This Lower Sacramento River Float Trip on Saturday and Sunday August 19 and 20, 2023) is offered initially to those students registered for the "Learn to Fly Fish" Level 1 Class for 2023 as part of the club's LTFF educational fly fishing program offered to club members only.
This fishout will be available to 7 students on Saturday, and 7 students on Sunday. There will be two anglers in each drift boat (7 students, plus a flishout leader for 4 drift boats total each day).
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 Confluence Outfitters) 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: A specific gathering time and location will be provided at the pre-fishout zoom call for this event. Generally, you should plan to meet at a location in the Redding area at around 7AM.
Driving: It is suggested that you arrive Friday night (Saturday fishing) or Saturday night (Sunday fishing) to get a good night's sleep as this will be a long day on the water. We encourage you to stay the evening of your fishing as well. Driving home this far after fishing all day is strongly discouraged.
Suggested area motels:
Sheraton @ Sundial Bridge: 820 Sundial Bridge Dr, Redding, CA 96001. (530) 364-2800. Website. "Confluence Outfitters" corporate rate: King or Queen Guest Room $169+tax from January through May, $204+tax from Memorial Day through Labor Day, $174+tax from Labor Day through December 31st. Includes Club Level Access (Complimentary Breakfast and nightly Beer/Wine Reception) plus complimentary Wifi and parking.Gaia Hotel and Spa: 4125 Riverside Place, Anderson, CA 96007. 530-247-7712. www.GaiaHotelSpa.com. "Confluence Outfitters" corporate rate: $104+tax for a King or Queen Guest Room including full made-to-order breakfast. Click Here to book online and receive our corporate rate.
Oxford Suites: 1967 Hilltop Dr, Redding, CA 96002. (530) 221-0100. www.OxfordSuitesRedding.com. "Confluence Outfitters" corporate rate: Executive Queen Suite: $107+tax, Studio King Suite $110+tax, Executive King Suite $125+tax. Executive Two Queen Suite $135+tax. Use Promo Code "CONFLUENCE" when booking online.
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.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 October 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. You should have hard copy of both on your person the day of fishing.
The registration fee is $350, which covers the boats, guides, and your lunch on the river, but NOT the cost of your guide's gratuity or your own lodging.
Suggested guide gratuity $45-$70
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. Cancellation Policy: There are no refunds. In the event that a student is, for any reason, unable to attend, he/she may resell his slot (rod) to another LTFF member (by first pulling from the waitlist if one exists). It is the sole responsibility of the student to manage this transaction.
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