Category: Reviews

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Dining in Mount Shasta

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Dining in the Shadow of Shasta First published in California Fly Fisher Magazine July 2014 I first began visiting Mount Shasta to fish, camp, hike, climb, boat and snow ski nearly forty years ago and can still remember a magical evening sitting on a restaurant patio enjoying a meal and drink as the sun set, […]

Wading Staffs: A Northern California Fly Fishing Guide’s Review

James and Jeff wading deep

Fly Fishing Guides in the Mount Shasta area have some of the most challenging wading on the planet.  Rivers including the Pit,  McCloud and Upper Sacramento are located in canyons with steep gradients creating strong currents which combined with bowling ball sized slippery rocks offer a great testing ground for waders, boots and wading staffs. […]

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 […]

Wading Staffs: A Northern California Fly Fishing Guide’s Review

James and Jeff wading deep

Fly Fishing Guides in the Mount Shasta area have some of the most challenging wading on the planet.  Rivers including the Pit, McCloud and Upper Sacramento are located in canyons with steep gradients creating strong currents which combined with bowling ball sized slippery rocks offer a great testing ground for waders, boots and wading staffs. […]

Good Books for snowbound fly fishers

Good Books & Jameson

We spent the last few weeks of March digging out from a series of storms that has caused local rivers to over flow their banks and made them unfishable.  I have enjoyed a few days of powder skiing whenever my unhappy back has allowed.  With more snow in the forecast, it has provided for some […]

Ashland, Oregon: The finest in foraging

First Published in California Fly Fisher Magazine, June 2010 There was a time when a campground with running water and flush toilets on a fishing trip represented the lap of luxury to me.  Toss in a stove to heat the beans and hot running water, and dare I say, a luke warm shower and life […]

Zippers on Waders: A Fly Fishing Guide’s Review

Simms Freestone Zippered Waders

Fly Fishermen find relief with Zippered Waders Do not buy zippered waders, particularly if you’ve traveled around the sun fifty times or more.  The simple reason is that you may never be able to live without them again.  The ability to urgently open up the waders to relieve myself without taking off outer wear has […]