Recent Lower Sac Fishing Reports
4/23/17 by Brian Kohlman
: The flows were raised to 30,000 cfs last Monday and have held steady all week. I did some scouting with fellow Confluence Outfitter guides Mike Wright and Peter Santley on Friday, and we managed to hook into some very nice fish. I guided a 3-boat trip this weekend with some very good clients. It seemed someone was always hooked-up all the time both days. I don't think anyone hooked a fish smaller than 16 inches, and there were several double hook-ups both days! They seem to be more interested in egg patterns, but they're starting to eat nymphs. As long as the flows don't increase, fishing should only get better as the visiblity increases. Go fish!
4/10/17 by Brian Kohlman
: I had the pleasure of guiding Dennis and George on the Lower Sac today. The weather was ideal and the fish were super grabby! The clarity seems to be getting better and I'm starting to see a lot more bugs every day. Just as the conditions were starting to return to normal, we have another storm system headed our way this week - and the Bureau of Reclamation is raising the flows to 20,000 cfs on Wednesday.
4/9/17 by Brian Kohlman
: With all the rain we received on Thursday and Friday, the river colored-up a bit. After finishing my yardwork, we went out for a half-day float this afternoon and the river fished better than expected. Dava hooked several really nice fish with an indicator rig, and I had a couple grabs swinging flies. And this was after the 20+ boat Project Healing Water armada had already fished in front of of us. I'm starting to see more bugs and take that as a good sign. I expect the fishing to start ramping up very soon. There's nothing like fishing the Sac in the spring!
Lower Sac Guide Availability
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.
• 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
• Pettis's Unreal Egg, Steelhead Orange, 12
• Glo Bugs, all colors, size 8-10
• Parachute Adams, 14-18
• Spundun, PMD, 16
• March Brown, 14-16 (February-April)
• Cutter's E/C Caddis, Olive 16-18
Lodging & Travel Info
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