

    Kern River Fly Fishing Reports Dec 12, 2017 | 17:12 pm

      Upper Kern 20 Mile Section (north of Kern River Fly Shop)The upper Kern River from Lake Isabella north to 4 miles past the Johnsondale bridge( wild trout section) remains open to fly fishing all year. Water temperatures have dropped down to 40 degrees in the morning and warming up to 44 degrees in the … Continue reading Kern River Fly Fishing Report December 12, 2017

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  • Kern River Fly Fishing Report December 7, 2017

    Kern River Fly Fishing Reports Dec 8, 2017 | 00:41 am

    Upper Kern 20 Mile Section The upper Kern River from Lake Isabella north to 4 miles past the Johnsondale bridge( wild trout section) remains open to fly fishing all year. Water temperatures have dropped down to 43 degrees in the morning and warming up to 48 degrees in the afternoon. The fishing is slow early … Continue reading Kern River Fly Fishing Report December 7, 2017

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  • Kern River Fly Fishing Report November 21, 2017

    Kern River Fly Fishing Reports Nov 20, 2017 | 00:13 am

    Upper Kern 20 Mile Section The upper Kern River from Lake Isabella north to 4 miles past the Johnsondale bridge( wild trout section) remains open to fly fishing all year. The upper Kern has cleared up from the recent rains and is fishing good. Here are a few pics from the 20 mile section last … Continue reading Kern River Fly Fishing Report November 21, 2017

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  • Kern River Fly Fishing Report November 6, 2017

    Kern River Fly Fishing Reports Nov 6, 2017 | 12:18 pm

    Upper Kern 20 Mile Section The upper Kern River from Lake Isabella north to 4 miles past the Johnsondale bridge remains open to fly fishing all year. On November 15, the wild trout section becomes catch and release only with barbless hooks. No bait is allowed in this section all year long. Fall fly fishing … Continue reading Kern River Fly Fishing Report November 6, 2017

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Annual Umpqua Steelhead Pilgrimage

    Shasta Trout Aug 3, 2016 | 17:48 pm

    Annual Umpqua Steelhead Pilgrimage July 15-24 Every summer for several seasons, Craig and Jerri have enjoyed a tradition of friends and family joining them for an annual pilgrimage to the Umpqua River to search for summer run Steelhead.  The Umpqua has one of the few remaining runs of wild summer fish in the lower 48 states that supports angling.  […]

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  • Fall fishing is truly here now!

    Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters Oct 29, 2017 | 18:49 pm

    Fall fishing is in full swing up here. The crowds have vanished (midweek at least), the water flows are extremely user friendly and our trout are stacking them calories for winter. With talk of real snow by next weekend most people will be calling it for the season and shifting gears into winter mode. We […]The post Fall fishing is truly here now! appeared first on Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters.

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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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  • Happy Thanksgiving … Best Fishes To Ya!

    Wild Waters Fly Fishing Nov 21, 2017 | 19:21 pm

    Fresh Klamath Steelie               Photo by Rick Cox Although the general trout season is over for most of our local rivers the Upper Sac continues to be open and will do so all winter. It has been fishing good its entire length. Stimulator/dropper is working mid to upper river along […]

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  • Big Fish Busting Out

    Wild Waters Fly Fishing Nov 9, 2017 | 14:09 pm

    Collin’s USac Brownie (First time fly fishing)                       Photo by Montana Mclean What an incredible Fall season lately, big fish time on both the Upper Sac and McCloud Rivers. No complaining, just enjoying the rewards of the BIG winter last year. The opportunity is currently there […]

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  • Trout and Steelhead Time

    Wild Waters Fly Fishing Oct 26, 2017 | 20:31 pm

    McCloud Big Bow               Photo by Fred Gordon October has been spectacular in many ways here in Dogpatch. Unlike the pain in the ass conditions of last year with the record setting rains early on this year has been very kind weather and fishing wise. The beautiful Fall colors seem […]

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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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  • 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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  • Trinity River: No Title

    Confluence Outfitters Fishing Report Dec 15, 2017 | 18:00 pm

    I spent the last 3 days with guests Steve and Jon and fishing was tough.  We covered almost 50 miles of river and did 4 floats in 3 days.  We finally found some fish on day 3 and managed to land 3 out of 4 adult steelhead hooked.  The river is low and clear and the fish are wedged into some pretty tight spots right now.  Conditions will stay the same until we get some rain, which looks like will be at least another week off.  Fishing pressure is very light right now.  It's a great time to enjoy some solitude and catch a steelhead - just not a great time to catch a bunch of steelhead!

