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Fall River has been fishing good between 11 and 2pm the past 5 days. There is a little dry fly action but it's not going off yet. The streamer grab has really picked up, birthday boy Gavin hooked several dozen today. The nymph grab is pretty insane during prime time too if you can feed line and have the right rig on. The fish are in excellent shape, as always. The upper river has been mega crowded, if you aren't hooking fish it might help to move around a little bit and pound on some new fish.
Posted: May 28, 2015, 12:00 am

Hat Creek/Fall River

May 28th, 2015

The past holiday weekend was quite busy in most local streams and rivers, but the fish were happy and ate quite willingly. Fall river fished well on a nymph, and also there were opportunity to catch wild rainbows on a dry fly. The evenings produced beautiful thunderheads, but we were spared rain. However, the clouds did make for some beautiful sunsets.

Mornings on Hat Creek produced a good number of fish slurping at a trico spinner fall. A downstream presentation works best for these fish, with the trusty "Hat Creek skate" to get the fly/flies into the proper lane where fish are consistently rising.

Posted: May 28, 2015, 12:00 am
I took our guide school students Casey and Andreas to the Lower Sac today.  They learned a little bit about rowing a drift boat and caught fish using several different techniques.  We caught fish on nymphs under indicators, nymphs without indicators, dries, and dry/dropper today.  Pretty fun!  The fish are pretty fixated on PMD nymph patterns, mainly small brown nymphs size 16-18.  Look for rising fish mid-day.
Posted: May 26, 2015, 12:00 am
I just had a couple of good days on the Lower Sac with Dan from Folsom and Jay from Houston Texas.  Fishing was a little inconsistent, but both days we got into some hot spots where we had excellent fishing for an hour or two.   There is a great PMD hatch in the morning right now.  Not a lot of fish rising, but the nymph grab is pretty good.  Both days the fishing shut down pretty hard after 3pm.
Posted: May 22, 2015, 12:00 am
The Lower Sac fished decent today, the morning started out slow but the grab started to pick up around 11 am and stayed fairly steady till about 4 pm and then seemed to shut down ! Both Steve and Kieth each hooked quite a few and even managed to land a few, some day's it's just like that...  the bonus was they each landed some quality fish with Steve landing a 20"+ slab !!! 
Posted: May 19, 2015, 12:00 am
Fishing has been tough the past couple of days on the Fall, The stormy/unsettled weather this past week has seemed to have put both the insect activity and the fish in a bit of a funk.
 
The majority of the fish are still camped out in the upper river, upstream of circle 7 and the majority in Zug Bug and Spring Creek runs. Look for the fish to spread out over the coming weeks and fishing overall to improve.
 
Some of the best fishing of the year happens in June and July, highlighted by the Hex hatch ! When the Hex are happening we like to spread the fishing out over the Whole Day,  morning spinner fall or streamer bite followed by a mid morning to early afternoon hatch topped off with an afternoon Siesta and finely capped off with the evening Hex hatch !
 
Put it on your calender, it's rapidly approaching ! 
 
 
Posted: May 17, 2015, 12:00 am
I guided Cole on the Yuba river on Sunday.  There were no hatches all day on the river and fishing was definitely slow.  With the slow grab, Cole committed to  fishing nymphs without an indicator and was rewarded.  He worked really hard through a few of the best runs and pulled out 5 total fish with two of them being 16"+.  Way to go Cole.  Hopefully the weather will settle a little and we can get back to a few more consistent days on the Yuba!
Posted: May 17, 2015, 12:00 am
The Lower Sac is fishing well again after adjusting to the new 7000cfs flow level.  I just spent two days with Jerry from Oakmont and his son Mark from Tahoe.  Mark was new to drift boat fly fishing, but he figured out the program pretty fast.  Fishing was great yesterday up in Redding with lots of fish up to 19" or so.  Today we fished closer to Red Bluff and fishing was good.  We had the river all to ourselves.
Posted: May 12, 2015, 12:00 am
The Lower Sac is fishing well, the flow's have stabilized around 7000 cfs and the fish have responded. There has been a steady hatch of May Flies from mid morning through early afternoon and a smattering of Caddis flies throughout the day. No time like the present to get out and enjoy one of the finest Wild trout fisheries in the Country!
Posted: May 11, 2015, 12:00 am
Fantastic fishing on Fall River today. My client Peter had a double digit day and got a Fall River grand slam. He hooked and landed fish on dries, nymphs and streamers. 
 
Early in the day, fishing a nymph rig was effective and he landed both large and small fish. The afternoon brought some wind, but it died down after and hour or so, and there was a solid PMD hatch. It seemed like almost every drift rose a fish, and he even hooked a fish in the 20" range.
 
Later in the afternoon, the hatch was over and we switched over to streamers and nymphs again, which produced quite a few hook ups.  Smiles all around, life is good. 
Posted: May 9, 2015, 12:00 am

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