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Lance Gray & Company 2013 Spring Catalog

Spring is just around the corner, and with spring comes some of the greatest fly-fishing in Northern California. It’s the time that the water is reborn and refreshed after the long winter season. Mixed with longer sunshine filled days the aquatic insects get active, hatches of caddis, mayflies, damsels and the famous Hexagenia all start to pop! The Lower Sacramento comes alive with prespawn fish eating everything in sight. Days filled with rods bending, reels screaming, wild fish being released and high fives causing hands to hurt. The Sac is a magical place that lends to life long memories and addictions. With the Lower Sac going crazing with wild trout, the mountain lakes shake off the winter ice and become active with Damsels and Hexagenia. The angler is somewhat confused as to where to wet a line. With Mother Nature giving all of these wonderful places to fish, she throws one additional last ditch slider at us – Shad! That is right folks hundreds of thousands of the fork tail boney ‘bows vigorously swimming up the Sacramento River system to spawn in the moonlight. Somewhat romantic, if you think like a fish! Spring is a wonderful time to experience the bounty of the lakes and the rivers – so get out there and fish!

Lower Sacramento River

The Lower Sacramento River is a fishery that makes a guide contemplate the question, can anything be better than this? But, it also leaves that burning, longing, desperation in your gut when you are blanked – skunked! It’s one of the greatest blue ribbon trout rivers on the west coast, and a place that I feel at home on. It’s the place that celebrations are shared with fellow anglers, family and friends. It’s the place that fish are forever immortalized – and live in our minds forever. Its place that has damned good fishing and should be fished by all! The spring is a great time to fish the Lower Sac. The wild rainbows are on pre-spawn – which means they’re eating, eating and eating! They’re stocking up all the calories only to burn every last one during the spawn. Double doubles are common this time of the year and it’s truly a great place to fish. March 19 & 20, 2013 April 2, 11 & 28, 2013 Driftboat trips are $395 a day everything included

Lower Sacramento The fall is a fantastic time for the lower Sacramento River. Fall will be alive with salmon scattered over entry runs, constructing redds in preparation to spawn. Wild rainbows and chrome-bright steelhead will be lurking about the salmon, hunting for caddis, beatis and stones stirred from the construction work. The rainbows and steelhead linger anxiously for the instant that the salmon initiates into active spawning. Eggs and legs" are rigged, rods tested, guests are screaming, guides are coaching and the fish are head-shaking in anger to the net. Smiles turn to rehashing the event and memories are generated forever. Images capture the thrill of the day – the sweat, the work and the wild rainbows posing so perfectly for the camera. Some of the best fishing on the Lower Sac happens during this time.

The Lower Sacramento Nymph School is a school for the hardcore nymph fisher. This two day course will involve – dead drifting from the driftboat as well as wading. It will also include “nymphing without a bobber”; swinging flies while wading and dead drifting with single and double handle rods. The two day course will give anglers plenty of time to rig and practice each discipline. Everything is included, rods, reels, lines and flies. Each student will receive a complete Lower Sacramento Nymph School book filled with setups and detailed instruction sheets. April 24 & 25, 2013 Tuition is $450 a student

Lower Sacramento River Nymph

Fly-Fishing Tours

Lance Gray & Company fly-fishing tours have been an instant hit. The tour is an introduction to a fishery, while being guided. It’s a mixture of a tour, workshop and a guided trip. Beginners to advanced fly-fishers have gained quick knowledge during the tours. We’re the only full service outfitter providing this service, anywhere, and we mean anywhere in fly-fishing. The tours were hatched when our owner Lance Gray listened to the need of guest who just needed a little assistance or as he calls it “a cheat sheet”, on the fishery. With over a 125 anglers having participated in the program since it was conceived last year, we have developed a tour that is almost “perfect”. See what it’s all about.

Yuba River Tour

The Lower Yuba River Tour The Yuba River Tour is here. The Yuba is a river that many have found hard to learn and to fish. It’s a river that can be very picky and at times the fish act like spring creek fish refusing offerings – leaving anglers in frustration. Jon Baiocchi and I will lead a small group of anglers along the river, pointing out access areas, fishing techniques and working with anglers on the water with casting or learning new techniques. We will also help anglers with reading the water and stalking techniques needed for the very wary Yuba rainbows. The tour includes handouts, rigging examples, a list of hatches with fly list and of course our streamside lunch. The Yuba Tour will be held March 6, 2013; cost per angler is $145.

Putah Creek Tour

The Putah Creek Tour is a great one day tour to introduce anglers to this great little tailwater fishery. The 4.8 mile tailwater holds monster rainbows. This technical fly-fishing paradise is located just off Highway 505, within easy driving distance from the East Bay and greater Sacramento areas; it’s a fishery that needs to be fished. The tour covers all aspects of the creek; access areas, hatches, equipment, techniques, setups and environmental issues facing this fishery. January 26, 2013 March 14, 2013 $145 per person

March 7, 2013 March 21, 2013

American River Shad Tour

The American River Shad Tour has become one of the most sought after tours we provide. Last year’s tour was an instant hit, both with the fishing and the barbeque. This coming year – we have designed a new tour; limited the number of participates to six per tour. With two instructors per group which allows for more one to one instruction and yes, were still going to have a barbeque for dinner. The shad tour will be limited too only two tours for the year. So if you would like to get a heads up on shad fishing the American River this is the tour for you. Cost per angler is $145. June 6, 2013

Lake Almanor Tour

The Lake Almanor Tour is truly for the angler looking for an edge up on big still water fisheries. The tour will give you a wealth of knowledge, based on simple principles for Lake Almanor and Butt Valley Reservoir. We break down each lake into easy to understand terms combined with hands on experience to give the students’ knowledge that is well rounded. We also take the time to look at creeks that feed these lakes and areas that hold wild brook, rainbow and brown trout. The tour includes Lake Almanor, Butt Valley Reservoir, Butt Creek, Deer Creek, North Fork of the Feather River and Warren Creek. It’s a tour that is a must for anglers wishing to gain a quick overview of the area and its fisheries.

The tour includes transportation, a comprehensive handout, a tri-tip dinner on the beach of Lake Almanor, and lunches for both days. Cost is $305 per person for this two day event. Lake Almanor June 22-23, 2013 Lake Almanor June 24-25, 2013 Lake Almanor June 27-28, 2013 Lake Almanor July 8-9, 2013

Booking Terms 50% deposit is required to hold your date. Balance due upon date of trip. Cancellation of a trip within 30 days, deposit will be forfeited. Lance Gray & Company holds the rights to cancel trips or schools do to unsafe water conditions, fishing conditions and or not having enough participants. A confirmation package will be emailed or mailed to you before the planned trip. Please fill out all necessary information and return via email or mail within 5 days of the receipt. Confirmation packages include meeting location, food choices, hotels, restaurants and recommended equipment not provided in the excursion. Contact us at to book a trip at 530-517-2204 or email us at

Lance Gray & Company PO Box 962 Willows, CA 95988 530-517-2204

Lance Gray & Company 2013 Spring catalog  

Lance Gray & Company's 2013 Spring Fly-Fishing catalog

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