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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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May 16, 2022
Lower Sac Report by Luke Geraty

Juan is one of the best tattoo artists I've met (and had work done)... plus he's a serious angler. If he isn't working as an ink master at First Love Tattoo in Red Bluff, he's casting for trout, salmon, steelhead, or stripers. Awhile back he told me he'd made a few casts with a fly rod but wanted to get out and figure it out. Juan made it sound like he hadn't really dialed it in, so we went out on the Lower Sac to see if we could get him more comfortable with his casting, mending, and hooking of the trouts. Guess what? Juan was sandbagging quite a bit because not only could he cast and mend like a pro, he stuck fish all over the river! The majority of Juan's fish were caught on caddis and small mayflies, but he also caught some fish on some copper johns... because... well... they are classics! The fish were everywhere they should be and in one riffle, he probably hooked ten plus fish in a matter of thirty minutes. I'd say, "Cast... mend... okay... get ready... SET," and we'd be hooked up. Some of them were landed... and some of them shook off... but it was all pure fun. Not a bad day. We also spotted a gazillion carp in shallow, shallow water... not sure if they are spawning and just foraging for food... but if someone can figure out how to throw flies at those things, the fifteen to twenty pounders have to provide some entertainment. I'm gonna figure that out... eventually. Anyway... get out. It's good. The fish are eating like hungry hippos.

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May 11, 2022
Lower Sac Report by Brian Kohlman

My guests Michael and Phil had an amazing day on the Sac. The weather was ideal, and the grab was very consistent most of the day. It slowed a bit around 3:00, but they continued hooking fish mostly on rubberlegs and small mayfly nymphs right up to the end.

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May 11, 2022
Lower Sac Report by Luke Geraty

Steve, Rick, and I spent a couple days on the Lower Sac looking for trout and boy did we find 'em! On day number one, the fishing was "good" and we put a decent amount of fish in the net, though the fish were a little picky and didn't seem to be eating as steady throughout the day. We caught fish on the spectrum of flies but really didn't see a lot of bugs throughout the day, so we spent time working through a variety of flies and seeing the fish eat a bunch of different options. On day two, totally different story. The fish were eating all day and we had numerous doubles! Caddis? Sure. Mayflies? Absolutely. Rubber legs? Okay, they took those too. Secret flies that remain anonymous? Yep! What a great day! The highlight was definitely when we spent time targeting rising fish with tiny size 18 dry flies and smackin' 'em! Yeah!! We don't get to do a LOT of dry fly fishing on the Lower Sac, but it can certainly be done and I really enjoy crafting a day around that as a possibility... more often than not, we make it happen! I'm looking forward to spending a few more days with Steve and his grandson in a couple of weeks and more days with Rick in the Fall. These guys are such great anglers! Get out now... the Sac is on fire!

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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