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Upper Sac

Guide Luke Geraty with an Upper Sac rainbow
Guided Fly Fishing Trips
Full Days: $650 for 1-2 Anglers, additional anglers $150 each
Half Days: $500 for 1-2 Anglers, additional anglers $150 each
  • Year-round
  • Walk/wade

The Upper Sac is one of California's great trout streams. It has 30+ miles of public access, a great variety of water types, and countless wild rainbows. We offer walk/wade trips on the Upper Sac. Fishing can be excellent throughout the spring, summer and fall on the Upper Sac. The Upper Sac is a little easier to wade than the Pit and McCloud River, and access is very easy.

Rainbow trout are the dominant fish on the Upper Sac but every season we catch a few brown trout as well. Fish come in all sizes on the Upper Sac. Some days it's hard to find a fish over 14" and other days they come in abundance. Dry fly and hopper-dropper techniques work well here and account for a lot of small to medium size trout. On days with little bug activity the best way to find a larger fish is with nymph and indicator techniques.

Most guide trips on the Upper Sac involve driving to multiple spots in a single day. Our guides frequently hit a favorite spot in the morning, then hop back on the freeway and drive to another spot or two in the afternoon. Most Upper Sac guide trips originate out of Redding, Dunsmuir or Mt Shasta City. Guides Brian Kohlman and Luke Geraty do most of our Upper Sac guide trips.

Upper Sac Hatch Chart

Green Drakes
October Caddis
Golden Stones
Giant Stoneflies
Little Yellow Stones
May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov

Lodging Recommendations

The Upper Sac runs right along I-5 just north of Redding. Most of our guests base their Upper Sac trip out of Mt Shasta City or Redding.

Upper Sac Photo Gallery

A large trout from the Upper Sac
Mossbrae Falls near Dunsmuir
An angler hooked up on the Upper Sac
Guide Dax Messett on the Upper Sac
Guide Luke Geraty with a big Upper Sac bow
High-sticking a run on the Upper Sac


Public Lands

Some of our Upper Sac fly fishing trips are conducted on public lands administered by the Shasta-Trinity National Forest.

Confluence Outfitters operates under permit from the Shasta/Trinity National Forest on a non-discriminatory basis.

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, and reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible State or local Agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information is also available in languages other than English.

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This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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