The Lower Sac is one of the west’s best trout fisheries. We fly fish the Lower Sac year-round for wild trout from Redding down to Red Bluff. Our guide service specializes in trout-spey techniques and we access prime walk/wade spots via jet boat. Trout are available year-round and steelhead are in the river from September through January.
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September and October are prime-time for steelhead on the lower Klamath River. We fish the Klamath from a jet boat, which allows us to sample many productive runs in a single day. We focus on the bottom 30 miles of river. We do day trips from Klamath Glen and we can also ferry our guests in to Rivers West Lodge and use that as a home base. The Klamath River is a classic swing fishery and is best fished with a spey rod. We typically catch a mix of adult fish and half-pounders.
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The Trinity River is California’s most productive steelhead river. It’s steelhead season is also the longest. We catch adult fish from September through March. During the early season we fish near Willow Creek. We follow the fish up the river through the Del Loma, Junction City, Douglas City, and Lewiston areas. We fish all techniques, including nymph & indicators with single-hand rods and swinging flies with spey rods. We do raft, drift boat, and walk-wade trips on the Trinity River.
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This fish was caught on a spey rod
Winter rains are good for steelheading on the Trinity
We use both rafts and drift boats on the Trinity River
A larger than average Trinity Steelhead
Our season extends from September through March
Fellow guide Mike Wright with a nice Trinity steelie
It’s been a while since my last report, a busy building season is now transitioning into what is looking to be a busy guide season. Ive spent time on the Lower Klamath over the last several weeks and the conditions on the Lower Klamath have improved dramaticaly, the river is currently and should remain in Great Shape through the Fall ! Water releases out of Lewiston have increased which have cooled water temps greatly, the Steelhead have responded positively and are now steadily streaming in.We are getting into a mix of adult and half pounders, landing adults to 5lbs and seeing and hooking larger adults to 10 lbs ! I have a few prime dates left in October for the Klamath, if the Fall rains are late the Klamath will be fishable into November. If your passionate about swinging flies for fresh chrome the Lower Klamath should be on your radar.
I spent the last couple of days fishing with good clients John and Francis on the Lower Sac, the Lower Sac has been fishing Good to Great ! The quality of the Trout on the Lower Sac always amazes me, there aren’t that many places in the world within a relatively short drive of a couple million people, where one is able to catch beautiful wild rainbows on a regular basis. Conditions should remain stable for the next week or two, then the flows will raise to there Summer time levels, once the flows stabilize the fishing should be good through the Summer. Get out there and get you some !
The Steelheading continues on! The sharp change in weather from from cool and rainy to Warm, Bright and Dry has put the Steelhead in a bit of a funk, those that work hard and make accurate presentations can expect a few opportunities a day. Almost an equal mix of hatchery and wild fish are showing, the river flows and color are perfect, get out there and get after it !
The Trinity is currently fishing well and dropping into shape. The Snow, Heavy Rain and High Water have passed, leaving a dropping, clearing river in it’s place. The upper stretches of the river are Greening Up nicely, while much of the river is still seeing high flows, that should change over next couple of days as we are in for a drying trend over the next few days. In addition the water temps have taken a nice bounce up and we are hooking Adult Steelhead on both the Swing and under the indicator. Still landing some Fall/Summer fish but most are bright Winter fish, a mix of Wild and Hatchery Run. Tight Lines…..
The Trinity continues to produce a mix of Wild and hatchery Steelhead, the Trinity should continue to fish well through early March. Plan your next trip now!
Nice on Tom !
The Steelheading this past week has been Solid, Cold and Rainy weather has bumped the flows up, got the fish moving and has added to the overall Steelhead experience. We are seeing a good push of hatchery Hens now with a few wild ones thrown in, they’re following the push of Bucks we saw a month ago. The Winter run should start to show after the Holidays .