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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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April 20, 2021
Lower Sac Report by Brian Kohlman

My guests Bob and Rich had two amazing days of fishing and it was game-on out of the gate both days! They both hooked a LOT of fish both days, and the grab was consistent all day. They landed some big fish, lost some big fish, and had a couple doubles. It was the perfect spring fishing trip that they will remember for a long time!

Lower Sac Fishing Image
April 17, 2021
Lower Sac Report by Brian Kohlman

It was a beautiful spring day for my guests Ted and Eloise. The grab was a little slow to get started, but the action started to pick by mid-morning and stayed pretty consistent through the afternoon. Ted and Eloise both hooked into some really great fish – some were landed, and some eluded the net, only to be hooked another time. Lots of PMD’s around so it was no surprise the fish were keying on PMD nymphs. Spring is such a great time to get out and fish the lower Sac!

Lower Sac Fishing Image
April 16, 2021
Lower Sac Report by Andrew Harris

Brian Kohlman and I shared a fun day guiding a group of four from the Sacramento area.  I had Frank and his grandson Jake in my boat.  This was Jake's 2nd drift boat fly fishing trip.  After a very brief review, he hooked his first fish about 30 seconds into our first drift!  They followed that fish with a double hook up minutes later.  Our morning was fantastic with fish up to 19" in the net.  The fishing was slower in the afternoon.  There was a decent hatch of PMDs today plus a few smaller stoneflies hitting the water in the afternoon.  The banks are lined with big stonefly casings, too.  We should see more stoneflies with the hot weather coming this weekend.

Lower Sac Hatch Chart

March Browns
Golden Stones
Giant Stoneflies
Little Yellow Stones
Salmon Eggs
Steelhead Present
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

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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