Floated the Sacramento River from Bonneyview down to Anderson yesterday. The flow was around 7,000 cfs, so lots of water to cover! The day couldn’t have been better as far as the weather goes — sunny and not to hot, not to cold!
The fishing was fair to good. I wouldn’t say it was fantastic, but it certainly wasn’t bad. We caught fish throughout the day as well as lost fish throughout the day, including a hog that I was convinced was a snag until it took off with a bunch of line. In one particular spot, we hooked about eight fish in around ten minutes, landing four good ones.Read More
Well the summer flows are beginning to arrive… the Lower Sac went from being around 3,200 cfs to around 7,000 cfs. Fishing tends to be a little tougher when the water levels change, especially considering just how amazing it’s been the past couple of months! The hatches are still crazy! There were PMD’s and caddis going off in massive amounts today! Check out the caddis on April’s jacket:Read More
Yesterday I took someone up to the Upper Sac in the hopes of doing some dry-fly-dropper fishing. The water was @ 750cfs, which is still fishable albeit a tad faster in some locations. We fished a couple of my favorite spots in the hopes of finding some salmon flies and some participating fish.
Sadly, we saw only one salmon fly all day and after giving it a go to raise some fish, switched to some “down deep” nymphing… way deep. The general rule of thumb on this river is if you aren’t losing flies, you aren’t deep enough.Read More
My fellow trout bum Brendon and I spent the last week fishing our way across Montana. While April isn’t the most ideal time to fish the Big Sky region, one has to take every opportunity that they can get! We drove from NorCal through Nevada and Idaho and ended up fishing the Madison River (upper and lower), the Big Hole, the Bighorn River, and the Gallatin River. Since we were fishing a lot of water new to us, we stopped at quite a few fly shops.
Having spent three decades as a trout bum, I’ve been in fly shops all over the United States (and Canada and even in Africa). From Alaska to Wyoming to Colorado to California to Wisconsin and beyond, I’m a sucker for fly fishing gear and I can’t help stopping by fly shops in order to support local businesses. But I got to tell ya, not every fly shop is helpful!Read More
Well the fishing has been absolutely incredible this past month. I’d venture to guess that the one major reason it’s been so great is… wait for it… bugs. It’s like the river has come back to life and there are insects everywhere! PMD’s! BWO’s! Caddis! Oh my!
Every. Single. Fish. Has. Been. Gorgeous.Read More
Been tough to get time to write a fishing report, so mine as well do it the last day of the month! Busy month for me… turned 39 years young and spent a lot of time on the river! In addition to taking out a good amount of people, I got to fish with my usual trout bum, Brendon. I’m really happy with the iPhone X’s portrait mode. It’s a great way to blur the background of your pictures so no one knows where you are catching all of the fish 😉Read More
January on the Lower Sac has been pretty excellent, and I only imagine it will get better in the coming months. The flies of choice have ranged from the good old rubber legs to bird’s nests to micro may’s. The folks I’ve been taking out have been hooking fish and, when I get casts in, I’ve got some nice ‘bows too!
The crowds have been fairly low too, which has been nice. Generally seeing about six to eight boats total, which is a lot better than when you see forty, ha!Read More