Through a hands-on demonstration of fly rod mechanics, fly line construction and the tapering of the leader you will understand the energy transference of your equipment and how it leads to a perfect fly cast. You’ll also learn how proper stance, grip and arm position can increase your casting efficiency and relieve potential fatigue.
As the lesson progresses, we’ll teach you to adjust the shape of your casting loops, as well as their angle and direction, to accommodate varying conditions you may encounter stream side. You’ll practice adding and stripping line to increase your casting distance and control slack, and how to "gently alight" your fly on the water.
Step One Curriculum
• Equipment lexicon and assembly
• The theory of tapered equipment
• Body position, stance, and grip
• "The power of the stop"
• Forming Loops, open and tight
• Aiming loops, changing direction and plane
• Adding line to the system
• Stop and Drop
Practice the skills from Step 1 and you will be ready for Step 2 Line Control
Price is $100 for one person or $80 per person (for a group up to four). Dates are arranged according to your schedule. Time is arranged according to your schedule. Duration is approximately 1 hour 15 minutes. Location is generally held at the Casting Ponds in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.
• Single Haul
• Double Haul
• Casting in the wind
• Casting for distance
• Specialty casts - reach cast, curve cast, tuck cast etc.
• How to get a good drift
• How to read a trout stream or a bonefish flat
• Accuracy practice
• Shooting line
• Stop, Shoot and Drop
• The Roll Cast
• The Advanced Roll Cast or Single Spey
• Shooting line in a Single Spey
• Knot tying and various rigging methods
• Professional’s Vest
Let's first start with the question, "When is it time to clean my fly line?" Well, I clean mine any time my floating line starts sinking. If you want to be proactive, every 4-5 uses is a good rule of thumb. This will dramatically extend the life of your line if done properly.
Other signs your fly line needs cleaning
For this Project you will need:
Step One: Soak the Fly Line:I use a double basin sink (2 buckets or tubs also work). Fill one with 2-3 inches of warm soapy water (use a mild dish detergent) and the other with 2-3 inches of warm water. Strip the fly line off your reel into the soapy water using long pulls and deliberate placement of the line. Let soak for 25-30 minutes. You only need to clean the portion of line that you use...but I figure, why not the whole thing?
Step Two: Scrub and Rinse the Line: The next step is to run the fly line through a wash cloth, beginning with the line that is nearest your reel. Pinch the fly line with the wash cloth firmly in between your thumb and index finger. Apply good pressure and pull the line into the bucket of warm water. Empty the soapy water and dry that basin. Beginning with the front of your fly line (nearest the leader), dry the line with the washcloth while pulling it into the freshly dried basin.
Step Three: Remove the Tough Grit Empty the freshwater basin and dry it out. Begin with the line closest to your reel and pull it through the doubled over washcloth, applying pressure with your thumb and index finger. Repeat pulling the line in between the basins until no more dirt rubs off onto the washcloth .
Step Four: Condition Your Fly Line Apply a dime-size dab of whizzlube. Double over the washcloth again and pull the line through, applying less pressure than before. Your goal is to coat the fly line in the conditioner. Let the fly line dry for 30-40 minutes (we recommend at least five minutes and up to 24 hours).
The Lower Sacramento is rated one of the best tailwater fisheries in the US. It flows through downtown Redding, meandering through residential subdivisions, office buildings, and recreational areas. This river is a lifeline for most of California, providing water for central valley agriculture. It just so happens that Rainbows that inhabit the river are football shaped and weigh up to 15 lbs. The predominate fishing method for the Lower Sacramento River is by drift boat. Although, drifting can be the most sucessful method; it is not the only method.
Difficulty rating of the Lower Sacramento River - Beginner
This rating comes with a caveat. The Lower Sacramento River is a very large river and can be baffling to even expert anglers. However, if you get a good guide a complete greenhorn has a great shot at catching a nice fish. Indicator rigs are the best for fishing the Lower Sacramento.
Species in the Lower Sacramento River:
Fishable flows on the Lower Sacramento:
Drift boat: 3,000-20,000 cfs
Most productive time of year to fish the Lower Sacramento River:
Hatches on the Lower Sacramento River:
Recommended reading for the Lower Sacramento River:Fly Fishers Guide to Northern California: Seth NormanCalifornia's Best Fishing Waters:Licenses to fish the Lower Sacramento River:To fish the Lower Sacramento you need a California Fishing License.
Access on the Lower Sacramento River:Wading The Lower Sacramento:Codwell ParkThe Sundail BridgeKnighton IslandGirvan Rd.Anderson River ParkDeschutes BridgeBoat Access on the Lower Sacramento River:Posse GroundsBonnyview Boat RampRiverside RV ParkAnderson River ParkRoosters LandingLodging on Lower Sacramento River:Hotels:
Aaron Grabiel - The Northern California Guide
Fly fishing gear for The Lower Sacramento River-
Casting large indicators, heavy split shot, up to 3 flies, and not to mention the enormity of the fish make the Lower Sacramento River a six weight fly rod river.
If you have any more questions on The Lower Sacramento River please feel free to contact me - George@flyfishingoutfitters.com or by phone 415.781.3474