LST.com FISH REPORT
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THE LATEST from the water -
Regarding the Lower Sac. It's huge.
Up in the trees-type huge.
I wouldn't bother for a while...not too safe.
Going to be a while before I have any fresh reports.
Before anybody has fresh reports. We've gotten pounded with rain lately. The 'drought' is officially over in this part of the state. The lakes are either full or will be by springtime.
The river is running HUGE. "Unsafe to be out in a boat" type huge.
36,000 cfs is pumping right now...so nobody (wise) will be fishing it anytime soon.
Redding actually got a few inches of snow last weekend. It's been a while...
Also, I'm dealing with a medical issue that will keep me off the oars a few more weeks. I'm hoping to take care of it quickly and be ready for the springtime caddis action that usually kicks off late February or early March.
Be well and stay safe if you're out in these storms. Another couple days of "atmospheric river" supposedly coming early next week....
HUGE gap in reports. Sorry about the lack of.... just have not been on the LS much. Did the Trinity last week and scored a nice wild fish and a beauty chrome hen hatchery fish. Damn it's cold up there....
I'll be getting back on the water in a few weeks.
Unfortunately, there are some medical issues I have to deal with, so have not been fishing.... and will not fish for another two weeks at least. Surgery recovery time.....
Happy New Year to all. Thanks a ton for following/reading LST.com.
Be safe out there.
Bring on 2017 !!!!
Dec 9 -
I have been taking quite a bit of time off. Fishing was great the last day I was out. Even had fish rising to dries. BUT, weather was in the 60's and partly sunny. For 3 days, it hasn't gotten above 47*F. Snowed the other evening. Here in Redding. Yeah, it's been very wet, and super cold.
Fishing should continue to be good as long as the water clarity holds. It's been very good so far. Rains are steady but not overwhelmingly heavy. BWO on most days. Some caddis on warmer days. The 'sphere' fly still works here and there. On certain days, better than others.
Starting to hear stories of better steelheading happening. Might get bundled up and give it a shot next week.... brrrr !!!
Would rather be chasing these.....
My first ever bonefish in the South Pacific. Tongereva (Penrhyn/Pahonu) Atoll - Cook Islands
Pic by Baar Tapu
Hoping all had a good Turkeyday. My stomach is finally recovering today from all the intake over the past week or so.
Back to 'normal' life tomorrow on the water.
Reports have been decent. Rains have kept just a little color in the water, but not too much. Egg patterns, along with mayfly and caddisfly nymphs are doing most of the damage.
Bonus fish on my last day with Dan - a beauty on a dry fly - taken in a spot where I'd never seen fish rise before. The Dry fly action is few and far between on the Lower Sac, but in the fall, if you're in the right place, with the right fly, and the right presentation, with the right weather, it can happen.
I don't often throw dry flies on the Lower Sac, but when I do, the Missing Link is one of them.
Stay dry my friends....
Kind of done with my 'busy season'. No more working 6-7 days a week for weeks on end. Taking some time off around the holiday, working a day or two until Dec.
The salmon run is about over. A few fresh fish showing up here and there, but not a ton.
Spent some time in the jet last week having fun on different sections of water. Even managed a big 'bow on Shasta Lake. Found some bait balls and got him on a little shad minnow fly. Variety is the spice of life !!
Fishing today is tougher on the river. Muddy waters have graced us. TONS of rain yesterday. And I was out with Cole and his dad, Chris. And we kinda could do no wrong. Many fish were hooked and landed. Couple over 20". Had double hook-ups. And didn't see a single boat all day. The fishing was great even tho the weather was not. Had to pump water outta the boat a few times!
Going back out after the dirty stuff clears to see how it fishes...
Been a busy week. Fishing continues to be pretty stable. Most days we're getting over a dozen nice fish into the boat. Some days can be 2 dozen.... Weather is pretty nice this week. Late Oct was WET !!
Salmon are pretty much gone on most of the river. Seeing a pair of spawners is rare. Pretty sad.
The river is low - around 5k cfs. Going to 4500 cfs soon I hear.
Caddis and small mayfly nymphs are on the menu on most days.... we even poked a fish on a dry fly yesterday a.m. Bug activity has been decent for November.
Trinity steelhead fishing is real steelhead fishing. Fish are not being caught by everybody. A fish here and a fish there is the rumor. Give it a couple more storms... maybe it'll get better.
Doing my last day on the Mac this week. Looking forward to the Oct caddis hatch. And maybe some brownies. For sure some big 'bows!
Had a rare encounter with a fin-clipped hatchery steelhead in Redding last week. Alan, 17 years-straight fishing with me in October, landed it on a small nymph.
Happy Election Day.
May god help us....
Weather is not great. Been cold and wet. Fishing is fair. Not excellent. Average size has been good. Salmon are few and far between. Fishing eggs is still working in some spots, but nymphs are also working. It's still a little crowded. I guess the Trinity isn't fishing well. It should not long after this storm. This could be the wettest October we've had in decades....
Trick or treat!
Typical Fall weather pattern lately. Today was windy but mostly sunny. The two days prior were wet and cold and windy. And that's coming back tomorrow thru Sunday. Lots of rain expected this weekend.
Fishing has been fairly good. Not off the hook. The salmon aren't late. They just aren't.
Numbers are lower than I've seen in while. I won't be surprised if the powers that be close recreational and commercial salmon fishing again, like they did a few years back...
The river has been dropping seadily over the past two weeks. Today, it hit 5,500 cfs. It's getting low.
Mayfly hatches are happening on the crappy days, and some fish are being caught on nymphs. It's not just an egg game right now. I've even seen a couple noses pop up lately.
Stay warm and drive safe.... I hear higher elevations around Tahoe will get dumped on this weekend. Happy skiiers and boarders right now.
Congrat's to Kendall M., 15 yrs old, for big fish of the week. Down around Anderson she landed a 24.5" beast on a small nymph. The girls get it done on the Lower Sac!
I'm not one to beat around the bush,so....
Fishing has been fairly good. On a 1 to 10 scale, mabye 6 or 7 on some days.
It's not the typical October egg bite that we're used to.
Salmon are few and far between. It's not looking good this year for the salmon.
Egg patterns ARE working, but fish are being caught on nymphs as well.
Crowds are still kind of an issue...but not horrible. I guess the Trinity is getting good....
The fish are spread out, not all stacked behind the masses of salmon. Because there aren't masses of salmon. Which is kind of nice.
I hear Orange is the new Black.
Maybe on the Lower Sac, August is the new October.....
Oct 14 -
Heavy rain and very windy last night. Wind will be around for a few days. Trees down-type of wind. Power outages for some.
Taking some time off to let things settle. Back at it in a few days.....
Fishing's been decent.
No Salmon Is the Story. They got trucked to the bay 3-4 years ago and didn't get the 'road home' imprint, and went back up the Feather.
Egg bite is not the usual egg bite.
Fishing is good if you know where and what to use.
If you came for the egg bite, better think outside the box.
Oct 2 -
Holy boat hatch, Batman!!
Waited in line to launch the boat the other day, and when I rowed out of the ramp and looked upriver, downriver, and back to the ramp, I counted 18 boats. EIGHTEEN !!
The crowds are upon us. And the egg bite isn't really here yet. Been floating over shallows, and not seeing much. Sure a fish is being caught on an egg fly here and there, but it's far from being a 'wfo' egg bite. (Salties will know what that means)
The dark, rainy days we're having today and tomorrow should help to get them in the mood to start digging.
Word is that the hatchery is expecting less than average returns this year. Could be interesting...
A steelie or two are starting to show in the nets of those guides fishing below Balls Ferry. Hope it's better than last year!
Downriver fishing continues to be good for numbers and decent size. Crowds are not bad.
Will be on the Lower Sac all week then checking out the McCloud. Kinda looking forward to that. Big browns should be in the river on their spawning migration.
Still hearing decent reports on the Trinity. This crappy weather is what they like. Guessing today and tomorrow will fish well over there.
One more way downriver trip tomorrow for fish taco supplies. Not sure if the weather will do harm or help?
Guess there's one way to find out....
Be safe out there, slick roads !!
Sept 28 -
Had a tough day doing my 'usual' stretch on the 26th... flows spiked on us and the fishing was not the best I've seen. We had to clean grass and weeds off our flies every 2 minutes. We did hook 20+ fish, and lost some pretty big ones, but overall mediocre.
So the next day I ventured to a different section, where they're usually smaller. Well... they weren't. The first few almost showed us backing. We crushed all day long. Lots and lots of fish from 15-18". And not a boat in sight. Only bald eagles. 5 spotted that day.
Today, went back, and same scene. Broke off our first hog, landed a bunch of quality fish after that. Double hook-ups and stuff. No eagles. One other boat - a co-worker. Lots of hook-ups. Lots of laughs.
River has been fishing well. Flows continue to drop. It's around 8k now, going to 7,500cfs soon.
I'm booked up until November something....
Crowds are starting to show. Lots of out of towners will be crowding our river for a month. Then they'll go home.
Lotsa guys selling their coctail dresses and evening gowns at the local thrift store to raise money. Getting a motor for your drift boat seems to be the new fad.
Caddis hatch was good yesterday. Stacy and "Dev" kinda crushed.
Weather has been nice. Warm and windy today... but cooler nights.
Word is that the Trinity is kicking out 10 pound steelies already. Nice time to give that a try...before it gets super cold.
Fishing is good. Crowds are not bad. Hatch today was good. Lots of hook-ups and lots of fish landed. And some bent hooks.
At least 7 double hook-ups. Even had a triple hook-up today!!
Salmon are not being seen yet on beds ...eggs are not working yet.
Give it until around Oct 5-10. Then it's gonna be time.
Caddis was the bug du jour today. By far.
October may not be too bad this year.... word is out that steelhead on the Trinity River are showing early.
Last week consisted of Upper Sac, Lower Sac, Bollibokka, and Ah-Di-Na. Saw a lot of time on the water, and saw a lot of fish.
Busy lately, and it won't change anytime soon. Cooler temps have things on the upswing.
Trinity Steelhead are showing.
Lower Sac Salmon are not showing - in the shallows at least.
Another 2-3 weeks at least.
Upper Sac and Mac are fishing better.
Cooler water temps, and some hatches on the way.
Floated downriver yesterday, and found a few places where fish were STACKED!
They weren't all 18-20" up-river fish, but who complains when it's a grab on every other cast.
Flows are still around 9k. Guessing it'll drop again very soon...
Back on the Mac tomorrow, then Lower Sac will be home for a while.
Sept 9 - Wow....
Super busy lately. Sorry for the lack of reports.
Lower Sac is on the drop.
Flows are 9100 cfs as of this report.
Spent today fishing Bollibokka. Not guiding.
Stripped buggers 70% of the day, tossed dry/dropper 30% of the day. Spent 10 minutes fishing with a 'cator.
The fishing was pretty decent. Not huge numbers, but larger fish than usual. And sight fished a brown.
Upper Sac earlier this week was the usual Sept. mediocre. Landed ten fish to 12". Mostly on midges.
Lower sac has been good most days. With flow changes, things are fickle at times.
However, big fish are being caught.
Skip catches big fish....
25" Long Trout big....
Before long, there won't be any good boats left for the Oct season. I'm booked full into November.
Find time and find a LOCAL guide.
530 is the way to go...
Spent a few days on the water this week.
Fishing was good overall. Big fish. Lots of fish. Lots of lost fish.
They're not as grabby on the upper end as they were a couple weeks ago.
Motor'd drift boats are doing "Posse to Posse" and POUNDING the normal runs of the upper 1/2 mile of river. It's kinda sad that they can't catch fish anywhere else....
Even though, fishing is good. Those guys don't have open minds. They fish 8' deep in the same spots over and over and over. We scored some big fish in 3-4 ft. of water this week. And some dry/dropper fish in even shallower water. Lots of fish and lots of places for 'em to hide!
Spent some time fishing below a big dam yesterday. Stripped buggers for a bunch of good grabs, but not as many hook-ups as we would have wished. Hard grabs, but quick to spit the barbless hook. They like to spin and twist once hooked. Kinda like Fall River fish do...
We did land a good number of nice ones. Also scored on nymphs. Almost saw backing. Saw zero other anglers.
Today was rest day. Tomorrow starts 5 in a row.... reports to follow.
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Aug 22 -
Not much to report. Sometimes life is more important than fishing....
My weekend was filled with air conditioning, my daughters 2nd birthday, family and friends, and patio boat time on Lake Shasta.
Taking another day or two off before getting back on the water.
Enjoying a cooling trend this week ! Only 99*F today!!!
Recovering after 13 days in a row on the water. In some form or another. Mostly work.
Bokka was great. Slow on a few days, but Sunday was a 25 fish day. Midge pupa were the ticket. Didn't see another soul for days....
The Lower Sac is still fishing well. Crowds are thinning out from the "opener". The poor fish of the upper river are finally getting a break.
Played with a few of 'em last week. Here's Lisa's hog...
Had a good day yesterday with 3 clients, walking/hiking about 4 miles of the Upper Sac. Saw water that rarely gets fished. Had good dry fly action in the a.m., and good nymphing action throughout the day. BWO dries and midge pupa were very productive. The midges are out in force. Rocks covered with midges in every riffle.
Covered a bunch of water. Saw a rattle snake. And a really nice bear. Hooked around 30 fish.
Lower Sac continues to fish well. Doing a 1/2 day later today, then up to "The Bokka" for a few days of wet wading on miles and miles of private McCloud River. Shouldn't suck.
Spent the past two days fishing the upper river. Yes, it fished well. Yes, we caught nice size fish.
No, we weren't alone. By far.
Boats on every riffle and re-rowable run. Motor boats on the other spots. It was like taking a number at the bakery.
And we didn't hook 50 fish like we did on the opener.
