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Lower Klamath NWR, Siskiyou County
The spots on a butterfly wing are not random but help identify this as a California tortoiseshell.


Salmon and Anglers Waiting on Rain
Kenny Priest
by Kenny Priest, OCTOBER 22, 2020

In an all too familiar pattern, October is again looking like it will be void of substantial rainfall. Aside from a few weak systems, it seems we won’t see enough rain to put a rise into any of our North Coast rivers or open them up to fishing anytime soon. This is nothing short of torture for coastal salmon anglers...
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Pretty Much A Solid Bite on Eagle Lake Right Now
by Valerie Aubrey, OCTOBER 21, 2020
Eagle Lake

Eagle is fishing pretty good. Still a lot of particulate algae’s in the water column in the south basin. Water temps in the mid to high 50’s. Trout moving around but staying high in the water column for us. Orange (red dog, red-prism needlefish, rainbow runners), rainbow trout (rapalas & flicker shad), black, red/gold. Also hot orange,olive, peacock, & cinnamon...
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As California weathers a punishing wildfire season, Australia is recovering from one of the most catastrophic bushfires in recorded history and large swaths of the Brazilian Amazon lay barren from last year’s blazes. With climate change driving more frequent and intense fires across the globe, wildfire has leapt to the forefront of challenges facing both humanity and Earth’s other inhabitants. Even living...
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Trinity River is Really Picking Up
Trinity River Fishing
by E.B. Duggan, OCTOBER 18, 2020

Trinity River - Willow Creek Weir

Sorry about last week for no report but I was up in Idaho checking things out for fishing. Lots of places to fish is all I can say. I was in the The rains, what little the were, helped the firefighters and slowed the fires progress down. In fact, it helped the firefighters gain control over some of them. The good...
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Chetco estuary best bet for kings
Kenny Priest
by Kenny Priest, OCTOBER 15, 2020

If you’re looking for fresh kings with the potential for a big one, the Chetco estuary is the place to be. Salmon have been staging in the tidewater since the latter part of September. And they’ll continue to do so until ample rain allows them to make their way upriver. Following last Saturday’s rain, which bumped the flows from under...
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Sac River Beads, Caddis, Mayflies
by Gary Heffley, OCTOBER 14, 2020
Sacramento River - Lower

While the majority of attention is focused on salmon fishing on the Sacramento River, a good number of anglers are enjoying outstanding trout fishing in the Redding and Anderson area.  Most fly anglers are using an indicator with a salmon egg imitating bead followed by a caddis and small mayfly imitations.  Some guides are doubling down using two beads with...
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