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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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May 14, 2021
Lower Sac Report by Brian Kohlman

I realize my fishing reports are sounding like a broken record, but today was simply incredible for my guests Jesse and Julian. The hook-ups were consistent from the start but slowed a bit by mid-afternoon. Their total numbers were pretty impressive, but the quality and size of the fish was just off the charts! All but two of Julian’s fish were on the rubberlegs, where Jesse was crushing on PMD nymphs all day! Go fish!!!

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May 13, 2021
Lower Sac Report by Brian Kohlman

It was another great day of fishing for my guests Chris and Joe. The grab was on right away and stayed pretty consistent for us throughout the day. Joe and Chris took turns being the “hot rod,” but in the end they both hooked into a ton of great fish mostly on rubberlegs and PMD nymphs! The flows dropped down to 8,800 cfs this morning and with the lake level being so low, I anticipate lower than normal flows throughout the summer. The weather is heating up and the fishing has been great – it’s time to book your float on the lower Sac with us!

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May 12, 2021
Lower Sac Report by Kevin Kay

Fred and John are lifelong friends. Fred fishes a lot but John hasn’t fished in 20 years. Fred finally got John to come along and he’s glad he did! John caught on quickly to our particular form of fishing and was hooking and landing fish in no time. We just did a half day because of the heat but we hit it right and did pretty well. Take a friend fishing!

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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