Alan's Guide Service
2015 Annual Year in Review
Well first and foremost I would like to take a moment to thank all those who make it possible for me to do what I do for a living.
Fishing has always been a part of my life from the time I was a young child with my Dad but I never in my wildest dreams ever
thought that I would be doing something I truly love as my way of making a living. A SPECIAL thanks goes to my wife of 28 years
Shari. For everything she does for me and my business and for being the one who ultimately gave me the GREEN LIGHT to go
for it in the guiding business. She is truly the love of my life.
Also I would like to thank all of you, my clients, because without you, there would be no Alan’s Guide Service. The friendships
that have been built over the years is nothing short of PRICELESS!!! I always look forward to fishing and catching up on every trip
down the river. That is one of the special parts of being a guide - the special relationships that are built over time.
Last but not least, I would like to thank all of my sponsors. These companies and businesses make everything we do on the
water possible. They include, Willie Boats, Pautzkes Bait Company, PLine, Owner, G. Loomis, Penn Reels, Abu Garcia and Artic
Ice. Locally a BIG THANK YOU goes out to RMI Outdoors, Bucksport Sporting Goods, England Marine and Little Rays Tackle.
Please if you are looking for anything outdoors related, look these businesses up and do some shopping. Let them know you
heard it from me.
Winter Steelhead Fishing:
As our winter began, things were looking pretty darn good water wise. But as we all know, that didn’t last long. Three really BIG
Storms and that was pretty much it with a few small storms in between. Rainfall amounts for the season were normal but our
snow pack was nonexistent. With that being said, I had to move from river to river quite a bit throughout the season because
without the snow pack, rivers were dropping quickly. Fishing wise, the season was a decent one. Some really nice fish were
caught and many river systems were fished. There seemed to be decent sized fish in each of the systems we fished along with,
at times, great numbers of half pounders in the mix. As always, the winter Steelhead always put up an EPIC battle and fun times
were had by all.
As my Softball season came to an end, I headed over to the Sacramento River out of Redding for the month of June. This fishery
is so fun to fish. A special fishery for all to enjoy but especially young kids. A great fishery to start kids out fishing. Weather is
warm and the fish are biters. Although the flows out of the dam were down this year because of the drought, we were still able to
catch and release some of the most beautiful Rainbows you will ever see and right in downtown Redding.
Fall Salmon and Steelhead Klamath River:
After last year’s EPIC run, we had to expect that things would be a bit slower this year and that they were. With the drought in full
swing and a much smaller run of fish, things were a bit tougher this year. The mouth sanded over numerous times which halted
the migration of the fish for short time spans. Even with all of the adversity that Mother Nature was throwing at us, the fishing was
still decent to good throughout the season. It’s truly an amazing feat that these wonders of the water can and do make it under
the challenging conditions they face on a yearly basis. The anadromous fish is truly AMAZING!!!
One truly sad note to the Klamath season was the loss of a good friend and fellow guide Gary Farley. On October 10th we lost
Gary to a tragic accident about 15 miles upriver when his boat lost steering and hit a gravel bar throwing him out of the boat. His
two occupants were bruised up but okay. This accident really hit all of us who knew Gary very hard. The comradery and
friendships that we develop over the years as guides really brings us together as a very tight nit group. For me, Gary was more
than just a fellow guide. He was a good friend and I had known him and his family for 30 years. I still have a hard time believing
he is gone. I can tell you this though, he will never be forgotten. He was one of the nicest guys you will ever meet, one hell of a
fisherman and one of the guys I looked up to when I began guiding. He would always give you a straight up answer and help in
any way he could. RIP Gary. FISH ON!!!
Late Fall Salmon:
Rain, Rain, Rain is what all of us kept praying for as the Late Fall Salmon run was scheduled to arrive. Well that didn’t quite
happen as we would have all liked it to. Small rises here and there made for one of the toughest seasons I can ever remember.
Trying to run trips for these GIANTS for more than a couple days in a row was next to impossible. The storms were so small that
the rivers would literally rise and fall out in less than 3 days most of the time. As I write this, the largest storm of the season and
the most days in a row scheduled to rain are on the horizon. Much needed but a little late for a Fall salmon. I fully expect that after
this series of storms goes through, our Winter steelhead will have started their migration. With that being said, let’s go get some
In conclusion, I would like to wish everyone a HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON!!! With Christmas getting closer every day, remember, I
do have gift Certificates for those fisherman and women in your lives. Thanks again to everyone for being a very special part of
Alan’s Guide Service. I look forward to fishing with all of you again soon.