Upper Sacramento River

The Upper Sacramento River originates at Box Canyon Dam below Siskiyou Lake in Mount Shasta and flows south about 35 miles before it feeds into Shasta Lake.  This famed freestone stream is located just thirty miles north of Redding and is known for its breathtaking scenery and acrobatic, wild rainbow trout.    The “Upper Sac” is open year ‘round to catch and release fishing.  This is an incredibly healthy river with strong hatches during the spring and summer months. Our Upper Sac walk & wade trips are tailored for 1-2 people near Dunsmuir, CA.  The day begins at 8 am and ends at 5 pm., complete with all necessary gear and lunch provided.  On a typical day, we cover 1-3 miles of water.  Our friendly and experienced Upper Sacramento River fly fishing guides share a collective experience of more than 80 years.

The river is made up of riffles, runs, pocket water, small holes, huge pools and undercuts, all of which provide anglers with opportunities to fish dry flies, a variety of nymphing techniques, or even streamers, all in a day’s fishing. Rainbow trout are the predominate fish in these waters, and most are healthy, wild, and native to the river system. 

  • Instruction and Guidance
  • Rods, reels, lines and all terminal tackle, this includes flies, leaders, tippet, split shot, indicators and any other expendable amenities need for the day.
  • Lunch for 2 anglers, water / gatorade, snacks
  • Not included in your guided fishing package: fishing license (regular license and steelhead report card), waders, boots, and items of a personal nature (rain gear, sunscreen, gloves etc.).
  • Shuttle: typically anglers provide a shuttle to the take-out in the morning of the trip.  If a  shuttle service is desired it can be arranged in advance of the trip for an additional charge.
  • Alcoholic Beverages: This includes un-distilled fermented beverages such as beer, wine, and cider.
  • Gratuities: if you are inclined to tip your guide, 20% is customary.

Sometimes the Upper Sac gives up a brood stock gift.  This fish was caught swinging a leech and he measured 28″ length by 16″ girth (approx. 7+ lbs.) 

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