Lake runs are a local name for a strain of rainbows that come up out of Lake Shasta into the Upper Sacramento river every year around mid-summer.
16″-18″ rainbow trout are the standard size for lake runs. Some are smaller and a few are bigger. Fish to 22″ are not out of the question.
Lower end of the Upper Sacramento river. For our purposes that is the water south of the Gibson exit off I-5.
Approx 36 miles north of Redding, California, or about 18 miles south of Dunsmuir, California.
NOW. The lake runs usually start entering the river by the end of June. By mid July they are well spread through-out the lower river.
The weather can get quite hot in the mid to late summer. Temperatures match Redding and can hit 100 by early afternoon.
Also the river water temperature climbs to levels that are not conducive to trout fishing (70+)
This is recommend as a morning trip. Best water temps are generally about 8-9 AM.
As usual the most consistent way to catch the lake runs is indicator nymphing.
However at times swinging woolly buggers or soft-hackles is a very effective technique.
Occasionally dry fly opportunities occur. Dry and Dropper is also effective in the right water.