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  • Trinity River: No Title

    Confluence Outfitters Fishing Report Dec 14, 2017 | 18:00 pm

    I spent the past two guiding another group from the Diablo Valley Fly Fishers.  My guests Rich and Al nymphed on Thursday and the fishing was tough.  Al hooked one very nice adult while we floated the upper portion of the river.  Today was a swing day with my guests Diane and Karen.  They were very thorough as they worked all the runs and Diane was rewarded with a small native adult.  They fished with Gino on Thursday.  Karen swung-up three adults and Diane hooked into a brown trout.  Not to sound like a broken record, but conditions will likely not improve much until we receive some much needed rain.

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  • North Coast: On the water

    Confluence Outfitters Fishing Report Dec 14, 2017 | 18:00 pm

    I had a chance to get out on the water this week with fellow angler and regular steelhead bum Colton Schwenning. I was excited to use my new 14 ft raft for the first time and do a little scouting to see if any fresh fish had come in from the salt despite the lack of rain. It didn't take long. I found a beautiful dime bright hen that was all too eager to come to the fly. A sure sign that even with low and clear conditions the steelhead are making their first push on the coast. We ended the day with Colton finding two nice half pounders. The weather was beautiful and it was exciting to see a river transformed from what is usually a burly torrent of water to a gentle coastal stream. All in all it was a great day and the fishing did not disappoint.Dry conditions continue but perhaps not for much longer. Wet weather is forecast on the coast early next week with some projections calling for half an inch of rain. While this isn't a significan amount it might be enough to coax a few fish to begin moving up river. Some of the[…]

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  • Eagle Canyon: No Title

    Confluence Outfitters Fishing Report Dec 11, 2017 | 18:00 pm

    This report is from long-time Eagle Canyon guest Dave Earl, who fished yesterday:"Stripping streamers was on fire in the morning, all 3 of us had quality fish landed within minutes. Later we had to switch to nymphs under an indicator to get grabs. We all landed about 10 fish each including a 10 pounder and  a 12 pounder . I'm pretty sure  the same 12 pounder was caught a second time about  2 hours later. Eagle Canyon: a one of a kind flyfishing experience!"

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  • Southern Oregon: Winter Openings for Southern Coast

    Confluence Outfitters Fishing Report Dec 10, 2017 | 18:00 pm

    Due to a cancellation, I just opened up my calendar for chasing coastal winter steelhead on the swing on the beautiful Southern Oregon Coast.  I have a rare week of openings available from January 22-28, which is prime time. The Southern Oregon Coast in January should be on the bucket list for any winter steelheader.  We chase true chorme here, within miles of tidewater on multiple river systems both big and small.  These wild rivers have excellent swing water, beautiful scenery, and dependable fishing conditions due to the amount of rivers within striking distance.  Please contact me with any questions.  Enjoy your holidays! Dax 

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  • North Coast: Low and clear

    Confluence Outfitters Fishing Report Dec 9, 2017 | 18:00 pm

    Someone turned the faucet off on the North Coast. Sustained dry weather has all rivers running low and clearing fast, some more so than others. The salmon runs seem to be winding down as we move further into December. I fished on the Eel River last week and heard a report of some nice half pounders being caught. The main stem Eel is holding good color, along with the Van Duzen. The next forecasted rain for the area looks like it will be here by the weekend, with more rain projected into the following week. The first runs of winter steelhead are due to make an appearance at any time, and with some wet stuff on the way fishing should pick up. For low flow fishing closures on the North Coast call: (707) 822-3164  

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  • Trinity River: Low, clear, and cold............still fun!

    Confluence Outfitters Fishing Report Dec 8, 2017 | 18:00 pm

    Spent a cold and clear day on the Trinity with Nick and Dave.  We had a great day as far as weather and conversation, but the fishing conditions were tough.  The low and clear water proved to be a challenge.  We nymphed most of the day but also swung flies with single hand and traditional spey rigs.  We touched one fish briefly on the swing and had two nice encounters on nymph rig.  On the second grad we were able to bring a beautiful wild hen to the net.  All in all an enjoyable day, but it's hard work hooking up right now. 

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  • Trinity River: Low & Clear!

    Confluence Outfitters Fishing Report Dec 8, 2017 | 18:00 pm

    Peter Santley and I guided a great group of guys the past two days.The air temps have been very cold this week, so the water temps are dropping and the river is very low and gin clear.  Fishing was very tough for both of us both days.  Jim landed landed a nice wild fish on Friday, and we had a brief hook-up today.We really need some rain for conditions to improve.  I'm hearing rumors there is a new batch of fish moving upriver, so hopefully we will see them in the coming days.

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  • Eagle Canyon: No Title

    Confluence Outfitters Fishing Report Dec 8, 2017 | 18:00 pm

    Today was Opening Day at Eagle Canyon.  We enjoyed a beautiful day and some pretty good fishing, too.  The weather was almost too nice - there wasn't a ripple on the surface all day.  The bite was definitely slow for Opening Day but everyone hooked into multiple fish.  The largest to hand was about 7 pounds and I saw quite a few 10 pound plus fish hooked briefly.  There are some big fish out there with flies (if not entire leaders) in their mouths!

