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The Lower Sac

California's Most Productive Trout Fishery
  • Big Lower Sac Rainbow Trout
    Big Lower Sac Rainbow Trout The Lower Sac is famous for its big wild rainbow trout. These are hard fighting fish with great coloration. Typical fish are 12-16" and most days we hook fish over 18".
  • Lower Sac Drift Boat Trips
    Lower Sac Float Trips There are many different floats on the Lower Sac. If you´ve floated through Redding and think you´ve seen the Lower Sac, think again. There are 40 more miles of productive water downstream!
  • Wading the Lower Sac
    Wading the Lower Sac Our guides enjoy wading the Lower Sac and frequently use their drift boats primarily for transportation between good wading spots. Wading is best during the Fall, Winter and Spring when flows are under 7000cfs.
  • Seasonal Steelhead Fly Fishing
    Seasonal Steelhead Fishing Steelhead are present in the river from September through March in most years. Lower Sac Steelies are typically 3 to 6 pounds but some are much larger. They are primarily found on the lower portions of the river.
  • Spey Rods for Trout on the Lower Sac
    Spey Rod Trips for Trout Swinging flies with a spey rod is a great way to catch trout on the Lower Sac. We use 4 and 5wt spey rods to swing productive riffles and runs. We use jet boats and drift boats to access the best water types for swinging flies.
  • Sundial Bridge
    Fish under the Sundial Bridge One of the best floats on the Lower Sac begins just above the Sundial Bridge, a Redding landmark. The Posse Grounds riffle between the put-in and the bridge is one of the most productive areas on the river.
  • Fly Box full of egg imitations
    Don't miss our fall egg hatch! Spawning King Salmon are thick in the river from October through December. The trout feed aggressively this time of year on salmon eggs and all the nymphs the salmon dislodge as they spawn. Fall is one of the most popular times on the Lower Sac for good reason.
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The Lower Sacramento River between Redding and Red Bluff is California´s premier wild trout fishery. It is one of the few destinations where anglers can expect to hook into 18+" fish on a regular basis. Clear, cold, consistent flows coming out of Lake Shasta provide excellent conditions for the aquatic insects that trout eat. The Lower Sac is open to fishing year round. The Confluence Outfitters guide team can get you hooked up with quality wild trout on the Lower Sac at any time of year!

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!
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Visit our Lower Sac Fishing Report page to view more reports!
Lower Sac Guide Availability
Apr 26: Peter Santley
Apr 26: Sam Robinett
Apr 27: Brian Kohlman
Apr 27: Peter Santley
Apr 27: Sam Robinett
Apr 28: Sam Robinett
Apr 29: Sam Robinett
Apr 29: Tyler Lee
Apr 30: Sam Robinett
Apr 30: Tyler Lee
May 1: Tyler Lee
May 2: Tyler Lee
May 3: Tyler Lee
For more Lower Sac dates, please visit our Online Booking page!
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.
Lower Sac Hatch Chart
Flies:
Nymphs:
• 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
Eggs:
• Pettis's Unreal Egg, Steelhead Orange, 12
• Glo Bugs, all colors, size 8-10
Dries:
• Parachute Adams, 14-18
• Spundun, PMD, 16
• March Brown, 14-16 (February-April)
• Cutter's E/C Caddis, Olive 16-18
Sample Itinerary
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.
Vehicle Considerations: Be prepared to follow us in your own vehicle. We may use your vehicle to help run our shuttle.
Wading difficulty: 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!
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