Copyright 2014 James Marsh
Fly Fishing Gear, Tackle and Flies for the Lower Sacramento
River California
When it comes to fly fishing gear for the Lower Sacramento River, you first have to
clarify whether you are fishing for trout or steelhead or salmon. We will recommend
gear for each species.
Steelhead and Salmon
Fly Line:
The fly line we recommend for salmon fishing the Lower Sacramento River should be
either an 8 or 10 weight, floating fly line. The fly line we recommend for steelhead
fishing should be a 7 weight, floating fly line. If you prefer to use a Spey rod, then the
line should probably be a 9 weight line made for Spey fishing.
Fly Line Weight:
Adding weight to your fly line is dependant on the flow and depth of the pools you are
fishing. You can add a sink tip line or split shot.
Fly Rod:
The fly rod we recommend for salmon fishing should be an 8 or 10 weight, in a nine
foot length. It is probably best in a medium fast to fast action.
The fly rod we recommend for steelhead fishing is a 7 or 8 weight in a nine foot
length. It is probably best in a medium fast to fast action.
If you prefer to use a Spey Rod, then we suggest a 9 weight, 14 foot length rod. It
should be a medium to fast action rod.
You want a stiff, hard leader material like that used on our Perfect Fly leaders. The
size should range from a minimum of ten pound test up to twelve pound test. They
should be nine to fifteen feet long for a regular fly rod and from ten and a half to
fifteen feet for two handed Spey rods. If you use a sinking fly line, you would want
them only about four to six feet long. We have hand-tied Perfect Fly steelhead
You want to carry plenty of extra tippet material for ten to twelve pound test. It too
should be hard, stiff material that is abrasive resistance.
Unless you want to fish from the banks in the few areas it is practical, then waders are
necessary.  We suggest them even if you fish from a drift boat.
Wading Boots:
The wading boots you use are very important. Both cleats and rubber/felt bottoms are
Landing Net:
A landing net is recommended. The main requirement is that the net should be very
large. The net area should be at least 15 inches wide by 20 inches long. The overall
length is usually around 32 inches.
We have a complete line of flies for steelhead and salmon. We have selected them as
the most popular flies from thousands of patterns that have been developed over the
years. We have some of our own Perfect Fly steelhead and salmon patterns. They
imitate the
hexigenia mayfly nymph,  certain caddisfly nymphs, stonefly nymphs and
fish roe or eggs that are found in the river throughout the year. We also have a full
line of popular wet flies, egg flies, Spey flies that are very popular. We hope you will
give our flies a try.

For Trout:
Fly Line:
We recommend a 5 weight floating line for the trout. Some anglers may prefer to use
a 6 weight fly line for their nymphs and streamer fishing, but it wouldn't be absolutely
Fly Rod:
We recommend a rod for the 5 or 6 weight line that is nine feet in length in a medium
fast to fast action.
Fly Reel:
The reel for the five or six weight rod should have a decent drag. It should be smooth.
A disc drag that adjust in fine increments would be best.
You should use leaders from 71/2 foot to 12 foot in length for the Lower Sacramento
River. I suggest having them in sizes ranging from 0X for streamers, up to 6X for small
dry flies and midges, in the various lengths.
You should have extra tippet in sizes ranging from 0X to 6X.
Waders are necessary for the Lower Sac. We prefer the breathable type. You may
want neoprene waders during cold weather.
Wading Boots:
Much of the bottom in either gravel, sand or rock. You would not want cleats. Felt
soles are the best.
Landing Net:
A landing net is purely optional.
Trout Flies:
We definitely recommend our "Perfect Fly" trout flies. They are by far the best flies for
the Lower Sacramento River because they are the most realistic flies you can
purchase. We have imitations of every insect and other trout food that is present in
this stream. If you haven't done so already, we ask you to give them a try.
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