Seems like we are in another transition period here on the upper Sac. With the arrival of fall a few weeks ago, the fishing had kicked into gear and we were seeing good numbers of willing fish throughout the entire stretch of the river. As would have it, we are in another stage of transition with the recent onslaught of October Caddis and very cold evenings. The “big bugs ” are everywhere we’ve even seen them flying around town, and they do leave a hell of a mess on the windshield when your rolling down the 5. We spent a few days on the river the this past week and did get into good numbers of fish. Small mayfly droppers #16 S&M ’s, Two Bit Hookers and swimming PT’s were the ticket behind a #10 Black stone or Jimmy legs thru out the day. Dry dropper rigs were also working but the window is small usually later in the day. Our thoughts are the bigger fish are absolutely plugged from their recent gorging on all the Oct pupa and they are keying in on smaller stuff right now. If your planning on fishing the Sac in the next few weeks here’s something that you may want to try. After the hatch starts to slow and egg laying is done the Caddis will take to the trees, with the temps dropping into the low 30s at night the bugs will freeze, literally come morning as the temps rise the defrost will start and the bug drop begins. The big fish love to hug the banks under the overhanging trees in anticipation of an easy meal. Midstream, casting a big spent Caddis pattern with a good slap along the banks will get their attention.
Days available on the upper sac, lower sac: 12th-20th
Red Hackle Fly Fishing