Recent Lower Sac Fishing Reports
4/25/17 by Brian Kohlman
: I had the honor of guiding the Project Healing Waters group again this year. I had Felix, a USMC veteran and Wayne, a member of the Diablo Valley Flyfishers in my boat and they both hooked a lot of fish, including multiple double-hookups! The flows are beginning to drop and should be down to 7,000 cfs by May 3rd.
4/24/17 by Brian Kohlman
: Winter just doesn't want to let go of the North State! It rained off and on all day, but that didn't affect the fishing. The fish seemed a bit more tight-lipped from the past few days, but we had a LOT of hook-ups throughout day and landed some beautiful fish! The good news is there is no more rain in the extended forecast AND the flows will begin to slowly drop beginning tonight. This is great news becase not only will we actually get to enjoy some beautiful spring weather, but it will also open more fishable water!
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!
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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