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Fly Fishing On The Lower Sacramento
River In California
The Lower Sacramento River is considered the section
below Keswick Dam located three miles north of the city
of Redding, downstream. It is the state's largest trout
stream. The river flows through the city. Fly fishing the
lower Sacramento River can be a real treat. It has some
very large rainbow trout averaging close to fifteen
inches and up to twenty inches. The river provides
year-round trout fishing.
There's lots of food for the trout including a huge
population of aquatic insects. That's what provides the
food for the trout to grow fast and very large. The
bottom discharge of water that flows from the dam at
Shasta Lake averages about the same temperature
year-round. It's about nine miles above the Keswick
Dam. Lake Shasta not only receives the water from the
Upper Sacramento River, it receives the water from the
McCloud River, Pit River, Fall River, Hat Creek and
Squaw Creeks, all fertile streams with good populations
of insects. If there is a disadvantage to this, it is the fact
that this also results in a lot of variables that affect the
discharges of water into the Lower Sacramento River
and consequently, constantly changing fishing
Some consider this the best rainbow trout fishing water
the state of California has to offer but there's also many
that would disagree. One reason is the continuing
changing water levels of Keswick Reservoir and its
varying discharges of water through the dam that is the
Lower Sacramento River. The discharges are mostly
dependant on the agricultural needs of the Central
The Lower Sacramento River also has a good
population of several other fish that can be taken on the
fly. Runs of steelhead and Chinook salmon take place.
It also has a good population of shad, strippers,
smallmouth and largemouth bass. The further
downstream you venture, the warmer the water gets and
the more the fish species become warm water species.
Most of the fishing in the Summer months is done from
drift boats. The highest flows take place during the
warmer months of the year. Wading can be done on low
flows and they occur mostly during the Spring and Fall.
Access to the Lower Sacramento River is plentiful and
easy. There's a total of six boat launches for drift boats.
Interstate Highway 5 parallels the river.
The Lower Sacramento isn't exactly the easiest water to
fish. It is a big tailwater with smooth stretches of water. In
places it reminds one of a big spring creek. The smooth
currents are deceptive and tricky to get drag free drift in.
The trout tend to get a good look at your presentation
and realistic flies are a big plus. There are some long
riffles and long, deep pools. Islands break up the flows
in places. Wading is limited to areas of public access
and public parks.
Fly Fishing Guide to the Lower Sacramento
Fly fishing the Lower Sacramento River depends highly
on keeping up with the changing water and weather
conditions. The Lower Sacramento River is a tailwater
and that means its flows are strictly dependent on the
discharges from the Keswick Dam. Be certain to check
on this flow levels and predicted discharges before
fishing the river.
Since the water from the river is used for agriculture
purposes, high flows can be expected throughout the
Summer when demands are the highest. Low flows are
normal during the Winter. Both high and low flow levels
can be fished but they will vary the methods and
strategies you should use. High water usually requires
floating the river. The currents can easily be too strong
for safe wading.
Lower Sacramento River
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Recommended Tackle & Gear
5 or 6 weight
Dry fly: 9 & 12 ft., 5 or 6X, Nymphing:
71/2 ft., 3 or 4X, Streamers 0-2X
Dry fly: 5 or 6X, Nymphing: 3 or 4X,
Best Fly Rods:
Perfect Fly Superb Five or Ultimate Six
For 5/6 fly line
Fly Floatants and Misc Items:
Floatants, KISS Strike Indicators
Tools & Accessories:
Nippers, forceps, retractors, etc.
Recommended Tackle & Gear
for Steelhead and Salmon
7, 8 , 9 or 10 weight for appropriate type
rod, sinking, sinking tip and floating
10#, 12# in 9 to 15 feet lengths
10# and 12#
Best Fly Rods:
Perfect Fly 7, 8, 9 and 10 ft. single hand
For 7 to 10 weight lines
Fly Floatants and Misc Items:
KISS Strike Indicators, Lanyards, etc.
Tools & Accessories:
Nippers, forceps, retractors, etc.
Excellent fishing is provided
throughout the entire year.
Spring is the best time for dry fly
fishing due to the hatches of mayflies
Summertime can be on the warm side
but the fishing remains fairly good due
to the constant cold water releases.
The best rainbow trout fishing in the river is
generally between the Sun Dial Bridge
downstream to Anderson River Park. There
are other areas of the river that will produce
well but this is usually the best area to select
Most of the time, floating the river using a drift
boat is the best method to fish it. As just
mentioned, It's the only way in most places
when the water is high. There are a few areas
the river can be waded during low water
conditions. One area is the Cypress Road
Bridge in Redding. Another place is Knighton
Road. Wading can be dangerous and you
need to make sure you keep a tight wading
belt and watch for rising water levels at all
The Fall season maybe the very best time to
fish the Lower Sac. Its fall runs of spawning
salmon provide a huge food supply for the
rainbow trout. Not only do the rainbows feed
on their eggs, they also are keenly aware of
the aquatic insects nymphs and larvae that
are dislodged when the salmon build their
redds. They will feed downstream on the
spawning process of the large Chinook
Salmon throughout the entire process.
