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February Fishing Report 2016

February brings Wild Waters Fly Fishing all over the place.   We’ve been in 3 different states, floating, wading, casting, hooking and last but not least,  some catching.  Unseasonable warm weather made for some great days out on the river.  The rains are back and California is swamped under some much needed water.  Spring conditions are right around the corner.  Hope to see you out there!!!

 

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Klamath River Iron Gate always seems to have some nice fish around.

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The call of the coast brings you back.

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Happy Leap Year Birthday to Peter Sharer. Thanks for spending your birthday with us.

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Lower Sac trout fishing has been fabulous and we are excited to spend some time chasing trout again.DSCN1064

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Its hard work being a steelhead fisherman…  A nice warm day in Feb., plus a friend that wants to swing a run, plus a gravel bar, plus a hangover… equals nap time…

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Yet another dog that wanted to fish with us.  This is Sadie.  I never met her owner but I’m thinking Sadie got let out to pee in the morning and decided my cott was a good place to go back to bed.

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Drive along the 101, and get to where you want to go, sometimes slow…

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The Kid holds a nice one!!  @acflyfishing

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Pedro and the Kid!!  with Gabe Duran

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So shiny, so chrome!  Just a beautiful Coastal Steelhead

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The Portal of Destiny

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Anthony guides Chris into a chrome bright beauty!

Chuck and the KidNot the biggest or the brightest, but obviously still really fun!!!

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I know your out there somewhere…

boatSo many miles, I sometimes wonder if the fish talk about how far the fisherman migrate in hopes of catching.

AceI think the quote was… “hatchery fish don’t fight like this”

Keith3Nice to get Kieth out for a day finally!!

Keith2Waterfall, drift boat, steelhead…  all great things

tangleSteelhead love trees, and trees love causing problems for steelhead fisherman.

spawnersA very common scene this time of year.  We will be seeing some fish on redds well into April.  Note the clean gravel under the fish.  Please let these fish be, make plans to catch their children.  You wouldn’t want someone picking a fight with you in this moment.

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January 2016 winter steelhead.

January for us is a special month.  Its time for us to get our fish on.  We have been running all around the State of Jefferson and beyond,  sleeping on the side of rivers, in the truck and even the luxury of the well needed dry warm hotel room.  Can’t tell you how much fun its been.  Not all play though, were still doing our guide trips and if you want to get out and get some fishing in for yourself feel free to hit us up.  Hope to see you out there!!!

DSCN1028Having a beer with a dearly missed friend, big fuzz.

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DSCN1033The Klamath river did finally blow out for a few days below Iron Gate dam for the first time in years.  We’re still out there getting the job done

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dadGreat looking Klamath fish!!!

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chuck steelhead One of these counts as catching one.  We started the day off with 12 in the net.

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stew and chuckStew lands a nice wild buck

DamionDamion holding a beauty.  She tasted so good too!

CO crewA great day of Winter Steelhead fishing!  My old friends from Colorado came out to get in on some chrome lightning.  We hired Casey Malepsy and his buddy Robert to take us out with the spinning rods and man did we have a good time.  The boys went home with some great looking fish!

Fishing Report March 12th 2015

March has arrived here in Northern California/Southern Oregon and we are seeing the continuation of great steelhead fishing and the uptick in trout fishing on the Lower and Upper Sacramento Rivers. Blooming flowers and trees are offering a color show after their winter hibernation along with mild warmer days. Winter steelhead are continuing to reward those chasing them on the Klamath, Trinity, Rogue and various other streams feeding into the Pacific. Steelhead fishing will continue to be solid through the month. The Lower Sac is really beginning to light up and March signals the caddis hatch there. The Upper Sac has recently dropped into shape and is offering up some good sized trout hungry after their long winter. Dust off that gear and get with it is myrecommendation! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Wild

Ah yes, a 2 handed flask for 2 handed fish

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Hunter and Anthony netting

Dusty, making sure everything goes right.

