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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
Today was a spey day on the Lower Sac.  My clients Bob & Lynn are headed to Argentina next week to do some spey casting for big rainbows and browns.  I helped them get familiar with their spey rods.  They caught quite a few rainbows as they practiced their double-speys and snap-tees.  No big fish today, but they managed to land a lot of trout up to 12".  We also had some excellent hopper-dropper fishing in the afternoon.  Quite a few fish came up to eat a pink hopper, believe it or not.
Posted: March 20, 2015, 12:00 am
I guided a PM half-day on the Lower Sac today and fishing was good.  We fished up in Redding and found some quality fish up to about 19".  Some of the bigger fish are spawned out right now, but we also caught some big fish that were in excellent condition.  All the usual suspects worked in terms of fly patterns.  The weather is great right now and the fish are biting!
Posted: March 18, 2015, 12:00 am
Some photos from today's group at Eagle Canyon.
Posted: March 17, 2015, 12:00 am
I spent the past weekend camping and fishing the Pit River. The emerald green waters and lush scenery were worth the trip on their own. There are inviting campsites right on the river. Scenery aside, the fishing was excellent. The fish were very active and I had quite a few hook ups.  The bows are strong and feisty and have their own unique rainbow hues. While there were small hatches here and there, fish were eating subsurface. High sticking and nymphing with an indicator were the most successful methods. The pressure was fairly low and I didn't have to skip any spots I wanted to fish due to other anglers. Wading at times gets a bit tricky, but the fishing was worth it!
Posted: March 16, 2015, 12:00 am
I just spent two amazing days with Pat - and what a couple days she had!  Lots of hook-ups with most fish in the 18"-20" range!  The visibility continues to improve and the trout are definitely chowing.  Spring is happening in the north state and so is the Sac.  No need to wait to book your spring trip - it's on!
Posted: March 10, 2015, 12:00 am
I took my clients Jason and Brian over the hill to the Trinity River today.  We had a pretty good day on the Lower Sac yesterday and my clients were up for seeing some different scenery.  I'm really glad we went over there today.  Fishing for half-pounders was pretty good, providing action all day long on 10-16" fish.  Brian landed a 24 inch brown on his 2nd day ever of fly fishing.  Jason landed a nice wild buck about 5 pounds near the end of the day.  We also rose about a dozen rainbows and browns on dries mid-day.  Tons of fun, and absolutely nobody else around.
Posted: March 10, 2015, 12:00 am

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