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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, Luke Geraty, Ben Thompson, Peter Santley, Colin Coogan, Mike Wright, DJ Spivey, and Andreas Fuhrmann.

Recent Lower Sac Fishing Reports

Lower Sac Fishing Image
November 20, 2022
Lower Sac Report by Luke Geraty

Our morning started out a little slower than I'd have liked, but by 11am, things were cooking! The Lower Sac gives and takes away but mostly it gives. I did a LOT of backrowing on this trip, but I'm happy to report that we did nearly twenty passes on a piece of water and at the very minimum hooked a fish... and sometimes we even landed 'em! Ha ha! Highlight of the day was putting a 24 inch fish in the net... boy did it fight hard! This time of the year is some of my favorite fishing on the Sac due to it being when we land some of the biggest fish of the year! Let's get out there!

Lower Sac Fishing Image
November 19, 2022
Lower Sac Report by Kevin Kay

It's mid-November and the oft-anticipated egg-bite did not really materialze this year due to a shortage of salmon in the river.  Sure, we caught some fish on egg flies but if you neglected the nymphs and typical trout water you were probably disappointed.  It was a strange year with low flows, less bugs than usual, but the Sac still fished well.  We're now transitioning into winter mode on the Sac which (unless more salmon show up) means low flows, tiny flies, and perhaps fewer but bigger fish.Mark came from Oregon to try the Lower Sac for the first time.  Morning was unbearably slow (do I smell a skunk?) but we finally started picking up fish late morning.  We did not boat big numbers of fish, but every one we netted was a big, healthy, wild rainbow.  And most of them ate the tiniest fly on the rig. Every fish went on the steelhead report card, if you know what that means.  Mark said he'll be back in the spring!

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October 24, 2022
Lower Sac Report by Kevin Kay

Fred and Vern fish with me a couple of times a year.  Today was great fishing from beginning to end.  The good news is that we saw a lot of salmon in a few select spots.  Maybe they're coming after all!  Vern caught his biggest fish right at the takeout.  I've always called these "ramp fish" but another guide said "you got a walk-off".  I like that.

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
Steelhead Present
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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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