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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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December 28, 2020
Lower Sac Report by Brian Kohlman

Kevin Kay, Luke Geraty, and I worked together with a really fun group from Napa. This was an Eagle Canyon – Lower Sac Combo trip. As usual, our guest’s “perspective” on what qualifies as a really nice fish are significantly skewed after they spent the day fighting the brutes at Eagle Canyon! I had a really great time with my guests Robin and Paul. As has been the recent norm, the fish have been pretty tight-lipped in the mornings, but the grab starts heating up by late-morning. Before lunch, both Robin and Paul had hooked into a handful of nice fish – including Robin’s really big sucker (picture not allowed)! After lunch, things really heated up and we ended up hooking quite a few fish. The majority of our fish were the typical cookie-cutter (12”-14”), but we landed a handful in the 16” range and Paul landed a fatty in the 18”-19” range!  The boat pressure is very light this time of year, so if you’re willing to work hard - you will be rewarded with some really nice fish!

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December 16, 2020
Lower Sac Report by Andrew Harris

I spent a fun day out on the Lower Sac with fellow guide Ben Thompson today.  It was cold and rainy but we managed to find some small to medium fish and then ended our day with a really nice fish.  Fishing pressure is minimal right now and every day on the Lower Sac brings a chance at a fish like this.

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December 13, 2020
Lower Sac Report by Mike Wright

Adam and Wiley get a vote for committed anglers of the year.  We took a very wet, yet productive drift down the Lower Sac on Sunday!  The rain was heavy and consistent from the time we launched through about 3:00 pm.  The guys were in great spirits and had the right kind of attitude to fish on a day like that.  Both had never fished from a drift boat before and despite a slow morning, were ready for when things got going in the afternoon.  By the end of the day we boated a dozen fish and had a ball despite all that Mother Nature threw at us. Awesome day!  

Lower Sac Hatch Chart

March Browns
Golden Stones
Giant Stoneflies
Little Yellow Stones
Salmon Eggs
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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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