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!!!
The call of the coast brings you back.
Happy Leap Year Birthday to Peter Sharer. Thanks for spending your birthday with us.
Lower Sac trout fishing has been fabulous and we are excited to spend some time chasing trout again.
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…
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.
Drive along the 101, and get to where you want to go, sometimes slow…
The Kid holds a nice one!! @acflyfishing
Pedro and the Kid!! with Gabe Duran
The Portal of Destiny
Anthony guides Chris into a chrome bright beauty!
Not the biggest or the brightest, but obviously still really fun!!!
I know your out there somewhere…
A 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.
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!!!
A 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!
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!
Ah yes, a 2 handed flask for 2 handed fish
Dusty, making sure everything goes right.
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.
The Ron Jeremy of steelhead!
All smiles after this battle
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.
Sometimes its so pretty you have to stop for a photo. Sunrise Mt. Shasta, and were going fishing
Me and the ocean getting a selfie from the truck
Well I know a guy who gets them in clear water
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.
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.
The sun sets on our Winter Steelhead season as spring arrives. As in each Winter we chased these fish all over the Northwest. Now the hot days of Summer and wet wading are just around the corner.
The Klamath seems to always be a good bet. Sometimes you have to scrub and work hard to find them but this system is hard to beat. Anthony and Tom came up for a quick fish and struck steel. Continue Reading →
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
Our guides have been having some tremendous fishing on the Lower Sac this past week. Warm weather and hungry fish make for smiling faces. We have good guides eager to take advantage of some great early season trout fishing. Don’t leave it all to them, we expect good fishing to last for most of the early spring so get out there and get warmed up.
We have been looking for that steelhead green and the steel curtain. Seeing the Chetco double in size we were hoping for some green water and some fresh fish. Not quite chromers and not quite green water but a damn good time. Continue Reading →
We have been spending some fun days trout fishing on the Upper Sacramento river. The water is low and clear for winter levels and good fish depends on a stealth presentation, The warmest part of day produce the best fishing and some decent hatches. Continue Reading →