Lower Sacramento River fly fishing guides Chris King, Gabe Duran, Aaron Grabiel and Craig Nielsen hosted a number of fly fishers who enjoyed an outstanding bite in the past few weeks. Incredible midday hatches of Pale Morning Duns have the fish feeding in a frenzy and the grab gets silly at times. The cool temps has the hatch coming off later than usual, starting in early afternoon rather than late morning on most days. Not as many fish looking up as we might expect with this kind of hatch with only a few sessions of dry fly fishing to be found. We hope the warmer weather in the forecast will get the fish looking up?
A couple father & son trips were a pure joy as they enjoyed some of the best fishing they have ever experienced and the sons each caught the biggest fish of their lives! Rick treats his son Mark to a trip together each season but this was their first to the Lower Sac. The bite started a bit slowly but took off in the afternoon as Mark showed his expert Dad that he had some real game as well, landing one big trophy Lower Sac ‘bow after another. Tim and son Jake followed later in the week and found several trophies as well. Jake is new to fly fishing but a quick study and took full advantage when the grab got going. Father Tim did manage to keep up however landing too many big ‘bows to count!
Kelly fishes with us several days each season and scheduled a trip to the Klamath to enjoy the Salmonfly Hatch with his best friend and fly fishing guide Todd Gillihan, owner of West Slope Outfitters. Because the hatch was so late, they reschedule the trip with Craig to the Lower Sac and could not have been more pleased. The bite was on and they lit it up. They each landed several fish over 20″ along with way too many in the upper teens to count. Todd had a major tussle with a true trophy through some heavy current, bringing the fish to hand and gaining entry into the Shasta Trout Hawg of Fame. These are two easy going, great guys who know how to enjoy each other’s company along with the great fishing. We highly recommend Todd if you are headed to his homewater in the Auburn area.
Flows bumped up to 20,000 cfs on June 3rd to fill the Red Bluff Diversion Dam but remain fishable. When flows lower and temps rise be ready!