Up-to-date fishing reports on rivers in northern California and southern Oregon from the guides at Confluence Outfitters
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
I had a great time guiding Rob and his nephew Roman. Roman was visiting from Berlin and it was his first time fly fishing - but you would never know it. Both hooked fish all day long and only one was under 16 inches! The fish were super grabby with caddis patterns being on the menu today. I'm starting to see some salmon in the upper river, so that means the egg bite is right around the corner! Now is the time to book your fall trip on the lower Sac because you don't want to miss out on all the fun.
Posted: August 28, 2016, 12:00 am
Fall River is fishing really well right now. This is my favorite time of year to fish the river because of the intense callibaetis hatches. When the wind doesn't blow, you can have dry fly fishing from 8am to 6pm as the fish rise to a mix of callibaetis spinners and duns. The nymphing can be great, but this is prime time for catching a really big rainbow on a dry fly. Bring an assortment of duns, cripples, and spinners and your A Game.
Posted: August 28, 2016, 12:00 am
This afternoon I had an unprecendented and highly entertaining experience at the Powerhouse Riffle on Hat Creek. Clients Mark and Mike enjoyed about 45 minutes of unproductive fishing before a group of about 40 people floated through on a wide variety of floating devices. In aluminum boats, floating rubber ducks and flamingos and good old truck tire tubes, a happy entourage of Shasta Beer Weekend folks floated, scraped and bumped their way through the riffle. They were very curteous and apologetic, but they turned out to be our good luck charm. We started hooking fish as they went by us, and I could actually see the bigger fish swimming around eating all the bugs dislodged by this crew. Fishing was much better after they went through. We landed a couple of quality fish up to 13" - remember that every fishery is measured differently - and quite a few smaller fish on nymphs. Cheers to Shasta Beer Weekend!
Posted: August 27, 2016, 12:00 am
The Pit River was good for us this morning. I took buddies Mike and Mark from Pleasanton to one of my favorite parts of the river. It didn't fish as well as I had hoped, but we still got into some quality fish up to 16". A 16" fish on the Pit is a serious wild fish and very hard to land in the swift current. We landed good numbers of rainbows plus a few grande squawfish and suckers. The highlight of the morning was when Mark hooked an 8" rainbow and had a 5 pound plus fish leap out of the water several times trying to eat it. That doesn't happen a lot around these parts. Next time I visit that spot I'll bring my striper flies and see what happens!
Posted: August 27, 2016, 12:00 am
Conditions are great on the McCloud right now. The water is off-color, but just the right amount. I took brothers Scott and John down to Ash Camp today and it fished pretty tough. We mainly found fish in the not-so-obvious holes. Our big fish of the day was a 10" rainbow, although we hooked a couple that were a little bigger. No matter how good the fishing is, the trip to the McCloud is always worth it. It's a beautiful river, albeit moody, and any day on it can yield an incredible fishing experience.
Posted: August 26, 2016, 12:00 am
Here are some pictures from my trip Thursday on one of my favorite small streams in the intermountain area. Brothers Scott and John had a great morning fishing hoppers to rainbows and browns. We had some classic moments trying to entice fish hiding under the cut-banks and watching them swim out to consider our flies. The hoppers were thick and the fish were looking for them. Tons of fun.
The last four days really exemplified the allure of fishing in the intermountain (Mt Lassen to Mt Shasta) region. In three full days and one evening trip I fished five different fisheries with two groups of clients. We fished the Fall River, Hat Creek, the Pit River, McCloud River, plus a great small stream. It's pretty common to fish two fisheries in a day up here.
Posted: August 25, 2016, 12:00 am
I have been striper fishing the last two weeks and it has been less than spectacular. Last week was very slow and this week has been a little better, but there have been very few hookups on larger fish. The last two days we saw decent numbers of schoolies and a few good-sized largemouth up to 3 pounds. We briefly hooked one striper about 5 pounds today. The best fish hooked this week was in the 8 pound range. Stay tuned for more striper reports. There are a moderate number of salmon boats out around Corning and Chico and I witnessed 3 salmon hook-ups in the last couple days.
Posted: August 17, 2016, 12:00 am
Today was another one of those magical days on the Lower Sac! I had the privilege of guiding Jesse and Julian one more time before Julian leaves for his senior year at the University of Michigan. Lucky for us, the fish were super grabby! It seemed like every time they hooked-up, the fish kept getting bigger and bigger. It was a typical August day - temps well above 100 degress, but the fishing was even hotter! Thanks for another great day guys!
Posted: August 14, 2016, 12:00 am
I spent a few days working and scouting the Hat Creek area over the weekend. There are many changes that I think anglers will benefit from (and a few that they might not). I visited and walked the entire length of Cal Trout's restoration project on the trophy section of Hat Creek. There were many additions to the area including a trail improvement project for angler access, various plantings of shorline vegetation, wooden structure added to the creek for fish habitat, and the most notable, a pedistrian bridge for creek crossing at Carbon Flats. The project is quite extensive and is progressing nicely. You can read and view a video at Cal Trout's website if you would like more information. One addition to the area that I didnt' care for was the addition of some fencing at the Cassel Flats area. I know that safety comes first, but fly anglers will be challenged with access to a couple spots that typically are good spots for catching planted trout. Your nets will really need to be long now! Anyway, excited to see what the project at Hat Creek brings to the area. Been fishing there since I was a kid and can't wait for it to return to its former self.
Posted: August 11, 2016, 12:00 am