We did hook an indicator somebody lost. And it was attached to a 8 ft leader with three flies. And an 18" bow hooked in the back on the end. Landing that was interesting....
So, those folks that can only catch fish on the upper 1/2 mile of river can have it.
All 20-something of 'em.
I'll take the unpressured 13 miles of river below that.
Back out tomorrow. Then a wade day. Maybe Upper Sac. Then a day off before Bollibokka for a few days.....
Wet wading will be sweet. It's been pretty freakin' hot lately.
August 2 -
Skipped out on the "opener" above the 44 bridge yesterday. Didn't feel the need to get in that mess.
Asked my clients if they wanted to see 20 boats on 1/2 mile of river, or 14 miles of river with maybe 2 other boats.
The choice wasn't hard.
Fishing, afterall, is supposed to be somewhat of a solitary experience.
I heard the traffic was of epic proportions. I also heard fishing was very good for most people.
We didn't see another boat until 2 pm. We hooked upward of 50 fish. And had the river to ourselves.
Saw a good number of double hook-ups and lost some big fish due to small hooks and tackle malfunctions. (Check for wind knots often!!!) We had 2 TRIPLE hook-ups. Were lucky enough to land and photograph one of them!! This doesn't happen every day.
And it didn't happen anywhere near the "opening day" melee.
Back on the water tomorrow. Hoping the crazy boat hatch has settle down... might give it a try.
Fishing continues to be hot. And daytime temps. Topped out at about 113F* yesterday. Roasting!! Staying cool and drinking lots of water is important right now.
Caddis and small mayflies were out in force last night. Floated from 4:30-8 and fishing was good. Very good in some spots. Lots of 'bendo' happening. Going for a repeat performance tonight.
Doldrums of summer are here on the smaller rivers. Working a lot of water, espcially near more oxygenated areas will be key. Dry dropper techniques can be productive, especially early and late.
Bookings have been coming in fast lately for the fall. Especiall October.
For Aug, not much open until 22-26 for me...
September has much better availability, and the past two years, has fished very well. Like October-type good, but without spawning salmon, and without the epic drift boat hatch we see in October.
Have a great weekend.... be safe.
Have been enjoying some time off. Fished a little. See pic below.
Now, just catching up after a long and busy couple weeks. Back on the Lower Sac tomorrow, then Mac, then back on the Sac.
The Lower Sac continues to fish very well. The caddis bite is good. Evening dry action is happening - 8pm.
The upper 1/4 mile section that's been closed, will re-open on Aug 1. (Motorized DRIFT boats will be tearing up the water, so don't expect peace and quiet up there. It's gonna be a shit-show. Lots of dresses!)
Looks like 100*F will be the norm starting this weekend. Even heard talk of up to 110*F by Wednesday. Ugh.
It's been a nice July of not too hot temps. It could've been 100 everyday....
My last few days on the "Bokka" were great. Landed fish on dry/dropper, nymphing, and streamers. Big fish went to Peter L with a 19.5" Mac 'bow on a bugger. We spot em' - we got 'em.
Have a great weekend - and be safe.
BIG. DAM. FISH.
First time fly fishing.
First 20 inch LowerSacTrout.
July 9 -
Fishing has been pretty good. The caddis bite is on. The mayfly bite is slowing, but still on. The stone bite isn't anything to write home about but fish are being caught here and there on stone nymphs. Fish size has been excellent, and they're very healthy. There is dry fly action on some nights, but it's the last 20-30 minutes of light. You have to be out until dark to get it. It's all about the caddis.
I'm pretty much full for July, and August is filling up, especially the first week (the 2nd annual "opener" of the upper mile or so of river.) It should fish VERY WELL the first few days. Until the motor guides POUND the hell out of it and put the fish down. Last year, by the 5th, the fishing slowed way down.
(Saw a bumper sticker on a drift boat the other day. It said - "If you use a motor on your drift boat, then surely you wear a dress") I had to laugh a little.
Flows have jumped up again to 10,500 cfs. PLEASE let this be the end of the increases. Don't empty the lake to feed golf courses in Palm Springs and swimming pools in SoCal. The past two years, the Federally Endangered Winer Run Chinook Salmon had a 99% death rate of juvenilles because of warm water. Because the lake was empty. Because the water was sent south in massive quantities and then followed by two very dry winters. The summer before the drought, flows averaged 14-16,000 cfs. Hopefully they learned and will keep it around 10k this year.
Golf courses and pools are not Federally Endangered. Nor are thousands and thousands of acres of newly planted crops up and down the arid Central valley.
*I have clients that are farmers and golfers, so no offense to you personally.
I do understand pollution, predator species, and overfishing are also causes. There are many causes if you ask me. The big problem is when all the causes come together. And then we have drought to top it off. Like a cherry on top. A bad cherry.
Everybody has a personal opinion. Feel free to disagree.
I just hope there are fish around for my kids' kids to fish for when I'm long gone.
This is a touchy subject for many. There are a bunch of vids and things to read on the interweb.... here's one -
Busy week ahead. Lower Sac and McCloud are on the destination list. Weather going back to triple digits by Wednesday.
Hope you're out this weekend enjoying the cooling trend! Only mid-80's in Redding today. UNHEARD OF for July in Nor Cal. I'll take it !!!
Crushed about 30 linesides yesterday downriver a ways. First one of the day was keeper size, the rest were 'schoolies'. Not finding the really big ones yet...but there's time. And the water is a little higher and cooler than last year. Weed beds are few and far between. Hoping those bigger keepers show up in decent numbers soon! Love to bonk me some stripers for fish tacos. And save the lives of a bunch of baby salmon and trout at the same time!
July 7 -
Had a nice vacay up in Mt. Shasta with the fam over the 4th.
Back to the sticks now....
The fishing has been good. Very good at times. The river is kicking out some really nice fish in the 16-20" range. The post spawn fish are fat again, and they are eating. Flows have been 9700 cfs... which is nice. Might not get much above 10k this summer.
Upper Sac is fishing fair.
McCloud is fishing better than fair, but water clarity is still so-so.
Chasing some bullies tomorrow... then back to the LowerSacTrout program.
On another note - October is very popular with the famous egg bite. Dates are getting filled up, so it's best to book early if you want to get out in the Fall. Call early and get a date with a local guide. Don't wait til the last minute and settle for an outta towner guide from a different area code. They just don't know this river like the local guides do.
The only way to go? Stick to the five-three-oh when picking a Lower Sac guide.
There are at least 20 excellent local full time fly fishing guides on this river. The gear fishing guide who fly fishes a month or two each year might not be the best choice. The construction worker who part-time guides 20 days a year might not be the best choice either. So, BOOK EARLY for the fall folks!!!! You won't regret it.
Happy 4th of July!
I will be taking a few days off of the sticks to enjoy time off and some R&R.
The past few days on the water have been good. Lots of grabs. Some of the fish were eating very small flies, so we lost 50% of what we hooked on my last day out. But we did land a good number over the past few days. Some to 20". Lots of 17-19" fish around now.
Oh, and it's been friggin' hot. 105-108F this week. Ugh....
Flows increased today from 9k to 9,700. Hope it doesn't get too high this summer.... I like 9-10k cfs. Not 15k cfs. We need to save the water for the fish and the future... not for walnuts. The farmers sucking our rivers and lakes dry need to move on to something else. I don't even like walnuts. Why do they grow that shit in an arid desert enviromnent anyways?! If you're moving tumbleweeds to grow stuff, you're in the wrong place.
Other news - McCloud is starting the milky phase. Water clarity is not too great. In knee deep water, it's hard to see your foot. Fishing is decent. Not great. This usually goes on for a few weeks. If you didn't get up there over the past two months, you missed some great fishing!
Upper Sac - flows are GREAT. Clarity is very good. I just might find myself in that very river this weekend. No better way to beat the 100*F heat than to wet wade the river. And there is NO SUCH THING as a crowded day on the Upper Sac. Walk 10 minutes on the tracks and I guarantee you'll find some good water. Best flies for me up there last week were copper johns, SnM, sally nymphs, PMD's, and small stimi's. Midges should work from here on out up there.
Have a happy and safe holiday !!
Been on the water a lot. Different water all week.
Actually did 1/2 day wade trip on the Upper Sac yesterday, then we drove down the hill and did a 1/2 day afternoon float on the Lower Sac. And we scored some BIG fish. Most were lost due to small hooks and bad ass fish, but we boated a few beauties and had two double hook-ups on our float. The am wade sesh was ok. Not great. Scored a few 8-12" fish on dry/dropper and indicator'd one at about 17".
Spent a day bullying the river bully last week. I'll be back for more even tho we didn't hook 60 fish. 30 was enough. And one bonus big fish that gave Rob a great fight. Forgot the fillet knife this trip... but I won't next time!
Pete with a typical 'big' LowerSacTrout. One of many we saw that day.... hatches have been great!
June 20 -
Officially Summer now. And it's hot.
Weather, and sometimes the fishing.
Been super busy lately. Last week I did 9 in a row. Then went right into a 3 day camping trip for fathers day.
(oh, and I had a birthday last week)
So we get to the Upper Sac to camp, and it's raining. In June.
Luckily, we have our trusty '62 Shasta AirFlight Camper, restored, to keep us dry. Got there early and it was more of an occasional drizzle, so I wader'd up and went on a hike. Found some good dry/dropper fishing in pocket water that friday afternoon, followed by a PMD hatch at 2:30. Fished dries for 1.5 hours. So sweet it was.
Rained all night.
Next morning, river had risen from 320 cfs to 550 cfs.
Tried dry/dropper and it was decent. Not great. Found deeper water. Bobber'd up.
Dropped a prince and little s-n-m.
Got to shake hands with a 19-20" fish and a 10" fish.
Back to camp for lunch. Killer sando. Good fam time. BBQ burgs.
Next a.m. , went for a drive up a small creek. Clank, clank, clank goes my truck.
limped back to camp. Called AAA.
Left camper in MS, borrowed truck from UJ, got broken truck towed to redding.
Long story. So, that was my fathers day.
Back on Big Sac today. Flows up to 9k. Didn't fish as well as 8k. Went from great to good.
But that'll change. Lost some biggies today.... some spit, one broke. Big water big fish. Tom and Eileen fished hard and fished well. Pretty good for some salites. ;-)
Back out tomorrow, then taking a few off to be a daddy and fish for me ! Could be bonking something for the table....
The Mac was great yesterday. Killer dry fly action after 2 pm !!!! Landed a bunch on dries.
The Lower Sac has been fishing great, especially on nicer days. LOTS of bugs have been around, so the fish have been happy.
Be safe out there...
June 9 -
Fred B. with a girthy one
Weather has cooled off to upper 80's and low 90's this week. Very nice to see !!
Have had mostly good fishing lately. The Lower Sac is fishing pretty good. Deb and Tim did great yesterday on a half day trip, boating fish to 19" and getting a lot of grabs.
The McCloud was good this past week. Lots of bugs. Lots of fish around. Not many huge fish, but no crowds also.
The Upper Sac kinda kicked my ass last week. Twice. Guided it one day and didn't get many hook-ups. A day or two before that I walked a section with a budddy and covered a TON of water. Just didn't fish great. Not sure what the deal is there....
Back on the Lower Sac today for another half day trip. Then a full day. Then a day on McCloud. Then Lower Sac for a couple days, then Battle Creek Ranch for a few days. Busy, busy !!
The weather has turned warm. Very warm. The Donald got to experience it yesterday - 104*F at his rally down at the Redding Airport.
Heading out early today to hike a multi-mile section of the Upper Sac that I have never really seen. Flows are down to 430 cfs. Stoked to see some new water! Taking two cars and dropping one, so there will be zero "Walking Back" today.
The Lower Sac fished pretty good my last day out with Fred B. Flows bumped a thousand cfs that morning, so we didn't get them in a couple spots, but we did get them in a lot of spots. And they were big, hard fighting, FAT, strong fish.
Since then, flows have gone up again. It's around 8k as of this a.m.
Spent a day on the Mac this week. Hooked over 30 fish with my guys. Lots of dry/dropper fishing and even an hour of good solid dry fly fishing. Nice to not look at a bobber all day! Fish were plentiful, but not overly large. Fish were caught on dries, dry/dropper, indicators, and streamers.
It's been a great week overall. Lower Sac trout, McCloud trout, Upper Sac trout, and tomorrow ??? Maybe drive downriver a ways to search for some stripers or shad.
Stay cool and drink lots of water !
Memorial Day - May 30-
Thank you to all who are, or have, served our country!
So, last Monday, a buddy and I hammered fish on a short afternoon jet boat excursion. ZERO BOBBERS USED !!!! All fish caught while anchored. No chasing flies or bobbers downriver that day.
Then went out Friday for a little bit with the wife, and we did pretty good. Not great. Monday saw TONS of bugs. Friday not so much.
Sorry but no weekend reports from the Lower Sac. I made a pledge a few years back to stay far away from the river during this particular holiday weekend. Some of the craziest traffic days I've ever seen on the river were during Memorial Day Weekend. It's not quiet. It's not as much fun. And it's not as safe.
Jet skiis. Rafters. Kayakers. Weekend jet boaters. Canoes. Pontoon Boaters. Paddle Boarders....the list is a long one.
Lots of lesser experienced boaters out this weekend. Almost been run over by weekend jet boaters before. No Thanks! Spent the weekend with family.
Will be out on the big water tomorrow, after everybody has gone back home or back to the office. Expecting pretty good fishing. My guys can fish, so drifts will be good !!!
Time to spend some days on the Mac and Upper Sac. That will happen this week. And this weekend. Wet wading.
Mostly cuz forecast calls for next Saturday to be 108F*. ONE HUNDRED AND EIGHT !!!!
Phil and Chris absolutly crushed today.
