The Lower Sacramento

Known for it’s impressive catch rates and large chunky ‘bows, the Lower Sac flowing from Redding to Red Bluff deserves the reputation it has gained as one of the finest trophy trout fisheries in America. With regulated releases from Shasta Dam, the fishing on this river can be outstanding nearly any day of the year. An ideal driftboat fishery with prolific caddis and mayfly hatches, the Lower Sac is an exceptional nymph fishery where we practice and teach sophisticated extended drift techniques. Summer evenings bring the best opportunity to consistently find pods of ‘bows taking emergers or a properly presented dry fly. Early spring and late fall months provide the lowest flows and an opportunity to wade the expansive riffs. A fall driftboat trip down the Lower Sac provides spectacular viewing of the annual spawning migration of Chinook Salmon and provides the best opportunity to target the trophy rainbow of a lifetime during the fabled “egg hatch”.