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AC Fly Fishing is your choice for your next Lower Sacramento River and Northern California guided fly fishing adventure. We consider the Lower Sacramento River our home water and Redding our base of operation. Fly fishing the lower Sacramento is available year round, with the peak periods in the Fall and Spring. During your Lower Sacramento River fly fishing guide trip you will have the opportunity to fish with the hardest working, most knowledgable guides you will find in Northern California. We take great pride in exceeding your expectations day in and day out and aim to provide the most quality guided fly fishing trip California has to offer. It is our mission to make sure you have the best possible day on the water and guarantee you will leave a more competent, knowledgable and skilled fly angler.

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Lower Sacramento River

The Lower Sacramento River from Redding to Red Bluff is recognized as one of the finest trout fisheries in the country. Because this is a tailwater, the Lower Sac maintains consistant water temps in the low 50′s providing ideal habitat for these trout to grow large in a small amount of time. This mighty river provides the angler with an opportunity at catching a trophy rainbow twelve months out of the year. From the spring caddis explosion to the fall egg drop and the winter BWO hatches – these large rainbows are on the feed year-round.

Upper Sacramento River

The famed Upper Sacramento River is located just thirty miles north of Redding. This rich freestone stream is known for it’s breathtaking scenery and acrobatic, wild rainbows. The Upper Sac is a classic freestone that is open year-round. This is an incredibly healthy river with strong hatches of various types of mayflies, stoneflies and caddis. The fall through spring seasons on the Upper Sac is when you have your best shot at a true trophy rainbow. Anglers travel from all over the globe to wade the banks of this legendary stream and casts flies in the shadow of Mt Shasta.

Klamath River

The Klamath River is known for it’s ability to continuously support strong returns of steelhead year after year. The vast majority of these fish are wild, averaging 3-4 pounds with that trophy steelhead never out of the question. The famous Klamath River “half pounders” and resident rainbows can provide exciting fishing all day long while searching for that trophy steelhead. This river is best fished by drift boat, giving the angler easy access to the most productive stretches of this legendary river. Most anglers who pursue steelhead count the number of days it takes to hook one of these revered fish but on the Klamath River it is not uncommon to hook multiple steelhead in a single day.

Pit River

The Pit River is well known for it’s hard fighting rainbow trout as well as it’s large hatches of aquatic insects. The Pit boasts strong hatches of mayflies, caddis and stoneflies. Because of the abundance of food available to the fish, these trout rival the hardest fighting rainbows anywhere. The Pit is not an easy river to wade by any means but the rewards are usually very well worth the effort.

McCloud River

The McCloud River is well recognized as one of the prettiest places on the planet to cast a fly to wild trout. The native McCloud River Rainbows that inhabit this river have been transplanted across the globe and fill the famous rivers of New Zealand, Argentina and Chile. Our favorite time of the year to fish this river is in May and June when the big Salmonflies and Golden Stones are out and about on the rivers edge. This McCloud provides some fantastic dry fly opportunities during the early summer months.

Trinity River

The Trinity River is famous for it’s dependable runs of steelhead. From August through March there are good, catchable numbers of Steelhead found in this stream. It’s tree lined banks and tight quarters can make for some technical fishing but there are few other streams in the world that boast the quality and quantity of Steelhead during the Fall and Winter months.


Northern California and the Lower Sacramento River is truly a fly fisherman’s paradise. With so many different rivers, species, and peak seasons, an angler can spend their entire lives just scratching the surface of the opportunities.

We take pride in showing our guests the best that the region has to offer. It does not matter what time of year that you decide to come, there is a Lower Sacramento River guided fly fishing trip that is sure to meet your needs. Using both drift boats and jet sleds we have access to water that can be difficult to access in any other way. Give us a call today and let plan your next Lower Sacramento River guided fly fishing trip.

Lower Sacramento River Fly Fishing Guide - Rainbow Trout


Anthony Carruesco is a Northern California native who grew up exploring the streams and rivers of the North State fishing for trout and steelhead before pursuing his career as a Lower Sacramento River fly fishing guide. He is a recent graduate of Sonoma State University with a degree in Environmental Science with an emphasis on conservation and restoration. Anthony held an internship with the Salmon Protection and Watershed Network (SPAWN) and conducted two years of research on Pacific Salmon and steelhead population declines with a focus on the reasons and solutions. Since Guide School, Anthony has spent summers guiding in Alaska at Wilderness Place Lodge and currently at Kulik Lodge. During the Fall, Winter and Spring months, Anthony calls Redding, CA home. Anthony’s passion for fly fishing and the outdoors is infectious and his easy going personality and exceptional technical skills are appreciated by all. We take great pride in providing the best guided fly fishing trip in Northern California.

Anthony Carruesco

Owner and Guide