Craig Nielsen is the owner and operator of Shasta Trout. A Northern California native, he has been chasing trout and steelhead with a fly rod for over 50 years and has guided professionally since 1992. Having fished all across the western states, B.C. and Alaska he especially appreciates the beauty and angling diversity Mt. Shasta offers. From casting Spey and switchrods for the Klamath’s fabled steelhead, dry fly fishing and nymphing on the McCloud and Upper Sac for trophy trout, to presenting tiny dries on local creeks, Craig enjoys it all. Most everyone appreciates his patience, angling versatility and local knowledge. A certified casting instructor, Craig has taught at Mel Krueger’s school, instructed two handed casting with Simon Gawesworth, and was one of the first authors on switchrods. Craig has been a featured guide for Flywater Travel, The Ashland Flyshop, Leland, Ted Fay, Fish First, The Clearwater House and The Flyshop. He has presented to dozens of fly fishing clubs in California and Oregon and as a celebrity in the west coast ISE and Fly Fishing Shows. He holds a Teaching Credential and a Master’s degree from Chico State where he worked as an Instructor, Administrator and Counselor before following his passion to guide full time.
Jerri Nielsen is co owner and assists in the operation of Shasta Trout. She has been flyfishing since arriving in the northstate over 30 years ago and teaches in our clinics and classes. A graduate of the Clearwater Guide School, she was a featured guide in their women’s clinics. Jerri is a versatile angler and the undisputed stillwater expert in the family. She most enjoys chasing high country cruisers from her float tube. Her easy manner, attentiveness and good humor are appreciated by all. Jerri enjoys motherhood and operates her own Aesthetics business in Mt. Shasta. Her fresh baked cookies are famous with family & friends alike.