Fly Fishing on the Lower Sac can be Great, Good & Fair at this time of year

The Fly Shop

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Current River Conditions:
River flows are holding at 7,000 cfs. Fishing has been good, great at times, sometimes fair. Salmon are still on redds and rainbows are eating eggs. If the fishing get's slow, ditch the egg patterns and stick with nymphs. Good weather in the forecast through November 1st ! You should go fishing.

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The Fly Shop's  Tips:
Fishing a long, 9' leader tapered to 3x (the second fly can be attached using 4X) with a big indicator and an SSG split shot will get the flies down to the fish. If you are wading the river and not in a drift boat, add another AAA or even a second SSG to your rig. The sooner the flies get to the bottom of the river, the more time you spend "fishing". Look for the first of the fall-run Chinooks setting up in shallow water, fanning the rivers gravel and preparing for the Autumn spawn. Trout are always near the spawning salmon.

Bridge News:
All of the construction projects have finished their in-river work, so there are no longer hazards in the river at any of the bridges, and there are no longer flow-related boating restrictions anywhere on the river. Yeah!

River Fact:
How did the Sacramento River get it's name? In 1808, Spanish explorer Gabriel Moraga, on a journey to find suitable sites for the construction of missions, became the first foreigner to see the river clearly. Judging its huge breadth and power he named it Rio de good Sacramentos, or "River of the Blessed Sacrament".



• Mercer's Missing Link #14-16
• Parachute Profile Spinner BWO
• Norman's Loop Wing BWO
• D&D Cripple-Any!
• E/C Caddis Tan or Olive

Nymphs/Wet Flies:
• Glass Tail Caddis Pupa
• Pat's Rubberlegs #4-8
• Eng Thing #16
• Black Zebra Midge #16-18
• GB Flashback Olive PT #16-18
• CB Birds Nest #12-16
• S&M #16-18 (Any Color)
• Pseudo May #18 Olive
• Red Micro Mayfly #16-18
• Cinnamon BH Poopah #12-14
• Skip Nymph #16

• Muddler Minnow #10
• Freshwater Clouser Olive/White

• MC Redd Reaper Peachy King
• Micro Spawn Salmon Egg
• Single Eggs (Any)
• Surreal Eggs (Any)
• Boles Bazookas (Any)


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