Upper Sac Guide Availability
Gear Recommendations for the Upper Sac
Rods, Reels & Lines:
Five and six-weight nine-foot rods are ideal on the Upper Sac. We primarily use floating lines. Nymph or Double Taper Lines are best for versatility. We occasionally use fast-sinking sink-tip or full-sink lines to fish streamers.
Leaders, Tippet & Indicators:
We usually use 3X-5X tippet on the Upper Sac. Come prepared with 7.5' 3X or 4X leaders. We use a variety of indicators, including corkies and yarn. For indicatorless nymphing we like the nymph taper fly lines with the bright red tip. Attaching a permanent butt section of 25# red amnesia also works well. We use split shot in sizes BB and larger on the Upper Sac.
Waders & Boots:
We use chest-high breathable waders on the Upper Sac. Spiked wading boots are not necessary. Wading staffs are recommended and are provided. Make sure to bring your own wading belt. All fishing on the Upper Sac is done while wading, except for our springtime raft trips. In the middle of the summer we frequently wet-wade.
Hatches & Seasons
The Upper Sac is open year-round. Some of the most popular hatches include the golden and giant stoneflies, caddis and little yellow stones on summer evenings, and the October Caddis hatch in the fall.
• BH Prince, 12-16
• Mercer's Micro Mayfly, all colors, size 16-18
• Fox's Poopah, tan, 14
• BH Bird's Nest, natural, 12-14
• Flashback PT, 16-18
• Parachute Adams, 12-18
• Green Drake Paradrake, 10 (May)
• Burk's Extended Body Yellow Stone, 14 (mid-summer)
• Grand Hopper, tan, 10 (mid-summer)
• Rogue Foam Salmonfly, 6 (May & June)
• Rogue Foam Golden Stone, 8 (May & June)
• Madam X, 10 (October/November)
• Morrish's October Caddis Adult, 8, (October/November)
• Woolhead sculpin, dark, 4
• Egg Sucking String Leech, 2
• Tungsten Minnow, Tan, 4
Meeting Time & Place:
We typically meet our clients at their lodge or hotel at 8:30am. On some trips we may arrange to meet on the river.
We typically have our clients ride with us in our vehicles. However, be prepared to follow us in your own vehicle. On raft trips, we will need your help running our shuttle as there is no shuttle service on the Upper Sac.
We offer both raft trips and walk/wade trips on the Upper Sac.
We offer our raft trips in May and June when the water is high.
We provide life jackets for our raft trips.
Waders and boots are required for all trips.
The wading is moderately challenging and wading staffs are highly recommended.
Felt soled boots are best. We do a lot of hiking on the Upper Sac.
Multiple Fisheries in one Day:
When we fish the Upper Sac, we usually spend the whole day on the Upper Sac. Sometimes we may spend part of the day on the upper or lower McCloud.
Length of the Day:
Most full days conclude around 5:30pm. Half days end around 12:30pm. On many full days we take a break around 2pm and reconvene around 7pm to fish the evening hatch.
Lodging & Travel Info
Please visit our Redding
page for hotel and restaurant recommendations in Redding.
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.