Fishing is still tough on the Upper Sac because of flows around 1,100 cfs

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Current River Conditions:
The river is slowly coming down. Currently, flows of 1,100 CFS are recorded near Shasta Lake. Fishing is going to be tough in these conditions. Manageable conditions exist up in Dunsmuir, but don't expect the typical summertime fly fishing experience. Lots of snow on the ground! That old trail to your favorite fishing hole is buried under feet of snow. That said, you might find some good fishing on the very upper portions of this river this week! Bring #6-8 black or brown rubber legs, #14 PT nymphs, #18-20 midge patterns. Have a couple #18 Parachute Adams too.

The Fly Shop's  Tips:
Fish small #16-18 dark colored nymphs in addition to copper johns for best results through late autumn/early winter. Have a few #16 Parachute Adams handy. Pat's rubber legs is another good fly to have in your fly box. The rainbows of the Upper Sacramento river eat flies that are served up deep, in the rocks. Sometimes the indicator gets in the way of detecting strikes. These fish are really good at sampling a pattern, then spitting it out. Try fishing using the "high-stick" and "short line" technique.

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. 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.

Water Flows:
Upper Sacramento River Flows

Suggested Fly Patterns:

Dry Flies:

• Morrish's October Adult Caddis
• Goddard Caddis #8
• Mercer's Skating Oct Caddis
• Turck's Tarantula #8
• Parachute Adams - #14-16
• Elk Hair Caddis - #16-18
• Adams - #16-18
• Cutter's E/C Caddis #14-16 (any)

Nymphs/Wet Flies:
• Zack's Caddistophic
• Tungsten October Pewpah
• Mercer's October Pupa
• Mercer's Glo-bubble Caddis
• Micro Fox Poopah - Black
• Zack's Pseudo May - Black #16-18
• Mercer's GB Dark Stone #8
• Pat's Rubber Legs - Brown #6-8
• GB Birds Nest - #12-14
• Gordon's Amber Wing Prince #12-18
• Swink's BTS
• Micro Mayfly - #14-18

• Sheila Sculpin
• Woolly Buggers
• Muddler Minnows - #10

Fly Fishing Gear:
• The Fly Shop's  Tapered Nylon Leaders
• The Fly Shop's  Tough Nylon Tippet
• Simms  Dry Creek™ Chest Pack
• Patagonia's  Double Haul
• C&F S Series Waterproof Fly Boxes
• Dr. Slick/TFS Quick Release Forceps

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