River conditions are stable, clear and fishing is great on the Upper Sac!

The Fly Shop

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Current River Conditions:
Insect hatches consist of #16-18 Blue Wing Olives (BWO), #18-20 black midges. The stone flies(goldens, skwalla, salmon flies) molt about this time of year. This process consists of the stonefly nymph crawling out from under it's rock so it can shed a layer of it's exoskeleton. Lot's of stone flies goof up during this process of shedding, and find themselves careening downstream were rainbow trout are waiting to - eat'm up! So throw #6-8 Pat's Rubber Legs, #8 Mercer's Poxyback Golden Stone. Additional nymphs listed on the right should keep the rainbows interested!

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The Fly Shop's  Tips:
When nymphing on the Upper Sacramento River, always use double the amount of shot in order to get the flies down to the fish in the faster, bubbly water. If a run calls for one SSG, put on two. If you're not ticking the bottom from time to time (yes, this means losing a few flies), you're probably not getting down to where the fish are feeding. Fish with lighter split shot, like a BB, and not so deep in the early mornings and later afternoon to early evening when rainbow trout are off the bottom of the river seeking food. Use stronger tippet like 2X-3X for bigger flies in the #6-10 range, 4X for smaller #16-18. Keep your first fly within 6-8 inches of your split shot. Stronger tippet means fewer flies will be left on the bottom of the river. Sink tip lines with streamers attached are a good plan when there is room to cast.

River Fact:
On the evening of July 14, 1991, a derailment on a horseshoe curve known as the "Cantara Loop" on the railroad north of Dunsmuir resulted in the release of approximately 19,000 gallons of metham sodium spilled into the Sacramento River. The biocide killed every living thing in the river for a distance of some 38 miles, devastating a popular fly fishing area--one of the most severe toxic spills in U.S. history. The Upper Sacramento River is now largely recovered from the spill.

Flies:

Dries:

• Parachute Profile Spinner BWO
• Royal Wulf #10-14
• Elk Hair Caddis #16-18
• Adams #16-18

Nymphs/Wet Flies:
• Dark Lord's #14-16
• Posse Bugger #10-14
• Bottom Roller Psycho-Rycho
• Red Copper John #14-18
• Zebra Copper John #14-18
• Zebra Midge #16-20 Black
• GB Birds Nest #12-14
• Gordon's Amber Wing Prince
• Pat's Rubber Legs Brown #6-8
• Micro Poopah Black
• Poxyback Golden Stone #8-14
• Micro Mayfly #14-18

Streamers/Leeches:
• Wooley Buggers
• Muddler Minnow #10



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