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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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Spring Dry Fly

We don't always get the opportunity to fish dry flies on the Lower Sac but during the past few days it has happened.. With strong hatches of Spring Caddis, PMDs and Pink Alberts there have been a few spots on the river where we've been finding the fish looking UP. Combine the start of the big spring hatches with the low flows and we can expect these dry fly windows to keep popping up for the next few months. Follow the LINK to check out more images from the SAC this spring. ...

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Spring on the Lower Sacramento River

Springtime, specifically March and April is one of the best times of the year to be fishing the Lower Sacramento River. Currently, the spring Caddis have been coming off good during the warmer days, joined by a smorgasbord of other bugs, Mayflies and Midges included. Low water conditions coupled with abundant hatches of aquatic insects is a recipe for some truly amazing trout fishing. Most people think fishing under an indicator is the ONLY way to get 'em on the Lower Sac.. well this isn't necessarily the truth in the spring time. For you dry fly junkies, big spring hatches can provide good windows for throwing the floating bug. I am expecting one awesome spring fishing season here on the Lower Sac. My Spring calendar isn't completely filled in yet,...

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