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Lower Sac Spey Trips

Traditional Trout Fishing with a Twist
  • An angler swings a run on the Lower Sac
    Big Water Flows on the Lower Sac range from 2500cfs to 15000cfs throughout the season. If we're swinging flies we can always find water to fish.
  • Lower Sac trout caught on a spey rod
    Wild Rainbow Trout We catch a lot of small and medium sized rainbows with our spey rods on the Lower Sac and occasionally a larger fish in the 18"+ range. In the fall and winter we hook some adult steelhead, too.
  • Jet Boat Spey trips on the Lower Sac
    Jet Boat Trips We typically use jet boats when we're doing spey trips on the Lower Sac. The jet boat allows us to fish the absolute best water types for swinging flies with our spey rods.
  • Wet Wading the Lower Sac
    Summer wet-wading The dog days of summer are a great time to swing flies on the Lower Sac. Wet wading is ideal during hot summer afternoons.
  • Gearing up at the jet boat on the Lower Sac
    Gearing up Our jet boats offer tons of room for rigging up. They're the perfect taxi-cab for getting you from one prime spot to another.
  • Fishing a spey rod on the Lower Sac
    Lightweight Rods We primarily fish 4 and 5wt spey rods on the Lower Sac. These rods can cast out 70+ feet but still make a 16" rainbow feel big.
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Some folks have a misconception that the only way to catch trout on the Lower Sacramento River is with a bobber. While most of the guides here fish nymphs and indicators almost exclusively (and for good reason - it puts a lot of fish in the net!), there are other ways to catch fish on the Lower Sac. One of our favorite ways to do it is with a lightweight spey rod. The spey rod forces us to get out of the boat and wade. You get to feel the grab and enjoy the scenery as you work through a run. We can also keep our eyes peeled for dry fly opportunities while we're swinging. These trips are a lot of fun. If you enjoy swinging flies for trout, book Andrew Harris, Randy Hamann or Brian Kohlman for a jet boat trip on the Lower Sac.

Recent Lower Sac Fishing Reports
10/19/17 by Brian Kohlman: I guided Mike and Warren from Chico today.  The morning started off very productive with both hooking into some really nice fish, but then there was a long lull in the action.  Fishing started to pick up again in the afternoon, but overall it was a tough day.  A storm system is passing through and that could have had a negative impact.  I'm still not seeing any salmon on redds yet, but they are eating egg patterns and nymphs.  
10/17/17 by Andrew Harris: I got out on the river for a few hours today with fellow guide Randy Hamann.  There are a lot of nice fish to be caught on the Lower Sac right now.  "Coleman" steelhead, meaning fin-clipped steelhead that originate from the Coleman fish hatchery on Battle Creek, are fairly thick in the river this year.  Our guides have been catching them from Red Bluff all the way up to the Sundial Bridge in Redding.  Most of these fish are in the 3 pound range, but we've hooked some up to 5 pounds.  I lost a big one today that tore off line and jumped its way to the middle of the river.  These fish are good eaters and come well to the swung (or even stripped) fly and the dead-drifted nymph. 
10/16/17 by Brian Kohlman: I had the pleasure of guiding Karl and his father Dave again today.  It was game-on from the beginning when Karl hooked into several really big fish early on. The fishing was fairly consistent all day and it seemed like we had the river to ourselves.  The temps are ideal and the fish are really starting to key on egg patterns, but rubberlegs still seem to produce the most fish.  
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Visit our Lower Sac Fishing Report page to view more reports!
Lower Sac Guide Availability
Oct 25: Sam Robinett
Oct 25: Tyler Lee
Oct 26: Tyler Lee
Oct 28: Sam Robinett
Oct 28: Tyler Lee
Oct 29: Sam Robinett
Oct 29: Tyler Lee
Oct 30: Sam Robinett
Oct 30: Tyler Lee
Oct 31: Sam Robinett
Nov 1: Tyler Lee
Nov 5: Tyler Lee
Nov 6: Tyler Lee
For more Lower Sac dates, please visit our Online Booking page!
Gear Recommendations for the Lower Sac
Rods & Lines: We prefer 4 and 5wt spey rods for the Lower Sac. Heavier rods are okay, but they may not be over-matched for the size of the fish. Lightweight switch rods are good too. Bring a line that matches your rod. Scandi lines paired with versi-leaders work very well on the Lower Sac. Some of stiffer 5wt rods can throw a skagit line with a MOW tip fairly well. This is a good setup for getting closer to the bottom.
Leaders & Tippet: We typically fish 2X-4X tippet for trout on the Lower Sac. Regular 9ft trout leaders tapered to 2X work really well.
Waders & Boots: Chest-high breathable waders are the best choice for the Lower Sac. In the middle of summer it's nice to wet wade in the afternoon. Wading pants can also work when it's hot out. Spiked boots aren't necessary on the Lower Sac.
Flies:
Nymphs:
• Fox's Poopah, tan, 14
• Mercer's Micro Mayfly, all colors, size 14-18
• Hogan's Spring Fling Caddis Pupa, 16
• Morrish's Hotwire Caddis, Olive & Chartreuse, 16
• Amber Prince, 12-18
• Copper John, Black, 12-18
• Mercer's BH Epoxy Golden Stone, 10-14
• Hogan's S&M Nymph, Olive, 16
Eggs:
• Pettis's Unreal Egg, Steelhead Orange, 12
• Glo Bugs, all colors, size 8-10
Dries:
• Parachute Adams, 14-18
• Spundun, PMD, 16
• March Brown, 14-16 (February-April)
• Cutter's E/C Caddis, Olive 16-18
Lodging & Travel Info
Please visit our Redding page for hotel and restaurant recommendations and ideas about other things to see and do while you're in Redding!
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