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Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 81-90 F

Back from Montana and am off and running with the guide thing once again. Quick short report as follows on the local rivers. First the McCloud is going turbid once again, thank you Mud Frickin Creek. How long this will be a problem only time will tell, deja vu all over again like last year. The Upper Sac on the other hand is in good late summer shape, plenty of water and the colder nights have bumped up the fishing. Yesterday I covered a good deal of river with clients and fish were hooked  some landed .. as you can see below. It is still a nymphing game for the most part but reports of early morning trico hatches have been whispered to me. The Lower Sac is fishing great and should continue so and the Klamath is starting to show steelies around Happy Camp. It is all good and will continue to improve. 

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Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 51-60 F

Well Dogpatch fans what has started off as a promising winter weather wise here and for the rest of you left coasters has now morfed into another perhaps apocalyptic water supply year. No worries presently with all rivers happily flowing but the skinny snowpack that I look at every day ... especially lack of snow around the shack for the second straight year ...things are getting scarey. Hopefully Feb.- April brings love from the sky and from the Fish God.

Since my last post I have been putting some miles on the truck with visits to the Smith River (and Brookings), Big Sur (and Santa Cruz) and of course local rivers. Yes, it's not all about fishing, there are fewer things to enjoy such as pastries ... not that I am not a couple of donuts shy of 300 lbs. ... traveling for me is about the anticipation of what bakery gems towns may hold. Brookings has a sweet little hole in the wall off the radar place called West Coast Bakery and Santa Cruz, specifically Capitola, has Gayle's the Holy Grail of bakeries. I highly recommend both whether spending a day on or a day off the river.

Recent steelhead trips continue to be productive. We continue to have a great Klamath and Rogue River season. The swinging has dropped off a bit but nymphing continues to be very good. My pals at Wild Waters Fly Fishing continue to produce great days for their clients drifting Nor Cal/Southern Oregon rivers, check them out... www.wildwatersflyfishing.com.

The Upper Sac has been fair to good fishing. Flows continue to hang around 600 cfs so expect bigger water than normal. Heavily weighted nymphs are producing best with some BWO action on selected floats. See my list of recommended flies for best results.

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