anthony - 17/17 - AC Fly Fishing - Lower Sacramento River Fly Fishing
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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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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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