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Fishing Reports

Lower Sac and Klamath Reports

The Lower Sac has been fishing lights out the past few weeks. With an above average run of chinook salmon this fall, the egg bite has been fantastic. There are still quite a few spawning salmon throughout the river which should keep the trout keyed in on eggs for at least a few more weeks. Aside from the round balls of protein the salmon have been dumping into the river the 'bows have been eating midges, mayflies and caddis. It's all good right now. Don't miss an opportunity to get out on this river this fall - the Sac should continue to produce through November. The Klamath River has also been fishing VERY well. With gobs of salmon below Iron Gate, eggs are the main item on the menu. The fishing...

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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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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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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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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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