Upper Sac Fishing Report Zone 1 June 3, 2012

Upper Sac Fishing Report Zone 1 June 3, 2012

Here is a short video of bamboo fly rods on the Upper Sac from Sunday.  In the first clip, you can see the trout rising.  This was shot in the middle of the day, a time which many guides will tell you that nymphing is the only way to fish the Upper Sac.  As you can see, this is not so.  Using the right dry fly pattern, with the correct attributes, will have the dry-fly-man handily out-fishing the tyro with bead head nymphs.
It’s easy to tie on a “Parachute Adams” and tell everyone that you were fishing dry flies, but that’s not what’s really going to work on the Upper Sac over time.  As stated earlier, to be a good dry fly man, you must find the attributes that the fish want in a bug.  The flies in the fly bin are not going to produce the same way as a well-tied fly that possesses the attributes that the fish see in their real food.

This movie clip shot on the Upper Sac demonstrates this.  Fishing in the heat of the day in Dunsmuir is no easy task.  Observing the trout, and seeing where he was feeding, along with what he was eating (binoculars are as necessary as your fly rod) makes for a one-cast, one-take experience.

Fishing bamboo on the Upper Sac, or any other freestone doesn’t mean you need a fly that floats high and dry.  It means that you need to have a fly that the fish will take on the first drift.  A fly that rides low in the water or a fly that needs to be dressed every few casts is not a nuisance when the trout will take it on the first well-presented drift!

This fish, and one other, were caught in full sun, in the middle of the day.   This run is easily 5 feet deep.  As I have stated earlier, fish on the Upper Sac are always looking up.  They need to in order to survive.  What took them to the surface were imitations that possessed the right attributes.

The rod I am now using for fly fishing the Upper Sac is my prototype of the “Fin”.  It is a great rod for this kind of river, and with 2 different tips will handle 2 different fly lines.  A really versatile performer for the dry fly man.

There are so many different insects on the Upper Sac that it is hard to have all of the imitations in your fly box.  What is absolutely amazing is the fact that often times the wild rainbows on the Upper Sac will take a fly tied to imitate a completely different insect because the attributes are shared between ties!

The dry fly man, with a good bamboo rod in his hands, can fish and catch fish consistently on the Upper Sac, just as long as his fly box has the right flies in it.


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