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Fly Fishing the Sacramento River: Tri Valley Club Presentation

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Tri Valley Club, Thursday, March 5th 7:00 pm

Livermore Pleasanton Rod & Gun Club, 4000 Dagnino Rd Livermore, CA 94551

Craig will be joining the Tri-Valley Fly Fishing Club in Livermore for their monthly meeting and will present a program on “The Upper Sacramento River,” discussing successful techniques, tactics and strategies honed over two decades of guiding this legendary river.   The program is designed to engage the audience with questions and answers including member participation, providing some tips of their own.  This club is incredibly friendly and helpful particularly to those just getting started.  If you live in the area we hope you join us!

Shasta Trout exhibits at Fly Fishing Show in Pleasanton

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February 20-22nd, (Fri-Sun)

Alameda County Fairgrounds
4501 Pleasanton Ave. Pleasanton, CA 94566

Shasta Trout will be exhibiting at the 2014 Fly Fishing Show in Pleasanton February 20th through the 22nd. Craig Nielsen will also be giving presentations on “Nymphing Top to Bottom”, discussing successful techniques and tactics, as well as Switchrod & Spey casting demonstrations. If you are in the area, please stop by our booth and say hello, and enter our drawing for our free trip! For more info, check out the event website for the 2015 Fly Fishing Show.

Craig Nielsen presents “Steelhead” at Santa Lucia Fly Fishing Club

Mark with the trophy of the trip Thursday, February 12th @ 6:30 – 8:30, Santa Lucia Fly Fishers

Craig will be presenting a program on fly fishing for steelhead  called ” Steelhead, not just big trout” at a monthly meeting of the Santa Lucia Fly Fishing Club at Margie’s Diner, 1575 Calle Joaquin in San Luis Obispo.  The presentation features proven techniques and strategies for  swinging and nymphing for wild and hatchery steelhead and half-pounders in the fall, concluding with successful approaches for targeting the wild steelhead run in winter.

Salmonfly and Juvenile Steelhead Klamath River Bounty LARGE and small Craig and the great local guides who work with us at ShastaTrout spend as much time fishing for steelhead on the Klamath individually as our competitor’s guides spend collectively.  Discussing this intimate knowledge with a group of fun and seasoned anglers who willingly share their experiences makes for an informative and fun evening.  We are looking forward to hosting a club outing with these great folks this fall and hopefully put to practice what we learn.  We hope you will join us as well!

Craig Nielsen presents “Best of the Best” at Conejo Valley Fly Fishers

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Conejo Valley Fly Fishers

Craig Nielsen, owner of Shasta Trout and a fly fishing guide based in Mt. Shasta, will be presenting a program called “Fly Fishing in the Shadow of Shasta, the Best of the Best,”  at the monthly meeting of the Conejo Valley Fly Fishers.  The meeting gets starts at 6pm with Fly Tying and the program begins at 7pm at the Goebel Adult Communitey Center located at 1385 E. Janss Road, adjacent to the Thousand Oaks Library.

“The Best of the Best” is a multimedia presentation describing, strategies, tactics and tips refined on the legendary rivers of Northern California  including the McCloud, Upper & Lower Sacramento, Fall, Rogue, Klamath &  Pit Rivers as well as Hat Creek.  Craig typically provides an engaging presentation and encourages participants to provided some tips of their own.  The members are friendly and helpful particularly to those just getting started.  If you live in the area we suggest you join us for the festivities.

Shasta Trout has donated a free trip for the club to auction at their annual fundraiser.  Contact us is if your group or club is looking for a speaker, we have multiple presentations available.

ShastaTrout presents @ ISE, Sacramento Jan 8-11th

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International Sportsmen’s Expo

January 8-11th, Cal Expo, Sacramento

Shasta Trout will be exhibiting again this year at the 2015 International Sportsman’s Expo at Cal Expo in Sacramento.  If you are in the area, please stop by our booth to say hello and register for a free guided fly fishing trip!

Craig Nielsen, owner and guide with Shasta Trout will offer casting instruction  along with a multimedia presentation “Nymphing Top to Bottom” featuring proven tackle, tactics, techniques and strategies, honed on rivers in the shadow of Shasta by Craig and Shasta Trout guides.

