The Fish Sniffer - Trout Action Varies Daily
Trout Action Varies Daily

Written By: Cal Kellogg, July 12, 2014
Species: Trout River Salmon
Location: Sacramento River- Middle,

The flow on the Sacramento River below Redding is just above 9,000 cfs and inching up almost daily. The trout bite is good when the water level is stable, but things tend to slow down as the flows increase and sweep leaves, grass and other debris into the current.

Fly fishing guides such as Jason Thatcher of JT Guide Service at doing well while working a variety of caddis and mayfly imitating nymphs on long multi-fly leaders. While beads and egg imitations will hook some trout, without big numbers of salmon in the system the majority of the trout are focused on eating aquatic nymphs.

During the evening hours there has been some fair to good dry fly action for anglers fishing dry flies with small nymph droppers. A grasshopper or elk hair caddis combined with a pheasant tail have been winning combinations.

Conventional tackle anglers are also getting in on the action. Mike Bogue of Mike Bogue’s Guide Service has been scoring well while working a combination of back trolled crankbaits, Pautzke Yellow Jacket and Orange Deluxe salmon eggs and Pautzke cured roe.

The average trout on the lower Sacramento is running around 14 inches these days, but fish up to 24 inches are possible.

Salmon season is slated to bust open on the Sacramento River on July 16.

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