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Oh Boy!  Literally the most exciting fight from this fish.  We covered 3 different Oregon and California rivers in almost as many days.  Sometimes chasing chrome means playing the conditions and were forced to break rule #1.  We leave fish to find fish.  Lots of miles on the truck and lots of miles in the drift boat.  Sometimes Winter steelhead fishing gets pretty intense and we have to give love to those who help make it happen.  Awesome camaraderie is the real reason we get out there.  Heres to sleeping next to the water in the winter.
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Anthony strait up guided me into this one.  Thanks Bud!  What a great trip with you and Hunter. I’ll never forget this one.
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The Ron Jeremy of steelhead!

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Hunter Hutchinson guides for red fish in Louisiana, and hooked up with Anthony up in Alaska.  Great dude!  Check him out, today the color is chrome.  Chromer 2

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Andy gets a big one!
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Pretty fun stuff, thought it was the bottom for the first few seconds.  Then the bottom started to move, fast.
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Sunshine and winter fish, that pretty much sums it up for the last few weeks.  chromer John

John gets a nice one while we explore some new places.  fighting falls Carl fighting

All smiles after this battle

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We helped out Jim and Rachel Andras, Andras Outfitters, with some Rogue river work.  Gotta support the habit a bit in the winter.  Thanks Guys we are always stoked to work with you!Male 2 Netarts house

The view from my window for a few nights in Netarts, OR.  Adam thanks so much for setting us up!  Really fun hanging out with everyone.

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Sometimes its so pretty you have to stop for a photo.  Sunrise Mt. Shasta, and were going fishing

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Me and the ocean getting a selfie from the truck

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Back to work.  The Lower Sac has been great so far and should be nothing but fun for the upcoming spring.  Yes its time to start thinking about trout again.Justin Anthony boat

Anthony putting the crew in the spot.  Crushing it!  Thanks so much for the trip on this one Anthony.  Always a great pleasure to work with you man. IMG_0871 IMG_0863 IMG_0860 IMG_0851 IMG_0808 IMG_0816 DSCN4341 DSCN4321 DSCN4303


Still swinging flies on the Klamath. Every run you step into provides an oppurtunity.

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Oregon Coastal Steelhead

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I spy, a coastal ghost.

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Coastal steelhead bring out the grins

Can't fake that, just an old fashioned steelhead-head rush

Back on the Klamath, still finding fresh fish on the swing in march! Patrick gets his first steelhead on the spey rodSwinging flies in March on the Klamath.

Winter brings, Winter steelhead

As the cold weather comes in, so do the Winter fish.  Its time to break out the big guns and the good jackets.  So far in our region mother nature has been fair with a good mix of heavy rain followed by some nice Winter sunshine.  The Klamath remains in great shape below the dam and tributaries are running clear at the moment.  We’ve been spending some time on the Rogue as well.  Also a bit of driving, looking for clear water.  We welcome you to take a look at how the winter has started off for us….But as for us we are heading back out.

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Klamath Fishing Report

As most of California’s and Southern Oregon rivers blew out last week from the big storm, the Klamath not only remained fishable but some nice fresh fish were around. The days are getting chilly, the water is colored and cold, but the smiles were big and bright. The boats are having awesome days on the Iron Gate stretch, side-drifting nymphs. Our spey guides are still putting fish on the line, but the days of dry-lining are over. Big flies down deep and slow. Much of the river below the tribs is still too high and colored but they will drop and clear soon, its best to be down there when they do. There are many possibilities coming up for some great Winter Steelheading.

 

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Southern Oregon, Northern Cali, March Madness

With no real rain storms, March has been open season on steelhead.  One big storm could close it all, but I can’t remember what a brown river looks like.  By mid April a winter fish could be a thing of the past and we’ll eagerly await the return of the summers.  Check out some pics from earlier this March!  Including a 38″ steelhead caught on the swing w/ Rich Zellman www.steelheadwater.com

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