Fly Fishing Guide, continued:
The lower part of the river from Anderson
down to Los Molinos is prime territory for
steelhead fishing. You can continue to fish
for them on into the Winter provided you can
withstand the cold weather.
Springtime provides the most hatches of
caddisflies, mayflies and stoneflies and
therefore it's the best time to catch the large
rainbows on dry flies. Summertime can also
be good at times. Since the water released
from the depths of the lake is cold, even
during the hot Summer. This keeps the fish
active especially early and late in the days
when it's most comfortable to fish.
Lower Sacramento Hatches and Flies:
Our information on aquatic insects is based
on our stream samples of larvae and
nymphs, not guess work. We base fly
suggestions on imitating the most plentiful
and most available insects and other foods at
the particular time you are fishing. Unlike the
generic fly shop trout flies, we have specific
imitations of all the insects in the Lower
Sacramento River and in all stages of life that
are applicable to fishing. If you want to fish
better, more realistic trout flies, have a much
higher degree of success, give us a call. We
not only will help you with selections, you will
learn why, after trying Perfect Flies, 92% of
the thousands of our customers will use
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The most consistent mayfly that hatches on
the Lower Sacramento River is the
Blue-winged Olive. Of course, the little olives
represent several different species of
different genera. Most of the larger ones are
Baetis species in a hook size 18. They start
hatching in March and hatch off and on
throughout the Spring, Summer and early
Fall. Other hatches can occur during the
winter months depending on the particular
species. You should always have some
imitations along with you. On cloudy, overcast
days they likely to show up.
Pale Evening Duns can hatch from March
through June. Both the duns and spinners of
this mayfly can be important.
Little Black Caddisflies, Brachcentrus genus
species, hatch from about the first of March
on into the middle of May depending on the
section of river and weather.
Spotted Sedge caddisfly hatches occur from
May through the middle of October. These
are the most common caddisflies on the
Lower Sacramento River. They are several
species and most of the heavy hatches occur
during the Summer months.
There are also plenty of Green Sedges. The
different species hatch from the first of March
until the middle of May. Imitations of their
larvae, called Green Rock Worms, are
effective all year.
Golden Stoneflies hatch from the middle of
March until the middle of May depending on
the section of water you are fishing. Little
Yellow Stoneflies are the most plentiful
stonefly species. They hatch from April
through June. Most anglers call these Yellow
Sallies. You should have imitations of both
the larva and the adults.
October Caddis are very plentiful and are a
fish producing hatch. It occurs according to
its name, during October on the Lower
Terrestrial season on the river starts in
warm months of the year. Beetles can
become important anytime from the first of
May until through the first of September.
Grasshopper usually become large enough
to become important in June and last
through July and August.
Although few anglers fish them, imitations of
midge larvae and pupae will catch rainbows
on this river throughout the year. They are
most important when few other insects are
hatching. Many anglers think the tiny flies
are too little to catch the big rainbows on the
Lower Sac but they are wrong. They can be
very effective fished correctly.
Streamers are very important. Imitations of
sculpin, minnows and baitfish will catch trout
all year. They are very important during low
light situations or when the water is slightly
Be sure to check our Hatch Chart Link on
your left and be sure to use our Perfect
Flies to match the various insects.
Fall is the time the Chinook Salmon and
Steelhead arrive in the Lower Sac.
It is possible to catch trout anytime during
the winter but it is best when the weather
cooperates. Steelhead fishing continues
into the Winter.
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Headlines: The river is still in good
shape with good flows and levels.
There is a chance of rain everyday
this coming week and the cloud
cover should be a big help. More
hatches should occur and the trout
not be so spooky. The middle and
lower sections of the river seems to
be turning out more trout for
anglers but all sections are good.
Be sure to check on the weekly
updated lower Sacramento River
fishing report linked above.
01/07/16 The lower river is getting off color and varies according to the particular section you
may be fishing. This makes it good for streamer fishing. Flies like our White Belly Sculpin
streamer should work great. Get them down as quickly as you can. The flows are holding steady
right now but there is rain in the forecast every day for the next week.
01/14/16These are very unusual fishing reports for sure. There is rain in the forecast for
another week and it should be very heavy at times. The stream levels are remaining the same
but I wouldn't count on that continuing to stay that way. Streamers like our White Belly sculpin
should work good with these conditions. When the rain slacks, you may even see a BWO hatch.
01/21/16 It is almost strange but the flows are below normal for the lower Sac. It is excellent
conditions for fishing if you can stand the heavy rain. It should end Saturday and clear up for a
while. Streamers like our Brown Sculpin and White Belly sculpin are what we recommend while it
is cloudy. We have had two customers that did very well recently using them.
