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Quick Area Update

The Lower Sac had a phenomenal fall due in large part to the abundance of Kings spawning throughout the river. Over the past week the rainbows have made the transition from eating eggs to a more bug-based diet. In certain parts of the river you can definitely still get fish to grab the egg but bugs, specifically BWOs have become the top item on the menu. Today it absolutely poured rain here in Redding but the weather man says that is supposed to taper off by tomorrow morning. Without a doubt this rain will stir things up a bit and should move more steelhead into the lower river. Over the past couple of weeks we have been finding decent numbers of steelhead from Anderson to Red Bluff and this storm...

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Lower Sac and Klamath Reports

The Lower Sac has been fishing lights out the past few weeks. With an above average run of chinook salmon this fall, the egg bite has been fantastic. There are still quite a few spawning salmon throughout the river which should keep the trout keyed in on eggs for at least a few more weeks. Aside from the round balls of protein the salmon have been dumping into the river the 'bows have been eating midges, mayflies and caddis. It's all good right now. Don't miss an opportunity to get out on this river this fall - the Sac should continue to produce through November. The Klamath River has also been fishing VERY well. With gobs of salmon below Iron Gate, eggs are the main item on the menu. The fishing...

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Back Home

After 4 months in the bush of Alaska i'm happy to be back home in Northern California. As great as Alaska was, it's nice to be back in some warmer weather, wearing flip flops and t-shirts again. It was one hell of a season up in Katmai. I had the opportunity to work with some solid individuals again this season. The camaraderie amongst the guide staff is probably the thing I will miss most this winter. Getting up for 20 weeks straight, two hours before sun up, with the same small group of guys can create a pretty strong bond. Sitting around the bar at night at the end of the season, sipping whiskey and swapping stories about the previous days events, bitching to each other about unappreciative guests, crappy weather,...

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Katmai Update – July

We are about half way through the season now and time has really seemed to fly by with a full house at the lodge since opening. I spent a lot of time over on the Nushagak River from mid June through mid July chasing the kings around. The Nush supports one of the largest Chinook Salmon runs in the entire world with annual runs averaging 200,000 fish. I was fortunate to be able to experience this legendary river during the peak of the run. We had an outstanding season over there this year with multiple 20 fish days. I have also spent a lot of time over on Brooks River and Idavain Creek - both tributaries to Nak Nek lake. Brooks has been a solid rainbow destination pretty much all...

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Dispatches from AK

It's been about three weeks since I landed in Alaska. Lodge 'opening' has felt like an eternity. There have been a lot of chores to take care of in preparation for the long season ahead of us. With a lodge staff of over twenty (Guides and Pilots included) we have all been busy, painting buildings, sanding and oiling decks, mowing lawns, pruning trees.. the list goes on. Pretty much everything that has nothing to do with the rivers or fish. The trout season opened up here on June 8th - since then we have had some opportunities to get out on the home river and explore a bit. I have also been flown out to a few of our other destinations to scout and learn the systems. This region had a pretty harsh...

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The compass points north

In one week I'll be on my way back up to Alaska for another summer season of guiding in America's final frontier. Soon, the sunscreen and sandals will be replaced by fleece and wool. The glass driftboat and oars will be exchanged for aluminum sleds and outboards. It's not always easy to explain to folks what we do or why we do it - but it's being in places like this that is at the heart of it all. Here are a few photos from last season This season I will be working at Kulik Lodge along with my good friend Matt Formento. Be sure to check in every once in a while for stories, photos and shenanigans going down in the Great North.  ...

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Surface Assault

A good buddy of mine invited me out for some Delta Bassin' last night. What a great change of pace from trout fishing. There is nothing delicate about fishin' bass with a fly; big bugs, barbs, rope for leader, loud retrieves, and strong strip sets. The fight is nothing to write home about - it's all about the eat. When these predators decide they're going to kill your fly there are no bones about it. Most blow ups send a wake from bank to bank rockin the tules back and forth. According to the boys, we hit it right on: Water temps in the low 70s with an outgoing tide. The bucket-mouths were right where they were supposed to be and they were eating like there was no tomorrow.    ...

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Lower Sacramento River Fishing Report

The Lower Sac has had some ups and downs in the past week. In the past four days the flows have jumped from 7,000 cfs to 9,000 cfs. If you happen to be out on a "flow change" day the fishing can be tough. I was out on on Tuesday when the flows went from 8,000 to 9,000 at noon, sending debris and dirty water down the river. The mid morning bite was solid until early afternoon when the flows were bumped and the fishing slowed considerably. If the river stays steady for 24 hours the fish will settle down and get back into their feeding lanes. This week we have started to see good hatches of summer Caddis as well as some decent hatches of PMDs and even a...

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Quiet Places

It eases my mind to know that there are still places that exist that aren't written about in magazines and aren't talked about in fly shops. Small intimate places that aren't hammered by anglers day in and day out. A buddy of mine dropped me a hint some time ago about such a place. So, with a few days off to play, I wondered out into the unknown to explore someplace new.        ...

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Good Gets Better

I had the pleasure of guiding some great folks this past weekend. Not only was the fishing good, the company was even better. Some highlights; I had a first time fly fisher make tremendous strides in her game in only a few hours on the water. Heather put a hurtin' on more than a few big rainbows on the Lower Sac. I got to spend part of opening weekend on the McCloud River with three great people. Sarah, Sean, and Dave enjoyed a gorgeous day on this iconic western river. Jim ( A hard-core Delta striper angler ) headed north from the central valley to sample the Lower Sac for the first time. After feeling the pull of so many chunky 'bows we may have converted a 'He-Man' Striper chaser into a 'Trout Weenie.'...

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