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  • Eagle Canyon: No Title

    Confluence Outfitters Fishing Report Dec 6, 2017 | 18:00 pm

    I spent another long day at Eagle Canyon today getting ready for Opening Day on Saturday.  The new shade structure is coming along nicely.  Much more importantly, what about the fish?  The fish are huge this year!  Our average fish is 7.2 pounds.  We have a lot of fish over 10# in the ponds this year.  The weekend of Dec 16/17, just one week after opening day, is still open right now.  Jump on it and take a crack at these big fish before they see a lot of anglers

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  • Fly Fishing Specialties Dec 8, 2017 | 20:46 pm

    Best Bets: Trinity River or Feather - Steelhead, Yuba, Lower Sac or Truckee - TroutAmerican River Steelhead - Poor. Flows - 3,500 cfs at Natomas. Water Temps - Mid 50's Clarity - ClearNot much new news to report. Fishing has been pretty slow but flows jumped last week from 2,000 to over 3,500 cfs so that should bring in some fresh fish. It has been just few half pounders and an adult fish here or there but not very exciting thus far this season. Rain and bump in flows should help.Stay tuned...or call the shop for updates.(916)722-1055Delta Striper - Poor. Water temp 50-53 deg., Clarity - Poor (Stained)Things took a major turn for the worse on the Delta this week. Howling winds and freezing temps at night have things muddy and cold. Water temps dropped to 50 degrees first thing each morning this week so fish have been a bit lethargic. Hopefully the water will clear and fish will acclimate to the change or the prognosis will not be good for the foreseeable future. Some really good anglers this week struggled to put 5 or 6 fish in the net but we will have to see what happens in the coming days. We[…]

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  • Fly Fishing Specialties Dec 1, 2017 | 16:31 pm

    Best Bets: Trinity River - Steelhead, Delta - StriperAmerican River Steelhead - Poor. Flows - 3,600 cfs at Natomas.Not much new news to report as all our guides are busy elsewhere. Fishing has been pretty slow but flows jumped today from 2,00 to over 3,600 cfs so that should bring in some fresh fish. It has been just few half pounders and an adult fish here or there but not very exciting thus far this season. Rain and bump in flows should help.Stay tuned... Delta Striper - Good. Water temp 66 deg., Clarity - GoodSam Y. gettin it done on the Delta.It has been a great season on the Delta this year. Good numbers of bait have been in the system making for some pretty epic fishing. Catch rates continue to fluctuate slightly from good to great depending on casting ability and reaction time when fishing near boils or feeding fish. Still some variety with bass and salmon as bycatch to go with plenty of striper.We continue to pull out all the stops. We are throwing everything from floating lines to Intermediate as well as fast sinking type 7 lines. We are predominantly using sinking lines currently but being able[…]

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  • Northern California Fly Fishing Report Nov 17, 2017

    Fly Fishing Specialties Nov 20, 2017 | 18:53 pm

    Northern California Fly Fishing Report Nov 17, 2017 Best Bets: Lower Sac or Putah – Trout, Delta - Striper, Feather, Klamath or Trinity - Steelhead, and Pyramid Lake - Cutthroat. American River Steelhead - Poor to Fair Flows – 2,000+ CFS at Natomas.  – high 50's to low 60. Water clarity – Good.Flows are stable again this week at 2,000 and recently the middle river has had good numbers of half pounder steelhead and some larger adults are trickling in. Most adults right now are in the 5 to 7 lb range and should be coming in in better numbers with recent rains. 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 Winter steelhead trip on the American.Delta Striper- Good Water Temp - 66 deg. Water Clarity – Good.  CaptainBryce put a happy guest on this fish this week. Fishing has been exciting for Striper on the Delta this Fall. Again this last week we had some good days and some closer to what we consider great. There remains quite of bit of bait throughout the system. Catch rate numbers have fluctuated from decent to exceptional depending on casting ability and reactionary time when fishing around boils and feeding fish.[…]

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  • Northern California Fly Fishing Report Nov 10, 2017

    Fly Fishing Specialties Nov 12, 2017 | 11:50 am

    Northern California Fly Fishing Report Nov 10, 2017 Best Bets: Lower Sac, Truckee or Putah – Trout, Delta - Striper, Feather, Klamath or Trinity - Steelhead, and Pyramid Lake - Cutthroat. American River Steelhead - Fair Flows – 2,000+ CFS at Natomas.  – high 50's to low 60. Water clarity – Good.Fishing hasn't been all that good up until now on the American. Conversely fishing has been good on some other fisheries like the Feather, Trinity Klamath etc. so our guides have been busy other places, however we do have an updated report for you this week. Water is still stable at 2,000+ cfs and recently the middle river has had good numbers of half pounder steelhead and larger adults are trickling in. A nice adult fish was caught yesterday down on the lower river as well. With the recent rain and what is projected for today and in the coming weeks things will definitely be improving and be very promising by the end of the month. We're looking forward to having good numbers of steelhead here in our back yards before long. It will be time to hit the American soon if not right now. Give us a call at the shop (916)722-1055 or Off the Hook fly fishing directly at[…]