Lots of action. Big, fat fish. Half dozen double hook-ups, at least.
Lots of bugs... Mild wind, 20 min of rain all day.
Woke up to dark skies. Cloudy and cooler today. MUCH cooler.
It's been in the 90's. Today will struggle to hit 70F.
Doesn't stoke me out... not a fan of weather change. Keeping fingers crossed for today...
Report to follow.
Lower Sac flows are 6500 cfs.
Upper Sac flows are 650 cfs.
Chance of rain the next 3-4 days.
May 17 -
Great News - Upper Sac down to 710 cfs.
Lower Sac wasn't anything special today.
There are different PMD's out now. Smaller. More creamy white-olive.
Not larger creamy-orange.
And some caddis.
Stonefly hatch is coming to an end.
Fishing was tough in 20-30 mph winds.
Landed 'em up to about 20". But not a bunch.
The fish were kind of a$$holes today....
Out tomorrow for a half day. Wind supposed to lay down.
May 16 -
A couple days on Bollibokka was nice. Got some good exercise hiking around looking for hungry fish. Overall, fishing was so-so. We got fish but not a ton. The river is sill kind of high with all the tribs dumping snowmelt. We did score a couple fish on dries - Missing Link and Ants. The fish were eating flying ants in some spots, which was cool. The water is painfully clear, so they were a bit spooky.
Good news on the Upper Sac - flows are in the 850 cfs range. This is the start of a short but sweet peak season on that river. I hope to get on it soon... not many free days lately. By mid-late June fishing can slow if it's 100F every day.
Back on the Lower Sac tomorrow with another guide and a long-time client with three of his buddies. The flows have been 6500 cfs for a while. Surprised it hasn't come up a little higher by now.... At least it's stable, which helps fishing.
Windy today. And it's in the forecast for tomorrow as well. And temps over 90F tomorrow. Summer heat will be upon us in no time...
River fished pretty good yesterday. Nice to see higher flows.
David and Susan had plenty of hook-ups. Our landing ratio was a little off... the fish were spitting the hook after 3-4 seconds of thrashing. But we did land some beauties up to about 19". And some post-spawn fish. Good to see them finishing up and getting back into the grove of eating.
Have I mentioned how many fish are spawning above 44?? TONS! And how awesome it is that the fishing is closed up there ? People (some guides) who used to sit there all day and abuse those fish are not happy about the closure, but those who care about the future of our wild trout - we're happy its closed. Those fish need to spawn un-molested.
Sorry to say but I won't have any Lower Sac reports for about a week.
I will, however, have a report soon on a private section of the Mac. Not that it'll do you any good.....
Locking a gate behind you to fish an exclusive piece of world-famous river... for 3 days... does not suck. One bit.
Have a good weekend, y'all.
Sad to say, but my vacation is about over.
Tomorrow is my official first day back to work after a long, much enjoyed vacation.
Got out yesterday for a couple hours to test some new lines, and catch a couple bass on The Fly Shop's Steiner Lake.
Got out on Mother's Day with mom for about 3-4 hours. Fishing was pretty good. Actually broke a hook on a fish. It's been a while....
Lower Sac flows are creeping up. Very slowly, which is good. Won't mess with the fish too much with little bumps in flows. Today, it's 6500 cfs. Mothers Day saw very happy fish. They were hungry. Some good bug activity also with Hydrosyche, Sallies, and Peemers around. (Caddis, lil Yellow Stones, PMD mayflies)
There's been great hatches of motor boats lately also. It seems that motors on DRIFT boats is the new thing. Sad to see so many people feel the need to do that.
Spread out. Explore the river and the different types of water to catch fish in. And the different sections. It's good all the way down to Red Bluff. And it's beautiful down there.
Upper Sac - still not much great news here. Flows are around 1100 cfs. Fishable, but plan to cover a lot of water to find the good spots. Stones will work NOW.
I've heard good things about Pit and Hat and also McCloud. Heading to the Mac late this week for a 3-day stint on the famous Bollibokka Club. Should be fun to hike around the Lower Mac for a couple days. Rattlesnakes will be on the list of things to watch out for, as it's that time of year.
May 4 -
Sorry for the delay in reports. Once in a while, the fish can wait.
My wife and I took a few days off to enjoy some quiet time. And some great wines.
The past few days were spent in Sonoma, tasting great wines, eating great food, and relaxing at 'the spa'.
Another couple days of relaxation are coming up, then back to the grind.
The opener was... well... not sure how the opener was. I was on the Lower Sac that day. But only in the afternoon. It blew 30 mph pretty much all day. Had a friend in town, so I took the weekend off. We wade fished a small stream with mediocre results. I got 3, my friend got 1. Then drove back to Redding and grabbed the boat for a very short drift. We both landed a few nice fish that afternoon, and my buddy broke of a monster about the time I said "let it go for 10 more seconds, then we're done". It only took 4 seconds and all hell broke loose. The fish was hot and he wasn't expecting it to push the Nitrous button .5 seconds into the fight.
The next day, the wind layed down, and we floated the river - with around 20 fish landed. And a couple Sierra Nevada Pale Ale's were enjoyed. Sure was nice to have somebody row me around for a change!! Forgot what it was like to fish out the front of a driftboat...
Upper Sac - flows are hanging around 950 cfs. It'd be nice to see that number lower, but it is fishable.
Hat, Fall, McCloud - I have not heard any reports, as I was in wine country. And I rarely, if ever, go to those places on "opening day". Not into crowds much.
I'm sure as this storm passes and we get back to normal weather, those streams with fish very well.
It's offiical. The Lower Sac is on the rise. It has bumped up over the past few days. Flows are 6,000 cfs today. This should continue until they reach "summer flows". Who knows what that'll be this year. Normal is 12-14k cfs. The last two summers, it's only been 7k cfs. I'm hoping we see at least 10k this summer.
My next open dates are May 23 and 25.
Late May and most of June is usually my best "no bobber" fishing of the year. Traditionally, history has a habit of repeating itself.
May 23 and 25 are my next openings.
Have a great weekend. Hug your mom if you're lucky enough to still have her in your life.
Had some great fishing with Fred and Mike this week. Windy as all get out, but we pulled it off and saw action all day.
The Rabbi - 17 years in a row fishing with LowerSacTrout. Wouldn't be a day with Bruce without fish over 20" in the net.
Leonard and his 'missle'. 21.5" of fighting fury - with that huge tail.
Fishing was good this week. The fish were keying on different flies during different parts of the day.
It's been windy and today is cooler and chance of rain. Working a little this weekend, then taking a little time off with the family.
PMD, Sallies, Salmonflies, Caddis, BWO - lots of things happening.
Expecting the flows on the Lower Sac to start increasing any day now. Flows are currenty 5k cfs.
Absolutely wonderful day to be off. Thunder, lightening, and heavy downpours are the norm today. Flooded streets, accidents, trees down, black skies.... all happening today around town while I ran errands.
Lightening and fly rods aren't so good together.
Yesterday, fishing was pretty decent. Not on fire like it has been. LOTS of boats out, and pretty strong winds that affected our fishing a bit. Overall, landed some beauties, had some double hook-ups, and enjoyed the pleasant weather with Dave and Tom.
Again, we found some fun fishing in shallow water that rarely, if ever, gets fished. Thinking outside the box can pay off once in a while.
One more week til the opener. Hat Creek, Fall River and McCloud River will all open next Saturday. Could be a great year thanks to El Nino and full lakes.
Bad news for the Upper Sac. Before the storms today, it was 1400 cfs - which can be sort of fishable. As of noon today, flows have spiked up to 1920 cfs. Not very fishable. It could drop quickly, so don't totally count it out, but I'm guessing it'll be mid-May before it gets down to the 300-400 cfs range, which is fairly normal.
Bummer....love that river in the Spring. Hopefully we don't totally miss the stone hatches.
Have a great weekend!
April 20 -
Enjoying the day off. Kind of. The list of chores is long after 7 days in a row on the water. The mower and weed wacker will see some time today.
The fishing, overall, has been great. Indicator nymphing is working well. Stones (golden, lil yellow, giant) are hatching. Caddis and PMD and BWO are hatching. But none of the above in "really big numbers" like we like to see.
That being said, changing flies during the day, and even for specific stretches of river, can pay off.
The norm for me has been 30-something or so landed each day. Sometimes more. Sometimes less. But numbers of 16-19" fish are good right now. Dry fly opportunities are few and far between during the day. At dusk, there can be fish found rising if you put in the time.
Have had some fun catching fish in 2' of water lately. Especially when drift boats with motors aren't chewing up the water. Lots of boats row-thru or motor-thru water that has fish. Rowing thru doesn't disrupt things nearly as much as motoring thru. Some of us have figured out how to catch those fish, so be respectful when possible.
I actually had a 'drift' boat with a motor behind me yesterday, maybe 50 yards. They fired up the motor, passed me, and cut the motor about 50 yards below me - then started fishing the same line I was on !!
Don't be a DB and low hole other people. If you didn't get there first, you didn't get there first. Accept it.
My best friend, the wind, has been absent the past few days and it's been HOT! Like, low-90's hot. It's way too early for that if you ask me.... This will change soon. Possible rain on Friday, and our old pal, the wind, is coming back tomorrow.
Don't forget The Fly Shop's pre-Opening Day party. Good food, good people, and all the newest gear - and the reps on hand for any questions you have.
My openings are few and far between. The next days I have abailable are May 9, 11, 12, 19.
Wind and rain yesterday. Cold morning. Good fishing.
Warmer afternoon. Very Windy. Good fishing.
Today, all sun.
Wind strong from the north.
Thirty-something saw the net.
Our game was on.
That is all....
The fishing has been great. Lots of hook-ups lately. Word is out....so there are a few other boats around. At least until the last Saturday of this month, when small stream trout fishing opens up. Then the crowds will thin and the outta-towner guides will go home and we'll see less pressure out there.
The weather HAD been great. Lately, cloudy and cooler is the rule. Rain has been around, but not too much. Just enough to keep everything wet, and knock down some of that stinkin' yellow pollen on everything.
Windy conditions will arrive tomorrow afternoon and remain thru Thursday. And I'm scheduled to be out in it.
We'll play the cards we're dealt and not let it affect us too much. Fish will be caught regardless.
Except for April 26 - I'm full for the month.
For May - the next open date I have is May 11, 12, 16.
Upper Sac flows are going up. Sorry, no good news there.
April 6 -
Weather has been beautiful. Fishing has been good, but it's been windy. That's supposed to settle down Friday. Rain is is in the forecast for Saturday. That'll be interesting....
Boards are in. Higher flows are not far away.
April 5 -
Fishing has been pretty darn good lately. 30 and 40 "hook-up" days are not uncommon. The fish have been happy and bugs are around. Saw PMD and Salmonfly hatches this week. And it'll only get better.
The boat traffic has increased a little, now that the Trinity is done, however, there are a TON of fish and the river is huge. Plenty of room for all.
That being said, remember to be respectful of other anglers. I had a very productive little spot all to myself yesterday - a small spot - maybe a 150-200 ft. long drift - and another boat just jumped right in and started fishing our spot. Rowing back up over and over. Now, a lot of spots are big enough to share with others, but this one was not. It's a big river..
Upper Sac is still raging at 1700 cfs. Normal flows are 250 cfs. Snowmelt has started with the warm days. Once it gets around 1000 cfs... time to start checking it out ! Don't leave home without your rubberlegs ! 600-800 cfs can fish great if you find slack water. They'll stack up wherever it's "slower".
April 6, 11, 27 are about the only days I have open for the next month.
Fishing is good. Weather is good. Time to get out.
Spending this Sunday doing a 21 boat trip for Project Healing Waters. Actually it's a "Two Pattern" tournament. Only two patters per angler, up to 6 of each pattern can be used. Hope my guys picked good flies! Should be fun.
OK - SO THE BIG NEWS is that a trip to Kamchatka is in the works. I'm looking for 3-5 anglers who want the trout fishing experience of a lifetime. At this time, a lodge package is open and a "float and camp daily" package is open.
In Soviet Russia, trout eat mouse. And even duck.
It's kind of bad-ass to see a 24" rainbow take a mouse pattern. There will also be streamer fishing. And some dries. Indicators will NOT be used. Beads will NOT be used. Some big char and hard fighting chum salmon are also known to frequent the river.
The river is remote, and only sees about 20-30 anglers PER YEAR.
Flight to the Kamchatka Penninsula from Anchorage is about 4.5 hours.
Timeframe is looking like late July or sometime in August.
This is a lifetime trip.
Email me if you are at all interested and I can forward more detailed information.
In the meantime - a guide pal and I spend a couple hours on a private pond leased by The Fly Shop this morning. Bass to 5 pounds crushed my "crafty Stripper" fly I use for stripers. We stuck a bunch of fish in shallow water. We saw every take.
Sight fishing at it's finest.
If you get the bass itch, check out Swarts Pond - booked thru The Fly Shop.
March 28 -
Given the choice to be on the water today, or do chores around the house, I picked the latter.
Winds to 25 are the norm today, and tomorrow is calling for wind to 30+ mph. Sustained. No fun.
Wednesday, it's back down to 20 mph... and even lower Thursday and Friday.
Those are the days this week to get out. Make it happen !
Flows are BACK DOWN to 5,000 cfs. Fishing should be pretty good this week once conditions improve.
May could prove to be a great month around here. The Lower Sac should fish well. The Upper Sac should be on fire - depending on how fast snowmelt happens. Flows under 800 cfs are ideal. Today, it's 2100 cfs. It's got a ways to go...
Hope y'all had a great Easter with family and friends.
Yesterday flows were around 15k. Today the flows are 12k. By Monday, the flows are supposed to be 5k. That's a lot of change over the weekend.
Usually changes are not the best for fishing. Yesterday, however, was a different story.