01/28/16 Streamers are the flies you need to use on the Lower Sac. The water is stained, much
worse downstream than upstream, but stained in both areas. Trout can be caught on streamers
such as our Black Matuka Sculpin and White Belly Sculpin.
02/04/16 The lower river is in very good shape for this time of the year and our customers are
catching some nice trout. We had three good reports come in for this past week. A few were
taken on the surface feeding on little BWO hatches and midge hatches. The water is much
clearer. There is no rain or snow in the forecast for the coming week.
02/11/16 The river is in good condition with some very nice rainbows being caught. Salmon are
spawning in the upper part of the river and trout eating the eggs. Our Veiled Beadhead Crystal
egg flies are working good. Little Black caddis and little Blue-winged olives are hatching.
Releases from the dam are steady and at a good level and flow.
02/18/16 Customers are continuing to catch a lot of nice rainbows. There is two more days of
heavy rain in the forecast and then it should be clear a few days. The discharges are fine for
fishing right now but you better keep a close check on them for the coming week. There has
been a lot of rain and this is bound to affect them at some point.
02/25/16 The discharges and stream levels are fine but the tributary streams are dumping some
badly stained water into the river. The clarity changes, depending on where you are fishing.
Streamers, like the Brown Sculpin and White Belly Sculpin, are working good for our customers.
Blue-winged olive are hatching in some sections of the river. The water temperature is about the
same but slowly increasing.
03/03/16 The stream levels continue to be in good shape even though there has been a lot of
rain and more is on the way. Blue-winged olive fishing has been good, with midge and BWOs
hatching each afternoon. Some are being caught on top. Fish the BWO nymph until the hatch
starts, then swap to the emerger or dun. Fish the BWO spinner late in the day.
03/10/16 There are flood warning out for the area through the weekend. You can expect a lot of
off color water coming into the river below the dam and stain in the lower Sac, all depending on
where you are. Fishing has continued to be very good with discharges running about normal. At
some point, releases will probably be increased.
03/17/16 The river has been bad stained and high for most of the past week, but it has cleared
up very fast. There is some more rain coming this weekend but we don't expect that to amount
to much. Several new aquatic insects have begin to hatch. Pale Morning Duns, Green Sedges
(caddisflies) and Little Black Caddis are hatching.
03/24/16 The discharges and flows are very high but they are steady and the water has cleared
up rather fast. Anglers are catching trout. The weather is nice and warm with little rain in the
forecast for the coming week.
03/31/16 It is getting so good is is scary. Stream levels and discharges have dropped. The
weather is going to be nice and warm with no chance of rain or snow to amount to anything.
Blue-winged olives, Little Black caddis, Green Sedges and even some PMDs are hatching in the
lower end. Sculpin streamers have caught some very large rainbows for our customers this past
04/14/16 This is to protect spawning salmon. There are several hatches taking place including
little Black Caddis (near the end of the hatch), a few PMDs, small Green Sedges, and Blue-
winged olives. Stream levels are in okay shape and anglers are catching some trout. It is going
to be warm again this week with little rain beyond today.
04/21/16 The lower Sac is producing some very large rainbows. There are several insects
hatching and some are being taken on dry flies. The weather is going to be a little cooler this
coming but with only a little rain in the forecast. The great conditions should continue. The river
is closed to fishing above the highway 44 Bridge.
04/28/16 The weather has been windy at times and all together, anglers have done very well.
The PMDs haven't really got started yet but midges and little BWO are consistent. Streamers
like the Brown and White Belly sculpin have produced some big trout lately.
05/05/16 It seems that when all the freestone streams in northern California gets blown out, high
and dingy, the fishing in the lower Sacramento, just gets better. That is the case right now. The
big good news in Pale Morning duns hatches are taking place in addition to the BWOs and
others going on. Remember, PMD spinners can fall in the mornings.
05/12/16 The river is maintaining good levels and our customers are catching lots of trout and
some big ones at that. The Sculpin streamers are catching the larger trout. The Pale Morning
Dun has is gotten into high gear. There are still a few March Browns hatching, but that will end
soon. Spotted Sedges and Green sedges are hatching.
05/19/16 The big river just keeps on producing big rainbow trout. There is a lot of rain in the
forecast for the coming week, but frankly, that should make it even better as long as the flows
remain good. The cloud cover increases the hatch activity. The weather is going to be cooler
and that may slow things down some, but otherwise, conditions are good.
05/26/16 The cooler weather of the past week slowed down some hatch activity on the lower
end of the river but made little difference in the upper sections. There are still a lot of insects
hatching but most of the trout are being caught on nymph rigs, as usual. The weather is going
to be clear and the bright days is going make it a little tougher to catch them on the dry fly. The
spinner falls are the best option for that.
