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Lower Sacramento Striper and Salmon Report

Lower Sacramento Striper and Salmon Report
Late Summer/Fall Striper fishing is really turning on...believe it or not the water temperatures are dropping a bit and the salmon are in the river in good numbers pushing the bigger fish to the banks and giving us a good number of shots at bigger fish. August - October is some of the best time to be on the water for bigger fish and trophy fish. These fish move into the shallows and feed heavily in preparation for the winter. As flows began to drop we start to site fish many of our fish and most of our grabs are of the visual nature. Great time to be on the water as many anglers attention turns to fall trout and steelhead. 
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Lower Sacramento Striper Report

Lower Sacramento Striper Report

Ryan Johnston Reports on 8.23.19

The striper fishing on the Sacramento Rivers has been solid over the last couple of weeks. There are two prime bites happening right now with the morning and evenings being the best. Assuming we have good casters in the boat it seems like we can land about 15-20 fish during those peak periods. As we get later into the summer and into the fall expect more big fish to start being caught. This is a great time of year as the temperatures start settling in and there are lots of grabby fish during the peak hours. Hot flies are all of your normal clouser type patterns. The success of angler is more about knowing where to go then is about the type or color of clouser you decide to fish. For anyone interested in booking a few trips I have the following striper dates open.
September 4-5, 16-20
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Lower Sacramento Striper Fly Fishing Report

Lower Sacramento Striper Fly Fishing Report
Striper fishing on the Lower Sacramento has been fair to really good. Really depends on the day and the fish like most fishing. There are good numbers of "schoolie" size fish in the feeding zones as well as trophy fish. It is hard to get the fly through the smaller fish at times to find the bigger fish, but it is a great time of year to get some numbers to the boat. That said we are getting good fish each day and seeing and/or hooking some true trophies - just have to hunt for them and cover water. One of the cool things about this time of year are the fish are in all types of water - snags which is like streamer fishing for trout, the big open runs which is more typical striper fishing, and some of the shallow flats where we can fish the lighter heads and even intermediate line with visual eats. July - October is prime time for the sac and with all the water this year it is shaping up to be a great summer and fall. 
Until yesterday I was booked up until November but a dear client has had to cancel his dates due to some health issues so I have a few days that opened up if anyone is interested. 
July 23, 
Aug. 6, 31. 
Sept 21, 
Oct 12

Capt. Hogan Brown

AFFTA Board Member

Director of Marketing for Cast Hope

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Lower Sacramento Fly Fishing Report Stripers

Lower Sacramento Fly Fishing Report Stripers
Lower Sacramento Striper Fishing has been continuing to improve. Water temps have dropped 4-5 degrees and the bigger fish have seemed to go on the feed. The average size fish has still been in the 4-8lb range, but we have had multiple 20+lb fish to the boat in the last week with a few days with multiple trophy fish. With the bigger fish are in the feeding zones that usually means the shad have thinned out and they are now focusing on pike minnows and sucker fish. Clarity is perfect with just enough color that fish can feed easily but that they still are making some mistakes so to say...not a lot of follows just committed eats. Fishing traditionally hits its stride in July and lasts through early november. 
 
I have a few dates left open coming up if anyone is looking to get out on the water. Striper fishing is usually predicated by the mood of the fish and experience of the angler on any given day but the next 2-3 months are traditionally very good
 
OPEN DATES
July 5, 10, 25
August 3, 31
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Lower Sacramento Fly Fishing Report

Lower Sacramento Fly Fishing Report

It’s summertime, folks.. That means there are a lot of options to get out and get after trout with a fly rod. Our main squeeze: the Lower Sac is currently on the drop and is expected to stay steady at 10k cubes this summer. This is the PERFECT flow for the Lower Sac in the Summer. Summer is the most underrated time of year on this powerhouse tailwater. Yes, the days can be hot but this only means one thing: Big afternoon and evening Caddis hatches which equate to some very, very good trout fishing. This is a great time of year to step outside of the box and fish the river with a few different techniques and approaches. Dry fly fishing is a real possibility late in the day during strong Caddis hatches.. getting out of the boat and swinging emerges pre-hatch can be very fruitful. Shallow water dry-dropper and even “tight-line” nymphing can be very productive in the right spots.