Belan and Rob - frequent visitors of LowerSacTrout - put over forty fish in the net. We had 21 by lunch. Fishing was OUTSTANDING !
The best day of the year so far, for numbers of fish landed. And size. We landed (and lost) fish over 20". And I lost count of the number of 17-19" fish we released. I'm guessing only 4 or 5 fish were under 15".
We could do no wrong yesterday. And it was an absolute beautiful Spring day.
Get out and get some of this great fishing before the 100-degree days are upon us.
I have a fair amount of openings until April 7, then not much available after that.
Lots of wind and thundershowers today. Calm one minute, DUMPING the next. It's a short lived storm, expected to drop maybe 1/2 inch of rain. Then it's back to clear and sunny skies by tomorrow.
The river is stable at 20k and the fishing has actually been pretty good. Between family events, minor construction job at home, being sick, and taking care of my daughter.... I have not had time to get out, but friends who have are saying the fish are eating, and they're nice sized fish. Just gotta find where they moved to.
They are not in the same spots, and those who don't know the river, will struggle.
Those of us who have been fishing the river for decades will not. (If you're one of those guys who spends half the day motoring back and forth under the sundial bridge, you're in for a rude awakening next time you go out !! :-)
I will be out guiding this week. Reports to follow.
March 17 -
The river, she-a not in so good-a shape. (add itialian accent)
Yesterday was decent fishing for the conditions. Visibility is down to 18" and mustard yellow brown ish colored. It's from Spring Creek on Keswick - the SuperFund site. Toxic stuff. Don't eat the fish this week !!
As if the dirty water wasn't enough, I just heard this a.m. that the river will be running at 20,000 cfs by tomorrow a.m. TWENTY THOUSAND CFS !! You read that right.
Now, we have fished it at that height in the past, and done well. So, if the added velocity helps is clear up, fishing might get back on track after a week or so.
But I'm pretty much going to advise my clients for this Saturday and Sunday to cancell. Contitions are far from 'ideal'.
Remember the river above Hwy 44 bridge will be closed after April 1. To protect winter run salmon. And in-directly protect spawning rainbows. Again yesterday, I watched a boat row back and forth, up and down, POUNDING a very heavily populated trout spawning redd. I politely informed them of what they were doing, and the guy hardly looked at me. Embarassed? I'm not sure if it's ignorance or greed, but I hate to see that. It's like watching a duck hunter sneak up to a duck on a nest, and blowing its head off. Not cool.
Chris and "E" and I had the river to ourselves today for a half day float after noon.
The water was not clear. Maybe 2.5 ft. of visibility, which isn't all that bad. Then again, it's not good.
Soon as I pulled out of the ramp, I noticed the water was higher than I'm used to. Thought it was the rain adding some cfs until I checked the flows.
Flows INCREASED from 3200 cfs to 5500 cfs around 11 a.m. today.
This is the first increase we've had in quite a while that wasn't due to irrigation needs. SO, that being said, the powers that be are possibly afraid of the lake over flowing during snow melt..so they're making room now. Shasta Lake full ????
Maybe. Or close to it.
SO, this weekend the weather will be shite. Not much fishing will happen. Monday things clear up. Water should have time to clear and by mid-week the fishing could be back on. Temps to 70 by Wednesday. Fish will have adjusted to the new flows... bugs should be happening.... it could be go-time.
The fish were not happy today. Flow changes are never good. Fishing was tough, but we did put a couple in the net and saw some backflips from large fish that didn't see the net in the end...
The rains have not yet come. 48 hours of drizzle is what we've been seeing.
It's on the way though. Friday- Sunday will be wet and windy.
The storm is supposed to pass by early Monday a.m.
Then we're looking at temps to 70*F by next Wednesday. That'd be nice!
March 9 -
Weather has gone sour. Heavy drizzle all day today, with some serious rain and wind coming our way over the next 4-5 days, starting this afternoon. Weatherman said we have 4 separate waves of storms coming. One after the other. Looks like we could get 3-4" by the weekend. Rivers could swell and waters will dirty. Not the best conditions for the Lower Sac right now. Could be until next Tuesday until we see a break in the weather. After that, fishing should be good if we have at least 2-3 ft. of clarity. Only time will tell...
Stay tuned for updates.
Before the weather turned, we had huge hatches and warm sunny days. I had a few opportunities to get out and found some fantastic fishing with my 5 wt. No bobber. No split shot. Just gotta think outside the box....
If you're tired of the bobber thing but love fishing the river, keep this in mind when the weather gets better and look me up. Historically, April - June is the best time to ditch the heavy gear and go light.
Fishing was not on fire today. Went out for a little bit with a pal and we did not use bobbers or split shot. Fish were hooked and landed. Water clarity is not good after the weekend storms. It's not totally blown out, but visibility is about 2 ft. Maybe. It should clear up a little over the next few days, but more rain is coming Thursday/Friday, so not sure what will happen for next weekend..
The UPPER Sac hit a high of around 27,000 cfs last weekend, and is still cranking at 7,500 cfs. That's twice the water flowing down the Lower Sac !! Bad news for early fishing on the Upper Sac, but good news for the lake. We need the water. And there's more on the way.
After the next storm passes and we get back to cleaner water and nicer weather, I expect fishing to be pretty darn good.
Kamchatka - Russia. Huge rainbows. Mouse Flies.
Interested ?? Email me for info....
A little blurb from my pals over at Kennedy Bros Fishing - about motors. I think it's well said. If you float under the Sundial bridge 10 times in a row, or motor below everybody to get to the redds first in October - this could be about you.
March 2 -
Spent a couple hours on the river today, kind of a play-day. Noticed the news talking about the storm coming, and talk of rain everyday for the next 10 days, so decided to get some while it's still nice and kinda sunny out.
Had some stellar dry/dropper action in very skinny water. DURING THE HATCH. After the hatch, those fish moved out. I was even lucky enough to find some rising fish, and tossed the old faithful Mercer's Missing Link and they ate. Just a nice day, not rowing, tossing tight loops with my new Winston Bx3 5 weight, watching dries instead of bobbers....
The caddis hatch could be very thin by the time the weather breaks in a week or two. It usually doesn't last for very long.
Next on the menu....PMD's and Salmonflies. Could be worse....
Had a really fun day yesterday with a great group of four guys who could get it done. We hooked a good number of fish despite the weather being cloudy/cold/dark. The caddis were not out playing much at all yesterday, so the numbers weren't as high as they have been on the sunny days we've had recently. Nail the warmer, bright and sunny days and fishing can be a little better.
Feb 25 -
It's been 'en fuego'. Great fishing, especially from 11-3 pm.
We absolutely crushed them yesterday, and got a bonus fish in the 19" range. No indicator.
Caddis hatches are going strong, but won't last more than another two weeks or so.
Take advantage of the great weather and get a line wet. You won't regret it!!!
Email me for open dates....
Weather the past couple days has been nicer. Much nicer. And the caddis are back at it.
Saw massive numbers of bugs today. Tried a dry, but litterally could not pick out mine from the thousands on the water. It was insane.
Fishing the past few days has been outstanding. Good numbers of big fish. It's been rare to see fish under 17" lately.
The weather has been absolute shite ! Black skies, sideways rain, winds to 40 mph. It looks like it'll blow on out of here tonight. So, tomorrow should see mostly sunny skies, little to no wind, and temps to 60*F. Sweet. I like rowing in that kind of weather. Lets hope the bugs come out to play!
Feb 16 -
Took a good return client out for a half day yesterday. We didn't see the Sundial Bridge.
Fishing was great. Each spot we fished (with the exception of one or two spots) held fish. I'm guessing we netted around 15 fish, and lost a fair number before they saw the net. And we were off the water by 1:30. Bugs were out. Fish ate what they were supposed to eat.
After this storm passes, and weather gets back to 60-70*F out, the fishing should be great.
My last day out was spent downriver a ways with Zach and Matt. They landed around 20 trout and three different bonus species while using a sink-tip.
Sometimes fun to have some 'no bobber time' now and then.
River is in great shape, and it's fishing well. Weather (except this coming Wed/Thurs) is looking great for February.
Crowds are thin. Time to get some!
I have a decent number of open dates for the remainder of Feb.
If you don't hire me, hire a local professional...
Don't settle for an "out of town" guide or a local guide who spends 80% of their time spin fishing and hunting, but call themselves "fly fishing guides".
If you're gonna do it, do it right !!
Got some buddies that are bass crazy. They invited me to tag along on a bass trip. I said I'd try to do what they were doing, but with a fly rod. It wasn't super easy, but I scored the largest smallie on the boat. With my 8 wt. and a sink-tip. And a fly I tied for stripers....which has now caught stripers, smallies, and trevally in the South Pacific.
I did get a nice 4-5 lb. largemouth with a level-wind reel and NOT a fly. Which was fun. Been a while.
The nice weather most likely won't last long.
You really should be up here fishing next Monday. Seriously.
Spend a few days on the Lower Sac with some dudes from SoCal. Even tho they were from SoCal, they were pretty good dudes ;-)
Chris, Pete and Steve nailed the weather. Sunshine and temps to 80 degrees in early February? Yup.
Caddis, BWO and PMD were all out yesterday. Didn't see more than a handful today. Not sure what that's all about.
Water conditions are pretty good and we're looking at sunshine and temps near or over 70*F for the next week.
GET SOME !!!!
Fish of the weekend - Peter with his 24" wild LowerSacTrout. With fish-shoulders.
Great weather coming this weekend, starting today. No wind. Sunshine and temps to 60F* today. Tomorrow it's going to be 70F* and up to 75F* on Sunday. That is kind of sweet, as I'm out on the water 3 out of the next 4 days.
I'm expecting to see a few more bugs with this change.
And warmer water. And happy fish.
Little dark springtime caddis could make a good showing.
Stay tuned for current reports... and "LIKE" LowerSacTrout on Facebook for live-from-the-river reports and pictures.
Giant Trevally (GT) aren't born giant. They're BT (baby Trevally) and MT (Medium Trevally) first. And they love to SMASH poppers on the surface. Joel with one of many we had fun with during a week of sore arms and good times down at Christmas Island.
Fishing was mediocre yesterday. The bugs that have been showing, didn't show much, and water temps were down in the upper 40's. Which is cold. The break in the weather and cold rains should help warm things up a little bit. We did land fish to 21". Big, fat, strong fish. We lost another 20" fish at the net, and had a couple come unplugged.
The sink-tip and dry/dropper saw very limited time, and didn't do much.
Everyday is different....
Might head out tomorrow to try some new experimental flies. And try a few spots that don't get hit much this time of year.
One of the parts of travelling all over the world to fish that I like is seeing the local culture and how they live. These kids do not have ipads or Playstation. Doesn't seem like they miss those things looking at this shot.
The week has been busy, getting back to 'normal' life. Planned to fish the river tomorrow, but forecast calls for sustained winds around 20 mph with gusts to 30+. So, might postpone that plan.
Water clarity is a nice steelhead greenish color. Rains coming today/tomorrow shouldn't change it too much. Unless it POURS.
In the mean-time, here's a shot of one of the strongest fish I've ever had the pleasure of fighting. Milkfish are vegetarians, and can be difficult to catch most days. We were there on a good day and landed somewhere around 15 before calling 'uncle'.
OK... back to real life. Will be checking the river later today to see just how dirty it is. I'm guessing it's not crystal clear after the rains I didn't experience - because I was in Hawaii for 4 days after a week in Christmas Island.
An epic time was had by all. We had quadruple hook-ups with yellowfin tuna. We had numerous double hook-ups on Milkfish, which are absolute freight trains. Yellowfin trevally, Bluefin Trevally, Giant trevally, triggerfish, and tons of bonefish were hooked. Absoute incredible time. (pics coming soon..)
I had been going every three years, but might shorten that.
Christmas Island 2018 anyone ??
February and March on the Lower Sac can be goooood !! (Scroll way down to see reports from last year!!)
Book prime weekend dates now.
Don't miss out!
Jan 6 -
The river is dirty, but not unfishable. Flows are still 3300 cfs - LOW.
Rain has been coming down for hours. Days. This is good.
I was supposed to be out today, but we decided to postpone due to foul weather. Heavy rain and winds to 35 mph isn't so good for what we had planned. (We weren't planning to do the 'drift alongside an indicator' thing.)
Never did make it to the coast. Things looked good for a day or two, but I couldn't sneak away. Now, it's all blown out again.
Fishing here on the river should continue to be good for the next few weeks - if the water stays clean enough. BWO hatches are happening on some days. Even saw a few PMD lately. The egg bite is still kinda happening. Alevins have been catching fish. Low water means plenty of wade spots avaliable. Go out and get some!
Sooooo.... Sorry to say that I won't be reporting much for the next two weeks or so. I've got other things on my plate.
Report to follow. Stay tuned!
Happy New Year folks.
The river in town has dropped down to the lowest it'll most likely get. It's 3200 cfs. And clean. Fishing has been pretty decent. Small mayflies and a few fish on eggs here and there. My last two days out both saw over 20 fish hooked, so it's still fishing well.
I'll be back out on Wednesday, but maybe not until then.
The rivers over on the coast have dropped into shape. I may be hitting the road for a day or two of trying to catch a REAL steelhead. (Drifted the Trinity on a beautiful snowy day this past week. We caught some fish, but not very big, not many were wild, and they didn't fight anything like a fresh coastal fish can.)
We'll see if it happens....
Happy Winter! Short days are on the way out...slowly.
Massive amounts of rain today. River got dirty. Way dirty around Anderson. Not as bad around Posse.
It should be back sometime tomorrow. Then even better Wednesday. You might see me out!
