Good days on the Lower Sac right now! The flows are stable at 3,900 CFS from Keswick, the temps are dropping and we have rain in the forecast. This is shaping up to be a good fall. More salmon are on redds below Bonnyview through Jellys Ferry than above. There are still tons of fish sitting in their normal runs chowing on insects. The majority of insects coming off continue to be Blue Wing Olives in the afternoon, and Caddis in the evenings. Keep your eyes peeled for Crane Flies and PMDs as well. Black and brown X-Mays, Zebra Midges, Olive Hot Spots, Black Perdigons and other small, dark flies are all working well. Some days Bird's Nests, Bubbleback Caddis or the Cinnamon Poopah will be good to have on, so make sure you are covered there. And if you aren't getting any eats, throw on a small Peaches n' Cream or PMD Nosepicker. Look for fish to move into the shallower water when Caddis are coming off mainly towards dark. October is winding down and we are just starting to see good numbers of the Fall Run Chinook getting onto redds, November is shaping up to be a good one. If you would like to get a day out on the river with one of our guides, give Bryan or Chris a call in Outfitters. (530)222-3555
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.
• Mercer's Missing Link, #18 Dark
• Mayfly Cripple - Limestone #18
• Norman's Loopwing - BWO
• 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