06/02/16 It is going to be hot on the lower Sacramento today and probably, from now on for the
next several days. The water will not keep up with the air though and it can mentally create
confusion. The water will keep warming up, but not that fast. We did list hoppers and beetles
under the fly selections but there are a lot of aquatic insects hatching that should become a first
06/09/16 if you fished the river this past week, you needed plenty of sunscreen. It was hot. That
made little difference to the fish, especially those in the upper part of the river. I did mean a hot
time in the drift boats. Hatches continued to be good but very obviously a little slower than the
week before. It is going to be back to more normal air temperatures this coming week.
06/16/16 The lower Sac continues to produce some good numbers and large sizes of rainbow
trout. The hatches are mostly that of the Pale Morning Duns. There is still some little Blue-
winged olives showing up but neither of these two mayflies appear in the same section of the
river. There are lots of caddis consisting of two species. Fishing the Spotted Sedge, or Green
Sedge pupa during the hatch (respectively) will get you a lot of trout.
06/23/16 The fishing is not quite as hot as the weather but it has been good for most anglers
fishing this past week. The flows are up some and strong and that makes it tough to get good
presentations. Streamers, like our Brown Sculpin, have been catching some big rainbows. Fish
them early and late. The cloud cover is gone. Pale Morning duns continue to hatch but in
sparse quantities we think due to the high flows.
06/30/16 As everyone surely knows, the weather is going to be very hot. The water will remain
cool and be affected very little by the heat by anglers will. We recommend fishing early in the
morning. Streamers like our Brown Sculpin will catch trout early before the sun gets very high.
There will be some PMD spinner fall ins some sections in the early morning. Late afternoon egg
laying caddis and Little Yellow stones will also provide some action.
07/07/16 The lower Sac is in good shape stream level wise with lots of insects hatching. The
weaher forecast is calling for much cooler weather this coming week, but it should have little
effect on the fishing. It will make it a lot more comfortable on the anglers. We didn't receive any
reports from anyone fishing this past week. There are still a lot of insects hatching. Little Yellow
stoneflies and two species of caddis are providing late afternoon egg layng activity.
07/14/16 The weather is back to its normal "hot". The flows are up a little. We didn't receive any
reports from anyone fishing this past week but conditions should be good. We recommend
fishing early and late. By late, I mean very late. That is when the caddisfly egg laying reaches its
peak. You can catch a lot of trout in a very short time. PMDs are still hatching good. Fish the
PMD nymph during the morning.
07/21/16 In spite of the high temperatures, anglers are continuing to catch good numbers of
trout. By far the best time to fish is the last two or three hours of the day. There are two species
of caddis laying eggs late in the day, as well as some Little Yellow stoneflies. Fishing PMD
nymphs in the mornings is also effective.
07/28/16 Wow! The high temperatures will be reaching 110 degrees several days this coming
week. Fish early mornings and the last two or three hours of the day. Fish the uppermost
section of water. You will have little to no competition. Other than an air conditioned room, the
lower Sac will be about as cool as anywhere - that is as long as you are in the water. Yes, I'm
08/04/11 We didn't hear from any of our customers that were fishing last week. Few anglers
were on the water due to the very high temperatures. The water temperature is fine anywhere
below the dam with in a few miles. There are still plenty of hatches taking place. We understand
those that did fish did very well. This coming week is going to be another hot and dry one but
not quite as bad as last week.
08/11/16 It is going to be even warmer. The river discharges and stream levels continue to be in
good shape. We didn't receive any reports from customers again this past week. With
temperatures in the hundreds, we can't say we blame anyone for not fishing. The trout are just
fine and you can still catch them. We don't want to encourage anyone to over do it.
08/18/16 Wow! With highs of 107 degrees, we find it difficult to recommend fishing even though
it has little effect on the water temperature in the upper section of the river. The good new is
that it appears it will be getting a little cooler near the end of the coming week.
08/25/16 The high temperatures are still around but not quite reaching the highs of last week.
They are staying in the nineties this week. It is still best to fish early and very late in the day.
You have some great action taking place with the late afternoon caddisfly egg laying. Early
morning streamer fishing is a good option as well. Stream levels are still going to be up around
10,000 cfs and in good shape.
09/01/16 Stream level are fine and usually are at this time of the season. The big news is the
weather is finally a little cooler and anglers may be able to actually breathe. The lower air
temperature will have almost no effect on the water, at least for the coming week. There are still
hatches of little BWOs taking place, as well as three species of caddisflies. Fish as late in the
day as you can see.
09/08/15 The river levels are near normal. We received some good reports this past weekend
but none since. The weather is turning back warm again but keep in mind it as little to no effect
on the upper sections of the river. That is where we recommend fishing. Early morning streamer
fishing has worked well for the few that tried it. Use sculpin pattern streamers like or Brown and
White Belly Sculpin patterns.
