These Lower Sacramento River Float Trips on Saturday, May 18 (Grp.1) and Sunday, May 19, (Grp.2) are two separate fish-outs offered initially to those students registered for the "Learn to Fly Fish" Step 2 Novice Class for 2019 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. Students may sign up for either Group 1 (Sat.) or Group 2 (Sun.), but not for both -- unless later advised by email that this is permitted in order to fill any remaining openings.
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 or jet boats, with two anglers and one guide per each boat. All of our guides (provided by outfitter/head guide 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, 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 7:00am! - UON) AT THE DESIGNATED BOAT RAMP (tbd) IN REDDING SINCE THE BOATS MAY NOT WAIT FOR YOU IF YOU'RE LATE. Call the fish-out leader if you know you will be later than 5 mins.
Driving: For those in Group 1, 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. And those in Group 2 should plan to arrive Saturday evening rather than try to drive up Sunday morning since Redding is about a 3-1/2 drive from SF without traffic. And we also want both groups to stay Saturday night in Redding to enjoy the included group restaurant dinner that night. Driving home this far after fishing all day is strongly discouraged -- we don't need any more people falling asleep at the wheel. What to Bring
: A 5 or 6 wt fly rod and floating fly line is recommended. The guides can provide a fly rod (if requested in advance) and will provide the leaders, tippet, indicators, split-shot, and all flies. Waders are not required and NOT suggested since you'll overheat in them in the boat. 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, which your guide will need to see to log into his book.
The registration fee is $335
, which covers the boats, guides, your lunch on the river, and Saturday night's dinner at a very nice restaurant in Redding, but NOT the cost of your guide's gratuity or your own 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.
This fish-out is intended for students who are previously registered for the LTFF STEP 2 Novice Class ONLY and have attended this year's class days back in March.
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 or we are able to get more boats. Location
: Boat Ramp TBD near Redding -- watch for email from fish-out leader to confirm
: $335, exclusive of lodging and the guide's tip (sugg. $40-50)
Fish-out Leader: John B. Murphy (firstname.lastname@example.org) cell ph. 650-799-1695
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.
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.