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The Sac is continuing to fish very consistent.  PMD nymphs and rubberlegs are still the go-to flies.  The weather is perfect, albeit a little breezy - but that's spring on the Sac.  
Posted: April 28, 2016, 12:00 am
We have experienced some crazy weather the past few days.  Fishing has remained pretty good, but they were not as grabby as they have been the past few weeks.  They are keying on rubberlegs and PMD nymphs right now.  I have guidied Pat many times on the Sac and Trinity, and she has had so many amazing days and hooked so many big fish we can't even remember.  But today, the something special happened and she landed this 25" horse today.  Sometimes good things happen to good (great) people! 
Posted: April 24, 2016, 12:00 am
I spent a beautiful day guiding the lower Feather River today with fellow guide Mike Folden.  We had a very special guest on board - my dad John!  Mike spent the day coaching my dad and hooked him up with several nice trout.  The trout/steelhead action was pretty tough today, but everyone in the group hooked trout and we put a few in the net.  We also landed a handful of suckers and pikeminnows.  We had the whole river to ourselves and covered a lot of water.  The spring steelhead run on the Lower Feather can be good any time between March and June.  It didn't seem like there were a ton of fish in the river, but that can change as the season progresses.
Posted: April 23, 2016, 12:00 am
The Lower Sac is fishing red-hot right now.  We had a wide-open nymph grab all day long.  We fished up in Redding today.  My clients Rich and Kathleen caught tons of 14-17" rainbows and landed a couple up to 19".  There were lots of boats around, but the fish didn't seem to mind.  Yesterday we fished closer to Red Bluff and didn't see another boat all day.  Fishing was slower and the fish were smaller down there, but the solitude was really nice, too.
Posted: April 21, 2016, 12:00 am
We could not have asked for better weather and more cooperative fish today.  I love it when fishing is this easy!  We hooked into lots of really nice fish that were chowing on rubberlegs and PMD nymphs.  This is such a fun time to be on the Sac!
Posted: April 19, 2016, 12:00 am
I guided Greg and Brad from southern California the last two days.  They were new to the Lower Sac and to heavy-duty indicator fishing, but they figured it out pretty quickly.  Fishing was excellent on Wednesday with tons of hookups and fish up to 20" in the net.  We fought high winds in the afternoon both days, but the fish were still grabby.  Today was still quite good, but the action came in fits and starts.  There was a really good PMD hatch today and there were quite a few giant stonefly shucks on the water.  The fish ate a hodge-podge of egg patterns, PMD nymphs and stonefly nymphs.
Posted: April 14, 2016, 12:00 am

I spent the last couple of days fishing with good clients John and Francis on the Lower Sac, the Lower Sac has been fishing Good to Great ! The quality of the Trout on the Lower Sac always amazes me, there aren't that many places in the world within a relatively short drive of a couple million people, where one is able to catch beautiful wild rainbows on a regular basis. Conditions should remain stable for the next week or two, then the flows will raise to there Summer time levels, once the flows stabilize the fishing should be good through the Summer. Get out there and get you some ! 

Posted: April 14, 2016, 12:00 am
Days off are nice on the OP...
Posted: April 11, 2016, 12:00 am
As we approach our last week of Eagle Canyon, we're getting some good BWO hatches. Bring BWO nymphs and dries!  
We've had 10-15 lb fish netted this week- the big boys don't get pinned very often! 
Floating lines continues to be the tool of choice, with 9 foot leaders, sized down to 3-5X. Damsel & mayfly nymphs with a midge trailer will a surefire setup-- if using an indicator, balanced leaches and olive micro mays(size 16-18s) have been working best. 


Posted: April 10, 2016, 12:00 am
Wow!  The past three days has been very productive.  Friday was with the Santa Lucia Fly Fishers and Larry and Jim both hooked into a lot of really nice fish and eggs and PMD nymphs.  Saturday and Sunday was family outing and Eric's first time fly fishing.  The fish were super grabby and Eric hooked over 25 fish his first day!  The flows are still at 5,000 cfs and the weather is perfect.  No need to wait any longer - now is the time to book your spring fishing trip!
Posted: April 10, 2016, 12:00 am

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