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  • Prime Time Spring Dates - Book Now

    RJ's Fly Trips Jan 22, 2017 | 17:12 pm

    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,[…]

  • Lots of Water

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

  • RJ's Fly Trips Jan 3, 2017 | 22:45 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[…]

  • Fly Fishing Update & Openings

    RJ's Fly Trips Apr 24, 2016 | 15:52 pm

    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"[…]

  • Egg Bite Report & Dates

    RJ's Fly Trips Oct 17, 2015 | 16:28 pm

    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[…]

  • Incredible Spring Fishing Coming Soon!

    RJ's Fly Trips Feb 12, 2015 | 18:22 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[…]

  • Great Start to Fall Fishing

    RJ's Fly Trips Oct 12, 2014 | 21:36 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[…]

  • Finally - Another Post

    RJ's Fly Trips Jul 11, 2014 | 05:48 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[…]

  • Discounted Trips on Select Dates in December

    RJ's Fly Trips Dec 11, 2013 | 18:08 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[…]

  • Fall and Winter Fishing

    RJ's Fly Trips Nov 15, 2013 | 20:50 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[…]


  • Boca Kokanee

    Fish Tight Lines Jul 11, 2016 | 00:13 am

    7/3/16 Boca Kokanee Clients Rohn and Willow had so much fun at Folsom 3 days ago, they wanted to go fishing again.  This time, the search was for Kokanee.  The hot bite for Boca Kokanee was kept a secret by many locals, myself included, due to the size of the lake and the fact that […]The post Boca Kokanee appeared first on Fish Tight Lines.

  • 6/30/16 Folsom Lake Trout

    Fish Tight Lines Jul 1, 2016 | 23:59 pm

    6/30/16 Folsom Lake Trout A client called me the other day and said he was new to the area and wanted to learn the how to fish for Rainbow Folsom Lake Trout.  I told him that fishing is best May and June when the weather is cooler but I can at least show him the […]The post 6/30/16 Folsom Lake Trout appeared first on Fish Tight Lines.

  • 6/29/16 Folsom Lake Trout

    Fish Tight Lines Jul 1, 2016 | 23:44 pm

    6/20/16 Folsom Lake Trout The Stephan family wanted a little fishing action close to home and chose Folsom Lake.  Since I had not been there in over a month, and a projected 108 degree temperature, I suggested we go up the hill to the high country where its much cooler.  They were going to be taking […]The post 6/29/16 Folsom Lake Trout appeared first on Fish Tight Lines.

  • 6/28/16 Kokanee

    Fish Tight Lines Jul 1, 2016 | 15:54 pm

    Today we went to an undisclosed lake in the eastern sierra’s for some Kokanee fishing.  I say undisclosed due to its small size and no plants.  The lake is self sustaining. Clients did not wanna get up at the crack of dawn so I went out early and caught 3 nice Kokanee before they arrived.  Lost […]The post 6/28/16 Kokanee appeared first on Fish Tight Lines.

  • 6/18/16 Stampede Kokanee

    Fish Tight Lines Jun 28, 2016 | 01:31 am

    Stampede Kokanee Red sky in morning, sailors take warning. I’d have to agree, with forecasted 20 plus mph winds my clients still wanted to fish. Ugh!! Gonna be a rough one today. But we ended the day with a huge tangle of everyone of our lines but had 10 Kokanee plus a nice cutthroat in […]The post 6/18/16 Stampede Kokanee appeared first on Fish Tight Lines.

  • 6/17/16 Stampede Kokanee

    Fish Tight Lines Jun 28, 2016 | 01:19 am

    5/17/16 Kokanee Started off cold this morningand a tough bite.  Marked a ton of fish, they were just not in the mood to bite.  Switch up the presentation and lures a bit and started to catch fish.  Losing a bunch too.  About 9 am, the bite really turned on and we hooked numerous fish but […]The post 6/17/16 Stampede Kokanee appeared first on Fish Tight Lines.