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  • Northern California Fly Fishing Report Nov 3, 2017

    Fly Fishing Specialties Nov 6, 2017 | 15:55 pm

    Northern California Fly Fishing Report Nov 3, 2017 Best Bets: McCloud, Upper/Lower Sac, McCloud, Truckee or Putah – Trout, Delta - Striper, Feather, Klamath and Trinity - Steelhead, and Pyramid Lake - Cutthroat. American River Steelhead - Fair Flows – 2,000+ CFS at Natomas.  – high 50's to low 60. Water clarity – Good.No reports this week, but flows are stable at 2,000 and recently the middle river has had good numbers of half pounder steelhead and larger adults are trickling in. This coming weekend we are slated to get some precip so this the American will more than likely change for the better and be very promising trough end of the month.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 Winter steelhead trip on the American.Delta Striper- Good Water Temp - 66 deg. Water Clarity – Good. Fall fishing has been exciting for Striper on the Delta. Again this last week we had some good days and some closer to what we consider great. There’s quite of bit of bait throughout the system still. Numbers can be decent to exceptional depending on casting ability and reactionary time when fishing around boils and feeding fish. There is a bit of[…]

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  • Northern California Fly Fishing Report Oct 27, 2017

    Fly Fishing Specialties Oct 27, 2017 | 16:27 pm

    Northern California Fly Fishing Report Oct 27, 2017 Best Bets: McCloud, Upper/Lower Sac, McCloud, Truckee or Putah – Trout, Delta - Striper, Feather, Klamath and Trinity - Steelhead, and Pyramid Lake - Cutthroat. American River Steelhead - Poor to Fair but improving. Flows – 2,000 CFS at Natomas.  – high 50's to low 60. Water clarity – Good.Flows are stable at 2,000 and the middle river has good numbers of half pounder steelhead and larger adults continue to trickle in. It is still a little early but we are seeing good signs in the last couple weeks and looking forward to a good season this year. Now is a good time to go practice your swinging as you will have the river to mostly to yourself and there are enough half pounders around to keep things interesting.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 Winter steelhead trip on the American.Delta Striper- Good Water Temp - 66 deg. Water Clarity – Good. Right now is the time to go! Give us a ring to get in on the action!Fall fishing has been exciting for Striper on the Delta so far. This last week the good fishing continued although we had[…]

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  • Northern California Fly Fishing Report Oct 22, 2017

    Fly Fishing Specialties Oct 23, 2017 | 00:20 am

    Northern California Fly Fishing Report Oct 22, 2017 Best Bets: McCloud, Upper/Lower Sac, or Truckee – Trout, Delta - Striper, Feather, Klamath and Trinity - Steelhead, and Pyramid Lake - Cutthroat. American River Striper - Poor. Steelhead - Poor but improving Flows – 2,000 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 are at 2,000 and the river cooled a bit as well this week.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.The middle river has good numbers of half pounders and adults continue to trickle in. It is still a little early but we are seeing good signs in the last couple weeks and looking forward to a good season this year. Now is a good time to go practice your swinging as you will have the river to mostly to yourself and there are enough half pounders around to keep things interesting.Give us a call at the shop (916)722-1055 or[…]

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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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  • 2017-18 Snow Fall

    California Fly Fishing Dec 1, 2017 | 11:59 am

    2017-18 Snow Fall Last year's snow-fall was record-setting and unbelievable...Curious what the 2017-18 will bring. Personally, I'd prefer an "above normal" year of precipitation/snowfall; for my sanity, in the hope of avoiding a severe case of "shack-nasties" (coined by da Yoda of the Yuba; Ralph Wood)...we mountain-folk are susceptible to such afflictions.2016-17 snow-pack on north-side of my home at 6500'...early spring

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  • Yikes!!...X-Rated

    California Fly Fishing Nov 17, 2017 | 17:43 pm

    Yikes!!...X-Rated Received a new, bionic hip last Tuesday; November 9th.Today is my 7th day of in-house re-hab. I get the staples taken-out this Thursday. I have six (6) specific, physical therapy exercises; three times 3 per day/15 repetitions. I, slowly, walk... sometimes zip around at warp-speed.. around the house in a walker or cane.I over-did it yesterday; remaining on my feet for extensive amounts of time. STAY OFF YOUR FEET!! Thus far no serious pain, hence no narcotics. Everyone seems pleased with my progress...especially my personal Florence Nightengale...Karen...can't get it any better! Thus far I'm very pleased with my progress.

