Up-to-date fishing reports on rivers in northern California and southern Oregon from the guides at Confluence Outfitters
The weather was outstanding today and the fish seemed to be in their happy place. At least until we came along... Fishing was very good throughout the day. We had good nymph fishing and some excellent dry fly fishing. Jerry and Craig from Sebastopol both landed some quality fish on dries today. The highlight was skating caddis imitations on the surface and watching the fish chase them!
Posted: April 23, 2014, 12:00 am
We fought with the wind today, but still managed to catch some very nice rainbows. The PMD hatch was outstanding from 11am to 3pm - millions of PMDs coming off. The wind kept the fish from rising, but they were chowing the nymphs, especially in the shallow riffles. We did well with various PMD nymph patterns size 16-18.
Posted: April 22, 2014, 12:00 am
We had a great day on the Lower Sac today. The fish were chowing nymphs and dries in some of my favorite spots. Kent from Tehachapi rose well over a dozen fish on dries after lunch, and the nymphing throughout the day was pretty outstanding. There are PMDs, golden stones, and some caddis around right now. Some nice fish are coming off the spawn and moving back into real trout water now.
Posted: April 19, 2014, 12:00 am
We started out with a lot of wind on the Lower Sac today, but it died down by mid-day. Flows also came up to 3750cfs today. It was nice to get some more water under the boat. Some of the riffles I like to fish look a lot better now and fished fairly well today. We caught a great fish over 20" in about a foot of water. There was an excellent PMD hatch from 11am to 3pm.
Posted: April 18, 2014, 12:00 am
I fled the valley floor today to escape the wind but it didn't work. I took my client Kent from Tehachapi to Lewiston Lake. We had about an hour of good fishing before lunch when we could spot cruising fish. Kent caught a couple of nice rainbows before the wind came up. After that it was whitecap city. We eventually moved over to the Trinity River where we saw numerous salmonflies, but we couldn't tempt any fish.
Posted: April 17, 2014, 12:00 am
The Lower Sac up in Redding is fishing fantastic if you are fishing through spawning trout, and so-so if you're not. Most of the big fish are sitting on redds right now, and it's pretty obvious where the fish are spawning with the low flows. The nymph grab was pretty tough today, but we still managed to land some quality wild rainbows from 16-19". We even got a good grab on a dry fly. The PMD hatch is still very good.
Posted: April 15, 2014, 12:00 am
We fished the lower river today. My clients Russ & Bob are headed for B.C. in the fall and wanted to get some more spey casting under the belt before their trip. We fished 7 and 8 weight spey rods to get familiar with the rods they would use in B.C., then scaled down to 4 and 5wt spey rods for trout fishing. The grab wasn't great, but we did swing up some fish on various nymph patterns. We spent a lot of time in the afternoon dry fly fishing. Our best fish was a 17" rainbow on a pheasant tail nymph fished 2ft under a grasshopper dry. We had a ton of dry fly grabs on parachute adams and landed fish up to about 12" on dries. Pretty fun stuff!
Posted: April 14, 2014, 12:00 am
I've guided the past three days on the Lower Sac and the fishing has been Good. We've caught fish through out the day and with a multitude of techniques. We've caught them on dries, on nymphs with and with out indicators and on the swing with light weight spey rods.
The Spring time is a great time to be on the Lower Sac, plenty of fish and the weather can be outstanding !
Posted: April 13, 2014, 12:00 am
Fishing was back to normal today, which considering the excellent fishing the past few weeks, felt pretty slow! We landed some great trout nonetheless, including some fish up to 18". Small PMD nymphs are still the best bet. We saw a couple of salmonflies today, too.
Posted: April 11, 2014, 12:00 am
Randy and I showed four anglers from the Peninsula Fly Fishers Club how to fish the Lower Sac without a bobber today. It was a lot of fun. We caught fish on 3 different techniques, including swinging flies with light spey rods, side-drifting nymphs without indicators, and dry fly fishing. Mike landed the best fish of the day, a fat 16" rainbow on a rubberlegs. It's a lot of fun to feel that grab instead of using the indicator.
Posted: April 10, 2014, 12:00 am