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Lower Sac

An angler with a wild trout caught near the Sundial Bridge
Guided Float Trips
$550 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 27, 2020
Lower Sac Report by Brian Kohlman

I had a great time today with my first-time guests Mike and Martin. The grab was a bit spotty in the morning (which has been the norm lately), but things started heating up by mid-morning! Mike hooked into a really large fish - but after a series of “mishaps,” including his running line getting stuck between his reel frame and drag knob, the fish eventually came unpinned. The grab really turned on after lunch and remained very consistent throughout the afternoon. In the end, Mike and Martin both landed some really great fish – including probably the largest (heaviest) sucker I have ever seen and even had some doubles! The “egg bite” should last into the second week of November, so if you’re looking for a really fun day of fishing, contact us at www.confluenceoutfitters.com and let’s book a trip!

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October 26, 2020
Lower Sac Report by Brian Kohlman

Today was our annual Trout Spey trip with the Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club. My guests were Frank, Erik, and Kevin.  The grab started slow, but then became pretty consistent and everyone connected with fish throughout the day. Most of our fish were in the 12” – 14” range, but Erik landed a nice hatchery steelhead in the 17” – 18” range and Frank had a fish hammer his swung fly so hard it broke him off!  The day began a little windy but died down by mid-afternoon and we ended with a perfect fall day. 

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October 24, 2020
Lower Sac Report by Kevin Kay

Mike and Dave have been friends since school. Mike fishes a lot and wanted to introduce Dave to the sport of fly fishing. After some quick instruction off we went! The grab was on right away, and after a few swings and misses we were hooking and landing some beautiful wild rainbows. Dave had the “seat of honor” in the front of the boat, which has it’s pluses and minuses as the guide is either helping you all the time or yelling “mend, set, strip, etc” all the time, depending on your viewpoint. The grab tapered off a bit in the afternoon but we caught fish all the way to the takeout. Dave was a tv cameraman for some major sports teams, which made for some great stories, which I won’t repeat here. These guys needled each other all day, which is what good friends do. Lots of fun!

Lower Sac Hatch Chart

Mayflies
March Browns
Baetis
PMD
Callibaetis
Caddisflies
Brachycentrus
Rhyacophila
Hydropsyche
Stoneflies
Golden Stones
Giant Stoneflies
Little Yellow Stones
Other
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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