A half day trip yesterday was COLD and WET. It was 40*F when I pulled the boat at 2:30 pm. Snow is capping the mountains all around town, when you can see them. Fishing was good. Broke off a monster. Landed another big fish that taped 'over twenty'. Landed a good number of 15-18" fish. Smaller flies and smaller tippet was the ticket. Clean water yesterday. Way cleaner than I like in December.
That changed today.
Merry Christmas to all! Might not be posting in the next 3-4 days, but will be on the river Sunday/Monday after Christmas.
Reports to follow...
Dec 15 -
The nasty weather turned the river a shade of weak coffee with cream. Borderline blown out. And I went out before, during, and after that change. And change was good. We had the river to ourselves. Hardly anyone out fishing last weekend. We stuck an impressive number of fish. Nice part about it was that there were very few fish under 17". Very few. On a half day, we netted at least a half dozen fish over 20".
I love when we get color in the river during winter. Just not too much, like last winter!
Take a break from shopping and traffic and crowds. Get on the water and play with some LowerSacTrout!
One of many "over 20" fish we saw over the past few days.
Dec 10 -
The river is in pretty good shape. I've been exploring some other fisheries and not spending every day on the Sac.
Can't really talk about what I've been doing....that's why it's exploring ! Always fun to find new secret spots!
Also, tying flies for Christmas Island and spending a couple days a week taking care of my daughter. She's getting to be a little girl more so than a big baby. Been fun.
Nasty weather last night. Paito furniture blown around. Tarp blown off wood pile, etc... More rain is expected over the next few days. Upward of 10 inches total is forecast for some areas in the P.N.W. And we need it !
Random photo - AK. Kulik River. Tending to my raft. Saving my lunch.
Nov 30 -
So long November...
The days are short and the weather is cold. Winter is here. Rains are coming this Thursday. Hopefully, a good amount. The last few nights have seen freezing temps in Redding. Alturas, in North-East CA had temps COLDER than Barrow, AK. Which is one of the northern-most communities in AK! So, it's been cold.
My last day out was Saturday, and we actually had pretty decent fishing for just being out for a half day - and having two complete never-ever fly anglers. They both picked up the techniques and got good enough drifts to get a few fish each. Largest was a little over 20". The fish ate an assortment of different flies. There wasn't really a hot fly. Eggs got fish. Mayfly nymphs got fish. Caddis pupa got fish. Had fish rise to dries. Got a fish on a dry/dropper rod.
A good day overall.
Seems like fishing might be picking up a little...
Starting to think about coastal chrome. Rains brought many of the rivers up enough to get a few steelies moving. Might have to do a little road trip and get my spey on pretty soon.
Fishing was decent my last day out with Josh. (pics on LowerSacTrout's Facebook page). We got a few on egg patterns, but most were on nymphs. Small nymphs. The fishing has been kinda tough. Still. And now it's really cold this week, so that won't help much. If you get out, scale down on fly size and maybe even tippet size. Can't get 'em if you're not trying for 'em.
LST.com is taking a few days off the water for the holidays. Next time the oars will get pulled on is next Saturday.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Spend it with people who matter most to you. I sure will be.
If you're one of my clients that tells me to "call when it's good and I'll come up".... don't expect a call this week.
Fishing is TOUGH. Random fish here and there. Still a few on redds, but not many salmon around. Saw 3 all day today. Bugs did the most damage. And random shit I usually never use this time of year. That's how hard we're working for 'em. The regular rubberlegs and poopah and bird nest isn't working all that great. And the beads are not working all that great - at least on the sections I've been on in the past two days.
Windy today. Warmer and calm tomorrow. Cold coming next week...snow levels will get around 2000 ft. from what I hear. Bring on the rain !!!!
By the way.... all the cool people in Shasta County will be at the Civic tomorrow night for the 2015 Fly Fishing Film Tour. Just so you know.
Nov 17 -
Had some issues with my service provider, so updates had to be put off for a while.
Yahoo Small Business is now Aabaco Small Business. Cool name. Not cool having so many gliches with the change-over. After 4 days of waiting, they got their shit squared away. So here's an update :
Have been resting for a few days. Over did it. Way too many days on the water. My back was screaming at me on that final day. And I cancelled a day with a family friend. So won't be doing 13 days in a row any longer. Hoping that tomorrow when I get back on the oars, that it isn't screaming, or I'm due for a few weeks off.
Weather has been cold and clear. One day of rain last weekend. Sat inside and watched the Steelers pummel the Browns. Good stuff. Stay healthy, Ben!!!
Water levels have dropped to the low 4's. Fishing has been decent. Egg bite tapering way off. Been fishing everywhere in between Posse and Jellys. Even went below Red Bluff one day last week. Finding good fishing all over. And way less crowds. Except at Posse on a weekend. Still a few "training wheel" guides motoring up and down the Sundial bridge area, but that'll come to an end soon. They can only sell so many 'discount' trips on Craigslist before people figure out you get what you pay for. They actually should get a discounted trip if they only fish the same 400 yards of river for 7-8 hours.
Reports from a few guide buddies on the T - "Bring your own rock to stand on". Why in the world do people flock to that place? Super skinny clear water with TONS of people and fish that are cold and tired. Long, crappy drive. Cold as sh!t all day, anglers in every hole, boats racing to spots, all to hook a fish or two. I don't get it...
To each his own I guess.
SO LONG Hat, McCloud, Fall and many others. Closed until the last Saturday of April.
However, Upper Sac and Pit are still open. Get some !!!!! Love the Pit during winter.
Nov 9 -
My how things change.
Cold as &%*$ today !! Fingers not working well-type cold. We had 3 fish break off and re-gearing was not a quick procedure. Nice to be in front of the woodstove right now...
Got off the river, and it was 48*F. Fishing has slowed down a bit. On a 1 to 10 scale, its about a 6. The fish have definitely felt the pressure, and are getting wise.
We still landed fish to 21" today, but the 'egg drop' is slowing way down. Nymphs are starting to work as well as the famous orangeish sphere fly. The egg bite is still going..especially if you find a spot the DRIFT boats with MOTORS haven't been pounding the same 400 yards of river for the past 3 hours. If that happens, don't expect much. Move on and fish other spots. They don't know the 'whole' river.....just 3 or 4 spots. There's plenty of fish and plenty of spots. And think outside the box. I made ONE cast today, with a dry/dropper set up (no bobber, no split shot) and hooked a fish in the 18-19" range. In a spot I NEVER see anybody else EVER fish. It's a big river, with lots of fish. Go find 'em.
BIG bwo hatch around 2. Be in the right spot with the right stuff and it could be fun!
Back on the water again. Busy season. Will be on the water 14 days this week. Then a day off.
Lots of firsts today. First day I had ice on the lid of my ice chest this a.m. while loading the boat.
First day I wore socks to work. First day I wore a base layer under my flats pants.
First day I got out of the shower and the mirrors were fogged.
First day we have a fire in the woodstove.
The seasons are a-changin' people. Fall is officially here.
Mount Shasta AND Lassen both are white. Been a while...
Today, with a family friend and his wife, was oustanding. He and I fished this a.m. and crushed. Big fish. Bent hooks and stuff. Then we picked her up at lunch and she crushed. Two hooked on her first two casts. Then a 19 3/4" to the net. Not quite a 20"er but super close. And many more.
Yesterday with Donnie and Brian, was great. Windy, but great fishing. And many laughs. Cheeks sore at the end of the day type day. Brian was the more 'rookie' of the two, but picked it up quick and netted a FAT 18"er early on.
Donnie got a buch of fish right off the bat. Had plenty of action during the day, then at the end of the day, where I usually find steel (when it's around) hooks a fish and it explodes on the surface and instantly peels line off the reel. We chase this thing down 350 yards of river, with multiple runs and a few jumps, only to get it to the boat and ID it as a salmon. A big salmon. A hen. She's going 15-20 pounds. And she's borderline "fresh". NO sign of spawning at all. No white mottling or dark colors. Nothing like the ones we foul hook while trout fishing. So I net her. Kind of.
The net I have is not for 20 pound fish. A calamity happens and she slips out as soon as I scoop her. I grab her again and lift. The rubber net streches under the strain, and luckily her tail slips in.
ASAP, I reach in and grab her by the tail. The hook falls out.
High fives all around, and bottle caps flew.
Here's a pic. Taken in the shade.
Good day yesterday. Crowds are thinning out. Hooked a pretty good number of fish. Lost a bunch, landed a bunch. Best fish of the day was for Brian, on a dry/dropper rig in some very non-fishy looking water. On the first cast to the fish, it POUNCED on the fly. It was classic spot-n-stalk. In an area I've never seen another person fish. So that was cool. And Brian also hooked fish on his very first cast of the day, and his very last cast of the day.
Still not many reports of 'fin clips' coming from downriver. They just aren't around in good numbers yet. One here and one there is about it. There's still time. Two Decembers ago, it was one or two steelies a day for me, so we'll see what happens.
Enjoying a day off beore another week straight out on the water.
Oct 30 -
Spent the day downriver a ways, with Russ. He could fish. Had skill and fishes the river a little here and there on his own. We worked on improving those skills a little bit while we stuck maybe 30 fish on nymphs, and 8 or 9 on a dry/dropper rig. Variety is the spice of life !!! Ya just gotta know where to look and when to ditch the bobber rod.
The salmon spawn areas we did find held trout, but so did areas without salmon around. That's the difference between upriver and downriver right now. Those upriver fish are getting wise.
Be safe with the kiddos while out candy collecting!
Back on the water tomorrow, then a day off before another long work week. Gonna get wet Sunday.... break out the gore-tex.
Richard J. and his fat-fat-fatty.
20" and close to 5 pounds. The girth was unreal !!!
Oct 25 -
Been a long week. Finally enjoyed a day off today only to work around the house all day.
Back on the river this week. Rain/cloudy weather expected. That's good.
The fish are getting wise to the orange sphere fly.
It hasn't been quiet out there. Lots of boats and lots of people(guides) doing whatever they have to in order to 'beat guides from The Fly Shop' to that next good spot ... that they learned about by watching us fish it. Sad that some people have to play dirty on the river for an extra fish or two.
Hopefully the rain and cooler temps will drive 'em over the hill soon.
Slammed this week. No time for much of a report.
Fishing is good around salmon. Tougher when no salmon around.
Both guys got "20's" yesterday, with Charlie getting a 23" beast.
Here's a head shot - looks like a pissed off fish. Or a steelhead's head.
NINE double hook-ups yesterday. That's 18 fish on. Not to mention the dozens of 'single' hook-ups.
Lots of bendo going on.
Zach had two "phenom" days with me on the Lower Sac. The word "EPIC" was used many times. Pic #2 is a 24" steelhead (notice missing adipose). We scored this beauty on a dry/dropper rig. No indicator. No weight. No spawning salmon.
Blurred background because it took me 20 years to know what I know out there. I don't give that info away so easily. Gotta keep some spots hush-hush. And no, I did not blur out the Sundial Bridge. ;-)
Zach's buddy, James joined us on day 2. A rookie, green-horn fly angler, but very athletic and picked up the techniques quickly. He also scored a bunch of fish, including a 'trophy' fish over 20". Basically, we crushed it for two days in a row. Zach has fished with me for about 10 years, and this was the best two days he's ever had. Rainbows to 21.5 inches and steelhead to 24 inches. And LOTS of hook-ups.
We even got some fish in spots the motor jockeys were POUNDING over and over and over and over and over and over and over... a couple spots are stacked with fish.
However, variety is the spice of life !! Nice to see what's around the next bend.
Back on the water tomorrow for a week straight. Need to take more days off so I can fish sometime!
Have been super busy. On the water daily. Not much rest time. Reports will come when I have time...
The egg bite is finally kind of on. Still not a ton of salmon around. (Not sure if they're late, or it's just a bad year.) At least I'm not seeing enough of them to constantly lose gear foul hooking them.
I have not been to the Posse grounds area in a while. It's been a mess up there most days. Parking a boat at the launch ramp in the morning has become not easy, especially on weekends. And the motors. So many motors. C'mon guys, ditch the training wheels and learn to row the river from top to bottom instead of hammering one good hole all day or racing everybody downstream so you can "get there before everybody else". Aren't these called drift boats ?
Yesterday, I had Jason from PA. A fellow steelers fan!!! We saw a few boats in the a.m. but didn't see many during the day. Planned our day to get away from the crowds. And it worked. The fishing worked also. One stretch saw about 8 big fish in about 15 minutes. (takes a minute or two to bring 'em in!) Our largest was 20" in this spot. It was just about every cast. Crazy good, as good as it gets fishing. The day was way better then Jay thought it was going to be. He hooked over 30 fish. A great first day on the famous Lower Sac. And we were nowhere near the Sundial Bridge. Hardly saw a boat all day. So there is great fishing to be had all over the river. From Redding to Red Bluff. Explore. Branch out. Learn. Grow.
Doing a half day later this morning... then a day of rest tomorrow before working 10 out of the next 11 days. It's go time.
Highlight of the week : Floating downriver a ways with a father-son pair the other day, and the kid says "Hey is that a squirrel in the river?" I'm thinking maybe beaver or otter.. and I look and sure as hell it's a big grey squirrel, bushy tail flopping around, swimming across the river about 50 ft. from us. As I comment "I never see squirrels swimming out here", two bald eagles appeared from a grove of trees and circled. Eagle 1 takes a dive to check him out but doesn't grab him. Eagle 2 comes in and dives down and grabs the squirrel. That squirrel freaked out and we could see him flailing around for a couple seconds, then the eagle drops him back into the river. Eagle 1 doesn't waste time and grabs the little guy and does the same. Struggles to hold on, and drops him back into the river. Eagle 2 takes his turn, and grabs the poor sucker again, this time hanging on longer. Long enough to get over dry land. Then he drops it. Well, dry land was practically a sheer cliff with zero cover. We watch as the squirrel starts heading up toward the treeline.
