Lower Sacramento River clears, fly fishing guides report good angling

April 2012

Rick lands a lunker on his first cast! The murky water conditions we have been experiencing on the Lower Sacramento River have cleared with clarity returning to the typical six to seven feet on the upper reaches.  Flows out of Keswick continue to be very low and fishable @ 3610 cfs with no scheduled releases at this time. Lower tributaries continue to cloud the river during stormy periods but the river has become fishable soon afterwards.  Another small storm pulse is predicted by the National Weather Service for the next two days with warm sunny days returning for the weekend.

A trophy springtime Rainbow on a bright sunny day, fly fishing on the Lower Sacramento River doesn't get much better! Mike poses another nice Lower Sac Rainbow The fishing continues to be good to very good, including some very happy anglers who are finding some exceptional fish.  Our great local guides, Craig Nielsen, Gabe Duran, George Durand, Fred Gordon, Alan Blankenship, Anthony Carruesco and Matt Formento have all enjoyed some outstanding days of late.  The bite has been slow in the early morning but has picked up nicely midday through early evening as good hatches of Pale Morning Dun mayflies have sparked the action.  There are still a few lingering March Browns and Blue Wing Olives emerging as well.  On overcast and particularly on drippy days the hatches have been very heavy, but the dry fly fishing has been disappointing at best as we have found very few fish looking up.

Pam enjoys her first Lower Sacramento River fly fishing Rainbow Nymphing riffles and flats with PMD patterns has been the most productive method with a few fish still coming on caddis, attractor nymphs, rubberlegs and egg patterns.  A number of Rainbows are spawning this time of year and we recommend avoiding anchoring over prime spawning areas and targeting these fish.  As the weather warms we hope and expect the caddis bite to take off as well.  We are looking to have opportunities to dry fly fish soon as the clear water and strong hatches get the fish looking up.  We have some days available in the coming weeks and recommend you contact us to schedule a prime date with one of the finest local guides.

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