anthony - 6/17 - AC Fly Fishing - Lower Sacramento River Fly Fishing
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The net stays wet.

Just got home from another half day. Stallar fishing continues on the Lower Sac. Morning sessions have been borderline insane. Not many boats out fishing at all, especially during the week. Hydropsyche hatches have been coming off late morning and driving the fishing. A lot of large fish are eating. Seriously, you don't have to wait until the egg drop. Putting the right bug in the right spot matters. As soon as you get that down you'll have a hell of a time out there. Open days this month: 15th, 18th, 22nd, 24th More photos from the river, here.  ...

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False Fall

It was starting to feel a lot like Fall the past few days up here. Mornings were crisp and daytime temperatures weren't getting past 75. I didn't even turn the AC on for a few days. It looks like that is going to change this coming week as temperatures are predicted to get back up into trip digits. Bummer. The fishing hasn't changed much.. The Sac (per usual) is still one of your best options to wrestle with very large, wild rainbow trout. They can be a bit more fickle on some days but we're still getting plenty of opportunities. Fish seem to me more excited about Caddis than anything else right now. We netted 3 fish today that were 22". Again, we are losing a lot of flies to...

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North State Update

It's been a great summer so far. Busy.  A lot of our rivers are fishing well, from the smaller freestone tribs, to the big river, we've had a lot of good fishing happening up here. Sure, it's been hot in the middle of the day so getting out early and off early is recommended. I keep hearing reports that fishing on the Lower Sac is "dead", in fact I almost had a client cancel today because he was convinced we'd have crappy fishing with all the "guide reports" he's heard. He was pretty damn happy that he didn't cancel today.. The fish are certainly getting quicker out there and a bit more picky but there is still some very good fishing to be had. Getting a "dead drift" in the...

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Get it in while you can..

So, there has been a lot of talk about an "El Nino" coming to the west coast late this Fall and into the Winter. Rumor has it this El Nino has the potential to be stronger than Bruce Lee and arm wrestling falcons.. Levee breaks, mud slides, floods and mayhem might be in store this Winter. If this turns out to be true, we might have a hard time finding fishable water. If these things are necessary to help replenish our States freshwater supply, bring it on. I'd suggest getting your fishing in early this year, just in case those crazy climatologists are correct. We've had some extremely good fishing happening in the North State recently. Click here  to see some more snapshots from the river ...

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World Class

Since August 1st, the fishing on the Lower Sac has been lights out good, with a lot of very big fish being hooked daily. Giving the top few miles of river a rest for three months seems to have allowed these fish to gorge, uninterrupted. A few clients, that fish all over the globe for trout, classified their couple days of fishing out here recently as "World Class." We've got one hell of a trout fishery here and it's running tip top right now. The weathers has been mild and the boat traffic light. No need to wait until the egg drop in October to have some incredible fishing for some oversized trout. Open Days for August: 10, 12-13, 22-26. Click here for more images from the Sac ...

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Realities of the Delta

The California Delta was once the most dynamic estuary in the world. It supported some of the strongest runs of Anadromous fish on the globe. Obviously, populating and developing the state has changed this ecosystem dramatically. It's not all doom and gloom but better policies and decisions have to be made in the future if we want to keep any of our native fish species around. What happens downstream, certainly impacts what is happening upstream. Check out this great Article from Peter Moyle describing some of these "realities". P.S. Despite issues further south in the Delta, we have some world class trout fishing in the North end of the State. I still have Sunday, August 2nd and Thursday August 6th available for a Lower Sac day. The top Section of the river...

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River Re-opening

I just had a few trips cancel for the beginning of August. For those of you who are unaware, the Portion of the Lower Sac from Posse Grounds to hwy 44 bridge has been closed for the past 3 months to any fishing. This section reopens on August 1. I'm expecting the big fish that live in this section to be in the mood to eat your flies. Never has  a section of the river been closed to trout fishing like this. Should be a hell of a time to be on the upper floats. My open days are: August 2, 5-6. Very large trout live in this section of the river.. ...

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The Dog Days

The "Dog Days" of summer can kick out some really solid fishing on the Lower Sacramento River. With many of our trout streams in California running low, clear and warm, the Lower Sacramento River sustains a good flow with cold water temperatures, making for some happy, eager trout. Thomas Goodwin, of Gotta Stay Fly came out last summer during the "Dog Days" of summer to shoot a little video on the Lower Sac and highlight some of the goodness this big tailwater has to offer. https://vimeo.com/105940275...

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Back in the Saddle.

I just recently got back from a great vacation to Roatan, Honduras. Erika and I got to spend a week on the island. Such a quite, relaxing place to waste a week. I got to experience my first real guided experience and it was outstanding. We fished two short morning sessions for Permit on the flats. Conditions were far from ideal but we saw plenty of spooky fish and had a few legitimate shots that just didn't pan out. Our guide worked his ass off in the nuking wind but we just weren't able to make it happen. A few of those long, heart stopping follows to the boat is addicting. This vacation was not a fishing trip by any means.. but next time it might be. This is definitely...

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Summer Dry Fly

We've had some great opportunities to throw the dry fly over the past week. From the McCloud to the Lower Sac, fish are looking up in the early morning for spent caddis, small mayfly and trico spinners. Evenings have been consistently pushing the hydropsyche caddis along with small pale evening duns. There is no real reason to be out on the water mid-day right now. Doing a half day in the evening followed by a half day in the morning has been the way to go. We've got plenty of cold, clean, fishable water up North right now and some killer trout fishing happening. It's been very rare to see another boat on the Sac during the past few weeks.. Which is really nice.  Check out some of what's been happening...

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