  • 6.26.16 Stampede Kokanee

    Fish Tight Lines Jun 27, 2016 | 02:52 am

    Stampede Kokanee Today I had the privilege of taking an Air Force Veteran out on a guided fishing trip for some Stampede Kokanee.  The morning started of cold with a light fog on the water and a very calm breeze.  Beautiful summer time conditions.  But it also started out slow.  It was more than an […]The post 6.26.16 Stampede Kokanee appeared first on Fish Tight Lines.

  • 6.25.16 Stampede Kokanee

    Fish Tight Lines Jun 27, 2016 | 02:30 am

    Stampede Kokanee Today  I had the privilege of taking out Mark Fong, a write for the Fish Sniffer magazine, and his buddy on a guided fishing trip to Stampede Reservoir for the famed Stampede Kokanee.  I got there at 4:30 am and was surprised to see that I was not alone.  In fact 3 other boats had […]The post 6.25.16 Stampede Kokanee appeared first on Fish Tight Lines.

  • 6.22.16 Stampede

    Fish Tight Lines Jun 23, 2016 | 03:37 am

    Today’s clients were 2 young children so we got a later start today at Stampede fishing for Kokanee.  There were a lot of boats on the water today but they were fairly scattered when we got there.  We started fishing the area we did well yesterday but it was pretty evident on the sonar that […]The post 6.22.16 Stampede appeared first on Fish Tight Lines.

  • 6/21/16 Stampede

    Fish Tight Lines Jun 22, 2016 | 03:41 am

    Mia, Tyler, and Annika Howell and proud father and grandfather fished Stampede Reservoir today for 13 fat Kokanee to 16″.  Had the opportunity for boat limits but, as many know, these feisty fish are sometimes a challenge getting into the net.  We marked and caught fish everwhere we fished but did best staying close to […]The post 6/21/16 Stampede appeared first on Fish Tight Lines.


  • Arguably The Worlds Most Iconic Trout Stream

    Fish Kennedy Brothers Mar 9, 2017 | 00:34 am

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

  • Trinity River February 2017

    Fish Kennedy Brothers Mar 2, 2017 | 18:08 pm

    Trinity River February 2017

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

    Fish Kennedy Brothers Feb 11, 2017 | 03:49 am

    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 […]

  • Is Lake Shasta Going To Overflow?

    Fish Kennedy Brothers Feb 10, 2017 | 23:16 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 […]

  • Lower Sacramento River Goes Huge!

    Fish Kennedy Brothers Feb 9, 2017 | 21:58 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 […]

  • State of Jefferson Steelhead and Trout Outlook

    Fish Kennedy Brothers Dec 28, 2016 | 02:56 am

    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 […]

  • December storms bring in the Chrome

    Fish Kennedy Brothers Dec 14, 2016 | 05:21 am

    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 […]

  • Why Do Rivers Bend?

    Fish Kennedy Brothers Dec 13, 2016 | 21:30 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 […]

  • McCloud River Flow Advisory Notice

    Fish Kennedy Brothers Oct 14, 2016 | 21:27 pm

    McCloud River Flow Advisory Notice The McCloud River is a frequented hot spot in the month of October and into the first two weeks of November for many anglers.  The river is home to the world’s most famous rainbow trout and the watershed is a magical destination particularly when decked with brilliant fall plumage.  Whether it be camping at Ah-Di-Nah […]

  • Nor Cal Fish Report October 2016

    Fish Kennedy Brothers Oct 13, 2016 | 02:35 am

    Nor Cal Fish Report October 2016 There is no question that fall in Northern California has settled and taken up residence while overtaking the higher elevations and slowly infiltrating the parched valleys below.  Temperatures have cooled the mornings and evenings.  The heat of summer has left us basking in the glorious season of seasons.  Plus a heavy weather system is en […]


  • Lower Sac: Not Quite

    Confluence Outfitters Fishing Report Mar 25, 2017 | 00:00 am

    I decided to go out today and and see if the Sac is ready to go.  The visibility is still about two feet and I didn't see a single insect all day.  I did see a few fish rolling - so that was somewhat encouraging.  With the limited visibilty, the challenge is getting the fish to see the flies.  We spent some time runnning laps on all my favorite runs and only had one hook-up all day.  The good news is after tomorrow's rain, it looks like we have about 10 days of dry weather and that should help to improve conditions.