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  • Sage Words from the Icons #12

    California Fly Fishing Oct 29, 2017 | 21:33 pm

    Sage Words from the Icons #12 "Never display knowledge...share it"LEFTY KREHDoc Robie and son....The "shareable world"...especially with the next generation

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  • Prepping for Winter

    California Fly Fishing Oct 23, 2017 | 10:04 am

    Prepping for Winter Don't want to think about it...but we have to prepare for winter. I'm almost finished hand-splitting the tree we felled this spring. Then I'll put the tarp over it.Friday, October 20's snowfallI also have to put "outdoor stuff" under cover. Looking forward to a few days of sunshine.   OR over-cast skies, ideal for targeting surface-feeders eating the numerous emerging bugs.Not a bad "either or"...eh? "HawkEye" hooked-up

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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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  • Lower Yuba River Fly Fishing Report - 12/12/2018

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Dec 14, 2017 | 14:13 pm

    Lower Yuba River Fly Fishing Report - 12/12/2018 The weather has been unbelievable in the last few weeks, hard to believe it's December. Today was 72 degrees down in the gold fields with not a soul to be seen. Flows have been stable at around 1,300 cubes and it looks like this flow will continue for quite some time with no major storms on the horizon. Water clarity is very clear right now, it would be nice to get a little bit of color back into it. Fishing has been good, and it’s been a lot of fun playing the dry fly game in the early afternoons. I’ve been scouting and walking long distances when I’m not guiding and checking out different sections of the river. New riffles, slots, flats, back eddies, and side channels have been explored. Some areas have improved, while other favorite spots of the past are now gone. The above photo of the Lower Yuba River was taken in April of 2015 in a section that is far below Sycamore Ranch. You'll notice after the dog leg right, the river makes a drawn out left hand sweeper into a series of rock formations. Notice how many willows are also present.Two years and one month later in the[…]

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  • Echo Shadow II Rod Review

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Dec 13, 2017 | 09:22 am

    Echo Shadow II Rod Review It’s amazing how specialized fly fishing has become in our current modern world. Back when I started in the 70’s I had two rods, 5 and 7 weights, both Fenwick fiberglass models matched with Pflueger reels and Cortland lines. That’s all that my Dad and I used, and we caught plenty of steelhead and trout with them. Today’s world is different, and I own more specialized rods than ever. I still like to simplify my quiver though, and have become a man of basic needs over time. A longer rod has its advantages though, and two scenarios would be high stick nymphing, or short line dry fly fishing in classic Northern California pocket water.My current high sticking rod is the last generation of Powell rods designed by Press Powell and manufactured in Chico, Ca. It’s the 10 foot IM6 triple scrim, a beautiful rod that is medium to fast action with a soft tip and perfect for nymphing and mending long line. Because it is so rare and cherished, I hate to use in fear of beating it up or breaking it. It can’t be replaced. In searching for a day in and day out workhorse of a rod I[…]

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  • Lower Yuba River Fly Fishing Report 12/6/2018

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Dec 6, 2017 | 20:49 pm

    Lower Yuba River Fly Fishing Report 12/6/2018 Dominating high pressure lately with plenty of sunshine and the air temperatures are much warmer after the north wind has gone away. The flows have leveled off on the Lower Yuba River and are currently running at 1,309 cubes at the Parks Bar Bridge gauging station. Yuba County Water Agency will keep these flows for the next few weeks, subject to change if we get any precipitation which does not look good. Maybe the middle of December, or clear into January is the word on the streets before we see any rain. I hope they are wrong. Water clarity is clear. Fishing pressure is moderate to light depending on whether it is a weekday or the weekend. Conditions are nearly the same as my last report with a little variance in regards to the hatches. More salmon have entered the system, and in the last few days I’ve noticed new redds appearing, some have are active with players, while others are quiet. A new small side channel I fished today had several salmon doing their thing, and they were not that beat up so I assume they are on the fresh side.I’ve heard people complain about how ugly the Lower Yuba[…]

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  • Christmas Fly Fishing Gift Certificates Available Now!

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Dec 4, 2017 | 14:04 pm

    Christmas Fly Fishing Gift Certificates Available Now! A gift certificate from Baiocchi's Troutfitters is the perfect gift for your favorite fly angler, and can be used for half and full day guided trips, workshops, tours, and instruction. It's super easy to purchase the gift certificates, just follow the links provided below.Download and print HERE.Fill out the front, and list the recipient of the gift.Pay for the trip, workshop, tour, or leave just a deposit HERE.Contact me for your special authorization code, and write it on the back.That's it! Place under the tree, or use as a stocking stuffer and watch that special fly angler's eyes light up on Christmas morning! After they calm down from the excitement of the gift certificate (which may take days) have them contact me to arrange a date on my features waters; Lower Yuba River, Frenchman Lake, Truckee River, Lake Davis, North Fork Yuba River, and the Little Truckee River.If you have any questions please contact me at  or call me at 530.228.0487Baiocchi's Troutfitters wishes you and your family the very best for the upcoming holiday season!

