This tailwater fishery that begins its 23-mile stretch from Nimbus Dam to the confluence of the Sacramento River is a remarkable fishery located in the heart of metro Sacramento. The steelhead run arrives late when compared to the rest of the valley fisheries – the steelhead start moving into the river in November and continues into February. The steelhead, on average are larger than the rest of the valley fish; with the average fish running 4 to 7 pounds, with some reaching into double digits range.
The Shad start to arrive in May and continue into late June. The Shad are caught using the same swinging tactics as we use for Steelhead. It's a great and easy way to fish for Shad.
Swinging flies for steelhead or shad is simply – awesome. With elegant loops, huge roll casts, one with the fly and the explosive grab keep fly fishers coming back for more. “The American River Swinging for Steelhead or Shad Sessions”, are just that, a morning or evening of swinging flies. The sessions are customized for you the angler. You can schedule a guided trip, a tune up your skills clinic or a mixture of both. If you’re looking for step by step instruction or a guide that will put you on fish these are the ideal swinging sessions. The sessions are setup for the needs of the angler; they’re designed to build confidence in hooking and fighting fish with a two handed rod. The sessions are scheduled for the mornings (Steelhead 6am to 11am)and evenings (Shad 4pm to 9pm). Trips are $250 per session with a maximum of 1 angler per session.
Shad June and July; Steelhead November through March
Rods, reels, flies, leaders, and indicators are all inclusive however, wading gear is not.