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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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November 9, 2020
Lower Sac Report by Brian Kohlman

I had a really fun day with my long-time guest Dick, his son Matt, and Matt’s 9yo daughter Mackenzie, who was a pleasure to spend time with! We had a nasty north wind that not only made casting a challenge, but it also seemed to shut down the bite. Our grabs were pretty spread out, but fairly aggressive when it happened. Dick landed a couple smaller fish before hooking into a very nice fish that put up quite a battle before finally spitting the hook. Matt landed a very nice fish that capped off a really fun day. In just the past few days, the weather has changed, and it’s obvious fall has arrived.

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November 5, 2020
Lower Sac Report by Andrew Harris

I just spent a really fun day with father/son duo Kent and Sam on the Lower Sac today.  Sam figured out the casting, mending, and hook-setting techniques very quickly.  He landed his first rainbow about 30 minutes into the trip!  It was a beautiful fall day and we spent it catching wild rainbow trout and enjoying the scenery along the river.  FYI there are still plenty of salmon on redds and I'm seeing new redds every week.  We landed about half of our fish on egg patterns and the rest on smaller mayfly nymphs.

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November 5, 2020
Lower Sac Report by Luke Geraty

Been a couple weeks sincce I wrote a river report, so let me bring you up to speed. Last week and the week before were either great or really good. Salmon all over the place and the trout were eating. Then I took a long weekend off to catch my breath and was back on the river the last couple of days doing the usual. That brings us up to speed, right? For today I had another great day with a father and son, Tom and Matt. We put in early and fished hard all day throwing the typical late-Fall-salmon-are-in-the-river stuff... eggs and some bugs. Today was definitely an egg grab day for us and I think all but one of our fish was caught on an egg. The grab stayed pretty consistent from 9:30am until the very end. As with every trip on the Lower Sac, we discussed whether these fish are trout or whether they are steelhead and what makes one versus the other. For those new to the fly fishing game, steelhead are rainbow trout but they go out to the ocean and come back up river to spawn (and OBVIOUSLY eat salmon eggs!!!). According to our steelhead report cards, we put a fair amount of "steelhead" in the net today (fish over 16 inches), including a few that were awefully close to 20 inches (we know because we taped 'em!). The weather was fantastic, the sandwiches were killer, and the fish were more than willing to eat and fight back. While losing fish isn't the goal, Tom hooked into several BIIIIGGGG fish that jumped out of the water and provided the proverbial middle fin to us all. But we saw them... and Tom felt them... so it could have been worse. All in all a great day. It's definitely not too late to get in on some of that egg bite action, so book a trip today... I've got some dates left this month for the Lower Sac or the Trinity and I know a few of the other guides do too! 

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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