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Fly Fish With David Neal
Redding, CA
Professional knot tier, line un-tangler, fish netter, boat rower, bullshitter and joke teller...
Interests: Wild steelhead & trout and the wild places they live, bird dogs, bows and arrows and chasing wild game. Quality beer, spirits, sushi and tacos. Drift boats and all boats that float. Adventures with my wife and daughter... camping, skiing, mtn. biking and having as much fun as possible.
Recent Activity
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Finally received a little "steelhead weather" this week. This last storm was pretty benign in the upper Trinity River but intense rain on snow blew the lower river out below the North Fork on Thursday, 13th. Canyon Creek peaked at... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Reel Adventures Guide Service
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Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas & cheerful Holiday Season with their families and those close to them. And, now here we are... Happy New Year! We have much to look forward to in the coming months. I believe this... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2021 at Reel Adventures Guide Service
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Finally it is beginning to feel like winter season. The Trinity River drainage received some much needed precipitation this week (and a little snow in the high country) allowing for a very slight 12hour bump in flows but not coming... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2020 at Reel Adventures Guide Service
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Imagine that... rain and steelhead go together like PB&J or turkey & gravy! (Gravy train... speaking of gravy this beautiful wild beast hasn't skipped too many meals!) (Images: Frank E was fortunate enough to connect to this amazing 30" plus... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2020 at Reel Adventures Guide Service
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How did it get to November 9th already?!? These past few months have flown right past me... I guess I'll begin by quickly re-capping October fly fishing. It was a busy month. Hence the lack of posts. Northern California guides... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2020 at Reel Adventures Guide Service
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As it always is... fall season has been a bluuurrrr and very busy for fishing guides in northern CA. I've been in guide mode all month and haven't had the time to update the blog in long a while!! Fishing... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2020 at Reel Adventures Guide Service
Sorry for the lack of posts lately. 2020 is serving up a dose of ass kick. Endless craziness it seems. But... We are all good, everyone is healthy, neighborhood is fine, and we couldn't be more excited for fall/winter season.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2020 at Reel Adventures Guide Service
Updated** I recently had a few days cancel in September... Now Open: September 21-22... I would love to re-book these dates ASAP. Traditionally, this is a very good time to come fly fishing in Northern California with many options for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2020 at Reel Adventures Guide Service
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It has been good... (Image: Walt with an absolute pig of a wild trout on the Lower Sac... Birthday trip for Walter and his son Matt M. This fish takes the cake!) (Image: Wojo always seems to find some big... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2020 at Reel Adventures Guide Service
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For the month of July I have been focusing on two rivers... The Lower Sacramento for big wild rainbow trout and the Trinity River for spring-run salmon and steelhead. Lower Sac Rainbow... (Kris S holding up a perfect specimen wild... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2020 at Reel Adventures Guide Service
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Sorry it's been a while since I have updated the blog and even posted much on the SM platforms (check out my Instagram @ReelAdventures for more weekly fishing stoke) I've sorta needed a break from it all... The remedy was... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2020 at Reel Adventures Guide Service
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We have been super busy these past few weeks rambling and fly fishing all over Northern California from the Upper Sac, Lower Sac, Pit River, Fall River, Shasta Lake, etc... The list of potential destinations on any given day can... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2020 at Reel Adventures Guide Service
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Drop everything and go fishing right now. Throw a dart at the map of NorCal and hit the closest blue line. Everything is fishing well!! I’ve been mostly fishing the Lower Sac - hard to get away from this river... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2020 at Reel Adventures Guide Service
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It's time to go fishing again... CA is loosening restrictions and S@H Order and Shasta County is currently at the Stage 2B phase. Lower Sac has been fishing good to great most days. PMD's and caddis are hatching in solid... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2020 at Reel Adventures Guide Service
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I will soon be resuming guide trips... contact me if you want to get some dates for May and June. The heat of summer will be here before we know it; let's go fishing again! Wildflowers and big, fat trout... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2020 at Reel Adventures Guide Service
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(Images: You'd think that as a fishing guide I get to fish with my own family all the time... not true!... although, these last few weeks I have had the time to do just that. Silver linings I suppose.) Spent... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2020 at Reel Adventures Guide Service
(This may or may not resemble me right now after 4 weeks of Social Distancing due to Covid-19) My thoughts have been with many of you who are living in areas greatly affected and have friends or family who have... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2020 at Reel Adventures Guide Service
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Had a fantastic time fishing the Lower Sacramento River with good client and friend, Ken Imantani, this week. We enjoyed beautiful spring weather, stellar bug hatches and connected with lots of strong pulling wild rainbow trout this river is famous... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2020 at Reel Adventures Guide Service
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We are ALL experiencing turbulent times right now with this worldwide pandemic Covid-19. Daily news reports and social media posts are ranging the gamut from straight forward helpful facts to straight anxiety laden uncertainty. Like many of you, I am... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2020 at Reel Adventures Guide Service
Due to my daughter's soccer season being temporally cancelled, and a change in vacation plans for Spring Break - I am now open to fish a bunch of new dates including weekends for March & April... too many to mention.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2020 at Reel Adventures Guide Service
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Just got back from fishing four days over on the CA coast beginning with the CalTrout group along w/ guide buddies Mike Hibbard and Aaron Grabiel - then two more days with good peeps, Bryan D and Ben K. Good... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2020 at Reel Adventures Guide Service
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Due to some recent cancellations I now have some open dates: March 20-28 April 1-3, 13, 14, 20, 27, 30 You can view my updated availability online at http://www.reeladventuresguideservice.com/availability_calendar/ (FYI, these weren't all cancelled dates just my current availability as... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2020 at Reel Adventures Guide Service
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It hasn't rained in months but that hasn't stopped a few wild steelhead from continuing to push up the Trinity River. The month of February 2020 was the driest one on record @ 0" precipitation. Ironically, February was one of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2020 at Reel Adventures Guide Service
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I don't have to convince anybody in California how good the weather has been these past few weeks. It's been absolutely amazing to be outdoors... doing stuff. The Trinity River continues to fish very well. My last 4 trips over... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2020 at Reel Adventures Guide Service
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It's been a dry, warm and sunny February and while this may not seem like great conditions for a steelhead fishing - it's been downright awesome conditions for a steelhead angler (and guide) to enjoy. Last year at this time... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2020 at Reel Adventures Guide Service