This Lower Sacramento River Float Trip on Saturday, August 14th, 2021) is offered initially to those students registered for the "Learn to Fly Fish" Level 1 Class for 2020/21 as part of the club's LTFF educational fly fishing program offered to club members only.
The date and time that online registration will open will be announced to the class via email.
The Lower "Sac" is a famous wild rainbow trout fishery, probably the best in the state for numbers and size of fish. Due to the relatively deep and swift flow of this big river, it is primarily fly-fished by nymphing from drift boats since there are rather limited dry fly opportunities and little wading access most of the time.
Guides: We will be fishing from guided drift boats, with two anglers and one guide per each boat. All of our guides (provided by The Fly Shop, Redding) are very experienced on the "Sac" and, in addition to guiding trout anglers, they may also guide steelhead, salmon, or shad trips on this river. The guides will provide excellent instruction -- in addition to any gear that you don't have, including all flies and rigging, water or sodas, and a nice lunch on the river.
Arrival Time: BE SURE THAT YOU ARRIVE ON TIME (by 8:00am! ) at THE FLY SHOP just off of highway 5 in Redding. Call the fish-out leader if you know you will be later than 5 mins.
Driving: It is suggested that you arrive Friday night to get a good night's sleep as this will be a long day on the water. We encourage you to stay Saturday evening as well. Driving home this far after fishing all day is strongly discouraged. The Fly Shop has arranged discounted rates as several area motels. We will review these for all registrants after you sign up so you can make your own arrangements.What to Bring
6 or 7 weight rods from 9 to 11 ft long are ideal. A powerful 5 wt rod can work, but you might struggle at times. The good news is that our guides will provide rods, leaders, tippet, indicators, split-shot, and all flies. If you have a rod you would like to use, your are welcome to, or use gear provided by the guides. Waders are not required and generally not recommended as you may overheat in the August weather. Wear wading sandals, boots, or other footwear that allows you to step into the water while getting in and out of the boat. Bring hat, polarized sunglasses, sunscreen, rain jacket, and of course, your fishing license and steelhead card which your guide will need to record before starting your day on the water.
NOTE: Both a valid California fishing license AND a steelhead card are required for this outing. It is highly recommended that you purchase these in advance of the outing.
The registration fee is $300, which covers the boats, guides, and your lunch on the river, but NOT the cost of your guide's gratuity or your own lodging.
This fish-out is intended for students who are previously registered for the LTFF Level 1 Class ONLY.
SIGN-UP QUICKLY FOR THIS FISH-OUT SINCE WE HAVE A LIMITED NUMBER OF BOATS AVAILABLE. If you do miss out, be sure to sign up for the wait list in case a spot opens up later. Location
: The Fly Shop near Redding -- watch for email from fish-out leader to confirm
: $300, exclusive of lodging and the guide's tip (sugg. $40-50)
Bruce Greenwood firstname.lastname@example.org
Lodging in Redding: There are roughly 30 listed motels in and around Redding. The major ones (and their direct ph. lines) include: Thunderbird Motel 530-243-5422, Holiday Inn 530-221-7500, The Red Lion 530-221-8700, Best Western at 530-221-6100, Motel 6 at 530-221-1800, Oxford Suites 530-221-0100. Some other well known possibilities include: Fairfield Inn & Suites (Marriott), Hampton Inn & Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, Town Place Suites. Upon registration, I will provide also a list of recommended hotels by The Fly Shop.
You may want to email or talk to others who sign up about carpooling, sharing a room, or even a group of you booking into the same motel to get to know one another better. I've had mixed reports on camping out in the Sacramento River RV Park, but that may be a possibility also.