The fishing continues to be good, very good on the Lower Sac!

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Current River Conditions: Strong south winds have made the fishing a little tougher, but that will change Thursday with the winds coming out of the north. No big deal for our guides. Well, actually, wind makes the job harder, but we know were to focus. The "good fishing" should last well into November and beyond. One of the driving factors is the high numbers of King Salmon spawning between Redding and Red Bluff. The salmon eggs are the big meal for the trout this year. November fishing on the Sac should be considered.

Thinking of wade fishing? It's a tough and dangerous game at these flows, but the river is slowly coming down. Best wading conditions are found when flows are sub 6,000 CFS, in the winter months. Hire a guide and fish out of a drift boat for best results!!

The Fly Shop's  Tips: Fish deep! Your leader's length should be between 7.5 - 8.5' to the split shot. Use an SSG to get down fast.

Happening flies for October: Egg patterns in orange and salmon-egg. The #18 olive Pheasant Tail Nymph is a good choice and should work it's magic all afternoon.

When it comes to trout fishing on the Lower Sacramento around Redding, CA., nymphing is by far the most productive fly fishing method. We fish deep on this river. Although a tapered leader will work when nymphing this river, we recommend constructing your leader out of 2X, 3X and 4X tippet or level fluorocarbon. Basically, tie in your 2X tippet at the indicator and pull off about 7.5-8.5 feet. Now grab your 3X and tie it in using a double surgeon knot to a length of 18"-24". Go ahead and tie in your first fly. The second fly drops off of the hook bend of the first fly. Use your 4X tippet to tie in the second, smaller fly. We like to use "BIG" 1 1/4" indicators. SSG split shot also known as "Goose Shot" (ask Cory) 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".

Water Flows:
Lower Sacramento Flows

Suggested Fly Patterns:

Dry Flies:

• Mayfly Cripple #16
• Mercer's Missing Link - #14-16
• D&D Cripples - Any!

Nymphs/Wet Flies:
• GB Olive PT #18
• Mercer's Brown Micro Mayfly #14
• Silvey's Beaded Tan Poopah
• BH Cinnamon Poopah #12
• Fox's Poopah Cinnamon #12
• Pat's Rubberlegs - #4-8
• CB Birds Nest - #12-16
• Hogan's S&M Nymph - (Any Color) #16-18
• GB Half Flashback PT #14-16
• Skip Nymph - #16

• Micro Spawn - Salmon Egg
• Clown Eggs
• Boles Bazookas - Peachy King

Fly Fishing Gear:
• The Fly Shop's  Signature H2O Indicator Rod
• Rio  Fly Line Perfect For The "Sac"
• Simms  Solar Shirt/TFS Logo
• Dr. Slick/TFS Scissor/Hemostat
• An indicator that suspends heavy split shot!

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