This Lower Sacramento River Float Trip on Sat., Nov. 3, is a fish-out offered to those students registered for the "Learn to Fly Fish" Step 2 Novice Class for 2018 as part of this educational fly fishing program for club members only. This will be the second offering of this trip in 2018.
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 only limited dry fly opportunities and little wading access most of the time.
We will be fishing from guided drift boats, with two novices and one guide per each boat. Our guides (provided by Kirk Portocarrero, www.SacRiverGuide.com, 800-670-4448) 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, all flies and tippet materials, water or sodas, and a nice lunch on the river.
BE SURE THAT YOU ARRIVE ON TIME (by 7:00am!) AT THE DESIGNATED BOAT RAMP (tbd) IN REDDING SINCE THE BOATS MAY NOT WAIT FOR YOU.
It is strongly suggested that you arrive Friday night to get a good night's sleep there as this will be a long day on the water. And we also want you to stay a second night in Redding to enjoy the included group restaurant dinner. Driving home this far after fishing all day is emphatically discouraged -- we don't need any more people falling asleep at the wheel.
A 5 or 6 wt fly rod and floating fly line is recommended. The guides can provide a rod (if requested in advance) and will provide leaders, tippet, and all flies. Waders are not required and NOT suggested unless it is raining that day and you don't have a good pair of rain pants to wear. 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, rainwear, appropriate layers as dictated by the weather forecast, and of course, your fishing license, which the guide needs to see. (According to the outfitter, a steelhead card is not required for targeting trout.)
The registration fee is $335
, which covers the boat, guide, lunch on the river, and Saturday night's dinner at a nice restaurant in Redding, but NOT the cost of the guide gratuity or your lodging.
Additional details, including how to find the designated boat launching ramp and how to get to the restaurant that night, will be provided via email to those who register for this trip.
Unless notified otherwise, this fish-out is for students who are previously registered for the 2018 LTFF STEP 2 Novice Class ONLY and attended this year's class days back in March.
SIGN-UP QUICKLY FOR THIS FISH-OUT SINCE WE HAVE A VERY 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 or we are able to get more boats.
Location: Boat Ramp TBD near Redding
Fee: $335, exclusive of the guide gratuity (sugg. $40-60)
Contacts: John Murphy (email@example.com) cell ph. 650-799-1695
Lodging in Redding: There are roughly 30 listed motels in and around Redding. The major ones include: Holiday Inn 530-221-7500, Red Lion 530-221-8700, Best Western 530-221-6100, Motel 6 530-221-1800, Oxford Suites 530-221-0100, and the Thunderbird Lodge 530-243-5422. Some other well known (and possibly nicer) possibilities include: Fairfield Inn & Suites (Marriott), Hampton Inn & Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, and Town Place Suites.
A list of all registrants and their contact info will be distributed before this fish-out since 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.