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Lower Sac Spey Trips

Traditional Trout Fishing with a Twist
  • An angler swings a run on the Lower Sac
    Big Water Flows on the Lower Sac range from 2500cfs to 15000cfs throughout the season. If we're swinging flies we can always find water to fish.
  • Lower Sac trout caught on a spey rod
    Wild Rainbow Trout We catch a lot of small and medium sized rainbows with our spey rods on the Lower Sac and occasionally a larger fish in the 18"+ range. In the fall and winter we hook some adult steelhead, too.
  • Jet Boat Spey trips on the Lower Sac
    Jet Boat Trips We typically use jet boats when we're doing spey trips on the Lower Sac. The jet boat allows us to fish the absolute best water types for swinging flies with our spey rods.
  • Wet Wading the Lower Sac
    Summer wet-wading The dog days of summer are a great time to swing flies on the Lower Sac. Wet wading is ideal during hot summer afternoons.
  • Gearing up at the jet boat on the Lower Sac
    Gearing up Our jet boats offer tons of room for rigging up. They're the perfect taxi-cab for getting you from one prime spot to another.
  • Fishing a spey rod on the Lower Sac
    Lightweight Rods We primarily fish 4 and 5wt spey rods on the Lower Sac. These rods can cast out 70+ feet but still make a 16" rainbow feel big.
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Some folks have a misconception that the only way to catch trout on the Lower Sacramento River is with a bobber. While most of the guides here fish nymphs and indicators almost exclusively (and for good reason - it puts a lot of fish in the net!), there are other ways to catch fish on the Lower Sac. One of our favorite ways to do it is with a lightweight spey rod. The spey rod forces us to get out of the boat and wade. You get to feel the grab and enjoy the scenery as you work through a run. We can also keep our eyes peeled for dry fly opportunities while we're swinging. These trips are a lot of fun. If you enjoy swinging flies for trout, book Andrew Harris, Randy Hamann or Brian Kohlman for a jet boat trip on the Lower Sac.

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!
posted Apr 12posted Apr 12posted Mar 15posted Feb 16posted Feb 16posted Feb 16posted Dec 23posted Dec 23posted Dec 23
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!
Gear Recommendations for the Lower Sac
Rods & Lines: We prefer 4 and 5wt spey rods for the Lower Sac. Heavier rods are okay, but they may not be over-matched for the size of the fish. Lightweight switch rods are good too. Bring a line that matches your rod. Scandi lines paired with versi-leaders work very well on the Lower Sac. Some of stiffer 5wt rods can throw a skagit line with a MOW tip fairly well. This is a good setup for getting closer to the bottom.
Leaders & Tippet: We typically fish 2X-4X tippet for trout on the Lower Sac. Regular 9ft trout leaders tapered to 2X work really well.
Waders & Boots: Chest-high breathable waders are the best choice for the Lower Sac. In the middle of summer it's nice to wet wade in the afternoon. Wading pants can also work when it's hot out. Spiked boots aren't necessary on the Lower Sac.
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
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