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This time of year can really spoil a guide - not to mention the clients.  There are just enough salmon in the river where the egg grab is really good, the fishing isn't very technical yet, and the crowds haven't shown up just yet.  More salmon are showing up every day.  My client Tom had never fished the egg grab and learned a lot today.  He landed a couple dozen nice fish from 8" to 20" with most in the 14-18" slot.

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Posted: October 7, 2015, 12:00 am
Started my Steelhead season off on the Trinity today...John swung up an Awesome Wild Buck on a small traditional fly mid-river today, Great way to start the season ! I'm sure many if not most all of you are doing or have done a rain dance, all I have to say is dance HARDER !
Posted: October 7, 2015, 12:00 am
Fishing was really good on the Lower Sac today.  The salmon are just starting to spawn and the fish are getting excited about eating egg imitations.  There are still plenty of trout in the classic "trout water", but in another week they'll all be in the redds looking for salmon eggs.  My client Joe caught a really amazing fish today - a 20" rainbow that was about 4 pounds.  It reminded me of the fish I used to catch in the 90s that ate tons of caddisflies and were short and fat.  We had excellent action today right up until 3pm and then it shut down hard.
Posted: October 6, 2015, 12:00 am
I had John and his Grandson Jonathan in my boat yesterday, the fishing was dead in the morning but picked up in the afternoon, the fish got pretty grabby on caddis imitations, unfortunetly the wind out of the North was brutal with gust's to 40 MPH we did are best and boated a few.
Posted: October 4, 2015, 12:00 am
We had a fun day on the McCloud today.  My client Lisa was determined to catch a fish on her Tenkara rod.  We fished a section of smaller pockets that was ideally suited to the technique.  Lisa got the hang of the casting and by the end of the day she had landed at least half a dozen trout, including two 12 inchers and a brown trout.  Landing fish with a Tenkara rod is kind of a train-wreck since there is no reel and you just have to grab the line and pull it in hand-over-hand until you can grab the fish.  We had a few "Now What?" moments after hooking up.  Lisa's friend Maya also gave the Tenkara rod a try and caught a fish immediately.  The ticket was a size 12 humpy with a small nymph dropper.  The two biggest fish ate the dry and the rest ate the dropper.
Posted: October 4, 2015, 12:00 am
 Today was my first of three in the Fall River Valley - my last stint up here for the season.  We got rained on today - actual RAIN - for several hours in the morning.  It was pretty cool to get rained on.  My clients Ernie & Joanne toughed out the rain and then at 1:30pm the rain stopped, the hatch got going, and the fish went nuts for 2 hours!  We hooked some nice fish.  The hatch was a mix of PMDs, callibaetis, and BWOs.  The action was short and sweet, and at 3:30 it was DONE.
Posted: October 1, 2015, 12:00 am
Catching stripers and trout in the same day, on the same river, is pretty cool.  Fellow guide and friend Brian Kohlman and I enjoyed a busman's holiday on the Sac today.  We started by swinging up some nice trout up to 15" on lightweight spey rods.  There was a huge trico spinner fall this morning and a lot of trout were rising.  We weren't able to capitalize on that opportunity since we left all the single-hand trout rods at home today.  We spent most of the day fishing for stripers.  I landed a lot of schoolies up to 16" and Brian landed his first striper ever and it was quite a fish.
Posted: September 28, 2015, 12:00 am
 The Lower Sac didn't produce a lot of fish today, but we landed some very nice 18-20" fish.  My clients Chuck and Casey were interested in doing some dry fly fishing, so we nymphed in the morning and fished dries and dry-dropper in the afternoon.  The afternoon dry fly fishing isn't on fire yet, but we had our moments.  We had one ferocious grab from a 20+" rainbow on a dry.  We had to resort to hopper-dropper to get some of the fussier fish.  It was a fun day.
Posted: September 24, 2015, 12:00 am
My 6 weeks in steelhead mecca British Columbia has finally come to an end.  I had another great group of guys for my few weeks of hosted trips.  Everyone caught bright chrome steelhead, coho and sockeye salmon on the swing.  Doug Rohn and I also experienced the most amazing dry fly steelhead day I have ever seen, raising over 20 fish on a remote part of a sacred steelhead river.  We stayed at two excellent lodges, Stan Dolls Wilderness Lodge and Brian Niska's Skeena Spey Lodge. I will return to both operations next year, as I think they are the absolute best of the Lower Skeena guide and accommodation options.  Contact me if you are interested, as there are limited spots during the prime weeks I have booked there.  
Heading to the Grande Ronde to start my mulit day float trips for Scott Odonnell's new Speywater Lodge.  We have some openings for both my floats and lodge days.  Contact me for details.  Also booking Trinity trips for November, and Southern Oregon winter steelhead trips for December and January.  My Olympic Peninsula days are filling up quick for February into April.  I now offer accommodation options for that include meals and can offer attractive guide and accommodation packages, which are extremely rare up in that part of the world.
Posted: September 24, 2015, 12:00 am
Fall river the past few days was a ghost town. With lower pressure, the fishing was decent with mid day baetis hatches as well as the fish keying in on the nymph and streamer grab. The weed beds have grown in quite a bit to offer extra cover for the trout. Fall river in the autumn season is absolutely a hidden gem. 
Posted: September 22, 2015, 12:00 am

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