He made it about 15 feet before Eagle 1 comes in for the kill, pinning the fuzzy morsel to the ground and wasting no time dispatching his breakfast.
Epic Nat Geo stuff right there.....
Oct 8 -
One of many fish in the 20" class we saw this day...
The egg bite is starting to happen. It's not lights out. Not even close. But we're picking up a fish here and there on the old faithful "orange sphere bug". Regular nymphs are still working great - in the right spots. With the right drift.
Be ready for a crowded river over the next three weeks. It's going to get a bit crazy out there.... Starting to see boats/guides I haven't seen in 11 months.
Oct 5 -
Had a few VERY WINDY days up here. Yesterday and the day before saw winds in the 30 mph range. Toughed it out on Saturday. Didn't even try yesterday. Sure fish were caught, but it was more work than fun. Back to normal calm and sunny weather this week. And I'm back on the water tomorrow.
I have yet to see any sort of hot "egg bite". Still getting way more fish on nymphs, not around salmon. Cuz there are very few salmon spawning.
CANCELLATION : Family issues with a client caused a cancellation in my Christmas Island trip for this coming January. There now 2 spots open. This is the trip of a lifetime. Stop reading about the place. Just GO !!!! I've been twice before, so don't feel nervous about the trip. It's easy and the best bonefishing on the planet. And you will have shots at GIANT TREVALLY. They get Giant. Thus the name.... ;-)
October 1 -
It's officially here. The busiest month of the year.
The famous 'egg hatch' will be coming soon, along with the 'drift boat hatch'.
The good news ?? The Trinity has a fair number of steelhead already in the Junction City area. So hopefully that helps keep the masses off the Lower Sac a little bit.
Egg patterns did catch a couple of fish yesterday. Mostly upriver, not downriver where I was. Did not see salmon in any shallow water yesterday, but we had a good day. Decent numbers of fish. More than a couple double hook-ups. Two fish that were in the 20" range and VERY girthy. (pics on the way) Lots of others in the 14-17" range. However, the big change from warm and sunny to cool and cloudy did affect the bug life I've been seeing out there. Not much happening compared to a couple days ago. That being said, we didn't do much with the dry/dropper rod. And THE HOT FLY over the past week was not the hot fly yesterday. So, I had that goin' for me....
Raining lightly as I write this. Supposed to be back to warm and sunny tomorrow, with some wind. I'll be out trying to find spots to hide from it!!
Then I change gears and head to the McCloud for a day of plying deep holes for big browns before starting a very busy month on the Lower Sac. A cancellation has me open for the 15th. It won't last....
Also, I have Oct. 28-30 open. For now.
Fished Pete from the UK, followed by Chris from CA. Both days saw fish landed on dry/dropper rigs and indicator rigs. Hook-ups were plentiful. Fish to 19" were landed.
I'm guessing over the past few days, I've seen 150 hooked fish.
And one other boat. Off in the distance.
The salmon are around, but not in the shallows. Nor are they dropping eggs yet. So don't whip out the beads just yet. Other patterns are working WAY better than eggs. For now.
Just off a two day trip with Dan and Larry. We decided that peace and quiet was more important than 'catching big fish'. So we drifted a few days without launching at the famous "Posse Grounds".
We ventured downriver and slayed 'em. Day one saw maybe 50 hook-ups. First fish of the day was a very obese 21" beast of a wild hen LowerSacTrout. (see Facebook LowerSacTrout page for photo)
We did the same for day two of our trip. The bite wasn't quite as good, but it was good. Compared to upriver fishing lately, it was really good. Maybe not for size, but for hook-ups. Dozens and dozens of 'grabs'. Some landed, some lost.
Sept 21 -
Had a great weekend with the family, camping at the one and only Sims Campground on the Upper Sac, south of Dunsmuir. Camping was great. Fishing was great. Catching was fair. Snuck out for a 'quick sesh' a few times, and found fish eating dries. Tiny dries. Small fish, too. Landed a couple to 10". Lost one on a 'cator set up that maybe went 16-17. Otherwise, an 8 to 10 incher here and there and that's it. Keep in mind it was a family camping trip, not a fishing trip. So I didn't put much time or effort into the whole fishing thing.
Today, a buddy and I floated the Trinity River. We fished higher than most people fish this time of year (those who are fishing it this time of year) and we hooked around a half dozen good sized fish.
The fish won.
The only one we actually got close enough to net, spit the fly as we scooped her, did a backflip, and then flipped us off as she slid back over the edge of the net, right into the river. Freakin' elusive steelhead...even when you net 'em they aren't done trying to elude you. And they do sometimes.
(I was not holding said net during this event) ;-)
The half pounders, and there were quite a few 12-15" fish, provided us with action and kept us on our toes. Even got some to play with my spey. But no big ones today, on the spey.
Weather was great. Fishing was great. Company was great. Even got to catch up with an old buddy of over 20 years, Herb Burton, owner of the Trinity Fly Shop. We ran into each other and were able to catch up after not seeing each other in a few years. Fly fishing brings a ton of great people into my world. He's one of 'em. Herb is a hell of a great guy.
My last trip on the Lower Sac with Michael Q had some good fishing. His niece didn't do as well as "Uncle Mike" but she did land a couple of her first ever fish on a fly. Michael had fun. Before lunch, he connected with a very good number of 'bows that were over 17". Landing most. Largest was over 20". Then we worked our way further downriver and the fish got a little smaller, but we still scored fish within sight of the take out ramp...so the river produced pretty much all day. Hatches have been great.
Salmon are not in the shallows yet... hold 'yer horses! It's a week or two away....
Daddy-daughter day tomorrow then back on the Sac.
First signs of fall are here.
Rain in the North State has arrived. Hopefully helping the firefighters.
I found a sign of fall this past weekend. Some chrome. Wasn't a big, fat fish. More like a missle. Nor was it wild. But any chrome is good chrome. Fishing was tougher than I anticipated due to higher than average flows. That's changing soon...
Happy weekend, all!
My last trip on the Lower Sac was great. Dave and Zach picked a good day. No shortage of grabs! Fishing is as good as it's been all summer - RIGHT NOW! The caddis are here... finally. Hatches have been thick. Fish ate dry flies for us Thursday. We lost a ton of fish, but landed some beauties. I have Wednesday the 16th open. Then nothing until the 22nd. Sept 27,28,29 are open. After that, good luck until November.
Planning on swinging some flies to some chrome here pretty soon.... reports to follow.
Sept 8 -
Went out for a couple hours this a.m. to get away from some construction noise around here.... getting some work done to the house. Launched "not" at the Posse Grounds... and jetted to a couple spots I usually do well and I did well. Dry/dropper was the most fun. I hit 'un-landable' fish on the 5 wt. It was a hoot. And a few on the bobber rod just for kicks.
The caddis are back. Not sure where they've been, but they're here now. And fishing is pretty darn good. It's official.
T-minus 3 weeks til the famous egg bite. My October is 90% full....but there are a couple days left.
Roy and Betsy had an outstanding morning on the Lower Sac yesterday. Both numbers and size. Big fish. Happy fish. Hungry fish. Our afternooon saw good fishing, but smaller fish. If 16" trout are small.....
The Lower Sac seems to be back on track. It was a long period of "so-so" fishing. But my last two trips have not been so-so. It's been good. Real good.
Get some !
Did the L.Sac with Dan and Jeremy yesterday.
AM was good. Got big fish. Lost a few hawgs. Landed a donkey, thick, tall, Alaska-ish fish.
PM was good-er. We anchored and slow drifted a spot that gave us 2 doubles, and oveer 10 fish hooked.... in a small area. Caddis were out. Like, out out. Have not seen it like that in months.
Fun sheeeet !!!! Good dudes....and cold beer.
On Bokka today, and the next two.
Water is clean. No glacier run off.
Good times.... no pressure.
Back on the sticks tomorrow. I've been on the McCloud the past few days, and it's been decent. Not outstanding. My clients were kind of still learning the finer points of fly fishing, so the presentations weren't always the best. But, they learned new techniques, eventually did get some really good drifts, and they all hooked some nice fish. We saw a few browns, a few bass, and good numbers of rainbows to 16".
The weather kind of hurt us one day. Thunder, 20 mph winds, rain.... it was tough. Fish were not happy. Fished a spot I ALWAYS get a few fish, and nada. So, this weekend when I go back, I'm hoping it's a little better. Weather is back to normal. Warm and sunny.
Aug 26 -
Getting some work done on the house this morning, so construction noise was a good reason to grab the jet and hit the river. Went downriver a ways....to a spot I used to go all the time, but haven't much this year.
The mission was stripers. First fish was a squaw. Then a striper. Then another. Then moved to a different spot, and had a nice one miss the fly - maybe 8-10 pounds. Landed a couple to 4-5 pounds there. Then as I'm leaving that spot, I'm seeing noses. Lots of noses. Fish were rising to Trico spinners was my guess. And the fish ? They're shad. Yes, American Shad. The ones we catch in May/June with sink tips and bright flies. The ones that're supposed to be back in the ocean by now.
So, I anchor up and rig a tiny dry and proceed to get at least 15 'takes'. I could totally see them underwater, cruising around in small pods, sipping dries. It was epic sight fishing. For shad. WITH DRIES!!
So, something new happened today. 7 shad landed - IN LATE AUGUST - all on a #18 dry fly! It may be a day that I'll never forget.
I also caught 7 trout in my favorite riffle while anchored up. And about 15-20 stripers in between all that. Nice quiet day.
Today didn't suck.
If anyone tells you the Lower Sac is fishing great right now, they're full of it.
Fished in town today and early in the day it was barely o.k. Late in the day it was dead.
Downriver, yesterday, we did better for numbers of fish, but the big one was 17". Maybe. They ate flies down there that won't work in town right now. That was nice....
Tough the past few days. Nobody skunked, but our group of 4 anglers got good drifts with a bunch of different flies today, and it was just slow. Period.
The river flows, right now, have not been this low since 1992. The hatches are just not there. I'm kind of glad to be away from it for a week or two...
Bollibokka is my next stop. For a bunch of days. Bye bye public water. Hello miles and miles of private, untouched, McCloud River... stay tuned.
Aug 22 -
Slammed some stripers yesterday way downriver. Got food for the table. Even let my buddy bonk a hatchery steelhead I scored on a striper clouser. Wish I had more time to spend down there.... so much water, so many fish around. So many ways to try to get 'em. Fun stuff. Nice change of pace.
Spent a half day on the Lower Sac a few days ago with John and his buddy from San Diego. We found some nice fish early on in the drift...but it slowly got slower as the day went on. Most fish ate very small flies.
(see pic on LowerSacTrout Facebook page)
Enjoyed my little girls 1st birthday this week. She's getting huge, relatively speaking. She's walking with no issues. And last night she pointed to the dog and said "Doggie". So, she's growing up. No more infant. We are now in the 'toddler' stage.
Taking today off then spending a couple days back on the Lower Sac. Thinking about drifting downriver one day. Getting a little bored with doing the same drift over and over. Time to make a change...and tomorrow might be the day.
*Interested in a multi-species day ??? Floating below Red Bluff can offer shots at trout, steelhead, smallmouth bass, stripers, and more. Email me if you're interested and we'll talk about it!
Aug 17 -
Spent the weekend camping with the fam. Had a good time and caught a couple fish on the Upper Sac. It's not red hot, but I did find some eaters. Did a little Tenkara... fun stuff.
Back on the Lower Sac later today... report to follow.
The Lower Sac usually produces good numbers of hook-ups to those that get good drifts. Usually.
It kinda kicked my ass today. We didn't get skunked, but the net didn't get wet over and over and over, like usual. The size 20 fly they ate then kept spitting didn't help, but it was slow overall.
The upper river has gotten POUNDED since the opener on Aug. 1.
Drift boats with motors that motor up and drift down, then motor up and drift down again. And again. Over and over.... they don't help much. C'mon guys. Take off the training wheels.
Taking a little vacay from guiding for a couple days. Good times will be had by all !!!
Some fishing might happen.
Spent a long weekend guiding Bollibokka Club on the McCloud River. Was nice to see some folks I've been working with for many years. Good times were had by all, and some nice fish were caught. We ventured downstream from the Way Station cabin one day and found trout indicator nymphing, and trout and bass on the sink-tip and streamer.
Upstream it was all trout - mostly 'bows, but we did see 3 browns to 15". Saw bears. Snakes. Lots of fish. And not another sign of man besided those in our group.
View upstream and downstream from the deck of the upper cabin.
Fishing below the 'crossing bridge' at the upper part of the property. Got 5 on nymphs and 1 on a streamer in this spot.
A piece of the Mac that rarely, if ever, gets fished. Miles of untouched water!!
Back on the Lower Sac tomorrow for a half day. Hoping the fishing will be good and the crowds that have been pounding the upper section have thinned out. I'm used to having the river practically to myself on most August days. The whole closure thing changed that this year...
Aug 5 -
Did a little fishing today for stuff that eats my business partners. So, I'm gonna eat them...
Heading out under a smokey sunrise.
Fish tacos on the menu this week!
Spent yesterday fishing the Lower Sac on the first ever "opening day" that river has ever had. It was only about 1 mile of river...but that's a lot of water to fish that hasn't been fished in months.
I had the pleasure of guiding Lance and Bo, who I first started guiding around 2001. So, needless to say, they can get it done. The fish were unusually fat. Huge bellies on even the few fish under 16" that we landed. Small bugs, big bugs, and medium size bugs all worked. I'll let the pictures say the rest....
Lance with his +22 inch LowerSacTrout/hawg.
Bo with one of many fat and healthy fish we landed that day.
Yeah, it was kinda busy, but there's plenty of fish to go around !!
Giving them a break today. Back out tomorrow.
