Author Archives: Craig Nielsen

New Steelhead Guides & Rogue River Fishing Report

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Rogue River Despite the low returns of steelhead to west coast rivers this season, the Rogue River is fishing as well as we’ve ever seen.  The fly fishing only regulations opened a week ago and conclude at the end of October.  With ideal water temps in the 50’s, some recent showers that cleared the air […]

Umpqua Gathering & Shasta Fly Fishing Report

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July 26th North Umpqua Reunion & Shasta Area Fly Fishing Report I just finished unpacking from ten days celebrating another(!) bday on the North Umpqua with friends and family.  We camped, fished, ate, drank, swam, hiked, toured Crater Lake, wine tasted and partied as if we were much younger.  Many thanks to the friends who […]

Fly Fishing is Outstanding in the Shadow of Shasta!

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July 3rd Happy Independence Day! Fly fishing in the shadow of Shasta has been outstanding the past few weeks with ideal flows, water conditions and weather.  The bugs of spring including Goldenstones, large and small mayflies along with several Caddis, remain prolific and the evening dry fly fishing has been magical.  Fishing a dry-dropper combo […]

Guide’s Shasta Area Fishing Report

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June 11th In the past week I’ve had the opportunity to sample the fishing on several rivers in the shadow of Shasta, including the McCloud, Upper Sacramento, Lower Sacramento and the Klamath Rivers and found good fishing on each.  I had one session with a guest who, without moving his feet,  hooked a dozen fish […]

Fly Fishing Guide’s report: McCloud, Upper and Lower Sac, Klamath & Hat Creek

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May 27th Flows on rivers in the Shadow of Shasta have fallen and the weather is perfect with the biggest hatches of the season just days away.  The famed Golden Stone and Salmonfly hatches are just beginning to show with a host of Mayflies, Sallies, and Caddis numbers increasing daily.  This past week I have […]

Fly Fishing guide’s report for the shadow of Shasta

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May 10th: Spring has sprung Spring weather has arrived in Shasta and the wildflowers and bugs are popping.  The dogwoods are just amazing!  I was on the water a few days recently as flows on the Upper and Lower Sacramento Rivers have returned to just above normal levels making them much more fishable than they […]

Northern California Fly Fishing Guides Pre-Season Preview

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The General Trout Season opens this Saturday, April 29th! This weekend will be your first opportunity to sample the McCloud, Hat Creek and Fall Rivers this season, while the Upper Sacramento, Lower Sac, Klamath and Pit Rivers remain open.  As you are likely aware we have experienced a very high water winter, so your options […]