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I would just like to say Happy Thanksgiving to everyone out there! I hope you’ve all had an excellent year and continued success into the 2017 year. Around here, the water is abundant this fall season. We received plenty of precipitation and snow pack, the rivers are near perfect. So the question is, where are all the steelhead and salmon? This has been the slowest season I have witness since I started guiding in 1994. The Sacramento River population of salmon migration this season was pathetic and reminded of the book by John Steinbeck’s ~ Grapes of Wrath. I wasn’t at the recent DFW meeting regarding closing the upper section of the Lower Sac Hwy 44 to Keswick Dam and eliminating motors and the lot. I say what ever at this point, you all should be ashamed at yourselves at the Bureau of Reclamation and the Dept Of Fisheries, not allowing Coho, Sockeye, Kokanee, Chum, Steelhead access to the colder springs up north of Shasta Dam was a devastating mistake When The dam was built in 1947. In Livingston Stone’s report to Congress in 1896, he said, “The McCloud River was most important part of the year around migration of salmon up the Sacramento River system, he said that the McCloud River was an important refrigerator for the runs that arrived all summer long then.” The Bureau of Rec. cut off the fish and didn’t put in a ladder to get the fish to the badly needed springs up north when they needed it and we are feeling the results years later. I mean how would you feel if you were on your honeymoon and got stranded in Redding or Oroville, California. I would perish too. Something has to be done, it could just be that this is the effect of the drought years we suffered through with little water and decent steelhead runs 2010 through 2013. I think if we don’t do some preventative maintenance we could lose them all someday and be left with only bass.
(It could happen, think of all the species we have already lost.) My advice is if they can do a Keystone pipeline from Canada, why not a huge tube that circumvents Shasta Lake and runs into the bottom of the Upper Sac in the Lower Sac down river from Keswick Dam. I think it could work, the flows on the Upper Sac are around 200 cfs in Oct usually and they could screen off the bottom to Shasta Lake and the minnows could go down the tube of water into the Lower Sac. Sounds crazy doesn’t it? I heard of more crazier these days, it’s worth a look. As far as the steelhead fishing after Thanksgiving, we’re scratching a few, don’t cancel your trips, you’ll see around 0 to 3 adults per boat average both on the Trinity and the Kamath River. That’s why you trust Trout, I’m transparent and I call it like I see it, it doesn’t always make everyone happy around me, but after almost 30 years, I think I’ve paid my dues and know a few things by now respect it. If we can run Nestle out of here off of the lava tube aquafers on the McCloud River and running 200 hundred trucks per day on little HWY 89, we can do some pretty amazing things together. Last seen Nestle was running full speed with their tails between their legs down to the Sacramento valley, where they belong. I wouldn’t never mess with the McCloud River, you’ll end up like Tom Birmingham of the Westland’s Water District, exposed and paying the piper with a $50,000 dollar fine to the Government for Enron like schemes on their trusting investors and the Westland’s company that had to pay $125,000 in fines. I wouldn’t get within 10 feet of investing with that corrupt water district. They banned me from their club, for speaking up for the river, I speak for the river and it’s inhabitants only, we don’t need to lose anymore of the McCloud Or The Upper Sac, believe me I know that’s the only reason the Westland’s Water District bought the Bollibokka Club out from underneath The Nature Conservancy..
We’re Going To Make A Tube For Salmon Around Shasta Lake And We’re Going To Get Los Angeles To Pay For It! Make Salmon Great In America Again!
Back to the Rivers -
Klamath Mouth ~ Another thing that hurt the Klamath River , was the Mouth being closed for extended lengths of time in August, September and October.
Lower Sac Dilemma ~ The Gas Motors On The Lower Sac are not helping Redd populations and future generations of salmon from what I have witnessed. The DFW also uses motors to monitor the redds, they should quit doing it also and get in the river.
Klamath Dams – Dams must come down on the Klamath River, all of them. If we can’t guide the river to wait for it to heal, so be it, take those dams down, the blue green algae and fertilizers are killing the 2nd most important river in California. You need the Klamath to buffer the problems on the Lower Sac, time is of the essence. Take the dams down.
Upper McCloud River – Reintroduce Bull Trout On The Upper McCloud River.
Respectfully Submitted, jt
FEATHER RIVER STEELHEAD ~
I had an awesome time with the two guides from Jack Trout, both of them are very friendly and working really hard, me and my friend had a wonderful time!
Dear Jack & Carola:
Thank you for a wonderful experience on Hat Creek. Dale was a great guide. He patiently taught my brother the basics of dry fly and streamer fishing, and even more patiently untangled my many rats’ nests. What a wonderful day we had!
Sebastian Braum, PhD
Marie and I had the best time with our guide Jim Pettis last Saturday on a drift trip down the lower SAC. The weather was not kind to us but Jim put us right where we could catch fish and I caught the biggest fish on a fly I have ever caught (16-17″ rainbow). It was a great day! We will definitely be back and be requesting Jim each and every trip we take. Jim is very down to earth and was very patient with me; as I am surely an amateur. Thank you so much Jim you were wonderful and we very much appreciate all your hard work in those rough and rainy waters. Jeannie
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What amazing service! Called for a friend who needed wading boots. Jack set him up with a new pair of @simmsfishing boots. Fit him like a glove and made his trip enjoyable and memorable. He even came to our hotel to drop them off and set it up so that he could drop them off at the front desk in the evening. Now my friend is going to pick up a pair of Simms when he gets home. Great guy, friendly, and knowledgeable.
We had a great time fishing on the Smith River with guide Kenton Bansemer. We hooked into some monster salmon and really enjoyed floating down the wild, scenic, and incredibly beautiful Smith River. Kenton was a great guide and taught us a lot about fishing the river. He even spent time to teach us how to spey cast. Great way to spend a day for honeymooners who love to fish together!
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just back from California and another great trip with Jack.have fished with him twice before in Argentina and Chile,but this was my first trip to the USA.Fishing conditions were difficult due to the weather but Jack managed to put us onto the fish-steelhead and rainbows.we fished several different rivers and the scenery was tremendous,Jack really put himself out so that we could experience all that Northern California had to offer.Also fished with one of Jacks guides, Dale Langstaff,what a great guy!
Then it was North into Oregon to fish the Rogue river with a guide that Jack had recommended to us-Steve Walser .We had a great four days of fishing the Rogue all thanks to Jack for setting this up for us.
So there we are ,another great trip with Jack Trout, i cannot recommend him highly enough,if you want just a days fishing or longer then Jack is your man!
We had a day off during our very busy business trip in Chile. Carola was a great help in making sure our accomodations were acceptable as well as pointing us in the right direction when it came to enjoying Puerto Varas…a great city! The night before we had a note at our Hotel from our guide Mattias making sure we would be in the lobby at 8 am. He was well prepared with everything for a great day of fishing. It was rainy and Mattias had an extra rain coat for my business partner who thanks to Mattias had a enjoyable day vs a very wet and cold one. Our trip was business first so we did not expect much in terms of fishing. But to my surprise the fishing was great, the guide was fantastic, the meal and all the ammenities were perfect. Even though our trip was only booked for one day (that is all we could do) Jack and Carola were in constant communication with us before and after. Rio Maullin was amazing and the private access to the river meant that we basically saw no one except for a couple of people in one pool…16 Km of river all to ourselves. My experience with fly fishing is mainly with Atlantic Salmon so Mattias took the time to explain sinking tips, strip fishing, roll casting etc from a drift boat. Certainly was something new. I now come to Chile regularly but the next time i will indeed book more time off to fish and when I do come back to fish it will be with Jack Trout!
Thanks Jack, Carola and Mattias!