 
In addition, we have good to great fishing happening on the Upper Sac, McCloud, Pit and Fall River. The Freestone streams are finally dropping into prime shape for the summer months. Bugs are hatching and fish are eating. Wet wading is a damn fine way to enjoy there rivers right now. Fall river is producing very good fishing for our guides out there recently and the Hex hatch is just starting roll. The coming weeks ought to be excellent out there. Continue reading

Lower Sacramento Fly Fishing Report

Lower Sacramento Fly Fishing Report

Dave Neal reports on 6.14.19

LCO 6/13/19
Lower Sac

If you enjoy fly fishing in Northern California you better not be taking any "rest
days"; right now. Some of the best fly fishing of the year is happening now and
things will get better in the coming weeks! So many options (which include
trout of course) but throw Bass, Stripers and American Shad in the mix and it
becomes head spinning the number of great fishing options that exist within 1-3
hours of where you live. 

Since I need to focus my energy I will talk about the trout fishing for now…
Lower Sacramento River flows have dropped to 10k in Redding and the fishing
has been improving (mostly been pretty damn good already). We are seeing
good numbers of caddis, little yellow stones and pmd’s in the morning and
afternoon and these bugs are driving the trout fishing right now. We are also
beginning to see prolific ped’s in the evening time… leading to an impressive
spinnerfall in the early mornings.

Fishing all the usual suspects for summer caddis will get you in the game… tan
Birds Nests, tan Silvey’s, cinn Poopahs, and maybe tie up some other flies that
these fish don’t see every day (stick with brown, tan, rusty shades). Be open to
throwing some PMD stuff like small #16 Pheasant Tail variations, Hogan’s S&M,
Nose Pickers, Peaches & Cream, etc… I like the brown S& M early in the morning as I believe the fish eat it as a drowned spinner just as well as a nymph.
Cannot wait for July and August on this river when the caddis really get going!
The evening dry fly fishing can be lights out after sunset on those hot summer
days!

Currently, I have a few days open at the end of June and I would be stoked to
fish with you… June 24, 25, 26, 27.
One last note, it’s not all Lower Sac fishing right now. Flows on the Upper Sac,
McCloud and Pit River are coming into fine shape. Walk & wade season is
underway on these amazing wild trout rivers. Some of the best dry fly fishing of
the season will happen over the next few weeks. Come up and experience it!

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Lower Sacramento Striper Fly Fishing Report

Lower Sacramento Striper Fly Fishing Report
Lower Sac Striper Fishing has been fair and improving. Clarity is improving daily and water temps are hovering around 60 in most stretches that we fish. There is plenty of fish around just finding fish that are feeding is the challenge (like most fishing). The are shad in the system and that makes for a challenging bite at times for the larger fish but the shad should thin out over the next few weeks. There is plenty of water, temps, are good and there is a mix of migratory holdover fish and resident fish in the system. It is going to be a great striper year on our rivers. 

Capt. Hogan Brown

AFFTA Board Member

Director of Marketing for Cast Hope

530-514-2453
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Lower Sacramento Fly Fishing Report

Lower Sacramento Fly Fishing Report

John Rickard reports on 5.30.19

The Lower Sac
Our late spring has made the Lower Sacramento the best bet for good fishing in all of California. This river is kicking down some amazing fishing. Our guides are putting numerous fish in the net and big smiles on clients faces. There are plenty of places to get out of the boat and throw some dry flies but most of the fish are caught by side drifting caddis, pad’s or stoneflies under a Jaydecator. The weather has been the only issue with some thunderstorms, tornado warnings, hail and that damn wind. Cow creek blew out last week due to thunderstorms and turned the river brown below but the top fished amazing.  However, look at the forecast and pack the sunscreen, sun hoodie, buff and a six pack of cold ones because next week we are looking at sunny days in the 90’s.
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