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Today was my last day of the season on Fall River.  It started out really slow.  We spent all morning trying a lot of different flies and techniques and none of them worked.  The main problem was that the micro-baetis hatch was incredibly thick.  There were mats of size 22-26 mayflies on the surface.  The fish were chowing them, but we didn't stand a chance competing against the shear numbers of bugs on the water.  We drove really far from that part of the river and after lunch we found an area that had none of the little bugs and lots of the big mayflies.  There were size 14-16 PMDs and callibaetis in good numbers from 1pm to 4pm.  We found several good spots where we could drift our flies to big fish.  At the end of the day we found a honey hole where about 20 huge fish were chowing dries in six inches of water.  My clients Dennis and Eric hooked many of those fish and landed quite a few 17-19" rainbows on dries.  It was pretty amazing, and a great way to close out my Fall River season.
Posted: September 28, 2014, 12:00 am
A couple of our clients fished the Rogue River the last 3 days with superb local guide Steve Eadie.  They did some nymphing and some swinging and landed multiple fish each day.  The icing on the cake was a 10-12 lb steelie that Jon swung up after 10 casts, never having fished a spey rod before!
Posted: September 27, 2014, 12:00 am
The last two days on Fall River have been good, but volatile weather has made fishing more challenging than last week.  We landed a nice 18.5" rainbow today on a nymph.  Dry fly fishing was good yesterday with calm weather, but high winds today made for lots of nymphing and streamer fishing.  Hoping for calmer weather tomorrow...
Posted: September 27, 2014, 12:00 am
Another trip to BC is in the books.  I was up there for 5 weeks doing my annual hosted trip and exploration.  Amazing experience, as always.  I will be putting two hosted trips together for next year.  Please contact me for details.
Heading to the Grand Ronde tomorrow.  I have two spots left available for my last multi day wilderness float on the lower river, one of the coolest steelhead experiences in the lower 48.
Then I will head to the Trinity in early November.   
Posted: September 26, 2014, 12:00 am
I had a recent cancelation of three prime days in late October, Oct 28th-30th, this is prime time for both the Trinity and Lower Klamath. Should have plenty of Steelhead around on the Trinity and on those dates water and air temps warm enough to swing them up!
For those of you out there wondering whether there are going to be any Steelhead on the Trinity because of the ongoing drought and associated low water, I'm here to put those fears to rest, there have been plenty of Steelhead pushing through the Lower Klamath and a good deal of them are headed to the Trinity. Those fish are going to run up river whether it rains or not, The Trinity is a tail water fishery and the minimum flow out of Lewiston Lake starting Oct 15th is 350 CFS and will remain that way through the winter. At these flows Steelhead have and will make it past Greys and Burnt Ranch falls all the way up to Lewiston. We need rain but the Steelhead are coming regardless !!!
Posted: September 25, 2014, 12:00 am
There was a large mud flow on Mt. Shasta starting Saturday around 3pm.  For more details, follow this link:
The forest service reported yesterday:
"As of this morning, the Forest Service reports that sediment from Mud Creek has reached Lake McCloud and the lower McCloud River. Sediments from Mud Creek will likely impact water quality and fishing by creating turbid conditions in the River below Lake McCloud for the next several weeks.
Posted: September 23, 2014, 12:00 am
The fishing over the past weekend on the McCloud, Hat Creek and Burney Creek were solid. The McCloud at Bollibokka was producing a majority of fish on a dry dropper early in the day, lots of action mid-day nymphing pocket water, and then quite a few fish on dries later in the evening. Brothers' Peter and David had a great day of fishing. The October Caddis have not started to come off yet in numbers, however we did catch a chunky rainbow on a OC nymph. Unfortunatley, with Mud Creek blowing out, fishing will be touch and go until the water clears up. 
Had a father-son duo and their family friend fishing Burney Creek and Hat Creek on Saturday. Koji, JT and Rick all hooked into fish. In the morning we fished above the falls with an October caddis dry and assorted nymph rigs. Koji wrangled in 4 fish within the first hour; even a few on the October caddis dry! In the early afternoon and evening we had the Powerhouse 2 riffle on Hat Creek all to ourselves; pretty rare, considering this spot is famous for shoulder to shoulder fishing.  Rick got a beautiful wild 'bow and 15 year old Santa Cruz surfer JT hooked into his first fish on a fly rod fishing a dry. It was an epic day. 
Posted: September 23, 2014, 12:00 am
Yesterday was a tough act to follow, but we pulled it off again today.  We started slow, with a half hour of unproductive streamer fishing.  Then we had some excellent dry fly fishing from 10am to 2:15pm.  The hatch was size 20ish baetis at the beginning and then the big size 14 callibaetis started around noon.  We hooked a ton of big fish on dries and landed fish up to 19" on callibaetis patterns.  The wind came up in a big way at 2:15 and that was the end of the dry fly fishing.  We switched over to nymphs after that and did some damage.  The best fish of the day was a 20.5" rainbow about 3 pounds landed by Stan.  These are really amazing, deep-bodied wild rainbows.
Posted: September 22, 2014, 12:00 am
Today was an outstanding day on Fall River.  Clients Stan & Bob stayed on the fish all day long.  We caught fish on streamers, nymphs, and dries.  The highlight of the day was fishing dries for three hours mid-day to big fish.  There is a great callibaetis hatch right now.  Stan & Bob hooked over a dozen 16-19" rainbows on dries.  In the afternoon they hooked a couple dozen more large fish on nymphs.  The best fish of the day was a 20" rainbow on a size 16 beadhead pheasant tail nymph.
Posted: September 21, 2014, 12:00 am
I took my clients Dick and Chuck out on the Lower Sac today.  We had excellent action almost all day long, including two double-hookups.  We spotted a few spawning salmon - things should just get better and better over the next few weeks as more salmon settle in and begin spawning.
Posted: September 20, 2014, 12:00 am

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