Then hopefully time off next week to striper fish before a 4-day long stint at the exclusive Bollibokka Club on the McCloud River.
July 28 -
Getting back into the 100-plus temps this week. And windy today and yesterday. Made striper fishing tough with the wind. We did hook something big.. but never saw it. We also watched a 20 plus pounder take a lazy swipe at a smaller fish right next to the boat. That was cool... He missed, but watching it was neat.
The trout fishing on the Lower Sac continues to be fair. Good at times. My last day out we saw spotty fishing. We'd go 20 minutes with nothing, then hook 4 fish in the next 10 minutes. They are eating smaller stuff more than larger stuff, so we're losing some here and there...
Flows continue to be the LOWEST, by far, that I've ever seen in July/August. Many spots I LOVE to fish during summer are just not fishing well. Not enough flow, or too shallow to hold fish.
Back out later this week, then again over the weekend. Then some time on the famous Bollibokka water, which is always fun.
October dates are starting to fill up, people. I just had a client try to book me a day in November, and it's already booked. Plan ahead for the popular fall fishing.
I'm hearing a lot about the 'El Nino' coming. That means A LOT of rain. And potentially high, muddy rivers. Get your fix before it's too late !!!
The baby is napping, so I have time to write a report !!
Back on the lower McCloud last weekend, and it was pretty good. Spent a lot of time teaching beginners, so we didn't land everything we hooked, but who does ?? The experienced angler in the group, Kevin, went with me on a half day and he got 16 fish in 2.5 hours of fishing... so it was good for some!!
Yesterday, I took Skip and Nelson on a half day float on the Lower Sac. They've fished it many times before, so we started getting good drifts right off the bat and first hole skunked us. Next spot, landed a really fat 19"er. Next spot, another 19" fish. And so on.... we ended our 4 hour float with a little over a dozen fish landed, and some lost as well.
The river is fishing a little better than last week and the week before. Good news!
Was lucky enough to be on the "KidsCamp" float today. These are kids that have been in the basic camp, and returned for the 'advanced camp'. Part of the advanced camp is to float the Lower Sac with pro guides.
I had Matt and Mitchell and these kids were STICKS !!!! They got it done. The fishing was tough, but these guys netted two dozen fish. 70% of those fish ate a very specific mayfly nymph. It was not easy fishing. But they had 4 doubles, and a quadruple hook up. Don't ask, but it was crazy!! Out of 7 boats, my guys took top honors with most landed fish. It wasn't official, but they got it done!!!
Back on the Bollibokka Club tomorrow. (see pic below) For the next two days. Then on the Lower Sac. Then a day off before getting back to pulling lip.
Here's Matt with one of many....
Whew!! Been super busy lately. Just taking a 'rest' day off today, so I can get back to it tomorrow.
Spent 3 physically demanding days on the Lower McCloud River this week. Sure was nice to not be hiking around in 104F* heat! Good times were had. Shins were bruised. Involuntary spills happened. Classic McCloud!
Enjoyed seeing some good people I've had the pleasure of guiding and befriending over the past 5 or 6 years.
Fishing was fair mostly. Good a couple times. VERY strange weather had the bugs and the fish a little off. Thunderstorms, wind, pressure changes, etc... Not what it's been the past month...sunny and warm.
The river actually got dirty a couple times, because of rain storms upstream. But usually only for a few hours. By yesterday, it was the classic slightly milky deep green color. We didn't do much on the surface, but scored fish nymphing with dark stones, midges, and san juans. Black wooly buggers fished on a sink-tip did some damage as well on both trout and spotted bass (they come up from the lake this time of year).
Saw more otters in the river than I have before. Fun to watch, but not good having them around when fishing!
Chasing linesides a little this week, then back on the trout game again starting Wednesday. Then back to Bollibokka next Friday and Saturday. So many fish, so little time!
The reports from the Lower Sac have been getting better. Looking forward to getting back behind the oars on Wednesday.
July 4 -
Happy Birthday, 'merica !!
Back down for stripers yesterday. Got some popper action early in the a.m. That was cool.
No big guys landed yesterday. Saw 'em. They're hard to get with all the smaller fish around. Landed dozens of smaller fish with a few 'keepers' in the mix. Let 'em all go this time. Got enough striper meat in the fridge.
The other day, I was bringing a 16" striper to the boat and a fish over 30 pounds grabbed it. I fought the big brute for about 15 seconds then it let go. Should have dropped the tip, let it swallow the fish, then I might have had a chance. Sure got my pulse up for that short time though.
Going to be a little while before I'm back on the Lower Sac for trout. Planning on more striper fishing, and then I have a stretch of multiple days in a row guiding the Bollibokka Club on the lower McCloud River. THEN, back on the Lower Sac for trout after that.
It's still not great fishing. So-so is the official word.
Working hard to put a dozen fish in the net.
Lower, warmer water than we've ever had in June/July. Can't remember the river EVER being lower than 10-11k cfs in July. It's 7,000 cfs now....
Spent the day chasing stripers downriver a ways. Quite a ways...
Watched a 35-40 pound fish take an entire fly line from a buddy.
Ass kicked, check.
We also landed 40 or so 'schoolies'. Didn't whip out the fillet knife today... but last night's striper fish tacos were tasty!
Floating the Lower Sac tomorrow...for trout. in the heat. And we got heat. 112 today. Not much different tomrorow.
Then more stripers on Friday. Been seeing cool stuff down there... digging it.
June 26 -
Didn't get out on the river yesterday.
Watched my little girl all day. She's just now learning to stand without holding on to anything.
(The game is about to change...)
We pretty much stayed inside all day.
Will be back on the Lower Sac tomorrow.
It's been HOT. Fishing has not been red HOT.
It's decent. Almost good at times, in certain spots.
We're getting fish, but not the numbers we're used to.
Then again, we're pretty spoiled.
Taking to this striper fishing thing. Will be going back downriver again next week on a day off.
Watching indicators go down, or even seeing a dry fly grab, is no match for the tug drug. And those stripe sides tug!
June 23 -
Floated waaaay downriver yesterday. Hoped to run into the stripers like I did last week, but they weren't that far upriver. Didn't find a bunch of anything but I did catch 6 different species of fish yesterday.
Where else can you do that ?? On a fly. I landed the junkers- sucker and squaw. And then trout. And shad. And stripers. And a largemouth bass. And saw some carp but they are not easy to catch.
Heat wave coming this week. I hear Friday will be 113-114*F. Not cool. Literally.
Lower Sac is still "so-so" fishing. Working for your fish. Super clear water. No hatches. Hot as hell. Hoping the fish finally get used to the heat and start eating more during the day.
Also been reading about the new fishing 'rules' being proposed by the Bahamian Government.
They're nucking FUTS!!!!
Might not ever go back to the Bahamas if the proposed changes go thru.
That's not making me happy.
Stay cool folks.
Spent the day downriver yesterday. And it was pretty awesome. We stuck well over 50 stripers. Most were small, but still put a hell of a bend in the 9 wt. We did put a couple 'keepers' in the boat but didn't bring an ice chest...so they were released. I did spot a pair of 20 pounders following my fly after I felt a slight 'bump'...so not sure what happened there. Then later spotted a fish in the 30 lb. range....and one close to 40 lbs. So the big MOE stripers are there...but there are SO MANY schoolies, it's hard to get the big ones. It was a super fun day off. And I'm going again tomorrow. Might bring home some fish taco makings this time.
We didn't even bother trying for shad. The striper bite was too good.
Back to work this weekend. Guiding one day on a private water, then doing a day on the Lower Sac.
My last day out on the L Sac with Scott and Bob was pretty decent. We did have to work for some of the grabs, but overall we stuck some nice fish. Bob scored the big one at 21.5" while anchored up in some pretty shallow water with very little weight. On an old school pattern we used to fish a bunch in the late 90's. Coolness.
I'll be honest with ya.... it's not looking too good out there this week. The Upper and Lower Sac are both fishing tough. I rarely say it... but it's reality. We caught fish today. Some nice ones. But not a bunch. And we had slow periods that I'm not used to on the mighty L.Sac. "Mags" and Dave put out some great casts, and sweet drifts in many of the spots that usually kick out fish... and nada. We did stick a few anchored up, pounding the fish in the face with the fly until they just couldn't resist...but overall it was a slow-ish day. And the wind came up in the afternoon and was not any help. At all.
That should change really quick. This river is not known for it's slow 'doldrum' times. Drought could be to blame, but there's a ton of water flowing down the river, and it's COLD. So... whatever. It was a hundred or so today also. Hot.
One more day out there tomorrow, and then a couple days off to chase some stripers and/or shad. And I'm expecting goodness.
Stay cool and drink a bunch of water if you're out all day!
Upper Sac has been my home lately. Did do a day on the Lower Sac and it was 'alright'. Not stellar. That particular day, Redding was the hottest place in the NATION.... so that may have affected the bite.
Wet wading the Upper Sac has been the program lately. Fishing has been pretty good. The fish are eager to eat, but that first drift better be a good one, or they get educated real quick.
Had a first on the Upper Sac with client, Craig. He landed a brown trout. Yea, a brownie. I've never caught one on that river, but I've heard of it. Now I've seen it. Not huge - maybe 10", but really golden with bright red spots. It took a caddis nymph suspended under a dry. As did most the fish we scored that day.
Back on the Lower Sac this weekend... hoping the fishing is a little better than my last day out.
June 4 -
The Upper Sac was a blast yesterday. Fished water I'd never fished before. The big guys aren't as active as they were a few weeks ago, but the smaller and medium size fish are active. And they're in the pocket water. Big deep holes were tough. Pocket water was not.
Touched around 30 fish I'm guessing. So, it's good now.
Guiding up there Friday, focusing on Tenkara fishing more than anything. It's perfect for that right now. Ari-gato!
Then back on the mighty Lower Sac over the weekend.
Big sorry for the delay in reports. River is still kicking butt (from what I hear). Flows are down to 7,200 cfs. Have not seen flows this low in June. Maybe ever. Fishing should continue to be good. I have a couple days left open for June - come on up !! Get some !
The reason for the week of no reports, was a good one. I was in the Bahamas with my family, doing a little bonefishing and lots of R&R'ing.
I learned more and more about the island of Abaco. This being my 3rd visit. Kayaked into some prime water and found fish that wanted the fly. More than once. Actually hooked a fish, he ran just a little bit, spit the hook.... then I cast to him again. AND HE ATE IT AGAIN !!!!! That sh!t doesn't happen with bonefish. It just doesn't. Either he was that hungry, or he loved my Bone Kohlector (tied reverse style) so much, he couldn't pass it up.
Anyhow, great time was had by all.... my baby girl got to play in the sand and surf. Pics coming soon.
Hitting the Upper Sac today. Leaving in an hour. Hoping to find some golden (or lil Yellow) hatches.
Reports to follow !
Happy June y'all !! And thanks for staying tuned.
Lower Sac continues to kick ass. Flows are perfect. Bugs are out.
Get on it soon!!
Gonna be pretty busy this next week.. will try to put up some reports.
Stay tuned !!!
May 18 -
John and Ely crushed 'em on the Lower Sac on Saturday. Brian and Tom pretty much did the same on Friday. We did a lower float Saturday, and got away from weekend crowds. Fishing was outstanding for the most part. The Lower Sac is fishing very well right now.
Really, really well - if you know where to put the flies.
Did the Upper Sac yesterday. ALL but 2 of the big guys got away. We just couldn't keep them on long enough to land. We hooked some really big fish. Like 20" or bigger size fish. We saw them. We fought them. We lost them in the end. Landed a nice chrome bright 18 incher and a FAT 17 incher...and a bunch of 10-14" fish... but the hogs got the best of us.
Water conditions are great on the Upper Sac. Crowds were light except for a raft that dropped in on us right when we got to a super productive hole - and kind of screwed things up for a little while. Not a big fan of rafters and tubers while I'm wade fishing up there. River's way too small for them to avoid spooking fish where others are fishing. So, we had that goin' for us at the end of the day.
Back on the Lower Sac this week. Looking forward to it, as always.
Had a wonderful time yesterday with Robin. He put the hurt on at least 20 fish.... didn't land them all, but had a bunch of hook-ups and did land fish to 21". And we only fished 11-2:30. And we stopped for lunch. So the time spent fishing was VERY productive.
The fishing right now is really, really fun. I have found some spots that have LOTS of fish, so hooking 5 or 6 fish in 5 minutes is happening now. It happened for Robin yesterday. A couple of times.
A first yesterday.... We were anchored up, I made a cast, hooked a fish, lost it right away, handed the rod to Robin, he fed out more line, and he hooked and landed a fish.
~~Ever hear of TWO PEOPLE each hooking a fish on the SAME CAST ?? That's how good it is right now.
I only have 2 days available the rest of the month. Next Monday and Wednesday, MAY 18 and 20. Then I don't have an opening until early June. It could be different by then. Get some!
Tick, tock, tick, tock...dem bones rock.
Recovering from a day on the Pit yesterday. And packing for the Bahamas. That's coming soon.
Fished reach #3 and #4. We did better on #4. Landed a beautiful brown trout. Super yellow belly, with bright red dots. Kinda cool looking fish. The fished liked stone nymphs and mayfly nymphs. Little green copper john was good! Seemed like the harder it was to get to, the better it fished. Got rainbows to 16" to hand. Lost a few others. Lost some flies. Clients both went down but no injuries and no water down the waders. Normal day on the Pit. Bushwacking happened.
Taking a day or two off, then back on the Lower Sac. Hoping it's still fishing like it was my last day out !!! (see below)
May 9 -
Past few days have been pretty good fishing. Wind finally died down yesterday for Mark and Teresa. (long time clients who can get it done)
I think we hooked somewhere around 60 fish.