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  • Lower Yuba River Fly Fishing Update 11/30/2017

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Nov 30, 2017 | 20:20 pm

    Lower Yuba River Fly Fishing Update 11/30/2017 Called to duty, I was on the Lower Yuba River today and it did not disappoint at all. The flows have been humming along at a little over 2,000 cubes for the past 3 days until the percent of capacity in Englebright Reservoir reached 94%. Just before noon today they cut the flows drastically which will fall to around 1,200cfs when the YCWA scheduled flows have stopped coming down. Before the flows were cut the river was extremely fishable, but the fish were more spread out. Water clarity is perfect, mostly clear with a slight tinge of color. With the flows down it will be much easier to cross in the preferred spots and will bunch the fish up tighter in select areas of the river.With bright sunny skies today, there were just a few spent wing BWO spinners on the water with the occasional “one and I’m done” risers. Then the clouds began rolling in and lower light levels ignited a decent hatch of size 20-22 Pseudos at round 1pm. The hatch intensified in the next hour and then suddenly a larger BWO was coming off in a size 16. The trout quickly switched over to the bigger mayfly[…]

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  • Lower Yuba River Fly Fishing Report 11/25/2017

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Nov 25, 2017 | 21:06 pm

    Lower Yuba River Fly Fishing Report 11/25/2017 Perfect trout weather the past few days with mild air temperatures and clouds. The Lower Yuba River is fishing pretty darn well. Flows have stabilized and are running at 1,123 cubes, water clarity is mostly clear with a slight tinge to it. My guests have had some killer dry fly fishing casting to selective risers on the calm flats both in the foam line and on the edges. One day the hatch may happen in the afternoon, and the next day it could happen in the late morning. An angler needs to be flexible, and having two rods set up for both surface and sub surface presentations will be an advantage. I saw a few more salmon in the river this week, and a few more redds. Still though, there should be more in the system.Wild rainbows from 8 to 14” are keying in on Blue Wing Olives (baetis) #18, and tiny Blue Wing Olives (pseudocloeons) #20-22. It’s best to make a few casts to a specific target, and if you don’t get a take, rest them a while or move to another target. 5X tippet is working just fine, but you may need to make a fly first downstream presentation[…]

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  • The Last Word on High Stick Nymphing

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Nov 22, 2017 | 14:49 pm

    The Last Word on High Stick Nymphing Over the past few months I've come to the realization that there are too many ways to rig a leader for high stick nymphing, let alone the origins of such. It's really confusing for those new fly anglers that would like to participate in the craft. No matter the rig, the basic drift is the same employing depth, angle, and the drop. The link below is the last word on the history of high stick nymphing. Eric Palmer of Granite Bay Fly Casters (http://gbflycasters.org/) wrote an article on the history and the colorful characters involved from the beginning with HSN, and it's absolutely fascinating. The amount of research alone is mind blowing. Northern California's roots lie deep with HSN, and as a Nor Cal native, I'm extremely proud of that. Give it a read... Ted Towendolly and the Origin of Short-Line Nymphing on the Upper Sac

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  • Frenchman Lake Fly Fishing Update 11/21/2017

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Nov 21, 2017 | 11:52 am

    Frenchman Lake Fly Fishing Update 11/21/2017 Mild weather at Frenchman Lake yesterday, cloudy, sunny, misty, showers, windy, calm, and a mid day rainbow. We saw it all. Because of the warmer conditions, there is no shore ice to speak of, and muddy conditions exist for the walk and wade angler. The good news is that there are still plenty of fish in the shallows, we found they are scattered for the most part, but some coves have more hanging out in the neighborhood than others. There were a fair number of very small black flying beetles that were active and the trout were keying in on them. Rising fish and targets in the early afternoon, and many were very selective. Another observation was that the trout were not staying in one particular spot within a cove, they were roaming quite fast from spot to spot, searching for those beetles.Effective patterns were pheasant tails, Jay Fair stripping flies in fiery brown, and dandelion emergers in black (closest fly I had that matched the beetle). All flies were unweighted due to shallow water we were focusing on, many of the trout were in 6 inches to 3 feet of water. Fishing pressure was non existent, just a few[…]

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  • Lower Yuba River Update 11/16/2017