  • Northern California: 2017 Guide School

    Confluence Outfitters Fishing Report Mar 23, 2017 | 00:00 am

    We have just set the dates for our 2017 Guide School.  It will start Memorial Day Weekend and runs Saturday to Saturday, May 27th through June 3rd.  Dax Messett, Gino Bernero, and Andrew Harris will be the primary instructors. Our goal is to give our students a solid foundation of fly fishing skills, the ability to teach those skills in a guided fishing or clinic environment, and the knowledge to chart a course toward becoming a successful fly fishing guide. During this intense 7-day program you will be exposed to many guides with varying perspectives on their profession. You will learn the techniques used to catch selective trout wherever they’re found. Most importantly, you’ll get plenty of chances to be the guide and learn what it’s all about.During the week we spend time on many of the great fisheries of northern California, including Hat Creek, the Pit River, McCloud River, Fall River, the Lower Sac, and various smaller streams.The cost for the week-long program is $1595 and includes the school, accommodations, all lunches, and two dinners.  

  • Eagle Canyon: No Title

    Confluence Outfitters Fishing Report Mar 23, 2017 | 00:00 am

    Skip from southern California had this to say about his trip to Eagle Canyon today:"We all caught fish and had an excellent time.  Lower lake was hot.  Heater got us warm for lunch.  Coffee in the morning was a nice touch.  We would do it again in a heart beat. Thanks Skip.  By the way....The Fish were gigantic and made for big smiles" 

  • Southern Oregon: No Title

    Confluence Outfitters Fishing Report Mar 21, 2017 | 00:00 am

    Gino just sent these photos from his guide trip today in southern Oregon.  His guest Ted landed an amazing wild buck.  Great fish, and it's nice to see that there is fishable water somewhere within 500 miles of here!

  • Northern California: Final countdown

    Confluence Outfitters Fishing Report Mar 20, 2017 | 00:00 am

    The countdown is on for one last shot at a winter steelhead as we near the March 31st deadline. After that the Smith and Trinity Rivers will remain open. We had a brief window last week that saw almost all of our South County rivers come into play. I spent two hard days fishing the South Fork Eel with father and son team Tim and Dominic. We had everything you could hope for minus the fish. Great color, mild weather, and no pressure. Currently we're seeing another bout of wet weather that has everything turing brown, everything except for the Smith. These are some of the most enjoyable days to target these powerful sea run fish. Warm mild weather and light angling pressure make March a unequally special time to venture north in hopes of swining one up before the closing bell tolls. If you're curious about more in depth fishining info or looking to book a trip feel free to call. 602 717 0315.Tight lines!

  • Out of Area: Pyramid Lake

    Confluence Outfitters Fishing Report Mar 15, 2017 | 00:00 am

    A little recap from a recent trip I made to Pyramid Lake. I got to reconnect with two of my 2016 Confluence Outfitters Guide School alumni; Aaron Silverman and Robert Maldonado for an epic weekend of cutthroat fishing. Aaron is a Reno native and Pyramid Lake insider, providing Robert and I the good fortune of having our own personal guide for our fist time on the lake. Simply put, Pyramid is a strange place with strange fish. I'm hooked. We didn't rope in any monsters, but we all had a great time and each of us landed some nice fish. The only downside? Our brother Dylan Hartsell coudln't make it out! Next time. 

  • Lower Sac: No Title

    Confluence Outfitters Fishing Report Mar 15, 2017 | 00:00 am

    Sam Robinett and I spent a few hours this morning scouting the Lower Sac.  It is still very muddy, with somewhere between 12 and 18 inches of visibility.  We floated Posse Grounds to Bonnyview and did not hook a single fish.  We did see fish jumping, though, so I think they're still in there!  We were also amazed by some of the changes to the river that resulted from the very high flows in the past two months.  There are some new gravel bars, some missing landmarks and a lot of devastation along the banks.  It will be fun to learn how to fish some of these new spots when the water clears up.  We'll keep you posted on conditions.