09/15/16 Little change is taking place. There is no rain in the forecast and the days will remain
very hot. You can catch trout under these conditions but the options on how are limited. Our
customers do b best fishing early mornings with Sculpin pattern streamers and during the mid
day with either PMD or BWO nymphs fished deep. Hopefully, cooler weather is just around the
09/22/16 The weather is going to be cool a couple of days this coming week, and that is
certainly welcome. It will make little to no difference in the water conditions or to the trout, but it
will encourage anglers to fish harder. It does indicate Fall is just around the corner. The
discharges and flows are down a little and that also should help, especially with the presentation
of nymphs. Streamers are also working good early mornings and near dark.
09/29/16 The cooler weather has anglers happy and catching trout. It hasn't affected the water
temperature much yet, but will. Salmon are coming into the lower river and building redds and
the trout will soon be eating their eggs. There are some good Blue-winged olive hatches taking
place and still a few Pale Morning Duns. Sculpin streamers will still catch the larger trout in the
early mornings and anytime it is cloudy.
10/06/16 The river is about the same as it was last week. More salmon are moving into the lower
sections of the river. When they begin spawning, the trout will key in on their eggs but that
hasn't happened so far. The fishing was slow this past week according to one of our local
regular customers. He managed to catch a few by fishing early and late in the day using the
Brown sculpin streamer.
10/13/16 Right now, conditions are the same as they have been this past week. Our best advice
for the coming week is to take the best raincoat you have. There is a chance of rain everyday
for the next week. The cloud cover will really help and we expect the Blue-winged olive hatches
to be good. Some of the big salmon are already on the redds, so they will be eating eggs soon
10/20/16 Conditions remain about the same on the tailwater in spite of the fact it rained about
everyday for the past week. We didn't receive any reports from anyone fishing. We assume the
rain keep people off the water. I would have been right the opposite. Conditions are currently
good and should continue to be good unless there are major changes in the water.
10/27/16 There is a lot of rain in the forecast but the stream levels are currently continuing to
fall. The cloud cover will be a big bonus this coming week. It will help the hatches, especially the
little BWOs and it will make the fish a lot less spooky than bright sun conditions. Our customers
continue to report catching big trout on our Brown and White Belly sculpin streamers.
11/03/16 The weather forecast looks good for the coming week. Stream levels are looking good
as well. Few anglers are taking advantage of it. We didn't receive any reports from anyone
fishing this past week. Blue-winged olives and midges are about the only hatches but that is all
you need to catch plenty of trout. Fish the BWO nymph mornings until you see emerging duns,
then switch to the BWO dun.
11/10/16 We didn't receive any reports from anyone fishing this past week. Conditions remain
about the same with steady discharges of around 5000 cfs. We still think too many guys are
relying on egg flies fished below the spawning salmon. So far, our reports indicate that isn't
working all that well. Blue-winged olives and Cream midges are hatching good.
11/17/16 There is a chance of rain everyday for the coming week. The cloud cover should keep
the Blue-winged olive hatches going strong. Midges, creams and Reds, are also hatching. The
stream levels are still in good shape, thanks to lower discharges. We didn't receive any reports
this past week from anyone fishing. It is a good time to fish the river.
11/24/16 The river remains in good shape with good stream levels and clear water. Some large
rainbows are being caught by the few anglers fishing. It would be a good place to spend the day
after Thanksgiving. Midges, creams and reds, are the most plentiful hatches. There are some
little Blue-winged olives hatching. The cloud cover helps the hatches be more intense.
12/01/16 The river is still in good shape with few anglers fishing it and those that are catching
plenty of trout. The weather is nice and warm with some rain and snow but that's a help. Midges
and Blue-winged olives hatch more intensely with cloud cover. The Brown and White Belly
Sculpin streamers are still good flies to use for the larger trout.
12/08/16 Good conditions continue to exist, especially for the first part of December. We
continue to get good reports from this river even though few are fishing. There is a chance of
rain everyday this coming week and the cloud cover that comes with that is a big help. Midges
and Blue-winged olives hatch much better under cloudy conditions.
12/15/16 The river is still in good shape level wise. The water has been stained below some of
the feeder creeks. We recommend fishing above Clear Creek. It is still putting some heavily
stained water in the river. As mentioned in the fishing report linked below, you should let the
stain through you off. In some cases the color helps, for example, when fishing streamers.
12/22/16 The Keswick discharges are at 10,000 cfs and the water clear and helping clear up
the river downstream. It is still messed up, high and badly stained in the lower part from the
tributary streams. This should all clear up soon. The weather forecast is looking much better
this coming week. Midges, Bloods and Creams, are hatching. The BWOs probably won't resume
hatching until the levels subside some.
12/29/17 The upper section of the river is clear but tributaries downstream are adding a lot of
stained water. The discharges and stream levels are still high. It is okay to fish, just strong
current. Midges, Creams and Reds, are hatching good along with some Winter stoneflies and
Black Flies. Fish the cream or red midge pupa and larva in tandem with the pupa the top fly
about 16 inches above the larva.
