Up-to-date fishing reports on rivers in northern California and southern Oregon from the guides at Confluence Outfitters
We fished down near Red Bluff today and had a great day. No steelhead or big fish today, but dozens and dozens of rainbows up to 16". The egg grab is insane right now, although the fish have moved out of a lot of the trout water already and are clustered in the salmon spawning areas.
Posted: October 17, 2014, 12:00 am
I spent the last three days with clients Mike & Sherrie from Gilroy. We used the boat as a taxi cab to get us from one prime wading spot to another. The wade fishing was really good, especially the last two days. We caught fish on nymphs, dries, and on spey rods. On the first day Mike hooked into a 20# salmon on a 5wt spey rod. We battled it for quite a while, but we needed a much larger rod to land that fish. The highlight of the trip was this morning when Sherrie landed a 20" steelhead on a 4wt spey rod. It was quite a fight!
Posted: October 16, 2014, 12:00 am
Fishing continues to be very good on the Lower Sac. I spent the last two days up in Redding with clients Bernard and Catherine from Mill Valley. The trout are really keyed in on the salmon egg imitations. We landed numerous fish over 18" and our best was about 21".
Posted: October 11, 2014, 12:00 am
I just finished up two days with Bill & Chuck from the Bay Area. We did one day up in Redding and one day down by Red Bluff. The fishing was outstanding both days. The fish are really on the egg grab right now. I have seen salmon redds as far down as Red Bluff, and salmon are pouring into the river. We even fair-hooked a 20# salmon today on an egg pattern. Based on the number of fresh salmon in the river, the fishing should be fantastic on the Lower Sac for the next couple months
Posted: October 9, 2014, 12:00 am
Trout fishing is exceptional right now on the Lower Sac. My clients Andrew and son Wyatt from Santa Cruz caught dozens of trout today. We also had a very close encounter with a chrome steelhead about 4 pounds. As good as the trout fishing was, I felt like we were fishing for the wrong kind of fish today, because the salmon were going nuts! The salmon were rolling in almost every run on the river and the salmon boats seemed to be doing well. It was great to see so much salmon activity - look for an incredible egg bite in a couple of weeks when these fish begin spawning.
Posted: October 6, 2014, 12:00 am
Don't miss the 3rd annual Fly Fishing Film Tour tonight at the Cascade Theatre in Redding. Confluence Outfitters is donating a full day at Eagle Canyon for 8 anglers to help support this event. Buy some raffle tickets and put them in the Eagle Canyon bucket. You can enjoy a great show and have a chance to win a great day of fishing, too! The show starts at 7pm.
Posted: October 4, 2014, 12:00 am
We hooked all of the small and medium fish in the river today I think. The 8-10" fish were really chowing down. My clients Bob & Bob landed dozens of the small fish but also landed a few 18" rainbows throughout the day, too. There are a few salmon around but not much evidence of them spawning below Bonnyview yet. We had good luck on small mayfly nymphs. The egg grab should improve over the next few weeks.
Posted: October 3, 2014, 12:00 am
With all the doom and gloom out there about water and fishing conditions there is at least one bright spot, the Lower Klamath ! The river is fishing very well, pulses of fresh Steelhead continue flow in and water levels and temps are perfect for swinging a fly ! Fishing should remain solid through the end of October, I still have a few prime dates available.
Posted: October 2, 2014, 12:00 am
Today was my last day of the season on Fall River. It started out really slow. We spent all morning trying a lot of different flies and techniques and none of them worked. The main problem was that the micro-baetis hatch was incredibly thick. There were mats of size 22-26 mayflies on the surface. The fish were chowing them, but we didn't stand a chance competing against the shear numbers of bugs on the water. We drove really far from that part of the river and after lunch we found an area that had none of the little bugs and lots of the big mayflies. There were size 14-16 PMDs and callibaetis in good numbers from 1pm to 4pm. We found several good spots where we could drift our flies to big fish. At the end of the day we found a honey hole where about 20 huge fish were chowing dries in six inches of water. My clients Dennis and Eric hooked many of those fish and landed quite a few 17-19" rainbows on dries. It was pretty amazing, and a great way to close out my Fall River season.
Posted: September 28, 2014, 12:00 am
The last two days on Fall River have been good, but volatile weather has made fishing more challenging than last week. We landed a nice 18.5" rainbow today on a nymph. Dry fly fishing was good yesterday with calm weather, but high winds today made for lots of nymphing and streamer fishing. Hoping for calmer weather tomorrow...
Posted: September 27, 2014, 12:00 am