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Monday, April 23, 2007

The Lower Sac On 4/20 & 4/21

I had the opportunity to guide Rik and Jerry from walnut creek this last Friday and Saturday. Jerry and Rik are good clients of mine who know how to fish and have a good time. It is always enjoyable to have those guys up.

Friday the weather was great! Clear skies and a nice 75 degrees. I once again decided to float from Anderson River Park to the Barge Hole. The fishing this morning also started out a little slow. By lunch we only had 10 fish to the net, but by the end of the day we had landed 30+ rainbows. Not to bad of a day on the Lower Sac. There was a nice caddis hatch that came off around 2:00 that really helped out the fishing. The hot bugs today were the size 12BH Twenty Incher, 12BH Golden Stone, 14BH CDC Prince, and 14 Tan Fox Pupah.

Saturday the weather was miserable! I have not seen such a drastic change in weather for a long time. It rained steady with the wind blowing between 10-20MPH all day long. What a crazy day to be out on the water. Needless to say that the fishing was much like the weather. CRAPPY! I decided to float from Bonnyview down to Balls Ferry. By the end of the day we boated 17 rainbows and probably lost 6 others. So we did get a few fish to play with us, but it was not as good as it has been for the last three weeks. The hot bugs today was a size 14BH Pheasant Tail and a 14 Tan Fox Pupah.

Give me a call if you want to get on some northern California fishing action before I leave for Idaho on May 22. Not to long here and I will be throwing dry flies in Idaho for the entire summer.

The Lower Sac on 4/19/2007

I had the opportunity to fish the Lower Sac with Nancy and Kent from Sacramento today. It rained on us for the first three hours or so, and then it decided to clear up for the afternoon. We had a great day on the river considering the skill level of the anglers today. Nancy had only been fly fishing a couple of times in her life, and Kent had little experience with fly fishing on rivers. In order to get away from the crowds I decided to float from Anderson River Park to the Barge Hole. The morning was a little slow, but the fishing picked up in the afternoon with the warmer weather. We ended up boating 21 rainbows and hooking many more than that. The hot bugs today were size 12BH Twenty Inchers, 12BH Golden Stones, and 14 Tan Fox Pupah. Give me a call if you want to get on some fly fishing in May.

Monday, April 16, 2007

The Lower Sac on 4/14 & 15/2007

I had the chance to row Steve and Brian from the Sweeny's Hosted Trip this weekend. The start of the weekend was not looking good due to the forecast of rain for Saturday and wind for Sunday. I decided to show them the Anderson River Park to Barge hole drift on Saturday. The rain was a little miserable until about noon, and then it started to clear up in the afternoon. The fishing was good with the two guys landing 40+ rainbows. The prime spots tended to be the faster water today. We were only able to scratch a handful of fish off of the flats. The hot bug for the morning was a size 12BH Twenty Incher & the fished turned onto a size 14BH Copper Bob in the afternoon. I was fairly proud of myself since I was able to hang with one of the most veteran guides on the river that day.

Sunday had much different weather patterns. The first part of the day was brutal with a steady 20MPH BREEZE! It is pretty difficult to get a dead drift when the wind is blowing like that. In addition the wind keeps all of the bugs from coming off. You put those two variables together and it makes for a nasty fishing equation. In hopes to be able to hide from the wind I decided to float from Bonnyview down to Balls Ferry. For the first three hours of fishing we had 3 fish in the boat. But lucky for us the wind started to die down around lunch time. By the end of the day we boated 30+ fish with a couple of fish around the 18'' mark. It was a successful day considering the way the weather started out. The hot bugs today were the size 14 tan fox pupah & 14BH flashback pheasant tail.

If you are interested in trying the Lower Sac or the Yuba in May I still have a handful of availabilities. Check out my website for my contact information.

Sunday, April 8, 2007

The Lower Sac on 4/7/2007

I had the chance to guide my dad and my friend Jarrett on the Lower Sac. It is always extremely enjoyable when I get the chance to go out on the river with the people I love and not have a lot of pressure to perform. We had a relaxing day floating from Anderson River Park down to Barge Hole. The fishing was a lot of fun. Actually I got to catch a fish today, so I was fairly excited. We boated 40 fish with most of the rainbows running between 12-14 inches. The clay banks were loaded with fish, so we spent a large portion of the day high sticking the faster water. The most successful fly today was a size 12BH Twenty Incher. Check out my website if you want any additional information on the rivers I guide.

The Lower Sac on 4/6/2007

I had the chance to guide Tom and Bob from Sacramento on the Lower Sac. It was extremely warm in Redding for the first part of April. With the 90 degree weather I thought that the bug life was going to be thick, but the big hatches seem to be over. However, today I saw caddis, pmds, golden stones, and midges coming off. We caught fish on all kinds of different patterns, including king princes, tan poopahs, cdc princes, pheasant tails, iron sallies, and 20 inchers. I decided to float from Bonnyview down to Balls Ferry. The fishing was fairly consistent and we hooked 40+ rainbows, but it seemed that most of the fish were hanging out in the faster water today. Give me a call to get in on the action. There isn't many rivers where you can consistently hook tons of rainbows almost any day of the year.

The Feather on 4/5/2007

I had the opportunity to guide the Feather today with Dave and Doug from San Diego. The weather was a nice 75 degrees, and the steelhead were extremely active. The steelhead fishing would have been really good if it wasn't for all of the people out on the river. I was actually quite surprised by the amount of people on a Thursday. For the day we hooked 7 springers, but that was pretty good since I was unable to fish 3 of the best spring runs on the Low Flow Section. The flies that proved the most successful were the 16BH Dirty Bird, 16BH Birds Nest, and yellow micro spawn. Give me a call if you want to check out this spring steelhead fishery. The fishing should stay consistent for the next month.

Monday, April 2, 2007

The Lower Sac on 3/31/2007

I had the opportunity to guide Chuck and Denny from Sacramento on the Lower Sac. I decided to float from Anderson River Park down to Barge Hole. The fishing in the morning was a little slow. By lunch time we only had 12 fish hooked, but by the end of the day we had hooked 40+ fish. The afternoon bite is continuing to persist through the early part of this spring. It was nice to have the flows up to 6500. All of the clay banks had enough water on them to actually start holding some fish. The clays should only get better as the water continues to increase. The hot bugs today were size 12BH 20 incher stone, yellow sucker spawn, and 14 tan fox's poopah. I am practically booked full for the month of April (excluding April 22), but give me a call if you want to get in on the action in early to mid May. Check out my website for contact information.