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The Lower Sac fished well for clients Russ & Brad today.  We floated Bonnyview to Balls Ferry and only saw one other drift boat all day.  The fish were on the grab throughout the day.  We landed a lot of nice 16" rainbows.  Nothing bigger today, but great numbers of fish hooked.  There was quite a bit of bug activity, including pink alberts (orange PMDs) and caddisflies.  No risers today.
Posted: May 23, 2016, 12:00 am
There are some days when the stars align and that allows for a simply amazing experience.  I had the great pleasure of guiding my long time client Pat, and her very good friend Kate the past two days.  The weather was a bit unsettled, but the fishing was solid.  Pat and Kate worked very hard, but were definately rewarded for their efforts!  They landed so many fish in the 18-20 inch range that we lost count.  Rubberlegs and pmd nymphs seemed to be the most productive.  Flows have been very consistent the past few weeks, but are schedued to increase to 7,500 cfs on June 1st.
Posted: May 23, 2016, 12:00 am
I guided Jesse and his son Julian today.  We didn't hook into a lot of fish today, but every fish we hooked was reaaly nice!  Today's fare - PMD nymphs.
Posted: May 19, 2016, 12:00 am
I took clients Paul and Bill to the Pit River today.  We had a lot of fun and they both agreed that the Pit is a physically punishing river at the end of the day.  The grab wasn't red-hot, but we hooked decent numbers of fish.  We started in Pit 5 and worked our way up into Pit 4.  The lower end of Pit 5 is pretty big right now.  The tributaries are adding a fair bit of water, so finding good water is a little bit tough, even though the water is clear.  Pit 4 is in better shape - down to normal summer levels.  The nice thing about the Pit is that we saw zero other anglers.
Posted: May 19, 2016, 12:00 am

I took my client John from Davis up to Manzanita Lake today.  Manzanita Lake is a great option for any multi-day trip in northern California.  At 6000ft elevation, it's a great place to get out of the valley heat.  It's loaded with browns and there are always rising fish available.  Today was no exception.  The morning fishing was very slow, but we started getting hook ups on nymphs under indicators around noon.  By 2pm there was a really good callibaetis hatch and spinner fall going on.  I was suprised to see so many this early in the year.  We saw fish rising to midges, callibaetis spinners and duns, and terrestrials today.  Our best luck was with ant patterns.  We hooked fish on nymphs under indicators, nymphs under dry flies, and dries today.  The wind was pretty bad, but we were able to find little corners where the fish were rising regularly.

We had the lake pretty much to ourselves today.  In another month it will be crowded with kayakers and a lot more fishermen.  The fish seem to get used to the traffic, though.  Manzanita is one of my favorite mid-summer destinations.

Posted: May 17, 2016, 12:00 am
I spent a great day putting on a clinic for a great bunch of anglers from Nevada on the Yuba RIver.  We spent the morning learning flies and rigging techniques before moving to the water to demonstrate the wide variety of techniques that can be utilized for catching fish on the river.  We then visited multiple access spots around the river discovering the various water that the Yuba presents.  The group was very willing to learn and anxious to give everything a try. We even spent some time throwing the spey rod around.  They did an amazing job all day.  Truly one of the best days I've had teaching on the river.   
Posted: May 15, 2016, 12:00 am
My clients Dave and Kevin persevered today despite high winds.  Fishing was a big tough in the morning but picked up after lunch.  Dave and Kevin made some great drifts despite the horribly windy conditions and did well in the afternoon.  The fish weren't jumping in the boat today, but we had a pretty good day nonetheless.
Posted: May 5, 2016, 12:00 am
The Sac is continuing to fish very consistent.  PMD nymphs and rubberlegs are still the go-to flies.  The weather is perfect, albeit a little breezy - but that's spring on the Sac.  
Posted: April 28, 2016, 12:00 am
We have experienced some crazy weather the past few days.  Fishing has remained pretty good, but they were not as grabby as they have been the past few weeks.  They are keying on rubberlegs and PMD nymphs right now.  I have guidied Pat many times on the Sac and Trinity, and she has had so many amazing days and hooked so many big fish we can't even remember.  But today, the something special happened and she landed this 25" horse today.  Sometimes good things happen to good (great) people! 
Posted: April 24, 2016, 12:00 am
I spent a beautiful day guiding the lower Feather River today with fellow guide Mike Folden.  We had a very special guest on board - my dad John!  Mike spent the day coaching my dad and hooked him up with several nice trout.  The trout/steelhead action was pretty tough today, but everyone in the group hooked trout and we put a few in the net.  We also landed a handful of suckers and pikeminnows.  We had the whole river to ourselves and covered a lot of water.  The spring steelhead run on the Lower Feather can be good any time between March and June.  It didn't seem like there were a ton of fish in the river, but that can change as the season progresses.
Posted: April 23, 2016, 12:00 am

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