Expect visibility will improve over this week

The Fly Shop

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The releases this morning are 20,000 CFS and tonight they will increase them to 25,000. The river was pretty brown by yesterday afternoon, we'll take a look at lunch and see how it is looking today. We expect visibility will improve over this week barring any large thunderstorm cells that park on a tributary watershed. We will keep you updated. We are seeing some fish looking for the yellow egg patterns already. Good patterns right now are the BP Weiss Nymph, black Zebra midges, egg patterns and Rubberlegs. We are looking at a stormy weekend, we'll keep you updated with how it affects the river, but with that much clean, clear water being released from Shasta any effects should be minimal. To get a day out on the river with one of our guides, give Bryan or Chris a call in Outfitters. (530)222-3555

The Fly Shop does not offer a shuttle service. Kim at Sac River Shuttle can get your shuttle done seven days a week. You can reach her at (530) 782-9090

Access To the Lower Sacramento
The Lower Sacramento has many publicly accessible areas with good wading opportunities when the flows are below 7,500 CFS. Stop by the shop and we'd be happy to point you in the right direction.

Fishing Large Rivers Can be Frustrating
There are many great places you can get in and wade this blue ribbon tail water. Having said that, the absolute best method to fish the Sac is from a drift boat. Aside from being able to access all of the water, you can fish the long runs on a dead, perfect drift which is deadly on these legendary wild rainbows. And who would be a better oarsman than one of our Professional Guides? They know every nook and cranny of the river, what insects are and will be hatching, and the setups and methods that will get you onto the fish of a lifetime.

Recommended Equipment & Setups
Most of our fishing, whether from a drift boat, or wading when the releases are low enough, is done dead drifting nymphs. The Fly Shop's Signature Indicator Rod is nine and a half feet of indicator nymph fishing perfection designed by our professional staff right here on the Lower Sac. Teamed up with a 6 or 7 weight Scientific Anglers Amplitude Anadro Floating Fly Line or a Rio Intouch Xtreme Indicator Fly Line it will put a center pin rig to shame.

Hot Flies: 

Dry Flies:
Mercer's Missing Link, Dark
Spotlight Caddis Emerger - Spotlight Caddis Emerger
Comparadun - BWO, PMD

Nymphs/Wet Flies:
Jigged Birds Nest - Natural, Hot Spot #14-16
Fox's Poopah - #12-14
Bubbleback Caddis, - Amber #14
Olive Hot Spot, - #18
Weiss Nymph, -
• Peaches n' Green, -
• Peaches n' Cream, -
• Ginger Snap, -
Pat's Rubber Legs - #4-8

Micro Spawn - Peachy King, Shrimp Pink
Boles Bazookas - Shrimp Pink, Peachy King

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