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Nov 19, 2017 | 08:04 am

    Lower Yuba River Update 11/16/2017 In the past 24 hours, areas surrounding Grass Valley and Nevada City have received 5.2 inches of precipitation resulting in the Lower Yuba River to more than triple than the previous flow. Currently at 4:30 pm the flow at Parks Bar Bridge is at 3,232 cubes. Deer Creek jumped up significantly as well rising from 17.5 to 1,221 cfs. Water is very off color with about a foot and a half of visibility, just enough to get a few grabs if you put it on their nose. The forecast is calling for continued rain until tomorrow morning, then clearing through Sunday. Monday brings more rain. The upcoming weekend looks to be your best shot at a chance of the river somewhat clearing.UPDATE: The river crested at 7,078 at 1 am on the 17th, it is falling rather quickly and now at 5,600 at 9 am. Steak & Eggs would be a good place to start; dark rubber leg stones, and mottled yolk colored eggs proved effective in the last week. Look for soft side waters and BWO hatches to occur. The concrete boat ramp at Sycamore is back to being usable, with higher river levels, and the fact Dry Creek has come[…]

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  • Trinity River Fly Fishing Report 11/16/2017

    Jon Baiocchi Fly Fishing News Nov 16, 2017 | 23:11 pm

    Trinity River Fly Fishing Report 11/16/2017 My annual Trinity River vacation/trip was pretty damn good this year for many different reasons. First off, it was some quality "Jonny B" time, and even more special my 52nd birthday. After grinding out a full season of guiding, living out of a truck, and being away from home, this trip was all about enjoying myself and having fun. Secondly, the river was in pretty good shape with some decent reports coming from both the upper and lower parts of the river. The stage was set, and the best part was my buddy Jimmie Marchio coming along for the trip who had never been to the Trinity River, or hooked into a steelhead. We stayed at the Red Hill Motel and Cabins, a step back in time with perfect accommodations for the no frills steelhead bum.Heavy rain was in the forecast for our trip on the 15th, and the flows were right around 400 cubes. We dressed for conditions with our best rain gear and met up with our guide Brian Clemens of Nor Cal Fly Guides, who I would highly recommend. We floated the lower river under a steady rain all day, basically fishing for 8 hours straight. We[…]

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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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  • A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

    Northern California Trout Dec 7, 2017 | 15:47 pm

    North Shore Lake Camanche.One for meOne for Yuki

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  • Fishing Has Been Kind Of Crappo

    Northern California Trout Dec 5, 2017 | 10:03 am

    Fishing Has Been Kind Of Crappo Just thought I'd get everyone caught-up on what I've been doing.First of all, the fence project is complete. Here are the results:21 - 8' sections, 2 gates, and 2 replaced posts, 1 new post. I don't think I need to explain the pictures below. I have been fishing a couple times, but since I didn't catch anything I didn't feel the need to stick my skunk out there. OK, you can laugh now.Several doctor appointments lately. Had another skin cancer removed, from my chest this time. Last night I had a, my doctor calls it a "Barnacle", removed from my face. Don't know if it is cancerous, but it's being sent out for biopsy. As a kid, I lived in the sun. Paying for it now.The next project has been put off until the beginning of the year. Wife wants, after painting the dining room, all the base board replaced. It was a deal I made so I could justify buying a pin nailer. Didn't want to get into another project with Christmas, a foot operation (the wife), and my Grand-Daughter's wedding on the 21st. Too much going on in December.Oh yeh, statistics update: 1071 posts since January 2009. Just short of[…]

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  • 2018 Calendar

    Northern California Trout Nov 30, 2017 | 09:54 am

    Once again, Marisa (Yuki's daughter) has produced another amazing calendar for 2018.Keep in mind that she has taken all the pictures that comprise the calendar.It's awesome, well done, and you can get it here at Lulu.com.I've already gotten the ones I ordered. Delivery is 3 to 5 business days.Sure, you can buy a calendar in the store, but never one that is this good.Let's get out there and support Marisa.

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  • Happy Thanksgiving

    Northern California Trout Nov 23, 2017 | 11:44 am

    From our house to yours.

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  • One Don't Make A Dinner

    Northern California Trout Nov 22, 2017 | 19:23 pm

    One Don't Make A Dinner My wife had the day off work today so I thought I'd drive out to Lake Camanche and give her some time at the house by herself.I got to the lake at 8:15, parked out at the point where I usually fish and put out two lines with rainbow PB. Somewhere between then and about 11:00 I got, either a couple hits I missed or fish hitting the line on the way by. In either event, nothing stayed hooked.So I sat and sat and sat and finally decided to go further out on the ever widening peninsula.I tried one rod with rainbow PB & a little Pro Cure Garlic and one rod with rainbow PB & a little Pro Cure Trophy Trout (one can hope after all) on the other.Then I reeled in one line and started throwing Kastmasters. Now, I don't know what they want this year. For the last six years or so, it's been something different every year. For the last two, it's been silver. Before that, pink was hot for about four years. If you've been following this blog, you know that already. So this morning I started with silver. Then progressed as follows: gold, pink, green/silver,[…]

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  • Just A Quick Trip Before The Storm