Taped a couple 20 inchers. Got broke off a few times. Dropped plenty of fish, but landed a bunch.
Not much more to say about that.
In a big way.
May 5 - Cinco De Mayo
Happy Cinco de Mayo peeps!
Checked out some new-to-me water WAY up on the Upper Sac. Fished 1.5 hours without seeing any sign of fish until we were leaving. Then a rise. But nothing besides that. So, we headed way downriver, and we found fish. Quite a few fish. Must have landed 20 fish. It was like a completely different river.
Two hit that magical 20" mark. Lots of 16-18" fish, with a few under 16 inches. Fishing was good. Hatches were not thick... a couple golden stones, and a salmonfly or two. There was a good showing of lil yellow stones late in the day, but the wind kept the fish from rising to them, so we nymphed up all of our fish. The river is in EXCELLENT shape!!
Did not see another angler on the water. That alone made it a good day. The fish were a bonus.
Hot flies for the day : prince, poxyback stone nymphs, and small mayfly nymphs.
Being daddy day care today, then back out on the big river for the rest of the week.
May 2 -
Happy May, yo ! Welcomed in the new month with a day on the river, followed by a Cinco De Mayo party. Mariachi band and everything.
Had an older client yesterday who'd been there and done that. World traveller. Pretty nice guy, and I sure as hell hope I'm still fishing when I'm 80-something. Kudos to him. He didn't particularly want to use an indicator, so we stuck to dry/dropper and swinging nymphs and soft hackles. It did work, but not great. The net didn't get wet a lot, but he did score some nice ones on the swing during an early afternoon hatch. Then we called it a day by 3:30.
Caddis, PMD Mayflies, and Stones were all hatching yesterday.
Part of a large group today... not sure where I'll go. Yesterday there were at least 17 boats floating to Anderson Park. I was one of them.
What gives?? Trout season is open on ALL streams now.... thought I'd see a little less crowds, but the river is fishing too good I guess.
Gonna bust out the indicators today.
Had a good weekend with a great crew of guys. Floated the Lower Sac the first day, and did pretty well. Didn't do as good as I'd hoped, but the flows had been jumping up 500 cfs EVERY DAY for the past week or so.
Not good to have fluctuations like that for that many days, so there was debris all over. Saw a tree floating down the river. Lots of junk on the flies. Confused fish. But we did find some eaters. G-Paw and Ed got it done.
Day two on the Upper Sac was tough. AM fishing wasn't that good, but afternoon fishing picked up. And a change of location. Got fish to crush BIG dry flies. Got fish on indicator/nymph rig. Good day with great folks on a beautiful river.
Today on the Lower Sac it was better. Flows DID NOT rise last night, so the fish were more happy. Don crushed a pig in a riffle on a 'bobberless' rig. The nymphing was good throughout the day, and for the most part the fish were where they were supposed to be. A little slower late in the day... But he hooked up on the first cast of the day, so the day did not suck.
Taking a day off to rest and be a daddy... then back to it. I'm digging the flows right now. I hope they don't go up to 10k too soon.
April 23 -
Monday was epic. We hooked a TON of fish.
YESTERDAY WAS EVEN BETTER !!!!!
Crushfest with the Rabbi and Leonard. Over a dozen double hook-ups.
Flows are coming up and bugs are hatching. Both good things.
Words cannot describe how awesome the fishing was. We're guessing we hooked somewhere in the 60-70 range... with THREE FISH UNDER 15" landed all day.
It was soooo good, words cannot describe it.
So, I'm done.
Guiding Saturday on a smaller river. Then maybe again on Sunday. Unless I talk them into checking out the bad-assness that is the Lower Sac !
April 20 -
Today was EPIC. We hooked a TON of fish.
The bugs were out. The fish were very happy.
Fishing was ON FIRE today for Richard and Sandy J. from Redding. Yep, local peeps. They actually live ON THE RIVER. Their backyard IS the Lower Sac.
And, according to them, today was their best day fishing on the Lower Sac. Ever.
We CRUSHED. ALL DAY !!!! Practically pulled into the take out ramp with a fish on. THE FISH WERE HAPPY TODAY!! Flies were not the norm. Not the stuff EVERYBODY uses this time of year. Changed things up a little and it worked. VERY WELL.
The fish get tired of the same 'ole thing. Showed 'em something different, and POW !!! DOZENS of great LowerSacTrout !!!! I lost count of the number of double hook-ups they had. We lost count of fish landed by lunchtime. Now, that's a day to remember !!
Taking a day off, then back out Wednesday with the one and only Rabbi Bruce ... hoping the weather stays the same so the bugs stay the same. That guy can get it done!
After that, gonna try to sneak up to the Upper Sac to hit that Salmonfly hatch again. Incredible fishing for unusually large fish (for that river) last time I was there. Gotta get me some more of that !
Went back to the Upper Sac on Friday. This time we found 'em. Fished way higher up stream this time. Near Dunsmuir. The Salmonfly hatch was going off. Saw dozens and dozens of big stones flying around - some flew into my face while fishing. Fished BIG dries. Caught fish on BIG DRIES. Stones and big Adams (march browns around). On my brand spankin' new Winston 5 wt. Also got fish on a drake nymph hung under the BIG dry. Overall, a pretty good day. Fished a stretch of river I'd never seen before. Love that about the Upper Sac...always new water to try.
Lower Sac was decent yesterday. Fishing was a little slower than I'd hoped, I think due to the flow change. It's come up to about 4,000 cfs now. C'mon baby....keep rising. Love to see this low flow stuff change soon.
And we scored a couple fish doing the dry/dropper thing yesterday also. That's starting to work. Good PMD hatch with a few Hydropsyche's around also. First fish of the year on a Poopah happened yesterday. Had a blast with Lance and brother, Jeff. No tangles all day...lost just a couple flies on a snag.... good times. The boys fished well.
April 13 -
Did some exploring on the Upper Sac today. Fished a bunch of water I'd never fished before. And lots of it looked sweet. However, the fish gods were not watching over me today. Been a while since it has happened, but I got my ass handed to me up there today. Great drifts, good flies...just no takers. I landed one fish in the 16" range on a rubberlegs, and lost one other that I saw. Had a few other 'hits' and that was it. Did the dry/dropper thing. Did the indicator thing. Not sure what was up, but they didn't want to play. Water is CLEAR. Very clear. Flows are great.
Gonna give it a few days, maybe a week, then give it another shot. Maybe fish spots I know next time.... Salmonflies were out. Goldens were not. March Browns were. BWO were. Caddis were not.
Did two days on the lower river late last week to avoid upper river crowds. Fishing was good on the first day, a little slower the second day. Both days I shared the river with 1 other boat. 12 boats pulled out where we started.
I'm getting convinced that the silt did damage to our bugs. The PMD hatch that was silly thick last year at this time, is almost non-existent.
Taking much of this week off to take care of non-fishing related business. Then it's go-time until late May, when I go play.
Getting healed up from the Pit River. Lots of bugs out. We put lots of flies in the trees. We also got some good fish to hand.
Back on the LowerSacTrout game tomorrow !! Weather is back to warm and sunny. Fishing should continue to be good to great.
Spent Friday on the river - downstream of Redding a ways. And I always say "the fish are smaller downriver". Well not yesterday. We landed the usual number of 12-16" fish, but ended the day with a fatty. Greg and Chris from Minnesota got a taste of what fishing the Lower Sac is all about. Greg's second to last fish taped at just over 23". Usually fish that large in that section of river are steelhead...but this fish doesn't look much like a steelhead. Tons of spots all the way down to the abdominal fins. Very trouty. Anyhow...one of the larger fish I've seen this year down there. Here's a pic that Chris shot of the fish with Greg and I, prior to release.
Weather is not looking too good for Easter Sunday. And Monday(rain with S wind to 35 mph!). And Tuesday. Looks like by mid-week, we'll be back into the nicer warm Spring-like weather we've been experiencing....About the time I have a guide day on the Pit. Report to follow.
Got some shitty news yesterday.... DFG wants to CLOSE the river to ALL FISHING until July 31 - upstream of the Hwy 44 bridge. So, no fishing around Posse Grounds. No fishing at Caldwell. No fishing around the Sundial Bridge. All to protect salmon. The salmon that were here 5 months ago. The ones we don't see again until October.
May have to attend the public comment meeting Tuesday night on this one.... this is not the way to help the salmon. Wonder if they remember letting the water get too warm last year, killing the eggs.
Wonder if they remember dropping the flows right after the egg drop the year before...drying up all the freshly hatched eggs, leaving them 'high and dry'.
Now they want to ban trout fishing on part of the river to help the salmon (while they're all out in the ocean still) ?? WTF people ??!!?
Been slammed. Just done with 5 in a row. Been hard to post reports between long days, baby duty, dinner duty, in bed by 8:30.... sorry for the lag.
Finished up a 1/2 day today, and now I'm off for a couple. Which is nice, because the wind is blowing. And it's supposed to blow another few days. Yesterday it BLEW !!! Taking a break from the oars will be nice for a day or two.
Fishing has been pretty good. Floated lower down with 'the girls' and we landed some steelhead. And lost some big strong smallmouth. And landed squawfish and suckers. And trout. Lots of variety now downriver a ways.
The salmonfly hatch is going on now. I have seen adults. And the bridge pillars and trees in the water are littered with salmonfly shucks. So, that being said, rubberlegs are working well.
The PMD hatch that was providing us with KILLER fishing last year during late March... is not happening. There are a few around, but not enough to make much of a difference. The silt from the dirty water over the winter time may have snuffed out some of the bugs....or it's been too sunny....or they don't like the off-color water..... or ?? ... too early to tell.
Jeff from Winston Fly Rods, visiting from Montana, with his second ever LowerSacTrout.
A pig. And he got to wear shorts for the first time this year.
Floated with Jim and Jim yesterday and some of their friends. We were a 3 boat group, so we put in between other larger groups, and it worked. Didn't really see any other boats until after 2:30. Then we could see a boat or two the rest of the day.
Saturday , really nice weather, steelhead season about over.... you won't be alone on the water.
We saw some pretty good fishing despite the pressure. Quite a few grabs before lunch, and just after lunch. They were good though...lost 6 or 7 in a row at one point...then started keeping them on. A few double hook-ups, fish in the 19-20" class. It was a pretty good day, and I had a lot of fun with "the Jims".
Seems to me that the caddis hatch is almost done. Didn't see many yesterday. Or the day before, when I went out to play fish with a guide buddy. Found a spot to fish from the boat that kicked out 5 fish under 15" and one that was about 20". That ended a fun day of multiple species caught and released. And not one bobber was used.
The fish ate all sorts of different stuff yesterday. Mayfly nymphs, attractor nymphs, stuff that doesn't imitate nymphs, big stones and little stones.... all worked.
Expecting a couple days of rainy-ish weather starting today, then in the 80's by next weekend !
Have spent time on both the Upper and Lower Sac lately.
The Lower Sac - floated downriver for a fantastic day, with a little variety thrown in. Trout, and the usual suckers and/or squaws...but there's another fish in town. Book a day to find out !!
In town, fishing is still fair. Lots of fish on the spawn. Lots of boats around. No thanks.... I'm thinking I'll avoid Saturdays in town for a while. At one point last weekend, I had about 15 kayaks within casting distance of the boat.
Looking forward to seeing MORE little orangish/pinkish-white mayflies buzzing around. It has started. Call it a "Pink Albert" hatch or call it a PMD hatch. I don't care. But it's going to be really happening soon. I've seen a few and it should only get better. On a play day I hung a #18 bh Mercer's Poxyback PMD nymph under a dry fly and had fish eat it. So, start thinking about PMD nymphs.
The spring caddis hatch is winding down.
Bring on the mayflies !!!
The Upper Sac - fishing was fair to good. The better fishing was later in the day, once water temps warmed up a tad bit. Fish ate stone nymphs and the like. No hatches what so ever. Not much for dry fly action at all. BONUS : Not too many small fish around. Taped fish to 18.5". Water is very, very clear. Stealth is key. Things will continue to improve here. I saw 1 salmonfly and a half dozen lil' yellow stones flying around. All day. I'm guessing it'll start in the next two weeks, after these rains which are expected over the weekend. Then it'll be go-time on the Upper Sac until the heat combined with LOW water conditions come in June !!
Until then, SO MUCH WATER TO EXPLORE !!!!! Love that river during spring !!
The River continues to drop. It's down again to around 8k. Fishing has been good most days. Windy conditions add challenges this week, but the heat hasn't been too bad.
Stacy and Devon kinda crushed yesterday. I heard "That's the biggest trout I've ever caught" more than a few times. The fish cooperated yesterday, and we got on some water that, believe it or not, has not been fished by anyone in a while. And it showed. A bunch of quality fish for "Dev" and most were landed. Except for the one that got into the backing then bent the hook out.
Starting to see the outta-town guides show up from other area codes and other counties. Getting busy out there.
I also hear the crowds are already getting bad on the Trinity River. Some 30" steelies are being caught over there...
Lotsa evening gowns and fancy dresses being sold lately at the thrift store to raise money.
The River continues to drop. It's down again to around 8k. Fishing has been good most days. Windy conditions add challenges this week, but the heat hasn't been too bad.
Stacy and Devon kinda crushed yesterday. I heard "That's the biggest trout I've ever caught" more than a few times. The fish cooperated yesterday, and we got on some water that, believe it or not, has not been fished by anyone in a while. And it showed. A bunch of quality fish for "Dev" and most were landed. Except for the one that got into the backing then bent the hook out.
Starting to see the outta-town guides show up from other area codes and other counties. Getting busy out there.
I also hear the crowds are already getting bad on the Trinity River. Some 30" steelies are being caught over there...
Lotsa evening gowns and fancy dresses being sold lately at the thrift store to raise money.