Upper Sacramento River, August 14th

Shanan with a USac trophy 'bow Shanan


Our good friend Shanan took a week off to fish prior to the school year starting at Foothill College where he is the head basketball coach.  We got together for an afternoon on the Upper Sac.  It probably wasn’t the ideal time of day to be searching for wild rainbows but we were planning to make the most of it.  We couldn’t have been more surprised.  We found fish in every run and a couple of runs produced several nice fish including a sizable one in our last secret spot.  Shanan is a big guy, 6’9″ or so and he dwarfs every fish he poses so they unfortunately never look as big as when I hold them ;>)  The battle was an epic one as Shanan discovered a knot in his flyline soon after the fish was hooked.  We scrambled to get it undone just in time for a hot run and a few jumps.  Not a fish we will soon forget.  We nymphed the entire time and were off the river before any evening hatches could develop but had a very productive outing regardless.

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