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Lower Sac: , by Luke Geraty: Trout On Mayflies, Oh My!: 3 stars

I had a really fun day with Chuck and Mark, fishing the Lower Sac. These two cousins have been fishing together for a long time, and those friendships and family connections make for a really great setting if you want to enjoy your time on one of our premier tailwater fisheries. Spending a day on the river while standing in a drift boat making casts for trout is hard to beat. And when your line gets tight, game on! It's even better!

So how was the fishing? The fishing was pretty good! We had steady action throughout the day and after we put a good number of beautiful rainbow trout in the net, it became apparent that these two could definitely get it done. Hook sets are free and when you set on everything, you are bound to connect with a feisty fish! Chuck also managed to hook one of our prized river fish... one that many anglers do their best to hook but they are very challenging to catch given how perfectly you have to present your flies and how spooky they can be. But with Chuck's perfect cast, flawless mend, and tremendous fishing ability, he hooked one a Californian Golden Bonefish! ?? We got a good laugh out of that fish that has a face only a mother could love. What really made the day for us was the trout fishing. It was hard to beat for a December day.

The flows are at their winter lows (nearly 3,000cfs) but the water down below Anderson is pretty clear. It's hardly noticeable that a few weeks ago the river was blown out. And the fish are definitely back to eating bugs, so it's worth getting out! We caught fish on flies ranging from the you-should-always-have rubber legs to some small mayfliy imitations and other not-to-be-mentionables. We didn’t see a lot of bug activity popping off, but what we did see was small size 18 BWO’s.

I've had the pleasure of guiding Chuck before and now I can add his cousin to the mix! Can’t wait for the next time!

Chuck’s California Golden Bonefish
Chuck’s California Golden Bonefish
One of Chuck’s beautiful Rainbow Trout
One of Chuck’s beautiful Rainbow Trout
Mark getting ‘er done!
Mark getting ‘er done!
Next 10 open days for Luke Geraty: Aug 29, 30, 31, Sep 1, 5, 23, 24, Oct 5, 6, 7
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