Fishing is still very good down to Balls Ferry

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Current releases are at 4,500 CFS and the water temps remain below 65 F down to the Bend gage just above Red Bluff. Fishing is still very good down to Balls Ferry. The top end is getting a lot of traffic where you will definitely hook some very large fish. In the mornings you will hook some large fish on midge pupae, so small, black offerings like the Black Zebra Midge and other small BWO nymphs can be your ticket to success. The Caddis are becoming the prominent insect, Cinnamon Poopahs, Bird's Nests, Silvey's and Bubblebacks are all working right now. Look for fish to move into the shallower water when these insects are coming off mainly towards dark. The other nymphs that will work throughout the day are the black Zebras, Perdigons, and TB UV Sallies. Swing some soft hackles or Bird's Nests if you are out towards dark. Keep an eye on the water temps if you fish below Balls Ferry.

The Fly Shop does not offer a shuttle service. Kim at Sac River Shuttle can get your shuttle done seven days a week. You can reach her at (530)782-9090

Access To the Lower Sacramento
The Lower Sacramento has many publicly accessible areas with good wading opportunities when the flows are below 7,500 CFS. Stop by the shop and we'd be happy to point you in the right direction.

Fishing Large Rivers Can be Frustrating
There are many great places you can get in and wade this blue ribbon tail water. Having said that, the absolute best method to fish the Sac is from a drift boat. Aside from being able to access all of the water, you can fish the long runs on a dead, perfect drift which is deadly on these legendary wild rainbows. And who would be a better oarsman than one of our Professional Guides? They know every nook and cranny of the river, what insects are and will be hatching, and the setups and methods that will get you onto the fish of a lifetime.

Recommended Equipment & Setups
Most of our fishing, whether from a drift boat, or wading when the releases are low enough, is done dead drifting nymphs. The Fly Shop's Signature Indicator Rod is nine and a half feet of indicator nymph fishing perfection designed by our professional staff right here on the Lower Sac. Teamed up with a 6 or 7 weight Scientific Anglers Amplitude Anadro Floating Fly Line or a Rio Intouch Xtreme Indicator Fly Line it will put a center pin rig to shame.

Hot Flies: 
Dry Flies:
Mercer's Missing Link, #18 Dark
Mayfly Cripple - Limestone #18
Norman's Loopwing - BWO

Nymphs/Wet Flies:
CB Birds Nest - #14
Mercer's Micro May - #14-16 Brown
Mercer's Poxy Back PMD - #16
Bubbleback Caddis, - Olive #16
Pat's Rubber Legs - #4-8

Micro Spawn - Peachy King, Shrimp Pink
Boles Bazookas - Shrimp Pink, Peachy King

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