Upper and Lower Update

The Upper Sacramento River has been fishing very well as of late. The flows are low and the big hatches are just starting. The abundance of Golden Stones and Salmonflies has had the fish looking up most of the day, so prospecting with a good dry/dropper setup has stuck a lot of fish. The water is already getting very warm on the lower end of the river so be super careful while handling and releasing your fish. As the water temps increase, playing a fish to death becomes more likely. Tread lightly. Click Image to check out more USac Photos Not a whole lot has changed on the Lower Sac recently. Fishing remains good to VERY GOOD for anglers who can mend, get that oh so important "dead drift" and set a...

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Good gets Better

The Lower Sac has fished well for the month of May. Since the flows have come up two weeks ago, the fish have settled back down and and have been absolutely chowing during certain parts of the day. It seems like a lot of the fish are already coming off of the spawn and are looking to pack the weight back on. The bite has been INSANE the past few days with a lot of big fish showing up. We've been fishing off anchor more and more recently and a handfull of spots have been giving up big numbers in skinny water. It's shaping up to be a great summer of fishing on one of the best tailwaters in the country. Click the photo below to check out more of the...

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Lower Sac Update

The flows have finally started to come up on the Lower Sac. They are currently steady at 7,500 cfs. This is a great flow for this time of year. Bigger flows allows us to do some longer floats and cover quite a bit more water. The fishing has been fair to good most days and the best window to get 'em seems to be late morning and early afternoon. The fish haven't really been keyed in on a specific bug, so it has payed to continue to switch up your combo throughout the day. I've been getting them to eat a smorgasbord of flies. With this warm weather bearing down on us right now, we can expect to see the summer caddis hatches get going strong here very soon. Check out...

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Steelhead Camp – Prince of Wales Island

I just got back home from steelhead camp on Prince of Wales Island in Southeast Alaska. Like California, Southeast Alaska is experiencing very low water conditions and a lack of snow in the higher elevations. We had skinny water most of the trip, making for some tough, technical fishing. That being said we still managed to get into fish everyday and some impressive fish made it to the beach over the course of the week. The island itself is an incredible place to explore and experience these wild steelhead. We got a good lay of the land this year and should have it absolutely dialed in for next years trip. Lee Kuepper is an awesome photographer and captured some sweet images from the trip. Click the photo below to see some...

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Diversity on the Lower Sac

From top to bottom the fishing remains steadily GOOD on the Lower Sacramento River. The diversity that this river has to offer is incredible.  On a float yesterday with a few buddies, we saw this unique ecosystem that the Sacramento River provides fire on all cylinders. We saw 6 different species of fish, Eagles, Hawks, Osprey, Wild Turkey, and even witnessed a full grown Mountain Lion attack a family of geese at the rivers edge. We caught loads of healthy, wild rainbows and even found a lone steelhead. I honestly can't think of a better place to fish this spring than the Lower Sac. Click the image below to check out more images from the Sac ...

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Lower Sacramento River Report

The great fishing on the Lower Sacramento River has continued over the past week. The main bite has been starting in the late morning and lasting into the early afternoon. PMDs have been the staple bug recently and when these plump, pale Mayflies start to pop for a few hours, the bite has been VERY GOOD. I have had a lot of first time fly fishers out recently and they have had no problem hooking plenty of fish during this mid-day hatch window. The weather has been great too, a lot of days in the 70's and 80's with a slight breeze to keep us cool. If there is a better place to be fishing for big, wild rainbow trout this spring, I'm not aware of it. I still have a...

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Steady

Fishing on the Lower Sac remains good to very good. The Hatches the past couple of days have been sparse at best but the fish have continued to eat well despite the lack of bugs hatching. PMDs still seem to be the most prevalent bug out and about but i'm already starting to see some Hydropsyche Caddis come off with this warmer weather. The flows remain VERY LOW at just over 3k cubes. The best bite for me has been first thing in the morning and then again in the early afternoon. It's hard for me to imagine a better option in the state right now for catching big, wild rainbow trout. ...

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Bug Factory

The Lower Sacramento River supports over 2,000 bugs per sq. foot of river bottom. This crazy statistic has become easy to believe over the past few weeks on the water as I have witnessed some of the biggest mayfly hatches that I have ever seen. Blue Winged Olives, March Browns and PMDs have been POURING off. With rafts of mayflies floating downriver in the afternoons, there have been quite a few fish looking up and we have capitalized with some awesome dry fly sessions. Check out some more images below: ...

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Consistency.

The Lower Sac has remained solid for the past month. Yesterday the weather took a 180 on us, bringing rain and colder temperatures while not putting a damper on the fishing at all. It looks like we have at least a week of rainy weather ahead of us. Bring it. We need it. This type of weather usually kicks the mayfly hatches off strong. Yesterday we saw March Browns, PMDs, and Blue Winged Olives - all come off in good numbers. Jim was persistent and was able to raise some good fish to the dry fly yesterday afternoon in some slick, glassy, technical water. Way to go Jim. Click here for more Lower Sac snapshots ...

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