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Lower Sacramento Fly Fishing Report

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Andrew Harris, at Confluence Outfitters, Reports on 8.4.2016

The big “re-opener” of the upper end of the Lower Sac happened on Monday 8/1 and it was pretty amazing.  The stretch of river from the Highway 44 bridge up to Keswick Dam had been closed since the end of March.  With four months of zero fishing pressure, the big rainbows up there got fat, happy, and pretty not smart.  The fishing for big rainbows was nothing short of remarkable.  There were boats aplenty but at times you could look around and every single boat had at least one fish hooked up.  At one point one of my clients landed three fish in three casts and they added up to about 7 pounds total!  We landed four-pound rainbows Monday and Tuesday.  If you’re looking to get in on the action, it’s probably too late by now.  The fish have been re-educated but the good news is that the Lower Sac is fishing very well from top to bottom.  Our guides have done well on all the floats from the Posse Grounds to Jelly’s Ferry this week.  FYI, Jelly’s Ferry bridge is still out of commission but should be fixed by the end of September.  If you’re looking for a trout-filled drift boat trip, it is hard to beat the Lower Sac right now or any other time of year.  Fish are eating mayfly patterns in the morning and caddis patterns in the afternoon.

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