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

The compass points north

In one week I'll be on my way back up to Alaska for another summer season of guiding in America's final frontier. Soon, the sunscreen and sandals will be replaced by fleece and wool. The glass driftboat and oars will be exchanged for aluminum sleds and outboards. It's not always easy to explain to folks what we do or why we do it - but it's being in places like this that is at the heart of it all. Here are a few photos from last season This season I will be working at Kulik Lodge along with my good friend Matt Formento. Be sure to check in every once in a while for stories, photos and shenanigans going down in the Great North.  ...

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Surface Assault

A good buddy of mine invited me out for some Delta Bassin' last night. What a great change of pace from trout fishing. There is nothing delicate about fishin' bass with a fly; big bugs, barbs, rope for leader, loud retrieves, and strong strip sets. The fight is nothing to write home about - it's all about the eat. When these predators decide they're going to kill your fly there are no bones about it. Most blow ups send a wake from bank to bank rockin the tules back and forth. According to the boys, we hit it right on: Water temps in the low 70s with an outgoing tide. The bucket-mouths were right where they were supposed to be and they were eating like there was no tomorrow.    ...

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Lower Sacramento River Fishing Report

The Lower Sac has had some ups and downs in the past week. In the past four days the flows have jumped from 7,000 cfs to 9,000 cfs. If you happen to be out on a "flow change" day the fishing can be tough. I was out on on Tuesday when the flows went from 8,000 to 9,000 at noon, sending debris and dirty water down the river. The mid morning bite was solid until early afternoon when the flows were bumped and the fishing slowed considerably. If the river stays steady for 24 hours the fish will settle down and get back into their feeding lanes. This week we have started to see good hatches of summer Caddis as well as some decent hatches of PMDs and even a...

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Quiet Places

It eases my mind to know that there are still places that exist that aren't written about in magazines and aren't talked about in fly shops. Small intimate places that aren't hammered by anglers day in and day out. A buddy of mine dropped me a hint some time ago about such a place. So, with a few days off to play, I wondered out into the unknown to explore someplace new.        ...

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Good Gets Better

I had the pleasure of guiding some great folks this past weekend. Not only was the fishing good, the company was even better. Some highlights; I had a first time fly fisher make tremendous strides in her game in only a few hours on the water. Heather put a hurtin' on more than a few big rainbows on the Lower Sac. I got to spend part of opening weekend on the McCloud River with three great people. Sarah, Sean, and Dave enjoyed a gorgeous day on this iconic western river. Jim ( A hard-core Delta striper angler ) headed north from the central valley to sample the Lower Sac for the first time. After feeling the pull of so many chunky 'bows we may have converted a 'He-Man' Striper chaser into a 'Trout Weenie.'...

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