Lower Sacramento River Fly Fishing

Wild Trout

The section of the “Lower Sac” that we typically fish stretches from Redding to Red Bluff and offers some of the best trout fishing in the country. This year ’round fishery provides fly anglers the chance to hook over 25 fish per day with regularity. We target trout by fishing out of our 18′ drift boat utilizing fly rods. New to fly fishing? No problem! Our patient guide is more than happy to provide lessons and instructions to those new to fly fishing.

The most popular times to come out for trout tend to be in the spring when the bug activity is at its peak, and in the Fall when spawning salmon create an egg feeding frenzy among the trout. Summer fishing is also productive and fun, especially with recent seasonal closures in Redding above Hwy 44 which reopens on Aug. 1st (these dates book months in advance). After a couple of months with no fishermen bothering them, the trout in this short section put on some weight and become quite complacent, making for some killer fishing until they get reeducated.

Although there are occasional opportunities to catch trout on the surface, we are very successful using nymphing techniques to fool these fish that spend most of their lives making a good living with their bellies near the river bottom. A floating line on a 4-6wt 10′ rod is our standard. A strike indicator leading to a double, or triple, nymphing rig with split shot rounds things out. Feel free to bring your own equipment, or use one of our set ups. All of the flies and related equipment are provided.

Our full day trips often take us through 6-12 miles of water and average about 8 hours. For a unique drift trip, check out the floats we do in the scenic lava rock canyons just upriver from Red Bluff. This section holds bonus steelhead nearly all year; even in the summer! If you have ever fished in Redding where homes line the banks of the river, this may be a welcome change as this stretch is surrounded by BLM land and ranches with much less fishing pressure.

We offer very competitive pricing and strive to offer our clients the best bang for the buck. Compare to local fly shop rates of $500.00 for a 2 angler drift.

What's Included

Our Lower Sacramento River trout fishing trips include a full day of guided fly fishing, a delicious BBQ lunch on the river and all of the gear you will need (fly rod & reel, line, indicator, flys, etc) to have a successful day of fishing. *Please remember to bring a hat, sunglasses, sunblock, drinks, STEELHEAD REPORT CARD, and layer in weather appropriate clothing.

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