    Northern California Trout Nov 14, 2017 | 15:40 pm

    Just A Quick Trip Before The Storm Started the morning with breakfast with my son Ken. My Grand-Daughter is getting married December 21st, so I wanted to find out what was going on a little bit early. That and bring him up to date on the Genealogy hunt.Then I headed out to North Shore Lake Camanche. A couple posts ago I mentioned 4500 lbs and 1200 lbs planted. Last week they planted another 800 lbs at North, South, and the Pond. They are those wonderful Mt. Lassen Rainbows with the orange meat.We have a big storm coming, tonight I think, so I decided to see if I could sneak in a couple hours of PB soaking. Got to the lake at about 9:15 and put two rods out with rainbow PB. Lake sure looked different from when I left back on the 8th.Sunshine & blue skiesEven other people fishing out there.The others had the same idea I had. Sneak in a couple hours before the storm.First, and only fish of the day came about 10:15. Notice the beaten up tail. It's tough being a hatchery trout.About 2 lbsI took a photo and then sent him back for someone else to catch. A nice size, about 2 lbs, but[…]

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  • A Veteran I Knew Little About

    Northern California Trout Nov 11, 2017 | 17:41 pm

    A Veteran I Knew Little About My Dad was a Veteran of WWII. I'd like to share some pictures I received from my Sister-in-Law a while back that I didn't know existed. She's sorting through boxes of stuff my mother had packed away years ago.The picture on the left is my Dad on the left and some of his Coast Guard Cronies. The picture on the right is my Dad and Uncle Richard, Dad's brother and the youngest of the Kautz 11. The 11 are the 11 children of my Grand parents. I never knew Uncle Richard as we lived in Wisconsin and he lived (and died) in California. Actually lived South of me in Fresno and he died just North of Sacramento in the town of Woodland.  DadYou see where I get my fishing ability from. That's a pretty big one. My guess would be Northern WisconsinCoast Guard in ActionSo there are a couple pictures of a Veteran I knew little about.Trust me, I was blown away when I got the package. There was about 50 pictures of my family that I never knew existed, in it.

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  • A Scouting Mission

    Northern California Trout Nov 8, 2017 | 15:35 pm

    A Scouting Mission I sent Yuki and email asking if he'd heard anything about stocking of Lake Amador or Lake Camanche. He heard that they were indeed stocking Amador, but nothing on Camanche.Since it's supposed to rain this afternoon. and I can't really do anything outside I thought I do a scouting mission out to Lake Camanche and see what was shaking.Just as a side note, I take the recycle cardboard we have and cut it down and box it up. Then when Fall or Winter comes, I drop it off in the recycle dumpster at the County Dump off Buena Vista on the way to Lake Camanche. That was the plan this morning. So I threw my fishing gear in the truck and several boxes of recycle cardboard in the back and headed out.I got to the dump, deposited the boxes, and then noticed my fishing license wasn't hanging around the back seat headrest as it always is. I had forgotten that, because my truck was in the body shop for the last two weeks I had taken my license out of the truck and hung it by the fishing rods in the garage so I wouldn't forget it the next time[…]

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  • How Was Your Halloween??

    Northern California Trout Nov 1, 2017 | 11:48 am

    How Was Your Halloween?? When we moved into this neighborhood 2 1/2 years ago, I queried my neighbor across the street as to how much candy I should get. They had been here several years and I figured out they would have a handle on trick or treaters.They said to get 3 bags of candy. One for the kids and two for us to eat. Works for me. We had about 15 hit the door and of them, 10 were the minions from the end of the court and their friends from school that were having a party at the Minion House. There is a story behind this (minions), but that's for another day.This year I got one bag and proceeded to eat it. OK, went back to the store and got another bag with 100 pieces in it. Should handle about 15 trick or treaters.First to the door were two. I gave them 4 each. Wanted to makes sure I had enough for the rest. What rest? That was it for the night. The minions from the end of the court went to a party over in Sutter Creek and took their group with them.Now if I can subtract correctly that left 92[…]

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  • Three Shocks In One Day

    Northern California Trout Oct 25, 2017 | 09:59 am

    Three Shocks In One Day I would have posted this yesterday after I got home, but I was watching the Dodgers beat the Astro's in the World Series game 1.About a week ago, Yuki and I planned a trip to the Secret Lake. After looking at my journal, Fall was the time where most of the fish were caught there so it was time to go.Since my truck is in the repair shop (my wife had a yellow post, you know the kind in a parking lot, jump out and hit the truck one day when she was driving it) so Yuki drove.Keep in mind that the road to the Secret Lake is one of those mountain roads that is straight up on one side and straight down on the other. Kind of scary for one who doesn't drive those kind of roads very often. Now, I didn't hold Yuki's hand (he had both tightly on the steering wheel), but gave him words of encouragement like "Don't be a weenie", "It's not the fall, but the sudden stop at the bottom". Words to keep him focused. I think he'll make me drive the next time.We got to the lake about 10:30 and started floating crickets[…]

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