01/05/17 The discharges and stream levels are in good shape. There is a lot of rain in the
forecast this coming week. Some will be heavy. Sculpin streamers will be a good fly option when
it is raining and overcast. Midges are the main insects you should be imitating. Fish the larva
and pupa in tandem under an indicator. Small, size 18 or 20 Blue-winged olive nymphs will work
01/12/17 The river is blown out. You will just have to wait and watch the stream levels. I don't
think it will be fishable anytime soon.
01/19/17 The river is still blown out and likely to continue to be high. There is rain in the
forecast everyday this coming week. When it does get down low enough to fish, tandem rigged
midges, with the larva and pupa in tandem will still be the best fly option. There are a lot of little
blue-winged olives likely to hatch as well.
01/26/17 The big river is still extremely high. You will have to watch the levels and wait for the
conditions to improve as I'm sure most of you know. There is no rain in the forecast for the
coming week and the weather is going to be nice and warm. New hatches should begin soon.
02/02/17 The big river is very high and likely to be high for the next week. There is rain, some of
it heavy, in the forecast everyday for the next week. We don't recommend fishing under these
02/09/17 The river level is down from last week right now, but still very high with a flood warming
in effect through tomorrow. More heavy rain is coming today and tomorrow, then clearing. It will
get much higher and then start falling but this is going to take several days to clear up. Keep
checking the levels and our reports.
02/16/17 The river is flooded, completely blown out with rain in the forecast everyday for the
coming week. You will just have to keep checking back with us and watching the stream levels.
02/23/17 The good news is we have had some dry days. The bad news is the river is still blow
out big time and will take a few days to get down. There is some more rain and snow coming this
week, but less than there has been. It won't be long. Just check the levels and back again for
our weekly updates.
02/29/17 The river is still extremely high. Flooded is a better description. There is rain in the
forecast everyday for the coming week, so relief isn't anywhere in sight. You will just have to
keep checking the levels and checking back with us. It won't happen within the next week and
could be much longer.
03/09/17 The stream levels are down a lot from last week but still high. The will continue to fall
this week and may be low enough to try by the weekend. Midges would still be the best fly
choice. Creams, Reds and some light Green Midges are haching. Fish the larva and pupa
rigged in tandem for the best results. There are some little Black caddis starting to show up.
03/16/17 The stream levels are down a lot from the past week. They are still a little high but in
decent shape. We didn't receive any reports from anyone fishing yet, but the upper section of
the river is in good shape to catch trout. Fish the sculpin streamers when it is raining or heavily
overcast, otherwise, fish Cream and Red midges or little BWO nymphs.
03/23/17 The discharges and stream levels are up high and based on the weather report, it
seems there's no end in sight. They show heavy rain to rain for the next week. The water is very
dingy to muddy. We didn't receive any reports from anyone attempting to fish it and we certainly
03/30/17 Flows are still above the 10,000 cfs mark and may stay there a few more days, but the
water is gradually getting clearer. We didn't receive any reports from anyone fishing but expect
to do so as soon as the water gets clear enough. There is little rain expected this week. Midges
and little non-baetis BWOs are hatching along with Grannom (Little Black) caddis.
04/06/17 The discharges and stream levels are about the same as last week, which is high,
over 10,000 cfs. We thought some anglers might fish this past week but we didn't receive any
reports from anyone. It is still high and with all the rain the past few days and in the forecast for
the next week, we don't think conditions will change much.
04/13/17 Discharges and flows are at 20,000 cfs, at 18.33 ft. That is a flooding stage and
certainly not one decent enough to fish. Sorry, but all you can do is wait until these conditions
change. When it does straighten out, the "catching" should be excellent.
04/20/17 The discharges and stream levels are even higher than last week, way to high to fish.
It is going to take some time for the river to drop and clear and it is very doubtful this will take
place anytime soon. All you can do is to check back with us and watch the levels. We will keep
you informed. There is a chance of rain again starting Thursday.
04/27/17 The discharges and stream levels are way down from the past week. The river is still
high, but fairly clear and dropping. It can be fished from drift boats but we have yet to receive
any reports. The good news is there is no rain or snow in the forecast for the next week.
Conditions should continue to improve.
05/04/17 The discharges and stream levels are down to a little below normal levels for this time
oft the year. We received two good reports this past week. There are some little Blue-winged
olives and midges hatching, but most of the fish are being caught below the surface. There are
some little Black caddis hatching in the middle and lower sections.
05/11/7 The discharges and stream levels are back up above normal, flowing in the 13,000 cfs
range. There is rain in the forecast everyday for the coming week. More caddisflies are starting
to hatch, including Spotted sedges. Some Pale Morning duns are starting to hatch in the lower
river. Midges an BWOs are also continuing.
