Lower Sacramento River: Shasta Trout fly fishing guide’s reports

IMGP1667IMGP1672IMGP1670 Several great local guides featured by  Shasta Trout including  Craig Nielsen, Gabe Duran, George Durand, Kevin Price, Matt Formento and Anthony Carruesco, have hosted a number of guests recently on the Lower Sacramento River and found the river to be fishing exceptionally well.  While we are still finding some steelhead on the Klamath and Trinity, the exceptional bite and incredible spring like weather on the Lower Sac has been hard to pass up.  Flows below Keswick have dropped to 4,500 cfs which concentrates the holding water, making this the place and time of year when a trophy Rainbow is likely to find it’s way into your net.

A trophy Lower winter Sac Rainbow Another fish from the first run of the day Rick with a hefty Lower Sac 'bow Hatches are running weeks early, with the famed blizzard spring caddis coming off on the sunny afternoons.  We typically do not see this hatch until well into March. Some March Browns, PMD’s and lingering BWO’ mayflies are mixed in making for an aggressive bite.  The vast majority of fish have come nymphing with small imitations but a few fish are still showing up on rubberlegs, and for the savvy angler on dries.  A few guests have experienced outstanding dry fly fishing and though this can be a rewarding experience, it is most often technical and challenging.

Fall fishing at it's finest on the Lower Sacramento River Trophy Rainbows are stacked in pods on the upper drifts on their annual migration to spawn.  The lower floats from Anderson to Jelly’s Ferry  have been consistently good from early morning until late afternoon. The grab has been slowing in the afternoon and evening.  Multiple hookups on all drifts  have been common as of late. The trout down river are a generally smaller (10″-16″) on average than up river but we usually find a few trophy Rainbows over 18″on the lower floats as well.

The weather forecast is calling for a storm system to pass this week, with clear, warm sunny skies by the weekend. Consider this your invitation to get here now! Drop us a line for details or to schedule a trip to get your trout season off to a great start!

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