Up-to-date fishing reports on rivers in northern California and southern Oregon from the guides at Confluence Outfitters
Just a quick note, the B.O.R. is sending a quick flush down the Trinity in order to keep Salmon and Steelhead related diseases in check. The release has already begun and will peak at 3400 cfs over the next 24 hrs and probably ramp down as quickly as it came up.
Fishing on the Trinity over the next couple of days will suffer but it will pay dividends in the long run, from my observations on the Lower Klamath as of last Friday both Steelhead and Salmon were continuing to pour in and this imho is welcome news !
Posted: September 16, 2014, 12:00 am
Greetings from BC. I've just opened some prime dates up in my booking calendar for the Trinity and Upper Rogue in November. Steelhead season is upon us, and it will be nice to get back to my home waters of the Trinity and Rogue. Contact me for more info or just book online.
Posted: September 10, 2014, 12:00 am
The fishing on the Lower Klamath has been Outstanding ! Plenty of fresh Steelhead moving through the Lower Klamath, both adults and 1/2 pounders, We've hooked and landed multiple adults daily and the 1/2 pounders have kept the action steady throughout the day, My client Dick even landed a Chrome Bright Chinook on Monday. There is quite a bit of boat traffic but that is to be expected with the fishing as good as it is, even with the boat traffic I've been able to find water a little less traveled. I have some prime dates available for the Lower Klamath early to mid October.
Posted: September 9, 2014, 12:00 am
I just finished up another fantastic hosted week in steelhead heaven British Columbia. The rivers here have no dams on them, and only native wild steelhead reside in these dramatic rivers.
We stayed at Stan Doll's Skeena Wilderness Lodge in Terrace. Stan has been guiding the Lower Skeena and its fantastic tributaries for over 40 years, and has a huge amount of commercial guiding rod days to offer his clients. We fished 4 different amazing rivers over the week, which is a very unique thing to be able to do in BC.
Dennis, Murray, Doug, and Mike all hooked acrobatic dime bright steelhead over 20lbs. Landing them was another story! A good amount of steelhead and coho salmon were landed, chrome bright bars of silver. I got a few on dry flies, epic. We also worked on spey casting skills throughout the week, and everyone progressed quite nicely.
Good buddy and BC speycasing legend Brian Niska is opening up a sweet new lodge right on the Skeena River in October. I have been staying there before and after my hosted trip. Next year I will most likely be hosting trips at both lodges in late August into September. Contact me if you are interested. If you are a serious steelheader, this trip is an absolute must.
Posted: September 8, 2014, 12:00 am
My 2nd day with clients Alan & Brian was really good. We tried our luck on the Pit River. We didn't see a single other fisherman all day. We started off with a 17" rainbow on the 2nd cast and the action didn't stop. We hooked a lot of nice big fish up to 18" in the morning on a variety of nymphs. The afternoon was good with lots of hookups on the dry-dropper rig, but not as many big fish. We had a couple nice rainbows on the hopper today.
Posted: September 4, 2014, 12:00 am
Fall River fished really well for us today despite persistent winds. We caught a few small fish on streamers in the morning, but by 11:30am the nymph grab was on. Throughout the mid-day and afternoon we hooked big fish in every spot we tried. We hooked about ten fish in the 18-20" range and our best fish in the net was 19.5". A really amazing, pristine rainbow. My clients Alan and Brian were really impressed with the quality of the fishing on Fall River.
Posted: September 3, 2014, 12:00 am
The Lower Sac fished really well for me today. I enjoyed a day off with some friends. I fished my 4wt Echo spey rod with a tan birds nest for about half an hour and did some damage. I landed two nice trout about 14" and then hooked up my first Lower Sac steelhead of the season, a stout 4-5lb fish. Unfortunately I forgot I was using 4X tippet (my bad) and broke it off, but it was a great fight and I got a really good look at the fish before it stole my fly. We also did well swinging soft hackles just under the surface and fishing small dries on a 4wt rod. Fishing is great right now if you don't mind getting out of the boat!
Posted: September 2, 2014, 12:00 am
The McCloud fished really well for us the last two days. I guided some great clients on the Nature Conservancy Preserve both days. We fished the pocket water and smaller pools with nymphs, dries, and dry/dropper techniques. Most of our fish were small to medium, but there were a few fish over 14" in the mix, too. Small mayfly nymphs worked great under a small corky indicator. The hopper grab was good in the afternoons, too. The fish were pretty grabby for the McCloud.
Posted: August 31, 2014, 12:00 am
Well the recent water release out of Trinity and Lewiston Lakes have done exactly what was intended. The flows are up in the Trinity and the Lower Klamath and the water temps have dropped more than 10 degrees in the Hoopa Valley. The Big Wad of wild Steelhead that was holding at Blue Creek are now heading up river and many if not most into the Lower Trinity. Late Sept. and Oct. are prime times to Swing a fly on the Lower Trinity and the Lower Klamath will continue to see pulses of fresh fish. I access the Lower Trinity with my raft and the Lower Klamath with my jet boat. I have a few prime dates open late Sept and early Oct.
Posted: August 30, 2014, 12:00 am
High whitewater boating flows are scheduled for Pit 5 two weekends in September. On September 6-7 the flows will be 1,500 cfs and on September 20-21 the flows will be 1,200 cfs. Normal flows are around 400-500cfs. The high flows will only be in Pit 5, so if you want to go fishing on those weekends you should consider fishing Pit 3 or 4 instead of Pit 5.
Posted: August 29, 2014, 12:00 am