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Lower Sacramento River

The Lower Sacramento is famous for its healthy population of football-shaped wild Rainbows. We use comfortable drift boats to access the most productive areas of this large tailwater, always in search of that next monster Rainbow. The Lower Sac offers year round opportunities for excellent trout fishing and a great day on the river!

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Lower Sacramento River Information

March, April or May

Springtime on the Lower Sac is the most productive time of year. Midday caddis hatches can be seen blanketing the water. This is the time of year you hear about the famous "Mother's Day" caddis hatches. On some days we catch trout on dry flies in fast rolling currents but subsurface patterns always seem to be more productive on the Lower Sac and we use caddis pupa patterns to fool very large trout. Trout are very hungry waiting to get ready for spawning and it is not unusual to hook 20 or more trout in a day when the bite is on! Please respect all spawning trout and stay away from the spawning areas and the spawning beds called redds.

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June, July or August

Summer is always hot on the Lower Sac both angling and in the boat. We seldom wear our waders then, shorts and tevas are best for comfort... Most days are in the 100 degree range so wear a wide brim hat for the sun and bring lots of sunblock. We always have plenty of water, a great guide lunch and productive fishing since the water that comes out of the Keswick Dam is temperature controlled at a constant 56 degrees. You might be hot but the fish are happy and hungry for hydropsyche caddis!

September, October or November

Fall is a great time to fish on the Lower Sac. In September, the water starts to be lowered from the higher flows of summer, and then the salmon begin to arrive. As salmon begin to lay their eggs in all sections of the river, hungry trout move into these areas to gorge themselves on the salmon's eggs. You will also experience the arrival of steelhead in the lower sections of the river, from Anderson down to Los Molinos, and our guides fish this lower river frequently and land huge steelhead and trout. This truly an exciting time of year we look forward to always.

December, January or February

This time of year depends on the weather we receive in the North State. Though the fishing is not as productive as other months, the size of the trout can be amazing.

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Our guides are on this river everyday. We take pride in having some of the best knowledgeable guides available for guiding like Forrest Brizendine & Matt Mitchell and Jack Trout, who have been fishing and guiding it for decades. Our guides are professional and passionate about their guiding on the Lower Sac and have developed many new methods and fly selections that are used today on this nymph fishery. We've been fishing and guiding this section of river for over 20 years and have found that slack-line mending with a strike indicator is the most effective way to fish the Lower Sacramento River . Drag-free drifts, throwing out extra line, as well as mending upstream are mandatory for success. Please do not fish on or around spawning trout especially in the spring. Our guides are always polite out on the river and set an example by being courteous to other guides, fishermen and boaters. Have fun and good luck! Call us for any information, on flows, hatches, fly selection or to book a guide and drift this California fly fishing jewel.

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Map of Lower Sacramento River



  • Poxyback Golden Stone 16 & 14
  • Pheasant Tails 18 16 14
  • Fox Poopah 16 & 14 Tan
  • Birds Nest 18, 16 & 14
  • Mayfly PMD Nymph 16 14
  • Micro Mayfly Black 18
  • Gold Copper John 16
  • Poxyback Brown Stone 14
  • Poxyback Hairs Ear 14
  • October Caddis Nymph 10
  • Amber Prince Nymph 16 14
  • Black Copper John 16
  • Red Copper John 16
  • Zebra Midge 20 & 18
  • Brown Rubber Legs 8
  • Eggs


  • Elk Hair Caddis 16
  • Comparadun Mayfly 16 Cream
  • Parachute Adams 16
  • Goddard Caddis 14
  • Light Cahill 16 & 14 Cream & Pink (No parachute)
  • EC Caddis 16 & 14
  • Mayfly Cripple Grey 16
  • Stimulator 10 & 8
  • Blue Wing Olive 18
  • Black Caddis 14
  • Midges 22 & 20
  • Rusty Spinner 18

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