Rainbow Trout - Steelhead - Fly Fishing - Matt Dover Fly Fishing - Redding California

Current Lower Sac Fly Fishing Report: 12/01/2023

This river just keeps fishing great! We have fair to great weather. Can be cold. Cloudy. Rain. Can be windy. Most days hover around good to perfect.

River conditions just do not get any better for wading. We can and do stop, get out and throw drys when the fish are eating either caddis or BWO’s. Just depends if our day(s) produce the hatches that have been the norm through November!

Book a day or two on the Lower Sac and add a day on the  Trinity for what is often the most memorable fly fishing get away!

Where is the best fishing through December on the Sac?

If the weather is rainy, I tend to stick around on the upper sections between Anderson and Redding. I will cut the float distance shorter through the winter months because the flows are lower and with that we spend more time zig-zagging the river throwing flies into deep water and then the shallow water just a few yards to either side of us. I will float from Posse Grounds to Bonnieview. That right there is a day of fishing.

Hot flies:

  • #8 Brown Rubber Legs
  • Just about any small nymphs in brown or black. Think #14 ~ 16
  • Micro Mays in #14 – 16
  • #16 ~ 18 Beaded Zebra Midge
  • #14 Poopahs, Bubble Back Caddis

Fishing the Lower Sac is a big piece of water to dissect. The riffles look good but when drifting in a boat, as we and other anglers drop into those riffles, any rainbows holding nose-against the riffle structure will be spooked by the boat. So, throw flies into the deeper water as you drift through, and then get back upstream, anchor and throw into the riffle after fish have had a chance to return. This won’t be an ideal strategy for every riffle, many are simply to big and deep, but the more approachable riffles add up as we get into the winter and lower flows.

Respect this river. It is powerful, deep and unforgiving. Wear a flotation device.

I have calendar dates available and can’t wait to take you and yours fishing. Contact me at (530) 338-1714 or send me a message using my form below:

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