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  1. Wow Bill, very sad news. Comforting though...

    Wow Bill, very sad news.

    Comforting though that Chuck lived a long full life, had lots of adventures, and experienced fishing in CA that younger generations can only dream about.

    I am very...
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    Thanks for the replies and info everyone. I am...

    Thanks for the replies and info everyone.

    I am definitely shelving any plans to hit the Klamath until all these fires settle down. Fingers crossed that Norcal will get a decent fall rain cycle...
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    Klamath Closure Info?

    Hello steelheaders.

    Wondering if anyone has current intel on what section(s) of the Klamath are open to non-tribal folks? A friend just called the Weitchpec Store and was told that the Yurok...
  4. Hi Bill, I know just a little bit about...

    Hi Bill,

    I know just a little bit about fishing in Florida (and even less about fly fishing travel in general for that matter), but have formed the opinion that given overall ease of travel,...
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    Hi MThompson, I don't have a first hand report...

    Hi MThompson,

    I don't have a first hand report as I haven't been out for shad yet this year but know from reliable second hand reports that shad have been in the Ord Bend area for a couple weeks...
  6. That Klamath trip with Bill and Noe was in my...

    That Klamath trip with Bill and Noe was in my pre-Perry Poking days, lol!

    Paul Johnson (formerly of SAGE) and I were "teaching" each other to spey cast about that time (late 1990's). Paul is...
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    Hi Jcolin, Adding to Andy's great info - ...

    Hi Jcolin,

    Adding to Andy's great info - There should be fish spread from top to bottom in October so you would have lots of options for setting up shop. That said, arguably most of the fish are...
  8. Hi Bill, I went with you and Noe to the...

    Hi Bill,

    I went with you and Noe to the Klamath River Lodge way back in I think 1998 or 1999? The fishing was not very good but it was an awesome trip!

    That private run behind the lodge sure...
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    John H- Man, you take the best fish photos! ...

    John H-

    Man, you take the best fish photos! You make it look easy...

    Definitely a Sacramento Pike-minnow and a healthy-looking specimen who appears to have settled into his piscivorous ways...
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    Hi Troutsource. Nice American River "by-catch"...

    Hi Troutsource. Nice American River "by-catch" and photos but I am pretty confident you misidentified those fish as Pike-minnow. They look like Hardhead (Mylopharodon conocephalus) to me.
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    Hey Troutsource looks like you've got those...

    Hey Troutsource looks like you've got those juvenile bug-eating American River Sacramento Pikeminnows dialed in!

    Thanks for sharing the photo. I would have bet that you were actually catching...
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    They could very well be small Sac Pikeminnow......

    They could very well be small Sac Pikeminnow... Have to check that upper lip margin. Its the only sure diagnostic! I have sorted through hundreds of juvenile Hardhead/Pikeminnow back in my days...
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    Hi Troutsource, Not that it really matters,...

    Hi Troutsource,

    Not that it really matters, but my suspicion is that you are actually catching Hardhead, not Sacramento Pikeminnow. Another California native minnow, Hardhead are very similar in...
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    Great post Bwag. Defintely one of the best ever...

    Great post Bwag. Defintely one of the best ever on this forum. Cheers to you, your family, and steelhead on the swung fly! Matt
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    Green Tags!

    More than likely the tagged fish was a spring run Chinook.

    From the California Hatchery Review Project Appendix VIII Feather River Hatchery Spring Chinook Program Report:

    "The FRH fish ladder...
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    Great report Tony! Watching the sun come up on...

    Great report Tony!

    Watching the sun come up on the river is my favorite time too. Unfortunately, no matter how early I try to get up, I can never seem to get all the way down to that part of the...
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    Hi Tony, I fished out of Wards on Thursday and...

    Hi Tony,

    I fished out of Wards on Thursday and once the sun got up enough my buddy and I said to each other: "Geez, the water looks awful!"

    The water coming out of the pipes at the launch (I...
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    Hi Tony, The water from Balls Ferry down to...

    Hi Tony,

    The water from Balls Ferry down to Chico was very muddy a week ago from the rains (tributary discharge) but now is essentially clear to green/clear. A friend who passed by Princeton the...
  19. [QUOTE=steel2theReel;145052]I hope and still...

    [QUOTE=steel2theReel;145052]I hope and still think we may still have some Washougal strain in the American? I have caught several fish like this in July-August over the past years. Not sure what the...
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    Hatchery Fish on Yuba

    Folks,

    You may have noticed in the 2013-2014 freshwater fishing regulations that you can now harvest 2 hatchery trout/steelhead per day on the lower Yuba.

    All hatchery steelhead released in CA...
  21. Since they neeed to spend two years as juveniles...

    Since they neeed to spend two years as juveniles in freshwater, rearing capacity in the upper watershed can be a major limiting production factor for CA's wild steelhead populations on the North...
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    Agree. However, the Yolo Basin is located in its...

    Agree. However, the Yolo Basin is located in its historical place. Notching out or lowering the Fremont Weir to allow the basin to flood at a lower Sac river stage is the only major restructuring...
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    I don't think so. The water that would flood the...

    I don't think so. The water that would flood the rice fields is Sacramento River water. Also, non-natal juvenile rearing of salmon is commonly observed with Central Valley Chinook (juveniles...
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    The goal of this study is to provide floodplain...

    The goal of this study is to provide floodplain rearing habitat for wild or natural juvenile salmon. Hatchery fish are just being used as surrogates to conduct the growth investigations....

    This...
  25. Bill, My uncle who has lived at Lawson's...

    Bill,

    My uncle who has lived at Lawson's Landing for 42 years says the salmon fishing back in July was the "most incredible" he had ever seen.

    All anyone had to do was run out of Tomales and...
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