Upper Sacramento River Fly Fishing

The 11th most popular fly fishing river in California.

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North of Redding and just south of Mount Shasta, the Upper Sacramento River is a 35 mile fly fishing section from Box Canyon Dam of Lake Siskiyou to Lake Shasta. This scenic river is known for its dense population of rainbow trout averaging 12 inches, but up to 20 inches. The river alternates winding through several canyons and widening into narrow valleys. Most of the Upper Sacramento River is catch-and-release for fly fishing.

There are good access points at Ney Springs, a couple miles below the dam, and also upstream of Dunsmuir.

Overall, Upper Sacramento River is the 11th most popular fly fishing river of all 17 fly fishing spots in California.


Local Contact(s):  Shasta Tourism (800) 926-4865; California Tourism (916) 444-4429; STNF (530) 926-4511; Otter Bar Lodge Guides; The Fly Shop, Redding (800) 669-3474;

Recommended Book:  "50 Best Tailwaters to Fly Fish" from Wendy Gunn

Best Season:  May - Oct

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  NFS Algoma Campground; NFS AH-DI-NA Campground; Wagon Creek Inn (530) 926-0838; Mountain Air Lodge (800) 727-3704

Luxury Loding:  Otter Bar Lodge (hot tub) (530) 462-4772; McCloud Hotel (800) 964-2823; McCloud River Inn (800) 261-7831.

Breakfast Restaurant:  Lily's; Willy's Bavarian Kitchen; Has Beans

Reference Source:  click here http://www.fs.usda.gov/stnf/

Article Source:   Best Upper Sacramento River Fly Fishing Review https://www.myriverguide.com/?id=19649

GPS:  41.278097, -122.328494

Date Published:  12/28/2015

Date Updated:  4/16/2017

ID:  19649

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