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Upper Sac Fly Fishing Report

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Spring is almost here and the Upper Sac is roaring and putting up a high water defense right now to keep people from fishing. But until the spring run off becomes fishable flows—and depending on what El Niño has left in store for us—we can only day dream of the beautiful spring days and giant stoneflies that awaits us in the near future.

Springtime on the upper sac is full of life: BIG stoneflies are everywhere (Salmonflies and Golden Stones), mayflies are out, blossoming dogwood trees are in vivid bloom, trout are munching on big dries and nymphs, and the scenery is breathtaking. The upper sac is an amazing late springtime early summer fishery and should not be overlooked.  As many anglers will flock to the McCloud and its name will turn to the “McCrowd”, come fly fish in peace on the Upper Sac and not hassle with the crowds!

Typical springtime tactics we use on the Upper Sac: High Sticking, Long Line Indicator Nymphing, Dry Dropper which can be really fun, and dry fly fishing big and small dry flies. Throwing big dry flies around is an exciting experience and a rush when the fish explode to the surface to engulf your fly.

Springtime Hatches include: Salmon flies starting in may, and are followed up by golden stones which usually overlap with the salmon flies in late may early June. There are PMD, baetis, some green drakes, and some caddis depending on the weather.

I have some prime dates open for the upper sac: May 30th and 31st, and I have June 1st through the 10th open.

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