Category: Techniques

Successful techniques, tips, tactics and strategies for fly fishing for wild trout and steelhead

Fly Fishing Freestones to Beat the Heat

McCloud

As summer warms, we thought you might enjoy this article by Craig Nielsen: First Published in California Fly Fisher Magazine, August 2006 For as long as I can remember, my favorite time of year has been summer. When I was a kid in Northern California, summers meant long and lazy adventures in canyons, playing in […]

Winter Flies: Five guide recipes for successful fly fishing on Northern California Rivers

Upper Sacramento River Fishing guide finds Winter Magic

Believe it or not, we still have a week of winter left in the Northstate and there is time to get in one last steelhead trip or target some trophy trout.  Here is an article, first published in the January/February 2011 Issue of California Fly Fisher Magazine by Craig Nielsen to help motivate you to […]

Fly Fishing the Klamath River in Winter

Brian with one of his small orange original swing flies

Seasons on the Klamath, Wintertime by Craig Nielsen, first published in California Fly Fisher Magazine February 2010 In California, we fish all winter, because we can.  Angling during winter in the Golden State might mean ice in the guides one day followed by a second application of sunscreen a day or two later.  The fishing […]

Fly Fishing Freestones to Beat the Heat

McCloud

As summer warms, we thought you might enjoy this article by Craig Nielsen: First Published in California Fly Fisher Magazine, August 2006 For as long as I can remember, my favorite time of year has been summer. When I was a kid in Northern California, summers meant long and lazy adventures in canyons, playing in […]

Guide Fly: Brown Drake (Ameletus?)

The Bonbon, Ameletus Dry Fly?

Upper Sacramento & McCloud River Dry Fly Springtime fly fishing on local streams has been outstanding recently so I was a bit bummed to get a late cancellation this week.  Rather than sitting around in my pajamas and eating bonbons I decided to go sample the fishing on my own.  I have been guiding on […]

Fly fishing in the Shadow of Shasta: Five flies for summer

Upper Sacramento River

Summer Flies: Five Recipes for Success First published in California Fly Fisher Magazine, Summer 2011 By Craig Nielsen I learned to fly fish growing up in Paradise — not figuratively, but literally. Summertime vacation was my favorite time in my hometown of Paradise, which is located on a ridge just above Chico, California, between two […]

Springtime in the Shadow of Shasta: Five fly recipes for success

Paul with a bright beautiful Lower Sac trophy

Springtime Flies: Recipes for Success first published in California Fly Fisher Magazine April 2011 By Craig Nielsen In 1998, I moved to Mount Shasta, a mountain community, from the Central Valley and have learned to cherish the time when I exchange my snowblower’s prime spot in the garage for the lawn mower. At about the […]