Upper Sacramento River, July 10th

Adam with a dry fly 'bow Adam


Adam snuck away from a hectic work schedule in the city to spend a day searching for Rainbows on the beautiful Upper Sacramento River. He is a seasoned nympher so we started around mid-river running an indicator through the head of a classic run.  We hooked several fish and landed a few as well.  We moved upstream and switched to a dry dropper rig with similar results, getting grabs in each run and cherry picking the best water.  It was the warmest part of the day so we switched to high stickin’ some fast water pockets.  It was a new technique to Adam and though he is a quick study we had poor results only getting a few grabs despite fishing several pockets that have produced well of late.  We felt it was a lack of interest on the fish’s part and decided it was a good time for a lunch break.   When we found a couple anglers in a favorite run after lunch we headed to the canyon to avoid folks arriving for the weekend.  We were treated to rising fish and fished dries and emergers with an exceptional bite for a few hours until the sun set.  For the last thirty or forty five minutes before dark when the bite has been the best it absolutely shut down on us?  Not a rising fish to be found.  We searched several runs on our walk back and even sampled some of the deeper classic runs with nymphs.  We landed one more small fish?  The magic of a dry fly bite followed these kind of mysteries is what keeps us coming back.

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