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

Blue Skies and Green Labels

The weather in the North State has been beautiful the past few days. With bright blue skies  (and non-existant wind) the weather has been an absolute pleasure to be out in. The flows on the Lower Sac are slowly on the rise, currently just above 5,000 cubes. With Shasta Lake filling up they should continue to increase towards summertime levels. These warm summer-like temps combined with the flow increase should get the Hydropsyche (summer caddis) going. While the Lower Sac is in great shape - the Upper Sac is starting to hit run-off with flows around 3,000 cubes (at Delta). There is still good fishing to be had - you just need to know where to look. The inside seams and softer water near the banks will hold the majority of the fish....

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Lower Sac Continues to Fish Strong!

I have been out on the Lower Sac quite a bit this past week and the fishing has been outstanding. The flows remain low, just above 3,000 cfs which presents some awesome opportunities to hop out of the boat and wade prime runs. With sunshine and warm temps in the forecast the river should continue to fish well. The PMD hatches have really sparked the bite mid-day. The best flies in my boat have been smaller rubber leg stone patterns, Mercer's poxyback PMDs and micro mays. The warmer weather should definitely bring out the caddis this week. Spring has sprung, NOW is the time to be on the Lower Sac. ...

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Upper Sacramento River Report

I headed up the hill today to the Upper Sac. The flows are still big from last weeks storms (just under 3,000 cubes) but the river is dropping and clearing everyday. I met up with Craig Nielsen to poke around the upper stretches and look for a few 'bows. We found some fishable water and were able to put some solid fish in the net. I would give the river a few more days before it is really back in prime shape. The lower river (below Dunsmuir) should be primo by the beginning of next week. Keep an eye on the flows, once they get below 1,500 cubes it should be "go time." Most of the fish today came on stonefly nymphs and smaller mayflies. ...

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Hittin’ the Road

Due to some wild weather the past few days here in the North State there weren't many rivers in shape to fish. So, with a few days off - Matty and I decided to make the trek out to the desert in search of cleaner water and eager fish. Friday turned out great - we had to deal with some wind (as usual in the desert) but the air was warm, the bugs were out and the fish were eatin'.   By the way - The Lower Sac should be in great shape this coming week. The temps look like they are ging to be climbing back up into the 70s which should start that caddis bite back up....

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