Joe Kimsey, a local legend on the Upper Sac goes fishin’

Ellis poses one of Joe's many Rainbows Fly Fishing Guide Fred Gordon with a hefty Lower Sacramento River Rainbow

Joe Kimsey is hosted by Sacramento River Fishing Guide Fred Gordon

Local Sacramento, Pit and McCloud River fishing guide Fred Gordon treated Joe Kimsey to a day of fishing on the Lower Sacramento River.  Joe was a longtime fixture in the Ted Fay Fly Shop on the Upper Sac where anglers would come to enjoy his dry wit and get the inside scoop from an angler and guide who has spent his entire life plying it’s waters.  Joe has been recovering from some recent health problems and his spirit was lifted on this day by over a half dozen chunky Lower Sac Rainbows.


  1. shaun
    Posted May 12, 2010 at 6:36 pm | Permalink

    It’s great to see Joe on the water. Joe is one hell of a guy ! I once drug my tired butt into ted fayes after 2 days of tough fishing. Joe helped me, he helped me alot and I’ll never forget that conversation.

  2. Kevin Eastman
    Posted May 13, 2010 at 10:12 am | Permalink

    Joe has been a legendary figure my entire life – I’ve heard many tales of my father and uncles’ encounters with Joe at the old shop location in the Acorn Inn, and he’s been a fixture in Dunsmuir since I could hold a rod.

    My favorite memory of Joe is stopping by the shop after a few days of tough steelheading on the Smith in non-stop rain. He called me a pansy, even after hlearning that I’d be snow camping on the Upper Sac for a few days.

    Great guy and I hope he’s back at it soon.

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