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We've been getting lots of inquiries on how the Trinity River is fishing. Well, its been fishing pretty darn good! I had a great time on the river last weekend. While the water was low and very clear, the fishing was still favorable. We hooked into few adults and juvenile steelhead. With flows on the rise and a fresh influx of rain headed to Northern California, the steelheading should only get better. We'll be on the river again this weekend, stay tuned for updates. 
Posted: October 23, 2014, 12:00 am
The egg bite is still going strong.  These big Lower Sac trout are laser-locked on egg patterns, but our largest fish are coming on small mayfly nymphs.  Today's rain didn't slow the action at all.  My client hooked 25-30 fish during a half-day float!  This action should continue into early November, so don't wait until it's over.
Posted: October 23, 2014, 12:00 am
We are well into Fall and a series of small storms have passed through NorCal and it is currently raining here up in Douglas City with more on the way for this weekend and into early next week, a WELCOME sight for sure !
 
I have finished up my season on the Fall river and Lower Klamath and my focus is now on the Trinity, fish are spread throughout the system and the tributaries are starting to pump in some much needed H2o !
 
My focus next September and October will be swinging for Steelhead on the Lower Klamath and Trinity BUT if you are not a Steelheader, I will be guiding a limited number of day's on the the Lower Sac and the Fall river for trout, Sept and Oct can be outstanding at this time of year on both of these venues.
 
Not to early to start thinking about next Fall, it will be here before you know it. 
Posted: October 23, 2014, 12:00 am
We fished down near Red Bluff today and had a great day.  No steelhead or big fish today, but dozens and dozens of rainbows up to 16".  The egg grab is insane right now, although the fish have moved out of a lot of the trout water already and are clustered in the salmon spawning areas.
Posted: October 17, 2014, 12:00 am
I spent the last three days with clients Mike & Sherrie from Gilroy.  We used the boat as a taxi cab to get us from one prime wading spot to another.  The wade fishing was really good, especially the last two days.  We caught fish on nymphs, dries, and on spey rods.  On the first day Mike hooked into a 20# salmon on a 5wt spey rod.  We battled it for quite a while, but we needed a much larger rod to land that fish.  The highlight of the trip was this morning when Sherrie landed a 20" steelhead on a 4wt spey rod.  It was quite a fight!
Posted: October 16, 2014, 12:00 am
Fishing continues to be very good on the Lower Sac.  I spent the last two days up in Redding with clients Bernard and Catherine from Mill Valley.  The trout are really keyed in on the salmon egg imitations.  We landed numerous fish over 18" and our best was about 21".
Posted: October 11, 2014, 12:00 am
I just finished up two days with Bill & Chuck from the Bay Area.  We did one day up in Redding and one day down by Red Bluff.  The fishing was outstanding both days.  The fish are really on the egg grab right now.  I have seen salmon redds as far down as Red Bluff, and salmon are pouring into the river.  We even fair-hooked a 20# salmon today on an egg pattern.  Based on the number of fresh salmon in the river, the fishing should be fantastic on the Lower Sac for the next couple months
Posted: October 9, 2014, 12:00 am
Trout fishing is exceptional right now on the Lower Sac.  My clients Andrew and son Wyatt from Santa Cruz caught dozens of trout today.  We also had a very close encounter with a chrome steelhead about 4 pounds.  As good as the trout fishing was, I felt like we were fishing for the wrong kind of fish today, because the salmon were going nuts!  The salmon were rolling  in almost every run on the river and the salmon boats seemed to be doing well.  It was great to see so much salmon activity - look for an incredible egg bite in a couple of weeks when these fish begin spawning.
Posted: October 6, 2014, 12:00 am
Don't miss the 3rd annual Fly Fishing Film Tour tonight at the Cascade Theatre in Redding.  Confluence Outfitters is donating a full day at Eagle Canyon for 8 anglers to help support this event.  Buy some raffle tickets and put them in the Eagle Canyon bucket.  You can enjoy a great show and have a chance to win a great day of fishing, too!  The show starts at 7pm.
Posted: October 4, 2014, 12:00 am
We hooked all of the small and medium fish in the river today I think.  The 8-10" fish were really chowing down.  My clients Bob & Bob landed dozens of the small fish but also landed a few 18" rainbows throughout the day, too.  There are a few salmon around but not much evidence of them spawning below Bonnyview yet.  We had good luck on small mayfly nymphs.  The egg grab should improve over the next few weeks.
Posted: October 3, 2014, 12:00 am

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