  • Trinity River: Trinity/Lower Sac-springtime is here!

    Confluence Outfitters Fishing Report Mar 14, 2017 | 00:00 am

    The steelhead season on the Trinity is still going on believe it or not with minimal pressure. The river is in great shape actually; flows and water clarity are ripe but it's been tough. With limited opportunities it's essential to be quick at those hooks-sets and never assume it's a rock! I feel like Paul Ryan with his sleeves rolled up when I start posting river flow charts, nonetheless the lower Sac is starting to settle down. With these higher flows it opens up a lot new water and opportunities to catch fish.  Tight lines. Sam R. (530)722-5994

  • Eagle Canyon: No Title

    Confluence Outfitters Fishing Report Mar 13, 2017 | 00:00 am

    Fishing was good today at Eagle Canyon, but we had to wait for it.  The weather was incredible all day with just the slightest breeze and a great view of Mt. Lassen.  Fishing was tough all morning with cruising fish refusing our flies time and again.  We had a little action on a brown rubberlegs size 8 but mostly refusals.  The bite turned on around 2pm and the fly of the day was the "baetis nymph" pattern formerly of Idywilde Flies and now sold by Umpqua, size 16 or 18.  It's a drab grey pattern with a bead and no flashy stuff.  It worked well fished under an indicator.  We fished a lot of 5X tippet today - that was a challenge but it seemed to help get us more grabs.  The bite got really good around 4 to 5pm.

  • Lower Sac: Improving Conditions

    Confluence Outfitters Fishing Report Mar 10, 2017 | 00:00 am

    The flows are currently at 16,300 CFS and steadily decreasing to 8,500 CFS by the 15th.  The visibility is improving - I'd say it was approximately 12-18 inches.  As the flows drop, it is exposing quite a bit of silt on the boat ramps.  Be careful when launching.


  • Guilty as Charged

    andyguibord Feb 1, 2012 | 04:38 am

    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 →

  • A Welcome Stench

    andyguibord Jan 24, 2012 | 02:09 am

    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 →

  • 1/2 pounders, part 2…

    andyguibord Sep 22, 2011 | 15:41 pm

    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 →

  • 1/2 pounders… part one…

    andyguibord Sep 22, 2011 | 04:32 am

    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 →

  • Spoonful of thought…

    andyguibord Sep 19, 2011 | 07:14 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 →

  • Surprise , surprise.

    andyguibord Sep 3, 2011 | 07:19 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 →

  • Impotency

    andyguibord Sep 2, 2011 | 15:46 pm

    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 →

  • Fools Gold

    andyguibord Sep 2, 2011 | 07:41 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 →

  • August Moon

    andyguibord Aug 13, 2011 | 06:15 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 →

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

    andyguibord Jul 18, 2011 | 17:59 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 →


  • Febuary 2017 Fishing Report

    Nor Cal Fly Guides Fly Fishing Report Feb 9, 2017 | 19:41 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[…]

  • Dec/Jan Fishing Report

    Nor Cal Fly Guides Fly Fishing Report Dec 19, 2016 | 22:01 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[…]

  • Fall Fishing Report and a bit more

    Nor Cal Fly Guides Fly Fishing Report Oct 6, 2016 | 00:41 am

    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[…]

  • June Nor Cal Fishing Report

    Nor Cal Fly Guides Fly Fishing Report Jun 9, 2016 | 23:41 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[…]

  • May 2016 Fishing Report and a bit more

    Nor Cal Fly Guides Fly Fishing Report May 5, 2016 | 23:35 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[…]

  • March/April 2016 Fishing Report

    Nor Cal Fly Guides Fly Fishing Report Mar 11, 2016 | 21:19 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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