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Lower Sac

An angler with a wild trout caught near the Sundial Bridge
Guided Float Trips
$575 for 1-2 Anglers
  • Year-round
  • Drift Boat Trips

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!

Lower Sac guide trips usually start between 7am and 9am depending on arrangements made with your guide. Most of our Lower Sac guide trips are drift boat trips, although we also do a lot of jet boat trips for folks who want to use Trout Spey techniques. Most of our guests opt for the shuttle-included rate, which means your guide can pick you up at your hotel and then drop you off again at the end of the day. If you opt to not include a shuttle, then plan on following your guide to the river in your own vehicle and assisting with shuttling the guide's vehicle to the take-out. You can hop into the boat in regular street clothes most days - waders are only necessary in inclement weather. Our guides can put more fish in the net by keeping their guests in the boat all day, but will definitely accommodate you if you want to do some wade fishing. Most days we fish nymphs and indicators all day long. Lunch is served on the river and trips usually wrap up by 5:30pm. On any given day you could be on one of six full-day floats - well over 60 miles of river. If fishing is red-hot in one area, our guides will sometimes do the same short float twice in one day.

Dry fly fishing can be very good almost any time of year. Our guides are always on the lookout for splashy rises in shallow riffles and stealthy risers in the flats. The best time for dry fly fishing is usually after lunch when water temperatures are warmer and there is more bug activity. If you have an interest in dry fly fishing please let your guide know so he can plan the day accordingly. The fish don't rise everywhere - you really have to be in the right place at the right time.

Lower Sac Guide Team

Our Lower Sac guide team includes Andrew Harris, Brian Kohlman, Kevin Kay, Peter Santley, Luke Geraty, Mike Wright, Andreas Fuhrmann and Ben Thompson.

Recent Lower Sac Fishing Reports

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October 23, 2021
Lower Sac Report by Luke Geraty

Saturday in October can be pretty busy on the Sac but today we got on early and saw relatively few other boats. I'm not sure if it was the torrent of rain that kept a few people off the water or maybe we just got on early enough to avoid the armada of anglers. Either way, we couldn't have had a better day fishing AND catching. These two hooked so many fish we couldn't even keep track of how many and the estimates began to reach proportions that some of y'all would probably accuse of exaggeration. So I'll keep it at this: the bite was ON today. We caught fish on eggs, rubber legs, and a few of the tiny flies that I can't tell you about because I want them to work for as long as I can milk 'em, ha ha! We caught fish in deep water, shallow water, and everything in between. Fish it all! The fishing was so good that we stopped even caring about getting a photo of the 18 inch fish we were catching. "Shake it off and let's get another." Now THAT is a good day! The water was a bit colored up yesterday but today it was back to it's more typical self. Yesterday that worked in our favor because the trout in the salmon redds couldn't see us and we seemed to hook a lot more right next to the boat. Today we had to cast a bit further in order to avoid spooking them, but Mark and Jessica had no problem. What a fun day! It's not all about numbers but it's hard not to enjoy the days when we have steady red hot action all day long. Oh... and I should mention... Mark lost a fish that was in the "Hey-that-might-be-30-inches" category. The fish took a bunch of line and jumped twice and on the second jump spit the hook. I guess you can't have it all! Got a couple days off now so I'm going to try and dry off, go to church, and spend some time with the family. Next week I'm on the Trinity and the Sac, so I'm sure I'll have more to report. Keep dry and enjoy the rain!

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October 22, 2021
Lower Sac Report by Luke Geraty

Jessica and Mark spent a day with me on the Trinity and then on the Sac. Tomorrow we are doing a third day on the Sac. Here's a quick run down: the Trinity fished good. We hooked two adults. Both managed to evade the net. We caught a lot of half pounders throughout the day, as well as lost a bunch too. In fact, Jessica hooked one on her first cast! It rained a lot but we had a great time.Today we were on the Sac and, quite frankly, we crushed it. Lots of fish and a few of them were donkeys. Pretty fun day and we even had some sunshine!

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October 18, 2021
Lower Sac Report by Luke Geraty

Spent the day with Mike and Diana yesterday and had a really great time. I think I've fished with Mike for a few years now and every time we go, he sticks some really great fish (often from the back of the boat). Yesterday was no different and we also really enjoyed watching Diana, his wife, get the fish of the day -- a near 22 inch absolute hog of a fish! The weather was perfect for fishing as it was overcast for most of the day and the grab was solid all through the morning and early afternoon. Things slowed down a bit in the later afternoon, but that's fishing. We caught fish on eggs and nymphs and enjoyed our time on such a beautiful river here in Northern California... the Mighty Sac! While we were fishing, we learned quickly just how fast these fish can grab a fly and before you know it, be off. So as the standard guy adage goes, "Hook sets are free!", meaning that you should always set on EVERYTHING. If your bobber, I mean indicator (sorry fly fishing world)... if that indicator goes down, assume it's a fish! We're always fishing barbless hooks and often size 18 flies, which means we are virtually making this the most challenging way to catch fish out there (gluttons for punishment?). So it's so awesome when you see everything come together and that's precisely what happened a number of times yesterday. The bobber, I mean indicator, would go down and then these two would set it and... bam... snagged on a rock. Ha ha! But a lot of the time it was a fish and since you don't know, you have to set it! Well... time to head to meet today's guests, so I've got to go. Today I'm on the Sac and then tomorrow the Trinity and then back on the Sac. It's not too late, folks... the river is fishing great and I imagine it'll last well into November! Hit me up if you want to get out! I got openings in November and December for both steelhead and trout on a number of our rivers!

Lower Sac Hatch Chart

March Browns
Golden Stones
Giant Stoneflies
Little Yellow Stones
Salmon Eggs
Steelhead Present
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Lodging Recommendations

The Lower Sac runs right through Redding and Red Bluff. Please visit our Redding Info Page and Red Bluff Info Page for ideas on lodging, logistics, and other activities in the area.

Lower Sac Photo Gallery

A very large trout on the Lower Sac
Fishing the edges of the current from the drift boat on the Lower Sac
Fishing some interesting water on the Lower Sac
A guest with a great wild rainbow trout from the Lower Sac
Wade fishing can be very productive on the Lower Sac
Guide Andrew Harris lands a Lower Sac rainbow
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