The Lower Sac bite gets going in the late morning, lasting through the afternoon

Sacramento River - CA

by The Fly Shop

Current River Conditions: River flows are at 11900 CFS at this time. Fishing has picked up over the past week. Seems like the slump we were in is over. Look for the best evening fishing in the riffles or immediately below them. Productive flies include but are not limited to #16 Pheasant Tail Nymphs, Micro Mays, Rubber Legs. Even orange egg patterns have been working. Saw a lot of salmon rolling in the Redding area yesterday. Unusual to see so many this early.

The Fly Shop's Tips: Swinging flies like Poopahs, Bird's Nests, Skip Nymphs can provoke more than a few fish near sunset. Make sure you are fishing shallow water moving over a rocky riffle.

When it comes to trout fishing on the Lower Sacramento around Redding, CA., nymphing is by far the most productive fly fishing method. We fish deep on this river. Although a tapered leader will work when nymphing this river, we recommend constructing your leader out of 2X, 3X and 4X tippet or level fluorocarbon. Basically, tie in your 2X tippet at the indicator and pull off about 7.5-8.5 feet. Now grab your 3X and tie it in using a double surgeon knot to a length of 18"-24". Go ahead and tie in your first fly. The second fly drops off of the hook bend of the first fly. Use your 4X tippet to tie in the second, smaller fly. We like to use "BIG" 1 1/4" indicators. SSG split shot also known as "Goose Shot" will get the flies down to the fish. If you are wading the river and not in a drift boat, add another AAA or even a second SSG to your rig. The sooner the flies get to the bottom of the river, the more time you spend "fishing".

Water Flows:
Lower Sacramento Flows

Suggested Fly Patterns:

Dry Flies:

• Dean's Twilight Caddis #12-14
• E/C Caddis Tan #14-16
• Mercer's Missing Link #16
• Quigley's Midget Caddis #16

Nymphs/Wet Flies:
• CB Bird's Nest - #14-16
• Skip Nymph
• Fox's Cinnamon Poopah - #12
• KP Nosepicker PMD #16
• Mercer's Micro Mayfly #14-16 Brown
• Beaded Drifting Flashback #16
• Zack's Pseudo May #16 Black or Brown
• Gordon's Amber Wing Prince #14-18
• GB Superflash PT - Pearl #18
• Pat's Rubberlegs - #6-8

• Micro Spawn - Oregon Cheese

Fly Fishing Gear:
• The Fly Shop's Signature H2O Indicator Rod
• Rio Fly Line Perfect For The "Sac"
• Simms Solar Shirt/TFS Logo
• Dr. Slick/TFS Scissor/Hemostat
• An indicator that suspends heavy split shot!

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