Sacramento River

Lower Sac wine maker's weekend trip report

Recently we fished a great group of guys from VIP Wealth Management of Southern California. They enjoyed two days of fly fishing on Lower Sacramento up in Redding. Two day drifts were the bookends on a great wine maker’s dinner on Saturday night. Fun fishing was had along with Lots of good laughs and stories told over great food and superb wines. This was definitely a trip to remember.
The group at The Fly Shop in Redding: Group shot!The group at The Fly Shop in Redding: Group shot!
Most of the guys had never fly fished before, although as life-long conventional anglers they would pick fly fishing up very quickly.

My Book Report

Remember in elementary school when you had to do book reports? Man those were awful. "My book report is on Superfudge by Judy Blume." Looking back though we realize the value of learning to critically read, write and analyze. At least some of us do.

Hence my post today about a book I just finished but should've read seven or eight years ago, David Mongomery's King of Fish: The Thousand Year Run of Salmon. For all fly fisermen, gear fishermen and anyone interested in conservation this is required reading. But really this book is almost more important for those not familiar with salmon and rivers and the fact we are both directly and indirectly trying to extinguish them from the planet. Plainly written, you do not need to be a salmon scholar or scientist to understand this work. Montgomery beautifully and logically lays out the history of salmon, human interaction and the disastrous consequences that resulted.

From Atlantic salmon in Europe in medieval times to the East Coast in colonial and modern time up to the present on the West Coast and the salmon crisis we are currently in he deftly shows the entirely human caused destruction of salmon everywhere. It shows the big picture. Montgomery identifies the key factors in the decline of salmon and even lays out a simple (yet in our pathetic political system a plan that seems almost an impossibility) for salmon recovery. It's a startling book even for those, like myself, that have been involved in and understand the environmental and political salmon wars in the Northwest. One of the most amazing this to me was as far back as medieval England people realized the importance of healthy salmon runs, laws were passed for their protection and laws continued to be passed in the New World as well yet they were simply ignored in large part and salmon runs continued to dwindle. The vast scale of wonton overfishing (or netting as it's really called) described in this book served only to reinforce my own view of the shame of buying commercially caught (or grown) salmon and supporting the maximum sustainable harvest mentality that has utterly failed.

Read this book and you will understand the fall of salmon. But you will also understand the actions needed to begin the return and rise of the salmon and maybe with enough people and grassroots action we can reverse the current status quo and bring salmon back to sustainable levels. People and salmon can coexist, Montgomery shows us how, but we have to be willing to make sacrifices now for our benefit in the future.


Lower Sac fly fishing guide Redding

Our Lower Sacramento fly fishing guides are some of the very best in the business! As Northen California locals they are consummate professionals and take pride in sharing their passion for fly fishing with you. They know the water from Redding California all the way to Red Bluff like their back yard, because well... it is their back yard!

Guide Billy Downs with a nice Lower Sac RainbowGuide Billy Downs with a nice Lower Sac Rainbow

Feliz año nuevo a mis amigos

Obviously it's now 2012 and everybody is excited for a new year to continue to not accomplish they set out to do the last three years. But, I tell you, it does not have to be that way. At least as far as your angling goes.

It's also winter, and even though my snowboard is sitting, lonely, in my hall closet that won't stop me from getting outside. I'd really rather have a rod in hand anyway so what follows is a list of the places you should consider testing your angling prowess this winter because we fish all year, every year.

Ironically enough, your local travel team at Off the Hook can set you up with any of these trips so if the itch needs scratching pick up the phone (use it to call us though, until they invent retractable claws and handle the cell phone will continue to be a poor backscratching tool).

South Is., New Zealand-Every fly angler owes themselves a trip to Middle Earth at least once. This could be your year.

Turneffe Island, Belize-Some of the highest quality fishing, guides and food you will see anywhere. And it's probably 80 and sunny to boot.

Putah Creek-Three reasons: 1-It's probably in your backyard 2-The water's low and the weather is plenty warm 3-20" rainbows

Andros Is., Bahamas-Because you can go trout fishing in the summer. In a survey March was voted most favorite month among bonefish across the Caribbean.

Lower Sac, Redding-Again, it's probably in your backyard, it fishes all year and it's teeming with fatties. Besides, who wants to fish in 110 degree heat in August anyway. Winter is where it's at.

No excuses, get some!

Sept 20 on the Sac

Bob H. and his friend Clay T. fished with us on Sept. 20 on the Lower Sacramento and had a great trip.
Bob with a nice BowBob with a nice Bow

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