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Come say hi to Gino, Leslie, and myself today at the big Spey O Rama event at the San Francisco Golden Gate Casting Club in Golden Gate Park. Watch the best distance Spey casters in the world compete for the world championship. It's a very cool event and free to the public.
Posted: April 19, 2015, 12:00 am
Spent the day drifting the Lower Sac with Ray from Napa.  Big laughs and great fishing all day.  Drifted from Redding to Anderson.  Gusty winds kept the topwater action down all day, but the nymph grab was really good.  Consistent grabs all day with most of the fish in the 16+ inch range.  Great Day!
Posted: April 12, 2015, 12:00 am
I had a great day with Joel and his son Will.  Fishing was consistent throughout the day and they only landed one fish under 16 inches all day!  Spring fishing on the Sac is at its best!
Posted: April 9, 2015, 12:00 am
The past three days on the Lower Sac has been amazing!  The fish are chowing now.  I guided John and Bill today and they hooked over 30 fish during a half-day float - and only one was under 16 inches!  No need to wait any longer - book your trip today!
Posted: April 3, 2015, 12:00 am
The Lower Sac fished very well for us today.  Sam and I guided a group from Santa Cruz that is headed to Eagle Canyon tomorrow.  We put a lot of fat 17-19" rainbows in the net today.  The bite was good throughout the day despite a strong north wind.  The PMD hatch was pretty thick in the afternoon.  Small mayfly nymphs worked well.
Posted: April 1, 2015, 12:00 am
Katie & I had our annual family and friends day at Eagle Canyon today.  We had a big crew up here and the lakes looked great!  Early in the morning the fish were cruising within 10ft of the bank, but as we started fishing they pushed off a bit.  The most effective techniques were dry/dropper and indicator fishing.  Some of the kids in our group as young as 11 managed to hook and land fish up to 6 pounds all on their own.  Pretty cool!
 
It was a very calm and sunny day so the fishing was challenging in general.  We did get some grabs on nymphs on 4X tippet, but way more grabs when we switched to 5X tippet.  There are tons of fish in the lakes right now and the sight-fishing is pretty amazing.  When the sun is high you can sight-fish 100% of the time.  The fish were rising quite a bit to March Brown mayflies mid-day.  I had fun fishing a parachute adams size 14 as an indicator fly with a nymph dropper on 5X tippet.  The dropper leader was only 12 inches or so.  Flies that worked today include:
 
Sucker Spawn, Oregon Cheese, size 12
Hogan's S&M Nymph, Olive, size 16
Tailwater Tiny, Olive, size 18
Flashback PT size 18
 
The fish are really finicky right now and I watched dozens of fish refuse fly after fly.  The key is to fish light tippet (6X might not be a bad idea if you're good at playing big fish on light tippet) and to change flies rapidly.  5 refusals and change flies.  If we could make the fish dumber, trust me - we would! 
Posted: March 29, 2015, 12:00 am
We landed the biggest Lower Sac trout I've ever seen today.  I fished with clients George and Steve again today.  They were interested in catching fish without using indicators, so we did about 30 minutes of indicator fishing in the morning and then took off the bobbers.  George and Steve picked up the indicator-less side-drifting technique really quickly and both of them landed fish within the first twenty minutes.  When you side drift nymphs without the indicator you get some really incredible grabs.  Steve landed several nice fish, and then right before lunch he landed the biggest Lower Sac trout I've ever seen.  I thought he was foul-hooked on a sizable trout, but it was a giant rainbow with Steve's brown rubberlegs stuck squarely in its jaw.  This was the thickest, most robust wild trout I've seen on any fishery ever.  Steve said it was bigger than anything he caught in Alaska.  This fish was closer to ten pounds than five pounds.  Congratulations Steve on a great fish, and on catching it in such a cool way!
Posted: March 25, 2015, 12:00 am
The Lower Sac is fishing well, there are plenty of feisty trout spread throughout the river but to be successful you need to bring your best hook set's, they're not cutting any slack right now on sloppy or late hook sets !
Posted: March 24, 2015, 12:00 am
Today was a jet boat day on the Lower Sac.  My clients George and Steve wanted to swing up some trout on lightweight spey rods today.  Unfortunately, the fish were not very grabby on the swing today.  We just had a few grabs throughout the day on the swing.  Thankfully, we found two riffles that were prime for hopper-dropper fishing.  Steve and George both landed fish on the hopper dry.  Most of the fish went for the dropper, including two fish right at the end of the day that were in the 15-16" range.  Both of those fish ate the nymph in about six inches of water - fun stuff!
Posted: March 24, 2015, 12:00 am
It's been warm this week with the temperatures being in the 80s. Fishing has been technical. Make sure to bring that 5X flouro and your midge box. We are getting daily March brown hatches that brings occasional dry fly action. Successful patterns lately have been:

Hogans S&M (size 18)
Red-headed stepchild (size 18,20)
WD-40 (size 18, 20,22)
Blood midges (size 16,18,20)
Flashback PT olive (size 18,20,22)
Copper Brassie- (size 18,20)
Prince Nymph (size 16,18,20)
Red copper John (size 16,18)
March Brown (size 14,16)
Posted: March 20, 2015, 12:00 am

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