Our guides are experts on their local waters and aren't afraid to do things differently.
We embrace all fly fishing methods and believe there is a time and a place for every technique.
Fishing is recreation, and we all like to recreate in our own way.
Consequently, we offer a variety of specialized guide trips tailored to particular interests and techniques.
Lower Sac without a Bobber
Many anglers don't enjoy the Lower Sac because they've been browbeaten with the idea that you can only successfully fish the river with big indicators, long leaders, lots of lead, and multiple flies.
Throw that misconception out the window.
There are many techniques that lead to lots of hookups on the Lower Sac.
In a day of no-bobber fishing, we typically employ the following techniques: dry fly fishing, dry & dropper, swinging nymphs, high-sticking from the boat, and lightweight spey rods.
You can expect to fish multiple techniques throughout the day. We typically plan our day around being in a great place for dry fly fishing at the right time of day.
Andrew Harris does no-bobber trips at any time of year. However, wading opportunities are much better from October through April and wading gives us more no-bobber options.
The Lower Sac is a great river for catching trout on a lightweight spey rod.
The river has copious amounts of swing water, from broad choppy riffles to smooth glides and glassy tailouts.
All of these water types hold lots of hungry trout.
We use 4wt and 5wt spey rods to target these fish.
Andrew Harris and Randy Hamann use their jet boats for spey trips on the Lower Sac.
Any time of year can be good for swinging flies.
On spey trips we frequently take a break to do some dry fly fishing when the hatch gets going.
Visit our Lower Sac Spey Trips
page for more information.
Lower Sac Afternoon DFO (Dry Fly Only) Trips
The Lower Sac is one of the best rivers for dry fly fishing in northern California.
The hatch doesn't typically get going until lunchtime, though.
Andrew Harris offers PM Half-Day trips starting at 1pm that are entirely focused on dry fly fishing.
Andrew knows where to be at the right time to put you on large feeding rainbows.
The best fish landed to date on a dry was a 23" rainbow in the fall of 2011.
September through December is the best time of year to do this kind of fishing.
Hatches of hydropsyche caddis and various mayflies bring up some really large fish.
Our average fish on these trips is bigger than the average fish we get on a regular nymph trip.
Don't believe us? Come see for yourself.
Tenkara is a Japanese style of fly fishing that is, in a word, fun!
Tenkara rods are typically 12 to 13.5 feet in length and there is no reel.
This is high-sticking taken to a whole new level.
The rods are telescoping rods and the amount of terminal tackle is minimal, so these rods pack down to almost nothing and can be taken just about anywhere.
You can be successful with Tenkara on just about any type of moving water, from the Lower Sac to the Pit River.
Some of our favorite Tenkara spots are the Lower Sac, Battle Creek, the Pit, and the McCloud.
These rods work well for dry fly and nymphing techniques and can be fished upstream or downstream effectively.
Spend a day with us and we'll get you off to a good start with Tenkara.