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Lower Sac: , by Luke Geraty: Upper Sac & a Father Son Combo!: 2 stars

Spent Monday on the Upper Sac with a couple guys and had a great time wading around on the Upper Sacramento River in search of some trout! We used a variety of tactics, including indicator nymphing, double dry flies, hopper-dropper, and some tight line nymphing as well. We caught a bunch of 10 to 14 inch fish and one 16 incher with the majority of fish being caught on rubber legs or copper johns. For dry flies it didn't seem to matter as long as it was something size 16. Going from indicators to dry flies back to indicators is pretty fun, though you have to retrain your mind on just how quick (or slow) you have to set the hook! All in all the time on the Upper Sac was great and there is plenty off water to discover. If you have a case of wanderlust, why not book a trip to fish the nearly 40 miles of excellent trout water? The views of Mt. Shasta, Castle Crags, and crystal clear water are a great companion to the trout!

Anyway, after a day on the Upper Sac, things switched up to the Lower Sacramento River for a day in the drift boat. Kevin Kay and I both guided father / son guests and though the fishing was slllllllooowwwww, we still managed to boat some really good looking trout. But before we got to the trout, we spent some time teaching Max and Patrick how to cast bobbers and weights and flies and to anyone who thinks it doesn't take a bit of skill to sling those things around the river, think again! I can't speak for those in Kevin Kay's boat, but I can say that Patrick, a 6th grader who LOVES fishing, picked it up and was pretty impressive with his stellar casts and pro-level mends. And he definitely owes his dad, Doug, a huge "thanks" for taking the back of the boat, ha ha! 

By the end of the day we put a handful of pretty fish in the boat, including a 19 inch 'bow that Patrick hooked on a Peaches n' Cream! It was a slab of a fish for sure and Patrick even took a photo like a pro before we watched that fish dive to the depths and return home. The fishing was definitely on the slower side of things but we kept searching and trying various bugs until we bent some rods! We didn't see many bugs throughout the day, a change from previous days on the river where PMD's and caddis abound. But like I said... if you keep casting and keep changing flies, you're bound to hook up eventually!

Patrick's 19-inch slab of a fish!
Patrick's 19-inch slab of a fish!
One from Kevin's boat. These trout are feisty!
One from Kevin's boat. These trout are feisty!
A 16-inch trout from the Upper Sac.
A 16-inch trout from the Upper Sac.
Doug caught some really healthy 'bows!
Doug caught some really healthy 'bows!
This one took a lot of line.
This one took a lot of line.
Patrick kept at it until the very end and it paid off.
Patrick kept at it until the very end and it paid off.
Next 10 open days for Luke Geraty: Jun 28, 29, 30, Jul 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8
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