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.
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.