Northern California Fly Fishing Guide Trip Reports

Gabe Durans' guest enjoys sunshine and a hefty, winter Lower Sacramento River RainbowLower Sacramento River RainbowDon with his first ever steelhead, a big beautiful wild Klamath River Buck! January 8th -26th

Daytime temps in the shadow of Shasta have turned unseasonably warm, into the 50’s and even 60’s which has melted the heavy snowfall we experienced in December. Our guests have enjoyed some sunshine and spectacular days fishing on our local rivers including several folk’s best day of steelheading ever.  While blue bird days in winter are to be savored, the conditions created a few days when the fishing was good but the  catching was not as stellar as we might have liked.

Flows on the Klamath, Trinity and Upper Sac have stabilized close to their seasonal norms and the Lower Sac is scheduled to drop to 4,000 cfs from Keswick on January 29th.  The fishing for half pounders and small adults on the Klamath has been consistently fair to good with the vast majority of fish coming on egg patterns. Fishing on the Lower Sac has varied considerably with a mixed bite on eggs and small nymphs, while the Trinity remains trying, mostly due to a lack of fish. Several fish on the Trinity and Lower Sac this season have been quite memorable on the other hand. Some fresh fish have arrived on the Klamath and Trinity and with a weak front forecast for the weekend, and a return to sunny days next week we hope and expect for the fishing, as well as the catching, to consistently improve.

Don is cool and collected as he plays his first steelhead Rich enjoys some winter magic, a colorful wild Klamath River buck steelhead Early in January, Larry returned to the Klamath having enjoyed a spectacular day with us in the fall and enjoyed another successful trip with local guide Jim Andras.  Rich and Don from the Diablo Valley Fly Fishing Club joined Craig later in the week for a couple days of bright weather and bright winter run steelhead on the Klamath where Don caught his first steelhead ever, and then another and another and….

A big fish brings a big smile from Ed Nick mines some winter Klamath chrome Ed and Nick, father and son, fish with us a few times each year and share some of the fine wine they make.  Ed is the owner and award wining winemaker for La Felice and his new releases are some of our all time favorites!  Nick works for Silver Oak Cellars which is famed for their Cabernets!  These guys are living it right, and know how to enjoy their fishing, preferring their steelhead on the swing whenever possible.  Unfortunately flows on the Klamath changed unexpectedly, and conditions grew poor quickly with water visibility dropping to less than a foot.  They still managed a few fish and a great time together but their timing could not have been much worse.  As usual,  they suffered well and will return again soon.  Look for Ed to compete at the 2011 Spey-O-Rama at the Golden Gate Ponds April 15-17th where Craig will also be doing a demonstration on Switch Rod casting along with a multimedia presentation on “Steelhead Seasons, Northern California and Beyond”.

Lower Sacramento River Winter Trophy Gabe Durans' guest enjoys sunshine and a hefty, winter Lower Sacramento River RainbowSunshine on a beautiful Lower Sacramento Winter Rainbow Trout Craig and Tom Peppas took a break from guiding to attend the International Sprortsman’s Expo in Sacramento January 20th -23rd.  We’d like to thank all of our friends, new and old, who stopped by to say hello.  While they were away,  Gabe Duran treated some guests to some exceptional fish on the Lower Sac and Trinity, where, while the number of fish to hand has been small, the size of the fish has not been.  For a shot at a fish of a lifetime this is a good time to go, just drop us a line.

Shasta Trinity Fly Fishers with guides Jim Andras, Chris King, Craig Nielsen and Alan BlankenshipArt finds some chunky winter Klamath chrome We hosted another group from Redding at the Klamathon Lodge.  Eight members from the Shasta Trinity Fly Fishers enjoyed two days of beautiful weather and one day of fine catching with local guides Craig Nielsen, Alan Blankenship, Jim Andras and our newest guide addition, Chris King. While the weather and fishing was terrific on Monday, the catching turned poor as water temps dropped into the 30’s :>(. Dick, the president of the club put together a great group of friends including past presidents Bill and Art.  Art put on a show, catching fish after fish on Sunday, for which we are told he will dearly pay at the club’s upcoming banquet and monthly meeting ;>).  As usual John and Robin, owners of the lodge were incredible hosts and everyone raved about the food and their stay.  We still have two openings at the Klamathon in late May and early June for the Salmonfly hatch.  Contact us if you are interested, we expect these dates to fill soon.

Swinging up Klamath River half pounders with Sage's new TCX 11' 9 Dry Fly Winter Rainbow, Fly Fishing on the Upper Sacramento River We also enjoyed taking some personal time to sample our local rivers including some trophy trout on the Upper and Lower Sac and swung a few fish up on the Klamath River with switch rods.  Drop us a line if you are headed to the shadow of Shasta, we would enjoy arranging a trip for you with one of our great local guides.  If you prefer to fish on your own, we are more than pleased to share all we can.  We hope to see you soon!

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