Fishing this week was pretty decent on the Lower Sac. I’ve mostly been floating
the upper river section through town (Redding) from late afternoon to dark, doing
half-day trips. The evenings have been great!! Buddies of mine have been fishing
the early morning session, 7am to Noon, and report decent fishing as well…
The Posse Grounds/Sundial Bridge section downstream to Hwy 44 Bridge is still
closed to fishing – but will open up August 1st. This was a salmon protection deal,
but the closure enabled the big resident trout a pretty good break - with no
pressure. I wonder if this uninterrupted feeding period helped the trout gain a few
During last week’s cooler and cloudy weather we actually experienced some
pretty intense baetis mayfly hatches in the late afternoon… not a typical bug for
mid July… but the fish were all over them. With the return of hotter weather this
week you will want to re-focus on the main attraction - imitating the hydropsyche
These are fun bugs to fish! There are many different techniques from a boat or
even wade fishing along the edges and shallow riffles. I often have 3 or 4
different rods rigged up in my boat, in order to jump on the fish when they are in
a certain mood. Mixing it up adds challenge and keeps us hunting.
During the hot periods of day, jumping out of the boat to wet-wade a shallow riffle
for a few minutes can be a great way to beat the heat. It’s also a fun way to earn
these fish. There are few wadeable spots on this large river that offer reliable
fishable access. A drift boat will increase access to a lot more water, while
adding the advantage of fishing from the boat, and covering water efficiently.
Dead drifting and swinging emergers in tan/light brown caddis patterns are effective strategies, during the lighted day. Dry/dropper rigs might work better as the sun goes down (don’t forget a few spent caddis patterns). You might find trout voraciously feeding in shallow water and on the surface as evening approaches. The takes can be violent.
I wouldn’t go without tan or brown versions of Bird’s nests, Fox’s Poopah, Silvey’s Pupa, Translucent Pupa etc in sizes from #12-14. If you are passing through Redding, to points north or east, or headed back home from fishing in the nearby mountains, consider giving the Lower Sac a half day of your time. My open dates for the next few weeks are: July 17, 28, 29, 30, August 5, 6
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