Up-to-date fishing reports on rivers in northern California and southern Oregon from the guides at Confluence Outfitters
The Lower Sac up in Redding is fishing fantastic if you are fishing through spawning trout, and so-so if you're not. Most of the big fish are sitting on redds right now, and it's pretty obvious where the fish are spawning with the low flows. The nymph grab was pretty tough today, but we still managed to land some quality wild rainbows from 16-19". We even got a good grab on a dry fly. The PMD hatch is still very good.
Posted: April 15, 2014, 12:00 am
We fished the lower river today. My clients Russ & Bob are headed for B.C. in the fall and wanted to get some more spey casting under the belt before their trip. We fished 7 and 8 weight spey rods to get familiar with the rods they would use in B.C., then scaled down to 4 and 5wt spey rods for trout fishing. The grab wasn't great, but we did swing up some fish on various nymph patterns. We spent a lot of time in the afternoon dry fly fishing. Our best fish was a 17" rainbow on a pheasant tail nymph fished 2ft under a grasshopper dry. We had a ton of dry fly grabs on parachute adams and landed fish up to about 12" on dries. Pretty fun stuff!
Posted: April 14, 2014, 12:00 am
I've guided the past three days on the Lower Sac and the fishing has been Good. We've caught fish through out the day and with a multitude of techniques. We've caught them on dries, on nymphs with and with out indicators and on the swing with light weight spey rods.
The Spring time is a great time to be on the Lower Sac, plenty of fish and the weather can be outstanding !
Posted: April 13, 2014, 12:00 am
Fishing was back to normal today, which considering the excellent fishing the past few weeks, felt pretty slow! We landed some great trout nonetheless, including some fish up to 18". Small PMD nymphs are still the best bet. We saw a couple of salmonflies today, too.
Posted: April 11, 2014, 12:00 am
Randy and I showed four anglers from the Peninsula Fly Fishers Club how to fish the Lower Sac without a bobber today. It was a lot of fun. We caught fish on 3 different techniques, including swinging flies with light spey rods, side-drifting nymphs without indicators, and dry fly fishing. Mike landed the best fish of the day, a fat 16" rainbow on a rubberlegs. It's a lot of fun to feel that grab instead of using the indicator.
Posted: April 10, 2014, 12:00 am
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Posted: April 8, 2014, 12:00 am
Here are some photos from our group at Eagle Canyon today.
Posted: April 5, 2014, 12:00 am
Another outstanding day on the Lower Sac. Today we fished down low and had the whole river to ourselves. The nymph grab was outstanding in the morning. In the afternoon we had some really fun dry fly fishing. There was a good hatch of PMDs, a few march browns, and a bunch of golden stones. We caught fish on size 12 yellow humpies and size 10 golden stone dries. Pretty fun stuff!
Posted: April 5, 2014, 12:00 am
We spent our morning down below Anderson and did not see a soul. Fishing wasn't red hot in general, but we got into some areas where we hit fish after fish. Our best fish in the net today was about 18" and we hooked some larger fish. Beadhead PMDs, rubberlegs, and micro mayflies worked well. The PMD hatch was really good today but the sun came out in the afternoon so there weren't many rising fish.
Posted: April 4, 2014, 12:00 am
Here are some photos from today's group at Eagle Canyon.
Rich from Santa Cruz had this to say:
Eagle Canyon was pretty special. Caught some really good fish and I can't
tell you how many micro mayfly hooks I straightened out. I'm going to have
to tie some on forged, 2x heavy hooks for next time!
Posted: April 3, 2014, 12:00 am