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Trinity River & Lower Sac Fly Fishing Report

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Dave Neal Report reports on 10.19.17

Lower Sac is been a lot of fun this week. Not many salmon at all so not much of an egg bite. Bugs are the ticket and knowing what the fish want is your ticket to ride. Bwo on the cloudy days and small caddis have been staples for me. Today we have overcast skies and the fish are grabby!

Quick Trinity report. There are fish around but with the lower flows at 300cfs it is BONEY. FBe careful in the hard boats. Many hazards exist this season exacerbated by the low flows. When in doubt get out and scout it! Lots of fast water sweepers and trees hanging over the river. Fishing has been pretty decent and should continue to improve. 

The salmon are running a bit late this season. Yesterday we saw a lot of newer redds and fish just beginning to cut redds through the day. Many areas that salmon were spawning in last week have been vacated since the flow drop from 450 to 300cfs. Its a shame they can’t keep the water a little higher for a few more weeks. 300 is a trickle. Seems that the salmon are spawning later each year on the Trinity (and the  Sac)  And, it’s no secret the numbers of Chinook are way down on both rivers. I heard the weir above Evans Bar had springers still going over it just a few weeks ago… crazy. Hopefully, we will continue to see some kings make it up to do their thing this fall, maybe just behind schedule.

David Neal

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