Up-to-date fishing reports on rivers in northern California and southern Oregon from the guides at Confluence Outfitters
Andrew just had a cancellation in early October and has opened up the following dates:
Oct 5-6-7 and Oct 12-13-14. These are prime Lower Sac dates!
Posted: September 22, 2016, 12:00 am
We had a really great day on the Lower Sac today. Clients Bob & Rich landed several really big fish in the 3 pound range and Bob landed one about 5 pounds that would have been a good fish on a steelhead trip on the Trinity! I am really impressed by the size of the fish we saw today. We floated Posse Grounds to Anderson and fishing pressure was really light. We did very well all morning, then things got tough for a couple hours in the afternoon. We finished off with a few nice fish near Anderson. The wind really came up in the afternoon and that seemed to put the fish off the bite. Flows are down to 8000cfs.
Posted: September 21, 2016, 12:00 am
What do farmer's do on their day off? They go farming - for fish of course. The fish were not too interested in eating flies today, but my good clients Dan and Frank worked very hard and were rewarded for their efforts. They hooked fish on a combination of mayfly and caddis patterns. We're starting to spot an occasional salmon, so that is a very good thing. The egg bite is right around the corner, if you haven't booked your fall trip on the Lower Sac - don't wait much longer!
Posted: September 19, 2016, 12:00 am
We're starting to see a few salmon mill around in the upper reaches of the river. Which can only mean one thing – it's almost egg-grab time!
The most productive times to be on the river have been in the mornings and evenings. A combination of PMDs, princes, birds nests, and various bead patterns has been a sure thing. The caddis dry-fly action has been awesome right at sunset!
Posted: September 19, 2016, 12:00 am
This report is by Scott Saiki: Although Fall officially begins in just a couple of days, the Fall River seems to be a little unsure of which path to take. Cool mornings lead to temperatures in the mid 80's, and the bugs seemed to be a little unsure of the season as well. Bug activity was extraordinarily diverse which made the puzzle even more of a challenge. Baetis, PMD's, Tricos, Callibaetis, and even terrestrials at every life stage were all in play with short windows of opportunity throughout the day. Stan Jr., Bob, and parents Stan Sr., and Lucy came from San Francisco and Wisconsin respectively to try to sort out the puzzle. Dry fly, nymph, swinging, and going deep all paid off at various times this weekend. We worked hard for what we got, but there were some very memorable fish landed. Thoughtful fishing and careful presentations are currently the order of the day, but when you "work hard," you are rewarded. Generously!
Posted: September 18, 2016, 12:00 am
I spent the last two days guiding clients Steve and Jim on a wade trip on the Lower Sac. I use my jet boat on these trips so we can zoom around to the best wading spots. We fished a variety of techniques, including single-hand swing, swinging with lightweight spey rods, streamer fishing with spey rods, and hopper-dropper fishing. We hooked a lot of fish in two days. Nothing really big, but we landed fish up to 16". We even had a few hopper grabs while fishing hopper-dropper. The river is at 8500cfs, a really nice flow all around. Still a little high for wading some areas, but we had plenty of places to choose from.
Posted: September 14, 2016, 12:00 am
It's been a while since my last report, a busy building season is now transitioning into what is looking to be a busy guide season. Ive spent time on the Lower Klamath over the last several weeks and the conditions on the Lower Klamath have improved dramaticaly, the river is currently and should remain in Great Shape through the Fall ! Water releases out of Lewiston have increased which have cooled water temps greatly, the Steelhead have responded positively and are now steadily streaming in.
We are getting into a mix of adult and half pounders, landing adults to 5lbs and seeing and hooking larger adults to 10 lbs ! I have a few prime dates left in October for the Klamath, if the Fall rains are late the Klamath will be fishable into November.
If your passionate about swinging flies for fresh chrome the Lower Klamath should be on your radar.
Posted: September 9, 2016, 12:00 am
I spent a beautiful day on Fall River with Christine and Doug from Larkspur. The weather was cool so we had to wait a while for the callibaetis hatch to really get going. Our best fishing was from 1pm to 4:30pm when the fish were chowing down on callibaetis nymphs and dries. We landed fish up to 18" and hooked quite a few fish in the 16-19" range. River conditions are great - this is my favorite time of year to be on Fall River.
Posted: September 6, 2016, 12:00 am
Here is a photo from my trip on Friday with Ted & Eloise. Fishing was all over the map, with doubles and hook-ups coming fast and furious for a while and then long periods of slow fishing. Caddis patterns are working best these days.
Posted: September 2, 2016, 12:00 am
Took my two favorite "clients" out for a day of chasing trout on one of the most beautiful streams in the world, Burney Creek. Kids and I had a ball casting and catching fish all day with dry flies. If you have a youngster that wants to get started in fly fishing, this is a great way to spend the day. Sometimes, the best days aren't measured in fish.
Posted: August 29, 2016, 12:00 am