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Lower Sac

An angler with a wild trout caught near the Sundial Bridge
Guided Float Trips
$600 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, Luke Geraty, Ben Thompson, Peter Santley, Colin Coogan, Mike Wright, DJ Spivey, and Andreas Fuhrmann.

Recent Lower Sac Fishing Reports

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December 31, 2022
Lower Sac Report by Kevin Kay

It was supposed to rain today, and that it did, all day long!  Brian Kohlman, our clients, and I set off in our waders and high-tech raingear, bilge pumps in hand.  The fish were pretty grabby right off the bat and this continued as we went down river.  We anchored up under a bridge to eat lunch and dry off a bit.  Things slowed down a bit after lunch, as the flows were obviously rising and lots of creeks were pumping mud into the river.  We finally found sone more fish before the river got so off-color that we headed for the barn.  The upper river usually clears pretty quickly so we'll see what happens.

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December 13, 2022
Lower Sac Report by Ben Thompson

The lower sac is fishing well up in town. Fish are keyed in on small bugs primarily baetis and midges. In winter it is a great time to catch big trout up in town with much fewer boats than normal, and it is a great time to chase steelhead in the lower river. If you like solitude and quality trout, December and January are fantastic months to fish the Sac. 

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December 8, 2022
Lower Sac Report by DJ Spivey

The lower sac was absolutely phenomenal today. With a consistent sprinkle small may flies known as bwos were absolutely everywhere triggering the large rainbows under the sun dial bridge in the heart of redding to feed all morning into the afternoon! We caught fish on different variations of the bwo in nymph form on flies in the size 16-20 range!

Lower Sac Hatch Chart

March Browns
Golden Stones
Giant Stoneflies
Little Yellow Stones
Salmon Eggs
Steelhead Present
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

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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