Fly Fishing The Upper Sacramento River – Intermediate

uppersac385Fly Fishing The Upper Sacramento River- Intermediate

North of Redding, The Upper Sacramento River consists of 35 ish miles of trout filled river that is open all year long. With plenty of public access created by the train tracks that parallel the Upper Sacramento make it a fly fisher’s delight. Diverse in features the Upper Sacramento River boast breath taking waterfalls, trout filled pocket water, and crystal creek pools. Below Lake Siskiyou, the Upper Sacramento is much smaller gaining in size from springs and creeks. The upper river has carved out the steep Box Canyon which creates a much more treacherous wading environment than the lower reaches.

The Upper Sacramento River fills Lake Shasta with help from The McCloud River, The Pit River, and various other creeks. Lake Shasta supplies the water for the Lower Sacramento River and most of the power in the Northern Ca.

The Difficulty Rating of the Upper Sacramento River – Intermediate

The Upper Sacramento River can be so kind yet so cruel sometimes. During the heat of the incredibly hot summer days the Upper Sacramento can be quite cruel. While the cool mornings and evenings can be very productive. The wading and access is pretty easy. Fishing in the town of Dunsmuir is perhaps the best place for beginner anglers as it is stocked often.

Tips for Fly Fishing the Upper Sacramento River:

Fish the soft edges of the river during high water and spring runoff months. (spring)

Look out for rattlesnakes on the bank of The Upper Sacramento River. Here is a link on avoiding a rattler bite.

Fishing is best during the mornings and evenings of the hot months (July and August)

Fish terrestrials like grasshoppers during the heat of the day. How to tie a hopper dropper rig.

When nymphing, If you are not snagging bottom you are fishing a long enough leader or enough weight. How to tie an indicator rig.

Fish smaller flies and light tippet to catch more fish.

Make short cast and high stick the pocket water without an indicator

Camping and Lodging near/on the Upper Sacramento River:

Sims Flat Campground – On the Upper Sacramento River 530-926-4511

Castle Crags Campground – on Castle Creek a fishable feeder creek of the Upper Sacramento River (530) 235-2684

Lake Siskiyou Cabins and Camping– On Lake Siskiyou great stop for families and fishing the upper reaches of the Upper Sacramento River. 530-926-2610

Cave Springs Vacation Rentals– I have rented the Rivendell House which has some good fishing right behind it. The Tree house is pretty cool too! 530-235-2721

Access on the Upper Sacramento River- Too many to list

Ney Springs- You can wade about 2 miles upstream. This very unique section of the river is enclosed by canyon walls. Wading is tough but the scenery and fishing can be pretty amazing.

Cantera– This is one of my favorite access points to the river. You hike up toward Ney springs of walk the train tracks down river. While the water is small I have hooked some nice fish here.

Mosbrea Falls– While I have never experienced too great of fishing here the 1ish mile hike on the train tracks to falls is well worth the trip.

Sims Road– This will take you to Sims falt campground and access to some great fishing. I prefer to hike a mile or so up stream on the tracks.

Delta– is a great spot during the hot summer months. Large trout and even bass will come up from Lake Shasta.

Hatches on the Upper Sacramento River-

Blue Winged Olive- Spring-Fall
Midge- Year round
Golden Stones- May- June
Salmonfly- May and June
PMD- May- June & September-November
Little Yellow Stone- June and July
Caddis- Spring-Fall
October Caddis- Sept- October

Recommended reading on The Upper Sacramento:

Fisher’s Guide to Northern California By Seth Norman

California’s Best Fly Fishing by Chip O’brien

Best Guide on The Upper Sacramento:

Shasta Trout Phone number is 530-926-5763

Fly Fishing gear for the Upper Sacramento River:

The best trout fly rod for the Upper Sacramento is a 9ft 5 weight. Our Red Truck Diesel 590-4 is balanced perfectly for the Upper Sacramento River.

If you have any questions on the Upper Sacramento River please email us at or call 415.781.3474.