March 2012 Archives - AC Fly Fishing - Lower Sacramento River Fly Fishing
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March 2012

When it all comes together..

  I had Brian Barta up from Sebastapol a few days ago for another trip on the Lower Sac. In short, I can tell you that we had nothing short of an epic day. One of the coolest aspects of guiding is being able to watch anglers improve their skills over the course of a day and in Brian's case over the course of a season. Brian has been fly fishing for less than a year and has made tremendous strides in his game. I'm not just talking about the mechanics (casting, mending, playing fish) I'm talking about the intangibles, his "fishy senses" are starting to really show. Watching this all come together from the rowers bench the past few months has been pretty cool. Precise casts, timely mends, and solid...

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Lower Sac Continues to Fish

We had a pretty substantial storm move through Nor Cal last week (FINALLY). The heavy rain did a good job of blowing out many of the local rivers but contributed some much needed water to the area. The Lower Sac through town has been pretty off color the past few days with only about two feet of visibility. I had a couple of guys down from Montana visiting the area and was eager to get them into some solid fishing - but with less than ideal conditions I was skeptical of how we would fare. Just when we thought the Lower Sac would slow down for a few days - she came through in spades, yet again. Danny hooking up - EARLY and OFTEN Fellow Alaskan Guide: Caleb Lockyer "Cookie Cutter" Lower Sac...

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Area Update

  Lower Sacramento River - The Lower Sac continues to fish well. Today it was nearly 80 degrees here in Redding! The warm weather had the caddis hatching early in the day. We managed a few nice fish on the surface before 10:00am. Around noon the PMDs started coming off and that's exactly what the fish wanted. If you are heading out to the Lower Sac, have a dry fly rod on deck because there is a good chance you will have the opportunity to throw a dry to a rising fish. Keep a close eye on the glassy soft spots near the banks - the rise forms have been slow and subtle and are very easy to miss. Klamath River - The Klamath fished surprisingly well this weekend. The small storm...

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An Early Spring

The absence of winter this year in California is a bit concerning. As of today our snowpack is at a dismal 30% - setting us up for a tough year if the trend continues. As anglers - we have been taking full advantage of what mother nature has dealt us. While the weather remains warm and the rivers stay low and clear, the fish are on the feed. The Lower Sac is already two weeks into it's epic spring caddis hatches, and a little further up the hill, the caddis on the Upper Sac are starting to push as well. Both rivers are fishing very well right now. The most consistant fishing has come on warmer days when the caddis come off thick. The Lower Sac has also...

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