For more info, check out the event website for the 2015 International Sportsmen’s Expo, Sacramento, CA January 9-12th (Thurs – Sun). We hope to see you there!

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Cal Expo, State Fairgrounds
1600 Exposition Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95815

Longtime California angler lands biggest steelhead ever, enters Shasta Trout Hawg of Fame

Dave's big double striped Klamath River winter buckDecember 28 & 29th

Fly fishing on the Klamath River has been incredible with weather and river conditions that have been nearly ideal.  This week Dave, an avid angler who has been at it for years enjoyed his best day ever chasing steelhead with his son including landing a phenomenal trophy buck gaining him entry into Shasta Trout’s Hawg of Fame.

IMGP2044IMGP2051IMGP2045Dave was amazed at how hard this fish battled and the time it took him to land the beast.  Dave’s son Brad joined him for a couple days for their annual pilgrimage and  he also had an amazing trip with the two of them landing multiple fish each day including several ultra hot chrome beauties that tested their skills.  They could not believe how bright and well conditioned these fish were and how hard they pulled. Dave even managed to swing one up with a two handed rod on his very first cast!   For more pics of recent trips, check out the Shasta Trout FlickR site.

Dave and Brad are already planning a return trip, we hope you can join us also and perhaps experience an epic day!  Drop us a line for available dates.

Holiday Fishing Report: Klamath, Upper & Lower Sacramento Rivers (Shasta Ski Report)

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Fishing on the Klamath River this season remains as good as we can ever remember seeing it.  A fresh run of winter fish came in with the last storm and we have been finding some hot, bright chrome acrobatic steelhead.  We even got a chance to fish with Santa as he needed a break before hauling presents all night in his sleigh! The most recent storm brought a dusting of snow to downtown Mount Shasta Christmas eve so we were able to enjoy a white Christmas and a few days of skiing at the Mt. Shasta Ski Park with our son who is visiting from college in Chico.  The weather forecast for the coming days is showing nothing but sunshine starting Tuesday!  This is a great time of year to visit Mt. Shasta or Ashland and sneak away for a little time fishing with the family and friends, perhaps also enjoying some winter sports, skiing, sledding, cross-country skiing, dog sledding, snowmobiling or just shopping, making snowman and throwing a snowball or two! We do have a number of guide dates available.

Fishing Conditions

Tom&KlamathhenIMGP2036Caye&KlamathbuckFlows on the Klamath are very low and clear and the fish are stacked in the upper river.  We have enjoyed good numbers of fish nymphing but have also been able to swing some up for a few diehard as well as newbie two handers.  The Upper and Lower Sac are again fishable but less than ideal.  Flows on the Upper Sac have dropped to 1,930 cfs (the median is 1490, the median is 625 cfs) and fish can be caught in a few of the bigger runs, particularly if you can locate a midday hatch of Blue Winged Olives.  If not, you can still find some fish nymphing the deeper, slower pools with a Rubberlegs and BWO nymph combo.  Do not expect a great number of fish but this is the time of year that the biggest fish in the river are vulnerable and fly fishers find a real chance of landing a bonafide 20 incher.  The Lower Sacramento River is suffering not from high flows, flows below Keswick are at 3,260 (5,960 is the median) but the water has been off color, mostly chocolate brown.  The color appears to be coming from Lake Shasta so it is unlikely to assume it’s normal crystal clear state anytime soon.  With that said, we have had a few adventurous anglers out with guides and they have hooked a reasonable number of fish, including some good sized ones.  With the off colored water, most fish are coming on legs and eggs, though we still find a few on nymphs when we run into a sparse hatch.

Ski Report

Craig skis with his son on Kevin's 18th BirthdayOn a more upbeat note, the Mount Shasta Ski Park has reopened after missing an entire season last year and the back country skiing has been truly epic.  Groomer runs have decent cover and with cooler temps in the forecast snowmaking should be able to keep things covered for a while.  We took a break from fishing and enjoyed several days slipping and sliding. For the latest on conditions check out the Park’s most up to date report and snow cams.

Just a reminder that there are just a few days left to take advantage of our Holiday Special for guide dates in 2015 @ 10% off, the offer expires December 31st.  Drop us a line for the latest on conditions, we are always happy to share all we can.  We hope to see you soon, until then we wish you and yours the very best new year!