Up-to-date fishing reports on rivers in northern California and southern Oregon from the guides at Confluence Outfitters
I fished up in Redding today with clients Steve & Jim. We used the jet boat as a taxi-cab, accessing several prime wading spots. Jim did really well fishing nymphs without an indicator. The big fish got away, but he landed a nice 16" rainbow in our first spot. Steve had some action on his spey rod, too.
Posted: August 19, 2014, 12:00 am
I spent a very enjoyable day on the Lower Sac today with clients Steve and Jim. These guys like to swing flies, so we used the jet boat instead of the drift boat. The jet boat is a great option on wading trips because we can go straight to the best spots for the type of fishing we want to do. We spent all day swinging flies for trout with spey rods and single-hand rods. We caught fish in every spot we tried. We landed a lot of small and medium fish today and broke off a big fish. We saw a few salmon fishermen, but had the run of the place in terms of fly fishing. Soft hackles were the ticket.
Posted: August 18, 2014, 12:00 am
I will be doing a "Tailgate Talk" at the California Fly Shop in San Carlos tomorrow from 10:30am to 2pm. My topic will be the rivers around Redding, including but not limited to the Lower Sac, Pit, McCloud, Hat Creek, Battle Creek, and Fall River. I'll be discussing access points, times to go, fly & gear selection, and much more! Stop by the shop - it would be great to see you there.
Posted: August 15, 2014, 12:00 am
We had another good day on the Lower Sac today. We floated from Anderson to the Barge Hole. We only saw one drift boat and a few salmon boats out today. We had good action in the morning and then it was a little slow after lunch. We finished strong, though. Our best flies were tan birds nests and copper johns size 14 and small brown mayfly nymphs.
Posted: August 14, 2014, 12:00 am
I had a fun day on the Lower Sac today with father/son team Matt and Adam. Adam caught his first fish in twenty years and then caught a bunch more! Fishing was pretty good throughout the day on a variety of nymphs. The river dropped down to 7,600 cfs today. We only saw one other drift boat.
Posted: August 13, 2014, 12:00 am
I just returned from a quick trip to our Spey Camp on the Klamath River. Gino, Dax, and Leslie have set up a great camp. We have safari-style tents for the guests and a large shaded cooking and eating area. Thanks to Leslie Ajari, the food has been wonderful. But enough about the camp - the fishing has been good! Everyone in our first group has landed adult steelhead and multiple half-pounders. There is good fishing in our camp water, and every day Gino shuttles our guests around to different parts of the river. I got to help release a nice adult steelhead today - that was the first one in my hands since April! Our guests have also hooked and almost landed some fresh King salmon. When I left on the 2nd full day of the first session, all of the guests were very pleased with how their spey casting was progressing.
Posted: August 13, 2014, 12:00 am
I spent the last three days on the Lower Klamath and the Steelhead have arrived in mass. Early indications are looking GREAT for this season on the Klamath and Trinity with hundreds if not thousands of Steelhead currently staging in the Lower Klamath. I only rated the fishing as Good right now, not Great because of the current conditions, IE. water temps, and not the actual fishing. Currently the Steelhead are stacked in one area which tends to lead to very crowded fishing and snagging !
I am very excited about angling on the Lower Klamath as the water temps start to drop and the fish spread out and start moving up river. I am currently booking the Lower Klamath for mid September and October and my schedule has started to fill. If swinging a spey rod on classic Steelhead runs for Ocean Fresh Steelhead interest you then get off the fence and book a trip.
Most of the water I fish on the Lower Klamath is within 20 miles of the Ocean !
Posted: August 9, 2014, 12:00 am
Fall River fished tough for us today. We had some good sessions with both nymphs and dries, but the fish generally seemed a bit disinterested. The highlight of the day was getting some grabs on a floating water boatman imitation. We hooked a couple of really nice fish that broke us off in the weeds.
We were surrounded by three separate forest fires that started in the last two days. One is to the east near Day, over the ridge to the east of Fall River valley. Another is in the hills just south of Fall River Mills. The third is between Burney and Old Station, burning down out of the Thousand Lakes Wilderness. Highway 89 was closed today in between Burney and Old Station.
Posted: August 1, 2014, 12:00 am
I had the pleasure of guiding Father and Son team, Deke & Derek from Portola Valley today on the Fall River. The fishing was a bit slow but we had the whole river system mostly to ourselves, the whether was beautiful and the scenery stunning as always ! Highlight of the day was Deke spotting a Moma Black Bear 50' away on a remote levy with two cubs in tow, Pretty Cool Stuff !
Fish where landed, stories and jokes told, good time's had by all ! Get out there and have some Fun !
Posted: July 30, 2014, 12:00 am
The Lower Sac was pretty slow for us today. We saw very little bug activity and the fish just didn't seem very interested. My clients Mel & Ron managed to land a handful of rainbows, though. Our best action was from 1pm to 3pm and the best flies were small brown mayfly nymphs.
Posted: July 26, 2014, 12:00 am