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Lower Sac Spey Trips

Traditional Trout Fishing with a Twist
  • An angler swings a run on the Lower Sac
    Big Water Flows on the Lower Sac range from 2500cfs to 15000cfs throughout the season. If we're swinging flies we can always find water to fish.
  • Lower Sac trout caught on a spey rod
    Wild Rainbow Trout We catch a lot of small and medium sized rainbows with our spey rods on the Lower Sac and occasionally a larger fish in the 18"+ range. In the fall and winter we hook some adult steelhead, too.
  • Jet Boat Spey trips on the Lower Sac
    Jet Boat Trips We typically use jet boats when we're doing spey trips on the Lower Sac. The jet boat allows us to fish the absolute best water types for swinging flies with our spey rods.
  • Wet Wading the Lower Sac
    Summer wet-wading The dog days of summer are a great time to swing flies on the Lower Sac. Wet wading is ideal during hot summer afternoons.
  • Gearing up at the jet boat on the Lower Sac
    Gearing up Our jet boats offer tons of room for rigging up. They're the perfect taxi-cab for getting you from one prime spot to another.
  • Fishing a spey rod on the Lower Sac
    Lightweight Rods We primarily fish 4 and 5wt spey rods on the Lower Sac. These rods can cast out 70+ feet but still make a 16" rainbow feel big.
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Some folks have a misconception that the only way to catch trout on the Lower Sacramento River is with a bobber. While most of the guides here fish nymphs and indicators almost exclusively (and for good reason - it puts a lot of fish in the net!), there are other ways to catch fish on the Lower Sac. One of our favorite ways to do it is with a lightweight spey rod. The spey rod forces us to get out of the boat and wade. You get to feel the grab and enjoy the scenery as you work through a run. We can also keep our eyes peeled for dry fly opportunities while we're swinging. These trips are a lot of fun. If you enjoy swinging flies for trout, book Andrew Harris, Randy Hamann or Brian Kohlman for a jet boat trip on the Lower Sac.

Recent Lower Sac Fishing Reports
5/21/17 by Andrew Harris: I spent the last two days guiding longtime clients Frank & Doug in the 1st annual Cast Hope Gabe Duran Memorial Lower Sac fly fishing tournament.  The weather was hot and so was the fishing!  Competition was pretty fierce as there were 22 boats and a lot of very good anglers on the water.  To give you an idea of the quality of the fishing this weekend, our boat averaged about 19" for the ten fish we were able to record each day and we landed a 24" rainbow, but we still placed 4th and missed the big fish trophy by a half inch!Fish are in their happy place right now with flows steady at 13,000cfs.  We did best on egg patterns, brown rubberlegs and also caught a few on caddis patterns size 14.  Look for fishing to improve and for the lower parts of the river to start fishing better over the next few weeks. 
5/15/17 by Brian Kohlman: The past five days has been very productive.  Most of our hook-ups have been above Bonnyview, but the water down to Anderson is starting to fish much better.  We're also starting to see a lot of PMD's, so the fish are really starting to eat the nymphs.  Weather has varied from hot, to mild - but it looks like we are in store for some hot weather beginning this weekend.  Here are some images from the past few days.
5/11/17 by Brian Kohlman: The past couple days has continued to produce some REALLY nice fish!  The fish were super grabby this morning and fishing was "Red Hot."  Jesse and Julian had an absolute blast, but after lunch things slowed a bit as a front moved in.  We continued getting grabs and hooking fish, but we had to work pretty hard for them.  The flows appear to be stable at 13,000 CFS, so I expect the fishing to improve on a daily basis!
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Visit our Lower Sac Fishing Report page to view more reports!
Lower Sac Guide Availability
May 30: Peter Santley
May 30: Tyler Lee
May 31: Mike Wright
May 31: Peter Santley
May 31: Tyler Lee
Jun 1: Brian Kohlman
Jun 1: Peter Santley
Jun 1: Tyler Lee
Jun 2: Tyler Lee
Jun 3: Tyler Lee
Jun 4: Tyler Lee
Jun 5: Tyler Lee
For more Lower Sac dates, please visit our Online Booking page!
Gear Recommendations for the Lower Sac
Rods & Lines: We prefer 4 and 5wt spey rods for the Lower Sac. Heavier rods are okay, but they may not be over-matched for the size of the fish. Lightweight switch rods are good too. Bring a line that matches your rod. Scandi lines paired with versi-leaders work very well on the Lower Sac. Some of stiffer 5wt rods can throw a skagit line with a MOW tip fairly well. This is a good setup for getting closer to the bottom.
Leaders & Tippet: We typically fish 2X-4X tippet for trout on the Lower Sac. Regular 9ft trout leaders tapered to 2X work really well.
Waders & Boots: Chest-high breathable waders are the best choice for the Lower Sac. In the middle of summer it's nice to wet wade in the afternoon. Wading pants can also work when it's hot out. Spiked boots aren't necessary on the Lower Sac.
Flies:
Nymphs:
• Fox's Poopah, tan, 14
• Mercer's Micro Mayfly, all colors, size 14-18
• Hogan's Spring Fling Caddis Pupa, 16
• Morrish's Hotwire Caddis, Olive & Chartreuse, 16
• Amber Prince, 12-18
• Copper John, Black, 12-18
• Mercer's BH Epoxy Golden Stone, 10-14
• Hogan's S&M Nymph, Olive, 16
Eggs:
• Pettis's Unreal Egg, Steelhead Orange, 12
• Glo Bugs, all colors, size 8-10
Dries:
• Parachute Adams, 14-18
• Spundun, PMD, 16
• March Brown, 14-16 (February-April)
• Cutter's E/C Caddis, Olive 16-18
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