05/18/17 The weather is changing and becoming very hot. The discharges and stream levels
are still up high but the water is much clearer. There are lot of Pale Morning duns beginning to
hatch along with lots of Spotted Sedge caddis. We are getting some good reports from
customers. The water levels should begin to drop soon.
05/25/17 We are getting some very good reports. The stream has gotten into good condition.
There are Spotted Sedge caddis and Pale Morning dun mayflies hatching. One customer did
good on the PMD nymph. Fish it in the mornings on a strike indicator. The water still has stain in
some sections but is mostly clear. There is no rain in the forecast this coming week.
06/01/17 The conditions are about the same as last week except there are a few more Pale
Morning duns hatching. We received one good report from a customer this past week. Sculpin
streamers worked good in the morning but Pale Morning Dun nymphs caught the most fish. Fish
them under an indicator. If you see some surface feeding, go to the dun. .
06/08/17 We didn't receive any reports from the past week from customers. Conditions were
good and some boats reporting good catches. The weather is going to be a little cooler this
coming week but that should have little to no effect on the fishing. PMD and Blue-winged olive
nymphs fished under an indicator is a good setup to use.
06/15/17 The area is under a heat wave. I feel sure most of you know that very well. It will have
little to no effect on the fishing, only the fishers. Fish mostly nymphs under strike indicators.
There are hatches of spotted sedges (caddisflies) and Pale Morning duns. The PMD nymphs
are working good along with the spotted sedge caddis during the hatch. We received one very
good report from the past week.
06/22/17 The hot weather is keeping a few guys off the water. Can't say as I blame them but the
hot weather has little effect on the water and fish. I understand the guys that are fishing are
catching plenty of trout, but none of our customers fished during the past week. Pale Morning
duns and caddis are hatching good. Hopefully, the heat will let up some after this week.
06/29/17 The river is in good shape with good discharges and stream levels. Few anglers are
fishing due to the very hot weather. This coming week isn't going to be quite as hot, but still
getting above a hundred degrees. We didn't receive any reports this past week. There are
hatches taking place and trout can be caught by those willing to put up with the head.
07/06/17 The river continues to be in good shape with good flows and levels. The weather is
very hot as I'm sure everyone knows. That has little to do with the trout. They are not bothered
with the heat and will continue to eat. There are hatches that will also continue. If you can figure
out how to keep cool, you can still plenty of trout.
07/13/17 The stream levels are in good shape and the water clear. There are lots of hatches
still taking place - believe it or not. There are few to no anglers on the water and for a good
reason. The highs is reaching over the 100 degree mark each day.
07/27/17 Wow! The weather is going to be blazing hot. Carry plenty of Gator Aide. The fish are
perfectly happy with it since they are cool, laughing at the anglers trying to fool them. Pale
Morning duns are still hatching to some extent. Spotted sedge caddisflies are the most
consistent hatching. Fish the pupa during the hatch and the adults during the egg laying.
08/03/17 Don't get excited but it is cooling off on the lower Sac. The high temperature is
dropping down to as low as 105 this coming week. Seriously, when fishing it from a drift boat, it
isn't as bad as you would think because of the cool water. The trout don't know it is hot and still
eat, so it has little to do with anything in that respect. Having an umbrella on the boat helps too.
08/10/17 The river is still in very good shape, with steady releases and levels. There in no
chance of rain and hot weather ahead for yet another week. We didn't receive any reports from
anyone fishing this past week. Conditions are good with regards to the trout. It is just that the
anglers don't like their end of the deal.
08/17/17 It looks like there's another extremely hot week ahead. It is tough to fish when the
temperature is exceeding a hundred degrees and few anglers are doing it. We didn't receive
any reports from anyone fishing this past week. The stream levels and conditions remain good.
Hopefully, things will cool off soon.
08/25/17 Wow! We just can't recommend fishing under the conditions they are predicting for the
temperature this coming week. The fish are fine and the water temperature barely changed if
any. There is just some posing danger for some under these conditions, we just don't want to
08/31/17 We didn't receive any reports from customers fishing this past week. Few anglers are
fishing due to the heat. The high air temperatures affects the water and trout very little. Trout
can still be and are being caught by those that bare the heat. There are two caddisfly species
and some little PMDs still hatching.
09/14/17 Thank goodness the extremely hot weather is gone, at least for a week. We received
one good report from a customer fishing recently. As I'm sure you know, the weather is turning
much cooler and that will be a big help to the anglers fishing. It will have little effect on the trout
and upper section of the river but will begin to decrease the water temperature in the middle
and lower sections.
09/21/17 The river is about the same levels and condition as last week. We received one good
report from a customer fishing this past week. The stream levels are still higher than we prefer,
but you can catch trout at these flows. There are a few caddis and a few Pale Morning duns
hatching, but that is about it for now.
09/28/17 The river is in good shape with decent stream levels and clear weather. Few anglers
are fishing. We didn't receive any reports from customers but otherwise, a few anglers are
catching some nice trout. There are still a few insects hatching.
