Recent Lower Sac Fishing Reports
4/23/17 by Brian Kohlman
: The flows were raised to 30,000 cfs last Monday and have held steady all week. I did some scouting with fellow Confluence Outfitter guides Mike Wright and Peter Santley on Friday, and we managed to hook into some very nice fish. I guided a 3-boat trip this weekend with some very good clients. It seemed someone was always hooked-up all the time both days. I don't think anyone hooked a fish smaller than 16 inches, and there were several double hook-ups both days! They seem to be more interested in egg patterns, but they're starting to eat nymphs. As long as the flows don't increase, fishing should only get better as the visiblity increases. Go fish!
4/10/17 by Brian Kohlman
: I had the pleasure of guiding Dennis and George on the Lower Sac today. The weather was ideal and the fish were super grabby! The clarity seems to be getting better and I'm starting to see a lot more bugs every day. Just as the conditions were starting to return to normal, we have another storm system headed our way this week - and the Bureau of Reclamation is raising the flows to 20,000 cfs on Wednesday.
4/9/17 by Brian Kohlman
: With all the rain we received on Thursday and Friday, the river colored-up a bit. After finishing my yardwork, we went out for a half-day float this afternoon and the river fished better than expected. Dava hooked several really nice fish with an indicator rig, and I had a couple grabs swinging flies. And this was after the 20+ boat Project Healing Water armada had already fished in front of of us. I'm starting to see more bugs and take that as a good sign. I expect the fishing to start ramping up very soon. There's nothing like fishing the Sac in the spring!
Lower Sac Guide Availability
Special Trips on the Lower Sac
Interested in a bobber-free day of fishing the Lower Sac?
How about swinging a lightweight spey rod for trout or an afternoon of dry fly fishing only?
We do that!
Visit our Special Trips
and Lower Sac Spey Trips
pages for more information!
Gear Recommendations for the Lower Sac
Rods, Reels & Lines:
A six-weight 9.5ft rod is perfect for nymphing on the Lower Sac. It's good to bring a nine-foot five-weight for dry fly fishing also. We primarily use floating lines. Nymph, Steelhead, or Double Taper Lines are best for versatility. We occasionally use fast-sinking sink-tip or full-sink lines to fish streamers.
Leaders, Tippet & Indicators:
We usually use 2X-5X tippet on the Lower Sac. We don't use tapered leaders for nymphing. A 9' 5X leader is great for dry fly fishing on the Lower Sac. For indicators, we prefer Thingamabobbers in the 3/4 and 1" sizes. We use split shot in sizes BB and larger on the Lower Sac.
Waders & Boots:
Waders aren't necessary to fish the Lower Sac. At any time of year we can spend the whole day fishing from the boat. In the fall, winter, and spring, when the water is low, there are plenty of great wading opportunities. We use chest-high breathable waders on the Lower Sac. Spiked wading boots are not necessary. Make sure to bring your own wading belt.
Hatches & Seasons
The Lower Sac is open year-round and fishes very well throughout the year.
• Fox's Poopah, tan, 14
• Mercer's Micro Mayfly, all colors, size 14-18
• Hogan's Spring Fling Caddis Pupa, 16
• Morrish's Hotwire Caddis, Olive & Chartreuse, 16
• Amber Prince, 12-18
• Copper John, Black, 12-18
• Mercer's BH Epoxy Golden Stone, 10-14
• Hogan's S&M Nymph, Olive, 16
• Pettis's Unreal Egg, Steelhead Orange, 12
• Glo Bugs, all colors, size 8-10
• Parachute Adams, 14-18
• Spundun, PMD, 16
• March Brown, 14-16 (February-April)
• Cutter's E/C Caddis, Olive 16-18
Meeting Time & Place:
We typically meet our clients at their lodge or hotel. Meeting times vary. During the summer it's common to meet at 8:30 or 9am. In the winter we frequently meet earlier, around 7:30 or 8am. On some trips we may arrange to meet at one of the many boat launches on the river.
Be prepared to follow us in your own vehicle. We may use your vehicle to help run our shuttle.
All of our Lower Sac trips are drift boat trips.
During the fall, winter and spring, we frequently get out of the boat to wade.
However, at any time of year we can put together a trip where no wading is necessary.
The wading on the Lower Sac is mostly over cobble river bottoms and is not overly challenging.
Multiple Fisheries in one Day:
Due to the distance to other fisheries and the logistics of floating the river, we devote all day to fishing the Lower Sac.
Length of the Day:
Most full days conclude around 5:30pm. Half days end around 1pm. If you would like to fish until dark we can arrange to meet later in the day.
Lodging & Travel Info
Please visit our Redding
page for hotel and restaurant recommendations and ideas about other things to see and do while you're in Redding!