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I had the pleasure of guiding Father and Son team, Deke & Derek from Portola Valley today on the Fall River. The fishing was a bit slow but we had the whole river system mostly to ourselves, the whether was beautiful and the scenery stunning as always ! Highlight  of the day was Deke  spotting a Moma Black Bear 50' away on a remote levy with two cubs in tow, Pretty Cool Stuff !
Fish where landed, stories and jokes told, good time's had by all ! Get out there and have some Fun ! 
Posted: July 30, 2014, 12:00 am
The Lower Sac was pretty slow for us today.  We saw very little bug activity and the fish just didn't seem very interested.  My clients Mel & Ron managed to land a handful of rainbows, though.  Our best action was from 1pm to 3pm and the best flies were small brown mayfly nymphs.
Posted: July 26, 2014, 12:00 am
Confluence Outfitters focuses on instruction based guiding.  We also do schools, which our staff has many years of experience throughout our careers.  I just finished up a fantastic women's school last week, and we are wrapping up the guide school this week.
 
We have two spots left for our Klamath Spey Camp, where we will be teaching intricate spey casting and steelhead angling skills at the highest level.  We don't teach our schools in parking lots, truck trout ponds, or online.  We do it on the water in real life angling situations, with actual wild trout and steelhead!  
Posted: July 25, 2014, 12:00 am
I took guide school students Leslie Ajari and Peter Thompson to the Lower Sac today.  We had a great day of fishing and a really fun day of rowing.  Leslie & Peter did really well on the oars for their first day of rowing.  They even put me on some nice fish!  The nymphing was pretty good, but the highlight of the day was the dry fly fishing.  Leslie landed an 18" rainbow on a dry and Peter rose quite a few fish.  The fish are looking up for caddis in some of the shallow riffles now.
Posted: July 24, 2014, 12:00 am
Guide School 2014, day 5: We spent the afternoon working on freestone techniques on the Pit River.  Once we got away from the fly eating trees, the river fished incredibly well.  Students Leslie and Peter hooked and landed a lot of nice wild rainbows up to 18" today.  Most of our fish came on nymphs under indicators, but we also had fun with a hopper-dropper rig.  Our best action was in the afternoon.  The best fishing was in the fast water.
Posted: July 23, 2014, 12:00 am
I did my last official evening hex trip of the season tonight with clients Bill and John and it was a hoot!  The hatch is still fairly thick - not a ton of bugs, but enough to get the fish interested.  We fished some old-school hex paraduns tonight and the fish took notice.  Bill and John both had numerous grabs and we finished the night with John landing a nice 18" rainbow.
 
Daytime fishing was good today, too.  We did a split day, fishing from 8:30 to 2:30 and then taking a break before the hex trip.  We caught fish every spot we tried.  Nymphs on sinking lines and under indicators were the ticket for us today. 
Posted: July 22, 2014, 12:00 am
We still have 2 spots left for the August 14-17 Spey Camp with Gino and Dax.  Check www.speycamp.com for more info.
Posted: July 18, 2014, 12:00 am
I have been guiding and fishing the Fall River over the past two weeks and the fishing has been pretty darn good ! Despite the widespread drought in the West the Fall River remains full to the brim and teaming with fat wild rainbow's. The fishing has mostly consisted of fishing sub surface with nymph's and streamer's, there is the occasional riser but the hatches have been pretty inconsistent. That should change as the summer rolls on, that said the Hex hatch been good and should continue for another week or two.
As many rivers and lakes are drying up, the Fall River will remain an oasis, August, September and October look to be outstanding on the Fall. 
Posted: July 17, 2014, 12:00 am
Fall River is fishing well these days.  We had some overcast today which kept us cool for a while.  Fishing was best for us from 1pm to 2:30pm today.  There was a stretch were we were getting a grab on almost every drift.  We landed a beautiful 18" rainbow today and hooked a lot more in that size range.
 
The hex hatch last nice was good despite windy conditions.  We had about a dozen grabs on our hex dries but only landed one fish, a rainbow about 19". 
Posted: July 16, 2014, 12:00 am
Fishing has been pretty good on Fall River the last three days.  The hex hatch two nights ago was incredible.  We had no wind, just enough bugs, and my clients Mark & Pam hooked a lot of fish.  Last night was totally different.  It was windy and there were way too many bugs.  Our flies didn't stand much of a chance against the thousands of naturals on the water, but we still hooked a few and landed one nice fat rainbow.
 
Daytime fishing has been good, too.  We've been hooking fish over 18 inches every day.  There are huge concentrations of fish in certain parts of the river right now.  It's spring creek fishing, so it isn't easy.  The grabs are lightning fast and you have to get a drag free drift.  We've been getting most of our fish on nymphs under indicators, but streamer fishing has been good too.  The PMD hatch seems to be improving and there are some dry fly opportunities around lunch time.
 
Come on up and bring your A-game.  There aren't many places where you can sight-fish to 18 inch plus rainbows.  Fall River is one of the best. 
Posted: July 15, 2014, 12:00 am

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