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Lower Sac

An angler with a wild trout caught near the Sundial Bridge
Guided Float Trips
$575 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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June 19, 2022
Lower Sac Report by Ben Thompson

The Lower Sac has been fishing very well lately. I have attached a few photos from recent trips. On sunny days the fishing has been great with fishing eating a lot of caddis and pmds. On rainy overcast days the fish have been eating a huge variety of flies from every major bug family. The flows are good and the fish are showing no signs of slowing down. Whether you want to fish in town or do a more scenic float down low, the Sac has a great variety of options that are all producing. 

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June 15, 2022
Lower Sac Report by Luke Geraty

For the last day on Evan and Steve's fly fishing extravaganza took place yesterday on the Lower Sac. We decided to float one of my favorite sections and since the weather man informed us that the wind was gonna be fine until 5pm, we went for it! Evan had dialed in the casting, mending, and was becoming quicker on the set. Day three gave him LOTS of opportunities to work on keeping the rod up, line tight, and fighting fish. How was the fishing, you ask? Well in the first long run, we back rowed it seven times and hooked ten fish. If that was any indication, the day was going to be great! And it was! Steve landed some absolute HOGS on some size 18 Crackback PMDs that I was sure were clippers (hatchery steelhead), but wouldn't you know... each were WILD TROUT. Slabs, man... slabs. Evan also got a really nice 20 inch 'bow that gave him a good fight. But the highlight HAD to be the double we hooked near Cottonwood Creek... it was pure chaos, as Evan's fish decided to go up river and Steve's fish decided to go down river and despite the potential for a lesson in crossed lines, we put both of those fish in the net!I've guided Steve a number of times now and we've had some great days together. But I'm not sure much could top a grandfather with his grandson hooking loads of trout. Steve's smile said it all. By the way... you'll probably notice Evan didn't smile for any of his photos. It's his calling card. After all, when Stephen Curry hits a three pointer, he doesn't have to smile. Why? Because he's been there before... and Evan held enough fish over the course of his three days that'd he'd definitely been there before! Great job, Evan! You crushed it! And thanks, Steve, for the chance to take you guys out! I had such a great time! If you are curious about whether or not you should get out and fish the Lower Sac... the answer is "Absolutely."

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June 13, 2022
Lower Sac Report by Luke Geraty

Steve and his grandson, Evan, came up to fish for a few days with me. Our plans are to fish a section of the Lower Sac, then do a walk and wade trip on the Upper Sac, and then head back to the Lower Sac. For our first day, we put in up at Posse Ground and floated under the Sun Dial Bridge. Fishing is closed until we get under the 44 bridge, so we just kept our eyes open and looked at the dozens of huge fish swimming around up there.Once we got down to the bridge, I spent a little bit of time helping Evan dial in his cast and mending and after a few minutes, we were floating down the river. It wasn't long before Evan was throwing bombs and mending like a pro. Steve stuck a really nice fish and demonstrated to Evan the necessary way to set the hook. From there Evan was game on! The fishing was mostly good, though we had periods where they were grabby and then periods where we couldn't buy a fish. Most of our fish were caught on black rubber legs and PMDs, and a few on caddis too.The wind was off and on, but nothing to complain about as it stayed under 10mph. But for a new caster like Evan, you kind of get nervous. But you know what? Evan had NO problems. The Lower Sac is supposed to get a massive amount of wind tomorrow, so we're going to go do a walk and wade trip on the Upper Sac. Maybe there'll be some yellow stone flies around!

Lower Sac Hatch Chart

Mayflies
March Browns
Baetis
PMD
Callibaetis
Caddisflies
Brachycentrus
Rhyacophila
Hydropsyche
Stoneflies
Golden Stones
Giant Stoneflies
Little Yellow Stones
Other
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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