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Lower Sac Fly Fishing Report

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Dave Neal reports on 3.16.18

Lower Sac

 We’ve been getting pounded this week with rain along with an
impressive amount of snowfall accumulation in the higher mountain
areas above Redding. This precip is desperately needed all over the
State and it’s good to see that many regions in CA received their fair
share. We’ll take as much as Mother Nature is willing to dish out.
As for fishing this week… I dodged a bullet and have been off the
water the last few days (staying busy tying flies and re-ordering an
endless list of fishing supplies, my boat even got cleaned!) The Lower
Sac looked miserable yesterday with the wind and rain (3/15). I
noticed while driving over the many bridges while running errands
that it got real dirty with roadway runoff and every tributary around
town was blown-out muddy. Things should clear pretty quickly (at
least on the upper river in Redding) with a slight break this

The first two weeks of March offered fantastic fishing. I suspect things
will get right back into shape once the river and weather settles a bit.
My next available dates are: March 19-21, 27, 28 and I’d be stoked to
show you the river.
We have been experiencing solid pmd and bwo hatches everyday
along with some caddis on the warmer, sunnier days. There have
been excellent opportunities for dry fly fishing and dry/dropper
combos. For those that seek it out the moments are worth every bit of
effort and patience. At 3200cfs there are many places to fish in water
the drift boats don’t go. Timing is key and you have to hunt out the
players. Afternoon sessions have been better than mornings and with
daylights savings time - you sorta have to adjust the anticipation of
the prime window.
I’ve seen a few winter salmon rolling and moving around near Posse
Grounds so let’s hope they make a big return this year and the are favorable this summer. 

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