10/12/17 There's another dry, warm week ahead with high winds expected on Saturday. That
isn't good for fishing or sadly, the fires in Northern California. The condition remain about the
same. Stream levels and discharges are fine and there's still a few insects hatching. We didn't
receive any reports from anyone fishing this past week.
10/19/17 The river discharges and flows remain about the same. We still didn't receive any
reports from anyone fishing this past week. There are some blue-winged olives hatching. King
Salmon are starting to spawn in the lower river and eggs may work in that part of the river soon.
11/03/17 Many anglers are fishing egg flies below the King salmon redds in the lower river. We
recommend fishing a cream or red midge rigged in tandem under a strike indicator. Stream
levels are still a little high or above normal levels for this time of the year. The weather is finally
a little cooler. .
11/10/17 Stream levels are down to a good level and lots of trout are being caught. Some are
using eggs and fishing below the spawning salmon on the lower end of the river. Midges,
Creams and Reds or blood midges, and Blue-winged olives are hatching. Sculpin streamers are
catching some nice size trout.
11/16/17 The river levels are down some more and in even better shape. We are getting some
good reports from customers. Blue-winged olives and Cream and Red midges are hatching
good. Trout are still being caught on eggs below the spawning salmon on the lower river. Brown
sculpin streamers are still catching some large trout.
12/02/17 We received one good report from a customer fishing this past week. Stream levels
are down a little and the rain should end tomorrow. Blood midges, or red ones that are
burrowers, are hatching good along the Cream midges. Sculpin streamers are still catching the
12/15/17 The discharges and stream levels remain in good shape. Hatches of Red (blood) and
Cream midges are common, along with some Blue-winged olive hatches. You should rig the
larva and pupa of the midges in tandem for the best results. You can fish this under a strike
12/22/17 The river is still in good shape and some very nice trout are being caught. Midges are
still the most important insects to imitate. It helps to fish the larva and pupa rigged in tandem.
01/02/18 If you rig your midges correctly and keep them in the right water columns, you should
catch plenty of trout. Reds or blood midges and Creams are both hatching good. Fish the adult
imitations only when you see them on the surface.
01/24/18 Conditions remain about the same. The midges, creams and blood midges (red)
should be fished with the larva and pupa rigged in tandem for the best results. This can be
done under an indicator. The discharges and stream levels are down and the river in good
02/07/18 Conditions remain very good. Good discharge rates and stream levels with some nice
bows being caught. Midges and some little Blue-winged olives are hatching.
02/14/18 The stream levels continue to fall and the river is in much better condition than it has
been in a long time. Midges are still the most important insects to imitate, but there are some
little BWO hatches that take place.
02/21/18 The river is in good shape as usual. The weather is colder but this has little to no
effect on the fishing opportunity. Midges and Aquatic worms are still the main things to imitate.
02/28/18 The river is still in good shape. Midges and some little non-baetis Blue-winge olives
are hatching. Sculpin streamers work good under low light conditions. Rig the cream, red or light
green midge larva and pupa imitations in tandem.
03/07/18 Conditions remain good. We received two good reports this past week. Midges,
creams, were fished rigged in tandem under an indicator. Midges, and little non-baetis Blue-
winged olives are the only insects hatching.
03/14/18 Discharges and stream levels remain about the same as they have been in spite of
the recent rain. It will continue to rain through Sunday, then start clearing up.
3/20/18 Stream levels are still in good shape. There is more rain through Sunday, then
clearing. Midges are still the most important insects but there are some little BWOs hatching as
03/27/18 Conditions remain good for the lower Sac. Midges are still the main insects hatching.
The little non-baetis species of Blue-winged olives continue to hatch but are sporadic. We don't
have them listed, but Aquatic worms will also work. Sculpin streamers work well as long as there
are low light conditions, like early and late in the day.
04/04/18 The river continues to flow at a steady rate and conditions remain good. There are
lots of midges and little BWOs hatching. The middle and lower sections of the river are getting a
little warmer and it won't be long before some new hatches will begin.
04/11/18 There are some new hatches starting including Little Black caddis, Green Sedges, or
caddis and soon to be Pale Morning duns. These are taking place on the lower part of the river
and will gradually move up stream as the water warms.
04/20/18 Conditions are improving and changing fast. New hatches are starting, including the
most important Pale Morning Duns. The hatches depend greatly on water temperature and that
is changing fast and varies greatly from the upper to the lower section of the river.
04/27/18 The river levels are up some from the past week, and the water a little warmer,
especially in the middle and lower river sections. There are some good hatches going on but
they vary some from the upper to the lower river. This coming week should be another good
05/06/18 The river is in very good shape, with decent flows and some hatches taking place.
Good numbers of trout are being caught, including some very large ones. This coming week
should be another good time to fish the river.